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Old 05-30-2017, 07:59 PM   #1
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We have a Dodge Ram 1500 and a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Do we need the sway bar and brake controller for both???
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Can't answer your question, but someone will respond soon. I just wanted to say welcome and remember, there are no dumb questions asked and everyone has been a newbie.
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Welcome, First of all what size travel trailer are you pulling and I assume you are going to pull it with both vehicles. Silverado
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We couldn't be happier with our tiny 139! We looked at many, many campers...some small to quite large. A friend had this little jewel and decided to sell her! We haven't looked back!! We are both in love with it!!! Working on mods and replacing the ragged awning...but otherwise ready to roll! Sooooo glad to have found this forum!!

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We have the 139
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If it was me I would have both on, here in Canada I believe any thing over 2000 lbs requires a brake controller.Once you are loaded you will be over that mark. I would hate to have an accident and have my insurance void because of no Brake controller. The truck should not need the sway control but it up to you. Silverado
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Fortunately, there are some brake controllers out there that are plug in types. I use a Protigy P2 controller and have setup two vehicles with pig tails that are compatible with the controller, so all I need to do is plug it in and go. Of course, if you do this, you will still need to wire each vehicle with a 7 pin connector for the electric brake.

As for the sway bar, if you have a friction sway bar type, it will be between the ball mount and trailer so it is directly transferable between vehicles. Same with a WDH if you need one.
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You will need a brake controller. Most likely your state law will require it. Towing a 139 with a Dodge 1500 you may or may not need a weight distributing hitch, although it's probably a good idea. Probably don't need anti-sway although some WD hitches come with it built in. I have a 210 and 1500 Chevy and don't use anti-sway.
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IF you decide to go with a WD hitch, I'd highly recommend the Equalizer ....winner 5 years in a row of users choice in Trailer Life magazine.

Equal-i-zer® Hitch - The “American Original” with 4-Point Sway Control™ and Weight Distribution
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I have a trunnsion style fastway e2 weight distribution hitch with built in swag control. Made by the same company as the equalizer but significantly less expensive.
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We have a Dodge Ram 1500 and a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Do we need the sway bar and brake controller for both???
Not sure if this answers:

The initial need for a controller and load distributing/sway control hitch is more a decision based on the size/weight of your trailer, regardless of the towing vehicle.

Having said that, if you are asking if you need two of everything, then you will find yes, you need a "control box" for the brake controller installed on each vehicle you plan to tow with.

On the other hand, with respect to the sway bars/weight distributing hitches, most have all their hardware attached to the trailer itself. Some is installed to the ball hitch assembly, which is easily switched back and forth between vehicles. So you only need one of these. (This is assuming both vehicles have the hitch ball receiver type hitch where you can slide the hitch ball on and off.)

Hope that helps.

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Hi Teri&Joe.
Never used or needed a WD hitch on our 139. It's only around 200 pounds of tongue weight. We do use a friction type sway control.
A good brake control is needed on both vehicles.

We occasionally travel with our T139 up around your home base of Cosby and brakes are very much needed there on those curvey mountain two lanes.
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Hi Teri&Joe.
Never used or needed a WD hitch on our 139. It's only around 200 pounds of tongue weight. We do use a friction type sway control.
A good brake control is needed on both vehicles.

We occasionally travel with our T139 up around your home base of Cosby and brakes are very much needed there on those curvey mountain two lanes.
Thank you so much!!! Loving our 139...perfect little camper...sooooo fun! Come see us sometime!!!
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