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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 - 2015 Ford Focus

Today on our 2015 Ford Focus we're going to show you how to install the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number BX2654. Here's what the base plate's going to look like installed on our vehicle. As you can see, we're not adding a whole lot to the car. It's pretty low-vis. We're going to have our connection points for our removable arms on each side here via round holes. Had to cut our fascia right here on each side to accommodate for it.


Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plate Kit Installation - 2016 Subaru Forester

Today on our 2016 Subaru Forester, we're going to be taking a look at installing the Road Master Easy 4 Base Plate kit with removable arms. Part number RM-52923-4. Here's what it's going to look like once it's installed. As you can see it's going to fit inside of our fascia, very nice. The only thing that's going to protrude is going to be our breakaway switch that we've added and our six pole connector. Now these are not included with your kit. Both go with our breaking system that we're going to install.


Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Today on this 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited we're going to review and install the Blue Ox base plate kit, part number BX1126. This is what the base plate looks like when it's installed on our Jeep. On our first glance, you can see it does sit below the bumper right here. Our base plate features removable arms. This is one of the arms right here. To install it's pretty simple. Make sure this tab is horizontal.


Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit Installation - 2015 Jeep Cherokee

Today on our 2015 Jeep Cherokee we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Kit with Removable Arms, part number RM-521446-5. It's got a nice black powder coated finish that's going to help with rust and corrosion. They fit back nice and flush against the bumper. The only protrusion's going to be your safety chain loop. Very minimal cutting around the outside edges just so you can slide it back. This is a complete bolt on design, it doesn't require any drilling, uses factory holes.


Blue Ox Base Plate Installation - 2015 GMC Terrain

Today on our 2015 GMC Terrain we are going to be taking a look at and installing the Blue Ox base plate kit with removable arms. Part number BX1689. Here is what it looks like on your vehicle once it's installed. As you can see there is not very much of it sticking out. It gives you a nice hidden look. It does have attachment points to match your electrical connection.


Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Today on our 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee we're going to show you how to install the Blue Ox base plate kit with removable arms. This part number is BX1128. All right, now this is what the base plate looks like once we have it installed on the vehicle. As you can see, it's pretty unassuming. Not a whole lot of extra stuff that we're going to see here on the front. Basically, it's either going to replace your tow hook or it's going to replace the tow hook cover that would've been in place there. Now these are supplied with black covers.


Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today at our 2005 Dodge Ram 2500, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the blue ox 00:00:06 base plate kit with fixed arms, part number BX1989. When you're ready to tow, remove these rubber plugs which are going to keep dirt and grime out of your base plate. Put them in, rotate it until it locks and that's secure, and then we do the same thing on the other side. You're ready to hook up your tow bar. As you can see, we have a nice big area for our safety chains, it comes from our coach and we'll have room to mount our wiring. We can simply mount our six or seven pole connector, or four flat if that's what you're going to be using. They'll simply screw into those two there.


Blue Ox Base Plate Installation - 2015 Ford C-Max

Today I've got our 2015 Ford C-Max. We're going to be taking a look at and installing the Blue Ox Baseplate Kit, part# BX2639. I'll show you how to put in the attachment tab assembly. This is what you're going to mount your tow bar to. Simply press it in, you'll feel it kind of lock in. Pull this pin back, rotate it, and that's locked. They're easy to put in.


Roadmaster Base Plates RM-521448-4 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Roadmaster Easy 4 base plate kit with removable arms. Now, the Roadmaster Easy 4 twist lock series brackets are going to be virtually invisible on your vehicle. They're very easy to mount and simple to remove. The receiver base, which is this long bar here with all the mounting points, that's going to mount to the frame of your vehicle and then the brackets are these 2 components up here. These are going to install to the receiver base to provide attachment points for your tow bar. The brackets can easily be removed when not in use, which is going to give your vehicle a very very clean look.


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Base Plates Questions and Answers

