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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has easily removable arms that offer a seamless look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis, so no welding is required. 1-800-940-8924 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BX1676 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Blue Ox products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Blue Ox Base Plates - BX1676

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Blue Ox
  • Twist Lock Attachment

Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has easily removable arms that offer a seamless look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis, so no welding is required.


Features:

  • Custom-fit base plate provides attachment points for your tow bar when flat towing
  • Hidden design provides a clean, seamless look
    • Arms remove with a simple twist when not in use
    • Brackets won't protrude past the front of your vehicle
  • Sturdy design spreads towing force evenly to prevent stress on your vehicle's suspension
  • Integrated mounting points let you easily attach an electrical connector plug with bracket (sold separately)
  • Receiver covers keep dirt and debris out of the base plate when arms are removed and provide a finished look
  • Durable steel construction is powder coated to resist rust and corrosion
  • Straightforward installation - no welding required
    • Base plate bolts securely to your vehicle's chassis with included mounting hardware
  • Sturdy lugs pair with Blue Ox tow bars to form a secure and reliable connection
    • Adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars - adapter (RM-031 or RM-031-5) sold separately
    • Adaptable for use with Demco tow bars - adapter (BX88310) sold separately
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Distance between brackets: up to 31-1/4"
  • Bracket height: 17-1/4"
  • 3-Year warranty


Simple, Hidden Design

Blue Ox Base Plate With Arms AttachedBlue Ox Base Plate Arms Removed

This base plate's hidden design creates a clean and seamless look. The bracket arms are easily removable, creating a slick appearance when you're not flat towing. Because the arms can be removed, you also won't have to worry about banging your leg into any protruding arms when you walk by.


Blue Ox Base Plate Removable Arms

Attaching and removing the bracket arms is a breeze. To attach the arms to the base plate, simply insert them into the receivers and rotate them until they lock into place. Once you're finished towing and want to remove the arms, pull the pin to disengage the lock, rotate the arms, and remove them from the receivers. Finally, plug up the now empty receivers with the included receiver covers to help keep dirt and debris out of the base plate and provide a finished look.


Guide to Flat Towing

Flat towing your vehicle is much more convenient than using a trailer or a tow dolly. These other options take up much more storage space, leaving you less room both at home and at the campsite. In addition, securing your vehicle to a trailer or tow dolly can be a hassle and more time consuming than hooking up with a tow bar.


There are 5 basic components needed when flat towing a vehicle: a tow bar, a base plate kit, a safety cable set, tow bar wiring, and a supplemental braking system.


Towing Basics

The tow bar links your towed car to your motorhome. It attaches to the custom-fit base plates that install on the frame of your towed car. Safety cables ensure that your towed car does not separate from your motorhome in the event that your tow bar becomes detached. Tow bar wiring allows your towed vehicle's signal lights to sync up with your motorhome's tail lights, which is required by law in most states. Finally, the supplemental braking system - also required in most states - brakes your towed car when the brakes in your motorhome are activated, preventing wear on the motorhome and decreasing braking distance for your entire setup.



BX1676 Blue Ox Baseplate - Removable Tabs

Installation Details BX1676 Installation instructions

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Video of Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, we're going to be installing the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms - Part number BX1676. To begin with, we're going to need to raise the hood of the vehicle. With our hood raised, we're going to need to remove three screws. To remove the screws, we're just using a 10mm socket. With these three screws removed, we'll go ahead and repeat the same process over on the driver's side. Next, we're going to need to go up underneath the vehicle. Again, we're going to start over here on the passenger side. We're going to need to remove these three screws next.

To remove these three screws, we'll be using a 7mm socket. We'll then go ahead and repeat the same process over on the driver's side. Next, we're going to need to move into the fender well. Again, we'll start here on the passenger side. We're going to need to remove a total of five fasteners: two screws and three push fasteners. We'll then move over to the driver's side and we'll repeat the same process. Next, we're going to need to remove the front fascia.

We'll come here to each of the fender wells. We'll need to gently pull outward, releasing the clips here, the fender and the front fascia. Now as you're removing the front fascia, you want to make sure that you undo any electrical connections. As you can see here, here's one of the fog lights we're going to need to disconnect. This is the passenger side.

To do that, you simply squeeze in on the locking tab and pull outward. You'll need to do this over on the driver's side as well. You can then set the front fascia aside for now. Next, we're going to need to remove the tow hooks. The tow hooks right here. We'll need to remove the bolt and the nut and this bolt right here.

