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. Lowest Prices for the best tow bar braking systems from Blue Ox. Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System - Proportional part number BRK2012 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System - Proportional

Blue Ox Tow Bar Braking Systems

(58 reviews)


Code:   BRK2012

Retail:$1,395.00

Price:$1,099.99


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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.


Features:

  • 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
  • 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



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Video Transcript for Blue Ox Tow Bar Braking Systems BRK2012 Review

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. .


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

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (58 Customer Reviews)


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.


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by: GT08/04/2016


Per usual the item was shipped fast and secure from etrailer.com. The information, support and videos, etrailers, provides were of great help in me making the decision to purchase the Patriot brake controller. I was looking at used units from various manufacturers, but after weighing cost, warranty after purchase support new was the way to go and etrailer was the place to buy. It is as simple to set up as indicated. Installation is quick and easy in our J/K Wrangler, so quick I think I am forgetting to do something. The remote control located in the RV is simple and straight forward to operate. Running the break away wire was straight forward and easy to accomplish. I have only use the Patriot on a few short trips, so far, and worked fine. Have a couple of longer trips coming up so will try and update later this fall. 279734



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by: All is Well in NJ06/09/2015


The Blue Ox Patriot works great! This PROPORTIONAL BRAKING unit, with a full function control in the RV cab (brake force can be controlled from the cab) is heads above my previous unit (a BrakeBuddy Digital Classic which had only one braking position and often locked up my dinghy's brakes!). I would NEVER, NEVER buy a fixed braking unit again after this. The Patriot costs more but boy is it worth it! Its easy to self-install BUT YOU MUST READ THE MANUAL more than once. (By self installing, you can save about 30% ($500) on the cost of the unit, plus free labor :-) ).The manual seems to be written by an 8th grader who never mastered clear English writing (as a teacher the author would have gotten a D grade from me for sure). e.g. How many terms can one use for the same item? And, not everything is explained... e.g. multiple numbers for "force" etc show up. why? Sometimes an asterisk appears after the word "Ready". why? 201907



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by: Gary S.08/18/2016


Chose this one because it will work with a hybrid vehicle - a 2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid. I did not want to install any of the more permanent systems due to the complexities of hybrid wiring, the need to perform surgery on the car and limited space under the hood. So we chose the Patriot. It has worked well. It can sometimes a bit touchy to get adjusted correctly, and if not positioned correctly, it will engage the dinghy brakes for too long, and then time out, requiring a stop to reset the system. Overall, however, we have been extremely happy with how it has functioned. Having the monitor in the cockpit of the coach is very nice. When we ordered it, we unexpectedly needed it in a bit of a hurry, and the salesman, Ricky, said he would have it to us in time, and he did. He was our RVing hero of the day. Excellent service from etrailer. Thanks trailer for great service and an excellent product! 285048



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by: Vince L.03/12/2015


I recently purchased a Blue Ox tow bar, towed vehicle brake system and three wiring harnesses for towing my Jeep Liberty with our motorhome. etrailer.com was my first choice for the purchase for these items worth almost two thousand dollars. Even though these prices were set by the manufacturer, I knew I could trust these folks. Their salesmen, (in this case Wayne H.), are more than just order-takers. They know what they are selling and are a good source of information on a variety of related products. When Wayne wasn't available for follow-up discussions, the operator took my cell number. Surprisingly, Wayne got back with me right away and supplied me with his direct line in case I had any questions. I've had experience with others dealers who don't get back for hours if at all. Bottom line: etrailer.com will continue to be my first choice for RV and other related items. 178128



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by: Guy A.09/26/2015


Never flat-towed a vehicle before (though I have many thousands of miles with various trailers). Needed a supplemental braking system and after much research, including talking with a representative of etrailer.com, chose the Patriot. Product set up fairly easily the first time and I got better at it as time went on. After initial set-up I drove around town then the next day left on a thousand mile trip. The Patriot performed flawlessly and all features worked as advertised. I am quite pleased with the product and also the service of etrailer.com. I did have one incidence of having to apply the brakes suddenly and fairly aggressively and I knew the Patriot was functioning as it should as I could feel the Jeep's brakes being applied. 227827



