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Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System - Proportional

Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System - Proportional

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Flat tow your vehicle safely with this precise, responsive braking system that can be easily switched between towed cars. LED display lets you easily adjust braking power, apply manual override, and monitor the system from your motorhome. Great Prices for the best tow bar braking systems from Blue Ox. Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System - Proportional part number BLU37TR can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-636-306-4830 for expert service.
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Blue Ox Tow Bar Braking Systems

  • Brake Systems
  • Proportional System
  • Portable System
  • Blue Ox
  • Recurring Set-Up
  • Not Power Assist Brake Compatible

Flat tow your vehicle safely with this precise, responsive braking system that can be easily switched between towed cars. LED display lets you easily adjust braking power, apply manual override, and monitor the system from your motorhome.


Features:

  • Proportional system provides precise, responsive braking for your towed vehicle
    • Responds to deceleration of RV to activate towed car's brake pedal with matching intensity
  • Adjustable power settings let you cater the brake sensitivity to your particular setup
    • Easily increase and decrease the force at which your towed vehicle's brakes are applied
    • Conveniently adjust the braking force from the cab of your motorhome
  • Remote controller with LED display lets you monitor the braking system from your motorhome
    • Mounts in cab and plugs into 12V accessory outlet
    • Lets you activate towed car's brakes in emergency situation or to correct sway
    • Alerts you if the towed vehicle becomes detached from your motorhome
  • Built-in supercapacitor will activate your brakes if a breakaway occurs, even if your car's battery is dead
    • Allows the system to activate if a breakaway occurs for up to 30 minutes without a power connection
  • System is easy to set up in towed car
    • Actuator box sits on floor in front of the driver's seat
    • Adjustable feet can be raised or lowered to level the unit on uneven floorboards
    • Bracket clamps around brake pedal and offers excellent leverage
    • Unit plugs into 12V accessory outlet
  • Brake pressure is continuously monitored during towing to ensure proper setup
    • Unit will send a warning if there is too much pressure to activate the brakes properly
  • Compatible with hybrid vehicles
    • Simply select H mode for hybrids or other cars with continuous power-assist brakes
  • Convenient carrying handle and hook for plug and wiring simplify removal and storage
  • Breakaway device included
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Overall dimensions: 8" long x 7-1/2" wide x 11-1/2" tall
  • Weight: 6 lbs
  • 2-Year warranty


Proportional Braking

Blue Ox Patriot Proportional Braking

A vast improvement over "on/off," time-delayed braking systems, which brake at a single, pre-set level, the Blue Ox Patriot has a proportional design for precise, responsive braking. The Patriot applies your towed car's brakes with an intensity that matches your RV's braking action. The built-in inertia sensor detects when and how your rig slows down, and it then engages the actuator arm to press your car's brake pedal with an intensity that matches that slowing action. If you slam on the RV's brakes in an emergency situation, your towed car's brakes will respond with the same intensity. If you press the RV's brakes just enough to slow down a bit, your towed car will decelerate in the same way. The result is improved control, better stopping, and less wear on both your vehicle's and RV's brakes.


Easily Switch Between Towed Cars

The beauty of a portable braking system, compared to a unit that installs permanently, is that you can easily switch it between towed vehicles . It's also a great alternative if you own a newer vehicle that you don't feel comfortable modifying. As long as you have a second vehicle breakaway kit (BRK2505 - sold separately), the Patriot can be easily transferred and quickly set up in another car, giving you the freedom to switch up which vehicle comes with you on your next camping trip.


In-Cab Controller with Easy-to-Read Display

Blue Ox Patriot In-Cab Controller

The included controller has an easy-to-read LED display that plugs right into your motorhome's 12V outlet. The monitor slides into the included rubber stand, which can rest anywhere on your dashboard, or it can be mounted with the included hook-and-loop strip.


This unit lets you monitor your braking system while you're driving your motorhome, so you'll always be aware that the Patriot is working and functioning properly. Not only does the controller let you know when the unit is activated, but it will also alert you if the unit inadvertently shifts while you're on the road. This could result in too much pressure being applied to your car's brake pedal, which is why a warning will be sent to the controller so you can pull over and make the necessary adjustments.


