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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed. Call 800-298-8924 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BX1303 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 - BX1303

This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed.


Features:

  • Custom-fit base plates provide attachment points for tow bar
  • Hidden reinforcement means that less of the bracket shows
    • No crossbar support beam or large, protruding brackets
  • Base plate tabs remove easily for a completely inconspicuous look
  • Sturdy, dependable design
    • Spreads towing force evenly to minimize weight placed on suspension
    • Constructed of durable steel
  • Simple installation - no welding required
    • Bolts securely to your vehicle chassis
  • Integrated mounting points let you easily attach an electrical connector plug or bracket (sold separately)
  • Instructions and necessary hardware included
  • Adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars with the Roadmaster Tow Bar Adapter (RM-031 or RM-031-5; sold separately)
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Distance between brackets: 18"
    • Fits Blue Ox Aladdin, Allure, Alpha, Avail, Aventa, and Trion tow bars
  • Bracket height: 10-1/2"
  • 3-Year warranty


BX1303 Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Tabs



BX1303 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details BX1303 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2002 - 2006 Mini Cooper

2007 - 2008 Mini Cooper Convertible models




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 Installation - 2004 Mini Cooper

Today on this 2004 Mini Cooper, we're going to install part number BX1303 from Blue Ox. The first thing we need to do is go ahead and remove the bumper cover. We'll go ahead and open up the hood and remove two torque screws. Now we'll go ahead and move to the fender well. We'll go ahead and turn the wheels to give us a little more working room for fasteners. There will be two plastic fasteners with silt heads that we will remove, and just above that there will be two bolts that we have to remove.

One will be facing vertical, and one will be facing horizontal, basically in the same pocket. We done with our driver's side. Let's go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger side. Now we'll get underneath the vehicle. There will be three hex head bolts underneath that we will remove.

Outside of those three hex head screws will be two more Phillips head screws that we need to remove. At this point, it may be a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help hold the bumper cover while I disconnect the lights. We'll go ahead and set the bumper cover aside for now. We can go ahead and test fit the base plate. Now on the driver's side, it should fit fine.

On the passenger side, you'll see that the base plate will interfere with the bumper bracket. So we're going to hold the base plate in place. We'll go ahead and mark what we need to clear out so we can install the base plate. Now you should have to only do this on the passenger side. Before we make our cut, we'll put a piece of plywood behind it to help protect the radiator and condenser that are very close by.

We'll make one horizontal cut and then one vertical cut. Now we'll go ahead and remove the nuts on the bolts that were used to position the base plate. With that hardware removed, we'll go ahead and install the base plate on the existing fasteners. Now we'll also use some Locktite on the threads to secure it. We'll put it into place and reinstall the original nuts. Once all the nuts are installed, we'll go ahead and tighten them down, and then torque them down as specified in the instructions. Okay, our base plate's installed. At this point, we're going to go ahead and add a breakaway switch to the bumper structure. Now we'll go ahead and make a series of test fits. What we're going to do is take the bumper cover, put it back in place, line it in center as best as possible, and then mark out first for our breakaway switch. Then with a rotary tool, we'll go ahead and cut out a space for it. We'll go ahead and put the bumper cover back into place, and we'll mark out for the other pieces of the base plate that extends past and through the grill. Now this will take a few tries. We'll trim it, and then test fit it, and then trim it again as needed. All right, at this point we'll go ahead and install the safety cables. Now your safety cables need to be routed around, across under the frame, and then back towards the base plate. We'll use a quick length to connect the two together. We're done with our driver side. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process over on the passenger side. When we route these cables, you'll want to make sure you stay away from anything that's hot or moving, like suspension components. Once we get the bumper cover to fit back into place, we'll go ahead and reattach the electrical connections, and all the hardware, starting from the top and working our way down to the bottom. With that, our install is complete. Now I'll go ahead and show you how the tabs will work with the base plate. They fit into the base plate, then rotate it, until the latch fits into the groove. Then it's locked into place. To remove the tab, we'll pull on the ring to release the latch, and then untwist it. At this point, our vehicle is ready for our setup for our tow bar. And with that, that will finish it for our install of part number BX1303 from Blue Ox, on our 2004 Mini Cooper.


Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1303

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (844 Customer Reviews)

This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed.

