I have a 1962
22 foot Safari that I need some electrical advice about. It presently has a 60 Amp, 1000 Watt, 13.6VDC Progressive Dynamics converter that supplies the 12V
power for several lights and my water pump. This works fine when on shore power. My wife and I are going to do some boondocking so I wanted to have a way to run our water pump while not on shore power. I bought a Goal Zero Yeti 400 watt solar "generator" with a 100W solar panel to charge it to try to do this in the simplest manner possible-- thinking I would just plug the trailer in to the AC output on the front of the Yeti and everything would work fine. When I plugged it in, the lights worked fine, but the water pump would shut the Yeti down. Turns out the water pump needs 5 Amps, and the AC output port on the Yeti is 110V and 2.6 Amps. However, the 12V
"cigarette lighter" port on the front of the Yeti can put out 12V
at 10Amps....so it seems to me that I should be able to connect the Yeti to my 12V system via the "cigarette lighter" 12V output. Not quite sure how to do that though....
College physics was a long time ago and I don't know the ins and outs of the converter so I don't know exactly what I am looking at. (see photos) The converter is plugged into an AC outlet. Is that the actual power going into the Converter that is being converted to 12V, or is that just powering the converter itself? There is an orange wire coming out of the wall that goes in to the converter as well. Is this the AC current coming in that is being converted to 12V current? There are black and red wires leaving the converter--obviously these go to power the lights and pump. The green wire is obviously the ground wire.
1. What is the orange wire?
2. Can I plug the "cigarette lighter" male connection into the female connection on the front of my Yeti, and then splice the red and black wires from this connector into the 12v wires that run from the converter to power my whole 12v system (only a few lights and a water pump)
3. If I CAN do #2, can I leave this permanently spliced or would I need to come up with a switch so that it is either only power from the converter flowing through the wires or only power from the Yeti flowing through the wires?
4. Depending on what I can do with question #2 or #3 above, do I need another ground wire connected?
sorry, for the long story. Please keep your helpful responses as simple as possible, i.e. not electrical engineering jargon.
Thanks for the help!