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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 BX2253 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 - BX2253

  • 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: 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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Installation Details BX2253 Installation instructions

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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX2253

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (2233 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.


Great design.


I have installed the Custom Tail light warning and the Trailer connector and it was very easy. I ran the wiring through inside the FIT wiring and it was very easy. Love the way everything snaps together.

I can't wait to install the base plate, trailer hitch receiver as well as the ByPass switch.

All these items will make our Motorhome experience much easier. Thanks etrailer

Thanks again to Amanda for keeping an eye on my order.

AWESOME! We just got back from a cross country trip with our MH pulling our Honda Fit. Did not have any problems. The product worked as expected.
Ed V - 01/23/2018


Excellent product, we have had no probl ems!

2009 Honda Fit

The base plate fit our 2009 fit perfectly and the associated utube installation video was extremely helpful.


The good folks at eTrailer really help me understand what I needed to tow my 2010 Honda Fit behind our class motor home we purchased the summer before. being able to ask questions and review like FAQs from other customers assisted in insuring I ordered everything I needed to do the installation and get on the road.

Installation instructions and videos were right on the mark and made my installation very easy to do myself.

I have other items that I will want to add to my "toad" down the road, and I all ready know that eTrailer carries the items I need when the time come.

Thank you for make what could have been an over whelming task into a planned installation project with support just a phone call or web page away!


Installed beautifully! Instructions were complete and clear... Installation went without a hitch. Looks great!


The baseplate is exceptionally strong.
installation, however, was not quite as easy as I had hoped.
The holes for installation on the baseplate did not line up with the brackets as outlined. There was a lot more drilling than I was led to believe, and it was not easy to drill through the car's metal. The instructions could've been more distinct. I'm sure it will serve me well for years to come....


it was hard to find someone to do the installation, however, the parts came in correctly and looks great


This was a replacement for one that got damaged by an unseen "bump" after crossing a raised railroad crossing. Works perfectly. Husband installed it himself. It was exactly the same model as the original.

2010 Honda Fit

Mechanic said it was a breeze to install and fit perfectly...

Still working greatno problems at all. Thanks for a good as advertised product
Ken - 10/09/2017


2011 Honda Fit


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

Great product and am super happy with the customer service. Steve from emailed me the day my tow bar arrive with additional information on installation and provided a contact number if I needed. Product I received was out standing and the customer service is even better. I will shop here again and recommend anyone to this company.


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.


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

My blue ox base plate kit came right on schedule. I met my mechanic at the shop and with a hydraulic lift and air tools we had it installed and secured in about 30 minutes. I could have done it alone at home in about 1.5 hrs. It fits perfect and looks like it was part of original car frame.


Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit 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


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

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.


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

My Blue Ox Tow bar and Break Buddy System perform as advertised. I tow my Buick Enclave behind my 30’ class C with confidence.


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

I will give a 5 star for fit. I had to grind the opening on frame even after using a hammer so the nut plate would fit so overall a 4. By the way this was installed by my daughter and myself, her Mom.


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

Debated on paying someone to install the plate but settled on doing it myself. Would have been 110% easier and quicker if the can was on a lift. Other than that, I had all the tools needed and bought a couple of jack stands. Wa-la! Still need to get an emergency breakoff switch, which I didn't know when I had it all apart. I got this!

