Originally Posted by Shadowcatche
Yes you should replace it with a true deep cycle battery but you also need to figure out your anticipated load and size it accordingly.
I will second the "Go with the Deep Cycle" the price should not be much different,
Both batteries are roughly 75 amp hours, (I think a Group 24 is actually 73 but this varies a bit between manufacturers so "About 75" NOTE this is the 20 hour method NOT the wal-mart method)
But the difference is with a DEEP CYCLE you can use about half of that, With other types, much less.
If you use battery power a lot... Consider adding an 2nd battery box, and perhaps repalcing the existing one with one a bit taller, and going with two Golf Car batteries in series, they are six volt each, 230 amp hour put 'em in series they are 12 volt 230 amp hour, again you can use half. Which is more power than your Group 24 holds.
Pound for pound most all batteries hold the same amount of electricity, but DEEP cycle you can safely ue more of it.
Also, you may wish to do a converter upgrade. I will list just 4
Magnetek 6300.. Upgrade
Parallex 7300.. You should consider upgrade
Parallex 7300T, Minimum that I consider acceptable
Progressive Dynamics 9200 (And a long list of competitors) Very hard to find one that would be considered an upgrade, This is the top of the list.
On the first 3, you can upgrade JUST the electronics without replacing the distribution panel.