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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Item # BX1518
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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. 1-800-496-5010 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BX1518 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 - BX1518

  • 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: 24"
  • 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.

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Installation Details BX1518 Installation instructions

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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1518

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (2232 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.


Shipment was quick. Blue Ox instructions for installation were clear and precise.


Instructions a little vague at times. Did not fit without modifying. Bolts did not torque to recommended specs. Snapped several off. Had to buy better graded bolts.

The manufacturer prefers to have the hardware that is provided used for warranty purposes. I will have our customer service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 09/22/2022

2020 Buick Envision

Very nice part, installation instructions easy to follow.


The Blue Ox Baseplate fit my Buick Envision perfectly. The installation instructions were very accurate and easy to follow.


The base plate on our 2019 Buick Envision was installed by Three Way Campers in Marietta, GA.
Their hitch man did an outstanding job! Your can hardly tell that the Buick is fully configured for flat towing!
Everything - the fit and finish, the symmetry of the wiring, the interior plug for breakaway protection, was done flawlessly. We are very pleased with Blue Ox, from determining the right base plate to prompt delivery
and the perfect condition of all parts ordered Thanks!


good fit and video made installation easy to do.


Good instructions easy to install fit nice minimal trimming to fit car

Great works fine
Askconc1 - 09/28/2020


Had to do some grinding to spacers to get them to fit

You mentioned that you needed to do some grinding on the spacers to allow them to fit. I wanted to see if you could explain in more detail which spacers and what location.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 03/03/2022


This was enough for a very novice, mechanically inclined guy to install on a new 2019 Buick Envision. I had zero problems. The instructions were straight forward, the reachback was available, and it only took me 1.5 days to install. Toughest part was drilling holes in my frame, so i looked up how to do that (use oil and have plenty of bits!). Also, I've not quite got the front fascia back on quite perfectly, but might be due to my knuckle-dragger effort when I pulled it off. Still, it looks quite good and I have no problems towing the buick behind a V10 gasser across the country.

2017 Buick Envision

Well in the past I have ordered from etrailer and had great service and speedy delivery. This order was no different, I find the product good quality and received the order in 10 days all the way in Canada. The best part about using etrailer is that they have great resources to help with installation etc. I would always recommend etrailer to anyone needing what they sell. Thanks etrailer,.


etrailer has always done me good. Their prices are very reasonable and the products are just what they say they are. Shipping is timely and free on if you spend enough.
Good place to shop.


Easy to install with great instructions.


The parts came when expected and the shop that installed them said everything went smoothly on the install.

2017 Buick Envision

Excellent product and service...can highly recommend!


Great product

2019 Buick Envision

As advertised. Fits, works and easy to install on the 2019 Buick Envision. Fair price.

2019 Buick Envision

2020 Buick Envision



Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates

I watched the video and installed it myself. I had to buy a hole saw, but other than that I had all the tools. It took about 3.5 hours. The only odd thing is the Edge hook up is very high. I had to purchase a 6 inch riser class III hitch.


Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit 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

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


Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit 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.

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


Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates

The Blue Ox base plate seemed well-engineered, but it was difficult to install. It appeared to be welded slightly off angle, which required us to drill the edge of the bolt holes to make them fit. The angle bracket for the breakaway switch is upright, but our breakaway switch mounts horizontally, so we had to add a 90-degree bracket to adapt them (seems like the base plate package should have included an adapter). We are pleased with the look and confident that it will tow our Fiat securely.


Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates

The Blue Ox BasePlate has worked out very well. We've traveled over 3,000 miles on 4 separate trips....with multiple hookups and detachments. Great system. The only constructive comment is the electric hookup for lights/turn signals was a little wonky but my mechanic worked it out with the manufacturer.


Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates

Quality product. Solid, well built, perfect installation fitment. I installed this on a 2020 Jeep Wrangler JL and had no problems. Bumper and lower facia removal were easy (check out the online video...great instructions.) Base Plate installation was an easy, one-person job. (FYI I'm 72 and not in great shape, so if I say it was was easy!) Total time invested was about 2 hours.

