Friday, May 15, 2015

For Sale: 2012 Sanibel Fifth Wheel Camper by Forest River

2012 Sanibel Fifth Wheel RV made by Prime Time, a division of Forest River. Ideal for Full Time Living Model 3500, Four Slides, One in Master Bedroom, Three in Living Area Approximately 39' long, just under 14' wide with all slides extended.

The living room has a two new LazyBoy recliners, fully opening windows, including those in the slide outs for excellent cross flow ventilation Note the island sink with solid surface top just to the right.

In one of the slide outs there is a private desk area with internet hookups. Also adjacent to the desk area is an electric fireplace with the option to have the flames on but the heat off to enjoy the fireside ambiance. Just above it is a flat screen LCD television.

One of the features of this home is a huge side by side double door refrigerator with ample dry storage above and below it. There are large pantry size cabinets on each side as well.

This is a view from the front door overlooking the kitchen, dinette, queen size sofa and large peninsula cabinet above beyond the pendant lights over the sink.

Just beyond those pendant lights is a ceiling fan in the living room.

The large pantry immediately adjacent to the over sized refrigerator. An appliance nook is beside it with glass doored cabinets above.

Overhead between the kitchen and living room is a large cabinet with access on all three sides for easy storage and retrieval of items.

A shot of the desk area next to the TV and fireplace.

These are two brand new LazyBoy recliners. Last time we took this home to the Midwest, I did not secure the old recliners adequately and the upholstery rubbed together between the two and got all torn up. We evaluated the cost of reupholstering and decided to just get new ones so as to not have a "repaired" piece in this home. Comfortable and they match the dinette chairs almost perfectly. Plus they are not the hot and sticky leatherette the old ones were. They are now resting comfortably in a Habitat for Humanity home here in the greater Dade City area.

The sofa is queen size with an air mattress sofa bed. It sleeps two comfortably. All of the window shades have two different shades, one is a blind for privacy, the other completely blocks any light through the window for those mornings you might just want to sleep in.

Another view of the dinette and sofa with the slide extended as well as the oversize window in the rear at those recliners for the ultimate in flow through ventilation.

A partial view of the kitchen area with the island and its solid surface top with integrated sink. Note the large stove/oven combination (a full pizza fits in that oven with ease!) and the glass tile backsplash around the cooktop. The oversize refrigerator is just to the right and the convection microwave is located above the cooktop.

The whole house control panel is just off the kitchen in the same cabinet at the whole house central vacuum system.

Outside underneath is a full width storage compartment accessible from either side of the trailer. Just to the right in this picture, you can see the controls operating the water systems.

That water system includes three heated holding tanks, one for the kitchen, one for the toilet and the third is for the bathroom sink and shower. A separate fresh water tank is also a part of this package.

Also underneath is an adjustable flat screen LCD television with cable or satellite connections. It folds flat into that storage compartment for ease of storage while traveling.

This home also features two air conditioners, two 30# propane tanks, and a 10 gallon water heater which operates on both electricity and propane.

In the master bath, there is a full size shower with separate enclosure.

A toilet with an overhead cabinet for storage is also included. This area is outside the "wet area" of the shower and never gets wet.

There is a king size bed with ample storage underneath. In addition, there are cabinets and cubbyholes all around the upstairs master suite.

Inside the closet there are shelves suitable for the storage of shoes, sweaters, linens or other items.

The six drawer chest provides plenty of storage for a large wardrobe of either summer or winter clothes and linens.

The huge master closet is also preplumbed and prewired for a washer and dryer unit, should you decide to install one.

This attractive glass door is the entry door to the master suite from downstairs.

This home also features a retractable grab bar at the main entry door. The steps retract into the body of the trailer for safe, efficient travels and the overhead awning is operated by electricity for ease of use.

There are two modes of electrical hook up as well. One hook up operates the lights for a quick camp set up while the second operates the refrigerator and air conditioners as well as all lights and electronics in this home.

The tires are Goodyear Marathons mounted to 8 lug custom wheels. Each rubber torsion Dexter axle is rated at 7,000 pounds each.

Other amentities include hydraulic self leveling jacks in the front and electric stabilizing jacks in the rear. A full height ladder is also included for easy access to the roof of this home.

Overall, this is a fantastic home offered at a fair but firm price.

Delivery is possible at a negotiated price.

Also available is our 2001 Ford F350 four door dually pickup truck. This 7.3 liter diesel Powerstroke is barely broken in at 225,000 miles and is offered at an additional price to the trailer or offered separately, once the trailer is sold. Recent service includes a new serpentine belt, oil change and tune up.

I am perfectly capable of selling this home on my own and will not entertain offers of assistance in its sale. Please, no phone calls or emails offering your unwelcome assistance in this matter.

This home is located just outside Dade City, Florida and is available for viewing at nearly a moment's notice.

If interested, drop me an email including your phone number and I'll be in immediate contact.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Collecting Only Memories and Photographs

I am interested in speaking with you about the old cars you have around these here parts. I am not here to buy them, part them out or steal anything from them. I am only interested in the memories you have of them and sharing those stories with like minded folks. How did you come about owning this one or that one? How much did you pay for it? Who did you buy it from? Where was it before it came into your possession? There are plenty of great stories out here in the wild and most people never have an opportunity to hear them. Through this series of articles I hope to bring these stories to our fellow Car Guys as well as to the Youngsters of Today who may never have a chance to hear about that old car or truck or tractor otherwise. With many of our youth more interested in electronic devices than in automobiles, I figure that by publishing these stories on the internet, more of our youth, and maybe even some old timers will find them and become intrigued by the opportunity to read more about them. My intent is to publish these on main stream sites such as as well as on my personal site By The Numbers, I will follow your lead as to how much personal information you wish to disclose with regard to your name, address, license plate coverage, etc. I only ask that you share what I am sure are to be fascinating stories about your cool rides, whether stationery or capable of motoring at high speeds. In the meantime, thanks for your time and feel free to contact me anytime at to set up a get together to chat it up about your cool old ride. Thanks. John