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Custom Roadmaster base plates are designed to help you safely tow your vehicle. A variety of styles that allow for permanant or removable draw bars and different attachement methods will allow you to choose the system that best fits your towing needs.

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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2006 Jeep Liberty

Today on our 2006 Jeep Liberty, we're going to show you Part Number BX1122. This is the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removal arms. This is what the base plate looks like once installed on our vehicle. You notice that it sits in this opening right here that's in part of the bumper cover and it completely fills it up. We have a loop here for our safety cables. This section here is a receiver for the arms that go into place.


Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit Installation - 2002 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on our 2002 Chevrolet Malibu we're going to show you part number 194-3. This is the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit with removable arms. All right now this is what the Base Plate looks like when it's installed on the vehicle. It does hang below the bottom edge of the bumper so you can't see it all the way, but at least you do not have to do any trimming or cutting on the grill or the bumper cover. As angle on 00:26 body, that goes to the receiver right here and it uses four existing bolts already in the vehicle and plus one additional hole that's already existing in the vehicle so there's actually no drilling required. The Base Plate and the removable arm are both powder coasted for protection. How do they connect together is with 5/8 hitch pin and clip. When we want to remove them, we'll go ahead and pull out the pin and clip like so.


Base Plate Kit Installation - 2010 Mini Cooper

Today on our 2010 MINI Cooper, we're going to be doing an installation of the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number BX1307. Now that we've got our fascia all put back in place all of our fasteners reconnected, you'll get a good idea of what the base plate's going to look like. You've just got a few things sticking out here in the front, not too noticeable, with the removable arms. As you can see it kind of blends in, rather than the permanent fixture arms, they kind of stick out a little bit further, a little bit easier to see. You'll notice we trimmed out up here on the grill area for our breakaway switch as well. Depending on your application that may be something you need to do, it just depends on where you're going to be putting it and what different parts you're going to be using.


Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2012 Hyundai Accent

Today on this 2012 Hyundai Accent, we're going to show you part number BX2333. This is the Blue Ox Base Plate with removable arms. This is what the base plate looks like when it's installed on the vehicle. You'll notice there's a section cut out here to make room for safety chain cables to mount here, and also, here is an opening for our removable arm. There's one on each side. All I had to cut out was just one little bar going across. This is an optional breakaway switch that comes from supplemental braking system.


Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2013 Ford Focus

Today on our 2013 Ford Focus we'll be installing the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit With Removable Arms, part number BX2633. Let's go over the operation of the removable arms. The removable arms have a spring-loaded lock that will line up with the grooves in the base plate. Line it up, push it in to collapse the spring, and rotate it until it locks in place. Then we can hook our tow bar directly up to our removable arms. Then, once you're finished towing your vehicle, we can go ahead and remove them by pulling back on the ring, collapsing the spring, rotating it, and removing it from the base plate.


Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Speaker: Today on this 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, we're going to show you part number BX1126. You see the silver parts that go into the base plate There's a tablet in the 00:00:12 arms that you line up with the slot on the inside of the base plate, you push it in until the lock on the spring retracts, and then twist it, and then the spring will go back into place into a detente and then the arm is locked into position and cannot come out. Now I'll go ahead and show you how the base-plate installs. Our first step is to go ahead and remove the plastic face-shift 00:00:29 that's underneath the bumper. There's a plastic ribbit underneath there that we're going to have to remove. Typically, you have to use a small Philip's Screwdriver to undo the centers - just unscrew it - and then you can pull out the rest of the ribbit. You can use a flat screwdriver to pull it apart, but a trimpound tool like what we're using works a lot better. When you pull down the edge underneath the vehicle, we can see there's at least a couple more underneath there.


Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2013 Chevrolet Captiva Sport

Today on our 2013 Chevy Captiva, well be installing the Blue Ox Base-Plate with removable arms Product Number BX3332. Now to install the removable tabs, turn it so the groove lines up and pushes back on the spring lock then rotate it until it lines up with the groove and the base plate and locks into place. Then to remove it, well pull back on the pin ring, rotate it up and remove the arm. To get it installed well first go ahead and open the hood. Well need to remove the upper fascia cover that connects the front fascia to the core support. There are multiple fasteners to be removed.



