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Demco Classic Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms

Demco Classic Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms

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This custom-fit base plate kit lets you hook up your tow bar to your vehicle. No external crossbar means that only the base plate tabs are visible. Simple bolt-on installation with included hardware. Call 800-298-1624 to order Demco base plates part number DM9518134 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Demco products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Demco Classic Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Demco Base Plates - DM9518134

  • Fixed Drawbars
  • Demco

This custom-fit base plate kit lets you hook up your tow bar to your vehicle. No external crossbar means that only the base plate tabs are visible. Simple bolt-on installation with included hardware.


Features:

  • Custom-fit base plates provide attachment points for your tow bar
  • Hidden reinforcement means that less of the bracket shows
    • No crossbar support beam or large, protruding brackets
    • Tab covers provide a clean look for your car
  • Sturdy, dependable design
    • Spreads towing force evenly to minimize weight placed on suspension
    • Constructed of durable steel
  • Simple installation - no welding required
    • Bolts securely to your vehicle's chassis
  • Electrical bracket lets you easily mount a round electrical connector plug
  • Instructions and necessary hardware included
  • Compatible with all Demco tow bars
    • Adaptable for use with tow bars from other manufacturers (adapters sold separately)
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Distance between brackets: 26"
  • Bracket height: 24"
  • 1-Year limited warranty


Tab Covers

Demco Pull Ear Cover

When you're not towing, the included tab covers provide a clean look for your car by covering the protruding brackets. They also keep dirt and debris out of the base plate tabs, and even act as a shin guard to help cusion the blow if you walk into the base plate tabs. These high-density polyethylene covers easily snap into place over each pull point when your tow bar is not attached.


Tow Bar Adapters

If you have a tow bar from a different manufacturer, an adapter may be available. Demco makes adapters for use with other manufacturer's tow bars so that you don't have to go through the added hassle and expense of replacing your tow bar when outfitting your new towed car with base plates.


Demco Base Plate Adapters

Type of Tow Bar Use Adapter
Roadmaster Eagle and Eagle 8000 DM9523014
Reese Tow Champ and Valley Industries DM9523015
Roadmaster Falcon 5250 DM9523023
Roadmaster Tracker, Falcon 2, Falcon All Terrain, Blackhawk, Blackhawk All Terrain, and Sterling tow bars with serial numbers up to 14,500 DM9523036
Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain and Sterling tow bars with serial numbers above 14,501 DM9523062



9518134 Demco RV Classic Baseplates

Installation Details DM9518134 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

Demco Classic Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms - DM9518134

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (82 Customer Reviews)

This custom-fit base plate kit lets you hook up your tow bar to your vehicle. No external crossbar means that only the base plate tabs are visible. Simple bolt-on installation with included hardware.

- DM9518134
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excellent service



- DM9518310
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


Great service - ordered Sunday night, delivered Wednesday lunch time, installed Wednesday afternoon. Excellent information, instructions - took about 4 hours, had to file 2 bolt holes a slight bit, but the fit was very good. I am very happy with the baseplate and would recommend it to anyone. Before and after pictures attached.


Comments
After a year, baseplate works great. Changed tow bar to a non-ball type. No baseplate connection issues.
Marcus P - 08/29/2020


- DM9517335
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


Received on time and installed as directed. I'm 78 and only had one problem, that of having to bend down a tab on the vehicle frame. Had to go buy a punch. However, the left base plate front holes for the tow bar attaching pin was not in alignment. The pin would not go through. Contacted etrailer and received a replacement in no time. Removed the bad one and reinstalled the new one. Then took the vehicle to my hitch guy for brake wiring. He double checked my work and said everything was in great order and a good fit. With the virus lockdown, I have not towed other than home from getting the brakes set up. But that worked ok.



- DM9518312
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


I purchased this with the intent of having my local RV repair shop install it for me. I was curious about how it was installed so I read the directions and thought, this doesn’t look that hard. I was right. The directions were clear and accurate and in a little over two hours I was closing the hood on a finished install. Quality all the way around and really fast shipping. Three days after placing my order it was delivered.