- BX1303
by:
2006 Mini Cooper

Order arrived in record time and as ordered. I went through this process last week with another company and what a mess they did not answer any emails and when it arrived they had shipped the wrong kit. I have returned at my expense, bad experience. rating 1 etrailer.com gets a 10. Keep up the good work . 543371



- BX1303
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Haven't opened it up yet. 229215



- BX2258
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The base plate was fairly easy to install on our 2013 Honda C-RV. The videos on etrailer are very helpful, giving us the confidence to do the job in our own garage. The only problem with installation was that the holes didn't quite line up after removing the bumper. I think that was noted in the instructions. The removable arms work well and we have had no issues. We have been using this product towing our car behind our motor home for over 15K miles in the last year without incident. I recommend this product. 352325



- BX2412
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Arrived earlier than expected and was exactly what I had ordered, fit like a glove. Service could not have been better. The salesperson really knew their product. I really saved quite a bit of money ordering through them. They emailed and called several times to make sure everything was as I had ordered. A great company to deal with. 615380



- BX1976
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I've bought at least one other product from etrailer in addition to the base plate for my 2008 Jeep Liberty. The plate and appurtenances fit like a glove and work great. etrailer had the best price and, as before, kept me informed about when the product would be delivered and delivered on time. Great company. 486224



- BX1708
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


George, just finished install of blue ox base plate on my 2015 Buick enclave not for the faint of hand to install but all is well if u are good take your time some caution when drilling lower frame holes as inner holes are close but excellent fit and finish thanks for a great product 312252


Comments

Blue ox base plate is still great just a note for users you may need to lube the inside of the holes where the aluminum adapters for the tow bar connection is as one time I could not turn it to lock in for towing this solved the problem

Ed B - 10/27/2017

30108

- BX2258
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great product. Well designed and easy to install. Only difficulties during the installation are those plastic fasteners on vehicle-- suggest buying about six to have on hand for re-installation, as no matter how careful you are ...plastic is plastic, if you know what I mean. Very informative installation video that will assist anyone thinking of buying or installing this unit. If you're handy with tools, go for it! Note: I took the text from the video and created a simple instruction "list" for buddy and I to follow along, to be ensure we didn't miss any steps as pictures on actual instructions were not too useful. Also, the baseplate comes with a nice step bracket for easy break-away switch mounting, which was a plus. 225837


Comments

ETrailer customer service rocks!Thank you for the follow-up.To date, base plate was installed using your VERY helpful tutorials andvideo clips, which saved me cost of installation.No towing as of yet... baseplate was installed as pre-plan to pendingretirement.Thanks

Tall P - 09/21/2016

21117

- BX2668
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Product was not in stock had to wait about 3 weeks ??But they sent me 2 e mails when it came it was on the date they it would arrive I installed the base plate the next day the time it took was about 7hrs total fit very nice the only problem I had I did not understand the directions on cutting the tabs on the back of the grill they hit the base plate when I try to reinstall the grill but I figured in out then it all came together looks great 3 screws in bottom of lower valance that screw to bottom of radiator I had to drill new holes body part hit base plate very close fit but great product 373334



- BX1126
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great base plate - -super service from etrailer. Couple of hints, at least for install on a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited: 1) the phillips push pins that hold the belly pan on come out best with a light touch on the driver. I buggered up 2 figuring that out. 2) the plate seems to be too narrow to fit, but with a rubber mallet and some persuasion, it will. 3) Use a corded drill for the holes into the frame. My 19.2 volt didn't have the grunt to get it done even with swapping out batteries repeatedly. 4) Directions don' t say anything about how to level the plate after the first (lower) bolt is in, but probably best to have it level or even slightly angled down or away from the grill (gives better clearance for the electric connection below the license plate frame). Wish the electrical connection had black spring return for the cover and the screws to mount it were black. Also wish Blue Ox didn't put a white part number label and the orange warning label on the FRONT, visible section of the plate. Why not the back? I installed it myself. Took half a day and 2 scraped knuckles, but not to tough of a job with the right tools. My third or fourth purchase from etrailer and all have been quick, reasonably priced, marked by good communication and respectful. Works for me! Thanks etrailer! 41767



- BX1139
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Good fit. Instructions mis leading somewhat. 2018 Jeep JL does not have 7 metal screws holding bumper shields but plastic screws that need special tool to unscrew. I pulled them out and replaced with metal screws in reinstallation. After tow bar installation the lower plastic shield will require cutting to reinstall. I left this off and did not reinstall. Looks fine and save if towbar is removed later. Did by me self and took about 2.5 hours. 602635



- BX1731
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Installation pic 411274



- BX1126
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


received the plate installed it in less than three hours, have yet to hook it up though. Great , fast shipping! The only issue were the cheap plastic push pins on the shield of the Jeep. 81899


Comments

8000 miles and still tight! When we get there rest assured the frame will make it!

