Towable RV sales down 6.2 percent for first 10 months

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Year-over-year towable RV sales dipped 6.2% for the first 10 months of 2019, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI).

Results by category showed:

  • Sales for the travel trailer segment dipped 5.7% through October.
  • Fifth-wheel registrations declined 7.9% for the 10 months.
  • Camping trailer sales were down 9.3% through October.
  • Park model RV sales edged up 6% for the 10 months.

Thor Industries Inc. was the towable sales leader through October with 44.9% share of the market, ahead of Forest River Inc. with a 37.2% share and Grand Design RV (7.3%).

By segment, Thor was No. 1 in travel trailers for the 10 months with a 44.8% market share, followed by Forest River with a 39.5% share. Thor led fifth-wheel sales with a 50.5% market share, followed by Forest River (26.4%) and Grand Design (15.8%).

Forest River led in camping trailer sales through October with a 73.8% market share, followed by Columbia Northwest (11.4%) and Thor (5.3%).

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Matthew Bucar
9 months ago

Carbon monoxide not venting outside is a huge deal and all these units should come with carbon monoxide detectors. Bad enough we have refrigerators that burst into flames.

Tony F Stekar
9 months ago

I’m surprised forest river did that good as I own one ( forest river vibe ) a park model . A warning about it water tank too small to boon dock ; and every trip something need’s repaired. If I had it over I would not buy !!! I am sure this is why sale are down as you hear of other’s –camper trailer’s with problems , as I am not happy with my trailer and let other’s know , I’m sure thing will get worsted there is no pride in building only speed in mass production. SAD!

Brandt H Orme
9 months ago
Reply to  Tony F Stekar

Check out products from the Nash family ( Nash, Artic Fox, Outdoor RV, etc); better quality!

Barry Walz
9 months ago

Sales are down from record setting highs, they are down to the 2nd highest level ever.
There # don’t include the upswing in tiny house sales.

Tommy Molnar
9 months ago

I look at these figures as good news. After all, there’s only so much storage space available, where most of these trailers end up anyway.

Donald N Wright
9 months ago

So, if sales are down, are prices going down ? No,

Captn John
9 months ago

Sad to see those numbers. I met with the sales manager of my dealer for lunch yesterday. He said unit sales were down but dollar amounts were up. The number published will only increase problems, we need to see down 62% not 6.2% for several years. Traveling around the country it also looks like dealer inventory is pretty high.