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Old 01-16-2022, 10:55 PM   #1
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2017 Melbourne 24L House Battery

Does anyone own a 2017 that only has 1 House battery on a slide out compartment next to Entry door. Is the 1 battery enough for your needs? Just wondering about others experience with this model. We are very new to this and would like others with this model to let us know. Thank You in advance!!!
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Old 01-16-2022, 11:12 PM   #2
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We have a 2016 with one battery in a slide-out tray on the driver's side of the coach. Is one battery enough? It really depends.


For summer camping - yeah, usually one is enough. For winter camping, no. The battery barely makes it thru a cold night with the furnace cycling a lot.


I've made a number of upgrades but I've put off "dealing with this one battery situation" for several years. I've been tossing around solutions in my head, wondering which one would "be less bad".


In the meantime, we've usually been camping with electric. And if there's no 30A service, we've got two 100 watt solar panels on the top and I'm not afraid to run the generator.
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Old 01-17-2022, 07:56 AM   #3
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What type of camping to you do? I am assuming yours came with an aprox. 90ah deep cycle battery. If you camp always hooked to shore power, it has been enough for us with 6 years camping experience.
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Old 01-17-2022, 08:03 AM   #4
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I started with two lead batteries and I could go about a day on them alone (100 amps). And as @pconroy pointed out, figure out what you need. For me it wasn't enough cause we go to a park for a week that does not have any hookups.
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Old 01-28-2022, 11:19 AM   #5
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bought a 2017 Melbourne L with 1,250 miles on it, it came with a 75AH Marine/RV battery, lasts only one-night max. Replaced it with a 155AH deep cycle (VMAXTANKS Xtreme Series XTR12-155 12 Volt 155Ah) and have had zero issues with it for 12,000 miles, usually, only 1-2 night boondocking. I did consider Lithium or 6V lead acid but that would require utilizing a separate compartment. Since I did not want to spend the bucks on Lithium and require maintenance-free, I settled on the VMAX, pricey and a tight fit but have had zero issues for the last 12,000 miles. Make sure you measure and have a strong back. Explore your options and choose what is best for YOU!
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Old 01-28-2022, 11:40 AM   #6
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Hi Kens, That battery looks like a beast! Did it fit ok for you or did you need to modify the compartment? That looks like my next move. Good warranty also! the Reviews show people getting 8-10 years!
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Hi Kens, That battery looks like a beast! Did it fit ok for you or did you need to modify the compartment? That looks like my next move. Good warranty also! the Reviews show people getting 8-10 years!
I have that brand but a SLR125 model in my van as a house battery since March of 2014. It was used heavy the first 2 years I had it but since I purchased the Melbourne it runs a Maxair fan every once and awhile.
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Old 01-28-2022, 01:13 PM   #8
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Thanks, I take it your Melbourne only has room for 1 battery also. This looks like the way to go 155AH! I just spoke to a tech. at the factory and he explained a bit about the battery and that it is US made which is important to me!
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Thanks, I take it your Melbourne only has room for 1 battery also. This looks like the way to go 155AH! I just spoke to a tech. at the factory and he explained a bit about the battery and that it is US made which is important to me!
correct. there is no room to spare but it fits! I am thrilled with it.!
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Old 02-02-2022, 10:46 PM   #10
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My 2019 Melbourne 24L came with one interstate battery. We had another installed description is: Interstate batteries RV Marine Deep cycle
SRM-24 550 CCA 690 MCA 140 RC

Yes it’s a tight fit.
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Old 02-03-2022, 09:19 AM   #11
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Hi, since my 2017 Melbourne24L only has a battery box that will house (1) 7"W x 13"L x 11"H battery, I have decided to go with a VMAX Tanks Extreme 12Volt, 155 AH. The life span is more than twice what a reg. deep cycle is expected to last. Its a Small USA Company in Michigan. I talked to the tech. at VMAX and the life expectancy is 10-12 years. At $399.00 with free shipping. I would say that's a pretty good purchase. I couldn't find any other batteries that have over 155AH in an AGM type. When your only able to house (1) battery your very limited and you look for the best maintenance free battery available. If this option doesn't work for us I will need to do some fabricating on the battery box to house another battery. Time will tell but for now I think this is the best option.
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Old 02-17-2022, 02:12 PM   #12
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I just Purchased a VMAX Tanks 12 Volt 155AH Battery and this thing is a beast Kens! Wow this is going to be a tight fit but it does measure 12.9 x 6.9 x 10.8 which should fit! I think I'm going to need a 2nd person to help me get the battery in the box. This looks very well built. Charging good now and will install it in the middle of March! Awesome Battery Kens, Thanks for the info. on it!
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I just Purchased a VMAX Tanks 12 Volt 155AH Battery and this thing is a beast Kens! Wow this is going to be a tight fit but it does measure 12.9 x 6.9 x 10.8 which should fit! I think I'm going to need a 2nd person to help me get the battery in the box. This looks very well built. Charging good now and will install it in the middle of March! Awesome Battery Kens, Thanks for the info. on it!
Sounds like a great battery! I've been looking these for a month or two, just can't decide what I want to go with. I'd be coming from two lead acid deep cycles 6 years old.
The part about these batteries that I don't understand is this: "Superior Plates with an expected life span of 10 to 12 years in float service applications."
Anyone help me out here? What is a float service application? Will battery lifespan change using it for frequent discharges as in dry camping?
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I just Purchased a VMAX Tanks 12 Volt 155AH Battery and this thing is a beast Kens! Wow this is going to be a tight fit but it does measure 12.9 x 6.9 x 10.8 which should fit! I think I'm going to need a 2nd person to help me get the battery in the box. This looks very well built. Charging good now and will install it in the middle of March! Awesome Battery Kens, Thanks for the info. on it!
I could not lift it in by myself so I went to a mechanic friend, a young strapping fellow. I asked if he could help me, he said naw, picked it up by the strap, and lifted it straight in! you have to rearrange the cables a bit but... I also bought their charger and now use it for all my 12v batteries.
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I will also be getting one of VMaxe's Chargers!
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If I'm going to boondoggle for a couple of days, I face the fact that I'll be running the generator an hour or two each day. I'm assuming the generator will charge up the battery in that time frame, yes?
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Charge batter from where?
10% down probably
20-50% down....no way, needs hrs to charge when it's way low
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Ok Yooper906, I just got off the phone with Vmax Tanks in Michigan. The Plates are considered High Performance and Superior because they are made from Virgin (Not Recycled) Lead and are Heavier and Thicker than most batteries. Also when they say 10-12 year lifespan in "Float Service Applications", this is a very lite application like a backup battery for a computer system. In Our Application, (Motorhome House), the life span would not be that much because of the constant up and down discharge and charge. The Tech. said in our app. we are looking at more like 8-10 years battery life! Hope that answers your question!
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Ok Yooper906, I just got off the phone with Vmax Tanks in Michigan. The Plates are considered High Performance and Superior because they are made from Virgin (Not Recycled) Lead and are Heavier and Thicker than most batteries. Also when they say 10-12 year lifespan in "Float Service Applications", this is a very lite application like a backup battery for a computer system. In Our Application, (Motorhome House), the life span would not be that much because of the constant up and down discharge and charge. The Tech. said in our app. we are looking at more like 8-10 years battery life! Hope that answers your question!
It does answer my questions. Thank you for taking the time to do this.
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