June Towables Retail Exceeded Wholesale
Towable RV dealers’ inventories got smaller in June because retail sales of travel trailers, fifth-wheels and folding campers exceeded wholesale deliveries during that month, according to data gathered by Statistical Surveys Inc. and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
And, in fact, during the first half of this year, retail sales of fifth-wheels exceeded factory-to-dealer shipments.
Meanwhile, shipments of travel trailers and folding campers exceeded retail sales during the first half of this year, but by what could be considered negligible amounts.
During June, Statistical Surveys reported 15,374 travel trailers were sold by dealers to retail buyers, while the RVIA reported 12,200 travel trailers were shipped by the manufacturers to dealers that month.
However, Statistical Surveys was unable to gather retail sales figures from New Hampshire in time for its latest report, and it does not gather sales totals from Hawaii. Considering the fact that 135 travel trailers were retailed in New Hampshire during June 2001, it is possible to assume that retail sales of travel trailers actually exceeded 15,500 during June of this year.
In the case of fifth-wheels, there were 7.064 units retailed in June in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, while the RVIA’s members reported they shipped 5,500 fifth-wheels to dealers last June.
With folding campers, there were 5,829 units retailed and 4,000 units shipped wholesale in June.
During the first half of this year, 64,326 travel trailers were retailed in the 48 states and 65,400 units were shipped wholesale. However, 450 travel trailers were retailed in New Hampshire during the first half of 2001, so, if New Hampshire’s sales had been available this year, then wholesale shipments of travel trailers would have exceeded retail sales, most likely, by less than 1,000 units during the first half of this year.
In the case of fifth-wheels, there were 32,579 units retailed in the 48 states during the first half of this year, while the RVIA’s members reported shipping 32,400 units to their dealers through June 30.
In the case of folding campers, there were 21,862 units sold retail in the 48 states and 24,800 units where shipped wholesale. However, there were 349 folding campers retailed in New Hampshire during the first half of 2001, so the gap between folding camper retail and wholesale was more narrow than it now appears.