@Larry, OK, some folks do use the trailers for more than recreatioal activities. I had not considered that possibility, and it seems that most long-term-in-one-place trailers are made differently than the recreational type. BUT that would certainly explain the wear out condition.
And I did do some more research, and it happens that some slide switches are made for a lot more current, up to 3.5 amps, if you believe the manufacturers rating. So some switches may not be over rated, you would need to read the printing on the switch. Of course a slow-make slow-break switch is always a bad choice for switching any level of power, even if the switch is rated for the load. But they are still cheaper than any other kind, and in some organizations low price is the number 1 purchasing qualifier.
Stephen wrote: "Not that monkeys replacing 18W lamps w/ 27W lamps contributes in the slightest...!"
Well, yes. Not even sure if my GF knew what she was doing. I expect she simply went to the local auto parts store and bought lamps that had the same physical dimensions.
There's something to be said for the old-fashioned "Fusestat," screw-in plug fuses for residential circuits. They had the unique property that a unique socket was used for each amperage rating. E.g., you could not screw a 20, 25, or 30 amp fusestat into a socket meant for 15 amperes. The installing electrician selected sockets for each panel position to match the wire size of that circuit. This never seems to have been done for lamp sockets or other fuse styles.
Same here. I have a 2003 Jayco Qwest TT with the push-button fixtures that take the wedge base lamps. Have to be careful selecting the right lamps because it is easy to melt right through the lens. I always forget whether they are 914's or 921's. To make matters worse, some packages are labeled in watts rather than the bulb type. My 2013 Jayco Seneca uses the recessed hockey puck lamps with the G4 halogens. I've been replacing those 10W and 20W lamps with some LED disks with about 10 LED's on them. They are getting better with the color rendition. Still a little bluish but much, much better than earlier versions. These LED modules were made with the 5050 SMD LED's.
I fired these up on the bench and they look pretty good. I will do a side-by-side in my TT at some point soon. I'm not sure what LED is used in the wedgebase modules but the color appears to be identical to the 5050's.
In some brands of travel trailer you do find interesting designs that provide some neat little feature, but that fail frequently. The use of slide switches is a good example. Of course if you examine the price it becomes very clear why the slider was selected, which is because a slide switch is much less expensive than a good switch. The choice was aided by the fact that a lot of folks don't use the trailer that much, and so the switch may only need to last for a few hundred operations. And the inrush in the travel trailer application is not so great because of the current limiting nature of the thin wire used. So aside from the frame and suspension, which may be engineered, or just drafted by somebody who looked up some specifications, not a whole lot is really engineered. They are designed by people with experience in the field, but the most math involved is in checking fits and costs, not evaluating stresses and strengths. There are a couple of exceptions, and I am sure that they will choose to comment. But just because it can be drawn does not mean that a product will last.
LED lamps a great replacement in automotive applications. The current draw is about 1/10th of incandescent, the service life is longer and they perform better under vibration. I've replaced a few in incandescent in my 172 and really wish the FAA would approve more applications.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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