First Motorhome! B584

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  1. scottie58

    scottie58 Read Only Funster

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    Picking up our first motorhome - a 2000 Hymer B584 on sat morning! I intend fitting a second leisure battery, anyone know where it should fit? Not had a chance yet to properly investigate the van. Can't wait:Smile:
     
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    hi scotty,

    try to fit the second battery as close as possible to the original.
    use heavy cables, at least as big as the cables fitted now, to interconnect (+ to + and - to -) and fit a fuse (30amp should do) at BOTH ends of the LIVE connecting wire as close to the battery as you can.

    the further away the new battery is from the original, the bigger the cable needed.
     
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    Yet you already intend to fit a second leisure battery. You can't wait can you :BigGrin:
     
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    can't imagine having less than 2 big batteries in my 584....one under each front seat
    as someone said ..nice big thick cables
     
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    Hi Scottie,
    Welcome.
    We also have a 2000 B584, not a bad choice of van,:Smile:
    Our two leisure batteries are under the front seats.
    Anytime you want to compare notes.......

    Good luck
     
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    Hi and welcome.
    Paula.
     
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    Good luck with the 584 we have a 574 2001 great van.Any problems just ask.
     
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    Had our first night away in the New Forest - great! Off this sat for 4 nights in Exmoor. Since i last posted i have had a look at the leisure battery - appears to be the original 75ah one. What size batteries have you guys fitted, and lead acid (cheapish) or Gel type? Being in the interior i would assume gel as they are sealed and give off no fumes etc?

    I have also fitted 6 LED lights - much improved light and consume much less power. Looking forward to spending a few days in it to work out where to store all our bits.

    I have also made an external screen from some old silver backed bubble wrap style insulation as no time to investigate / purchase "proper" screen covers. The condensation on the inside of the front screen after our first night has made me realise we definitely need one if we are going to use the van over the winter. Any prefrences - Silverscreen or Taylormade, plus what do they cost?

    thanks for all the info:thumb:
     
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    the two biggest batteries you can get in ...I guess the 75 is small enough to slide in without removing the seats which you won't do with a decent sized one
    personally I use standard lead acid that you can top up once a year or more in a hot climate..ok , a hastle to take out the seats but never mind ; having opened up some of the so called maintenance free at the end of their useful life and found them with exposed plates , I have no confidence in THEM; have discussed them with an AA man of advance years he said that the AC Delco ones actually work and that some of the japanese cars use a copy of them

    gel ? rip off and not required

    don't forget to set your charger block to the correct battery type

    which engine do you have ...the code should be on the rocker cover
     
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    2.8 jtd
     
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    Hi
    We have a B584 and love it !
    2 75amp batteries with an 800 solar panal do us fine using tv ect
    Had a month away in may with no hookup no prob

    584 Use it , Love it
    Chrisboyo
     
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    Hi we have a B574
    2 110 amp batts no solar panel most camping done in the winter, all wild camping no probs so far.:Smile:
     
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    didn't think they made the 584 with the jtd in 2000 , thought it had the older engine if it was a 2.8 , the idTD ; isn't there a code on the rocker cover ...or haven't you found out how to take the bonnet off yet :Laughing:
     
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    Glad you are enjoying your 584, we also have the 584 2000 model it is a 2.8TD. When we bought it had the original gel battery with it but be bought 130Ah gel battery a couple of years ago thought 1 large one instead to 2 smaller, this together with our 85w Solar Panel which keeps us going without hook up with no trouble. We have had the van for 4 years now and absoulutly love it. Carol.
     
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