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 on: January 30, 2015, 08:12:24 am 
Started by NHWanderlust - Last post by 2 Frazzled
Yikes! When I finished laughing I pictured us in a similar position with the eight year old granddaughter. My saving grace would be that my common "stall while I think" tactic with her is to throw out that "why do you ask" or "where did you hear that" first. I do expect the real tough questions to come our way one day.

 on: January 29, 2015, 10:02:47 pm 
Started by dickreid1 - Last post by dickreid1
Following is the article in RVBusiness:

Humboldt, Iowa-based Dodgen Industries Inc., manufacturer of Born Free Class C motorhomes, has been sold to HBF Investments, Des Moines, Iowa.
The companys new president is Jeff Butler, former head of engineering for Forest River Inc. subsidiary Dynamax, who took over Tuesday (Jan. 27). The sale for an undisclosed amount closed Jan. 14.
We were looking for an investor to take us to the next level and grow the business, said Brandon Dodgen, who formerly served as Born Free general manager and is staying on as product manager. An investment turned into a purchase.
Born Free, founded by now-retired John Dodgen in 1946, builds traditional Class C and Super C motorhomes as well as police command centers and ambulatory products.
In 2014, Born Free ranked 13th nationally in Class C sales with a .26% market share having sold 36 motorhomes, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Brandon Dodgen said the new owners hope to increase Born Frees market share.
We want to produce a bunch more units and grow our dealer network, he said. Our 2016 model year change happens in June. We are gearing up for that. There definitely will be some changes, but we dont know exactly what they will be yet.

 on: January 29, 2015, 09:21:49 pm 
Started by glenncc - Last post by glenncc
By "temporary" installation I meant the motor home would not be driven while the antenna and cable were deployed.  There would be no flapping in the wind as I'd be parked.  The only parts that would be "permanently" installed would be the booster and interior antenna. 

 on: January 29, 2015, 08:31:52 pm 
Started by jfcaramagno - Last post by jfcaramagno
I did ask the factory if they could install one on a used 2552 but they said no. I'm sure it's easy enough to do myself, but we haven't picked up the rig and I can't look at it to visualize the process. Just trying to get a head start.

 on: January 29, 2015, 07:17:15 pm 
Started by jfcaramagno - Last post by ron.dittmer
Call the factory as they may be able to take care of it for you.  They install lots of aftermarket gadgetry upon request from their customers while the rig is being built.

 on: January 29, 2015, 05:07:10 pm 
Started by Dave - Last post by Carol
Congratulations Betty and Dave!  The wait is the hardest part, but I'm sure it will be well worth it when you get the delivery.  Looking forward to your expertise here, especially from the full-timer angle.  I'm really impressed that you are switching things up to kick yourself out of a "rut" and back onto the open road.  What fun!

 on: January 29, 2015, 02:49:58 pm 
Started by jfcaramagno - Last post by jfcaramagno
While waiting for our 2552 I've been thinking about the Trik-L-Start. We had one on our former Winnebago View and it worked like a charm to keep the chassis battery charged when plugged in to shore power. Our PC will have a solar charger so I think a Trik-L-Start will be a good idea there too. Has anyone installed one on a PC? If so, do you have any helpful hints, or even pictures?

 on: January 29, 2015, 02:48:17 pm 
Started by Dave - Last post by Dave
Betty and I bought (ordered) a new 2552 at the Ft Myers show. it is part of our downsizing program.  Full timers for 17 years our travels sort of evolved into mostly going frm the winter place to the summer place.  We are tired of the rut we built for ourselves.  Our tiffin bus is gone and is replaced with a Redwood 5th wheel, tied down in Florida.  We really shook forward to being back on the red roads and exploring new places again.  Thanks to those of you who provided all the info on this forum, it has been very helpful.  We will keep you updated on our progress.  Now the wait for delivery begins!

 on: January 29, 2015, 02:44:50 pm 
Started by jt - Last post by jfcaramagno
FWIW, letting a lead-acid battery discharge completely is about the worst thing you can do to it. It only takes a couple of those discharges to destroy the battery.

Also, I wonder what the duty cycle is for the relay triggered by the jump switch. Leaving the switch on, and the relay energized for a long time, can burn out the relay.

 on: January 29, 2015, 02:43:23 pm 
Started by David J. Rotelle - Last post by ragoodsp
Very sad that the original owner has advanced cancer and  this situation has forced the sale of the company to a large venture capital group.  Not many of the old family owned RV makers left in the marketplace.  Kermit better not sell out on us!!!

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