The best technical support and full base plates installation instructions. Lowest price Explorer Sport Trac base plates guarantee and expert service. Ford Explorer Sport Trac, 2002 base plates by Roadmaster are available from etrailer.com. For expert service call 800-298-8924 to order your Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms part number 474-1, or order online at etrailer.com.
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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Base Plates

(282 reviews)


Code:   474-1

Retail:$429.95

Price:$399.00


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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac - Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

The XL series hidden brackets attach to your Ford Explorer Sport Trac's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar. The visible portions of the brackets can be removed when you are not towing.


Features:

  • Hidden bracket design - drawbars are easily removable via 2 pins
    • Improved aesthetics compared with standard brackets
  • Computer-cut, all-steel construction provides exceptional strength
  • Black powder coat finish is durable and corrosion resistant
  • Simple installation - no welding required
    • Custom base plates ensure a perfect fit for your Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • Compatible with Quick Disconnects and all Roadmaster tow bars
  • Instructions and mounting hardware included
  • Made in the USA


The square drawbars, or front arms, on the XL series base plate kit are simple to mount and remove, easily securing with hitch pins. Once the drawbars have been removed, the remaining brackets are virtually invisible. On most automobiles, the brackets are mounted within the grille, where they remain not only unseen, but protected from scrapes and scuffs as well.



474-1 Road Master XL Base Plate Kit



474-1 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 474-1 Installation instructions


Customer Reviews

Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 474-1

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (282 Customer Reviews)


The XL series hidden brackets attach to your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar. The visible portions of the brackets can be removed when you are not towing.


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by: Gordon01/04/2015


Good information and prompt shipping. Base plate is solid and install and use instructions are excellent. Be warned that product install is drill two holes and install 3 bolts, BUT the entire front panel has to be removed and replaced. Not difficult, but time-consuming. Seat bracket is solid and install and use instructions are excellent. Brakemaster kit is good quality, but instructions are not as good as most Roadmaster products. Instructions for air line install are especially weak. 167660


Comments

Great with no problems. Connect and disconnect very quick and easy. Thanks.

Gordon - 01/08/2016

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by: Glyn L03/22/2015


I have not installed it yet but will in the near future. 180145



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by: Bob H.12/08/2015

1998 Toyota RAV4

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I needed to set up our 1998 Toyota RAV4 for dinghy towing. Etrailer.com had everything I needed. The Roadmaster 1142-3 base plates fit as designed and were fairly easy to install, the only body modification needed was trimming the splash pans around the engine for the ends of the mounts. I had to point them out to my wife after installation, they are very discreet when not in use. The Roadmaster 910021-00 QD towbar assembly will make connecting to our RV a breeze, and the RM-98100 second vehicle kit had all the connectors and tubing to install my Brakemaster and BrakeAway cylinders. The long leads on the HM20014 breakaway switch meant I needed fewer wire connectors, and the FA80-01-2160 coiled cable will provide a more finished look when not towing the Toy. I decided to not complicate my life any more than necessary, and selected the EZT20B tow light kit instead of a magnetic kit due to the convertible top on our RAV4. The customer service people at etrailer.com were quick to answer my questions about wiring options, kept me informed when I had a delay, and the shipping/delivery times were unbelievable. Here in Wisconsin I received my orders in TWO DAYS! 233399



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by: Det07/17/2015

Chevy HHR

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


The construction was good with solid welds and weight of material. Shipping was quick as promised. The package had a few fist sized holes in it, but no parts were missing from the parts list. I did notice a few abrasions in the black paint like scratches or chips, likely from shipping. Perhaps better packing could have prevented this. The installation time on the HHR took 6 hours not the 3 that were projected. It required two 1/2 " holes to be drilled in the sheet metal portion of the car that requires two bolts on the front most portion of the base plate. The drilling of these holes took most of the time. I went through two drill bits and believe some special step bits for drilling sheet metal would have helped (not supplied or identified as needed in the instructions). The instructions mention a fishing wire to be used for two other bolts. The fishing wire was not supplied and this took extra time fishing the bolts through the frame. I have heard some kits, perhaps not from Roadmaster provide this. The fit was similar to other experiences on the HHR where there was 1/4 space on one side between car and vertical bracket. The pictures in the instructions were not large enough with sufficient contrast to always see what components on the car were described in the text of the instructions. Arrows in the pictures would have helped also to point out the locations. Summary the install did work, just took extra time. 212419



