First I REALLY LIKE the service I am receiving from Winnebago. I mean that. The coach is not even in production yet, but they are talking to me about items like LED's etc. What a great company so far. I hope it continues.
With that said, I am a little beside myself as to why they are going to do, what they are going to do with the 2014 models later this year with interior LED's.
When I inquired as to why they wanted so much $$$ to add them to our coach on the line when they just needed to replace the bulb with a puck, this is what came back...
"The LED lights that we will use later this summer on our 2014 units does not have a replaceable bulb and will require the fixture to be replaced, or cut and butt. Your customer must be referring to a LED replacement bulb and this is something we didn't want to do on our production units."
I called them and told them that IMHO they should really rethink this approach before they really do this. The housings that they will use will have the LED's built right into them, therefor, if one fails, you have to remove and replace the entire inside of the unit which includes cutting the wires and then reconnecting it. (Vs just replacing a bulb or and LED puck.)
This really makes no sense to me that they would do this as 1) You will need to get the part from them or find the one directly for for this housing and 2) More than likely most RV'ers would be nervous to cut the wires and would instead look to have to bring it in for service to replace a light.
To me, IMHO, this is a dis-service to the RV'er and something that I am really surprised they are doing. With 58 light areas in a 42GB, failure will happen at some point. I would much rather pull out a $6 replacement puck then needed to find the right housing and maybe need to being it in for service. Not to mention, will cutting the wire yourself to replace it void your warranty?
I kindly said no thank you to the upgrade.
Their heart is in the right place, but I do not think it was thought though. (Or maybe it was and I am totally missing something.) It would make for some interesting campfire talk though.
"I had to take out coach in for service the other day.", "Really? What for?". "I had an inside light out. Only cost me $75 though. $45 for 1/2 hour labor and $30 for the new light."
I hope they rethink this or at least have a good reason that I am totally overlooking.