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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Mike S says:

Yes, if you:

  • Have a Blue Ox tow bar

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  • Own a tow bar that's not from Blue Ox and don’t want to have to buy an adapter separately
  • Don’t have the patience for a more challenging install
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. Call 800-298-1624 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BO74FR 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 - BO74FR

  • 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: 35"
  • Bracket height: 17-1/2"
  • 3-Year warranty


Simple, Hidden Design

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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.



BX2681 Blue Ox Baseplate - Removable Tabs

Replaces BX2671

Installation Details BO74FR Installation instructions

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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BO74FR

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (18 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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Well built base plates. The install on my 2018 F-150 4X4 was easy and straight forward.



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2017 Ford F-150

The equipment, shipping, and videos from etrailer were top notch. Took me about 2 hours to do the whole install. Saved a ton of money doing it myself. Thanks!!



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2017 Ford F-150

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Wow I can not believe how fast I received my order! Pkging was excellent and everything was wrapped very nice. I will be installing it this weekend with my son. I watched your video and it looks way to easy not to do it myself. I am also very happy with your great customer service when I called and placed my order.I will order again from your store. Thank you



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My third (3) time to order from etrailer. Each time exceptionally good service. Prompt and fair pricing. Will not hesitate to recommend them for your needs.



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Super fast shipping. Excellent customer service. I would not hesitate to do business with etrailer again.



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Very nice



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Great product and was delivered on time!



