Our Review of Coachmen’s Galleria 24FL – Lithium Powered!!


Our RV, Lance, has had a lot of modifications.  But probably none are more significant and extensive than the modifications to his electrical system.  Many of you have asked about getting the same kinds of modification done to your own Class B RV.  But to pull that off, you would have needed to either hire it out, or be somewhat of an expert.

Well, no longer.  Roll the video!

 

 

We’ve reviewed Coachmen’s Galleria campervan before.  We liked it – particularly the attention to detail on the cabinets.  Well, Coachmen has been at work updating the Galleria, and they now offer a Lithium-powered option.  We just HAD to review it again.  It’s not a cheap option, but it will get you just about all the significant upgrades that Lance has.  Here’s what I mean:

Lithium Power – the Galleria with the Li3 option has no generator (just like us), a second alternator (the same model we have), a Xantrex inverter (again, the same one we have), and a Lithionics battery with the latest generation BMS.  This battery is actually *bigger* than ours by about 75 amp-hours.  So basically, you get the same electrical whiz-bang that we’ve got… only better.

The Nova Kool RFU 7300 – A dual-compressor refrigerator.  I replaced our refrigerator with this model, which doesn’t run on propane.  It runs just like the refrigerator in your house.  This particular model (with two compressors) is a bit hard to find, but Coachmen got it – the exact same model – in their updated Galleria.

The Dometic Penguin II – We replaced our air conditioner with the Dometic Penguin model this past summer, and noticed (and measured) improved performance.  The Galleria starts off with this AC unit on top already.

Data Logging – You even get the same ComBox from Xantrex and the same model little Wi-Fi router!  These two, in combination, will allow you to get detailed performance data from your Xantrex inverter on a tablet.  Many people might not bother with this, but I love it.

And if those were the only cool things in the Galleria, we’d be pretty impressed.  But they’re not.  This new Galleria has some options and features that we don’t even have in Lance.  For example:

The Shower Miser water saver system – This is brilliant.  Basically, it circulates water through your plumbing system until hot water reaches the tap.  This prevents you from dumping a half gallon of water down the drain while waiting for hot water to arrive.  In a Class B motorhome, that’s a huge deal!  Basically, when the button turns grey, your water is hot.  I wish I had this…

The Cabinetry – I’m a bit of a woodworking nerd, and I know how to build good cabinetry.  But that doesn’t mean I always do it, particularly in the RV.  The cabinetry in the Galleria is some of the nicest that we’ve ever seen in a Class B.  The drawer boxes are solid maple and dovetailed (with no gaps).  Sure, I know how to do this, but I don’t always go through the effort for myself because it takes too much time.  With the Galleria, you get better cabinetry than you have in your house – standard.

Solar Power – You can get the Galleria optioned with up to 300 watts of solar power on top.  You won’t have to add them yourself like we did!

There are actually more updates and neat features (his & hers charging centers, for example), but you’ll have to watch the video to see them all.  But suffice it to say, if you were looking for a rig with top-notch tech, and a solid dose of traditional craftsmanship in the cabinets – you’d be smart to have a look at the Galleria.

That’s all for now!



James is a former rocket scientist, a USA Cycling certified coach, and lifelong fitness buff. When he's not driving the RV, or modifying the RV (or - that one time - doing both at once), you can find him racing bicycles, or building furniture, or making music. In his spare time, he works for a large IT company.


    44 thoughts on “Our Review of Coachmen’s Galleria 24FL – Lithium Powered!!

    1. Don Stephen

      Hi James and Stef – Thanks for the great work you do on behalf of us all, and the industry too. We really enjoy reading your Blog.

      We are about to take delivery of our first fully electric drive vehicle, and are very excited about the prospect of driving around with a reduced environmental footprint. With that box checked, our thoughts have moved on to the next challenge: finding an electric drive RV.

      Currently we are touring in a Sprinter based Class B, and have been watching the news from Mercedes regarding the electric Sprinter they are rolling out next year. Admittedly, it will be a while before they get the range needed by the RV industry, but there is no doubt they eventually will. (Our car has a range very close to 250 miles, or 400 klicks, so things look promising.) Have you had any conversations with Class B manufacturers as to what the future holds regarding an electric Sprinter and its potential for an RV?

