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

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

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Mike S says:

Yes, if you:

  • Need to be able to switch between towed vehicles
  • Are towing a newer or nicer vehicle that you don't want to permanently modify
  • Have other Blue Ox products and love their quality and reliability

No, if you:

  • Would rather avoid the hassle of having to set up your system before each trip
  • Don't have room in your RV to stash a bulky brake in a box
Call etrailer.com at 800-298-1624 for expert service. We are your Chevrolet tow bar braking systems experts, and offer a lowest price guarantee. etrailer.com carries a complete line of Blue Ox products for your Chevrolet Suburban 1980. Blue Ox Patriot II Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System - Proportional part BRK2016 from Blue Ox can be ordered online at etrailer.com. Complete tow bar braking systems installation instructions and technical support.
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1980 Chevrolet Suburban - Blue Ox Patriot II Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System - Proportional

  • Blue Ox
  • Brake Systems
  • Hydraulic Brakes
  • Air Brakes
  • Air Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • Proportional System
  • Portable System
  • Power Assist Brake Compatible

Now you can get full-power emergency braking or slow-to-an-idle action with the same system. The Patriot II 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
  • Built-in supercapacitor provides backup power if a breakaway occurs
    • Allows the system to operate for up to 30 minutes without a power connection
    • Stores more energy and recharges faster than a backup battery
  • Wireless, radio frequency remote controller mounts in cab and plugs into 12V auxiliary outlet
    • Long RF range ensures reliable transmission
    • LED display is easy to read and turns red if an error occurs
    • Adjustable 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
  • Brake system mounts easily in towed car and plugs into 12V auxiliary outlet
    • Actuator is positioned on floor in front of the driver's seat
    • Adjustable feet allow you to level the unit on uneven floors
    • Bracket clamps around brake pedal and positions into place to achieve the best leverage
    • Indicator light lets you know the power source is properly connected
  • Upgradable software ensures peak performance
  • Compatible with hybrid models
    • Simply put it in H mode 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


  • Weight: 15 lbs
  • 2-Year warranty

Proportional Braking

A vast improvement over "on/off" systems, which brake at a single pre-set level, the Patriot II 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 II 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.

BRK2016 Blue Ox Patriot II Proportional Braking System

Replaces BRK2010 and BRK2012

Installation Details BRK2016 Installation instructions

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Blue Ox Patriot II Radio Frequency, Portable Braking System - Proportional - BRK2016

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (202 Customer Reviews)

Now you can get full-power emergency braking or slow-to-an-idle action with the same system. The Patriot II 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.

- BRK2016
Jeep Patriot

Works like a champ. Still not sure what improvements they made with the Patriot 3 but this unit does everything it needs and then some. Really easy to set up. Lightweight. Great peace of mind while travelling knowing that the RV brakes are not having to shoulder the load of the weight of the toad as well.

Great system. Easy to set up and take down. Keep it neatly in my trunk when not using.
Jim H - 01/02/2021

- BRK2016

It is definitely a quality piece. How ever because of Covit 19 i still have not used it. Ended up selling Motorhome but in the market for another. I believe RV prices are inflated due to Covit 19 and will fall as Covit 19 is controlled happening now. Most will go back to Airplanes and Cruise ships. I'm still looking forward to going to Alaska. Canada still has us shut down to travel.

- BRK2016
Jeep Wrangler

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.

System still works flawlessly, no problems to report. Very happy with the purchase hope to get many more years of service from the system.Thanks for checking.
-- Etrailer Expert GT - 12/19/2017

- BRK2016
Jeep Wrangler

Haven't used it yet but order was on time and very well informed on delivery date. Looks like I'll need to build something so it doesn't hit my release lever on the front of my Jeep Wrangler. I used the leveling legs and played with back of the unit but it still would release the seat and move the seat back. Not a big problem. I think the unit will work fine when I've been able to solve that issue.

- BRK2016

I talked to Nicole T. And ordered 4 large towing items, she took the order and helped me with the wiring harness I needed, zI received a email that all items were packed and shipped that day. All items in 3 separate boxes came at the same time.. I have ordered several things for my car hauler trailer also. And every time etrailer.com has been the greatest..

- BRK2016
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Very good service and customer assist. Problem with device though, factory warranty seal broken, of which Blue Ox is taking care of without issues. Both are great companies.

- BRK2016
2016 Jeep Patriot

We bought the Blue Ox Patriot Braking System from etrailer based on their reviews and their reputation of standing behind their products and being available for questions. We also bought the Blue Ox Tow Bar and Base Plate which I installed myself on our 2016 Fiat Pop. It is such a small and light car that we could probably tow it in most states without a braking system, but we didn't want to take a chance. Better safe than sorry. The system works great. Fortunately, I did not have any issues with the tow bar install except for drilling two holes through the bumper area, however that was my fault (dull bit). etrailer is E-excellent!

- BRK2016
Ford Edge

installed the Patriot2 in the edge this morning for a test run around the block. I rode in the edge in the passenger seat. Other than a weird feeling of riding in a car behind the towing vehicle. The system worked great and was really easy to setup.

easy to install and we really like the ease at which it works
Robert - 02/22/2020

- BRK2016

We use the Blue Ox Patriot II for towing a Jeep with our Winnebago. So far, everything works great. Last fall we towed the jeep from NC to Yellowstone with several other stops along the way. We have also used it while towing for weekend trips. The Blue Ox was purchased for ease of use and for being able to transfer from one vehicle to another without having to rewire the vehicle. It only takes a few minutes to install and it gives you piece of mind, especially in bad weather, that your towed vehicle is stopping without pushing or trying to pass your RV.

