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Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System - Proportional

Blue Ox Tow Bar Braking Systems

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Blue Ox Tow Bar Braking Systems - BRK2012

Now you can get full-power emergency braking or slow-to-an-idle action with the same system. The Patriot ensures that the brakes in your towed car are activated at the same time and with the same intensity that you apply to them in your RV.


  • Proportional system results in synchronized, reliable braking for your towed vehicle
    • Brake pedal in car is depressed with the same intensity as the pedal in your RV
  • Electric actuator requires less power than air pumps
    • No hoses or storage tanks to get in the way
  • Wireless, radio frequency remote controller mounts in cab and plugs into 12V outlet
    • Easy-to-read LED display shows sensitivity setting
    • Gain knob adjusts sensitivity - the greater the number, the more pressure is applied to towed car's brakes
    • Manual override lever activates towed car's brakes when pressed
    • Error light warns you of problem
  • Brake system mounts easily in towed car and plugs into 12V outlet
    • Actuator is positioned on floor in front of the driver's seat
    • Bracket clamps around brake pedal and positions into place to achieve the best leverage
      • Optional brake claws (BRK2501 and BRK2504 - sold separately) are available for certain vehicles
  • Built-in battery backup
  • Compatible with hybrid models
    • Gain setting must be between 1 and 3 for hybrids with continuous power-assist brakes
  • Convenient carrying handle and wraparound cleat for plug and wiring simplify removal and storage
  • Breakaway device included
  • Made in the USA
  • 1-Year warranty

Proportional Braking

A vast improvement over "on/off" systems, which brake at a single pre-set level, the Patriot has a proportional design for equal braking. The actuator inside your towed car applies the brakes with the same intensity that you apply to them in your RV. If you slam on the RV's brakes in an emergency situation, the Patriot engages your towed car's brakes with virtually the same intensity. If you press the RV's brakes just enough to slow a bit, your towed car's brakes are depressed just enough to slow it down, as well. The result is improved control, better stopping and less wear on both your vehicle's and RV's brakes.

BRK2012 Blue Ox Patriot Braking System

Replaces BRK2010

Video of Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System - Proportional

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Video Transcript for Blue Ox Patriot Proportional Braking System Installation - 2013 Ford C-Max

All right today on this 2013 Ford C-Max, were going to install part number BRK2012 from Blue Ox. This is the Blue Ox Patriot radio frequency portable breaking system. First thing were going to do is find a location to run our breakaway switch wire from the inside to the outside. Were going to pull back the carpet on the inside of the vehicle behind the pedals and were going to locate a spot just below the grommet inaudible 00:00:27 steering column. Its going to be about one inch below and off to the left hand side of center. All right, well go ahead and drill out inaudible 00:00:35 first and then well go ahead and enlarge our drill bit size up to 11/16.

Once we get our hole drilled out, well go ahead and run our breakaway wire through the opening. Then well go ahead and slip a snap bushing over our wire. That is going to be part number SWC8057. Well push that over our wire and run it through and then snap it into place. Well leave that alone for now and well go underneath the vehicle and pull out our wire.

Well go ahead and run this wire up to the breakaway switch, which was previously installed when the baseplate was installed on this vehicle and well make our connection to the breakaway switch. Well apply a little bit of dielectric grease to the contacts and then push them together and then tape the assembly together to make it a semi-permanent connection. All right, well go ahead and tuck it back in behind the bumper cover and well zip tie all of our wires into place. All right, well go back inside the vehicle and pull out our excess wire. Well route it away from the steering column and over to some wires on the left hand side.

Well zip tie it to hold it into place and then route up through an opening through the dashboard. Well zip tie it off between the hatch on the dashboard for a diagnostic port, so we can hid it in there when its not in use. Next well go ahead and seal up the rest of the hole with some silicone and then well go ahead and reinstall the carpeting back into place. Well go ahead and get the Patriot ready to install. First well go ahead and install the feet that go on the bottom of the unit.

Well thread those in all the way to the bottom and then raise them up if needed for adjustment later. Right now well go take the unit and well place it in the vehicle. Now you notice there are two silver parts on top of the claw, thats the part that stays to the top, so well spread it apart and put over the brake pedal and put it into place. Well make sure it gets a good grip on it and were good to go. Next well go ahead and push the seat up against the Patriot. Well push it up as far as we can to make some decent contact. We dont want to cram it in there just make contact. And now well go ahead and get our wire out and plug in a 12 volt power supply in the car. Well also plug in our breakaway switch cable. Okay, well go ahead and turn on the Patriot and well see it go through a self-diagnostic first. After its done going through its diagnostics itll say press setup and then well go ahead and push the setup button. Itll pump the pedal three times to calibrate itself and then its ready to go.Now well take the remote control for the RV and well test it out with it by using a portal 12 volt power supply. Well hold the control next to the pedal, so you can see how it works. When you press the manual override on it, you can see how the pedal goes down and we can also adjust the gain from either the Patriot or from the remote control as you can see how the numbers go up and down. All right, testing it out looks good. Lets go ahead and run up our car behind the RV and then well go try it out. In the RV, we can see we have a 12 volt power supply where it plugs in, well depress the manual override and you can see how the remote shows its active and then the brake pedal will be depressed on the car. Okay and with that, thatll finish it for our install of part number BRK2012 from Blue Ox on our 2013 Ford C-Max. .

