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SSI: Towable, Travel Trailer Sales Flat For June

August 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year retail towable sales were flat in June, up 0.4%, while registrations for the first six months increased 7.1%. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc., results showed:

• Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector edged up 2.1% in June while year-to-date registrations rose 10.5%.

• Fifth-wheel registrations increased 0.7% for the month and 4.3% through June.

• Folding camping trailer sales declined 16.4% in June and 13.2% year-to-date.

• Park model sales were flat for the month, up 0.4%, and declined 17.3% through June.

Thor Industries Inc. was the towable sales leader year-to-date with a 36.1% market share, followed by Forest River Inc. at 21.7% and Jayco Inc. with a 12.1% share.

By segment for the first six months, Thor was No. 1 in travel trailer sales with a 32.6% share, ahead of Forest River (21.8%) and Jayco (13.8%). Thor held a commanding lead in fifth-wheel sales, capturing a 53.3% market share, while Forest River posted a 17.5% share and Jayco had a 6.3% share.

Forest River was the folding camping trailer sales leader for the six months with a 43.5% market share while Jayco (19.2%) held the No. 2 position followed by Forest River’s Coachmen RV division (10.8%). In the park model segment, Thor was No. 1, posting a 26.5% market share, with Kropf Manufacturing Co. at No. 2, holding a 10.7% share, and Skyline Corp. third at 10.1%.

To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (616) 446-8179 (cell).

 

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SSI: Towable Sales Rise 8.8% in May, 7.8% YTD

July 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year retail towable sales gained 8.8% in May while registrations for the first five months increased 7.8%. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc., results showed:

• Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector rose 12.9% in May while year-to-date registrations were up 11.9%.

• Fifth-wheel registrations grew 4.2% for the month and 3.7% through May.

• Folding camping trailer sales declined 9.7% in May and 13.7% year-to-date.

• Park model sales fell 26.8% for the month and 22.7% through May.

Thor Industries Inc. was the towable sales leader year-to-date with a 36.3% market share, followed by Forest River Inc. at 21.6%% and Jayco Inc. with a 12% share.

By segment for the first five months, Thor was No. 1 in travel trailer sales with a 32.6% share, ahead of Forest River (21.8%) and Jayco (13.8%). Thor held a commanding lead in fifth-wheel sales, capturing a 53.6% market share, while Forest River posted a 17.7% share and Jayco had a 6.1% share.

Forest River was the folding camping trailer sales leader for the five months with a 43.5% market share while Jayco (18.9%) held the No. 2 position followed by Forest River’s Coachmen RV division (11%). In the park model segment, Thor was No. 1, posting a 28.1% market share, with Skyline Corp. at No. 2, holding a 10.3% share, and Kropf Manufacturing Co. Inc. third at 9.5%.

To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (616) 446-8179 (cell).

 

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SSI: April Towable Sales Dip 3.2%, Trailers Flat

June 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year retail towable sales fell 3.2% in April while registrations for the four months gained 4.8%.

According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc., April results showed:

• April sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector were flat, two units lower than the previous month’s total, while year-to-date registrations rose 9.2%.

• Fifth-wheel registrations decreased 7% for the month and edged up 0.5% through April.

• Folding camping trailer sales declined 19.2% in April and 18.2% year-to-date.

• Park model sales fell 24.5% for the month and 24.4% through April.

Thor Industries Inc. was the towable sales leader year-to-date with a 36.9% market share, followed by Forest River Inc. at 21.2%% and Jayco Inc. with an 11.5% share.

By segment for the four months, Thor was No. 1 in travel trailer sales with a 32.6% share, ahead of Forest River (21.5%) and Jayco (13.4%). Thor held a commanding lead in fifth-wheel sales, capturing a 54.6% market share, while Forest River posted a 17.1% share and Jayco had a 5.7% share.

Forest River was the folding camping trailer sales leader for the four months with a 44% market share while Jayco (17.7%) held the No. 2 position followed by Forest River’s Coachmen RV division (11.4%). In the park model segment, Thor was No. 1, posting a 25.6% market share, with Skyline Corp. at No. 2, holding a 10.9% share, and Kropf Manufacturing Co. Inc. third at 9.1%.

To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (616) 446-8179 (cell).

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Baird: March Towable Numbers ‘Encouraging’

May 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: Robert W. Baird & Co. issued a client newsletter to investors following the March towable sales report from Statistical Surveys Inc. The following offers a summary of the results.

