Stat Surveys: April Towable Retail Sales Down 39.5%
Retail registrations of towable recreational vehicles totaled 13,901 in April off 39.5% from April 2008, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm, which tracks retail sales for the RV industry, reported these sales figures by category compared with April 2008:
- 9,006 travel trailers, down 36.9% from 14,283.
- 3,776 fifth-wheels, off 42.1% from 6,517.
- 1,018 folding camping trailers, a 49% decline from 1,998.
- 181 recreational park trailers (park models), off 44,6% from 327.
Year-to-date, towable sales totaled 40,015, off 40.8% from 68,892 through April 2008.
Thor Industries Inc. retained its commanding position in the RV industry with a 29.5% share of the towable market. Jayco Inc. was second with a 14.2% share while Forest River Inc. was a close third with a 13.1% market share. Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC and KZ RV LP rounded out the top five.
By segment, Thor was first in travel trailers, fifth-wheels and park models and FTCA Inc., marketing under the Coleman name, was first in folding camping trailers.