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  • Blue Ox Base Plate Instructions for 2020 Buick Envision
    We don't have an install video for the Blue Ox base plate kit # BX1518 at this time but I attached a link to a detailed set of install instructions that have full color pictures that will be an excellent guide as well.
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  • What Vehicle Is The Blue Ox BX1518 Base Plate Compatible With?
    The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # BX1518 is a confirmed fit for 2016 - 2020 Buick Envision. It is not a fit for any other years, models, or years.
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  • What Base Plate is Used in the Blue Ox Adventurer Tow Bar Video
    The vehicle in the video for the Blue Ox Adventurer Tow Bar # BX7322 is a 2020 Buick Envision using the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1518. It is important to note that base plate kits are a vehicle specific part. If you provide me with the vehicle that you are wanting to flat tow, I would be happy to recommend the correct base plate kit that will allow you to use the Blue Ox Adventurer Tow Bar # BX7322.
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  • How Often do I Have to Start my 2017 Buick Envision When I am Flat Towing it
    I've checked through the owners manual and was unable to find any requirement on starting the vehicle when flat towing. On some vehicles there is a note in the manual that says to start and run the engine every so often to lubricate the transmission. But again I did not see one in the online manual. Please check your manual to see if the information is the same. As far as the Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass Switch for Towed Vehicle part # RM76512 it only needs to be turned on when you...
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  • Does Flat Towing 2017 Buick Envision Require Charge Line Kit
    We've found that the battery of your 2017 Buick Envision would eventually drain if you were to flat tow it for a long period of time so yes, a charge kit like part # RM-156-25 is recommended.
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  • What do I Need to Tow a Small Trailer with a 2015 Buick Envision
    We have exactly what you need to tow a small trailer with your 2015 Buick Envison. Flat Towing refers to the towing of a vehicle behind a motor home. You are going to be regular towing and you need a hitch,wiring and a ball mount. For the hitch use the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13292 it is very capable of handling the weight you are asking it to and is easier to install than the DrawTite. As far as wiring use the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness for Factory Tow Package...
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  • Does 2020 Buick Envision Need Brake Light Relay and Which is Easier Blue Ox or Roadmaster Setup
    Does our Allegro have trailer wiring already present at the rear of the vehicle? Like with a 7-way connector? If so the circuits are already combined regardless of what you see on the vehicle taillights. If you plan to use a diode kit or bulb and socket tow bar lighting solution you will need a brake light relay like # RM-88400 when using the brake system you mentioned so that the brake lights won't override the blinkers. It's a toss up on which is easier to use between the Roadmaster...
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  • Flat Towing Equipment for 2017 Buick Envision
    In order to flat tow your 2017 Buick Envision, you'll need a tow bar, base plates, a wiring solution, safety cables, a supplemental braking system, and possibly a high/low adapter if the installed base plate height is more than 3 inches higher or lower than the receiver height of the motorhome. I'm not entirely clear on what you already have, so if I list something you already have, please forgive me. For a Blue Ox tow bar, I'd recommend the Blue Ox Alpha, part # BX7380, The arms are non-binding...
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  • Parts Needed To Flat-Tow a 2019 Buick Envision
    In order to flat-tow a 2019 Buick Envision you'll need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, wiring harness, supplemental braking system, and possibly a few other items. I will attach these items for you below. Blue Ox Base Plate Kit part # BX1518 Blue Ox Alpha 2 Tow Bar part # BX7380 Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit part # RM-15267 Blue Ox Patriot Portable Braking System part # BLU37TR 12 Volt Outlet Kit part # RM-9332 Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass Switch...
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  • What Do I Need To Flat Tow A 2017 Buick Envision
    Yes, the Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass Switch part # RM76512 will work on your 2017 Buick Envision and is also recommended to be used while flat towing this vehicle. In order to flat tow your vehicle with 4 wheels down, you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, supplemental braking system, wiring harness, and possible high-low adapter. I will attach my recommendation for each of these components below. For a base plate kit designed to fit your vehicle, I recommend the...
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  • Recommended Base Plate for the Aladdin and Aventa Tow Bars on a 2017 Buick Envision
    Yes the Blue Ox base plate part # BX1518 is compatible with both the Aladdin BX4325 and the Aventa BX7445 tow bars. To help complete your flat tow set on your 2017 Buick Envision I recommend the following: Demco SBS Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System - Proportional Item # SM99251. This braking system is a more permanent install and is designed for motor homes with hydraulic brake systems. Once installed it's ready to use with a simple flip of the on/off switch once the vehicle...
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  • Parts Needed To Flat Tow 2017 Buick Envision
    The Blue Ox SwayPro, such as the # BXW1000, is a product line of weight distribution hitches with sway control systems. This is for use with trailers and not used on flat towing passenger vehicles. To flat tow your 2017 Buick Envision, you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, supplemental braking system, wiring harness, and possibly high-low adapter. I recommend the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, # BX1518 which feature removable tabs for an inconspicuous look while not in...
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