      There will be challenges for the industry as they adapt to a new Class B concept, but it will be fascinating to watch how they do it. I can’t think of a more qualified team capable of reporting on the progress as it occurs… any chance you can keep us up to date?

      Thanks again,

      Don
      Ottawa, Ontario

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      1. James - Post author

        Well naturally, we’d be all over developments like that.
        As of right now, there’s really not much to report though, because as you pointed out, there’s not an electric-drive chassis capable of RV-type distances and cargo capacities.
        Eventually, yes, it will happen. We’ll be right there when it does!

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    2. RobertParry

      Love your reviews of various class B units. You cover things that other reviews don’t discuss at all. I like that Jammes crawls under the units and comments on design. One thing he mentions is is the water pipes are below the floor which makes the unit only a two season use without antifreeze in the fresh water. Are there brands and models that have design fresh water tank inside and perhaps more importantly the plastic water pipes inside as these would be more susceptible to freezing on a night with temps dipping to under 32 degrees?

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      1. James - Post author

        Currently, many of the Winnebago models have the fresh water plumbing inside. Beyond that, I don’t know who else is doing it.

        It’s our hope that before too long, the whole industry will be paying attention and doing this as standard.

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    3. Jack Monroe

      I have heard Coachmen is utilizing both the underhood generator as well as the Mercedes alternator to combine the amps going to the battery. Can you verify, as this would be a better way to juice the lithium versus high idle.
      Jack

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      1. James - Post author

        I’ve discussed this with the Xantrex/Lithionics crew, and yes, that was their intention.
        I do a manual version of the same thing on our setup. The Coachmen should do it automatically, as the BMS has a CAN bus interface.

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    4. Gaius Gracchus

      Well, with 2018, they finally got rid of the propane fridge. Not just equipped now with lithium batteries and Truma Combi, but also finally compressor refrigerators! Yes!
      And they seem to have beefed up the insulation. R-38 Reflective insulation in floor and 16dB noise reduction. Remote control lights are a nice touch.
      Huge counter space for cooking.
      Unlike many class b’s – the driver can actually lean the driver’s seat a bit.
      The one flaw is the size of the black tank (12 gal). The fresh water tank is 30 gallons, however. Why they do this on B’s is a real mystery to us. The black tank is the true limiting factor for boondocking. I can always find or bring extra fresh water. Go figure.

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      1. James - Post author

        I’m with you. Most people say the grey tank is the limiting factor, but I’ve always found it to be the black tank as well.
        Our last RV had a 30 gallon black tank. I’m considering that my minimum size requirement for us to move back to a traditional system and away from the composting toilet.

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    5. Jack

      Hi James great review as always! But…… you are going to really love this comment! After watching this video I realized this is the one I’ve been looking for. I went to my local dealer today in FL and bought one! Not just anyone, the one you actually reviewed!
      How I found out was after talking to Greg at the factory he told me there are several orders in the pipeline but there were only 2 Li3 units on the ground so far and they were sent to different shows and I got yours! Thanks to you and Stef for a great video review that I can proudly show my friends!
      I’ve been a subscriber for awhile now I would have never got this if it wasn’t for you both! You guys have an open invitation whenever you pass through FL for dinner out on me. We live 5 miles of 75 in The Villages. Email us anytime you are passing through. Happy New Year! And Thanks again!

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      1. James - Post author

        Nice! You should go look for where Stef an I carved our initials!

        (OK, there are no initials.)
        But seriously… congratulations and welcome to B-ownership! You’re going to love it. You got a top-notch power system, that’s for sure.
        We’re actually on our way to Tampa for the RV show there. If you’ll be nearby, stop in and see us at the show!

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        1. Jack

          What booth will you be at? If I go I’d like to say thank you in person for all you do for your followers.

        2. James - Post author

          We’ll be spending most of our time at the Winnebago Class B display. We’ll be in and out, but if you hang out there, you’re bound to find us eventually.