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by: Rick J03/25/2014

2008 Jeep Wrangler JK

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Recently, we decided to setup our 2008 Wrangler JK to be towed behind the motorhome. All I needed were base plates because we had a previous tow car. After doing a search for parts, I decided on etrailer.com to be the source. The product search was easy and the descriptions along with the large photos helped me determine my mechanical skills were enough to install the plates. The order process was quick and easy and the tracking info was helpful. A three day delivery delay occurred due to a snow storm in the mid-west. Once the parts arrived, I installed the parts in about four hours. The instructions were easy to follow, the pictures helped determine the procedure for installing, and everything fit as expected. I could not be more pleased with the base plates and etrailer.com. Thanks very much! 122073


Comments

All of the parts work perfectly. They make connecting the Jeep easy and we are very happy. Thanks very much!

Rick J - 03/25/2015

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by: Dr. D07/06/2014

1999 Honda CR-V

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Installed on 1998 Honda CR-V. Excellent instructions and online video. NO cutting or modification was required to vehicle (some CR-V models have additional plastic trim). The adapter kit fit PERFECTLY per instructions. Total install time was ONE HOUR. Please note the instructions require Locktite RED for the bolts which should be acquired before starting the project. You will need metric tools for the Honda bolts and standard US tools, including torque wrench, for the adapter kit. The kit is EXCELLENT quality. Etrailer provides OUTSTANDING customer service from the pre-sale process to post-install. THANK YOU! A special THANK YOU goes to my customer support and shipping reps! 139483


Comments

Absolutely PERFECT after using for the past year.

Dr. D - 07/06/2015

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by: Bill G.04/24/2013

2004 Honda CR-V

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Received this towing bracket...did not fit......but....got another within 3-4 days....good service....directions are good for a Honda Element, mine was a 2004 CRV.....if you cannot ad lib...do not try to do the install, otherwise an excellent fit and easy for the not challanged mechanically....if it says 10 mm might be 8 or here rather than there.....very happy with a quality product even if it took a second time.....everyone is allowed a screwup occasionally....and it was taken care of well.... 77741


Comments

Not a single complaint.......everything works as it should!!

Bill G - 04/24/2014

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by: Scott04/17/2013

1997 Subaru Legacy

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


This towbar attachment fit right up to my 97 Legacy wagon. Like the instructions said, there was just a little trimming of the black, soft plastic air foil under the plastic bumper cover. I did that with a tin-snip and a utility knife. I had it installed in a couple hours, including set-up and clean-up. 76622


Comments

I got this for a trip from California to Minnesota, pulling the Subaru. Approximately 2000 miles. Pulled the Subaru just fine.

Scott - 04/18/2014

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by: Dale C09/27/2012

Saturn Vue

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Haven't towed the Vue yet but the install was pretty much as described on the video and written instructions. One suggestion is to install the air dam over the tabs before putting the grill back on . The air dam was a very tight fit and I had to remove more material above the cut outs to get it over the tabs. I think it would be simpler to put air dam over the tabs install grill and then attach the air dam to the bottom of the grill. It looks great exactly as in photos on your install page. 55869


Comments

Back from our trip Towed the Vue 14,000 miles, Coast to coast, never had any problems with the base plate or hardware checked the torque on the bolts a couple of times, they were exactly as when I installed the unit. very little signs of wearing where the pins secured the tow bar to the base plate. good value!

comment by: Dale C - 06/09/2013


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We are glad to hear the trip was a success and the base plates performed as they should. Thank you for the update.