Comments
I have had this in operation for a year now and I am still just as happy as I was the first day. Great product.
Michael N - 07/08/2020


- DM9518171
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


The folks at etrailer were so right about the Demco Base Plate being easy to install on our 2012 Chev Colorado. It took me about 40 minutes start to finish, that with drilling two holes. Plus the tow bar connections are easy and out of the way and don't protude too far. It looks good from the front as well.



- DM9518112
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


Nice and heavy quality construction. Paint finish not so much, several areas on both pieces the paint is/has chipped off exposing bare metal. Came direct out of the package like that. Will require all the paint to come off and I will need to re-spray a new finish. Was disappointed for $xxx that they need to be repainted right out of the box.


Comments
Thank you for your review. Sometimes during transport to our facility and then to you, the products can bump against each other and paint can come off. Please paint soon to avoid rust.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 06/29/2021

Comments
Thank you for your review. Sometimes during transport to our facility and then to you, the products can bump against each other and paint can come off. Please paint soon to avoid rust.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 06/29/2021


- DM9517335
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


After reviewing the top name brands for tow bars I was really exited first with Roadmaster's pin style base plate connectors, but when I realized that it would require cutting and possibly drilling I took a second look and decided to install the Demco base plates and get the tow bar from them as well. These plates can be installed in a mere 2 hours if you have all the tools ready to go. I have the fortunate luck that my truck is equipped with the air suspension and so lifting it to the highest setting and driving up on 12in ramps gave me ample amount of room to work under the front bumper area. The installation is seriously easy and requires no special tools, other than a set of metric sockets and a torque wrench. The factory tow hooks are removed and these base plates fit in the exact same space without any cutting, not even the plastic cover behind the pumper needed to be removed (though for some odd reason the instructions did and I followed them on the driver side but when I realized that I could install the plate without this step, I omitted it on the passenger side). Despite my initial worry of wanting a nearly invisible look, these bars are remarkably clean looking.



- DM9518077
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


Perfect fit. Simple DYI installation.


Comments
After a year everything works as it should. I did loose one of the plastic covers because they dont fit good and snug. On a side note, my MH broke down on the expressway and I was able to use the toad to push my MH off the expressway to a safe place. Not sure if any else has done this but it truly was a life saver!
Chris C - 06/28/2020


- DM9518193
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


Product is very good and is a great solution for towing a Hummer H3 because of the simple installation, no fascia removal nor cutting, etc. Just remove the existing tow rings and bolt on the base plates. The only slight downside is that they surface rust just slightly in a few areas. Nonetheless, they function as advertised and as desired.



- DM9518126
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


Item shipped immediately & came before the scheduled date. It was as described & so far so good, even though we have not towed our vehicle to test it out yet.



- DM9517335
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


Installed these Demco Baseplates on my 2017 Ram 1500 Crew Cab. Flat towing this vehicle behind my Winnebago Journey 42E is a breeze. Easy to connect and disconnect. Hardly noticeable when not in use.



- DM9517335
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


First, etrailer has come through again. I've been purchasing various components and towing related parts from them for years and never once had an issue. Great work guys. Now on to the product review of the Demco Excali-Bar II tow bar. Right away I liked the fact that it had the breakaway cables pre-mounted and attached to the underside of each tow bar. It makes it very easy to keep it all neat this way. The cables are also polyurethane covered, so fraying shouldn't be an issue from rubbing. The next cool thing is that the tow bar has a built in 3in raise or drop to make the installation parallel to the towed vehicle, plus there is two hitch pin locations for further lateral adjustment. The driver side tow bar also comes with an umbilical cord rod that allows you to keep the electrical umbilical cord attached to the bar without the risk of it dropping down on the pavement during travel and getting chewed up or ripped off - also keeps it clean and eliminates one less thing to consider each time when connecting and disconnecting. Stowing away also gives multiple options as the two bars can either be both on the same side (driver or passenger) or they can be split (one on each side). I purchased the Demco base plates, so no special adapters needed for my vehicle. Tow bar hook up and disconnect takes no more than 5 min. The release levers work as advertised and allowed to disconnect the tow bar even when the towed vehicle wasn't perfectly aligned. These base plates were the only ones that didn't require any drilling or cutting of the trucks frame or other cladding. In all, the Excali-Bar II tow bar is worth every penny.