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  • Does Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX2253 Come with Safety Cables
    The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit part # BX2253 comes with short safety cables to go from the base plate to the vehicle frame but they are not the ones you are thinking of that go across the tow bar. So your order would not need to be modified.
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  • Wiring to Connect Motorhome to 2010 Honda Fit That's Being Flat Towed
    The base plate has mounting points for either a 6 or 4 way round connector to attach, but the connectors aren't included with the base plates. I'd recommend cutting off the 4-pole flat provided by the Hopkins # HM56302 flat towing wiring harness and installing the 4 pole round connector provided with the 7-foot long Blue Ox 7-way to 4-pole round cord, part # BX88254. I've linked you to some of our flat towing FAQ articles.
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  • Recommended Equipment Need To Flat-Tow 2010 Honda Fit
    I checked out the owner's manual for the 2010 Honda Fit and on page 238 it states that the vehicle can be towed with the proper tow bar and equipment. I will make some recommendations that will work for you. The base plates I recommend are part # BX2253. The tow bar I recommend is the Blue Ox Alpha, part # BX7380. This tow bar comes with safety cables. The tow bar wiring I recommend is the Roadmaster 6-Diode kit, part # 154-792-118158. You will also need a fuse bypass, part # RM76511....
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  • Availability of Blue Ox System to Flat Tow a 2013 Honda Fit Sport With Fog Lights
    The Blue Ox flat towing system for the 2013 Honda Fit Sport with fog lights is the same as the 2012 model. The Blue Ox Base Plates, part # BX2253, will fit both the 2012 and 2013 Honda Fit Sport with fog lights. These base plates would be compatible with the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar, part # BX7380. In addition to the base plates and tow bar, you will also need safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. The Alpha tow bar includes the safety cables. For a lighting solution, I'd recommend...
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  • Could Mechanic Install Blue Ox Base Plate Kit of 2011 Honda Fit
    If your nephew is a mechanic he'd have no problem installing the Blue Ox base plate kit part # BX2253 on your 2011 Honda Fit. It's not an overly difficult install at all. He could do the lighting and braking too most likely as well but if not we can too if you are near us. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to control the taillight assemblies...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2009 Honda Fit
    Since you have the SMI DUO # SM99251 currently all you need to install it in your 2009 Honda Fit is the part # SM6270 and you'd be set. For a base plate kit the Blue Ox part # BX2253 would be what you'd want with the Avail tow bar part # BX7420. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to control the taillight assemblies of the towed vehicle....
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  • Flat Towing a 2011 Honda Fit With Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bars
    Yes, the Blue Ox Base Plate # BX2253 will work with the Alpha Tow Bar that you have or its newer Alpha 2 # BX7380. I suggest consulting your owners manual/manufacturer to ensure your specific 2011 Honda Fit is capable of being flat towed. You will need the Hopkins Tail Light Wiring # HM56302 to operate the taillights of your Fit when towing. This is a plug and play kit so no splicing will be required. A Roadmaster FuseMaster # RM76511 can be utilized to bypass the removal of the radio...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Honda Fit Sport Automatic Behind a Motor Home
    The best place to check to see if a vehicle can be flat towed behind a motor home is the owners manual. I found one online for the 2013 Fit from Honda and it states that you can tow the vehicle behind a motor home. There are special instructions for the automatic transmission you will want to look at so be sure to check your owners manual. You will need 5 items to flat tow your fit. First you will need base plates, # BX2253. These provide a safe mounting location for a tow bar. For a compatible...
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  • Base Plate and Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2011 Honda Fit Behind Motorhome
    The Blue Ox # BX2253 is indeed the correct base plate for your 2011 Honda Fit Sport, it's compatible with all Fit models according to Blue Ox. In addition to the base plates, you'll need a few other items to complete your flat towing setup. For a tow bar, use the Blue Ox Alpha, part # BX7380 which includes safety cables. The Alpha is a non binding self aligning tow bar which makes it easy to connect/disconnect even if the vehicle isn't perfectly lined up behind the motorhome. You'll...
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  • Parts Needed To Flat-Tow a 2013 Honda Fit
    I have everything you need to setup a 2013 Honda Fit for flat-towing which includes base plates, a tow bar, a supplemental braking system, a flat-tow wiring harness, safety cables, and a few other smaller items. I will list these for you below with my recommendations. Blue Ox Base Plate Kit part # BX2253 Blue Ox Alpha 2 Tow Bar part # BX7380 RoadMaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables part # RM-643 Roadmaster Universal Hy-Power Diode Wiring Kit part # RM-154 Roadmaster FuseMaster...
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  • Can a 2012 Honda Civic with Automatic Transmission be Flat Towed Behind a Motor Home
    While there are people that flat tow the 2012 Honda Civic automatic, I have found that Honda states that the vehicle should not be flat towed. You will want to consult the owners manual to verify the flat tow-ability of the vehicle. If the owners manual says not to then I do not recommend going against what Honda says. If you find that the vehicle can be flat towed then there are 5 items you will need: base plates, tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. Blue Ox base...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2011 Honda Fit With RoadMaster Sterling Tow Bar
    To flat tow your 2011 Honda Fit you will need a tow bar, base plates, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, part # BX2253, will fit your Honda Fit, but since you already have the RoadMaster Sterling tow bar, I would recommend the RoadMaster EZ Base Plate Kit, part # 521190-1. The RoadMaster base plate kit will install a little easier and it will not need any adapters to attach the base plates to your RoadMaster tow bar. I am including a link to...
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