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Old 03-02-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
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New "FG" trailer

This is a new one, still prototype but price is either a misprint or from a parallel universe.

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Text copied from Trailer Life :“The Born Free Trail-RLodge is the companies push to make a high-end small trailer.
Belying its name, Born Free Motorcoach, of Humbolt, Iowa, has introduced the Trail-R Lodge, a 22-foot prototype travel trailer featuring many of the same characteristics of its high-end Class C motorhomes. “Our thoughts are to build a very high-quality trailer to compete in the market with other high-end models,” said Dennis Day, vice president of commercial sales for the Dodgen Industries subsidiary. Designed to be towed by half-ton pickups, the Trail-R Lodge prototype features a 6,150-pound dry weight. ‘‘We’ve already found a number of ways to cut weight out and bring that down further,’’ Day said. MSRP: $85,500.
Born Free Motorcoach, (800) 247-1835, www.bornfreemotorcoach.com.”
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:56 PM   #2
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At that price, I am assuming the diesel pickup comes with it.......

Of course, it may actually be designed to be towed behind one of their mo'homes, which would explain it - you get BOTH for that price!
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:05 PM   #3
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They claim that no one has ever died from a accident in their motorhomes because of the construction.

Looks nice but CRAZY price to me.
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They claim that no one has ever died from a accident in their motorhomes because of the construction.
In the spirit of "most things can be taken several ways" - I could suggest that this may be because they are so poorly constructed that no-one has ever managed to leave the dealership with one, and thus no-one has ever gotten into an accident

Sort of like the Ads that say "Nothing works better than our stuff" - OK - I'll try "nothing" since it works better and is free!!
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:30 PM   #5
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That price isn't really out of line with camper van conversions like Roadtrek or Pleasure-Way, both of which can easily exceed $80k. Add in the fact that they sell through dealers, and it's probably what a lot of people are willing to pay. I've told RV people that they can buy a new Casita for $18k or so and they look at me like I'm the crazy one. Go figure! I guess I'll just save my money for important things like gasoline.
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And I suppose at 85 grand, it puts it up there in ( or beyond, for it's size ) of the price range of Airstream. What gets me about a lot of this stuff is it seems the trend is taking a lot of the industry towards really heavy trailers. It will be interesting to see all this unfold as we watch what happens to the price of gasoline and the economy in general.

Lots of cool trailers on the market these days, but I sure have to wonder if we're on the verge of another big shakeout where some or many of the mfrs go away.

It's a little comical to go to the RV shows and see what some of the mfr's are describing as "ultra-lite".

I saw one toy hauler that had a sign on it that said, "this unit ONLY weighs 12,000 pounds !" Holy smokes !
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That price isn't really out of line with camper van conversions like Roadtrek or Pleasure-Way, both of which can easily exceed $80k. Add in the fact that they sell through dealers, and it's probably what a lot of people are willing to pay. I've told RV people that they can buy a new Casita for $18k or so and they look at me like I'm the crazy one. Go figure! I guess I'll just save my money for important things like gasoline.
I agree, plus their quality is just OK in my judgment. You can get a Sprinter with Sportsmobile conversion for about $60K about the same length as Bornfree trailer but with engine.
Crazy prices.
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................. What gets me about a lot of this stuff is it seems the trend is taking a lot of the industry towards really heavy trailers. It will be interesting to see all this unfold as we watch what happens to the price of gasoline and the economy in general.............
Exactly, trend is illogically not reacting to fuel price climb. Driving by Curtis Trailers in Portland I could not believe their massive inventory of large trailers; how can they stay in business?

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On anothe RV forum that I'm beginners are very frequently advised to get the biggest trailer and, when I've seen smallish used trailers on dealers' lots, I'm betting that they were traded in on something bigger. I understand if you're a fulltimer you probably need a fairly large one because it's your home but why do people buy big ones for weekend and two week long vacations? Beats me.
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....but why do people buy big ones for weekend and two week long vacations? Beats me.
Because they can. We must be careful not to be arrogant about our choice. We know molded lightweight fiberglass towables aren't for everyone. And aren't we glad about that? But still, it boils down to Different Strokes for Different Folks. Just because I don't ever see myself owning some of the things that are marketed for camping, it doesn't mean it doesn't fit someone else's lifestyle and budget. I choose to be tolerant and open minded about others choices.
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Thanks for the reminder Donna - Ron
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Thanks for the reminder Donna - Ron
Ron, I bet there's a bunch of members that feel the same way... I'm just more verbal than most.

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Although, as gas prices soar again, and we rely so heavily on outside sources for the fuel that we guzzle as a nation, it seems like we can also be examples of 'less is more' as we camp among the beheamoths.
(no arrogance intended )
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Born Free has an excellent reputation among motorhome owners. We have friends, former fulltimers, who are in their 26th year of Born Free ownership, same rig.

Personally well out of my price range and too heavy for our Honda.
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