We'll be using an 18mm socket and wrench to do that. We're going to start over here on the passenger side. We'll then go ahead and repeat the same process over on the driver's side. Now the tow hooks and the hardware that we just removed will not be reinstalled. Next, we're going to start over here on the passenger side. We're going to need to remove the bolt that holds the bumper in place and add four flat washers that come with the kit underneath the head of the bolt. This will shim the bolt up high enough that we have clearance underneath for our base plate kit to be installed. To remove the bolt, we'll be using a 21mm socket. With our bolt loose, we'll go ahead and pull it out, slide four of our washers over it like that, then we'll reinstall the bolt and tighten it back down. Now, as you can see, we've taken out the extra section of bolt that was hanging down, giving us clearance to install our base plate. Go ahead and repeat this same process over on the driver's side. Next, we're going to go ahead and start over here on the passenger side with installing our base plate. This right here is the section that will go into the vehicle's frame. You'll notice how there's two holes that lines up with our holes here in the frame. Go ahead and install it here. We're then going to take one of the bolts that come with the kit. We're going to install it in the front hole. It goes all the way through. We'll then put a half-inch nut on the other side to hold the base plate secure while we drill through the rear mounting location all the way through. Next, we're going to temporarily tighten down the forward mounting location here, to hold our base plate in position while we drill out the rear hole. Now that we have the base plate secured with the front mounting bolt, go ahead and take our drill bit per the instructions and we'll drill out the rear mounting location the rest of the way. Now that we have the rear mounting location drilled out, we can go ahead and remove the nut from the front bolt that we installed. We'll go ahead and take the second half-inch bolt, line it up with the rear mounting location. We'll install it like that. With the bolts pushed through, go ahead and take the plate that ties in with our safety cables - one for here; the other hole will be up here. We have two holes that go over the bolts. It will be installed so that it looks like that. The remaining hardware that will go on each of these is a half-inch slip washer or a lock washer. And again, we'll be re-installing the half-inch nylon lock nut. When installing the hardware, you want to make sure that you use red loctite on all of the hardware before tightening it down. The loctite that we'll be using today is Loctite Threadlocker 262, part number LT37420. Once we have our loctite installed, we can go ahead and install the half-inch lock nut, get everything lined up and we'll go ahead and tighten it down. Then torque it to the manufacturer's specification. Next, we're going to go ahead and take the removable arm. We're going to do a quick test fit into the base plate. We'll line up the grooves here, twist it into place. If some reason this ear here or the tab would hit on the bottom portion of the frame and not allow it to twist in properly, we may need to take a hammer and bend the lower piece of the frame up a little bit to give a little bit of clearance. On our particular vehicle here today, you can see we will not need to do that, because everything seems to clear just fine. With our passenger side complete, we'll go ahead and move over and repeat the same process over on the driver's side. Next, we're going to need to install the safety cable using the quick link to this location right here. We'll take our safety cable, go around the frame, take our quick link and we'll go through the bracket and through both ends of the safety cable. Then go ahead and tighten down the quick link. With that done, we'll go ahead and repeat the same process over on the driver's side. Next, we're going to need to do some trimming on our fascia. Right here is where the old tow hook used to be. We're going to need to trim out this whole section here to allow room for our base plate. So I'm just going to briefly mark out the areas that you'll need to trim. Once you have that area marked out, we'll go ahead and just use a razor knife to trim out our excess plastic and open up the pocket here to allow our base plate to slide through. We will be repeating the same process on both the driver and the passenger side. Before you re-install the front fascia, it's a good idea if you're planning on doing any break-away switches or wiring or anything, to go ahead and plan this out now, because it may be easier to install them before the front fascia goes back on. Now in our case today, we're not going to be installing any of those items. We're ready to go ahead and put the front fascia back on. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you re-install the front fascia. Now even after all of our trimming here on this piece that used to go around the tow hook, we still found when we put the front fascia back on that it was really putting it into a bind. We went ahead and removed the remaining piece of trim from the tow hook hole and the front fascia fits much better now. Depending on your vehicle, you may or may not need to completely remove this. We found that everything lines up much better once we removed the piece. We did this for both the driver and the passenger side. Once you have your fascia pushed back up into position, don't forget to plug in any fog lights or any other accessories that you may have had to unplug to remove the fascia. Now that we have the fascia back in place, we'll go ahead and re-install the hardware in the reverse order that we removed it. Now that we have the fascia re-installed, let's go over how the removable arms are installed in each of the base plates. You'll notice how there's a tab that's sort of cut to fit. It lines up with the groove in the base plate itself. There's a spring-loaded locking mechanism. We'll line it up. Twist so that it locks into one of the tabs right there. When not using the removable arms or your tow bar, it does come with these little rubber plugs or plastic plugs that can be inserted into the base plate to help keep dirt and debris from getting in there, making it difficult to re-install the arms later. In addition to the base plate itself, you do get a couple of additional brackets. This bracket here can be used to install a breakaway switch. Depending on your exact model of vehicle, you'll have to choose the location to mount that. It does come with some hardware as well, some nuts and bolts, to install that. And you'll also get this bracket here to help you install your lighting or your wiring going back from the towed vehicle. It also does come with a little bit of hardware to help you mount it. And you will need to choose your location depending on your exact model and the type of wiring that you're using. And that will do it for our installation of the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms - Part number BX1676 on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche. .


Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1676

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1935 Customer Reviews)

Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has easily removable arms that offer a seamless look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis, so no welding is required.

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Chevrolet Avalanche

Product works well, just towed our Avalanche 4353 miles on this trip. Everything is solid and wiring as it should.



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Install went well. I removed the entire rubber shrouds around the two hooks.



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The parts were exactly what I ordered and complete. Thanks Nicole T.



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So far all is good with the plate kit. Thanks



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Great product



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2009 Cadillac Escalade

Have yet to install this base plate on my Cadillac Escalade. It looks like it will install easily, all parts are included and I like that it appears it will fit nicely with the styling of my truck. No protruding cross bars etc.

I look forward to trying it out.



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Product came quickly and instructions are easy to follow. Installs well and is hardly noticeable.

Service from etrailer was great as always



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2011 GMC Yukon

Very good product great service given by etrailer.



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great product,easy to install and looks great after installed on vehicle


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great product, easy to use and set up,would recomend this product to everyone with a tow vehicle.
Ronald S - 07/16/2015


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2007 Chevrolet Avalanche

Looks great as figured tomorrow I will start installing it I will see for sure after thats complete.



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Great products and great service



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2009 Chevrolet Avalanche

Had very useful instructions with it.



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Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates


Baseplate was an easy fit,installed it myself with the help of a friend after the easy install I decided to get the wiring harness as well,again simple install neat and tidy hauled my Jetta behind my 1974GMC motorhome from Victoria,BC across the mountains with no problem.


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100 happy with the product,fit great when we installed it
Werner - 06/26/2022

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Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates


I ordered a Blue Ox Base Plate for my Ford Focus. Blue Ox said they were out of stock, and would have to make one, six or more weeks? I Order the Blue Ox Base Plate from etrailer, and it was delivered to my house in three days. Getting ready to install it, directions look very well detailed. Look forward to towing our Ford Focus this summer, with our Motorhome, on our camping trips


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It is working fine, have not had any issues. I installed it, fit as described.
Louis - 02/07/2022

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Build quality is excellent. No issues what-so-ever regarding the integrity and the strength of the design.

Installation was not without issues. Some self-inflicted wounds like when I lost lock on all the fasteners for the bumper and frontend. I bet there were over 50 screws and clips each of which had their own location. I wish I would have put them in separate baggies and labeled everything. Also, suggest you use masking or painters’ tape to line everything up before you take the front bumper and cowling off. That would have saved time.

BlueOx recommends using a 1.25in hole saw. NOT for me. No way you can get the hole saw to bite. Much better is a tapered drill. Available for about the same price as a hole saw, far more versatile, and a LOT EASIER to control.

I’ll admit to not being the sharpest spoon in the drawer and I am a bit retentive, but I spent probably 20 hours on the install. The issue I had was not with the baseplate perse, but rather with taking everything apart and then figuring out how to put it back together again with no leftover parts.

There are two criticisms I would levy at BlueOx. ONE: They provide a helper to install an otherwise inaccessible nut. Well that’s fine, but the threads were fouled and need to be cleaned. That should have been prior to shipment. And TWO: They were explicit in their measurements, which I followed, and messed-up. By the time I found the issue, I would have had to take the bumper off – so I improvised a work-around.



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Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates


2017 jk unlimited with quadratec qrc full bumper/ winch. BX1134 is the one you need for this install .Install went well only had to make a couple notches in bumper. Photos attached.cables had to be attached to base plate rear rings no room between bumper and base plate to go around.If you don't want rattles just wire tie rings to baseplate once they are secure trough plate holes it'll thighten thinks up. Very well made product.