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    For your 2014 Ford F-150 the base plate kit you need is # BO74FR. The exception is the King Ranch which will instead use # BX2630. There are no other parts needed to attach either of these to your Blue Ox Avail tow bar # BX7420. I've attached the link you need and use the drop down to select your specific sub model to ensure fit.
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  • Which Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Fits 2020 Ford F-150
    Yes the BX2671 or our current part number # BO74FR is the correct fit for your 2020 Ford F-150.
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  • Blue Ox Base Kit for Flat Towing 2019 Ford F-150
    Both of the Blue Ox base plate kits BX2671 and the # BO74FR are a confirmed fit for your 2019 Ford F-150 and would work well for you. I'd go with the one priced better if I were you. For a tow bar the Blue Ox Avail part # BX7420 is a really easy to and great option that includes safety cables. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to...
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  • Does Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # B074FR Fit 2018 Ford F-150
    Yes the Blue Ox base plate kit part # BO74FR does fit the new 2018 Ford F-150 that you have.
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  • Blue Ox Base Plates for 2016 Ford F-150
    The Blue Ox base plate kit we have for your 2016 Ford F-150, part # BO74FR, features a design with separate brackets for each side of the frame that accept removable twist-lock arms, but neither of these requires/includes a cross brace.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2018 Ford F-150 Behind Motorhome
    The first thing you'll need to flat tow your 2018 Ford F-150 is a base plate kit confirmed as a fit for the truck. For that you'd want the Blue Ox kit part # BO74FR which is a confirmed fit and is the easiest to use and install kit we have. I attached an install video and picture for this kit on a 2018 F-150 just like yours. Next you'll want a tow bar to attach from the motorhome to the base plate kit. For that the Blue Ox Kit part # BX7380 is the best option. It is very easy to use,...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2015 Ford F-150 Behind Motorhome
    Safe and legal flat towing of a vehicle behind a motorhome requires several components. The linked article that describes each of these is a great place for you to start. I also linked articles on high/low hitch adapters and braking systems in case you care to get into more detail on those items. I suggest the Blue Ox base plate kit # BO74FR along with their Alpha tow bar # BX7380, which includes the required safety cables. For a lighting kit you can use a diode kit like # RM-154 for...
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  • Which Blue Ox Base Plates for 2019 Ford F-150
    The Blue Ox base plates I recommend for your 2019 Ford F-150 are part # B074FR. These base plates have removable arms so that when they're not in use they can be removed and retain the factory look on your truck. There may be some other components you need if this is a new flat towing setup on this truck, so I've gone ahead and listed some recommendations for those below, as well. Tow Bar Wiring: Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267 Supplemental Braking:...
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    The Blue Ox Base plate kit part # BO74FR is a confirmed fit for your 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor. You'll also need a tow bar to flat tow and for that I recommend the Blue Ox part # BX7365 which is a great option as it has telescoping arms that make it easy to connect/disconnect and because it comes with safety cables. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your...
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  • Completing a Flat-Towing Setup for a 2018 Ford F-150
    Yes, the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit part # BO74FR comes with all the hardware you will need for installation in addition to the safety cables that secure the base plates to the frame. You can see everything that is included with this base plate kit in the attached photo. The Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit part # BX8869 will work for you as long as you do not have LED tailights. You can add a 6-way round trailer connector to this kit with part # PK11609. If you do have LED tailights then I...
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  • Does Blue Ox Base Plate Kit for 2014 Ford F-150 Require Use of Crossbar
    The Blue Ox base plate kit part # BO74FR that you referenced does not require a crossbar between the two mounts. This style of base plate is more common on trucks as they have much more robust frames than other vehicles. Due to this difference a crossbeam is just not needed. Your tow bar would work easily with this.
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  • Which Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Fits a 2016 Ford F-150
    Yes, the Blue Ox base plate kit part # BO74FR is the correct fit for a 2016 Ford F-150 and would work well with the Blue Ox Tow Bar part # BX7380 that you have. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well.
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    Safe and legal flat towing requires a number of components, as described in the helpful article I have linked for you. These items include a tow bar, wiring/lighting solution and extension, safety cables, a high/low hitch adapter and also base plates and braking system for the toad. For base plates for your FX2 Eco I suggest the Blue Ox # BO74FR which features removable arms. You can use the Alpha tow bar # BX7380 and custom-fit wiring kit # HM56000. If you need a wiring extension you...
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  • Troubleshooting 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor Off Road Skid Plate Issues with Blue Ox Baseplates
    The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # BO74FR is the proper fit for your 2018 Ford Raptor. I reached out to my contact in their tech department and he said that just the 2017 Raptor in the instructions you will only install 2 of the 4 bolts you removed when you took the skid plate off. He said the skid plate may hang slightly lower due to that, but it won't be an issue. He said the safety cables on the brackets may just need to be held up during that installation to keep them...
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  • Base Plate Kit for a 2013 Ford F-150 FTX Tuscany
    I spoke to my contact at Blue Ox and they have not yet tested a set of base plates on a 2013 Ford F-150 FTX Tuscany yet. However after taking a look at the install instructions of the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit part # BO74FR, it does appear they will work but again this has not yet been confirmed. The Blue Ox base plate kit just replaces the tow hooks and since you have the tow hook cutouts, I believe they will work for you. If you need any other parts to complete your flat-towing setup...
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    We do carry the BX2681 but it is listed under a different item number, # BO74FR. The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # BX1986 you linked to is a fit for specific Ram models/years. Since you're planning on flat towing your 2017 Ford F-150 you'll also need a tow bar, tow bar wiring kit, braking system, and safety cables. If you haven't already purchased these items then I have the following recommendations for you: Tow Bar: Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow...
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  • Are Frame Brackets of Blue Ox BO74FR Sold Minus the Drawbars
    Because folks frequently lose them, Blue Ox offers the pins you speak of, also known as drawbars as a separate item but unfortunately they don't sell the frame mount portion of the # BO74FR as a separately available item. You'll need to purchase the full # BO74FR bracket kit. Other than the expense which I wouldn't be thrilled about either, at least you'll have extra drawbars in case you lose one.
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    The only difference in the two base plates you mentioned the Curt Custom Base Plate Kit part # C78FR and the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit part # BO74FR is the manufacturer. I would take the value all day long! We do have a Roadmaster 10k tow bar like the Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar part # BX7420 in the Roadmaster BlackHawk 2 All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar part # RM-422 you will use the Blue Ox Adapters part # RM-031 to adapt it to the Curt Base Plate part # C78FR. The Blackhawk does not include...
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    The correct Blue Ox Base Plate Kit for your 2018 Ford F-150 is part # BO74FR (Blue Ox BX2681). The # BX2606 baseplate kit you referenced is designed to fit a 2009-13 Ford F-150, so it will not fit your 2018. For a complete flat towing setup on your 2018 Ford F-150, you will need a number of other components, including, a tow bar, safety cables, towbar wiring, and a supplemental braking system. I've attached a Helpful Link below with my recommendations.
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