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Blue Ox Patriot Portable Braking System Review

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Review of the Blue Ox Patriot Portable Braking System


Hey everybody, how's it going Today we're gonna be going over the Blue Ox Patriot supplemental braking system. So there's two main types of braking systems on the market. Portable system, which is what the Blue Ox Patriot is, and we have permanent systems. Now, permanent systems are great, however they require a very lengthy installation. They also require some significant modifications to your vehicle. With a portable system, you're not gonna have that initial lengthy installation and most of the time there's gonna be no modifications to the vehicle required whatsoever.

Now with a permanent system, however, it is gonna be a little bit easier each time you need to get in and tow your vehicle 'cause it's usually just a flick of a switch or just simply pressing the button. With a portable system there, there is a little bit of setup involved each time you need to tow. Now with that being said, the Blue Ox Patriot is probably one of the fastest portable braking systems to set up on the market. We'll show you how quick we can do it now. Now that we have the green light, that's it, we're ready to go.

Now one thing I'd like to point out, this is actually a new design of the older Blue Ox braking systems, the Patriot systems, the two and three. Now with this design here, this redesign rather, one of the biggest takeaways is that this is much smaller, much more compact, than the previous units and there's also some software updates as well. So if you're looking for the most up to date, best braking system on the market, it's gonna be this one here in regards to the portable. Now there's actually only a few different components that make up our braking system. On the front here we have our breakaway switch.

So this is gonna go to a breakaway switch mounted on the front of the vehicle. And what that's gonna do is basically, if the vehicle should ever come unhooked from the motor home, this is gonna serve as a last line of defense to apply the brakes in our vehicle to help it come to a slow and safe stop. So here's what our break claw actually looks like. So there's obviously gonna be two hooks on the bottom and two hooks on the top that are just gonna basically grab onto your pedal. And this little pinching system here works very well.

So right now it's in the open position. If we press that button, that is gonna lock it closed, and then the pincher system can hold it open until it's locked in the place and then we will reinstall it onto the brake pedal. You just simply hit that button and now it's secure on there and we're ready to go. Next we have our 12 volt power connection that's just gonna simply plug into a cigarette light and we're gonna get an LED indicator on the top of that plug to let us know it has power. Now keep in mind the accessory 12 volt power circuit isn't active on every vehicle while in tow. So you may or may not need an additional 12 volt outlet kit which we carry, for your particular vehicle. So those are pretty much the main components of our braking system here. There's a couple other smaller ones, such as this adjustable pad height. So this is gonna allow us to really fine tune our braking system to our exact vehicle. So if you have a truck where the seat sits up a little bit higher, you wanna go ahead and raise this so you get good pressure on the back of the unit. You can see the seat is a little bit higher, therefore we kind of wanna match this pad to the height of the seat. Go ahead and lock that in. And then also, the floorboard of every vehicle isn't the same shape. So having some adjustable feet on the bottom there really allow you to, again, dial in the fit this braking system to get the best performance possible in your particular vehicle. At last we have the actual LED panel here. This is really gonna tell us what's going on with the unit. So we obviously have our power button here. Go ahead and hit that when you start up. So this is sort of the color flashing sequence we're gonna get every time that we reapply power to the system here. And this is gonna let us know it's ready to be set up for the particular vehicle you're using. So if you go ahead and just hit the setup key once, it's gonna depress the brake pedal and then if everything was done correctly we should come back to a solid green light. Now if we get any other color or sequence of light, you wanna refer to your owner's manual so you can correct any potential issues. So that's a great feature I like built into this braking system. It's pretty much a troubleshooting little section here that allows you to easily identify problems and fix them correctly. Well, in regards to how the Patriot actually works, this is known as a proportional braking system. Now, if you've towed any trailers with electric brakes, you may or may not be familiar with this term. And basically what this refers to is this refers to how the brakes are being applied in our towed vehicle here. So basically, it's gonna match the intensity of how we're applying the brakes in our motor home. So, let's say we're out in the highway, somebody cuts in front of us, we really need to slam on our brakes and come to a fast stop. Well that's exactly what our unit is gonna do. It's gonna quickly apply the brakes inside our vehicle here, allowing us to come to a smooth and safe stop. Now to the contrary to that, if we're just moseying around in town, we're just coming to a slow stop at a stop light. We obviously don't wanna send a ton of force to the brakes in our vehicle here and potentially lock them up. Well the Patriot's not gonna do that. It's gonna sense the braking force in the motor home and it's gonna apply that same force here in the vehicle. Now one of the issues with a lot of the different braking systems on the market is they kind of leave you blind when you're inside your motor home. Some of them have little monitor lights that get mounted in the rear view mirror, but a lot of the times, you don't actually have a way to look at those and they're kind of hard to see in the daytime. So being able to monitor the braking system that way you can really tell what's going on. We've all seen those horror stories of people dragging their towed vehicle behind their motor home with the brakes locked up and we don't wanna be one of those people and Blue Ox has thought of that because we actually have a very handy handheld monitor that gets mounted inside the motor home that lets us know exactly what's going on with our braking system. So here's what that monitor looks like. Now this is gonna come with the power cord, the actual monitor itself, and then a little stand that we can mount on the dash of our motor home. So this monitor is gonna allow us to adjust some settings of our braking system, and as we said earlier, it's also gonna let us know what's going on should the brakes be accidentally applied with the braking system in our vehicle. So we have a couple different options here. Number one, we just have the backlight setting. We can increase or decrease that depending on if we're driving in the day or night. Over here we have our force setting. So this allows us to increase or decrease the force sent to our brakes and our vehicle. And we also have a manual override button. So this is gonna physically apply the brakes in our vehicle there, no matter how we're traveling. And we obviously have our menu button here that allows you to fine tune a few more settings. So in summary, I really, really like the Blue Ox Patriot. This is probably one of the leading portable braking systems on the market and it has been for a long time. Now, if you're unsure between a permanent and a portable system, me personally, I like portable just because they're so much easier to install and you don't have to worry about hacking into your vehicle like some of the permanent systems require. So me personally, I would definitely go with a portable system and if I had to choose, it would be this one. Blue Ox has a longstanding reputation of making a very quality braking system. This one here is gonna ensure that you're getting nice, smooth and even braking inside the motor home there, keeping everyone, you and your family safe. Now, best part of all, this product has a two year warranty and it is made right here in the USA. And that's gonna do it today for our look at the Blue Ox Patriot supplemental braking system..


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