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Born Free RVs was a well-known manufacturer of RVs and motorhomes that went out of business in 2017. Founded by John Dodgen and his brothers in 1947 as Dodgen Industries to manufacture farm equipment, the company moved into the recreational vehicle space in the 1960s. Their Humboldt, Iowa plant continued to manufacture Class C RVs for several decades until the company was sold in 2015 to HBF Investments who shuttered the plant two years later. Even following the sale of the company, the Dodgen family was involved in the brand until the closure, with grandson Brandon Dodgen remaining with the company as a high-level manager. Born Free RVs have a lot of desirable features that have made them so appealing to buyers over the years. With high quality construction and materials, including wood cabinetry, top of the line appliances, and Ford engine and chassis to power the vehicles. The layouts and features of their recreational vehicles are a fit for a number of different camping styles and lifestyle needs. One of the things that set Born Free RVs apart from the competition is that they were built to order and sold direct to their customers. This allowed customers to choose the features that meant the most to them, ensuring that they have the exact model that to fit their needs and budget. The commitment of the brand to serving their customers made them a highly respected brand with a fiercely loyal following and many repeat buyers. The founders of the company created a robust community in their Born Free Leap’n Lions RV Club that had an active forum, frequent events, and more. Though activity in the online group has died down, there is still plenty of useful information in the forums that can be a great benefit to current owners of Born Free RVs.