Patrick B - 6/10/2013



Comments

still pleased with the base plate and it appears to be doing its job!

comment by: Dale C - 04/02/2014


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by: Ted A.09/28/2015

Honda Pilot

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I decided to have this professionally installed, and it turned out great. The only hiccup was the Roadmaster install instructions for a Honda Pilot show the short cables attaching to the insides of the brackets while the holes are on the outside. The installer called Roadmaster and was told the design changed and the short cables are to be connected to the long cables from the motor home (see my picture). So far I've towed it only a few miles back to my house, but it seemed to work just fine. My first real trip is next month. I'll update the review if there's anything significant to report. Thanks etrailer for the expert advice and great customer service! 228211



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by: James D.05/11/2009

Toyota Camry

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Near perfect match for the 09 Advertise to be 2.5 hours for the installation. Plan on much more if you attempt to install yourself. I had a reliable Body Shop install the base plate and I'm glad I did. About 4-hours to install the base plate. Instructions are complex and it requires a good deal of expertise for installing on Toyota Camry. Instructions are not 100% accurate and the installation will require some cuting or removal of Camry components. Upon completion of the installation it looks great and everything worked to hook up the tow bar. Etrailor package arrived ahead of schedule with all the necessary components and instructions. 1836



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by: Brent09/25/2014

GMC Yukon

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Wow, what a great company to deal with! Am in the process of making my GMC Yukon a tow dingy and called to order the parts. Got to etrailer in my search and it ended there. These people KNOW their trailers and equipment, not only did I get everything I wanted for the best price on the net, but in two instances staff recommended other ways to do the same job that saved me about $309.00. There is one sales rep there, Katie D. who is on the top of her job, an immense help ordering, also pointing out where I can get additional help thru video that etrailer has. Just a great company to deal with. 153039



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by: Philip D.11/09/2015

2012 Chevy Equinox

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I needed a base plate for my 2012 Equinox, and didn't want to try and install it myself, so I called around and got very frustrated trying to find someone reputable to install one without charging an exorbitant install fee. I happened to see etrailer's advertisement on the web, and watched their installation video and was impressed at how thorough it was. I decided to try and do the install myself, and with the help of their video was able to get it installed with NO problems. Anyone with any mechanical ability could this. It was easy and I am very pleased with this product. 231663



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by: Jim K08/30/2011

Chevy HHR

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Product arrived earlier than scheduled, in good condition. It is installed on my HHR which was fairly easy. Instructions were fair to good, pictures could be clearer. It took me about 8 hours all together, most of the extra time a result of my poor tools and being old and slow. One problem was the nut plate inside the frame was spinning and not holding properly because it is a bit small. I would think an experienced person with proper tools could complete the installation in about 2 hours. Looks good, you can't see it. This is my second baseplate from eTrailer. 23167



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by: Dean K06/18/2016

2006 Saturn Vue

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I purchased the Roadmaster Base Plate for our 06 Saturn Vue. The base plate fit exactly as described. Was not to hard to install. I did my self to save money. The hardest part of the job was the removal of the front air dam and cutting out the access holes for the bars, Still not to bad if you have mechanical skills. The staff at e-trailer was very helpful and answered any questions that I had. It was delivered very quickly as stated and arrived on time. If you are considering this type of project I would highly recommend e-trailer. 262472



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by: Joe R, Tallahassee, Fl11/11/2012

2010 Honda CR-V

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


What a great company to do business with. I was going to have my Son do the install but with the help from the Pro’s at E-Trailers I did it my self with no problem. I take my Hat off to, Michael H, Nicole, and Amy who gave me advice and answered all my questions. Thanks again, Joe R 59196



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by: David H06/10/2015

2005 GMC Envoy

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I would have given this an excellent rating, but....the 5/8" main frame holes were 1/8" off. There was no way to get the bolts in without resizing the holes. I recently bought this 2005 GMC Envoy and received a car fax with it. It was a one owner car and has never been wrecked, so everything should have lined up. Once I got past that, everything else went fast and easy. It is very well built and should work well. 202337



