Combined retail sales of travel trailers and fifth-wheels increased 11.5% in January with travel trailers gaining 9.9% and fifth-wheels increasing an even 14%, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
There were 5,122 travel trailers sold in January by dealers in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, compared with 4,659 in January 2003.
Statistical Surveys was unable to collect New Hampshire’s numbers in time for its report and it does not gather Hawaii’s sales figures.
Meanwhile, a total of 3,455 fifth-wheels were sold by dealers in the 48 states in January, compared with 3,030 a year earlier.
Retail sales of folding campers continued to decline but park-model retail sales soared in January, Statistical Surveys reports.
Folding-camper sales declined 4.6% in January to 710 units, compared with 744 in January 2003.
Wholesale shipments and retail sales of folding campers have declined the last few years because many consumers are choosing, instead, to buy hard-sided expandables, which are counted as travel trailers.
Retail sales of park models increased 29.8% in January to 296 units, compared with 228 in January 2003.