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Old 06-29-2016, 09:42 PM   #11
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JLud,

Your friend is incorrect. Read the manual. The Patriot gets its power from the toad's electrical system. Depending on how long you tow and how much the Patriot applies the brakes, you may need to feed 12 volts from the coach to the toad's battery so it doesn't run down too much. I have towed two days without a battery feed.

Your friend may be thinking of some cars that require a fuse to be removed when towing. I don't know which cars or why but it's been discussed on this forum.
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:43 PM   #12
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Oops, I posted with the wrong name. Small phone screen messed me up.
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:47 PM   #13
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I knew what you meant ��

Towed my first time after hooking it all up yesterday....wow is it easy. Tow haul mode is awesome, don't even know it's there and it tracks perfect. Amazed how easy it was.

Here's the bracket my brother made to slide into my hitch receiver on my F150 to hold the magnetic light bar. Aluminum truck wouldn't work....wireless is nice though and well worth it.
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Old 07-01-2016, 10:55 AM   #14
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JLud, I'm Just curious, are you using the light bar instead of the lights on the F150 or in conjunction for the added safety benefit? The hitch mount looks nice.



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Old 07-01-2016, 11:28 AM   #15
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I bought a wireless kit so I didn't have to hardware any lights and have cables draped all over. It was much easier to install baseplate without wiring, less than 90 minutes.

Wireless kit couldn't mount though to aluminum since magnetic...this the hitch.
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Old 07-01-2016, 12:15 PM   #16
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Thanks for the information. I will be towing my wife's Jeep today, for the first time, with all the Blue Ox towing equipment recently installed.
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Old 07-01-2016, 12:35 PM   #17
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I bought a wireless kit so I didn't have to hardware any lights and have cables draped all over. It was much easier to install baseplate without wiring, less than 90 minutes.



Wireless kit couldn't mount though to aluminum since magnetic...this the hitch.

I like that idea, I have had a cable come unattached and dragged it down the road.



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Old 07-01-2016, 09:14 PM   #18
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I did buy a portable 12v battery for blue ox and lights....it seems my truck shuts off power to 12v at some point.
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Old 07-12-2016, 06:26 AM   #19
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[QUOTE=JLud;1243932]You need battery for mine...powers light bar and the patriot. Internal battery on blue Ox wouldn't last that long.

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Elaborating on JLud's post, the internal battery on the Blue Ox is only for backup. If the toad battery runs down, the Blue Ox will still apply the brakes but only if the breakaway switch is activated. The remote will give an error code and beep if the Blue Ox senses the toad's battery is too low. When that has happened, I just plugged the Blue Ox into a portable booster battery for the rest of the day.
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Old 07-12-2016, 12:18 PM   #20
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[QUOTE=RamblerGuy;1255995][QUOTE=JLud;1243932]You need battery for mine...powers light bar and the patriot. Internal battery on blue Ox wouldn't last that long.

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Elaborating on JLud's post, the internal battery on the Blue Ox is only for backup. If the toad battery runs down, the Blue Ox will still apply the brakes but only if the breakaway switch is activated. The remote will give an error code and beep if the Blue Ox senses the toad's battery is too low. When that has happened, I just plugged the Blue Ox into a portable booster battery for the rest of the day.
Does it run the battery down to the point of not being able to start the toad? Or does it it leave enough in reserve? How long does it take to get to the internal back up?
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