Born Free Leap'n Lions RV Club History


The Born Free Leap'n Lions RV Club was founded by John Dodgen in 1999 as an RV Club exclusively for Born Free Motorcoach owners.

JOHN N. DODGEN
1926 - 2015
Founder

John Dodgen was the Founder and President of Dodgen Industries, Inc. located in Humboldt, Iowa. The company manufactured the Born Free Motorcoach and through its Mobile Technologies Division also manufactured commercial vehicles.

2021

Only one rally; it was great to get out!

2020

A year to remember. What was supposed to happen?

2019

The club's 20th anniversary celebrated with three rallies and a caravan.

2018

Rallies in California, Georgia, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont

2017

Born Free factory closes, five rallies, an Alaska caravan, Pig War, and the "Dean Preston Strawberry Shortcake Run"

2016

Balloons, cranes, a Rolling Rally and more; John C. T. Dodgen passes away

2015

Eight rallies and a caravan; John N. Dodgen passes away

2014

A packed year: twelve rallies and two caravans; our club's 15th anniversary; eggs in a bag!

2013

Thirteen rallies and events; wow, what a year!

2012

Florida and California rallies (twice each!), 4-wheeling, and Beethoven

2011

Another active year with nine events

2010

Twelve rallies

2009

The club's ten year anniversary and John Dodgen's birthday party

2008

Gas exceeds $4.00/gal; our first Rolling Rally

2007

Two international caravans, one domestic caravan and lots of rallies

2006

John Dodgen's 80th birthday

2005

The first national rally; the club's new website and forum went live this year.

2004

The club's fifth anniversary; three regions split into six.

2003

Eight rallies this year

2002

Central region addded; five rallies.

2001

The club is named "Born Free Leap'n Lions RV Club"; nametag shape chosen.

2000

Our first two rallies are held

1999

The Born Free Leap'n Lions RV Club formed!

Note:

The above information has been collected by Dee Dee McClain, Club Historian, and was taken from articles published by Dodgen Industries, business publications and newspapers and is assumed to be reasonably correct, but not guaranteed. Please contact Dee Dee McClain or Nick McClain if you have any additional information that can change or corroborate the above information.