Steve S - 05/24/2014

4408

- BX2195
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great Product... fit as subscribed on 2011 Ford Ranger,easy to follow instructions. There was no communication from e-trailer. After 8 days of nothing I had to call, product at that time had not even been shipped. Very Disappointing. Not so sure I'll buy from them again. 281955



- BX2246
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I like the design and relatively easy install - I did it myself on a Honda CRV after I watched the great etrailer videos online. These walked me thru the install steps. Very helpful. 574165



- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The base plate was phone ordered on Wednesday and received the following Monday. Wife and I installed it Tuesday on a 2015 Jeep Rubicon. The most difficult part was cutting the belly pan to fit over it. (It always is it seems. Everything else was routine. Thanks for your help in getting the correct part number straight for us. Joe and Joyce 172278



- BX3788
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I really like the way the baseplate hides in the grill. The car tows great I have to say that it took three shipments from blue Ox to get the right part but then it went on very easily on my 2017 Corolla Directions are mostly correct There is one other bolted on part that needs to be removed prior to fitment but not mentioned in the directions . At all times everyone was very nice to me. I was a little frustrated and checked with roadmaster because their site said their baseplate would not fit my car because of the adaptive cruise etc. I called them with my new found knowledge about location of the electronics and they checked and confirmed their base plate fits my car so this is another option if you feel like shifting a Toyota 499810



- BX1648
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Received your product in good timing. I have it installed as the installation was not difficult. Will be using it during my vacation which is a trek across our province. 208904


Comments

This is our second year to use your product. Just got back from a three weekvacation and used your product and find it excellent. We passed informationalong to many friends we met during that time and gave them the name of yourcompany. Thank you for the excellent service and look forward to many yearsof using the tow package

Albert C - 08/23/2016

20510

- BX3613
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great base plate, real solid construction, thick powder coat, and all aligned well. Biggest pain to expect at install is all the plastic pop-rivets on the Subaru front bumper. The alignment and hardware was all perfect otherwise. And best of all, you can barely see the connections inside the bumper with the attachment pins removed. Great product. 225392


Comments

Thanks for reaching out. We ended up selling the car, but the base plate worked perfect for us. I really like how the car towed, just did like how it drove !We are considering our next options, so we will definitely be back with etrailer to get our next plates and tow wiring.Thanks.

Keith C - 09/14/2016

21003

- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


My third Blue Ox Base Plate. Fit and function are perfect. Fits my existing (first) tow bar and the tab height is nearly exactly the same as my 12 year older Jeep so didn't even need to make any draw bar changes. 111481


Comments

Still attached and working perfectly. Continues to survive some rather intense back country trails with no complaints.

Alan B - 12/30/2014

8281

- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I have now installed the following on my 2017 Wrangler: Brake light relay kit . Hopkins Towed vehicle Tail Light wiring kit. Blue Ox base plate. Blue Ox Patriot Portable RF Braking System. All of this has taken about 3 days of work spread out over a week or so. Overall it went well. Not too many surprises. Crawling around under a car at 71 is a bit of a strain but I'll get over it. I must say that Donna P. has been a wonderful source of great information and has stayed right on top of the process. eTrailer has been a great source for this project. I would recommend you all with no hesitation. 396395


Comments

I am still in love with the products. My only issue is having enough time to use them more.

John M - 06/15/2018

39803

- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Installation on the Jeep Wrangler was very easy. All the directions were clear and accurate. I Remove the valance under the bumper, disconnect the Fog Lights, remove the 8 bolts under the bumper, and remove the front bumper. I used a 4' board and a floor jack to balance and lift the base place. the base plate was a very snug fit and need a little tap with a mallet to align and level. The Nuts with long wires welded to them were great in easing the installation. I spent more time looking for a 17/32 drill bit which I could not find that anything. A 1/2" worked find. The only help I need was marking the valance, I aligned and held in place while my wife mark both sides. 24574



- BX1138
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


After checking around for prices, I found etrailer to have what I needed and along with their expert advice and install videos, was very easy to get installed. Shipping was free and very fast. This was for a 2018 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 for flat towing behind my RV. Looking at their site now for some accessories for my RV. 469890



- BX1675
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great product and fast service. 16425



- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


fast friendly service and price matched when I found it cheaper plus 10%. Its not that hard to install even for a old guy who is a jack of all trades and master of none. 433567



- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I ordered the Blue Ox Alpha tow bar, base plate and curt trailer hitch for my 08 Wrangler on Tuesday and it arrived on Friday. The installation for the base plate and trailer hitch went without a problem. The instructions were well written. Total installation time for both was less than 4 hours. Etrailer readily made good on their low price pledge and reimbursed me the price difference plus 10% when I found the base plate at a lower price than etrailer advertised. On my tow bar the dust boots were not properly attached and Judy at etrailer immediately ordered new zip ties and boots from Blue Ox. I will do business with these folks again. 344869



- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Although I am commenting on this product, I actually would like to comment on the following products. I purchased a brake system, tow bar, base plates and wire harness from etrailer. All of my orders were filled in a timely manner. When I reached out for technical assistance, the advisors were readily accessible. All of the products were installed by me. All of the products were very easy to install by using the video and instructions. 337852



- BX2238
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I am sending some pictures of my installation of the base plate and the wiring harness (TM783130) and the blue ox tow bar on my 2005 Honda CRV. It worked out OK although the instruction for the base plate ( BX2238) installation instructions could be improved some. Everything is installed and operational. Have towed the Honda 150 miles satisfactorily. Thanks for your interest. 468877



