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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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Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit Installation - 2015 Cadillac SRX

Today on our 2015 Cadillac SRX we're going to review and install the Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit with Removable Arm, part number 523162-1. Now here's what our base plate is going to look like once it's installed. As you can see with the arms removed it's hidden behind the rear bumper cover or fascia and gives us a really nice clean look when not in use. Then when we're ready to tow our vehicle, we'll simply take the removable arm, slide it into the base plate, rotate it to lock it into position and then hook up our tow bar. We're ready to head on down the road. Then once we're finished towing our vehicle, we're ready to drive it again, simply rotate that removable arm, unlock it and remove it.


Roadmaster XL Baseplate Kit Installation - 1991 Toyota Pickup

Today on our 1991 Toyota pickup, we'll be installing the Road Master XL base plate kit, part number 1146-1. To start off, we need to remove a tow hook on the passenger side of our pickup. It's attached by two bolts and the manufacturer's weld nuts. These two will be part of our attachment points for our base plate. To make things easier, we sprayed these bolts down with some penetrating lubricant to help break those bolts free. We'll repeat that on the driver's side to remove a tow loop. Our third attachment point will be just behind those two weld nuts we just exposed.


Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2008 Jeep Wrangler

All right today on this 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited we're going to show you the Blue Ox Base plate, part number BX1126. All right this is what the base plate looks like once installed on our Jeep. Now when it's not being towed being the RV, it looks just like this. It also comes with some caps to protect the receiver assemblies as well. Now this base plate does sit below the bumper here so you can see it and it also has two rods right here. This is where you attach your electrical at. It comes with the hardware needed to screw into here and your four pole, six pole or seven pole can attach to it.


Roadmaster XL Base PLate Kit Installation - 2015 Chevrolet Equniox

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Equinox we're going to be installing the Roadmaster XL. This is a base plate kit with removable arms. Its part number is 3160-1B. Here's what the base plate's going to look like once we have it attached to our vehicle with the removable arms in place. This is going to offer us a nice, flat mounting surface with two holes that are going to work out great for the quick disconnects and all Roadmaster tow bars can easily be attached. Now, when not in use, when we don't need these arms out at the front, we've got an easy to get to spring clip here on the side.


Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit Installation - 2011 Cadillac SRX

Today on our 2011 Cadillac SRX, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit. Its part number is 523162-1. Now here's what the base plate kit's going to look like once you get it installed. We've got the removable arm still in it, and also the safety chain connection points are still there. Really nice clean look. No real modification of the vehicle cosmetically on the outside.


Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2014 Ford Edge

Today on our 2014 Ford Edge, we're going to show you how to install the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with the Removable Arms, part number BX2628. Here's what the base plate looks like once it's installed on the vehicle and the removable arms are in place. As you can see, they use a pushpin style fastener. Just beside that you're going to have your safety chain connection points, that's going to be on both sides. Right here in the middle, slightly offset to the right or to the driver's side you're going to have your connection points for your wiring. Now we didn't set wiring up on this base place setup yet, so we don't have anything in place but you could notch out back behind there just like we did for the base plate and that's going to allow you to get your plug in there, no problem. The arms themselves, simply by pulling and rotating, we're going to be able to take those off and it really gives us a nice, clean look. Not nearly as big as a lot of the things you see out here on the front of the vehicle.


Roadmaster EZ Base PLate Kit Installation - 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Today on our 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee we're going to review and install the Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms, part number 521440-1B. Here's what our base plate is going to look like once it's installed. The base plate itself is steel constructed, fully welded and has a nice black powder coated finish so it blends in nicely with our vehicle. When we're ready to use our new tow bar we can simply take the quick link cable, feed it through the quick link and tighten it down. We'll bring in our removable arm, slide the notched end into the tube, it'll line up, rotate, and lock in place. Note that the angle here on the removable arm will face the inside. That will help keep track of the driver and passenger side removable arms.


Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit Installation - 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Today on our 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, we are going to take a look at and show you how to install the Road Master EZ5. This is a removable arm base plate kit. It's Part Number is RM-521448-5. Now here is what the base plate is going to look like once you get it installed on your vehicle. Really nice clean looking setup here on the front of the jeep. It doesn't really come down any lower than what the air damn does. We used all existing holes in the frame so no drilling was required.


