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Old 12-20-2012, 03:00 PM   #1
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Blue Ox Patriot Brake Buddy or Stay In Play Duo?

Please limit this thread to only these two product discussions.

I have decided on the Blue Ox Base Plate and the Blue Ox Tow Bar when I do set my car/MH up for towing.

I see positives for both the Blue Ox Patriot and the Stay In Play.

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SMI Stay-IN-Play Duo Brake system - By SMI Braking

Experienced Blue Ox Brake Buddy or Stay In Play Duo folks only:

What made you choose the one you did?

What do you really like about your choice?

What do you really dislike about your choice?

If you had to buy a brake system today, what would you buy?

Thanks in advance for your response and insight!!

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Old 12-20-2012, 03:27 PM   #2
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Are you asking about the Blue Ox patriot system? I don't find any info on Blue Ox Brake Buddy. I had a Roadmaster EvenBrake at first. When it failed I had the SMI Stay-in-Play installed as I saw it being demo'ed after I had already bought the EvenBrake. I love the SMI and would never use a "Brake in a Box system again.

With the EvenBrake I had to install it every time and uninstall it to move the car.

With the Stay-in-Play all I do it plug in the lights and I am ready to go.

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Old 12-20-2012, 03:27 PM   #3
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We have the BrakeBuddy Classic. Price was first consideration. Bought it on Ebay and it was in like new condition. I had heard some people say that it was inconvienient to set up and it was easy to say "I'm not going very far, so I won't hook it up just this once". But I've found that it takes about 5 minutes to hook it up and you disipline yourself to do it every time. I am very satified with our setup and have had zero problems. It has worked as advertised everytime. I would buy it again. Got my baseplates and Stowmaster 5000 on Ebay, too.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:07 PM   #4
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I have the Blue Ox Patriot. Like you, I have the complete Blue Ox setup as well. I considered the SMI system, however, I trade cars frequently and motor homes for that matter, so I wanted something portable. Additionally, the Patriot is electric, not compressor equipped, so you don't have it running on a fairly regular basis draining the battery. I've had it for 2 1/2 years and over 30,000 miles with very few problems. The only issue I've had is the loss of communication between the control unit and the box, which usually occurs around areas of highly concentrated electronic interference, but it's only momentary.
I can set it up in 10" and would certainly buy it again.
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