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by: Scrubjay11/23/2016


After reviewing the E-trailer video for installing; we put the Patriot BRk2012 in place. First powered up without connecting the power cord and verified we got the low battery alarm. Powered back off, connected the power plug to a hot 12 volt outlet and turned back on. The unit went through it's start and test procedure. It seems to be fairly secure. The rest of the installation is straight forward. Because we are adding a power source from the motor home time is a little longer to install. Unlike the video the brake disconnect wiring was run in split tubing. The remote unit has not been installed or tested as of this time. Gave 4 stores because there is no way to tell if the internal battery is charged or even charging. 319157



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by: Dwight Thomas11/27/2016


Not anywhere as good as advertised, I've towed 10,000 miles this year, it does work but --- If you get on a rough road, or hit a few bumps it shuts off - well actually goes into a error mode. If you get the seat tight enough to keep this to a minimum you run the risk of not returning the peddle all the way and after a few stops you'll have brakes dragging. It does work but it is so slow that you don't get any help from the towed auto in a panic stop, and it was my thought that at that moment is when you need it most. I would buy an installed unit instead. I intend to sell (give away) this unit and install something more reliable. 319994



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by: mowdoc07/11/2016


Not a perfect fit in JEEP Wrangler TJ but will work after some mods are done. I use a 2X4 about 12 inches long across the top of seat adjuster so it does not interfere with brake action. The brake works very well then. Blue Ox should reverse the action of the Breakaway warning light. It shines bright when things are working good then goes out when a problem occurs? Your oil light in the dash is out until a problem happens, , , shouldn't the breakaway do the same?? Too many lights on the remote control for night driving and no way to dim them. The Patriot is a good system but Blue Ox should review the operation. 270455



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by: roy h06/18/2015


Hooked it up in just minutes and it worked great 204457


Comments

Just great absolutely no problem sSLJust great absolutely no problems

roy h - 06/18/2016

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by: Rodney W08/22/2016


Worked very well on my 2006 Saturn. Easy to set up once you get use to it. My towed vehicle manual said to pull the 40 amp master fuse for the car. I thought that would power down the 12 volt outlet in the car for the Patriot so I did not do it. After 5 hours the Patriot alarmed me that the battery was low in the car. We pulled over and charged the car back up. We then pulled the main fuse and and were able to travel all day and only run the car, after we stopped at night, to top off the battery. One 12 volt outlet remains hot for the Patriot unit even with the fuse pulled. Unit worked very well. 286566



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by: Peter08/04/2016


For the price, I should really give this one star, but we haven't really invested the time to figure the thing out. The few times we were able to use it, it didn't really engage fast enough or with enough force to be of any use. Since then, we've running into the 'low battery' problem that seems common on the internet. You put it in, set up it up, plug it into a freshly charged batter and it say 'low battery' and refuses to run. Have spent the time to sort out what's really going on. For this much money, we shouldn't be having these problems. 279599



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by: Paul12/03/2014


Have not taken the unit on the road but did a dry run in my driveway. Very simple to use. Installation of the brakeaway switch is dicey depending on the front end of your vehicle. My 2003 Dodge Ram P/U was such a choice. Instructions state that it can't be mounted to the baseplate. I ended up mounting it on a crossbar under the radiator. Very glad Etrailer provide the current model of the Patriot with the Claw. That is an added cost for older units. Did buy the Patriot carry bag, think Blue Ox should include that with the unit. 163280



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by: Don05/24/2016


Worked great the first few times we used it. The night before leaving on a 1,000 mile journey pulling our JK, I connected everything and initialized the Patriot. The next morning, the unit would not work. Discovery...the actuator had failed. Blue OX sent a new unit to the campground we were headed to and we returned the failed unit. I was informed the new unit has been upgraded to solve the issue with the failure. The new unit worked flawlessly the rest of the journey and home, ans since. 251315



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by: David06/04/2015


Have never owned nor used a supplemental braking system on a towed vehicle before now. After doing a lot of internet research, I decided upon the Blue Ox Patriot due to its apparent ease of use, consistent operation and product reviews. It sets up very easily and quickly and has operated flawlessly. I highly recommend this product to anyone needing one or is contemplating on purchasing a supplemental braking system. The shipping was fast and customer service was excellent. 200681



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by: gary j.10/03/2015


This Patriot brake system is the best. Some people tell you that you don't need it if you towing are under 3000 lbs. but the first time use it I was glad I had it. I wired it so power came off the motorhome instead of the car battery. no worries about draining car battery. 228991