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by: John P04/23/2014

Chevy 3500 Express

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Had just a bit of a problem with the bracket on the outside of the frame on the 3500 Chevy van. The body mount bracket and the outside frame bracket for the tow brackets made contact prior to the holes lining up. Solution was to remove about a 1/4" off the bottom of the body mount bracket. After I figured this out, the installation was a snap. I always get great service/shipping/and products.. John 126936



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by: Stephen F.03/03/2014

2002 Jeep Wrangler

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


It worked perfectly for my 2002 Jeep Wrangler. Easy to install. Drill one hole as outlined! Etrailer was great about customer service! Package arrived on time. 118244



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by: Dan S08/27/2015

2007 Jeep Wrangler

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


It was a great fit to my 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I struggled with some crusty bolt on the Jeep but no issues with the base plates. I might suggest to Roadmaster that the installation would have been easier if they had included 4 of the threaded backing plates instead of the two they provided. Some of those bolts were in some pretty tight confines. 222271



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by: J. R.04/01/2015

2010 Honda CR-V

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Instructions were very good for the installation on my 2010 Honda CRV. Fit and finish were good. Product arrived as promised. Minimal tools were needed, but installation with the vehicle on the garage concrete floor was probably a little more tedious than that on a lift. I would say that you do need some mechanical talents to do this on your own. 182136



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by: Dana E09/28/2014

1998 Toyota 4Runner

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Our brackets arrived quickly as promised! They were not easy to install. To install them as directed by the instruction would be incorrect. I had to grind off the bottom flange of the frame horn of our 1998 Toyota 4 Runner to make bracket fit. Other small modifications were required too. This installation is not for the average Joe. 153387



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by: Bill01/26/2015

2007 Honda CR-V

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Shipping and delivery was very fast. I had to enlarge a few of the holes on the brackets because they did not line up to the holes on the front of my 2007 CRV. That was the only thing that did not go smoothly. It was not a big deal, just took a little extra time to enlarge the holes with a Dremel tool. Other than that, great product. 171215



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by: Doug02/12/2013

2013 Chevy Silverado

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


The items were delivered faster than I thought, only six days. Installed the base plate in less than three hours. It helps if you have an extra person to help remove the bumper assembly. No triming or cutting of the bumper assembly was needed in my install on a 2013 Silverado. The wiring kit will be installed in the next few days. 65893



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by: Bob B.01/06/2012

Chevy HHR

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


The tow bar was the best priced product I could find. It is a great quality and I look forward to installing it and even more so to use it to pull my HHR behind our motor home on vacation. I have ordered additional items from etrailer.com after this initial order. You have a great product to offer. Keep up the good work. 29186



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by: Allen S.10/01/2015

2005 Honda CR-V

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I emailed questions about a base plate for towing my 2005 CR-V to etrailer.com. They responded quickly with the information I requested. I ordered the base plate and wiring harness and they were delivered 3 days later. The instructions for installation were excellent. My CR-V is now ready to be towed. 228765



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by: george e m07/20/2014

Dodge Dakota

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


the parts went together fine. but doing so i found some crash repair that wasn't perfect. used truck with a bit of a twist in the frame. the tubes could be a bit 3-4 inches longer for the dakota . the clevis pins are behind the air foil. i at 71 years it is hard to get down and remove them. 142283



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by: Larry02/20/2013

Jeep

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I recieved the shipment yesterday however I won't be able to install it on my Jeep until we get back to Alberta after spending the winter in southern California. My only question is where do I get the items that bolt on to the base plates that attaches onto the tow bar?Haven't seen those advertized. 67040


Comments

I believe the part you are looking for is 910021-00 from Roadmaster. It is the Quick Disconnect Tow Bar Base assembly.

