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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms

Item # BX1719
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Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has low-profile reinforcements, providing your vehicle with a streamlined look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis. 1-800-940-8924 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BX1719 or order online at Free expert support on all Blue Ox products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Blue Ox Base Plates - BX1719

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Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has low-profile reinforcements, providing your vehicle with a streamlined look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis.


  • Custom-fit base plate provides attachment points for your tow bar when flat towing
  • Low-profile reinforcements provide a streamlined look for the front of your vehicle
    • Crossbar support beam blends in well with your vehicle's bumper
  • Sturdy design spreads towing force evenly to prevent stress on your vehicle's suspension
  • Durable steel construction is powder coated to resist rust and corrosion
  • Straightforward installation - no welding required
    • 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: 13-1/2"
  • 3-Year warranty

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.

BX1719 Blue Ox Baseplate - Standard Tabs

Installation Details BX1719 Installation instructions

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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms - BX1719

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (2863 Customer Reviews)

Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has low-profile reinforcements, providing your vehicle with a streamlined look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis.


Installed this on a 2014 Chevy Express 3500 15 passenger van. Install was time consuming, as holes needed to be drilled (went through 2 drill bits) and the nuts must be fished through the frame, then "caught" by the bolt. I think there were 12 of them! Instructions were clear, though, and I've safely towed without incident over 7,000 miles in the past year. Definitely rock solid! Paired up with a Blue Ox Aventa 7,500 lb tow bar.

2006 Chevrolet Express Van

Great product have to install the unit.. Very fast on ship & box was great for size & weight...



The size of the box terrified me but I had to do this one myself.
This project is not for the faint of heart. When you think about what could go wrong you could wet yourself. I went with my gut and just opened the box. Hmmm, packaged very well with everything you need for the install. No going to the hardware store for this or that. Sat there with a cold sarsaparilla and read the very detailed instructions, went back to the etrailer web site and checked out some vids and pics. Hmm, it didn’t seem that daunting of a job. On my 04 Lexus GX470 most of the holes were drilled. Before I knew it 5 hours had past and I owned a toad! I took it to my local Rv service center for an inspection and it was deemed safe to use.
This thing is awesome, tracs straight as an arrow.
Now, I have to figure out this diode lighting kit. Camping is fun! Yah!!! :) Noah and etrailer made this a tolerable project. I urge everyone to take advantage of the resources that are on this sight. I always learn something when I’m there. See y’all on the trail….Rod


everything bolted up easy, i simply drilled hole’s into were needed and supplied my own bolts straight through for easy installation.


I am really happy, not only with the product but the customer care I received. Very quick and helpful!!

I would make one suggestion. Take the headlights out when doing this on a Chevy Cobalt. It will make it much easier to get to the 3 bolt holding the fender to the fascia.


Pretty easy to do my self but the instructions could have been a bit larger with more pictures. I think the hardest part was drilling the holes to attach the two brackets as there was only one hole on each frame. Getting the square nuts with wire attached were difficult to get both aligned because the wire on the first one got in the way each time


Bought it at etrailer as I have with other trailer hitch related parts. Installed it myself, and it was a real job. I figure about 10 hours to get it right so I didn't have to worry if my 'toad' would pass my motorhome as I tooled down the road. Fit was perfect for my 2008 Honda CRV, but make sure you keep that oil cooler line up as high as possible or you will be redoing the fit to get the front cowling back on the car. Bought an angle grinder with cutoff wheels and that made the frame notching a lot easier. Note that if the removeable attachment pins are a tight fit into the base plate, they will loosen up with a good silicone lubricant and the wear of towing. I have towed with confidence for a year without a hitch (pun intended).


It turned out fine but my opinion is that you should have some average or above mechanical skills to install this yourself. As you can see, the base plate protrusions are hardly noticeable at a distance with the tow pins removed. One thing worth mentioning is I had to mount it more rearward on the frame because the front valance would not mount back on correctly. Overall, good base plate.


This Base plate was fairly simple to install in about 1/2 a day. I also installed brake kit and wiring so actually spent most of the day. This baseplate combined with the etrailer tow bar have been great. already pulled over 5000 miles with no issues at all. I love this setup and will never go back to tow dolly


The Bx2692 is the better tow bar solution because it is higher up to hopefully keep your tow bar flat. I modified a Base bumper to install this because it is only available for the "Modular" and "Capable" bumpers. The base bumper option from bluox is for lower tow hook delete option. Took about 3hrs with the help of a grinder jigsaw and multi tool.


The item I received must have been a returned item. The box label was proof it was shipped to someone else before. Reason I'm not happy is because the bag of screws was open and most of it slipped out of the holes of the damaged box that was opened before and re-taped. The end of the crossbar was bent and not much packing inside. I needed this for our trip, so I didn't return it and had to fix and find screws to make it all work.


First dealing with etrailer has been the best experience hands down. Great staff, immediate support if I had questions. And the part I ordered was the blue ox tow adapter plates for my 04 hummer h2. It only took about an hour for the install and all parts came with it. All were very well made. I usually pull a 20' closed trailer behind my 41' coach but having the option to take my h2 is awsome and looks good too! Thanks etrailer!!! I would definitely recommend etrailer for all your trailer needs and I will be purchasing more in the future.


My only complaint...the box failed during shipping, it arrived wet and open. The saving grace was that the baseplate and all hardware arrived undamaged.


I have been using this Blue Ox tow bar kit for a year now and have put over 10,000 miles on it. It has performed flawlessly and in my opinion it is an excellent product that I would highly recommend. etrailer is a great company to work with and their website is easy to use and has great information.


This is the seventh Blue Ox baseplate I have installed on my personal vehicles. All have been pretty straight forward until this one. I had noticed on the installation video that positioning the base plate was skipped over and went directly to drilling and bolting into place. Now I know why. It was impossible to get the baseplate into position on my 2012 Jeep Patriot. After 2 hours of fruitless attempts I took a break and gave it some thought. I decided to remove the bumper and attach baseplate and bumper together. I used 2 carpenters clamps and old reliable duck tape. Set the assembly on stands and inched it into place. Worked great, slid easily into place for drilling and bolting. I had previously trimmed the frame but it would have been much easier with the bumper removed. I believe this is a reasonable alternative, maybe better method of installation.


Perfect fit and simple instructions with pictures saved me hundreds by doing it myself...Thank You Blue Ox and etrailer!


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 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 required some drilling but overall it fit very well and seems to be the best option to retain the impact bar from the factory.

by: 02/14/2023

Installation is Easy & Clear. The most challenging part is getting the Fascia Quarter panels to separate from the clips. I found that there is an additional identical screw a little deeper behind the one that is instructed to remove. If both screws are removed - fascia doesn't have to be tugged on and it easily releases itself without breaking any clips. The Safety Cables are not easily routed away from the belt on the passenger side but there are three factory holes in the body that they can be secured to help keep clear from the belt.


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


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.


Fit and finish of the Jeep Cherokee base plate items exceeded my expectations.
Very pleased overall.


The install was a bit challenging, but doable. I did it by myself with a retired friend of mine handing me tools. As far as functionality, it works great. The directions were good and it fit just like it should. The tricky part is getting the front plastics back on the car. I recommend changing your oil while you have it all apart if you’re due for an oil change.


This will not be my first Blue Ox baseplate installation. I have no doubt this will go smoothly, you guys do an excellent job of custom designing for model and year of car. I might be a little slow getting this one completed only because I'll be working outdoors this time. I'm in no rush and am confident.

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