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Old 05-22-2013, 03:57 AM   #1
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How to calibrate a Blue-Ox Patriot Brake System?

I am contemplating getting a Patriot Brake System. My main 3 reasons are that I own a Blue-Ox tow bar and I have been VERY happy with it, additionally we have one toad but may also add our SUV as a toad, and lastly I like the idea of a drop in system.

So, I have been reviewing the literature for the Patriot. They say that to calibrate the system, set it to number 5. Lower number decreases brake pedal pressure, higher number increases it.

But, how do you do it? Look in rear camera and check for smoke? Examine tires for flat spots?

How have you done it?

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Old 05-22-2013, 04:40 AM   #2
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I use the patriot system. Each time you set it up, you simply press a button on the unit and it presses on the pedal 3 times.

Then once it is completed, it says "ready"

There is a monitor that goes in the coach that shows you anytime the brakes are applied to the toad. You can adjust the sensitivity from here and you can also manually apply the brakes if you have to....

It take 3 mins to set up, and less than that to remove.

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Old 05-23-2013, 09:30 PM   #3
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you watch the remote unit as you're braking to see when it engages, I keep mine on setting 3 when pulling our Wrangler-used it for 3 years now with no problems.

I don't want it to engage very aggressively unless I'm braking pretty good...
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:23 AM   #4
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Thank you for your response...I guess that is what I was looking for....that you look at the unit and increase/decrease the sensitivity based on when you brake the RV and when the Toad responds.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:45 AM   #5
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I have used the Patriot for a year or so. It is easy to install and use, but I am convinced it is not that effective on easy stops, which I try to do every time i stop. My toad only weighs 2,500 lbs, so not much help needed. I know I could increase the sensitivity, but it still takes some time for the unit to engage the brakes and I don't think that can be adjusted. Works ok on hard stops, and I guess that is where it is really needed.
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