Year-over-year towable sales continued to enjoy steady growth in 2017, posting a 10.5% gain for the first eight months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI).
Results by category showed:
- Sales for the travel trailer segment climbed 11.8% year-to-date.
- Fifth-wheel registrations were up 8.6% for the eight months.
- Folding camping trailer sales edged down 4.2% through August.
- Park model RV sales fell 6% year-to-date.
Thor Industries Inc. was the towable sales leader through August with 48.8% share of the market, ahead of Forest River Inc. owning a 36.7% share and Grand Design RV Co. (4.2%).
By segment, Thor was No. 1 in travel trailers for the eight months with a 49.2% market share, followed by Forest River with a 37.9% share. Thor led fifth-wheel sales with a 53.4% market share, followed by Forest River (28.9%) and Grand Design RV Co. (11%).
In folding camping trailer sales, Forest River led the category through August with a 70.2% market share, followed by Thor (11.7%) and Columbia Northwest/Aliner Inc. (11.4%). Cavco Industries Inc. led the park model segment with a 23.5% market share, ahead of Kropf Manufacturing Co. Inc. (18.9%), Champion Home Builders (13.6%) and Skyline Corp. (12.4%).
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