Patrick B - 02/22/2013

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by: len R10/29/2014

Honda CR-V

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Over the years, we have towed 3 different Honda CRV's behind our RV. We have bought baseplates directly from Roadmaster and also from etrailers.com. All have been excellent experiences. The prices from etrailer.com has usually been a little cheaper but the free shipping has always been appreciated. 158443



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by: CRAIG A.09/14/2015

2005 Saturn Vue

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Ordered on Wednesday received on Friday, installed on Saterday, Easy straight forward and simple instructions, 2hrs. and 10mins. to install, and an eight hundred number for any questions, Service representative was helpful and efficient, all and all a good experience...( 2005 Saturn Vue,4cyl ) 225375



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by: Adam Carter04/20/2015

1993 Suzuki

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I have found the Roadmaster products to OUTSTANDING! The base plate I purchased for my 93 Suzuki fit perfectly, was relatively simple to install and match up to my previously purchased tow bar perfectly! Roadmaster makes some heavy duty equipment that you can trust to perform down the road. 186460



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by: ron h.04/19/2012

2009 Saturn

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


The 3151-1A bumper bracket for our 2009 Saturn SUV did exactly as was shown. The video was very helpfull and the install took a little over 4 hrs just as it said. We suggest before you order you call and verify the parts you are about to order to avoid any missed parts you may need. 37723



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by: Tony V.03/29/2015

2003 Jeep Wrangler

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Extremely easy installation. Base plates were high quality and install instructions were easy to follow. Entire install took less then 1 hour. Can't wait to get it hooked up to the 37' Motor Home and have an adventure. Base Plates installed on a 2003 Jeep Wrangler SE. 181339



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by: Jerry Clark09/18/2013

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Found fit for passenger side bracket was a little tight in fitting against radiator, this could be due to being a v8 Jeep Grand Cherokee. All ended well just a little aggravating that the bracket was so close on fitment. I would buy again should the need arise 100435



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by: Benson07/13/2015

2007 Honda CR-V

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


We received the Roadmaster Base Plate Kit from etrailer the same week we ordered it. It was for our 2007 Honda CRV. I installed it this weekend. The directions were clear. It took about 4 hours to install. The parts fit as they were supposed to. 211315



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by: Leonard h10/09/2013

Chevy Captiva

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Direction hard to follow had to make changes to vehicle that we're not covered in directions. I own captiva you sent Saturn directions. Kit does fit and looks good . Great service , and shipping upgrade we're great thanks 103183



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by: Merle H.07/23/2013

2010 Honda CR-V

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Product was exactly as specified in the ad and fit perfectly on my 2010 Honda CRV. Instructions were right on and easy to follow. 91041



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by: Garth03/10/2013

Chevy Tahoe

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I'd share a picture but IS a hidden system. The instruction didn't really apply to my Tahoe but got it on anyway. 69852



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by: BRUCE01/16/2015

Jeep Wrangler

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


parts arrived on time,parts fit perfectly and the service is excellent Thank you Bruce 169082



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by: Brenda B.04/06/2015

Chevy Equinox

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Installation of front receiver for Equinox was easy. 183457



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by: Robert F.08/11/2015

2008 Honda CR-V

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Easy install and works perfect. 2008 Honda CRV 218541



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by: Erik H.08/22/2012

1995 Ford Bronco

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I purchased these for my 1995 Full Size Ford Bronco. They are very well built and heavy duty, the pictures don’t do them justice. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality. They were very easy to install, and although the instructions say about 2 hours, I was finished in about 45min taking my time. The fit was perfect. I was originally planning to fabricate some myself due to not wanting to spend the 400.00 but I am so glad I didn’t, as these are worth every penny. Shipping was also way faster than I expected! They arrived within a few days of my order! THANKS ETRAILER! 52632


Comments

Erik H. I have a 96 Ford Bronco and looking for illustrated installation instructions or tips, specifically torsion bar nut

comment by: RJ - 11/01/2015


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by: andrew08/30/2015

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Main Bracket did NOT fit real well. Had to bend mounting arms out to go onto core support bolts. Three upper mounting pads to bumper not in align. center pad touched bumper outer pads had an 1/8" gap. we made 1/8" spacer plates to fill gap. Bumper holes are hard to drill had to resharpen a couple times. I put this on a 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Turn the key on, shift to neutral, turn key off. Towed with no issues. Remember the hybrid has a gear box as apposed to a automatic transmission. 222882