Comments

Hi Gary Just purchased the blue ox brake system and would like to know how you wired your power off your rv. I have the 7 blade receptacle on my rv and a 6 pole for lights only on my tow vehicle.

comment by: Paul K - 03/08/2016


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by: John M03/28/2016


The Blue Ox Accessory Kit for the Aventa LX Tow Bar, the extra (2) Diodes, the Fuse By-Pass Switch, the Aventa LX Tow Bar and the Patriot Brake Unit all arrived in tact and in a timely manner. I really appreciate the help in defining what I need to tow my '09 Yukon behind our new Newmar Dutch Star. So far the wiring is complete - and works! I hope to have the Tow Bar hardware done this week - i'll try and get a picture. Thanks again! 242129



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by: J.R.Swisher08/11/2015


The patriot works as advertised. Its easy to install and set up.The unit installed in the coach is a great help in monitering and adjusting the patriot if needed. I would recommend the Blue Ox Patriot as a first choice in selecting a portable braking sysem for your RV. As always Etrailer reps provide first class help in ordering and selecting the correct product for your RV. Job well done. J.R.Swisher. 218392



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by: Sandy B08/19/2016


I use this with my Discovery motorhome towing a full size Buick, last year touring the Oregon mountains I could feel how well it works in the steep mountains highly recommend it for towing any car. 285683



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by: Steve W.08/20/2016


The ordering process and delivery through etrailer.com was seamless and as promised. The Blue Ox arrived in its original packaging but had a loose part rattling around inside the unit [e.g. screw head had failed and an internal bracket had come loose]. Called Blue Ox and a replacement unit was shipped that same day and received two days later. Wonderful customer service all around! 285865



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by: Leon O05/12/2015


I have ordered many products from e-trailer, from a Fifth wheel unit to a patriot brake system. Every product including several tow packages have always been delivered on time and in good shape. The products are easily installed with great instructions. The personnel always friendly and courteous. Leon Robstown Tx. 192231



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by: Steve B.06/30/2016


I purchased this online and received well before the expected date. The braking system was easy to install and easy to use. It is light weight which made for easy movement during both install and removal. Our last trip was three weeks and we installed and removed numerous times. Overall a very good purchase. 266953



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by: Ken M10/21/2016


George J set me up with everything I needed to tow my Ford truck "wheels down" behind my Winnebago. I'm a total rookie re this Motor home business, but etrailer took good care of me and I got these items for the right price. Looking forward to some great times with this rigging. 309239



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by: Roger Eiting08/13/2016


it workes excellent glad we had it going to az last december we needed all the brakes we could a car came from behind trucks going north he or she never left our lane we were going south we got stoped thanks to ourblueox brake unit thanks much roger @ janice eiting 283558



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by: Landis06/18/2014


The product arrived very quickly and works as advertized. I placed it on the driver's side floor, connected the brake claw, plugged it in, and it initialized and was ready to use in under five minutes. Etrailer continues to be my go-to place for my RV things. 136232



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by: R. Pierce11/09/2016


Product was shipped on time and was well packed. Item has worked for 3 long Rv trips across the US with no problem. Make sure to keep the battery maintained in good working order during storage. Would highly recommend this product. 315288



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by: Michael05/10/2016


Only took a quick test drive to make sure it worked and seems to do the job. Only issue I had was with the claw brake pedal device it takes a bit of work to get off the pedal. 249524



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by: Joe K03/07/2015


Fits the 2015 Wrangler perfectly. The service was awesome I don't know how etrailer does it shipping is better than all others and price forget it no one will be lower. 177396



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by: Robert M.10/22/2015


As always the product arrived as promised and within 2 business days. Great place to do business with in all respect. Again Thanks to Vince for is input and direction. 230570



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by: Poor04/19/2016


I have a 31' Motorhome . The radio frequency control on the dash keeps losing the signal from the auxiliary brake in the towed. I bee a in the Motorhome . 246149



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by: William03/30/2015


I didnt know service was still around like i got from Etrailer. was not the first time i bought from them. Thanks for a hassel free purchase. 181639



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by: Pete W06/07/2015


Patriot setup was very straight forward. Toughest part was finding a reasonable mounting point for the break away switch on the CMax. 201352