  • 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 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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  • Flat Towing Parts Needed for a 2006 GMC Yukon XL
  • For your 2006 GMC Yukon XL you would want to first start with a base plate kit. I really like the Blue Ox setups so you would want the part # BX1660. For a tow bar you would want the Blue Ox Aventa part # BX7445. This is the nicest tow bar on the market and it comes with safety cables. For lighting you would want the part # HM56101. This kit is custom fit for your vehicle and won't require any cutting or splicing to activate your vehicle taillights. And finally, most states now...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trail Hawk
  • We have everything you would need to flat tow your 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trail Hawk behind your motorhome. First you will need a base plate kit, which for that I would recommend the Roadmaster Base Plate kit part # RM-521446-4. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The most popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon 2, # RM-520 . For safety cables you can use # RM-643 . The coiled...
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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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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2010 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • To flat tow your 2010 Chevy Silverado 1500 you will need to first start with a base plate kit. For that the most popular option is the Roadmaster # 3154-3. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The most popular compatible tow bar is the Blackhawk 2 # RM-422. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground. For lighting you...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Hard Rock Behind a Motor Home
  • The Roadmaster base plates # 1444-1 do fit your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Hard Rock edition. Trimming sheet metal can be done with precision using the right cutting wheel on a rotary tool. Mark the area ahead of time and then trim. This base plate kit is compatible with the Sterling tow bar, # RM-576. The bumper being the Hard Rock, winch-ready model indicates that you can use Bulldog winch mount # BDW20208. The mount attaches mostly to the bumper structure and will not interfere...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Ford Edge Titanium with 3.5 Liter Motor Behind a Motor Home
  • According to the 2015 Ford Edge owner's manual you can flat tow the 2015 Edge Titanium if it has the 2.7 liter EcoBoost or 3.5 liter motor and 6-speed automatic transmission. Since you have a 3.5 liter then as long as you have the 6-speed automatic you can flat tow your Edge using Blue Ox base plates # BX2656. And for a compatible tow bar I recommend the Alpha, # BX7365. This tow bar also comes with safety cables. For lighting you can use a simple magnetic kit such as # C-ATL20A....
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Smart Car Behind a Motor Home
  • To flat tow your 2015 Smart car behind your motor home you will need base plates on the car, a compatible tow bar to connect the car to the RV, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For base plates I recommend the Roadmaster EZ base plates # 52285-1. These base plates feature removable arms so that the base plates can't be seen when you are just driving the Smart car like normal. For a compatible tow bar I recommend the Falcon 2, # RM-520. It is a very popular tow bar...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Behind an RV Using Sterling Tow Bar
  • To start, you can use the Sterling tow bar # RM-576 with the EZ 5 base plates, # RM-521446-5, on your 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. But the cable anchors must be attached to the frame of the vehicle or welded to the receiver portion of the bracket. The crossbar is required when using the tow bar with EZ or XL base plates. It is not required on MX or MS base plates but there are only EZ base plates for your vehicle. The same goes for any Roadmaster tow bar. So it would be easier to just...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2011 Jeep Wrangler
  • Front hitches and base plate kits will use the same installation points on a vehicle so you would need to remove the hitch before you could flat tow your 2011 Jeep Wrangler. For a base plate kit I would recommend a Roadmaster Base Plate # 1432-1. This will provide you with an attachment point for a set of tow bars on your 2011 Jeep Wrangler. If you do not have a tow bar I would recommend a RoadMaster Sterling All Terrain Tow Bar # RM-576. This comes with wiring, safety cables and...
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  • Flat Towing Setup Recommendation for a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
  • Yes, the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will use the same flat towing setup as a non-Unlimited Wrangler. The Roadmaster base plates, part # RM-521448-5, is a confirmed fit for the 2015 Jeep Wrangler provided it does not have an aftermarket bumper, winch, or guard. I spoke with my contact at Roadmaster and he said it will fit your Unlimited Sahara. In addition to base plates you will need a tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. The most popular tow bar for...
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  • What Parts Needed to Use a Roadmaster Falcon 5250 Tow Bar on a 2007 Jeep Wrangler for Flat Towing
  • Flat towing your Jeep Wrangler behind your Class A motor home will require the tow bar, a lighting/wiring kit, safety chains, base plates and a supplemental braking system. The linked article will give you background on each of these. The Quick Disconnect system for Roadmaster tow bars consists of both vehicle-side and tow-bar-side parts. Car-side brackets are available alone as part # RM-222 and tow bar-side brackets as part # RM-221. The complete bracket kit is part # RM-201; this...
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  • Can the Safety Cables on a Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar be Used with MX Base Plates, 2011 Ford Escape
  • According to Roadmaster on the MX style base plates, like # 4414-3, the safety chain anchor brackets for Sterling cables will not fit. To use these base plates with the Sterling tow bar, # RM-576, the Sterling cable anchors must be attached to the frame of the vehicle or welded to the receiver portion of the bracket. You may need to use some extensions, like # RM-650646-10, and connectors, like # RM-910022, in order to attach them to the vehicle frame. If you choose to have them welded,...
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  • List of Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2013 Honda CR-V
  • First you will need to start with a base plate kit, the Blue Ox base plate kit part # BX2258 would be an excellent choice. Next, you will need a tow bar. For that I would go with the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365 as it is the most popular tow bar we have with other CRV owners. This come with safety cables. For tow bar wiring I would recommend the Hopkins Kit part # HM56304. This will plug in line with your taillights and allow the tow vehicle to activate the turn signals and brake...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home
  • Blue Ox does make some good products and the Patriot # BRK2012 is one of the best braking systems you could use. It is relatively easy to install, much more so than some other braking systems out there. And it can be used with active power assist braking systems. I would go with it. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. I have also included a link to an FAQ article on supplemental braking systems for you to view. For the BX2258 base plates, make...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • We have everything you need to flat tow your new 2013 Ford Explorer with your 2009 Winnebago Chalet. Before we get into the parts that you will need, I recommend checking your owners manual for any restrictions or limitations for flat towing your Explorer. I did some research on your vehicle and the Explorer can be flat towed, but Ford may have specific procedures and restrictions for flat towing that will be listed in your owners manual. There are 5 items that you will need to complete...
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  • How to Flat Tow a 2015 GMC Terrain
  • According to the online manual for the GMC terrain that I reviewed the vehicle can be flat-towed once a few preparation steps are taken, including removal of fuse 32 to prevent battery drain. I suggest you refer to your owners manual, specifically the section identified in the index as Recreational Towing, just to confirm that your particular Terrain is suitable for flat-towing and to become familiar with the steps necessary. For a base plate kit I would recommend the Roadmaster Base...
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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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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Hard Rock Edition Behind a Motor Home
  • There are 2 base plate kits that will fit the Hard Rack models of the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Roadmaster base plates # 1444-1 and Blue Ox base plates # BX1134. In both cases the front cross member will be visible. These are the only options so there isn't anything that is any more hidden than them. the Blue Ox base plates cost a little less so I would go with them. For a compatible tow bar the most popular option for Wrangler owners is the Alpha, # BX7365. It is rated for 6,500...
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