- BRK2016

Easy to setup and take down once you get to your destination

- BRK2016
2019 Forest River Georgetown 3 Series GT3 Motorhome

Could not be happier with Blue Ox Patriot. So easy to setup. etrailers customer service is outstanding. I have nothing but good things to say about My shopping experience, from the products to the company is a step above any other company I have dealt with.

- BRK2016
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

This is a great kit . I installed it on my 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. My wife and I installed the Break a way after removing the Front Bumper Cover . We only had to drill one hole in the Bumper Reinforcement and the aligned the Bumper Cover up the trim the Lower Grill to allow Clearance for the Break a way unit. This is the hardest part of hole set up. The unit itself is basically plug n play and worked great !

- BRK2016
Land Rover Discovery II

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.

- BRK2016
2007 Ford Ranger

Using it in my 2007 Ford Ranger. Amanda was very knowable on this product. When ever I need product's I always start at etrailer. Good selection of all RV and towing accessories.

- BRK2016

We only use Blue Ox tow products at our business. We sell the Patriot braking system to all new flat-tow customers. They are easy to set up and they work great.

- BRK2016

I stopped using it. The 12v power plugs in my 201 Subaru Forester require the ignition to be in the ACC position. On the first trip (a year ago), the Subaru battery ran down on the first two days. It seemed to work and I might consider using it again if I could find a way to supply power from my tow vehicle. I've been towing with my van for over 20000 miles without it and not had an issue. I didn't bother to install the breakaway cable because I was in a hurry, but otherwise, it wasn't difficult to install and set up. You have to clip it to the brake pedal and move the driver seat forward to hold it in position so you have to get on your knees to put it in. It requires that you press the button on the remote while you are braking to apply brakes to the towed vehicle which requires some getting used to. According to AAA trailer brakes are not required below 4500 pounds and the weight of my Subaru is 1000 pounds below that. It did a pretty good job of assisting the brakes on the tow vehicle when the battery in the Subaru had power. I'm giving it 2 stars because it seems like it would work for some applications, but not in mine. It seems like a quick and simple plug and play solution to braking, but I'd consider other more elegant solutions. When not towing it needs to be stored somewhere and in out small vehicle, that is difficult.

- BRK2016

Just completed installation of Patriot Brake and Blue Ox tow bar to 2017 Chevrolet Traverse. All works like advertised. Patriot Brake setup is easy with remote. Found I had to change force from default of 6 to max of 9 to feel adequate braking from Patriot on Chevrolet Traverse.

- BRK2016

I have used this many times on trips that were over one thousand miles. Other than having it replaced under warranty, it has worked great. On the first long trip when I was setting up for the return, the unit would just click after applying power. After contacting customer service, they quickly sent a replacement. I couldn’t have asked for better support. I have been using the replacement now and have had no issues.

- BRK2016
2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

Installation easy and we will see how it functions. Had to fashion a base to level out my floor so I added couple guide blocks to assist it staying centered.

- BRK2016

We put it in our jeep today and took it for a test drive (20miles/stop/start) It worked great. Our only concern was that it might slide around on the floor. Seems not to be a problem so far. After we use it more we will update this report.

- BRK2016
2012 Jeep Patriot

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.

Works well but if you get an error it requires you to pull over and power off and back on the unit to reset. This can be set by bumpy roads or step down hills even when no braking, also get braking action sometimes when the MH down shifts. Need to be able to reset errors from the remote unit. Also need a way to increase the time before you get braking time out error. It worked well other wise for the 5k miles we did this summer and the 4k miles last winter.
Scrubjay - 11/25/2017

Thanks for your reply, I have reached out to my contact at Blue Ox regarding the issues that you are having with your braking system. He explained that if you have the small screw-in style of feet on the base of the the braking system unit those can be removed, and this will allow the Patriot II to sit more level and should reduce the need to reset as frequently. In this case the braking system sit directly on the floor of the towed vehicle.

-- Etrailer Expert Rachael H - 12/1/2017

- BRK2016

Very pleased with the ease of setup and operation. Great to have a portable solution.

- BRK2016

Lightweight and easy to install and set up before flat towing my 98 jeep behind my 32' class c rv. The wireless communication between the blue ox aux brake and the truck cab works very well.

- BRK2016

This is very easy to install and works just as it should. The set up in the 2019 Honda Fit took some extra work though. The floor pan on the driver's side is an odd shape and does not allow for an easy placement of the device. I used a piece of 4 x 4 lumber under the front of the machine so it would match the height of the back. This leaves almost no space between the top front of the machine housing. Once I got this sorted out, everything worked just fine. Set up and adjustment could not be any easier. Due to a problem not related to the breaking system, I let the battery in the towed run low and discovered another bit of important info. With the towed battery almost dead, the machine still gave the normal light signals on the unit. It would not respond to the set up button on the machine and there was no visible indication of why. I figured it out on my own after some trouble shooting. Overall, I am happy with the wireless feature the most.

- BRK2016

Very good quality. Installation was easy with minor modifications. The vehicle towed effortlessly and hookup was simple compared to loading a tow dolly.

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