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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 BX1986 or order online at 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 - BX1986

  • 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: 34-1/2"
  • Bracket height: 18"
  • 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.

BX1986 Blue Ox Baseplate - Removable Tabs

Installation Details BX1986 Installation instructions

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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1986

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1910 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.

- BX1986
2015 Ram 1500

I won't be installing the Blue-Ox base Plat kit-Removable Arms until the Spring, Warmer weather. When is all said and done I will send Photos of the install I have looked at the product and is very well MADE

- BX1986
2014 Dodge Ram Pickup

Order came very quickly. Nice product. This is my second blue Ox base plate to install. This one was much more difficult to install because of all the extra bolts this unit requires with such a small hole to put the nuts through. It is a good fit, but more design thought should have gone into it to make it easier to install. My first install was on a Jeep Wrangler and was able to do it in about 2 hours. This one took over 5 hours and I had all the right tools .needed. I chose blue Ox because of past experience with this product and do recommend it to anyone. Would have given it 5 stars if it wasn’t so hard to install.

- BX1986
2016 Ram 1500

High Quality Product. E-Trailer indicated a 2 hour installation. My repair shop indicated it took 7 hours to install (included the wiring harness). They had to drill 14 holes. Happy with the product but installation cost a lot more than I expected. Could not have done it myself.

There are a number of holes that need to be drilled in order to install the base plates. I have linked the installation instructions for you.
-- Etrailer Expert Victoria B - 10/30/2020

- BX1986

This is the 4th baseplate I have installed and definitely the hardest one to install because of drilling the 2 holes in the frame, One of the bolt wires was not welded properly but I have a welder so was able to fix it. With the 5 bolts on each side fastening the baseplate to the frame I think the safety cables are a bit of excessive safety wise.

- BX1986
2011 Ram 1500

Box arrived pretty broken apart. Bug hole in the end side panel. The glued areas did not hold at all. Now all the parts were there and are in good condition. Thank you for the wonderful service.

- BX1986
2010 Dodge Ram Pickup

Blue ox base plate for 03 Ram 1500 Very good instructions. Took me a little longer than it would have in my younger days. The drilling was where I took my time. I have towed the Dodge just about 10,000 miles with no problems. Great product.

- BX1986

Great price, SUPER fast shipping!

- BX1986
2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Have just finished install and everything went very smooth. It does help to have a lot of tools. I needed a big hammer two times during install to help get things in place. This one was my fourth plate system and it was nice not to have to remove the nose of the vehicle but a lot more drilling on this 2010 1500 pickup. This one took more time.

- BX1986
2010 Dodge Ram Pickup

Great product, installation installation instructions were thorough. Installation video which was for our vehicle was helpful, but had to drill some additional holes, guess it was due to model differences. But Blue Ox is a great product!

- BX1986

The product and instructions were spot on. I would recommend it.

- BX1986
2013 Ram 1500

Great product! I installed it myself, but it took a few days, since I only had a couple of hours a day after work.

- BX1986
2013 Dodge Ram Pickup

Product looks great. Can't wait to start the installation...will keep you posted.

- BX1986
2016 Dodge Ram Pickup

Product arrived in three days and box looks good. This BX1986 system is going on a 2016 1500 Crewcab ecodiesel. Installed same one on 2010 Ram and was very pleased. Will install next week.

- BX1986
2011 Ram 1500

excellent product everything looks great

- BX1986

- BX1986

great product

- BX2199

Review from a similar Standard 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

- BX1134

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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

- BX1843

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Build quality is excellent. No issues what-so-ever regarding the integrity and the strength of the design. Installation was not without issues. Some self-inflicted wounds like when I lost lock on all the fasteners for the bumper and frontend. I bet there were over 50 screws and clips each of which had their own location. I wish I would have put them in separate baggies and labeled everything. Also, suggest you use masking or painters’ tape to line everything up before you take the front bumper and cowling off. That would have saved time. BlueOx recommends using a 1.25in hole saw. NOT for me. No way you can get the hole saw to bite. Much better is a tapered drill. Available for about the same price as a hole saw, far more versatile, and a LOT EASIER to control. I’ll admit to not being the sharpest spoon in the drawer and I am a bit retentive, but I spent probably 20 hours on the install. The issue I had was not with the baseplate perse, but rather with taking everything apart and then figuring out how to put it back together again with no leftover parts. There are two criticisms I would levy at BlueOx. ONE: They provide a helper to install an otherwise inaccessible nut. Well that’s fine, but the threads were fouled and need to be cleaned. That should have been prior to shipment. And TWO: They were explicit in their measurements, which I followed, and messed-up. By the time I found the issue, I would have had to take the bumper off – so I improvised a work-around.

- 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 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

- 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.

- 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!

- 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

- BX2801

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

etrailer helped me out with a misorder (my responsibility) and quickly shipped the correct base plate. Arrived perfectly and gave me all of the info. to ship back the incorrectly ordered base plate. As to the base plate itself, I am almost done installing this on my Fiat 500C and it has been 100% perfect.

Great! Fit perfectly, no issues, watched the [online] video for installing it myself.
Jon - 05/16/2022

- BX1689

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

This base plate is ideal for our use, it was a relatively easy installation but you will need patience. Probably removing the right amount of Styrofoam at the right locations was the most tedious as you will not get the front body work back on. This was money well spent and the technical assistance from etrailer was invaluable.

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