As another safety feature, if your towed vehicle ever becomes detached from your motorhome, the screen on the controller will alert you by turning red.


Braking Power Settings

By adjusting the brake sensitivity using the in-cab controller, you can control the force at which your towed vehicle's brakes are applied when the system senses deceleration. The settings range from 1 to 10. The higher the setting, the more force will be applied to your towed vehicle's brakes. For smaller vehicles , you can get by just fine on a lower setting. Larger vehicles , or vehicles with less responsive brakes, will require a higher setting. You can also adjust the force purely to match your personal preference.


The controller also includes a manual override button that automatically activates your towed vehicle's brakes. In addition to serving as a safety measure in an emergency braking situation, the manual override can also help correct sway and fishtailing with your towed vehicle .


Quick and Easy Setup

Blue Ox Patriot Setup

The setup for the Patriot is very straightforward. The braking system will fit nicely on the driver's-side floorboard of your towed car and plug into your 12V accessory outlet for power. To position the unit, first move your seat back as far as it will go and set the system in place.


Blue Ox Patriot Brake Clamp

Then clamp the bracket on the arm securely around your brake pedal and twist the knob to lock it on. If your vehicle's floorboard is uneven, the included feet can be attached to the bottom of the braking system and adjusted to create a level surface for the Patriot to operate. Move the front of the driver's seat forward until it's resting gently against the back of the unit. If there's too much pressure on the back of the unit, the lights will turn blue and red during the setup process, letting you know that the driver's seat should be moved back slightly. The back of the unit is adjustable as well, allowing you to raise or lower the butt pad to fit snugly against the front of the driver's seat.


Once the unit is in place, setup is simple. Push the "power" button, and the unit will begin blinking blue and green lights, signifying that it's ready to be set up. Then push the "setup" button, which will let the unit run through a quick testing process. When the power light turns a solid green, the Patriot is ready to go.



BRK2022 Blue Ox Patriot Proportional Braking System

Replaces BRK2019

Item # BLU37TR

Installation Details BLU37TR Installation instructions




Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System - Proportional - BLU37TR

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (4 Customer Reviews)

Flat tow your vehicle safely with this precise, responsive braking system that can be easily switched between towed cars. LED display lets you easily adjust braking power, apply manual override, and monitor the system from your motorhome.

