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In all fairness, I did look at Demco SMI Stay-in-Play Duo Towed Vehicle Braking System on Amazon, where -0- reviews always gives me pause. Also, SMI had no instructional video on Amazon + only one photo posted. SMI's Amazon presentation made me edgy-- doesn't show any electronics, air lines, attachments: just a ''black box" (!) (making me nervous that their Instructions would be equally sketchy). I do like that SMI is c. $300 cheaper than Patriot.
Thus, I read reviews of a similar (i.e., permanently installed) system: RoadMaster's InvisiBrake, whose Amazon reviews = 8% 1-Star, beyond my upper limit of 7%. InvisiBrake reviewers commented that it was "hard" (an aircraft mechanic!) to install-- in frustration, some returned the units to Amazon. Advantage to portable systems, e.g., Blue Ox Patriot: 1/ No firewall involvement; 2/ No installing air lines; 3/ It's proportional; 4/ Portable, so I can transfer it to another dinghy; 5/ Easy set-up-- I don't mind removing it when I'm done towing; 6/ Doesn't requite tapping into my brake lines-- I turned GREEN when I read that!
You know I'm open-minded. You know I research everything to the nth-Degree. Will look again at SMI or InvisiBrake if presented w/ good reason. Shop I was going to "hire" to R&R tow package claims they get fewest Cust. complaints w/ Blue Ox Patriot. Other RVers said "Get BrakeBuddy"-- that it preceded Patriot; both are portables, which appeals to me.
'98 RAV4 5-Speed 2WD 4-Dr. hardtop 2.0-L. gas I-4 engine. Venetian Red Pearl. Tail Light Guards (Manik). Michelin LTX M/S2 tires & spare. LED headlamps. Roof luggage rack. 5th-door saddle bags. Custom leather steering wheel cover. Sheepskin seat covers. Billiard ball #13 shift knob. Alloy wheels. Push Bar grille guard, LED fog lamps. Suede door panel inserts. Faux-suede center console cover. Driver/passenger grab-assist handles.