The Sauntering Sampsons travel blog

The new truck

The new fifth wheel

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It's been a long time since I've posted anything here. That's because we are supposed to be sauntering, not stagnating. Much as we have come to like southern Alabama, our intentions for this phase of our lives was to move around a bit and see different parts of the country. We've been waiting for all the parts to come in for the repairs to the motor home. I think everything is finally here, and repairs can begin in a couple days.

We have come to the conclusion that, while our motor home is very nice, it is pretty confining for two adults and three animals. So we got to thinking, how about our original plans to have a heavy duty truck and a fifth wheel trailer? It seems most full-timers prefer this set up. Fifth wheels are all living space. With a motor home, much of the space is taken up with the engine and dash and driver's seat, etc.

To make a long story short, last week we bought a Ram 3500 Diesel Dually (double rear tires)truck and yesterday we finalized the purchase of a Forest River Sanibel trailer. They both have lots of bells and whistles, and will provide us with many years of traveling comfort. You can see pictures of the model we purchased by going to and searching for Stock number 13941. If that unit gets sold, you can search their site for primetime sanibel model 3521. We should take delivery before the end of March if all goes as expected. Dixie RV is a very high volume seller, and we were able to negotiate a good price, especially considering that we are financially upside down on the motor home.

Kate will be adding a post soon.

Yesterday we took the boys to a dog park in Gulf Shores. They had a blast being able to run free, even though many of the dogs were a lot bigger than they were. Bosley had his first experience fetching a ball in the water. At first he was apprehensive, but soon found that the water was a lot of fun. Higgins, on the other hand, was quite happy staying on shore watching the other dogs swimming after balls in the water. He would race up to the shore, watch the dogs in the water with some concern, and then race back to us as if he'd been part of the retrieval. As we were leaving the park we noticed the sign about the alligators. We are glad the boys can't read.

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