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Great Solution for 2002 Jeep Wrangler
on September 3, 2011
I evaluated several system's instructions and prices on line before making this purchase. This one seems to work well with my 2002 Jeep Wrangler, although I do have to use a 2x6x18 in front of the seat. Without the board the unit can push on the seat release and push it back instead of pushing on the brake. For my first trip (of 2400 miles RT) I was in a hurry and just ran the break-away cable through the driver window, which worked fine, but added a step installing and removing. Still it is in and set up, or out in less than five minutes once you get the hang of it. Electric draw in the standby-ready mode is minimal, and is small even when operating (electric drive - not a compressor.) The 3 year old Jeep battery had plenty of starting power left even when the unit had been left on for three days of driving (and nights in park) without any attention; but I recommend starting the toad and resetting the Patriot after an overnight to be on the safe side. I think the unit has a small battery inside which will activate on brake-away, if there is no other power.
The in-cab wireless unit provided comfort that the unit was on and available; and the manual lever even helped stop the 32 foot class A when I had a small brake issue on the coach. (Moving the control lever before or after improper mounting may not work because the bracket is in the way. A quick call to Blue Ox tech support set me straight. They are great to work with; I also called for help with my base-plate installation.)
Amazon PRIME paid for itself with the shipping for Patriot and Base-plate; AND I got them both next day. (A BIG help, as adding a toad was a last minute decision.)
A braking system is a significant purchase; spend some time doing your homework to match the system to your coach and toad. This one has worked well for me and with a little time to re-route wiring and find the right seat location, it will be even better.
Update:It was easy to fish the break-away cable through the firewall making connection a snap. I also added a small LED in the brake light wire below the door frame (when I installed the tow-wiring diode). This makes it easy to jog the system at install, without having to keep checking the back of the vehicle for lights on-lights off. Still love this unit, now only 90 second for in or out.