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Old 03-22-2021, 04:00 PM   #1
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brake controller / sway bar

New to escape 19' but not clear about brake controllers and sway bars.

Are they even needed (required) for a 19" trailer?

pulled by a Ram 1500 5.5L truck...
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Old 03-22-2021, 04:14 PM   #2
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Boz . . . IMO, the sway bar may not be needed with your Ram (although it absolutely can't hurt and they're not very expensive), but legally, you need to have functioning brakes on your trailer. A controller is required. Many states mandate that trailers over a given weight (frequently around 1200lbs), have operational brakes.
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Old 03-22-2021, 05:14 PM   #3
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Your trailer comes with 4 electrically actuated brakes.
Wouldn't you want those brakes working, when and if you really needed them?


They're required by law, in most states, I assume, and for trailers over varying weights among state laws, which the E19 would be heavy enough to qualify.


Get the brake controller. You HAVE TO, by law........not me.

The E19 doesn't require a sway bar. OK if you want to do so, but 4 wheels on the asphalt, instead 2, reduce sway potential.
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Old 03-22-2021, 06:00 PM   #4
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New to escape 19' but not clear about brake controllers and sway bars.

Are they even needed (required) for a 19" trailer?

pulled by a Ram 1500 5.5L truck...
The engine is irrelevant, and it certainly doesn't need any kind of sway bars.

If by "sway bars" you mean not sway bars at all but a weight-distributing hitch, then the answer is still "no, it doesn't need that", but you may want to use one anyway. There will likely be lots of opinions expressed on this, most completely ignoring the specific situation of your truck and trailer.
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Old 03-22-2021, 06:42 PM   #5
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I believe the motor is 5.7 v-8 and I installed air shocks to keep squat to a minimum on mine....
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Old 03-22-2021, 06:59 PM   #6
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Gottaresearch air breaks
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Old 03-22-2021, 07:01 PM   #7
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Any ideas on a controller or company thatís reputable?
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Old 03-22-2021, 09:12 PM   #8
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Any ideas on a controller or company thatís reputable?
I’ve had good luck with Tekonsha Prodigy controllers.
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Old 03-22-2021, 09:13 PM   #9
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Tekonsha P3 is what I see a lot of people recommend and is what I purchased. Works great.
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Old 03-22-2021, 09:13 PM   #10
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Any ideas on a controller or company thatís reputable?
I know that Mopar sells branded ones as welll—at one time they were rebadging a Prodigy controller. No idea what they are doing now.
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Old 03-22-2021, 10:46 PM   #11
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Gottaresearch air breaks
these are electric brakes, not air brakes. air brakes are used on big trucks, they use compressed air to release the brakes.

if your truck has the 7-blade circular RV socket on the back, its undoubtedly already wired for a brake controller, there should be a dodge specific plug somewhere under the drivers dash. you mount the brake controller on your dashboard where you can reach it with one hand while steering with the other in case you need to manually actuate the trailer brakes. Tekonsha makes a cable adapter for each brand truck so its a simple plug-in and mount operation.
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Old 03-23-2021, 03:31 PM   #12
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Air brakes? No. The trailer brakes are electric, as John explained.
Jim mentioned air shocks, which are unrelated to braking.
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Old 03-23-2021, 03:32 PM   #13
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Any ideas on a controller or company thatís reputable?
Any proportional brake controller will work well.
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