U.S. towable retail remains strong in March. Dealer towable sales grew 15% in March, according to Statistical Surveys, following similar gains in February (keep in mind data is frequently revised upward). The retail growth is encouraging, and trends are consistent with our recent dealer survey, as a mild winter and early start to spring supported demand.

Towable demand up 15%. U.S. towable sales improved 15% in March. Travel trailer registrations increased 17%, and fifth-wheel sales grew 7%.

Inventory. Dealers continue to stock towable product ahead of the selling season, increasing channel inventory. We believe seasonal restocking is essentially complete, and look to spring demand to determine orders into summer.

Retail U.S. SAAR. We calculate a seasonally adjusted rate of retail registrations. The SAAR of U.S. towable demand (including fifth-wheels and travel trailers) rose to 175K units in March, from 172K units in February. Just over 160K units were sold in the U.S. in 2011.

This summary of a Baird research report is not intended as investment advice. To participate in Baird surveys and receive research reports, contact Craig R. Kennison, CFA, at ckennison@rwbaird.com.

 

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SSI: Towable Sales Edge Down 5.3% for October

December 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year retail towable sales dipped in October – down 5.3% – while registrations rose 4.4% for the first 10 months. The sector has been relatively flat since January of this year, posting marginal monthly gains or losses in registrations.

According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc., October results were:

• Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector edged down 1.0% for the month but were up 7.1% year-to-date.

• Fifth-wheel registrations dropped 12.9% in October and edged up 1.8% for the 10 months.

• Folding camping trailer sales declined 10.8% in October and 9.9% year-to-date.

• Park model sales declined 18.3% for the month and 4.4% through October.

Thor Industries Inc. remained the towable sales leader year-to-date with a 36.5% market share, followed by Forest River Inc. at 21.4% and Jayco Inc. with a 12.3% share.

By segment for the first 10 months, Thor was No. 1 in travel trailer sales with a 33.3% share, ahead of Forest River (22.0%) and Jayco (14.1%). Thor held a commanding lead in fifth-wheel sales, capturing a 54.2% market share, while Forest River posted a 17.2% share.

Forest River was the folding camping trailer sales leader through October with a 35.3% market share while Jayco (18.2%) held the No. 2 position. In the park model segment, Thor was No. 1, posting a 23.8% market share, with Skyline Corp. at No. 2, holding a 12.5% share.

To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (616) 446-8179 (cell).

 

 

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SSI: YOY Towable Sales Unchanged in August

October 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year retail towable sales remained flat in August – up 1.1% – while registrations rose 5.2% for the first seven months. The sector has been marked by marginal monthly gains or losses in registrations since January of this year when towables posted a 13.5% increase.

According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc., August results were:

• Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector edged up 4.3% in August and 7.9%year-to-date.

• Fifth-wheel registrations slid 1.7% for the month and edged up 3.1% through August.

• Folding camping trailer sales declined 14.5% in August and 10.0% year-to-date.

• Park model sales fell 16% for the month and 7.2% for the first eight months.

Thor Industries Inc. remained the towable sales leader year-to-date with a 36.4% market share, followed by Forest River Inc. at 21.6% and Jayco Inc. with a 12.3% share.

By segment for the first seven months, Thor was No. 1 in travel trailer sales with a 33.4% share, ahead of Forest River (22.2%) and Jayco (14%). Thor held a commanding lead in fifth-wheel sales, capturing a 53.9% market share, while Forest River posted a 17.3% share.

Forest River was the folding camping trailer sales leader through August with a 36.0% market share while Jayco (18.1%) held the No. 2 position. In the park model segment, Thor was No. 1 with a 22.4% market share with Skyline Corp. at No. 2, holding a 13.5% share.

To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (616) 446-8179 (cell).

 

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Stat Surveys: April Towable Sales Rise 2.9%

June 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Retail sales of towable RVs remained flat in April, up just 2.9%, while year-over-year registrations for the first four months rose 4.5%.

According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc., results showed:
• Travel trailer sales increased 6% in April and 6.6% year-to-date.
• Fifth-wheel registrations edged down 0.2% for the month and were up 2.6% through April.
• Folding camping trailer sales dropped 13.9% in April and 6.8% year-to-date.
• April park model sales were off 4.8% and 4.4% for the first four months.

Thor Industries Inc. remained the towable leader year-to-date with a 37% market share, followed by Forest River Inc. at 21%.

By segment for the first four months, Thor was No. 1 in travel trailers with a 34.8% share, fifth-wheels with a 53.6% share and park models with a 21% share.

Forest River was the folding camping trailer leader with a 33.5% share.

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