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Old 05-31-2016, 09:16 PM   #1
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We just picked up our Melbourne 24k last Friday. We only had the bare necessities with us, but we spent three days in it on our way home (200 miles from the dealer). We are very pleased so far-only a couple of issues. One thing we really like is the bed. Our last two campers had really uncomfortable beds, but this one is a firm memory foam that is quite nice. We usually seem to purchase at the end of the camping season, so we're thrilled that this time we're at the beginning!
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Welcome from a fellow Melborne owner. We bought a bed extension for ours because at 6'5" the bed was a little short but we like the overall firmness and comfort.
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Thank you for the welcome. The bed in our Bullet Premier was a short queen also, but it was so uncomfortable that it seemed even shorter. Have you enjoyed your Melbourne so far? We purchased this as a leap of faith. We knew nothing about the Melbourne and have had no prior experience with Jayco. We had been looking for Winnebago View motor homes for a couple of years, but this seemed to fit us perfectly. Although there are a few things that lack what the View has, there are also features in this motor home that we like even better. Everything in life has its trade-offs.
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Welcome to JOF and congratulations on the new rig.

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Old 06-01-2016, 03:42 PM   #6
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Thank you for the welcome. The bed in our Bullet Premier was a short queen also, but it was so uncomfortable that it seemed even shorter. Have you enjoyed your Melbourne so far? We purchased this as a leap of faith. We knew nothing about the Melbourne and have had no prior experience with Jayco. We had been looking for Winnebago View motor homes for a couple of years, but this seemed to fit us perfectly. Although there are a few things that lack what the View has, there are also features in this motor home that we like even better. Everything in life has its trade-offs.
I looked to see if the 17 was still a Mercedes but they only list 16 on the Jayco website. We have really enjoyed ours but only have 4 nights so far. We are planning a 7-8 day trip around 4k miles I think, later this month. We are stepping up from a Sprinter van that I use for work but could convert to a camper in about an hour. Here is a link to my build and an excellent website for any questions you might have if you have the Mercedes chassis. A convertible Sprinter - Sprinter-Forum
I wasn't sure the wife was going to like camping so the convertible work van was a good way to get our foot in the door for long weekend trips. We both wanted to take longer trips and to be able to take warm showers while traveling. I too have looked at the View and also Leisure Travel van among others. Jayco is not on the same build quality as far as cabinets go but they seem to use quality components for mechanical items. Talking to a couple LTV owners and they said you can make a whole lot of upgrades with the Jayco or less expensive models and still come out less expensive than a LTV. I stumbled upon the Melbourne when at the dealers parts store and was surprised at the price. Asked the wife if she wanted to look at it and next thing I know we are driving off the lot. Cant wait for our first long trip.
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Old 06-05-2016, 10:19 AM   #7
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When we picked it up, we only had a few essentials with us. We are just now loading everything that had been in our trailer. Our living room was packed with "stuff" since our son took away our Premier. Our trailer had a lot of storage space, but we're pleasantly surprised that most of what we had removed from the trailer now fits the motor home. We had to eliminate a few things, but mostly non-essentials. We actually like this better than the View. Just a few examples: The cost! We love the large entrance door window. We really like the cabinetry - the wood is a nice color and seems to be of good quality. We like the frameless windows (our Premier also had them). The View doesn't have as many windows in the slide bedroom area (we like light and lots of view points when we're in the mountains). Also, the Melbourne 24k has much larger storage spaces than the View 24g. They brag that their unit doesn't have a step-up into the bedroom, but because of that step-up in the Melbourne, it allows for storage all the way across the back. We towed our Jeep Wrangler, and it really tracked nicely. This thing is so easy to maneuver! The 2017 is the Mercedes Diesel - it was one of our must-haves. We had been looking at Views and had never heard of the Melbourne. We just happened upon it when we were at a dealership and bought it on the spot. We're off tomorrow for a few days, and we'll take it out the whole month of July. Can hardly wait.
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We have a 2017 only 2 months old. Love it and love the bed. Sleeps better then home. Loved, Loved the View, but not the price! The coachmen were nice except for the cab. The Ford did not leave any foot room for the passenger side of the cab and with spending most of your time in the seat, it would have been uncomfortable. So much room in the Mercedes up front. I do not like the radio setup. Read the book and cant figure the whole thing out. Was told that you have a hard time finding something you love 100%, so shoot for 80%. We love our tiny home, except for the dining booth in the slide. We would like to take it out and put in a loveseat or 2 recliners. Any comments on this thought? Also we have already moved the TV over the doorway. With it located in the bunk area, only one person could see it while setting at the booth. Not very handy.
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We have a 2017 only 2 months old. Love it and love the bed. Sleeps better then home. Loved, Loved the View, but not the price! The coachmen were nice except for the cab. The Ford did not leave any foot room for the passenger side of the cab and with spending most of your time in the seat, it would have been uncomfortable. So much room in the Mercedes up front. I do not like the radio setup. Read the book and cant figure the whole thing out. Was told that you have a hard time finding something you love 100%, so shoot for 80%. We love our tiny home, except for the dining booth in the slide. We would like to take it out and put in a loveseat or 2 recliners. Any comments on this thought? Also we have already moved the TV over the doorway. With it located in the bunk area, only one person could see it while setting at the booth. Not very handy.
What don't you like about the radio? Was there a cabinet where you now have the TV? Looks like you have the front bunk. Ours is the entertainment center and I have never seen the bunk in person. We (I) thought about removing the dinette and adding a love seat as well but the wife likes the table to eat and I like it for working while on the road. At night when we watch TV we put the table down and make it into a "bed" that we use like a love seat with both of us facing forward. We carry along extra pillows and it works well.
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Yes we have the 24k with bunk overhead. We took the door off and insert a piece of plywood and attached a flat tv holder It was orginally one of those arms you had to swing out. The radio is complicated to use.
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