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by: Bryan S01/20/2015

2014 Ford F-150

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Put it on a 2014 Ford F150 STX 4X4 with hardly any trouble. However still need an extra part to connect the base plate to my tow bar. You may want to ask a couple more questions than I did and get all your needed parts in one shot. 170491



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by: Chris B03/25/2015

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


First off it wasn't a "5 minute job". Took me probably 3.5 hours or so on my back in the garage, but I took my time especially with the cutting/trimming of the lower valance on the front bumper. I did not want to cut too much & have big gaping holes in the bumper. All in all it went well. To cut & trim the bumper I simply used a bare hack saw blade, Dremel tool, file & razor knife The picture in the instructions of where to cut a hole at the back of the fog light recess is a little puzzling until you get the light out & locate the tie-down bracket bolt that needs to be removed. You'll need to make the hole larger because the replacement bolt has a 17mm head on it instead of the stock 14mm hex head. Wasn't real happy about how much they had me hack off the panel under the engine. Probably should have looked that on my own rather than use their crudely drawn lines in the picture. I was able to drill the 1/2" hole for the 5 1/2" long rear bolt with a regular length drill bit. Just drill as straight as you can using the little square hole in the frame rail as your guide. It seemed to take forever to get to the required torque of 56 '/lbs on the long bolts. I suspect that's because the frame rail actually crushes a little bit. I want to point out 1 drawback to the brackets that I noticed. If you're using a tow bar that has a cross plate between the 2 bracket bar inserts (like I am), you can not pull the removable inserts out with the cross bracket attached. They're NOT parallel to one another, so when you're home & no longer in "tow mode" you'll have to unbolt one side in order to remove the bars. Otherwise a well made product. Haven't actually towed the car yet though. 180908



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by: Lew P.03/01/2016

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I used to tow our dinghy, a cherry 1997 Miata, with a car dolly; finally realized it was a case of overkill. The dolly is over half the weight of the car and wider than the motor home! On our last expedition to the Canadian Rockies, I got to talking with a fellow camper who told me how cool and easy it was to tow his dinghy with tow bars. Now, for the tow bar conversion: Removing the Miata's fascia, radiator air scoop and bottom engine cover is not difficult, as the fasteners are relatively easy to get to. After removing (and discarding) the two tie-down loops and discarding the four screws holding the front anti-sway bar, the installation of the base plates is straight-forward (it fits into those holes - who knew?). The fit of the kit to the car's frame is precise, with plenty of adjustment space, if needed. The only fabrication required is removal of some material from the air scoop where it comes into contact with the installed base plates. Reinstalling the fascia, I "shoe-horned" it over the base plate, with the help of silicon spray. Fortunately, the fascia is very flexible. Unless you look for them, the base plate receivers are not a prominent feature of the front end. 239008



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by: Stan F02/12/2015

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Placed order with Rebecca after she answered several questions. Shipment was quick and follow on emails kept me informed of status of order. In fact, she called me to let me know that the order had shipped. Product was drop shipped to Labelle Auto for installation. As stated in product manufactures installation instructions the install was straight forward and took the full 3 hours. I have used (towed) my vehicle since the install and everything works great. Also installed the Roadmaster Diode wiring kit. Easy to do and works great. As an added benefit with this kit your front running lights will also be illuminated. Overall I am very satisfied with both the product and the customer service provided by Rebecca and Dana at etrailer.com. 173468



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by: Don B.08/11/2013

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I'm 57 yrs old and I installed this bracket in the heat of the day here just south of Atlanta, Georgia today August 11 in about 4 hours. That's accounting for water breaks and helping a neighbor load something in his vehicle. The hardest part at my age is getting the 150 lbs of torque while under the truck. Piece of cake otherwise! 94483


Comments

Still on the road with no problems. Thank you for your follow up. I find it kind of interesting that your company is following up on a base plate product when automotive industry business dont. Bought my RV about a year ago and havent heard a peep from them. I say kudos to your Quality Assurance team. As a retired military serviceman with over 24 years in the support department, I know how much follow up and QA mean. Thank you and continue To do the Right thing.

