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Travel Trailer/Fifth-wheel Retail Robust in Oct.

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December 23, 2002 by   Leave a Comment

Retail sales of travel trailers and fifth-wheels showed robust growth in October compared with the relatively weak sales in October 2001, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
However, retails sales of folding campers and park models were lower ithat month than they were in October 2001 in the 40 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data.
Statistical Surveys was unable to gather data from Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming in time for its report and it does not collect Hawaii’s sales figures.
October 2001 retail sales were relatively weak in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
In the 40 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, travel-trailer sales increased 12.3% in October to 6,786 units, compared with 6,042 units retailed in the same states a year earlier.
After the first 10 months of this year, travel-trailer sales were up 15.1% in the 40 states to 106,077 units, compared with 92,164 units sold by dealers in the same states during the same portion of 2001.
Meanwhile, fifth-wheel sales increased 9.1% in October to 3,787 units retailed in the 40 sales, compared with 3,470 units sold in the same states a year earlier.
After the first 10 months of this year, fifth-wheel sales were up 12.9% to 52,939 units, compared with 46,859 units sold by dealers in the same 40 states in the same portion of 2001.
Here is how folding campers and park models fared:
• Folding camper sales declined 12.7% in October to 1,378 units retailed by dealers in the 40 states, compared with 1,579 units sold in October 2001.
• After the first 10 months of this year, folding-camper retail sales were down 6.7% to 34,382 units, compared with 36,855 units retailed by dealers in the same 40 states in the same portion of last year.
• Park model retail sales declined 5.8% in October to 373 units, compared with 396 units retail by dealers in the same 40 states in October 2001.
• After the first 10 months of this year, park model sales were up 1% to 4,482 units, compared with 4,443 units retailed by dealers in the 40 states in the same portion of 2001.

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