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Old 08-05-2017, 12:33 PM   #1
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I'm going to buy a Blue Ox tow hitch to pull a 2016 Jeep Wrangler do I need a brake controller on the Wrangler? I've been told by one dealer I should have one just seeing what everybody else says. Thanks in advance
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Old 08-05-2017, 12:36 PM   #2
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Confused are you towing with jeep or towing the jeep? If you are towing with a jeep that kind of weight I would say yes you are going to need a brake controller.
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Old 08-05-2017, 02:18 PM   #3
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If you are towing the Jeep, I believe your tow vehicle needs the brake controller.
But I've never towed a toad, only trailers.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:48 AM   #4
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Most states require some kind of trailer brakes (electric, surge) on trailers over 1,500 lbs. Not sure how that applies to pulling a vehicle by itself, but with the Jeep weighing somewhere close to 4K lbs, in a panic stop it could get ugly without one.

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Old 08-07-2017, 10:00 AM   #5
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If you are going to be towing a Jeep wrangler behind a motor home or similar. You would need a trailer brake controller in the motor home of some type, many have them built in by the chassis mfr. You would only need a break controller in the jeep if you are going to tow a trailer.

Many (most) states would require you to have working breaks on the jeep while it is being towed. Most states consider the Jeep (toad) to be a trailer when connected to the Motor home and require working brake systems in the toad. There are several type arrangements that will allow your toad breaks to act like trailer brakes when connected to the Motor home.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:54 AM   #6
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I use the Blue Ox tow system including the Blue Ox Patriot brake controller in my Honda CR-V. I am currently setting up my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to use the same system. It is my understanding some kind of braking system is required by most states. You might want to look into the brake system that uses a cable to pull the brake pedal instead. It is probably much cheaper. I didn't know about that kind of system before I bought so I may have spent more money than required. Check out the Ready Brute system.
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