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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. 1-833-496-1390 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BX2605 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 - BX2605

  • 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: 22"
  • 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.



BX2605 Blue Ox Baseplate - Removable Tabs

Installation Details BX2605 Installation instructions

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Video of Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Blue Ox Base Plate Installation - 2010 Ford Escape

Today on our 2010 Ford Escape, we're going to review and install the Blue Ox Base Plate with removable arms, part number BX2605. Here's what our base plate will look like once it's installed. To use our base plate, we'll simply remove the plastic cups that go into the receiver tubes when it's not in use. Then we can take our removable arm, slide it into the receiver tube until the detente pin is depressed and rotate it until it locks into position. Same thing here on the other side. Then once we're finished towing our vehicle, we want to take out the removable arms, we'll simply pull back on the detente pin and rotate it to unlock. We can put our plastic cups back into the receiver tube, to help keep that dirt, dust and debris out of the receiver tube. A couple of the really nice features about our base plate is how easy it is to install and equipped with it, our chain hold downs, or cable hold downs on each side.

These will be for your safety chains going from the tow vehicle here to the towed vehicle. Additionally, we have electrical bracket or posts that we can secure to for our towed vehicle wiring. It's got a nice black powder coated finish and a fully welded construction, so it blends in with the front end of our vehicle, especially with the removable arms out. With this base plate installed, it doesn't really interfere with any of the manufacturer's product, so it incorporates with the front end of our vehicle nicely. Now let's go ahead and show you how to install it. To begin our install, we're going to go ahead and open up the hood.

Keep in mind with this install, each process we do here on one side is going to get repeated identically on the opposite side. That will be applicable for both the removal of our front fascia and grill as well as the installation of our base plate. Here at the top of the grill is going to be a fastener on each corner. We'll go ahead and remove them now. Next we're going to move to the wheel well.

Here we're going to have a total of three push pin fasteners on each side that will need to be removed. To remove the push pin fasteners, we're going to use our flat blade screwdriver and pry out on the center of the fastener and then we can remove it completely. Dust, dirt and debris is going to build up in that fastener so they can be a little sticky, but if we work at it, a little bit of patience and we can get them out of there. A tool that can help with these push pin fasteners is what they call a trim panel tool, because you can use it to grab both sides of the center push pin and even get underneath the base of it and remove it completely. Now with our passenger side done, let's go ahead and do the driver's side. Now we're going to move underneath the vehicle. We need to remove the fasteners that secure the lower portion of the fascia and the air dam, the lower core support and the wheel well.

