Born Free of Humboldt, Iowa, offers an excellent setup for those seeking
a more compact and versatile way to go with its popular 24-foot
rear-bath floorplan. Built on a sturdy and reliable Ford E-450 van
cutaway chassis, the company touts this Class C unit as ideal for those
looking to step down from a larger Class A coach, but don’t want to
sacrifice interior quality and the convenience of larger layouts.
Born Free’s rear-bath coach is a tightly knit, efficient design
consisting of a molded fiberglass outer shell over a wood frame, with
three steel roll bars integrated into the coach’s upper framework for
added strength and safety. Combined with the Ford chassis that sports a
6.8-L V-10 engine that can churn out 305 hp and 420 lb-ft torque, the
entire package promises lots of go and plenty of travel potential.
“Our 24-foot, rear-bath model — sold only factory-direct — is
our best-selling motorcoach,” says Ed Newman, Born Free sales
representative. “It’s great for two people, it’s more aerodynamic than
many of our competitors and is not as cumbersome as longer units. We
also offer a forward living area with several furniture options.”
The interior decor of the 24RB is notably upscale throughout
and includes medium oak cabinetry, solid-surface Pebble Gold countertops
in the galley and bathroom, and durable Berber-style tan carpeting in
the forward living compartment. Galley and bathroom treatments also
include dark, simulated vinyl tile floor covering, which made cleanup of
these high-traffic areas very manageable. The galley’s countertop
affords a surprisingly generous 13-plus square feet of usable surface
area for meal preparation (with stovetop and sink inserts in place).
The curbside, midcoach convertible sofa serves as the unit’s
primary sleeping arrangement, with firm, cushioned support and
measurements of 41 x 76 inches. Our motorhome had a 84 x 64-inch
loft-type cabover bunk, which can be used as another sleeping area, for
storage, or as a home-entertainment-center option.
For those looking for a Class C that offers the feel and
handling of a car, and is of a size that is easy to manage in almost all
types of driving and camping situations, Born Free’s 24-foot rear-bath
model deserves serious consideration. The unit should also appeal to
those who want to own a smaller motorhome with go-anywhere
maneuverability that still provides the comfort, upscale appliances and
amenities of larger coaches.
For more details about the Born Free 24RB, pick up the May 2008 issue of MotorHome on the newsstand — then subscribe to MotorHome
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Born Free Motorcoach, (800) 247-1835, www.bornfreemotorcoach.com