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Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System - Proportional - BRK2012

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.7 out of 5 stars   (3 Customer Reviews)

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Great system - easy to install and setu p!39280

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Well made. 90505

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Shipped fast and works as expected 67896

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  • Is Additional Wiring Needed to Install Blue Ox Patriot Supplemental Braking on a 2009 Jeep Wrangler
  • First, the 2009 Jeep Wrangler is equipped with a feature that will drain the battery while being flat towed. To prevent this from occurring, you will need to use a battery disconnect, # RM-765. This will allow you to connect the Jeep to tow, and disconnect to drive it, without having to make any battery adjustments. The Patriot, # BRK2012, comes with everything else you will need for installation. I have included a picture of the additional parts included with the Patriot.
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  • Preventing Flat Towed 2012 Wrangler Brake Light From Overriding Coach Brake Signal
  • If you turn the ignition key of the Wrangler to the Towing Position, and you step on the brake pedal and the brake lights light up, you will have interference problems. I believe removing the stop light fuse would accomplish what you are trying to do, but the danger there is remembering to replace the fuse when you are ready to drive the vehicle. If your memory is anything like mine, this might be a bad idea, which is why we recommend using a Brake-Lite Relay Kit for Towed Vehicles, part # RM
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  • Can the Blue Ox Patriot Supplemental Braking System be Used to Flat Tow a 2008 Mercury Sable
  • The wiring and parts that come with the Patriot # BRK2012 should be all you need for installation on a 2008 Mercury Sable. From the research I did there is no need for any additional parts for power or to isolate the brake light signal. You can just follow the instructions that are included with the Patriot. I have included a link to them for you.
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  • Is Lighting Kit Needed if Using Supplemental Braking When Flat Towing a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Yes, you will still need to use a lighting system as well as a supplemental braking system when flat towing a vehicle. I have included a link to the different lighting kits that you can use for your 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee if you do not already have one. I have also included a link to an FAQ article that will help you determine which lighting kit would be best for you. Be sure to consult the vehicle owners manual on the proper procedure for towing your Jeep. I also included a helpful lin
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  • Choosing Between Blue Ox Patriot, part # BRK2012, and Roadmaster Even Brake, Part # RM-9400
  • The main difference between the Blue Ox Patriot and the Roadmaster Even Brake systems is that the Roadmaster, part # RM-9400, uses compressed air to actuate the brakes in the towed vehicle, while the Blue Ox Patriot, part # BRK2012, uses an electric actuator to engage the brakes. 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. Roadmaster suggests that due to the 15A power draw of the Even Brake system that eve
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  • Do Wiring or Brakes have to be Modified to Use Blue Ox Patriot Braking System on a 2012 Ford F-150
  • On your 2012 Ford F-150 you should not have to modify the wiring or the braking system to use the Patriot # BRK2012. Since your truck uses a combined lighting system (turn signals and brake lights are on the same circuit) you will not need a brake light relay. For specific information on flat towing your truck be sure to consult the owners manual in the recreational towing section. I have included a link to our FAQ article on supplemental braking systems for you to view.
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  • Will Blue Ox Patriot Brake Controller # BRK2012 Work on 2012 Jeep Liberty Jet Edition
  • The Blue Ox Patriot Brake Controller # BRK2012 will fit within your 2012 Jeep Liberty Jet Edition. It features a wireless radio frequency remote control that mounts in the cab of your tow vehicle and plugs into a 12-volt outlet. The brake system mounts in the towed car in the floor of the front seat and also plugs into a 12-volt outlet. I have included a link to the installation instructions for this item. To properly flat tow your vehicle, you will need a tow bar, base plates, safety cables,
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  • Will Trailer Mate Tow Bar Wiring Work with Blue Ox Patriot Braking System on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler
  • The Patriot supplemental braking system # BRK2012 should be compatible with the Trailer Mate wiring harness # TM781124 without the need for any additional wiring. From what I could find, the 2013 Jeep Wrangler does not require a brake light relay or stop light switch in order to use a supplemental braking system. A 12 volt outlet kit # RM-9332 is recommended to power the braking system. I have included a couple of helpful links on flat towing for you.
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  • Can a 2010 Kia Soul with Manual Transmission be Towed Behind a Motor Home
  • I did some research on your 2010 Kia Soul with the manual transmission and found that it can be flat towed. Models with automatic transmissions cannot be flat towed and must be towed with a tow dolly like part # RM-2000-1. I recommend checking the towing section of your owners manual for any other procedures or limitations that Kia may have to flat tow your vehicle. The Blue Ox Patriot, # BRK2012, the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, # BX2715, and the Alpha Tow Bar, # BX7365, are all compatible with
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  • Will the Blue Ox Patriot Braking System Activate when the Motor Home Brake Pedal is Pressed
