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Old 12-31-2002, 10:20 AM   #1
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Just came across this link for a Born Free camper for sale. It says "free if you mention this ad". This is one of those campers with the training wheels on the back!

http://adcache.rvtraderonline.com/3/8/8/27685888.htm

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Old 12-31-2002, 10:20 AM   #2
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Just came across this link for a Born Free camper for sale. It says "free if you mention this ad". This is one of those campers with the training wheels on the back!

http://adcache.rvtraderonline.com/3/8/8/27685888.htm

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Old 01-01-2003, 01:49 AM   #3
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What are those wheels for? Do they replace the rear jacks?
I can't figure out the front jacks

I think the dealer should pay the sucker who takes it off his lot

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Old 01-01-2003, 03:14 AM   #4
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"What are those wheels for? Do they replace the rear jacks?
I can't figure out the front jacks"


The wheels are a tag axle because the Born Free slide-ins were so big and heavy, no truck could safely haul them. They were built in the mid-seventies and if I remember right they were twelve+ foot long and very expensive. As far as I know they were the only manufacturer in history offering this type of set up and I have no idea how well it worked although it appears on the surface to be a good idea since the vast majority of the pick-ups are now and always have been way overloaded when carrying a slide-in.

I'm not sure what you mean regarding the front jacks...
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Old 01-01-2003, 04:15 AM   #5
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Last summer I was visiting the Born Free factory in Humboldt, Iowa and saw, in their showroom, an identical unit to this tag axle Bigfoot. I was told Born Free (Dodgen Industries) had built it years ago for the owner. It looked brand new.
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Old 01-03-2003, 01:48 PM   #6
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I have seen these setups on the road. My question has always been - How do they handle dips and bumps in the road. With three axles and no hinges something must be air-born when the road gets real rough.

Most suspension only provides a few inches of travel. Picture going trough a steep dip in the road. The rear wheels of the truck (middle axle) can actually leave the ground and be suspended by the front and rear axles. Nasty!
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Old 01-05-2003, 10:56 AM   #7
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I don't know how this "free" camper would work out but havig dealt with dealer, would give "very good" rating! jps

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Old 01-06-2003, 06:26 PM   #8
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I work in the same town as the dealer. I have seen this camper in person. The pictures make the camper look much better than it actually is. Actually, if you need appliances or windows for some project, it is a heck of a deal.

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Old 01-11-2003, 06:21 AM   #9
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Free? Well, you get what you pay for.

Are we there yet??
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Old 01-13-2003, 02:21 PM   #10
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I saw one going down the road on a trip back East last fall. It occurred to me that if the camper wasn't in the bed just perfect, wouldn;t the camper tires get worn REAL fast???

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Old 11-22-2006, 03:19 PM   #11
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I nearly bought one of those Born Free Slide- Ins with axle, in Norman OK, many years ago. It was at a big RV dealer there. I just loved the floor plan, and long kitchen countertop. Door on the back has always been most convenient setup, for me. Happy Trails, Penny
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This design came out I believe around 71, 72. The idea was to one up the competition. In my opinion it did not work and was not very popular.
I owned the compitition at the time. It was a 1971 FRANKLIN on a 3/4 Chevrolet. I forget the dimensions but you could not go any heavier. Born Free tried to get around this overweight condition with the additional wheels, goofy.
Franklin was at the time the state of the art and most advanced even by today's standards. I have owned 2 Lance campers, a 99 and a 2001. Neither one could live up to the quality and livability of the early seventies FRANKLIN.
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Old 12-15-2006, 05:28 AM   #13
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I have never seen one of these and the original link Harald put up has expired. If anyone finds another can you post the link?
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I happen to have the original picture that was on the link I posted a long time ago. Here it is:

It doesn't seem to display, so here's the link to the picture:
http://www.irv2.com/photopost/showph...5&limit=recent
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