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by: Rssrob10/24/2016


Great product easy to install and set up. Video really helped in finding location to fish cable through the for safety 310292



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by: Liz W10/14/2015


We are very happy with the Patriot brake system. We towed our car 1500 miles with no issues. It is easy to set up. 229925



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by: Frank05/29/2016


We've only Used it twice bit it is easy to set up and worked without any question I would buy it again 253022



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by: Richard05/30/2016


This unit is easy to in stall , set up and adjust . We have had no problems an would recommend it. 253511



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by: Steve11/05/2014


Light-weight, easy to install. Taken it on a few trips so far, and works pretty well. 159367



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by: Bruce S.01/07/2015


Took very little time to hook up and install. Seems to work well, as described. 168047



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by: Angel O.10/29/2016


All the products ordered arrived when promised and were exactly what I ordered 314630



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by: Captain spike09/24/2016


Fast shipping ! Getting everything installed next week, I'll know more then . 299546



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by: duane g01/09/2016


Have not installed yet, but looks simple enough. just hope it works well 235082



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by: Sam12/23/2014


Great web site, Great service Saved $400 compared to a local shop. 166711



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by: Mike M.08/25/2016


Easy set up and use, I am very satisfied with this braking system. 287368



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by: Phil s10/29/2016


Shipping was fast and easy. All I have to do is install and test. 311900



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by: John S07/02/2014


Etrailer is awesome not only pricing but shipping is great also 138872



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by: Bill s09/07/2015


It was so easy to set up and use on my 2015 jeep wrangler 224384



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by: Hey mike08/18/2016


Works great and easy to hook up and disconnect each trip 284942



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by: James A.06/01/2016


seems like a great product, I haven't tested it out yet. 255313



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by: Andrew S07/07/2016


Fast delivery Blue Ox patriot was easy to set up 269152



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by: Bill in PA08/07/2016


Works as advertised. Easy to ser up and install. 281049



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by: Dwayne Spence08/12/2014


Great braking system and easy to instal l. 146184

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  • Flat towing a vehicle behind a motorhome, safely and legally, requires a number of components which include the tow bar, safety cables, a wiring/lighting kit of one type or another, base plates and a braking system for the towed car, and often also a high/low hitch adapter and wiring extension. All of these items are covered in the linked article on flat towing and additional articles on braking systems and high/low adapters are linked too. I also suggest you check your Tacoma owner's manual...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 GMC Terrain
  • For your 2012 GMC Terrain you would first need to start with a base plate kit. For that you would want the part # BX1689 which is a confirmed fit for your vehicle. This would work well with the Alpha Tow Bar part # BX7365 that you referenced as well that also comes with safety cables. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to control the taillight...
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  • Recommended Base Plates and Braking System to Flat Tow A 2016 Ford Edge
  • For a 2016 Ford Edge, I'd recommend the Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms, # BX2661 for SE and SEL models excluding 2.0L EcoBoost. Base plates aren't available for the 2017 models yet, so I cannot give you a recommendation for that model year vehicle yet. These base plates are a custom fit for specific vehicles, so depending on what vehicle you purchase, you will want to make sure you get the right base plates. I recommend the Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency Portable Braking System #...
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  • Equipment Needed for Flat Towing 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Behind Motorhome
  • According to my research and what I read in an online copy of the owner's manual for your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, your vehicle is capable of being flat towed without major modification. There are specific steps that must be followed addressed in the owner's manual and you'll need to follow them exactly to avoid damaging your Jeep. To complete your towing system, you'll need base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, a wiring solution to operate the taillights of the Jeep as it's being...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home
  • Blue Ox does make some good products and the Patriot # BRK2012 is one of the best braking systems you could use. It is relatively easy to install, much more so than some other braking systems out there. And it can be used with active power assist braking systems. I would go with it. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. I have also included a link to an FAQ article on supplemental braking systems for you to view. For the BX2258 base plates, make...
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  • Items Needed to Flat-Tow 2014 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Laramie Limited Behind Diesel Pusher Motor Home