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  • What Would Cause Blue Ox Patriot Supplemental Braking System to Lock Up Trailer Brakes
    I've spoken with Blue Ox about this issue before and they told me that in the rare situation where the Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR locks up a towed vehicle's brakes the problem is in how the Patriot is set up and not in the unit itself. She said in most cases the reason is the seat is adjusted too far forward or the arm of the system has been adjusted too far out. In very rare situations they have seen an internal A04 error code in the unit causing the system to need to be replaced entirely.
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  • Troubleshooting Low Battery Code on Blue Ox Patriot Supplemental Braking System
    I believe you are seeing the 04 low battery alert code which indicates that either the towed car's battery is depleted or that there is another issue such as a dirty 12V power outlet that is not passing enough power. You might clean the pins of the plug and socket. The cigarette lighter outlet that powers the Patriot must output at least 13.1 volts for proper operation. The Patriot # BLU37TR also has an internal battery which could be low too, but based on the error code saying tow vehicle...
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  • Is the Blue Ox Patriot Available
    That's a good question. We do have the Blue Ox Patriot part # BLU37TR. The # BLU37TR is there newest supplemental braking system offering from Blue Ox.
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  • Is Battery Disconnect Needed When Flat Towing 2018 Ford Explorer II
    The two opinions you got on whether or not to install the battery disconnect when setting up your 2018 Ford Explorer for flat towing with the Blue Ox Patriot part # BLU37TR are trustworthy. The Ford dealer would be the highest authority on the matter since they are who will honor the warranty of the vehicle and who designed the vehicle.
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  • Length of 12V Cord On Blue Ox Patriot BLU37TR
    The Blue Ox Patriot Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System part # BLU37TR has a 43" 12V cord from the back of the unit.
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  • Flat Towing Vs. Using a Tow Dolly for Jeep Wrangler
    Deciding between flat towing your vehicle with all four wheels down or using a tow dolly partly boils down to your preference and application. For your Jeep Wrangler, I recommend going with a flat towing setup. This is going to be simpler to hookup/unhook once everything is installed, so it's a better option if you plan on towing the vehicle more than once or twice. Also, as you mentioned, flat towing won't leave you with a tow dolly to find storage for when you reach a campsite or whatever...
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  • Best Supplemental Braking System Available for a 2006 Hummer H3
    The most popular supplemental braking system that we have to offer is the Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR. This sits in your 2006 Hummer H3 and presses the brake pedal at the same time and with the same intensity as the brake pedal in your tow vehicle via radio frequency. This is actually a universal system that can easily be adjusted for various vehicles. Keep in mind that a complete flat towing setup will also include a base plate kit, tow bar, tow bar wiring, and possibly a high-low adapter....
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  • Troubleshooting Arm on Blue Ox Patriot Braking System that Does Not Retract After Setup
    I spoke with my contact at Blue Ox regarding the issue you are having with your Patriot III Braking System # BLU37TR. He said to try powering off/unplugging the system and then waiting a bit before powering it back on. Then push the setup button again to see if the issue is resolved. The system may just need to be reset. If the problem persists, make sure the push pads are making good contact with the drivers seat and the brake unit is resting against it (without any actual pressure from...
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  • Where to Mount Breakaway Switch of Blue Ox Patriot Braking System on 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
    Here is what Blue Ox lists for mounting the breakaway switch of the Patriot part # BLU37TR that you referenced: With the pin facing the motor home, secure the breakaway switch onto the front of the towed vehicle in a sturdy location. This should be a convenient location which can be easily reached, and if possible, on the driver side. Note: The breakaway switch must be mounted directly on the towed vehicle and not to be installed on the tow bar or bracket. The surface must be strong enough...
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  • What Does Triangle on Remote Display of Blue Ox Patriot Indicate
    The triangle will fill up as the unit brakes, the harder it brakes the fuller the triangle will get. Basically if you see that triangle filling up that means the system is applying the vehicle brakes.
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  • Hopkins Brake Buddy Will Not Power On
    Are you referring to the Hopkins Brake Buddy which is a supplemental braking system that is used in a flat-tow setup? If so then it does not have any sort of internal battery, it will receive power directly from the vehicle's cigarette lighter. If there are no lights on the unit when you plug it in then you most likely have a blown fuse on the unit and or vehicle. To check the fuse on the unit you will need to unscrew the top from the plug. There will be a 15 amp fuse in the plug and if...
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  • How Does Blue Ox Patriot Braking System Warn About Problems
    The small monitor part of the Blue Ox Patriot braking system # BLU37TR, which is shown in the linked photo, includes adjustment controls for braking power and also provides alerts to any potential safety issues the system might detect during use. The display will turn yellow or red in such instances. When all is well the display will simply show the selected power setting.
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  • Troubleshooting Remote Disconnecting from Blue Ox Patriot Braking System