    6. John Howard

      I loved this review and have watched it several times. Somehow I just discovered you and your reviews a few days ago and have watched several of your reviews. My wife and I are completely new at this. We recently retired and want to go for a high-quality Class B. I really like this Galleria 24FL, just as you reviewed it, with Lithium but with 3 solar panels maxed out. Is there some way to calculate the generating capacities of the solar against the storage of the Lithium and the power draw of everything on board to get a sense of constraints or overkill? Would Coachmen have those figures? Must I go through a dealer, or could I deal direct with Coachmen? Sorry, newbie questions. You and Steff are great reviewers. All the best for 2018 and thanks a lot!

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      1. James - Post author

        It sounds like you should read my post on How Much Solar Do I Need On My RV!
        It’s pretty long, but I lay it all out there for you. (Short answer, 3 panels is probably overkill, and if it isn’t, just run the engine for a few minutes.)

        Coachmen will probably want the sale to go through a dealer, but I’ve heard of others contacting them directly for technical questions. I would start with their 1-800 number for customer service and see where that gets you.

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        1. John Howard

          Thanks, James. You wrote a fantastic post about solar power for an RV! Very thorough and beautifully written. Your whole site is interesting. Also, you appear to be into healthy eating, judging from your recipes. My wife and I have been on a WFPB diet for years and have really reaped healthful rewards from that. Thanks again for your info, and best wishes for 2018.

        2. James - Post author

          Glad you like the website!
          Yes, we try to encourage a more active and healthy RV lifestyle. We’re not perfect, but eating healthy is a big part of that.
          Fitness is the other big part.
          Hope to see you on the road soon!

    7. W. Walker

      I checked this RV out at a recent RV show here. I was looking at Pleasure Way & RoadTrek because of the lithium setups. I like the Leisure Travel Vans a LOT but they have NO plans to go to Lithium or compressor fridge. IF you could have Any class B of your choice, which one would you 2 pick?? Etrek, CS Adventure, Coachman?

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      1. James - Post author

        Well, if I could choose ANY RV, it would certainly be the one we already own, as it’s perfect for us. But if I had to choose from only those three that you mentioned, it would unquestionably be the Coachmen.

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      1. James - Post author

        No, it doesn’t. But last I heard, Gordon was working on a model for Sprinters as well. Don’t have the progress report on that one yet, but I think eventually it will be available.

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    8. David

      The next thing they will copy is the air suspension and self leveling systems. And maybe a Max Air remote fan. And, they may change the name to Lance II. Won’t use yellow paint though… 🙂

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      1. James - Post author

        That would be super awesome.
        (They’d still need to work out bike storage and winter camping though!)

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    9. Dan Morean

      Excellent review! Thank you. I’ve always loved the lithium/volt start on Roadtrek but just couldn’t live with the dated interior design of the RT. IMHO, Coachmen has just made it an easy decision…the Galleria has a refined interior along with the excellent lithium technology. Even though Coachmen’s lithium option isn’t cheap, it comes in a good 20k lower than the RT with similar equipment. When Coachmen takes the final step and makes it cold weather compatible, I’ll be pulling the trigger. I wish a class C maker (like the Navion/View or Wayfarer) would also embrace the lithium/cold weather features.

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      1. James - Post author

        The cold-weather compliance is something we try to stress to manufacturers when we do these reviews. Eventually, they’ll all get there. Some of them are moving in that direction already. Same with lithium. Eventually, this stuff will be common (and we’ll try not to take all the credit for it… 🙂 )

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    10. John LeGresley

      Hi James, Am still on the fence on the birthday bike trip to Majorca but speaking of bikes, where would we put our bikes on this rig? I did see a kewl review on a euro spec van which had a permanent high raised bed in the back. On the outside, the van (a class B) had two doors, port and starboard offering a large pass thro with bike tie downs. I think this may be a better plan than the new Revel with its movable bed. Have you seen one of these? Great review, Steff never misses :-).

