Zig Unit

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  1. Jo&Gareth

    Jo&Gareth Read Only Funster

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    have just bought a 1990 Elddis C Class van. Used it on mains for the first time this weekend and when we plugged in the fridge the zig unit fused and tripped out.

    We were able to run the van on mains but with the Zig unit turned off and so no charge to the leisure battery.

    Anyone have any ideas of areas to check???

    Thanks

    Jo&Gareth
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  2. Wildman

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    I am a little confused, when you turned the fridge on it tripped the zig unit and blew a fuse. So the Zig unit did its best to tell you something was badly wrong. You then turned the zig unit off :Eeek:and continued to mains.:Sad: Why ignore the protection systems.
    I suspect a mouse damaged cable, the fuse protected you, in time you might just have a fire because you ignored that protection. If you do I doubt that your insurance will cover you.
    Sorry for such a negative post but you really do need to be made aware of what you have done. Please don't try and save a few bob by trying to fix it yourself. DIY is fine when you have some idea of what you are doing. When you don't have a clue please leave it to the professionals.:Sad:
    I note you have only just bought the van, however all of the usual safety measures apply. Thank goodness you got away with it this time.
    Further thoughts make me wonder what else you had plugged in, leccy fire maybe, TV, did you just overload the lot? Certainly needs investigation.
     
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    Whats a "Zig unit" ?
    :Blush::Blush:
    Why have we not got one?
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  4. Jaws

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    A Zig unit or panel is the control panel.
    Modern ones are all digital and control relays and electronic switching to the charger etc..
    older vans had a panel ( a Zig panel ) than did all the controlling and in most cases ( if not all in the case of the Zig's ) had a built in charger too..
     
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    Wildman, that's a bit unfair to a poster with only 4 posts!
    The 1990's Zig unit is usually only a battery charger so shouldn't be involved in the fridge operation unless some alleged professional, or previous owner, has wired the fridge to operate from the Zig instead of the starter battery.
    The Zig units fuse did its job and the poster is able to keep his the rest of the van operating on mains so whats your problem?
    If the poster has the van checked OR someone here can advise them, where is the harm?
     
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