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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has easily removable arms that offer a seamless look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis, so no welding is required. Call 800-298-1624 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BX1682 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

  • 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: 30-1/4"
  • Bracket height: 17"
  • 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.

BX1682 Blue Ox Baseplate - Removable Tabs

Item # BX1682

Installation Details BX1682 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1682

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1720 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.

- BX1682
2005 GMC Yukon XL

Kit arrived on time and fit perfectly !

- BX1682

These brackets are like a tank. HEAVY. Well built. After I muddled my way past the first step which didn't apply to my vehicle (and confused the HECK out of me) thinks were well explained and went much faster than I thought they would. My only complaint is what Blue Ox charges for them. Etrailer has a GREAT support staff willing to help with any questions.

- BX1682

Tow Bar and Base Plate Kit showed up two days before they were expected. Terrific service. Have not installed the Base Plate Kit yet, crummy weather to work outside, waiting for a sunny weekend. Thanks Melissa

- BX1682
2001 Chevrolet Suburban

My base plate and tow bar were delivered as promised. I have installed the base plate and look forward to being able to tow my suburban. Thank you, Roger

- BX1682
Volvo Cross Country

Product was just as described. Instruction photos were a bit unclear which made things a bit hard to identify and locate but overall I'm completely satisfied with the product. Shipping was fast which allowed me to install on time and get on my cross country trip on time.

- BX1682

Base plate worked great. Easy hookup and disconnect of tow vehicle.

- BX1682

Made to fit, easy installation. Looks good and heavy duty Shipping was fast, very fast I can’t seem to find any areas that need improving. Nice job guys

- BX1682
2003 Chevrolet Suburban

Product fits very well, had plenty bolts and washers. I was surprised how heavy the package was when UPS made delivery.

- BX1682

Great price, delivery included. Got it in a few days. Putting it on tomorrow.

- BX1682
2002 Chevrolet Tahoe

excellent quality, easy to install

- BX1682
2003 Chevrolet Avalanche

Fast shipping great product great service bought before and will buy again

- BX1682
2005 Cadillac Escalade

Easy to install worked great

- BX1682
2002 GMC Yukon XL

I recieved this item in 4 days of ordering. I installed myself in 3 hours on a 2002 GMC Yukon XL. The instructions were easy to follow.

- BX1682
1999 GMC Sierra

Received the package yesterday, just as promised. We are having it installed next Wednesday. It looks like just what we need. Everything promised was included. Thank you very much.

- BX1682

Very fast service. Product was good as I thought it would be. Would order from yall again.

- BX1682
2006 GMC Sierra

Great product, works perfectly

- BX1682
2006 Chevrolet Avalanche

handled my order promptly and it was sent to me in a very prompt manner. Well satisfied.

- BX1682

- BX1682
1999 Chevrolet Silverado

- BX1682
2002 Chevrolet Avalanche

- BX1134

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

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

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

- BX1139

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

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

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

- BX1120

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

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

- BX3224

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

This is a really solid base plate. Installation for the Pontiac Vibe was is definitely more involved that installing the alternative (Road Master). The Road Master base plate just bolts through existing bumper holes and an engine mount. This base plate is bolted directly to the frame just behind the bumper, with four 3/8" grade 5 bolts in holes you have to drill after clamping the base plate in place. I found it easy to get the required height (3/4" below bumper) but simply using a 1x3 piece of lumber. You also have drill a 1.25"hole in the frame to gain access to the inside of the frame. Tricky part of this install is getting the nuts, which are welded to a 1" plate and a ~14" steel rods, into place to be line up with the holes. It is a little hard to see. I also recommend making sure the bolts actually thread easily on to the nuts before putting the nuts in the the frame. I had the misfortune of one of the either cross threading or jamming, and I ended up having to cut the bolt head off with a sawsall using a metal blade. The bolt had not gone very far into the nut before it jammed so I was just able to get the sawsall blade behind the head, and cut it off, holding the head with a pair of vice grips. If that hadn't worked I would have had to take the car to a shop with oxy-acetaline torch to have it cut off. I was able to fish the cut of bolt out for the frame with a bent coat hanger. The first photo is of the base plate after I cut off the bolt. Blue Ox support was GREAT! I sent them and email explaining that I needed new nuts and bolts, and they sent the needed parts (at no charge!). I just had to put my install on hold for several days. The second problem I had was in attaching the electrical harness recepticle to the tubes on the to bar. One of the self tapping screws twisted off as I was tighting it. I ended up cutting of 1/2" of the tubes (with the sawsall) and then tapping the tubes with 1/4x20 threads, and regaining the length cut off with the bolt. My recommendation to blue ox, is that they tap these tubes with to 1/4x20, and provide regular bolts to attach the recepticle. The second picture showes the result. When I showed the 3rd and 4th pictures to my mechanic, he was impressed and said, "That looks really solid!" The last picture shows the front of the car after I have started to assemble it (with the styrofoam padding on the bumper, and the draw bars in place. The solidity of the Blue Ox engineering and the FABULOUS customer support has totally turned my into a Blue Ox fan. I'm glad my RV dealer suggested that I go with Blue Ox instead of the slightly cheaper solution, that would have been much less solid.

- BX2265

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

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

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

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