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Old 12-13-2013, 04:12 PM   #15
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I've had the Patriot for about 2 1/2 years now and no problems. I have not owned another system to compare it with, but it seems to be a quality system. I tow a Mazda Miata that weighs about 2,500 lbs, so the primary reason I use it is for liability purposes, as my Dutch Star 4320 will stop it pretty quick without it. I guess it gives me a sense of security when towing on wet roads.
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:48 AM   #16
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Have not had a battery problem yet, however, I turn mine down to level 2 on the sensitivity setting since I really only need it for break-away. I still have the ability to grab the manual lever if I need it for stopping. May have lengthened my battery life.

Where did you buy the replacement battery?
Interesting story: I was on the road with the unit for the first time. I was talking to tech support at BLue Ox and asked about battery replacement and she said "Oh, the battery is in a sealed volume and you have to send it back to be replaced. We put it in our clean room to do the work."

Well, I looked in the opening where the arm comes out with a flashlight and I could see the battery! Four or five screws on the bottom and the two halves of the unit come apart, cut the zip tie holding the battery on, pulled the connectors and brought it to a Batteries Plus store and got an exact replacement size and specs for $19. Pretty easy job.

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Old 12-15-2013, 01:17 AM   #17
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Thanks Jeff. I'm going to replace mine before this next big trip.
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I do not like the box in the driver's seat pedal pushers for several reasons.

First: They advrtise: NO INSTALLATION
They deliver: You have to install EVERY TIME YOU TOW and the odds that sooner or later you will "Goof" are actually rather high.

And what is even more important is this: You are making a short tow, say to the dealer or service center,, and say "oh the heck with it, it's too much OH SH***! I wish I'd installed it"
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SPizzer what was the battery number and size.
Thanks for the info Don
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I do not like the box in the driver's seat pedal pushers for several reasons.

First: They advrtise: NO INSTALLATION
They deliver: You have to install EVERY TIME YOU TOW and the odds that sooner or later you will "Goof" are actually rather high.

And what is even more important is this: You are making a short tow, say to the dealer or service center,, and say "oh the heck with it, it's too much OH SH***! I wish I'd installed it"
It's not nearly as big a deal as you make it to be. It only takes 5 minutes to set it up!
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SPizzer what was the battery number and size.
Thanks for the info Don

Don,

Sorry for the delay, finally dug out my receipt:

THe batter is from Batteries Plus, SLAA12-1.3F (12v Lead)

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MOBLUE read your post and think you might be some help. installing a new patriot in a jeep and it works well only when i use the remote in the manual override so it does communicate with the brake. when i step on the brake in the coach nothing happens in the jeep. what am i doing wrong. this is my first coach so i am kinda still learning than ks for the help
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MOBLUE read your post and think you might be some help. installing a new patriot in a jeep and it works well only when i use the remote in the manual override so it does communicate with the brake. when i step on the brake in the coach nothing happens in the jeep. what am i doing wrong. this is my first coach so i am kinda still learning than ks for the help
I'm guessing you were sitting still and don't see an activation. It's a proportional system which while moving detects the coach is stopping. It will not activate sitting still unless you trigger it manually. Depending on your sensitivity setting, the Patriot will react accordingly. You will see the activation light illuminate on the bottom of your controller. Go for a drive and play with the settings. Hope that helps.
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