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  • Blue Ox Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2002 Chevy Tracker Behind a 2006 Winnebago Adventurer Motor Home
  • There are 5 basic components that you will need to flat tow your 2002 Chevrolet Tracker behind your 2006 Winnebago Adventurer. You will need base plates, a tow bar, a wiring kit, safety cables and a supplemental braking system. You would only want a fuse bypass switch if your vehicle requires fuses to be pulled when flat towing. To determine this, I recommend checking your owners manual under the recreational towing section. From my research, I could not find any information that showed...
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  • Complete Flat Towing Package Recommendation for a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
  • To tow your 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee with your motorhome there are several things that you will need. You will need a tow bar, base plate kit, safety cables, tow bar wiring, and a supplemental braking system. The tow bar installs on your motorhome and then connects to the base plates on your Jeep. I was able to find that your 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a gross vehicle weight of up to 6500 pounds, so a tow bar that is rated for this weight that I recommend is the Roadmaster Blackhawk...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2003 Chevy Tracker behind a Motor Home
  • You will need to look up a 2003 Chevy Tracker because Geo ended in 1997. For a 2003 Chevy Tracker you can use the Blue Ox base plates # BX1636. For a compatible tow bar I recommend the Blue Ox Acclaim, # BX4330. It is rated for 5,000 pounds and also includes another item you will need, safety cables. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. Next you will need a lighting solution. If you will not be towing the Tracker very often I recommend a magnetic...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home
  • I will be happy to help you with the parts you will need to start the next chapter in your lives. There are at least 5 things you will need to flat tow your 2012 Honda CR-V: base plates, tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For base plates the most popular option are the Roadmaster EZ4 base plates # RM-521567-4. I have linked a video showing how these base plates install. For a compatible tow bar the most popular option is the Falcon 2 # RM-520. I have linked...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2014 Ford C-Max Energi Behind a Motor Home
  • When a vehicle is new manufacturers do not have easy access to all models of that vehicle. If they cannot test it then they have to say items are not a fit until they can test it. Roadmaster has since tested base plates # 524432-1 on all models of the 2013 and 2014 Ford C-Max and they do fit all models included the hybrid and Energi models! Next you will need a tow bar. I recommend the Falcon 2 tow bar, # RM-520, since it is one of the most popular compatible tow bars for Ford C-Max...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2014 Honda CR-V
  • Yes, I checked with Roadmaster and base plates # 521567-1 are listed as a fit for the 2014 Honda CR-V, all models, but excluding models that have a brushguard or extra bumper trim package. You will also need a compatible tow bar. The Falcon 2, # RM-520, is a popular option for CR-V owners. You will also need some safety cables like # RM-643. In addition to the above items you will also need to get a lighting system. I recommend a simple magnetic kit like # C-ATL20A because with it...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Ford Fusion SE Hybrid Without Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Flat towing a vehicle requires 5 basic components: tow bar, safety cables, wiring harness, base plates and a supplemental braking system. If mixing brands of base plates and tow bars then an adapter may also be needed. We offer RoadMaster Base Plate to Blue Ox and Demco Tow Bars Adapter part # RM-033 that will require the Roadmaster Tow Bar Quick Disconnect Kit # RM-201. With this adapter and disconnect kit you can use Roadmaster base plates # RM-524434-4 along with your Demco Kar Bar...
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  • What Parts are Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 Ford Focus
  • The Roadmaster Base Plates, # 524430-1, are a fit for the 2012 Ford Focus SE. These base plates will not work on ST models. Also, if the vehicle has the adaptive cruise control feature, it cannot be flat towed. Adaptive cruise control uses a forward facing radar that detects other vehicles in front of the vehicle and adjusts the speed accordingly. You will also want to consult the vehicle owners manual on how the vehicle should be towed. Some vehicles will accrue mileage when flat towed,...
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  • Parts Needed To Flat-Tow My 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Behind Motor Home
  • To determine if it is acceptable to flat-tow your 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, you will need to check your vehicle owners manual. I did some research and it looks like if your vehicle is 2-wheel drive with the 5-speed automatic you would need a lube pump. If you have a 2-wheel drive with an 8-speed automatic you will also need a lube pump, but there may not be one available currently. If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle you will need to put the transfer case in the neutral position and...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 Behind a Motor Home
  • Given that your 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 could easily get over the 5,000 pound limit of base plates # BX88152 I recommend going with a different set. The Roadmaster MX base plates, # 3154-3, are generally considered more heavy duty and are recommended for trucks and SUVs. For a compatible tow bar, you will want a Roadmaster model that slides into the hitch on the RV. For a compatible tow bar that will match the capacity of your hitch and cover the vehicle weight, take a look at the...
