Stat Surveys Inc.: March Towable Registrations Down
Towable RV registrations were down predictably in Statistical Surveys Inc.’s March retail registration report released today (May 20) by the Grand Rapids, Mich., firm.
Travel trailer and fifth-wheel registrations for the month totaled 10,411, compared to 16,997 in March 2008, a decline of 38.7%. Retail registration totals by segment:
- Travel trailers: 7,239 compared to 11,599 in March of 2008.
- Fifth-wheels: 3,172 vs. 5,398 last March.
- Camping trailers: 983, down from 1,616 last year.
- Recreational park trailers: 135, off from 298 in ’08.
Thor Industries Inc. expanded its hold on the travel trailer market with a 30.8% share in March and 29.3% for the first quarter, more than double its closest competitor, Jayco Inc.
Thor had an even greater lead in the fifth-wheel market with a 40.6% market share in March and 39.7% share for the first quarter. Forest River Inc. was a distant second with a 12% and 13.6% share for March and the quarter, respectively.
FTCA Inc.’s Coleman camping trailer was the top selling folding camping trailer manufacturer with a 33.8% market share in March and 34.1% share for the quarter. Jayco was second at 26.6% for March 25.4% for the quarter.
In the recreational park trailer segment, Thor and Skyline Corp. were in a dead heat for the quarter, each with a 16.1% market share with Chariot Eagle a close third with 13.5%. For March, Thor was tops with 19.3% market share, followed by Skyline with 16.3% and Chariot Eagle with 17%.