NATDA Magazine July/Aug 2015 - Page 7

Are you ready for an amazing Fourth of July weekend? Independence Day is such an important holiday as it reminds us all the true importance of what it means to be American. For me personally, it means having the ability to enjoy the freedom of free enterprise. We are truly blessed in America to be able to reach such enormous success for the trailer industry! Recently, I’ve taken the time to speak with manufacturers and dealers who are having record years. It’s great to see the industry demand continues to receive support from a wide array of factors, including solid freight volumes, pent-up demand for replacement equipment, and increased consumer and business spending. The foundation is in place for 2015 to be the best trailer market since the late 1990s. With that said, NATDA will continue supporting the system we have set in place. That means our goal as an association is to assist dealers to maintain a stronger platform. It is very important that we continue to make a difference in dealerships throughout the U.S. by providing them with tools to be even more successful. On page 8, we have provided a list of services that can assist your dealership with: financing, insurance, online services, social media, inventory software and more! On page 34, we have outlined a short schedule of the Dealer Education that will be available to dealers in attendance at the 2015 NATDA Trade Show & Convention. We have over 7 hours of dealer education and technical workshops that have been developed to teach dealers everything they need to take their business to the next level! NATDA is here to make a difference and again, we hope to see your team in Nashville! This article is based on state registration data compiled by Statistical Surveys which is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Statistical Surveys currently produces national retail sales statistics for the Recreational Vehicle, Marine, Manufactured Housing, and Trailer Industries. Please note that Maine, Mississippi, and Tennessee are experiencing data delays. The data will be placed in the correct month once it’s received. Registrations for the month of March rose .08 percent over 2014 with the 1st quarter of 2015 registrations being up 2.8 percent over 2014. The chart below shows the breakout by trailer types. Trailer Type Boat Enclosed Horse Livestock Open All Trailers March 2015 2.3% 1.1% -7.7% 11.0% 0.0% -0.8% 1st Quarter Year 2015 5.2% 2.1% -4.4% 11.3% 1.9% 2.8% Here are the reporting states with the best overall sales increases for All Trailer Segments in the 1st quarter of 2015. Ranking 1 2 3 State Florida Washington Idaho Percent of Growth 14.2% 7.7% 6.7% NATDA Magazine 7