- BX1689
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


This baseplate is very well made and sturdy. I would rate it excellent but for 2 flaws: 1. My vehicle has a power steering cooler which the instructions say to relocate on the supplied brackets. Relocating as instructed puts excessive strain on the connecting hoses. I had to cut the pipes and add about 3 inches of rubber hose to the power steering cooler to make it fit comfortably. 2. Blue Ox do not provide any kind of support outside office hours. This type of product is typically installed by the user over a weekend and BO should provide support to their customers during this time. Overall, I would rate ease of install at 5 (out of 10) excluding the cooler issue. Hook up to the completed baseplate is a breeze. We have the Aventa II towbar which takes about 2 minutes to connect. 108372



- BX2232
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Baseplate Installation: I called several RV and trailer hitch centers. Parts and installation ranged from $2,050 to $2,200! Yikes! I read many installation reviews that concerned me about installing this tow bar myself on my 2003 Honda CRV. One reviewer took over 7 hours; some gave up. Yet, some reviewer didn't have difficulties. I view eTrailer's install video on a 2003 Honda Element, similar to the CRV; didn't seem all that difficult, but it's what you don't see that can be the problem. Received the tow bar before the expected delivery date! Read the instruction; watch the video again, and said, what the heck. Before I started, I purchased a new, high-quality 13/32" bit, Locktite (red), and six push rivets from Honda (I figured I break a few, and I did, and some were missing). Working slowly and reading the instructions, I had the front end off in 45 min (Steps 1-4). Removed the metal bumper, drilled and set frame support bolts, and removed the bumper flange in an hour (Steps 5-8). I did grind smooth and primer the removed flange area (photo). My 86 y.o. father-in-law help me with the baseplate attachment. Took our time; did a dry fit to see how the receivers fit through the grill; drilled, set bolts, and safety cable; all in less than an hour (Steps 9-11). I stood back and couldn't believe it was installed; what did I miss? Nothing. Reassembled the front end. Didn't have to cut the grill. I am most pleased. 212462


Comments

Perfectly!

Rebecca O - 07/16/2016

19449

- BX2514
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The Blue Ox base plate fit perfectly. It was not what I would consider an "easy" installation, as it was a bit difficult to gain access to the OEM tie down bolts that hold this base plate in position. I have years of experience with Miatas and as such, was familiar with the underbody panels that needed to be removed and/or loosened to get to the bolts. Not sure that a "newbie" would know just what and where to go with it all. Overall a fine product, already towed the Miata with this baseplate and a Blue Ox Adventurer tow bar. Smooth and safe towing. Happy with the purchase, the price, and the quick shipping. If or when I need additional towing equipment, etrailer.com will be at the top of my list. Only point that I have a bit of an issue with is: When I ordered up this base plate, the tow bar, and the Roadmaster lighting kit, and spoke with a customer service rep, I asked if there was ANYTHING else I needed to order to be ready to tow. I was told "No, you've got it all." That is not the case. The safety cables in the base plate package are NOT to hook up the towed vehicle to the towing vehicle, rather to connect the base plate to some frame members on the towed vehicle. That was not made clear to me at all. I had to go out and source some safety cables/chains in order to hook up and go. I could have easily added those to my original order and saved a bit of trouble right at the last minute. Not a huge issue luckily at the time, but an inconvenience just when I needed less of such. Not enough of an issue to really downgrade my experience with etrailer.com, but somebody there needs to make their sales people aware of what the bits and pieces in the packages are for. 221247



- BX2258
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great product. Well designed and easy to install. Only difficulties during the installation are those plastic fasteners on vehicle-- suggest buying about six to have on hand for re-installation, as no matter how careful you are ...plastic is plastic, if you know what I mean. Very informative installation video that will assist anyone thinking of buying or installing this unit. If you're handy with tools, go for it! Note: I took the text from the video and created a simple instruction "list" for buddy and I to follow along, to be ensure we didn't miss any steps as pictures on actual instructions were not too useful. 225836


Comments

ETrailer customer service rocks!Thank you for the follow-up.To date, base plate was installed using your VERY helpful tutorials andvideo clips, which saved me cost of installation.No towing as of yet... baseplate was installed as pre-plan to pendingretirement.Thanks

