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Forest River Berkshire Motorhome

Forest River Berkshire Motorhome

Year-over-year Canadian motorhome sales declined 21.2 percent in June while registrations rose 2.7 percent for the six months. Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) reported that data for the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario are incomplete.

Forest River Inc. was the Canadian motorhome sales leader through June, capturing a 24.6 percent market share, followed by Thor Industries Inc. (23.1 percent) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (14.1 percent).

June Class A registrations fell 22.8 percent from the year prior and 1.5 percent year-to-date. Thor was No. 1 in the category for the first six months with a 23.1 percent market share, ahead of Fleetwood RV Inc. (15.7 percent) and Winnebago (14.8 percent).

In the Class C segment, sales dropped 19.9 percent for June but were up 6.4 percent for the six months. Forest River held the No. 1 spot year-to-date with a 35.9 percent market share followed by Thor (23.1 percent) and Winnebago (13.4 percent).

 

Jay Flight Swift SLX Travel TrailerYear-over-year RV towables and travel trailer sales were flat in June, up 0.4 percent, while registrations for the first six months increased 7.1 percent according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI).

The study results showed:

  • Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector edged up 2.1 percent in June while year-to-date registrations rose 10.5 percent.
  • Fifth-wheel registrations increased 0.7 percent for the month and 4.3 percent through June.
  • Folding camping trailer sales declined 16.4 percent in June and 13.2 percent year-to-date.
  • Park model sales were flat for the month, up 0.4 percent, and declined 17.3 percent through June.

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

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

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

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).

 

Syracuse, Ind. – Redwood RV, Inc., a division of CrossRoads RV based in Topeka, Ind. has purchased the intellectual property of Carriage, Inc. today at auction from Ohio-based Myron Bowling Auctioneers. Carriage had been headquartered in Millersburg, Ind since 1968 and built high-end fifth wheels under the Cabo, Cameo, Carri-Lite and Royals International brands.

“We are excited about this purchase,” said Don Emahiser, President of Redwood and CrossRoads. “We’ve hired key Carriage talent—from production, to purchasing, IT and sales. I doubt that any other manufacturer has attracted more. They have been placed throughout our organization, from senior management to entry-level positions.

The management team at Redwood and CrossRoads believes the acquisition of not only the Carriage name but also the hiring of many of its previous employees will make the companies uniquely positioned to be the best stewards of the Carriage legacy. “We strongly feel that the RV Industry needs its historic brands, so we look forward to bringing this iconic name back to the marketplace,” Emahiser added.

Details of the acquisition and specific plans for the Carriage name and brands will be disclosed in the near future according to a company spokesperson.

Redwood RV manufactures and markets mid-priced fifth wheels and luxury fifth wheels designed specifically for full-time living. Redwood fifth-wheels range from 34 to 40 feet and are available in eight floor plans with MSRPs starting around $80,000.

Redwood and CrossRoads are subsidiaries of Thor Industries, Inc., (NYSE: THO), the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles.

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