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Blue Ox Tow Bar Braking Systems - Brake Systems - BRK2012 Review

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Review of Blue Ox Tow Bar Braking Systems BRK2012

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Blue Ox Patriot Portable Braking System. This braking system is a proportional system that results in synchronized reliable braking for your towed vehicle. What that means is that the brake paddle in the vehicle is depressed with the same intensity as the peddle in your RV. This is going to improve control, it's going to offer better stopping and less wear on both your vehicle's and RV's brakes. The unit's an electric actuator. It's going to require less power than the air plugs. You don't have to worry about hoses, pumps or storage tanks getting in the way and you don't have to worry about any air hoses leaking. Right here's going to be the wireless radio frequency remote controller that mounts in cab.

That's in your RV and it simply plugs into the 12 Volt outlet. This allows you to monitor all the brake functions or manually apply the brakes from the comfort of the driver seat in the RV. It's going to feature an easy-to-read LED display that shows sensitivity settings, it's got the gain knob right here that adjust the sensitivity so the greater the number the more pressure that's applied to the towed vehicle's brakes. It's got an error light on there that will warn you of any problem. I do want you to know that according to instructions the Patriot Brake can be used with or without the controller. We just want to recommend you using the controller for operational feedback.

It gives you a really good idea of exactly what your system's doing. The brake system itself, that's this box right here. This is going to mount easily in the towed vehicle and it plugs into a 12 Volt outlet. Right here it's got your power cord. Again, that's going to plug in to plugin to a 12 Volt accessory outlet. That's how it gets its power.

Nice, convenient, easy design. This actuator is going to be positioned on the floor in front of the driver seat. Located on the bottom are going to be break feet. These are included and can be used for vehicles with uneven floor boards so you can adjust these if you want to or you can remove them and you don't have to use them at all. That's totally up to you but those are included to be used on vehicles that have uneven floor boards. Then you're going to have this bracket right here that's attached to an arm.

This bracket is going to clamp around the brake paddle and positions in the place to achieve the best leverage. That's the really nice design of the unit. Please note that you can adjust the size of the claw by changing where the fangs are mounted. There's going to be three mount locations for those to be positioned or you can switch out the top fangs with the provided excel fangs and screws. That's a nice design of the unit as well. It's going to fit pretty much any break paddle that's out there that make it a very versatile system. This unit easily adjusts. It's spring operated. It has a really nice tight hold so you don't have to worry about this coming off of the brake pedal. Here on this side you're going to have large surface push pads that make contact with the driver seat. Nice paddy 00:03:00 construction so it's not going to cause any harm or damage. These pads can be adjusted up or down for proper height positioning. You can see you can adjust that. Really nice design of the unit as well. Just tighten that knob to secure it in place once you find the height setting you need for your application. The brake system itself . Located right here it's going to feature an easy-to-read LED display. The unit offers self calibration with a push of the button. It's going to have built-in backup 12 Volt battery. This is compatible with hybrid models. You're going to have a nice detailed list of instructions. It's going to walk you through the entire initial setup process but please keep in mind that with hybrid models or any vehicle that has continues power-assist brakes or gain setting, it needs to be between one and three. Located right here is a convenient carrying handle and you're also going to have a wrap around clip for the plug and wiring. That's going to simplify removal and storage. Another neat thing about this unit is that it weighs less than 15 pounds so it's very easy to move around. Here are inaudible 00:04:53 some other features laid out here on the table. It does come with a break away kit so the break away device is included. It's going to come with your switch, pin, lanyard and power cable. This cable connects directly into the specific plug right there. Then it runs into this port right here on the breaking system. The break away system automatically activates the Patriot to apply the brakes on your towed vehicle and in advent the motor home separates from the towed vehicle. Really nice design. Right here it's going to have your on and off indicator. It's going to have your break away on, tow brake active and it's also going to have error light so it's going to notify you of any error. You're going to have an on and off switch. You're going to have a 12 Volt accessory outlet right there. It does have a inaudible 00:05:43 two amp draw. You're going to have your gain knob. You're going to have our push buttons setup. Super easy to do and then you're going to have your jog switch right here that allows you to go through some different options. We're also going to have a quick setup instructional right on top of the unit and the parts are made right here in the USA. That's going to do it for today's look at Blue Ox Patriot Portable Braking System. .

Questions and Comments about this Video

Syn F.
We have the braking system and the monitor on the dash inside the coach beeps occasionally and the letter C appears… then goes back to 5. What does that indicate?
Etrailer Expert
Reply from Victoria B.

When the code "C" indicates on the remote, it is letting you know that the remote is having an issue connecting to the braking unit. One common suggestion is to move the remote closer to the driver's side window to try and give the remote an easier path to connect to the braking unit in the towed vehicle.