    I spoke with my contact at Blue Ox who said that the they haven't had any calls come in yet about the Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR having issues with the remote connecting to the main unit but that the original Patriot did have a connection issue that was not unheard of. Unfortunately there isn't a signal booster available. Regardless, the solution would be the same. She said to move it as close to the driver's side window as possible (which you already did) and then you can try raising it...
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  • Will Testing Blue Ox Patriot with Vehicle Parked Apply Vehicle Brake
    Sounds like your Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR is functioning properly. This unit is designed to sense the amount of deceleration your tow vehicle is apply and put a proportional amount of braking on the toad. Since you are not moving when you tested it with the RV brake pedal it would not apply the vehicle brake pedal. Since you tested the override and breakaway and it worked you are good.
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  • Should Blue Ox Patriot Push Towed Vehicle Brakes Firmly When Tow Vehicle Applies Brakes
    If you are testing the application of the Blue Ox Patriot part # BLU37TR with the brake pedal of your tow vehicle while at a stop you won't see the Patriot's brake pedal application move much since it's not sensing the amount of braking you are applying. This system has an inertia sensor which has to feel you apply the brakes hard to apply the towed vehicle brakes hard. You should be able to slide the manual override lever of the Patriot and see the pedal assembly apply firmly though. ...
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  • How to Switch the Patriot into Hybrid Mode for Hybrid Vehicle with Continuous Power Assist Brakes
    If your 2013 Ford Focus is a Hybrid version then it has continuous power assist brakes. You can check the owner's manual of the Focus to see if it is a Hybrid model. The standard 2013 Ford Focus has brake assist but it is not continuous or regenerative like in the Hybrid model. If your Ford is a Hybrid and you are using the Patriot part # BLU37TR then you would need to put the braking system into "Hybrid" mode. How to switch the Patriot into Hybrid mode: 1. With the brake plugged in...
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  • Comparing the Blue Ox Patriot 2 and Patriot BLU37TR Portable Braking Systems
    There is one key difference between the Blue Ox Patriot 2 Portable Braking System part BRK2016 and the Blue Ox Patriot 3 Portable Braking System part # BLU37TR. The difference is an extra safety measure built into the Patriot. The Patriot # BLU37TR has new software that will alert you of any unwanted pressure on the brake pedal. For example, if the seat was positioned too far forward and put pressure on the brake pedal without you knowing the Patriot would alert you to this whereas the...
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  • Troubleshooting Blue Ox Patriot Vehicle Portable Braking System
    It sounds like the Patriot # BLU37TR had fully engaged the brakes during the stop. The most likely cause would be that the breakaway pin was not in the correct position and thus fully engaged the brakes. I'd start there for a possible cause. That would utilize the battery in the unit to keep applying power until the unit was fully disengaged.
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  • Troubleshooting Patriot Braking System Setup
    If you look at the installation instructions for the Patriot # BLU37TR attached, the actuator arm will cycle only once, pumping the brake pedal only once, then remain in a ready position. This is number 9 on page 6 of 12.
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  • Should 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk be in Accessory or Neutral Position for Flat Towing
    According to pages 384 and 385 of the owner's manual for your 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk you need to place the transfer unit in the Neutral (N) position for flat towing. I recommend verifying this in your copy of the owner's manual. Your RViBrake3 braking system is similar to the Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR. These braking systems are designed to apply the brakes on flat towed vehicles that are turned off and don't have the assistance of the hydraulics so your braking system will be just...
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  • Key Position When Flat Towing 2018 Jeep JK Wrangler
    I looked though the online version of the owner's manual for your 2018 Jeep JK Wrangler and there isn't a clear indication as to whether or not the key should be left in the ignition while it's being flat towed. There is a detailed procedure for how to prepare the vehicle for recreational towing by shifting it into neutral starting on page 319 that you will need to follow. Typically when flat towing a vehicle the key is left in the ACC/ACCESSORY position so that the steering wheel does...
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  • Will the Blue Ox Patriot Portable Braking System Brake Going Up a Hill
    The Blue Ox Patriot Portable Braking System part # BLU37TR operates off of inertia therefore a gradual decline in momentum while traveling up a hill will not apply enough force to activate the cylinder and apply the brakes on your toad. However, if you will be traveling though mountainous terrain then Blue Ox does recommend that you slightly decrease the sensitivity setting on the unit. Blue Ox stated that they have not heard of any complications about false braking while traveling up a hill.
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  • Clicking Noise Coming From the Blue Ox Patriot Portable Braking System
    The issue you described with the Blue Ox Portable Braking System # BLU37TR is either that the system is too far out of level, the seat is pushing against the back of the system, or there is an internal error. Therefore I first recommend that you have the feet on the bottom of the unit adjusted so that the system is able to sit as level as possible. Once this is checked then you will need to make sure the back of the seat is not pressing up against the back of the system. It might be a good...
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  • Does Blue Ox Patriot Need to be Put in Hybrid Mode to Use in 2019 Jeep Cherokee
    We had a chance to install the Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR in a 2019 Jeep Cherokee just like yours which I attached an install video link to on this page that will walk you through the entire process. Regular mode is what we used when we installed it and it worked well.
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