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  • Needed Equipment to Flat Tow 2014 Ford Explorer
  • Before attempting to flat tow your vehicle, I would suggest you consult the owners manual or with Ford for any special procedures or prohibitions regarding flat towing your vehicle. I found flat towing procedures on page 292 of the owners manual. For the 2014 Explorer Sport with the Eco Boost engine and adaptive cruise, you would want to use the Blue Ox # BX2632 base plate kit. An adapter like # RM-031 would be needed in order for the Blue Ox base plates to work with the Roadmaster Blackhawk...
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  • Dinghy Towing a 2011 Chevy Equinox Behind a Motorhome
  • The Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, # 3160-1B, is designed to fit your 2011 Chevy Equinox so that you can flat tow it behind your motorhome. Another option would be to use a tow dolly, # RM-2000-1. This tow dolly comes with electric brakes, safety cables, adjustable axle and ramps, and adjustable wheel nets. I have included a link to the installation details below. If you decide to use base plates, there are a couple more items you will need before you can safely tow the Equinox. For...
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  • How Much Trimming is Required on 2015 Chevy Equinox to Install Roadmaster Base Plate kit # 3160-3B
  • I checked the installation instructions for the Roadmaster Base Plates # 3160-3B that you referenced and there is only minor fascia trimming to install this base plate kit. I attached a picture to the right that shows the areas that will get trimmed. I also attached a couple helpful FAQs on flat towing for you to check out as well.
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  • Flat Towing Accessories for 2012 Ford F150 with EcoBoost Engine
  • The Blue Ox base plate kit you referenced, part # BX2635 is would be compatible with your F150. The Blue Ox Aladdin tow bar, part # BX4325 would be a good choice for you. Its 7500 lb capacity will accommodate your F150 with no problem, and the safety cables are included. There are several options for wiring your F150 for towing (see link), I would recommend the Hopkins Custom Wiring Harness, part # HM56000. This harness is compatible with supplemental braking systems like the Roadmaster...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox
  • You can use the TrailerMate Custom Tail Light Wiring Harness, # TM780072, when flat towing your 2013 Chevrolet Equinox. After doing some research on your vehicle, I have found that some models cannot be flat towed, especially those with the continuously variable transmission (CVT). These models must be towed using a tow dolly. Before you attempt to flat tow your Equinox, I recommend checking your owners manual for any flat towing restrictions or procedures. If you determine that your...
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  • Base Plate Recommendation for Flat Towing 2014 Honda CR-V
  • The difference between the EZ4 Base Plate kit part # RM-521567-4 and the EZ5 kit # RM-521567-5 is that the EZ4 uses twist-lock drawbars while the EZ5 uses drawbars held in place by pins and doesn't require the use of a crossbar. The EZ4 and standard EZ base plate part # 521567-1 are so similar they share the same installation instructions. Typically the EZ4 brackets sit even further back than the EZ brackets for a more hidden look. For that reason I would go with the EZ4 # RM-521567-4. In...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT
  • The correct base plate kit for your 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 is the Blue Ox kit part # BX1711 that you referenced. Between the two wiring kits you referenced the correct one will be the one that will match the connector you have at the back of your 2014 Tiffin. If you have a 7-way there you would want the # BX88231. If you have a 6-way round there you would instead want the # BX88190. The # BX88231 does not come with safety chains, the # BX88190 does so you would need the # BX88197 if you...
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  • Base Plates and Flat Towing Accessories for 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • For your 2011 Wrangler Unlimited, you could use either the # 1432-1 or the # RM-521448-5 base plate. Either would work with your Jeep, unless you have an aftermarket bumper, brush guard or winch. The # RM-521448-5 base plates would be easier to install and remove, so that would be my recommendation. To complete your flat towing system, you'd also need safety cables, a lighting solution so the Jeep taillights function along with those of the tow vehicle, and a supplemental braking system....
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  • Base Plate, Tow Bar and Accessories for Flat Towing 2000 Chevy Tracker
  • The Blue Ox base plate kit you referred to, part # BX1636 is the correct base plate kit for your vehicle. The Blue Ox Alpha tow bar, part # BX7365 would be a great choice for flat towing your Tracker. The required safety cables are included with the tow bar. You will also need to wire the Tracker so that the tail lights operate in tandem with the tail lights on the tow vehicle. I will link you to an FAQ article that explains these options in detail. Most states and Canadian provinces...
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  • Can a Kia Soul with Automatic Transmission be Flat-Towed?
  • The Kia Soul with automatic transmission cannot be flat-towed. Your best option for towing your Soul is to use a towing dolly, such as the RoadMaster Tow Dolly with Electric Brakes, part # RM-2000-1. This product is adjustable to fit many vehicles, and includes electric trailer brakes, radial tires, adjustable wheel nets, tail/brake lights and a 6-way round trailer connector. Since the front wheels are kept off the ground there is no need to alter your vehicle by installation of base...
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