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Screen Shot 2017-01-12 at 9.38.42 AMPender, Neb.-based Blue Ox is preparing the release of the Patriot II, the second generation of the company’s Patriot towed-vehicle braking system.

According to a press release, the Patriot II continues with many of the popular features found on the original model, including an all electric-brake that operates without an air pump or air hoses that produce condensation requiring the RVer to drain out a tank. In addition, the brake works with all tow vehicles, including hybrids, and is self-contained and lightweight for easy transfer between multiple tow vehicles while an in-coach controller monitors tow vehicle braking and allows the user to adjust braking response.

“At Blue Ox, we are driven to provide the best worry-free, easy to use, safety-oriented, towing solutions for consumers,” said Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann. “A tow brake is an essential safety feature in any dinghy towing package. The Patriot II has the same great functionality and flexibility of the original Patriot brake while incorporating new feature improvements to enhance the towing experience.”

New features include: An upgraded accelerometer and faster actuator with braking response time up to two times faster; one-touch set up; increased RF radio range between the in-coach controller and the brake; a smaller-narrower case; the brake’s software can be updated through a built-in Bluetooth connection, eliminating disassembly for future software updates. The Patriot II has a two-year warranty.

The part number is BRK2016 for the Patriot II, which will begin shipping to distributors in the first weeks of 2017.