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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. 1-636-306-4830 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BX1703 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 - BX1703

  • 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: 18"<
  • Bracket height: 13-1/2"
  • 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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Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1703

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (2145 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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The instructions for the install were very good..We were able to put it on in the morning and I was home for lunch..The garage that helped with the install had never done this before.. Their comment about the directions was the same...




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Chevrolet Sonic

Installed this base plate on a Chevy Sonic. Was a little difficult and had to trim some of the frame to fit. Very sturdy and easy to attach to RV when towing.




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Well made, easy install, very easy and quick to hook up and tow with, great product for the price




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great product highly recommend




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This product was easy to order and identify. It was delivered intact . Thank you all for this order.


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No problems after one year.
Henry - 03/09/2022


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I installed this on my car myself It wasn’t too bad. Everything is exactly like it said. It works great. If ever change vehicles I will perches from them again.




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2013 Chevrolet Sonic

Timely delivery. Accurate. Nice phone s upport.




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2017 Chevrolet Sonic

I installed this myself with the help of my wife. We were a bit apprehensive about doing it ourselves but after watching the etrailer.com video instructions we decided to undertake the installation ourselves. The video was of a 2016 Chevy Sonic and we have a 2017 model so a few things were different than the video but nothing major. Just follow the video instructions and it is easy. The written instructions are good but the video of the technician doing the installation is fantastic and easier to comprehend than the written instructions. We took our time, had the correct tools to do the job, followed the video instructions and all went perfect. Highly recommend this product, it is a very non intrusive looking installation to the front of our car.


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Thanks for the follow up. Everything is working just fine, no problems, nothing but good performance.
EdP - 08/15/2018


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It's just been a great product and val ue.




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Works and fitted as it should...one note: they do not need the nut on wire,(very difficult to install) ,,all that is needed is drill holes completely thru and use longer bolts thru frame.


Comments
still working great installed battery disconnect, easier to use
Alpagano50 - 03/27/2021


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2012 Chevrolet Sonic

Very nice. heavy duty. works great. no problems. Towed a car behind RV all around the country. Makes it easy to connect and disconnect on inclines or odd angles. Installing the associated connections to the front of the Chevy Sonic wasn't bad, took about 3 hours; medium screwdriver/drill/wrench skillz needed. I got the associated fuse kill switch also, makes it all look real nice. The folks at etrailer walked me through all the ordering and needs and were very helpful. Highly recommend them and this product.




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2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Great fitment as always.




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Chevrolet Sonic

Hey Etrailer, your service was great the delivery was super fast !!!! The blueox baseplate fit like a glove, it took me about 3 hours to install. The only hard part was installing the nuts inside the chassis tube, the nuts were attached to stiff wires so you had to twist and bend the wires so that they line up with the holes that you must drill into the tube, this took the longest over any other part of the job!!! The bolts could be about an extra 1/2 inch longer also. No other complaints or problems. Looks great on my Chevy Sonic. Thanks. B.D.




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2020 Chevrolet Sonic

Excellent service from Etrailer. The instructions from BlueOx were non-turbo and RS. My LT is not an RS, but is a turbo. I almost skipped over the RS part before realizing that those instructions needed to be followed for turbo. Would not have gotten far, but nice to know for sure. All other instructions were very good. I trimmed the corners on the upper rear mounting flanges so as to be able to rotate the plate into position without too much stress on the inter-cooler hoses. Good, strong base plate. Very happy with it.




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2015 Chevrolet Sonic

Baseplate fit my Chevy Sonic perfectly.




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2019 Chevrolet Sonic

Excellent service, quality product, no reason to complain, etrailer made my new 2019 Sonic a real dingy. RV flat towable.




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Great service with speedy delivery even during holidays . Used Blue Ox on last tow vehicle so purchased another, very solid product




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Had to move outside air temperature sensor before it would fit my 2017 Sonic




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KorrenC is an awesome lady. She’s very helpful, professional, and when she said she’ll call us back she
does. Great customer service from her!




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A bit of work to install but fits well and works great


Comments
Great Product bit hard to install but works well
Bill M - 11/09/2017


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Received in excellent condition and has quality look and feel. I sure I will be happy when I get it installed. (Waiting on Car)




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2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Great product for the money would recommend to my friends




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