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Working great very happy with this product. Made well holding up in different weather conditions.still looking like the day I installed it , I would recommend this product.
Nicholas - 08/23/2021

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Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates


Just what I needed to flat tow my Jeep Wrangler. When I first received the base plate I was thinking about having it installed, but after watching the etrailer.com installation video I decided to do it myself. Couldn't have asked for a smoother install. The permanent base plate safety cables concerned me a little. I came up with a figure-8 over the frame that I think will work ok and I did secure it with some cable ties in a couple of spots.
Thanks to Nick at etrailer for the help and to the folks that made the installation video giving me the confidence to do-it-myself.


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The base plate still works great and looks good too. No issues.
Joseph - 03/04/2021

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Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates


My Blue Ox Tow bar and Break Buddy System perform as advertised. I tow my Buick Enclave behind my 30’ class C with confidence.



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Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates


This is a really solid base plate. Installation for the Pontiac Vibe was is definitely more involved that installing the alternative (Road Master). The Road Master base plate just bolts through existing bumper holes and an engine mount. This base plate is bolted directly to the frame just behind the bumper, with four 3/8" grade 5 bolts in holes you have to drill after clamping the base plate in place. I found it easy to get the required height (3/4" below bumper) but simply using a 1x3 piece of lumber. You also have drill a 1.25"hole in the frame to gain access to the inside of the frame. Tricky part of this install is getting the nuts, which are welded to a 1" plate and a ~14" steel rods, into place to be line up with the holes. It is a little hard to see. I also recommend making sure the bolts actually thread easily on to the nuts before putting the nuts in the the frame. I had the misfortune of one of the either cross threading or jamming, and I ended up having to cut the bolt head off with a sawsall using a metal blade. The bolt had not gone very far into the nut before it jammed so I was just able to get the sawsall blade behind the head, and cut it off, holding the head with a pair of vice grips. If that hadn't worked I would have had to take the car to a shop with oxy-acetaline torch to have it cut off. I was able to fish the cut of bolt out for the frame with a bent coat hanger. The first photo is of the base plate after I cut off the bolt.
Blue Ox support was GREAT! I sent them and email explaining that I needed new nuts and bolts, and they sent the needed parts (at no charge!). I just had to put my install on hold for several days.

The second problem I had was in attaching the electrical harness recepticle to the tubes on the to bar. One of the self tapping screws twisted off as I was tighting it. I ended up cutting of 1/2" of the tubes (with the sawsall) and then tapping the tubes with 1/4x20 threads, and regaining the length cut off with the bolt. My recommendation to blue ox, is that they tap these tubes with to 1/4x20, and provide regular bolts to attach the recepticle. The second picture showes the result.

When I showed the 3rd and 4th pictures to my mechanic, he was impressed and said, "That looks really solid!" The last picture shows the front of the car after I have started to assemble it (with the styrofoam padding on the bumper, and the draw bars in place.

The solidity of the Blue Ox engineering and the FABULOUS customer support has totally turned my into a Blue Ox fan. I'm glad my RV dealer suggested that I go with Blue Ox instead of the slightly cheaper solution, that would have been much less solid.



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Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates


Arrived very quickly. This item has some weight to it and installed exactly per the instructions. You can hardly see the base plate. I feel that we made a great purchase and the Jeep will travel very safely behind the motorhome!



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Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates


Blue Ox could use some product improvement. Photos in the instructions were nearly impossible to see. Why not post color instructions online?. Several parts listed in instructions were missing. Apparently blue Ox doesn't realize that not every model is the same. For instance, I have a factory oil cooler to deal with and my frame had no holes where the instructions say they are. Why not include a template for drilling holes? That would make installation so much easier. Installation was not easy. As usual though, etrailer is awesome. Great Customer service.


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The instructions for this item are located on our product page. Photo #9 shows the drilling of access holes, but I know that it does not mention your oil cooler. It is recommended to find a professional Blue Ox installer because this process involves having to work around oil coolers and AC lines as mentioned at the bottom of the instructions.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 05/05/2022

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Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates


Installing this baseplate on my 2019 Honda SI was almost easy. As long as I took my time. Instructions were clear & photos accurate. Did most of the work myself, but wife helped at critical points. We are in our seventies, so we spread moving pad over layers of cardboard on concrete to cushion our old bones. Only slight cutting needed on plastic grill. Everything blended into the grill nicely.


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After a year, we have towed the Civic over 5K mi. Everything is still tight, but I check it periodically just to make sure.
Rob F - 07/05/2021
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