We'll remove each of these screw fasteners until we have it free. On most applications, there's going to be about seven screw fasteners. On some applications there's going to be a splash guard here on the driver's side. We're going to go ahead and remove it just to get it out of our way. With just those three fasteners removed, we can pull the splash guard down so it will free up the lower fascia. That will be enough, we don't actually have to fully take it off. When looking up from the bottom of the vehicle, up in front of the wheel well you'll see the fog light wiring. We'll need to disconnect the fog light wiring before removing the front fascia. To disconnect the connector from the fog light, you'll press on the locking tab, then remove the fog light wiring or connector from the back of the socket. Here as I pull the wiring down, we can see the lock of the connector and where it plugs into the back of the socket. I'm going to move back to the front of our fascia, and inside the lower portion of our grill there are two push pin fasteners, one on each side. Pry out on the center of the fastener and remove the base. Next we're going to go ahead and start pulling back the fascia from the wheel well. Note, there are two fasteners. They're white pins that are still connected that will need to be removed as we pull out on the fascia. We're going to start gently pulling out. Just underneath, we can see the head of the white pin. You want to keep in mind as we pull these out, we'll hang onto them so we can reinstall them when we're done. Once we have both corners pulled free, we can go ahead and pull the fascia off. We've got one more connector over on the driver's side to be removed. Separate these two connectors, we just press on the locking tab and pull them apart. We'll set our fascia aside for reinstallation later. With the front fascia off, we need to remove the air cowling that goes around the radiator and AC condenser. It's just got a plastic tab that will pop out here at the top and then a push pin fastener that secures it here to the steel bumper. This is a one piece push pin fastener and then down here it's got a couple metal clips to hold it to the lower core support. These are just wedge clips, pry up on them a little bit and we can pop them off. With the air cowling out of the way, we'll set it aside for reinstallation later. Next we're going to remove some of the manufacturer's bolts here at the end of the frame that help secure the steel bumper. We're just going to pull out the two on the outside of the frame on each side. Note, these fasteners will get replaced with the new hardware that comes with our base plate, so we'll go ahead and take these fasteners, setting them aside as they will not be reinstalled. Here on the driver's side, we'll need to relocate the air temperature sensor because our base plate will sit in this location. We're going to go ahead and remove it for now and just route it out of the way so that it can be reinstalled later. We're now ready to start installing the base plate. The base plate is going to get secured with multiple fasteners. We're going to use all four holes here in the frame and two lower that are pre-drilled in the core support. Each of the attachment points here in the frame that have the weld nuts, we're going to use a 40 millimeter bolt and split lock washer. The top fastener will also get a flat washer. Here at the bottom, it will just be the 10 millimeter bolt, 40 millimeters long with the split lock washer. Keep in mind that each one of these attachment points will get red Loctite on the threads before they're installed. Each of the attachment points that's just a pre-drilled hole in the frame will get supplemented with a 3/8ths bolt and split lock washer going through the base plate into the frame and get secured in the frame with a handle nut. We'll use 1 1/4 inch bolts here for the top two holes and a 1 1/2 inch bolt for the bottom holes. To start, we're going to go ahead and get an extra set of hands to help us hold the base plate as we line up our weld nut attachment points and install the 10 millimeter by 40 millimeter long bolts. Keep in mind as we install our fasteners, we'll install each one finger tight until we have them all in place. Due to manufacturer's variances and if the bumper structure's been shifted at all, it may be necessary to pry it to line the weld nut up with the pre-drilled hole in the frame and the base plate, as in this case. With all the metric hardware installed into the weld nuts, we'll switch over to the standard hardware for the ones that are just pre-drilled but will be using handle nuts as fasteners. Here on the bottom fastener for the frame, we're going to have our 3/8ths bolt and split lock washer going through the base plate, into the pre-drilled hole of the frame. Then on the inside of the frame, through the space in the top between the bumper and the frame, we'll insert the handle nut. Note, the handle nut can be bent as necessary to line up with our hardware. For our top fastener, we'll use the same 3/8ths bolt and split lock washer, we're just going to add our flat washer. Go into the frame and then secure it with a handle nut. Next we'll start installing the bottom hardware. Here for our bottom fasteners, because we do not have the weld nuts in the frame, we'll have to install a handle nut. We'll need to drill a hole in the bottom of the frame large enough, a 1 1/4 inch hole, to get our handle nut into the frame so that we can secure our fasteners. To drill out our hole, we're going to start with a pilot bit and then use a hole saw to drill it out to 1 1/4 inches. The hardware here for the bottom attachment points is the 3/8ths by 1 1/2 inch long bolt, split lock washer, we've got our red Loctite. The bolt will go through the base plate and then through our collar or shoulder. Take up the distance between the base plate and the frame, then our bolt will go into the pre-drilled hole of the frame that was there by the manufacturer. Before I put my handle nut into the frame, we'll go ahead and bend it as necessary to line it up with our attachment point. We'll repeat that same process for both fasteners. Once we have all twelve base plate fasteners installed, we'll go ahead and tighten them down. Once we have all our fasteners tightened down, we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. With all our fasteners tightened down and torqued to specifications, we need to go ahead and remove the excess from our handle nuts. To do that, we can go through the tedious process of just twisting it until it breaks off or if you'vej got a large pair of side cutters or even bolt cutters, you can just run it down into the frame and cut off the excess. With our base plate secured, we need to install the permanent safety cable. The safety cable is going to go around the frame and hook back to the pre-designed attachment point here in the base plate here with our quick link. I'll take the cable, going to feed it around the frame and into place. Our cable's long enough, it will go around the frame twice. Just like that, the permanent safety cable's installed here on the passenger side and we'll move over to the driver's side and do the same thing. Just keep in mind when routing cables, stay away from any moving components, such as steering or suspension or excessive heat, such as exhaust. We don't want to interfere with anything as we go around the cross member or sub-frame. Next portion of our reinstall here is going to be putting the air dam back in place. We'll need to trim it out so that it will fit around the base plate. I'll go ahead and set it into position and use my paint marker to mark out the section that will need to be trimmed. I'll mark out the top and the bottom. I'll do this for both sides. Now we'll go ahead and take it off so we can trim it out. We'll go ahead and connect our two lines and this will be the section that we need to cut out. To cut it out, you could use a razor knife and work your way through the plastic or we're going to use a rotary tool to cut it out. Now we'll go ahead and reinstall it. Now that we've go it back in place and everything fits real nice, we'll go ahead and reinstall our fasteners. Here on the passenger side, we'll just put our push pin back in. Here on the driver's side, the air temp sensor that we're going to be relocating will now also become the fastener for the air dam. We'll cut off one of the tabs and use the push tab as the fastener and it re-secures our temp sensor. With our air dam back in place, we'll go ahead and reinstall the front fascia. Keep in mind that we'll need to reconnect our wiring as we reinstall it. Once we have the fascia back on, we can go ahead and reinstall our fasteners. Now we need to put our push pin fasteners back here in the lower grill section, which is just above our base plate now. We'll go ahead and put the fasteners back in the top section here of the grill. Just like that, our base plate is installed, and we're ready to hit the road. That will do it for the review and install of the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number BX2605 on our 2010 Ford Escape.


Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX2605

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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Shipping was fast and I was able to install this product myself with the help of etrailer's installation video. We have flat towed our suv using the Blue Ox products from etrailer about 8,000 miles without any issues. We highly recommend etrailer for their great products and excellent service.




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Thank you e trailor for the excellent service. The item I ordered was out of stock but I got a phone call the same day that I ordered it saying that I could get it shipped from the factory if I wanted to speed up the shipping. Idecided to wait and did receive it about a week later which wqs OK. I picked up yesterday and had it installed yesterday. Thank you again. Rod


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I have used the tow vehicle with the blue ox base plate and tow bar for a year and is so easy to hitch on and off so take the vehicle even though we sometimes think we might not use the tow vehicle.
Rod S - 12/09/2016


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2012 Ford Escape

mount plate arrived a day late which we were in formed was because of the snow storms in the middle of the week.
all parts were their. the instructions were good and the vidio on line
was very helpful. the two caps for the front horns dont cover the
opening but all went very well with a helper to assist with the grill.
total hrs toward the install was about 3.




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2011 Ford Escape

I have not had any trouble at all with the Blue Ox hardware you installed on my 2011 Ford Escape.




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2009 Ford Escape

Everything fit as designed, easy installation on 2009 Escape Hybrid. No need to drill clearance holes as everything was already done at Ford. Well designed product.




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2012 Ford Escape

Great service. Order shipped sooner than expected. I found the website easy to use and very informative in explaining the product and installation. I will be placing another order soon. Good job.




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2011 Ford Escape

Great services, blue ox base plate arrived sooner than expected & was as in perfect condition plus a great price.




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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.




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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


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It is working fine, have not had any issues. I installed it, fit as described.
Louis - 02/07/2022


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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.




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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.


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100 happy with the product,fit great when we installed it
Werner - 06/26/2022


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Great product and am super happy with the customer service. Steve from etrailer.com 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.




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This baseplate is very well made and sturdy. I would rate it excellent but for 2 flaws:

1. My vehicle has a power steering cooler which the instructions say to relocate on the supplied brackets. Relocating as instructed puts excessive strain on the connecting hoses. I had to cut the pipes and add about 3 inches of rubber hose to the power steering cooler to make it fit comfortably.
2. Blue Ox do not provide any kind of support outside office hours. This type of product is typically installed by the user over a weekend and BO should provide support to their customers during this time.

Overall, I would rate ease of install at 5 (out of 10) excluding the cooler issue.

Hook up to the completed baseplate is a breeze. We have the Aventa II towbar which takes about 2 minutes to connect.


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Agree about cooler
-- comment by: Wally - 07/24/2022


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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.


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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


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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.




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




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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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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




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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.


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


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My experience with etrailer was good from the perspective of the cooperation and pleasantness. However, even though I was clear on the tow bar I had (Blue Ox) and the vehicle I was towing (2005 Dodge Dakota) when the tow package came and the shop I had installing it got to the end of the installation, it was discovered that the wrong pins were sent, i.e. they wouldn't lock in place - too short . At first we couldn't determine what the problem was, so I called etrailer back. Was told those were the correct pins. Finally called Blue Ox directly and the rep immediately told me (after I gave him the PN) that those were the wrong pins. Without me asking he offered and did send two replacement pins free of charge. They worked perfectly.


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I am sorry to hear that you had received the wrong pins. I have gotten in contact with the manufacturer and they have confirmed that it just sounds like the wrong size tabs were put in the box when the base plate was packaged. Unfortunately, when you contacted us prior, we were lacking the information from the manufacturer on how to tell the difference in the pins. However, I have sent some information from the manufacturer to our team for them to catch this kind of issue in the future.
-- Etrailer Expert Katrina B - 07/07/2022


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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.



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