Tall P - 09/21/2016

21116

- BX2246
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Have yet to tow with the recently installed base plate. Comments on install instructions: While the base plate is still off the vehicle, verify the self-tapping screws that secure the wiring receptacle snugly fit and will tighten. In my case, the provided self-tapping screws were too small and would not tighten to hold the electrical connector in place. I ended up using a 1/4-20 tap to cut threads into the bracket. Regretfully I didn't notice this until after the base plate was installed, while finishing up the wiring. There is little room to work a tap once everything is back in place! When removing the windshield washer reservoir, there is a connector securing the filler spout inside the engine compartment that the installation instructions & installation video neglect to tell you to remove prior to pulling the reservoir down & out. Base plate mounting plates were bowed inward by nearly 3/8" making it extremely difficult to slide into position to drill mounting holes; suggest verifying the clear spacing between the plate at the crossbar and then again at the edge furthest away from the cross bar. If short, use a hydraulic jack and some timber spacers to spread out to proper width. Finished install looks great, I'll supplement my review after towing. 522349



- BX2663
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


etrailer is 5 stars all the way. I ordered before noon on monday and the parts show up before noon on wednesday. I wasn't even ready for them yet! I ordered the rm-155 tail light kit and it installed easily the next day. I'm still working on the baseplate but it looks well made and all parts are there. There is no install with the tow bar but again it looks well made and all the parts are there. I will try and update after it's completed but life is getting in the way with family, again. I wish all e retailers were this good. 422711


Comments

After several thousand miles on this baseplate, there have been no issues. I am now to the point where I can hook up the car myself in under 5 minutes start to finish. The install was easier than I expected but I do have a 2 post lift in my garage. Fit and finish of the baseplate is very good and has gone through snow and rain also salt on the road. Would I use etrailer again? Absolutely!

Dave L - 08/18/2018

42533

- BX2258
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Product and installation video was quite helpful. The video made it seem simple and straight foward some of the details on the hard to reach components in the vehicle could have been more detailed. I was missing 2 of the 8.8 bolts and had to go the hardware store to pick it up. Other than that, I am satisfied with the product. 572292



- BX1139
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Wanted to share a positive experience with one of your service reps. Diana was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the product and application. I purchased the baseplate from ETrailer because of her support. I found it cheaper eleswhere online but Diana and, your organization were outstanding! 572584



- BX2258
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


This heavy kit was packaged very well and arrived in great condition. I appreciated how this was mostly a bolt-on affair; the only "major" issue that I had to take care of was some factory holes in the bumper support tubes that didn't line up with the base plate, but that was easily and quickly taken care of with a 1/2" drill bit. Do yourselves a favor and watch etrailer's installation video multiple times if you plan on doing the installation yourself. The installation manual that came with the base plate isn't as clear as I would've liked. Note the torque specs for the particular fasteners and compare the packing list with what you received. Otherwise, go off of etrailer's video. If you're not towing the car the base plate all but disappears once you remove the tabs. I ended up spray painting the two bolts that fasten the 6-pole connector to the base plate black so it blends in even more. After about 2,100 miles of flat towing the CR-V over the course of 2 weeks in the Western US with a whole bunch of climbs and curves I can comfortably say that this base plate is solid. 402888



- BX1126
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Overall, the Blue Ox system has worked out great. I had read a lot of reviews, mostly positive, but some who had some difficulty with the installation, but in my case I had no real difficulty at all. The base plate lined up good, I did use a pry bar to spring it a bit, but nothing major. Ok, so this review if for the entire Blue Ox base plate, Blue Ox Alpha, Patriot II and Hopkings light kit package. I deviated a bit from the base plate installation procedure. I never used the vice grips, I simply installed the 5/8" bolts, leveled the plate and torqued them up after applying red Locktite. I was able to wedge/slip the spacer bars into position and then I drilled the frame using the base plate/spacer bar combination to keep the drill perfectly aligned. I did not have a 17/32 drill so I simply used a 1/2" drill to start each hole. I then swapped down to a 1/4" drill to punch through the frame and progressively drilled the hole larger until I got to the 1/2" bit. I have a Drill Doctor to keep my bits very sharp so they do not drift or wander. Great tool for your shop if you do not have one. I also drilled the hole toward the rear first. Once that was complete, I installed the rear most 1/2" bolt, Locktite and torqued that bolt. I then started a 1/2" hole using the base plate, swapped to the smaller bit and again progressively drill to 1/2" using the spacer as a guide and installed the front 1/2" bolt with Locktite and then torqued. I can see where if you installed the front bolt first, it would be difficult to reach the rear to get the nut started. I rechecked the torque on all the bolts once installed. Word of caution, the nuts have some "teeth" to bite into the frame when installed. These kind of nuts do not want to be tightened and loosened repeatedly. You want to install them once and go right to tightness. Less risk of breaking the wire that is welded to the nuts because the teeth are initially sharp and will bite into the frame. If you tighten and loosen these nuts the teeth get duller and will not grab very well. The purpose of the wire is only to align the nut with the bolt. I did slightly "kink" the wires on the bolts so the nuts started easily on the threads of the bolt. To refit the air dam underneath, I simply measured the distance between the left and right side of the base plate and transferred that dimension to the plastic dam. Rather than cut with a knife, I drilled a 1/2" hole in the plastic dam at the bottom end, used masking tape to mark my cut lines and then finished with a fine tooth jigsaw cutting 1/2" slots. Since the base plate is 1/4" thick the 1/2" slots give me a bit of play and look nice and even. I did not take photos yet, but if I can get back here I'll post a few of the finished product. Among the things I really like about this is how up tight and close the base plate connections are to my bumper. You really do not notice the base plate when you look at the front of the Jeep which to me gives it a nice clean look. I got a Patriot II remote braking system. It took me longer to route the "break away wire" and switch than to set up the remote control. The Hopkins brake light package was easy to install and directions were clear. Spent most of my time deciding how to route the wires from rear to front. 563983



