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What is the Difference Between the Roadmaster Even Brake and the Blue Ox Patriot

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which system, the Roadmaster Even Brake or the Blue Ox Patriot would be best to tow my 2011 Honda CR-V?

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The main difference between the Blue Ox Patriot and the Roadmaster Even Brake systems is that the Roadmaster # RM-9400 uses compressed air to actuate the brakes in the towed vehicle, while the Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR uses an electrically-operated actuator to engage the brake pedal.

As a result the Blue Ox system uses less power (since it does not incorporate an air compressor) and is a bit simpler to install. The Even Brake can only be used with vehicles that have power brakes. Roadmaster suggests that due to the 15A power draw of the Even Brake system that every 6 hours or so you stop and run the dinghy engine for about 20 minutes to recharge its battery.

Both units offer breakaway emergency braking in the event of a tow bar failure, include a wireless system monitor for the RV, and deliver braking force proportional to the motor home brakes. Both products are made in USA. Between the two I would choose the Patriot for its lower power demand.

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