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Although Class A motorhome retail sales declined 3.1% in June, retail sales of travel trailers grew at a robust 15.9% rate, according to independent market research firm Statistical Surveys Inc.
Additionally, the slightly smaller fifth-wheel retail market grew by 22.1% in June while retail sales of park models also expanded by 8.5%.
Only the folding camper market declined, as has been the case the last few years because of the growth in popularity of hard-sided expandables, which are counted among the sales of travel trailers.
Concerning travel trailers, 20,680 units were sold by dealers last June, compared with 17,850 units retailed during June 2003, according to Statistical Surveys.
The Statistical Surveys data does not include units sold by dealers in Delaware, Hawaii or New Hampshire. Also, data was incomplete for Arizona, South Carolina, Ohio and Utah, which would have greater impact on figures for companies with a larger market presence in those states.
During the second quarter of this year, retail sales of travel trailers increased by 16.5% to 54,181 units, compared with 46,489 units retailed during the April-through-June portion of 2003.
During the first half of this year, retail sales of travel trailers increased by 16.9% to 82,482 units, compared with 70,539 units sold by dealers during the first half of last year.
Here is how the other towable RV products fared:
* There were 10,083 fifth-wheels sold by dealers in June, compared with 8,260 units units retailed a year earlier. During the second quarter, fifth-wheel retail sales increased by 25.2% to 27,697 units, and, during the first half of this year, fifth-wheel retail sales expanded by 24.8% to 44,396 units.
* There were 624 park models sold by dealers to retail buyers in June, compared with 575 units retailed a year earlier. During the second quarter, park model retail sales increased 11.7% to 1,864 units, and, during the first half of this year, park model sales increased 15.2% to 2,957 units.
* Folding camper retail sales declined by 4.6% in June to 5,000 units, compared with 5,242 units sold by dealers a year earlier. During the second quarter, folding camper sales declined 3.3% to 12,434 units. During the first half of this year, folding camper retail sales were down 2.9% to 17,967 units.