- BX4104
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I thought price was a little high, but they worked very well. Fit perfectly and looked good. Came with clear installation instructions. The nuts on steel wires made it possible to slide them deep inside the frame where the support plates bolted on without any trouble. 425142



- BX2805
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Delivered quickly. Very easy to install, replaces factory sub-bumper, and honestly about 3 times more rugged. spacers shown in picture are already there behind factory bumper. A lift or ramps are helpful, as car is very low to the ground. took about 1 1/2 hours total. Hint: after removing nose, remove grill separately if possible, then after installation, you can replace nose totally, then get better idea where to trim grill and snap it into place 147716



- BX1136
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I ordered all the parts required to safely flat tow out 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk from ETrailer.com. The only part they didn't have was the Mopar Flat Tow Enhancement kit Jeep requires to flat tow this model. Ordering from them was great, the website is easy to use and I was able to locate all the pieces compatible with my specific vehicle. The expert recommendations help my decision choosing the right parts. I ordered from ETrailer even though I found some of the parts on other websites a little cheaper. I chose to pay a little more because of all the effort ETrailer has put into installation videos and guides. I was very pleasantly surprised to learn from ETrailer that they have a price match guarantee! So my equipment consisted of the following Mopar Flat Tow Enhancement Kit (from Jeep) Roadmaster Battery Charge Line Kit for Towed Vehicles Mighty Cord 7-Way RV Style Trailer Connector - Trailer End WesBarg 7-Way, RV-Style Connector w/ 6' Long Coiled Cable Trailer End Pollak Black Plastic, 7-Pole, RV Blade-Style Trailer Socket - Vehicle End Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit for Towed Vehicles Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar - Motor Home Mount - 6,500 lbs Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms Blue Ox Tow Bar Cover - Aladdin, Aventa LX, Aventa II The installation videos are great but not all inclusive. Take the time to read the instructions that come with the parts. This is a major project, I took about 30 hrs over a full week but as you'll see in the pictures I took s few extra steps to make a cleaner look. Some of those extra steps: The base plate install requires the bumper be modified cutting off a flange on each side, I spray painted this to prevent corrosion. In the install video of the baseplate on the drivers side they use an extra quick link (not included) to run the safety cable around the wiper fluid reservoir. I took the time to remove it and run the safety cable behind it. I didn't want our nice new vehicle to look like it can be towed so I played the brake away switch and 7 way trailer plug behind the license plate, so when not being towed our vehicle looks great! Some things to be aware of. The Brake air cylinder that mounts to the brake pedal with four bolts may need longer bolts, it did on our Jeep. Spend the money for weather tight heat shrink crimp fittings. The Hopkins wire harness was about 1.5 feet short to get to my plug location. Buy extra zip ties, electrical tape and split loom. I recommend reading all the various installation manuals and watching all the videos because the various components integrate together and if you install one at a time you'll be doing a bunch of extra work. The brake light relay is a real pain in the butt, not because of the hardware but because of the location of the brake light switch which is very hard to get to. Overall I am very happy with the products and how the installation looks. We haven't towed it yet but do not expect any problems. 410274


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Still very happy with our purchase. We’ve towed over 10k miles and have had zero issues with our tow setup. I’ve shared my experience with several other RVrs and recommended your company for their needs. Thank you,

Roy - 07/30/2018

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- BX1119
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Easy installation. Great product 279815



- BX2628
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Videos did a great job of educating me for this install. Have done this before on a different car. Product and service could not have been better. 166917



- BX2414
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This was pretty straightforward install. When you’re removing the 3 bolts in the fender wells, you might as well remove the other 2 and just remove the plastic fender well liner. The instructions say to remove both bolts holding the tow hooks in place, but only one bolt can actually be removed. The bolts with the rubber grommets cannot be removed. The picture with the baseplate installed shows the OEM bolt in place. I did have to remove a little more of the metal bracket than indicated in the instructions for reinstalling the front clip to clear the base plates. 545887



