Retail sales of towable RVs remained positive after the first 11 months of 2000, despite a decline in November, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.

However, retail sales of motorhomes declined almost 19% in November and motorhome sales were down almost 7% when the first 11 months of 2000 are compared with the same portion of 1999, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm reported.

The Statistical Surveys towable RV retail sales data now available for November does not include totals from North Dakota, because that state is reprogramming its system, according to Tom Walworth, general manager.

Typically, Statistical Surveys data comes from all 50 states, except Hawaii.

During November, the number of towable RVs sold on the retail market declined 11.3% to 10,520 units. But after the first 11 months of last year, retail sales of towables was up 3.2% to 209,658 units, compared with 203,191 units sold during the first 11 months of the record-setting year of 1999.

Meanwhile, motorhome sales declined 18.6% in November to 3,371 units and motorhome sales were down 6.9% after the first 11 months of 2000 to 52,883 units, Statistical Surveys reported.