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Old 10-07-2018, 05:37 PM   #1
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Electrical short

On the last outting with our 2016 z-1 272bh
I could not get water heater to light on propane.
Tank level lights were also out. I found a 15amp
fuse blown.I went to replace it and it popped as soon as it hit the terminals. Did this twice and knew I had a direct short somewhere.Trip continued as planned but I did not even know where to start looking for a short so I decided to enjoy the trip and look at it later.I do have test light and volt meter so a few days after the trip I decided to try and find the short. Since I had no idea where to start I decided to start at the control panel where the tank level lights were not working. I pulled he panel off the wall and could not believe what I found. There were wire plugged into the panel but hanging off the bundle of wires was 2 wires with the slip fittings on the end. Every prong on this panel had a wire and these 2 seemed like extras to maybe a little different panel not sure. These 2 slip on connections were arced together causing a short. I guess they were hanging there all a long and finally touched. I cut off the ends and capped the wires low and behold the fuse went in and did not blow. For once l got a lucky break.
The dealer could not explain it when I contacted them about the extra wires on the 12volt system either but all is well. Maybe this will help someone else with a Z-1 down the road.A little bit of effort was really worth it this time.
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Old 10-07-2018, 06:24 PM   #2
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Glad you discovered it and glad the fuses did what they were supposed to. Earlier this year my main slide stopped working and I found what I thought was a bad slide switch; but after searching I found a bad connection wire behind the control panel. Anyhow, glad you got it straightened out.
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