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Define trickle charger, and define what the on-board battery banks are made up of... that would help. IIRC, if the power rating of the panel is more than 1/60 the bank capacity, then a charge controller is recommended.
Since the OP hasn't stated the size of the panel or the battery bank, can't really say one way or the other. I prefer not to wire panels directly to the battery.. but would rather set them up on a fuse block and then put a output from the fuse block on a switch...
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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