Report: Motorhome Retail Sales Dipped 4.2% in May
Retail sales of motorized RVs dipped 4.2 percent in May compared to May 2011, Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) has reported.
Class A motorhome sales rose 6 percent in May, but Class C sales fell 13.7 percent, dragging down the overall performance of motorized sales.
Forest River Inc. topped all manufacturers and reported nearly a 25 percent market share, followed closely by Thor Industries Inc. Winnebago Industries Inc. was third.
For year-to-date, Class A and Class C sales are ahead of the 2011 pace by 2.1 percent.
In a companion report, SSI noted that the sale of motorized RVs for use in rental fleets was off 50 percent in May and are down 10 percent for the year-to-date.
In a separate report, SSI reported that Class B or camper van sales soared 54.3 percent May. The market for these vehicles is much smaller than the more conventional Class A and C units, and just six companies reported retail sales during the month. Kitchener, Ontario-based Roadtrek dominates the Class B market with 34.5 percent of all sales recorded during the month.
For the year-to-date, Class B sales are up 28.1 percent over 2011.