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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Item # BO74FR
Our Price: $592.85
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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 BO74FR or order online at Free expert support on all Blue Ox products. Great prices 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.


  • 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


  • Distance between brackets: 35"
  • Bracket height: 17-1/2"
  • 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.

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   (77 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.


I have had these quick connect base plates on my ford expedition for a year now and they have worked with no issues. Currently I am writing this review from Bryce Canyon National Park were we towed our ford over 2400 miles without issue. The only negative feedback I would give is the power coding is starting to come off around the safety hook loops. Hopefully this issue has been addressed in later versions. I do enjoy using etrailer and will use them again for sure.


The baseplate and tail light installation was pretty straight forward. My son has a lift in his garage which definitely aided getting everything installed including routing the breakaway switch and light wiring. As always etrailer was great!



The baseplate and associated electrical parts are all working perfectly one year after installation on my 2013 F-150


My kit arrived a day before it was supposed to. With the detailed instructions it was so easy to install this kit myself. I used it the very next day to pull my truck it works great.

2018 Ford F-150

Well builtbase plate. Easy to install.


Very good item quality and Etrailer had great service.

Ford Expedition

Blue Ox is a Functionally excellent product. After a year all the paint is gone and the rusty base plates make my SUV (towed/daily driver) look like crap (2017 Expedition). And i wish they were more subtle appearance.

2018 Ford F-150

Well built base plates. The install on my 2018 F-150 4X4 was easy and straight forward.


These are well made and stronger than I thought they would be. With the installation video I feel I can do the job easily.

2015 Ford Expedition

Well its not installed yet, but its here


Fit was correct for the application- works great


Very easy to install and much better than those big bars!



Great no issues at all

2018 Ford F-150

Apparently the very-qualified shop had quite a time installing these on my 2018 F-150 Limited (adaptive cruise control and other issues...), but they work wonderfully! I have towed the truck several times now with them on, and no problems whatsoever. Once at the destination, the chrome part comes off, and it's almost like they aren't even there. Other than installation (which is more an issue with my truck than the part itself), they're pretty much perfect.


This base plate assembly was simple to install and is easy to connect to the tow bar.

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!!

2018 Ford F-150

Absolutely love this base plate system. Bolted right on my 2018 ford F150 as the instructions said it would.


It was a wonderful experience. He assisted in buying my purchase for rv and the truck to be able to have all necessary equipment needed.


A year in and everything has worked wel l!


This is not my 1st purchase from etrailer. Blue Ox gear is top of the line for fit and dependability. Very fast shipping from etrailer and Danielle is always a pleasure to work with. Prices are as good as any but the service and personnel are unmatched! Highly recommend.

Ford F-150

It worked perfectly. Towed my F150 to Florida and back no problems!!


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

2017 Ford F-150

Easy install with good instructions. The product is excellent


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.


They fit very well. Instructions were right on.


Easy to install. Love it! excellent service by etrailer.


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

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