- BX1725
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I recently bought a Spark to use as a toad for my toyhauler. The next step was to select a baseplate, towbar, light system, etc. I wanted a baseplate that would be as inocuous as possible when not in use and be simple to connect and detatch. The Blue Ox 1725 seemed to fit the bill. I combined it with the Curt towbar and a Blue Ox adapter, which resulted in a nice clean and simple system. The staff at Etrailer went out of their way to answer my questions and to insure that my order was delivered quickly. Great service as always. The install went smoothly thanks to the great instalkation video. I am very happy with the way that it turned out. 560621



- BX1689
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First we want to rate etrailer service- it was excellent! Items arrived on time. The video on the web was very helpful & Blue Ox sent good instructions in the box. The installation went well, completed in 3 days. Couple of points on the instructions/install; On the bumper fascia you will have to do a LOT of trimming, and it's a matter of trying to get it back on, numerous times. Also once you finally get it trimmed to fit with base plate installed, snapping in the fascia is not easy, it's push & shove to get it back on. The only other issue is getting those hex nuts screwed into the bolts, there is very little room to work & you have to get the nut lined up EXACTLY before the screw will fit. We painted the one side of it white to see it through the drilled holes better, you will also need someone to hold a flashlight while the other person tries to get it bolted on. Then you have to be ready to put the locktite on before the nut slips out of place. Patience, patience, patience!!! Luckily my husband has lots of it - he read & reread the instructions before he started-had all his tools lined up & then went to it - I just kept my mouth shut & held the flashlight & helped him with the bumper fascia. He is out in the garage now installing the wiring harness. We had to wait to order the receiver hitch (10") until the base plate was installed & we could line it up with our RV & figure the difference (2012 Chevy Equinox). We live in Prescott AZ & hope to leave for a trip to the Grand Canyon & Santa Fe New Mexico in about a week. 73518


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Hi Patrick - thanks for the follow up....we are very satisfied with theitems we purchased from etrailer.com

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- BX1120
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I had a simple ball hitch setup for my 1999 Jeep Wrangler for towing behind our RV. Our first trip out with it, the bolts that attached the bar connectors to the front of the Jeep came loose. I was fortunate that they didn't come out completely and cause a major accident. I was able to tighten them again, and we had no additional issues on our trip. Of course, this made me extremely nervous with my 'budget' route to tow the Jeep so I began looking for a better, more reliable solution. Blue Ox was the name that kept coming up so I purchased the BX1120. The build quality is outstanding, it's extremely solid and very durable. Installation time was about an hour and a half once I had the right tools, couldn't find my 1/2 inch socket set! I'm using the Blue Ox Alpha tow bar with this setup. I will say that having a second set of hands to install is valuable, my son had to come help me get the drivers side bolts in while I held the steering housing in place. All in all, I'm very pleased with the product. It went in easy and should save my nerves on our next road trip! 1999 Jeep Wrangler Sport After market front bumper (Plenty of clearance with this specific mount) 568411



- BX1126
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Etrailer had the right base plate for my 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the video was wonderfully helpful. Took about 3-4 hours but I was taking my time to be accurate. Cutting the belly pan is "high pucker" but measure twice cut once. I used a Dremel tool to cut and drew my cut lines on masking tape. 232541



- BX1139
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Friendly, Helpful service, great price, Fast shipping 686511



- BX1312
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Great baseplate. Easy to install. I watched the video on YouTube and installed it. 683965



- BX1126
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I just wanted to let you know I found you guys! I recently purchased a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and I am anxious to upgrade it as I move forward. As you know, I just purchased a trailer hitch for it and installed it on Thursday. It fits perfectly and it looks great. Occasionally I will pull it behind my 40' DP so that is why I ordered the base plate. The motorhome came with a Blue Ox tow bar and I was excited until I found out it was 15 years old! So, I will be ordering a new tow bar next. George, thank you for your excellent communication. I can't wait to get the base plate and install it! 683877


