My MH is powered up all the time, plugged into Shore Power, keeping the fridge cold, the batteries charged, pretty much ready to go when we want. One thing that confuses me is why this switch panel seems like a throwback to the 70's with hot little lamps behind each rocker switch (see photo.) Seems like it's using a lot more power than it needs to and more importantly, I wonder how long it will be before they just burn out and have to be replaced.
As an Electrical Engineer by education and former trade, I am sometimes amazed at how this brand new 2013 MH has electronics that should have been updated 5-10 years ago.
Another example is the Heat Pump/AC controller. The display can't be read when lit. The LCD display reminds me of my 1st gen iPod. When the backlight goes on, from the angle I am looking at it, the actual information nearly disappears. The push buttons are not glowing, I can't see them at night, I mounted a small magnet-actuated flashlight next to it so when I open the cabinet above the entry door, I can see what's going on. Just strange.
Or the stack of 3 led's that tell me how much water, LP I have left or how full my other tanks are. They are so inaccurate that it's hard to really know what's going on. In my coach, they are in the same place (above the entry door) and are set up in such a way (too high) that you can barely see them through the drilled holes they are buried behind.
Even the Jensen 212 radio, which is "state of the art" in the RV industry is a throwback to the last decade. Yes, it works with 3 cameras and that's just fine but no bluetooth, it uses the OLD Sirius module, not the new inexpensive Sirius XM module, it can't read MP3 CD's but it does have a USB port on the front that won't charge my iPhone, It doesn't support HD FM which has been around for years and other nit picky things that I am able to live with because I've found work-arounds that are OK.
Just seems to me that the electronics are not high priority to RV manufacturers. We all have cars, we are used to heated seats and other such amenities, spending what we do on these rolling palaces, we should at least get the same level of electronics as a mid-level Ford, don't you think?
Anyway I digress...
Just wondering if anyone has ever thought about this stuff, particularly the switches being almost too hot to touch.