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  • Modifications and Equipment Necessary to Flat Tow 1999 Pontiac Sunfire
  • According to my research, the 1999 Sunfire with the 4T40E automatic transmission is flat-towable, subject to any recommendations listed in the owners manual. From what I have read, the fuses for the instrument panel lighting need to be pulled to prevent the battery from being drained. The steering column should be unlocked by turning the ignition key to the OFF position, which is the next position from LOCK. The transmission should be in neutral. I would strongly recommend you confirm this...
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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 2004 Honda Civic Behind Motorhome
  • To flat tow your 2004 Honda Civic you will need vehicle specific base plates, a tow bar, safety chains, a supplemental braking system, tow wiring for your Civic, and a wiring extension. For base plates, I recommend a Blue Ox Base Plate Kit. If your Civic is a Hybrid, you will want to use # BX2236. If your Civic is a standard model, not SI, SIR, or Hybrid, you will want to use # BX2234. I recommend the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365 to use with the Blue Ox baseplates. The Alpha tow...
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  • Recommended Components For Flat-Towing 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • We do offer base plates that are designed to work with a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as long as it has factory bumpers installed. When flat-towing there are 5 items needed. You will need base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, lighting for the towed vehicle, and most states not require a supplemental brake system. I recommend either the Roadmaster part # RM-521448-5 and part # RM-521448-4. These will not work with the 10th Anniversary Rubicon or Call of Duty Edition. The tow bar...
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  • What is the Difference Between a Double Tube Bumper and U-Channel Bumper on a 2001 Jeep Wrangler
  • I have included a couple of pictures that show the differences between a double tube bumper and a U-channel bumper. A double tube bumper really is 2 round tubes while a U-Channel is U-shaped (more of a C-shape or a U turned on its side). In the case of base plates you could use # 1424-1 because it will fit U-Channel or double tube bumpers. 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....
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Jeep Cherokee Behind a Motor Home with Falcon 2 Tow Bar
  • There are a few different base plate options available for your 2015 Jeep Cherokee. If you have a Trailhawk model you can use # RM-521446-4 or # RM-521446-5. And if you have a Latitude or Limited model you can use # RM-521447-4 or # RM-521447-5. Any of the above base plates will be compatible with your Falcon 2 tow bar, # RM-520. If you need safety cables I recommend # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground. For lighting, if you will not be towing the Jeep...
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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 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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  • Base Plates and Tow Bar Recommendation for 2005 Honda Civic LX
  • The base plates we offer for the 2005 Honda Civic are specific to the version of the car. Since you do not have a hybrid, SI or SIR model you can use Roadmaster EZ Base Plates # 521537-1 which have removable arms that will help prevent bumps to your shins. The written instructions and an installation video are linked for you. All of the base plates we offer for the various versions of the car cost pretty much the same. There is no entry-level base plate that costs substantially less...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 Ford F-150 Eco Boost Behind a Class A Motor Home
  • We have yet to have the opportunity to install the Roadmaster base plates, # 4431-3, on a 2012 Ford F-150, but we do have the instructions which I have linked for you. For a tow bar I recommend going with the higher capacity Blackhawk, # RM-422, rated for 10,000 pounds. Depending on how your truck is equipped, you could be close or over the 6,000 pound capacity of the other tow bar. I have included a link to the Blackhawk instructions for you. For safety cables you can go with straight...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 GMC Terrain Behind a Class C Motor Home
  • The first thing I would recommend to do is to check your owners manual or with the GMC dealer on the proper procedure for towing the vehicle. Some vehicles might need to be equipped with a transmission lube pump, an axle disconnect, drive line disconnect or free-wheeling hubs before they can be towed. To flat tow your 2012 GMC Terrain you will need a tow bar, base plates, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. Also, the Discrete Logic Ignition Switch fuse (fuse #32) needs...
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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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  • 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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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 1998 Dodge Ram Diesel 3500 Dully
  • In addition to the tow bar you have already purchased, the Blue Ox # BX7520p, you will need base plates, safety chains, tow wiring, and a supplemental braking system. I highly recommend checking your owner's manual for the requirements to recreationally tow, or flat tow, your vehicle. The base plates we have to fit your Dodge Ram 3500 Sport are the Blue Ox Base Plates # BX1949. These base plate have been determined to work with the Blue Ox Trion tow bar. It is required by law for...
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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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  • 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 2004 Chevy Avalanche Z-71 4x4 with a Roadmaster Falcon Tow Bar
  • The first thing you will want to do is consult the vehicle owners manual for the proper procedure for towing your 2004 Chevy Avalanche. If you have a 1500 model, you can use the Roadmaster XL base plates, # 199-5, that you have referenced. If you have a 2500 model, you can use # 3112-1. Either of these base plate kits are compatible with a Falcon tow bar. With the base plates and tow bar out of the way, you will also need to add safety cables, # RM-643, a lighting solution, and...
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  • Can a 2015 Ford Edge be Flat Towed Behind a Motor Home
  • According to the 2015 Ford Edge owner's manual I viewed on line you can flat tow the 2015 Edge if it has the 2.7 liter EcoBoost or 3.5 liter motor and 6-speed automatic transmission. Models that have a 2.0 liter EcoBoost cannot be flat towed with all 4 wheels on the ground. (But 2.0 liter EcoBoost models that are front-wheel drive can be towed using a tow dolly that keeps the front wheels off the ground. All-wheel drive models have to be on a trailer). Since you have a 3.5 liter then...
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  • Recommended Flat-Towing Setup for a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
  • The items you will need to flat tow your 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee are base plates, tow bar, tow bar wiring and a brake controller is for towing a trailer with electric or electric/hydraulic brakes. For a flat towed vehicle, a supplemental braking system is needed. The base plates I recommend are the Roadmaster # 521440-1B as these will work with several versions of your 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. The steel construction is computer cut providing awesome strength. Within the instructions...
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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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