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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2006 Mini Cooper with a Blue Ox Base Plate Kit
  • The Roadmaster Base Plate Kit that fits your 2006 Mini Cooper is a part # 521876-1 but from the picture you sent in it looks like you actually have the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1303 instead. If you are missing the pins then those can be found as part # BX62-3468 on our site (2 will be needed). You may want to make sure that the base plate kit itself doesn't need to be replaced though. The opening there looks a little rough so you may want to try sanding it and applying some Rustoleum....
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2006 Mini Cooper
  • We do have the parts needed to flat tow a 2006 Mini Cooper, but you will want to start off by checking your owner's manual to make sure that your specific model and engine can be flat towed. If it can, then you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, vehicle tow bar lighting, supplemental braking system, and most likely a high-low adapter. By base model I assume that you have a Hardtop model. If that is the case then you will want to use the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1303....
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2008 Mini Cooper Convertible
  • Step 1 when considering flat towing any vehicle is confirming in the owner's manual that it can be flat towed and any steps required to make it ready for this procedure. The Mini with manual transmission is the preferred version for towing but the automatic transmission models can be towed so long as they have the Steptronic feature. I suggest checking your owner's manual; the information I found was contained in an online edition on pages 147-148. Flat towing requires a few components...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2003 Mini Cooper
  • We have the Blue Ox base plate kit part # BX1303 which is a confirmed fit for your 2003 Mini Cooper and would be the first thing you'd need to flat tow it. Next you'd need a tow bar. For that the part # BX7365 is a great option that will work well and 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 tow vehicle to control the taillight...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2005 Mini Cooper Behind Motorhome
  • Thanks!! First thing you need to flat tow your 2005 Mini Cooper is a base plate kit. for that you'll want the Blue Ox part # BX1303 which is a custom fit for your vehicle. I attached an install video for this kit on a similar 2005 Cooper as yours for you to check out. 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. For a tow bar the Blue Ox # BX7365 is a great option. It has telescoping...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2006 Mini Cooper S
  • If you haven't already check your owner's manual and make sure there aren't any restrictions preventing your 2006 Mini Cooper S from being able to be flat towed. The Roadmaster Base Plate Kit # 521876-1 will fit your Mini as long as you have a convertible. If you have a hardtop then you'll need the Blue Ox Kit # BX1303. I suggest the Optronics Magnetic Tow Lights # TL21RK. These bypass the Mini's wiring completely and will provide a 4-way connector at the front. The lights then...
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  • Adapter Needed to Use Falcon 2 Tow Bar with Blue Ox Base Plate Kit on a 2004 Mini Cooper
  • To use your Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520 with the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1303 on your 2004 Mini Cooper you simply need the Roadmaster Tow Bar to Blue Ox Brackets Adapter # RM-031. A complete flat towing setup includes the base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, vehicle tow bar wiring, supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter. If you are missing any of these pieces please let me know and I can make some recommendations for you. Be sure to follow any...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2004 Mini Cooper S Behind a Motor Home
  • Please check the owner manuals or contact the manufacturers and ensure that your 2004 Mini Cooper can be towed, and make sure that the vehicle that you are planning to tow this car with can tow it. According to my research I have found that the 2004 Mini Cooper manual transmission option of your vehicle is considered flat tow-able. However, I was not able to find specific information regarding an automatic transmission version of this vehicle. Please make sure that you check your vehicle...
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  • Availability of Base Plate Kit that Fits 2003 Mini Cooper
  • We have one base plate kit that fits your 2003 Mini Cooper, Blue Ox part # BX1303. The only problem is we don't have a way to connect this to a Demco tow bar. We have adapters that will allow it to fit Roadmaster tow bars but not Demco. If Roadmaster had made one for your vehicle they do have adapters for Demco but Blue Ox does not. So only solution we'd have would be the Blue Ox base plate kit and a Blue Ox Tow Bar like the # BX7365.
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  • Recommendation For Tow Bar Base Plates For 2003 Mini Cooper - Manual Transmission
  • Regrettably, The Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit, Item # 521876-1, does not fit your 2003 Mini Cooper. The right base plates for your Mini are in the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, Item # BX1303. Unfortunately, they will not work with your Roadmaster Stowmaster 5000 tow bar. If you are interested in changing to a tow bar that fits the Blue Ox base plates then I recommend the Blue Ox Acclaim Tow Bar, Item # BX4330. I am attaching some articles and a video to assist you. Please contact us...
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  • Availability of Base Plate Adapter For Towing 2003 Mini Cooper Using A Demco Tow Bar
  • No worries. You can use the Blue Ox # BX1303 tow bar, and then use a # BX88178 adapter. The adapter will allow your Demco Aluminator, Excali-bar or Kwik-Tow towbar to work with the Roadmaster base plates. To complete your flat towing system, you'll also need safety cables like # RM-643. You will also need a lighting solution so the lights on the towed vehicle work in tandem with those of the RV. Custer offers a simple wireless solution, part # LIW-LDTL. The fact that absolutely no cutting...
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  • Recommended Flat Tow System for 2006 Mini Cooper Convertible
  • For your 2006 Mini Cooper Convertible, I recommend you start with the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # BX1303 and then use the adapter # RM-031 for your Falcon 2 Towbar # RM-520. You will then just need safety cables like # BX88196. If you still need wiring I recommend using the Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit with Bulbs # RM-155 which will bypass your vehicle wiring and still give you a factory look. You will need to add the # RM-88400 relay is required to prevent the towed...
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  • Should 2005 Mini Cooper with Manual Transmission be in Gear or Neutral for Towing Behind Motorhome
  • According to page 137 of the owner's manual it looks like you can only use a tow dolly to tow your 2005 Mini Cooper if it has an automatic transmission. Since you have a manual transmission you need to flat tow it otherwise you will damage the transmission. The manual doesn't say anything about what gear to put your vehicle in but I would imagine it is neutral. You will want to confirm this with your local Mini dealer. For a complete flat towing setup you will need a base plate kit,...
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