Don B - 08/11/2014

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by: Dave J05/13/2015

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Would have been 5 stars except for price - yikes! But it appears to be plenty sturdy. Removing the old bolts was by far the hardest part of the installation. I can't blame the new part for that. As can be seen in the pictures the pasenger side bumper trim piece interferes a bit with the plate. I believe I can trim the facia for a better fit. Also note the slotted opening on the passenger side. It installs easily, but when the tow bar plate is installed, this needs to be loosened and pursuaded into a better position. I appreciate etrailer's help in getting the right part. 192683



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by: Robert F.11/21/2013

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


The brackets came quickly after I had ordered them, customer service actually shipped them on a shorter transit time so that I could definitely get them before my vacation and I didn't have to pay the extra shipping charge. Installation was a breeze, straight forward and I feel very confident that I won't foresee any complications or problems in towing. The craftsmanship of these brackets are top notch. Very strong and durable and everything lined up perfectly on the frame. I recommend this to everyone who wants to tow their vehicle. 108070

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  • What do I need to Flat Tow A 2001 Ford Explorer in the Least Expensive Manner
  • I am not sure if you will have to disconnect the drive shaft. This varies from vehicle to vehicle and drive line packages within that vehicle. Consult the Explorer Owner Manual to see what will be involved in flat towing your Explorer. The least expensive flat tow route I would recommend is using the Roadmaster Tracker Tow bar, part # RM-020. You will also need base plates that attach to the frame of the Explorer and provide a mounting location for the tow bar. Roadmaster XL Base Plates,...
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  • Parts Needed To Dinghy Tow 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Behind RV
  • You will want to consult your owners manual to see what is involved when you flat tow your 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The items needed to flat-tow are base plates, a tow bar, safety chains, lighting for your Explorer, and most states now require a supplemental brake system. For the base plates I recommend the Roadmaster Base Plates, part # 474-1. When you are not towing, you can remove the visible part of the brackets from the Explorer, making the system almost invisible. I then...
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  • Parts to Flat Tow 2001 Ford Explorer with a Roadmaster Base Plate Kit and Blue Ox Tow Bar
  • The first thing you are going to need is replacement draw bars for the base plate kit that is on your 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. It looks like you have the Roadmaster Base Plate Kit # 474-1. To get the proper replacement arms you will need # RM-ARMS. Use the instructions linked to the right, which is actually a form that needs to be filled out to ensure the new arms fit. Next, you would need a Roadmaster Tow Bar Adapter # RM-032 like you referenced to allow your Blue Ox tow bar to...
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  • Flat Towing Setup Recommendation for a 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • You have a tow bar now, the # RM-067 is just a component of the tow bar you currently have, and now you need a base plate kit for your vehicle as well as everything else needed to flat tow. For a base plate kit you would need the part # 474-1. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground. For lighting you can use the bulb and socket kit, # RM-155, and not have to worry about cutting and splicing into the vehicle wiring. And...
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  • Replacement Drawbar Arms for Roadmaster Base Plate Kit # 474-1 on a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • We do have the replacement drawbar arms for Roadmaster base plate kit # 474-1. You will need # RM-ARMS. Use the instructions, linked to the right, which is actually a form that needs to be filled out to ensure the new replacement arms will fit. Current pricing is available on the product pages.
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  • Are Blue Ox Base Plates With Removable Tabs Available for a 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, # BX2166, is the only Blue Ox base plate kit that is available for your 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, but it does not have removable tabs. You may be interested in the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, # 474-1. This base plate kit includes removable draw bars and is compatible with all Roadmaster tow bars. You could also get the Roadmaster to Blue Ox Adapter, # RM-033, to use the Roadmaster base plate kit with Blue Ox tow bars. If you were looking for any...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2002 Ford Explorer with Roadmaster Stowmaster Tow Bar
  • For your 2002 Ford Explorer you would first need to start with a base plate kit to allow it to be flat towed with the Stowmaster part # Rm-501. For that you would want part # 480-1 for if it is not a Sport model. Or part # 474-1 for if you do have a Sport model. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will...
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