Originally Posted by bclemens
It's more so, I laugh at houses that have built in coffee makers. it is a very 70's/80's thing.
Things need to be modular/replaceable, so we can update as technology updates.
Nothing like a rig with built in VCR's.
Absolutely! Design is as much fashion as practicality. And for all the wonders of the integrated electronics of the HH yacht, its technology is frozen at a point in time that will ultimately come back to bite the new owners when something has to be replaced that is not backwards compatible. This is one of the reasons that they have designed manual interfaces into many of the switches.
Another problem that new owners in the yacht and RV space have is the provisioning of spare parts to handle repairs in remote areas. My reading on this site and others, is that vast majority of owners are clueless as to how parts support actually happens. Who orders parts for out of production installations, how often and how are they priced for the coach OEM or dealer to hold. Since this largely does not happen, it tends to freeze the technology at a LCD.
Take our exhaust fans for example. There are many ways to improve these but if that was done, the SKU count would double or triple to support the improvements. A cost which would have to be carried by the new owners which will be a mostly hard sell.