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      1. James - Post author

        On this rig, the bikes would have to go on a rack or in the trailer. So it wouldn’t work for us.
        You should probably have a look at our post on the Euro rig types from our European trip this summer. We’re trying to get someone on this side of the ocean to make a “Compact C”. If someone can pull that off, it will probably be our next rig.

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    11. Ed Rudder

      Another great review. I thank you so much for the information you guys provide. Coachman seems to have their eye on what the class B consumer is searching for. I’m loving the changes.

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    12. Ailish

      I wish you’d be less generous with the “well, they don’t market it as a four season rig” excuse. Far too many class Bs are not fully usable in winter because they don’t bother to make them so. One of the ideal use cases for these is to park at trailhead, and go snowshoeing or skiing, and come back to a warm place and take a hot shower and have a hot meal. Except in most of them, you can’t.

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      1. James - Post author

        Valid.
        Some manufacturers are coming around, some are a bit slower.
        We could start applying a bit more gentle pressure with our reviews.

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    13. Adam

      Great Great Great review! I have been looking at your site for some time and am close to pulling the trigger on a Coachmen Galleria (based on your review) however, my wife and I checked out the Hymer Aktiv today and are now struggling with a decision. The Aktiv with the EcoTrek seems so sweet for off-grid camping. It was great to see this Li3 review-except the price point on them is significantly more than the standard Galleria.

      I did see your interview with the Hymer rep, but would love to know your opinion (if any) of the Aktiv.

      You both are so entertaining and provide great information. Thanks again for what you do.

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      1. James - Post author

        We’ve not done a detailed review of the Aktiv, so I couldn’t answer that question fairly.
        Best bet would be to look at some owners groups for the Hymer products – ask other owners and see what they have to say!

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    14. Rick

      Excellent review of a beautiful RV, ..when are all of the manufacturers going to realize that we also want to use our Class B coaches in winter?!

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    15. Cary Alburn

      I wonder if you can compare the cabinetry quality with the cabinetry in PleasureWay RVs. I have a new PW Ascent, and while I wouldn’t call it perfect, it’s truly excellent IMHO—much better than the cabinetry of many other rigs I’ve looked at over the years, even recently. What do you think?

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      1. James - Post author

        Now THAT’s a good question.
        To do that properly, I’d really need to see them side by side. I’ve not looked at Pleasure-Way’s cabinetry with an eye to a comparison.
        Next time I see one, I will!
        (And that I can’t answer the question without even thinking about it tells me that they’re both good!)

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    16. Gary

      Chuffed that a North American mass producer is getting the power management system right. Now if we can just get them together with a company that does exciting designs. Add a little mood lighting, wine, and Barry White and next thing you know you have a Revel/Wonder that I would buy.

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      1. James - Post author

        I’ve heard people say that too much of a good RV thing is no good for you baby…
        Oh no.
        But I don’t know about that…
        😉

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      1. James - Post author

        I can’t say for sure, but there are some on RV Trader that look new listed for 108-122k ish.
        Add to that the approximatley $22k for lithium.
        But I’m not an official Coachmen spokesman. Best bet would be to ask their customer service.

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    17. NavyDoc

      Thanks for a great review. I know everybody has their preference, but I’m not a big fan of macerators… aren’t they a bit slow and prone to malfunctioning?

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      1. James - Post author

        To be completely honest, I’ve never been that big on macerators either, for the exact reasons you mention.
        But usually those are smaller units that twist on to the bayonet fittings on the sewer outlet. This one was a bit different. It was a box-mounted device. I’ve seen it demoed at trade shows and it seems more robust than the cheaper twist-on ones.
        It *is* still something that can break – as compared to a gravity dump (I’m pretty sure gravity will never break), but it seems better than most, and may have been required to deal with a unique under-rig plumbing situation.

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    18. Greg

      Yay, the future is here as long as you have a Coachmen Crossfit for cooler weather. The wall covering material looks “different” doesn’t it, like it is soft and scuffable?

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      1. James - Post author

        Good catch, Greg! We didn’t mention anything about it in the video, but I went back over my notes, and here it is:
        “New Interior Marine Grade PVC interior wall colors and texture. Will never rot/mold/crack or breakdown like cloth or ABS.”

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