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Old 05-10-2018, 12:05 PM   #1
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Invisibrake or Patriot

We have a 2015 36LA and are purchasing a 2018 GMC Acadia 3.6L V6 Engine FWD for a toad. We have decided on the Blue Ox baseplate and Blue Ox Ascent tow bar. We are having trouble deciding between the Blue Ox Patriot and the Roadmaster Invisibrake. DH likes that you don't see the Invisibrake. I don't have a preference, just want to get the most appropriate one. Is one "better" than the other? Any issues? Thanks in advance for your opinions and real life experiences.

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Old 05-10-2018, 03:23 PM   #2
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We have the Blue Ox Patriot. It does work fine for us but there are pros and cons.

Pros: portable can relocate to another vehicle easy, easy installation (mainly break away wiring)

Cons: have to remove braking unit and put back in when traveling. Had to rewire power outlet to be hot all the time (not really that hard just needed to be done). Sometimes adjusting feet so that it sets stable can be a challenge on some models. First toad no problem, second toad has hump in floorpan which caused it to fall over sometimes. I now put side support in to keep it from tilting, no more problems. Store unit when not in use.

The cons list does look bigger but it’s small stuff. I chose it because I knew I was going to get a different toad vehicle sometime in the future. Wanted the ability to relocate brake system easily. If I had a tow vehicle that I knew I was going to have a long time I would have gotten a unit that was mounted in vehicle for ease of traveling and hooking up.

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Old 05-10-2018, 03:42 PM   #3
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I have the Roadmaster Invisibrake. Really like it, ours is mounted under the driver seat (2011 Honda CRV). Basically a install it, forget it. Not sure if all auxillary brakes have a brake indicator line, but ours does. The line runs from the toad to the dash in the MH and an indicator light comes on when the brakes are applied...nice little assurance factor.
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:00 PM   #4
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We just installed the invisibrake and I am very happy with it. Like your DH I like the fact that I donít need to move it to drive. We were able to use existing MH tow break wiring so I did not have to run the Monitor wire the full length of the MH. (The monitor is the light in the cockpit that tells you your toas brakes are engaged.) So the only additional connection we make when hooking up the toad is the breakaway cable.
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I had the Invisibrake installed on my 98 Honda Accord, worked great tell winter when it started to rain. I had to install a new set of brake pads and pull the fuse.
Now I have the Air Force One and I can't see any part of the system, just the air and 12v plug in the front of the car. I feel it is one of the best systems out there if you have air brakes.
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