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thestoloffs

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Posted: 10/31/18 10:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Many Born Free coach owners can be found on the Leap'n Lions RV Club forum.

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Posted: 01/14/19 09:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone seen what the Born Free RV buildings in Humboldt, Iowa are being utilized as? Since the founder and his son of Born Free passed away a few years ago, the company got shuttered in May of 2017. Just wondering if RVs are being manufactured there these days. Considering a new Class C purchase, and probably will go with a Winnebago from Lichtsinn, in Forest City, Iowa.




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Skid Row Joe wrote:

Has anyone seen what the Born Free RV buildings in Humboldt, Iowa are being utilized as? Since the founder and his son of Born Free passed away a few years ago, the company got shuttered in May of 2017. Just wondering if RVs are being manufactured there these days. Considering a new Class C purchase, and probably will go with a Winnebago from Lichtsinn, in Forest City, Iowa.
Born Free is done. The company is gone.

I kindly advise not to give up hope on a new quality-made rig. Yes Winnebagos are decent, but there are a number of good quality brands to consider. Don't just blindly buy without doing your research. You don't want to have buyer's remorse. With the internet, you can cover a lot of ground in the comfort of your home.

List the essentials of what a rig absolutely must provide you, then go from there. Must you have the huge bed over the van? Must you have both a couch and a dinette? Must you have a walk-around queen bed? Do you have a limit on over-all length? Things like that.

My wife and I did just that in 2006/2007 and we ended up with a Phoenix Cruiser. Our rig can be seen by CLICKING HERE.


2007 Phoenix Cruiser model 2350, with 2006 Jeep Liberty in-tow


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Posted: 01/15/19 11:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ron.dittmer wrote:

Skid Row Joe wrote:

Has anyone seen what the Born Free RV buildings in Humboldt, Iowa are being utilized as? Since the founder and his son of Born Free passed away a few years ago, the company got shuttered in May of 2017. Just wondering if RVs are being manufactured there these days. Considering a new Class C purchase, and probably will go with a Winnebago from Lichtsinn, in Forest City, Iowa.
Born Free is done. The company is gone.

I kindly advise not to give up hope on a new quality-made rig. Yes Winnebagos are decent, but there are a number of good quality brands to consider. Don't just blindly buy without doing your research. You don't want to have buyer's remorse. With the internet, you can cover a lot of ground in the comfort of your home.

List the essentials of what a rig absolutely must provide you, then go from there. Must you have the huge bed over the van? Must you have both a couch and a dinette? Must you have a walk-around queen bed? Do you have a limit on over-all length? Things like that.

My wife and I did just that in 2006/2007 and we ended up with a Phoenix Cruiser.

Unfortunately, the Born Free I bought has been plagued with any number of grave issues in my ownership of it. Endless roof, side-body, and windows leaking rainwater for years on end. The air bag system was a fiasco of $ and getting replaced. My coach's stainless steel fuel tank also rusted out to the tune of $5,500.00 for a replacement. It's truly been a moneypit, for claiming to be so well made. When Born Free was in business, , at least you could get parts and advise. That's over. I'm not keen on any of these off brands that like Born Free, may close up tomorrow. The Winnebago brand is well known and not likely to go out of business. My earlier post was trying to find out if there were any service centers of expertise with the Born Free brand.



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Posted: 01/09/20 08:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone know if Kim Olson, former CSR at Born Free Motorcoach in Humboldt, IA. is still in the RV business? Or, if there's a contact number for Kim?

My 2002 Born Free is in desperate need of some coach replacement parts, that were unique to the Born Free brand.

Born Free closed down for good in May 2017. I really need some coach accessory parts sourced!!


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Tried to send a pm won’t let me.


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Your stainless steel fuel tank was a Ford product not a Born Free product. Since your tank was made out of stainless steel how in the heck did you get it to rust? Stainless steel in normally extremely rust resistant.


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Posted: 01/24/20 03:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ours was 14ish years old when we replaced the fuel pump. There was not a single spot of rust as the entire tank/accessories were stainless (with the obvious exception of the plastic & rubber parts).

I wish I'd have taken a pic of the interior, but it was as fresh inside as the day it was manufactured:

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If you paid $5,500 for an installed replacement, you got taken.


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Previously:
'00 Four Winds 26Q Class C (Ford E350 V10)
'96 Kit Sportsmaster 212f Fifth Wheel/'93 GMC Sierra K2500
'91 SunLite poptop truck camper
and the first: a Wildernest flip-top canopy.


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Posted: 02/02/20 07:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

John S. wrote:

Tried to send a pm won’t let me.
Looking for Kim Olson's contact information. Would you happen to have it?

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Posted: 02/02/20 09:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Was Kim male or female?

A GOOGLE search of that name and town shows a deceased female, age 60 at death.

Have you tried any google search?

Also, many used parts can be sourced from Colaw Salvage, owned by Colaw RV in Carthage Missouri. You can get their website and phone number from any internet search, including Google.

Colaw RV Salvage is enormous! Huge inventory. Call them.

Good luck to you.

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