  • The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX2409 is indeed a correct fit for your 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Limited; I confirmed this with my technical contact at Blue Ox. The Aventa LX tow bar # BX7445 you referenced is fully compatible and is the most popular choice for owners of the Dodge Ram. This tow bar includes the required safety cables. The other components you'll need for safe and legal flat-towing are a lighting/wiring kit and a supplementary braking system for your towed truck. The...
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  • Flat Towing Parts Recommendation for a 2016 Jeep Patriot Manual Transmission
  • For your 2016 Jeep Patriot manual transmission you will first need to start with a base plate kit. For that you would want the Roadmaster kit part # 521441-1 as it has been confirmed to fit your vehicle. Base plate kits are pretty easy for mechanics to install. Any qualified mechanic in your area with a good reputation would have no problem installing this. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
  • The correct Blue Ox base plate kit for your 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is the part # BX1136 which has been confirmed as a fit. I attached an install video for this kit for you to check out as well. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The Blue Ox Alpha # BX7365 which comes with safety cables. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground. For lighting you...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2016 Ram 1500 Sport Crew Cab Behind RV
  • Flat towing a vehicle like your 2016 Ram 1500 Crew cab behind an RV requires a number of components including a tow bar, safety cables, a wiring/lighting kit, and base plates and a braking system on the towed vehicle. Often a high/low hitch adapter is needed to keep the tow bar level (or at least within 3-inches of level) and a wiring extension is often used to make the electrical connection between RV and toad a little easier to make. A great starting point for you is the linked article...
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  • Can a 2013 Honda Fit Be Flat Towed
  • I have a copy of the 2013 Honda Fit Owners Manual that I found online, and it states that both manual and automatic transmission equipped Fit models can indeed be towed behind a motorhome IF the specific procedures shown are followed. You can find this information by doing a Google search on '2013 Honda Fit Owners Manual'. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and completely, as they're pretty specific and if they aren't followed to the letter, you can damage the drivetrain of your...
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  • Roadmaster Base Plate Kit Recommendation for a 2005 Jeep Wrangler
  • The removable arms of the Roadmaster base plate kits are made specifically for the vehicle and base plate they were designed to fit. They have several variations that would prevent you from being able to take the arms of one kit and successfully install them in a different base plate kit. You would need to go with a new base plate kit for the 2005 Wrangler. For that you would want the part # 1424-1. This would work well with your Roadmaster Stowmaster 5000 tow bar # RM-501. For lighting...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • You will need to get a tow bar setup confirmed to fit your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as the part # 521440-1B you mentioned would not fit. For that you would want the # RM-521448-4 as long as you have a factory bumper. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The most popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon 2, # RM-520. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Ford C-Max
  • The easiest system to set up and use is the Blue Ox Patriot # BRK2012, that applies the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the tow vehicle is braking. This is the safest way to stop and it reduces wear and tear on both vehicles. For a base plate kit I would recommend the part # 524432-1 which I attached an install video for as well. The most popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon 2, # RM-520. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables...
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  • Parts Needed When Flat Towing A 2014 Ford Focus Behind RV
  • In order to flat tow your 2014 Ford Focus, you will need several items. Most tow systems require some sort of hitch accessory to either raise or lower the tow bar to the appropriate height. The safe zone for a motor-home-mounted tow bar ranges from 3 inches above level to 4 inches below. RoadMaster high-low adapters will provide you with the necessary drop. Simply flip the adapter over to achieve the desired level. I have linked you to a product page for high-low adapters. One of the...
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  • Can a Jeep Wrangler be Flat Towed by the Front Bumper
  • I have a solution for you, however, I would not recommend mounting a tow bar directly to a bumper on a Jeep, whether it is OEM or an aftermarket bumper like the Pavement Ends Front Bumper, # PE4390801. Jeep does not recommend towing the Wrangler with the OEM bumper because it was not designed to pull the weight of the vehicle. Also, mounting a tow bar to a bumper would require drilling. I spoke with my contact at Pavement Ends and she said drilling into this bumper would void the warranty...
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  • Flat Towing Parts Recommendation for a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
  • The correct Blue Ox base plate kit for your 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is the part # BX1136 which has been confirmed as a fit. I attached an install video for this kit for you to check out as well. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The Blue Ox Alpha # BX7365 which comes with safety cables. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground. For lighting...
