The retail sales of towable RVs in October rose 8.2% ahead of October 2011, Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) has reported.

The October performance put retail sales through the first 10 months of the year ahead of the 2011 pace by 8.5%.

Travel trailer and fifth-wheel sales were ahead of the October 2011 performance, while folding camping trailer and park model sales trailed 2011.

Year-to-date, travel trailer sales are up 11.6%, fifth-wheel sales are up 6.2%, folding camping trailer sales are down 10.7% and park model sales are off 16.3%.

Thor Industries Inc. remains the overall towable leader with a 38% market share, with Forest River Inc. second with a 32.1% share.

Thor is the travel trailer leader with a 34.1% share, the fifth-wheel leader with a 53.6% share and the park model leader with a 24.2% share. Forest River is the folding camping trailer leader with a 47.7% share. Forest River is runner-up in travel trailer and fifth-wheel sales and Jayco Inc. is runner-up in folding camping trailer sales.