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Old 12-09-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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Opinion on Blue Ox Patriot Brake Sys

I was wondering if anyone out the has used or is using the Blue Ox Patriot Braking System. And is it bad, just OK, or good?
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:34 PM   #2
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I use one. I think the built in ones are better but i got the blue ox because I knew I would be using different toads. It works fine and only takes a few minutes to set up. The drawback is that you have this fairly large box you have to store somewhere.

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Old 12-09-2013, 08:49 PM   #3
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I have one and it does the job for me. I can't say if any others are better or worse.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:09 AM   #4
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I was wondering if anyone out the has used or is using the Blue Ox Patriot Braking System. And is it bad, just OK, or good?
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I have had one for about a year now and have done about 2-3,000 miles with it. It works fine for me towing a 2011 CR-V. I did install a Toad-Charge because the Patriot tends to run the CR-V battery down if left on for long periods of time. Toad-Charge Towed Vehicle Battery Charger & Maintainer Kit - RV Power Supply

Also, while towing, the CR-V ABS is not functional. If you slam on the motorhome brakes the CR-V brakes can lock and skid the tires. It happened to me once at a traffic signal with a short yellow interval.

I start out with the in-cab Patriot adjustment set at 5 and usually that works well. I have had to adjust it down to 4 or so if the brakes were being applied on the downside of short road humps.

I found that it works best if the adjustable legs on the bottom are set so that the unit sits level and has a good, flat surface on the car seat to push against. I had to experiment with that a bit.

You'll also want the BRK 2012 model as that has the updated firmware that improves the brake operation. Some places are selling the old model (2010 I believe) at a discount. I got mine from Amazon. com for $870 and free shipping.
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:19 AM   #5
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We have one also and are pleased with it. I did have to cut a thin board to put under it to make getting it level easier. I like the size and view ability of the remote. Also when I had questions their support folks either emailed or called right away.
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:14 PM   #6
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I've put almost 5k miles on mine--towing a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (4 door) behind two different Class A's. I'm generally happy with mine, though it did take some learning in terms of how to position it so that it wouldn't slip out of place.

I have a rubberized floor mat that has to be removed so that the three feet of the BlueOx brake box can hold more securely. The box slipped out of place twice, triggering it to shut down completely and throw an error message to the receiver in the RV. So I knew something went wrong, but in both cases I was so close to my destination that I just finished the drive.

The BlueOx also must be level or the actuator will kick on for even minor slow downs. I don't like it to apply Toad brakes when I take my foot off the accelerator in the DP, just for harder braking situations, but on my last trip the little red light indicating that it was applying force blinked on more than I would have liked. When I checked the box, it wasn't quite level so I attribute the problem to that.

IF YOU PLAN to tow an elec or hybrid car, you should check with others who do that. It can be tricky given how the brake pedals work in those vehicles. My buddy is towing a Ford Fusion with the BlueOx and it took him quite a bit more time and trials to get it to work properly for him. In addition to the brake sensitivity difference, that car has some automatic battery saving settings that kill power to the "hot" 12v DC plug if it senses continued use. Well... that wasn't apparent until it killed the power after 30 minutes (or so) of driving. Again.. now that he knows that, he ran separate power and he's all set. He seems happy with his BlueOx brake box too.
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I have been using mine for three years now, first in a Hyundai Accent, then a Ford Ranger and now we have a new Jeep Wrangler. I agree that a piece of plywood under the unit is ideal for leveling and stabilizing it. It is a good solution especially if you swap vehicles frequently.
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Old 12-14-2013, 05:40 PM   #8
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I have had one for 1.5 yrs. and 8000 miles of towing. Spent 3 weeks in Wy. last June and it worked just fine in the mountains and flatlands. I have no complaints and the factory is easily available for questions. I believe, for a brake in a box, the Patriot is the best.

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