  • There is no connection between the Blue Ox Patriot, # BRK2012, and the brake pedal on your motor home. The Patriot is a proportional braking system. This means the brake pedal in your motor home will only actuate the Patriot system when the motor home and the Jeep Liberty are moving. The Patriot has an internal accelerometer that senses the braking intensity that is applied when you step on the brakes in the motor home. Once the Patriot senses the motor home braking, it will apply the same amoun
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  • Difference Between Standard Brake Controller and Supplemental Braking System Flat Towing Honda CR-V
  • The difference between the Blue Ox Patriot # BRK2012 that you referenced and a standard brake controller that sends the signal through the blue wire has to do with how the units work with the different brakes. The Patriot works with hydraulic brakes that are in vehicles and standard brake controllers work with trailers with electric brakes. The Patriot will not work on trailers and standard brake controllers will not work on automobiles. The Blue Ox Patriot # BRK2012 that you referenced i
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  • Tail Light Wiring Kit For Flat Towing 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • I spoke with my contact at TrailerMate and they confirmed the Tow Bar Wiring Kit, part # TM781124 is a fit for your 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. this eliminates a lot of labor when wiring your Jeep for flat towing. This custom fit system plugs into the existing wiring harness located behind the vehicle tail light assemblies. Then just hook up to your RV with the included 4-way connector. This system does require that your RV has a 4-way flat trailer connector. If you have a 7-pole connector or
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  • How Would the Blue Ox Patriot Braking System Install in a Vehicle without Access to Brake Booster
  • The Blue Ox Patriot Brake System # BRK2012 that you referenced uses an inertia sensor to determine how much braking pressure needs to be applied in the towed vehicle. It does not require access to the vacuum lines to operate. Basically you just wire it up like the instructions state, attach it to the brake pedal, set it in the proper position and it will apply the correct amount of pressure to the vehicle brakes by sensing the amount of braking that the tow vehicle is applying. I attached
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  • Will the License Plate Light be Activated on a Towed Vehicle Using a Direct Plug In Wiring Harness
  • The direct plug in custom tail light wiring kits for your 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will illuminate the license plate illumination light on your vehicle when the taillights are activated when the running lights are on. Of the light kits that are confirmed as a fit for your 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, I recommend the TrailerMate Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit # TM781124. This kit will plug into the back side of your existing taillight wiring, will supply all the functions that you need, an
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  • Will the Blue Ox Patriot Supplemental Braking System Fit a 2013 Mini Countryman
  • First, most states do now require supplemental in the vehicle being flat towed and not only that but it is just a good idea. If you do not use a supplemental braking system that means that the tow vehicle has to do all the work. The extra momentum from the weight of the toad will cause longer stopping distances and wear out the brakes on the tow vehicle faster. The Patriot # BRK2012 will work with your 2013 Mini Countryman.I have included links to the installation instructions and to a video
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  • Parts Needed to Install the Blue Ox Patriot Portable Braking System in a 2011 Chevrolet HHR
  • You will not need any additional parts to install the Blue Ox Patriot Portable Braking System, # BRK2012, in your 2011 Chevrolet HHR. If you are using a tail light wiring harness that uses the vehicles tail lights and your brake lights come on when the ignition is off, then you will need a brake light relay, like part # RM-88400, which will prevent your vehicles brake lights from overriding the turn signals sent from the tow vehicle. To avoid needing a brake light relay, I recommend using ei
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  • Compatibility of BRK2012 with 2014 Hyundai Accent
  • I spoke to my contact at Blue Ox and he assured me that the Blue Ox Patriot part # BRK2012 will work on your 2014 Hyundai Accent. There are several other components needed to flat tow your vehicle. The first being a base plate kit. For that I recommend the Blue Ox base plate kit part # BX2338. For a tow bar the most popular one available with other 2014 Hyundai Accent owners is the Blue Ox Alpha part # BX7365. This is one of the nicest tow bars on the market because of its many features an
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  • Recommended Blue Ox Equipment Needed to Flat Tow 2011 Chevy Equinox LTZ Behind Tiffin Allegro RV
  • According to my research, the 2011 Equinox LTZ is capable of being flat towed, but I suggest you consult your owners manual and confirm this for yourself. To flat tow the vehicle, you will need base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, a wiring solution so the vehicle taillights work with those of the coach and a supplemental braking system. For the base plates and tow bar, I would recommend the Blue Ox # BX1689 and the Blue Ox Alpha tow bar, part # BX7365. The tow bar includes safety cables,
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  • Is There Additional Parts Required to Install the Blue Ox Patriot in a 2007 Jeep Liberty
  • To install the Blue Ox Patriot # BRK2012 in your 2007 Jeep Liberty you would not need any additional wiring or parts beyond what comes with the unit. I attached an FAQ on supplemental braking and flat-towing for you to check out also.
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  • Recommendation to Help a Blue Ox Patriot Stop Timing Out Down Hills
  • I spoke to my contact at Blue Ox and he informed me that if you were to raise the front of the Blue Ox Patriot Braking System part # BRK2012 about an inch it should help you in the situation you described. He said that doing this will cause the unit to feel less inertia and would help stop it from timing out like it did for you.
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