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  • Tow Bar Recommendation for a 2012 Jeep Wrangler JK
  • The price difference between the Blue Ox Aladdin Tow Bar, # BX4325, and the Roadmaster Blackhawk 2 All Terrain Tow Bar, # RM-422, is basically due to the fact that the Blackhawk 2 is a heavy-duty steel tow bar designed to flat tow full-size trucks and SUVs. The Aladdin is a lightweight aluminum tow bar designed to tow mid-size vehicles like your 2012 Jeep Wrangler. For your situation, I recommend using the Blue Ox Aladdin tow bar for a few reasons. First, to use a tow bar, you will...
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  • What Parts are Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 Ford Focus
  • The Roadmaster Base Plates, # 524430-1, are a fit for the 2012 Ford Focus SE. These base plates will not work on ST models. Also, if the vehicle has the adaptive cruise control feature, it cannot be flat towed. Adaptive cruise control uses a forward facing radar that detects other vehicles in front of the vehicle and adjusts the speed accordingly. You will also want to consult the vehicle owners manual on how the vehicle should be towed. Some vehicles will accrue mileage when flat towed,...
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  • How Does Blue Ox Patriot RF Portable Braking System Work
  • The Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System, part # BRK2012 has a couple components in the package. The system includes an in-coach RF controller that plugs into a 12V outlet in the cab of the motorhome. This accelerometer in the RF controller senses the braking action of the motorhome and sends a signal to the brake system in the towed vehicle. Since it is a proportional system, it will apply the brakes in the same proportion to the braking action of the motorhome. We...
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  • Can a 2016 Hyundai Elantra Be Flat Towed Behind a Motorhome
  • The manual transmission 2016 Hyundai Elantra is flat-towable as-is. You would just need the base plate part # 521632-1 as it is a confirmed fit. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well. I am sure the 2017 model will be as well but since it's not out at this time (May 2016) we don't know yet. This would work well with you Roadmaster Falcon part # RM-520. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground. For...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Latitude
  • The same fit information for the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk applies for the 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. So the part # RM-521446-4 would fit your vehicle and would not require removing the tow hooks. I have attached the installation instructions you can check out. There may be some trimming of the spoiler, air dam, grill, or fascia required. The instructions have some great photos that will help with installation. Most likely you will also need a high low adapter so that the tow...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2005 Chevy Silverado 1500 4WD
  • Flat towing safely and legally requires a few components, including the tow bar, safety cables, a wiring/lighting kit, a braking system and base plates on the towed vehicle. Sometimes a wiring extension and high/low hitch adapter are needed too. The hitch adapter is required to keep the tow bar near level when it is connected; your large tires and lift may well require one of these. Please refer to the linked help articles on flat towing and hitch adapters. You'll also want to check your...
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  • Everything Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 GMC Canyon 4x4
  • I checked the owners manual of a 2016 GMC Canyon it states that the 4x4 models that have a Neutral and Four-Wheel Drive Low setting can be flat towed. For a base plate kit for your Canyon you would want the part # RM-523182-4 that has been confirmed as a fit. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The most popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon 2, # RM-520. For safety cables...
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  • Parts Needed To Flat Tow 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid Behind A Motor Home
  • When you plan on flat-towing your 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid, there are 5 things that are needed. You will need base plates, a tow bar, safety chains, wiring for the lights on your towed vehicle, and a supplemental brake system. I recommend the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, part # BX2639. This is a custom fit system that provides attach points for your tow bar. The tow bar I recommend is the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar, part # BX7365. This tow bar system comes with the motor home mount so no ball...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Honda Fit Sport Automatic Behind a Motor Home
  • The best place to check to see if a vehicle can be flat towed behind a motor home is the owners manual. I found one online for the 2013 Fit from Honda and it states that you can tow the vehicle behind a motor home. There are special instructions for the automatic transmission you will want to look at so be sure to check your owners manual. You will need 5 items to flat tow your fit. First you will need base plates, # BX2253. These provide a safe mounting location for a tow bar. For a...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2007 Chevy HHR Behind a Motor Home
  • I looked up an online version of the owners manual for a 2007 Chevy HHR and found that it can be flat towed. It gives the following steps: First set the parking brake. Then turn the ignition key to ACC to unlock the steering wheel. Next shift into neutral. Then release the parking brake. You also have to pull fuse 8 from the floor console fuse block to prevent draining the battery. The manual also states to not exceed 65 miles per hour. Any time you ever have a flat towing question, you...
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