- DM9518200
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


I have started installing base plate kit. It appears it will work well on my vehicle.



- DM9518274
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


This base plate was fairly easy to install except had to drill out one hole to get the bolt to line up. It is well made aside from the one bolt hole that was slightly off. The service and product information from ETrailer is second to none. Pleasure dealing with etrailer and will go there always as need arises.



- DM9518016
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


Fit perfectly,very good quality .


Comments
Have put alot of miles towing with this product and has worked perfectly.
John T - 07/26/2021


- DM9518227
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


not hard to install, have to drill 2 holes but not a big deal if have equipment, setting up taillights took longer



- DM9518285
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


First of all, this is a great product so far. We made a couple of trips, and this far surpasses a tow dolly. We live on top of a hill, and a 500 lb. Tow dolly was not easy to lower to street level in order to load it to the coach. One caveat, though. This was not something the average consumer can mount on the toad easily. Fortunately, I found a shop willing to put it on our 2019 Ford Fiesta for about $300.00.



- DM9518112
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


Did its job for the tow bar.



- DM9517335
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


Product uses most factory, or OEM hardware. Factory chassis is not compromised



- DM9518072
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


Reviewing the video on the website I was able to get my grill and bumper off to install the baseplate. I had one issue with a screw bracket but one call to etrailer got a replacement put in the mail to me. Very minor trimming of the bumper to get it back on over the base bracket. The finished look is great, of course you can see the base plate but it blends in nicely and looks professional. The blueox hitch fits perfectly on the base plate. No more having to deal with my mastertow dolly and man handling where to put it after we get to the campground, and no more having to ratchet the tires to the dolly. Now we are looking forward to taking my jeep with us on trips, just release the 2 pins to detach, no more back breaking of pushing the tow dolly anymore



- DM9518294
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


Kind of a mixed feeling review. The baseplate itself is a very nice piece. The instructions given really had not much to do with my application....more like a generic suggested guide. My Chevy Sonic has a turbo which has a whole set of issues to deal with that aren’t even mentioned in the instructions. They sent 1 fish wire to install just 4 bolts...one might think that’s enough till it breaks on the third bolt. The next three hours were spent monkeying the last two bolts into position. Better more specific instructions and at least 2 fish wires and this would have been 5 stars.



- DM9517321
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


Easy on and strong and durable product that is well made.



- DM9518266
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


I installed it my self. took about two hours, easy to use for me.



- DM9517335
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


The product arrive 1 day early. I had it installed on my 2015 Ram truck in 2 1/2 hours. Everything fit and all the parts were in the package. I had watched the video before I purchased which helped with the confidence that I could Install myself. Install the back bracket before installing the base plate on the bumper bolts. It was hard to get the bolts to thread if you follow the instructions.



- DM9518186
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Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates


Application is for a 2013 Nissan Xterra (manual trans.). I was quite apprehensive about choosing and installing the baseplate. There is plenty of information online, including videos describing installation on several makes and models of towed vehicles, but I didn't find anything specific to the Xterra. The instructions that came with the baseplate are fairly concise, but some of the pictures were not as clear as I would've liked. However, I did "dry fit" all parts before installing, and everything went together well. I was very impressed with the clearances between the baseplate and the Xterra's frame, grill, and bumper - Demco did their homework! One small issue, though: the plastic covers for the mounting tabs don't fit very tightly; would like to see improvement there. Otherwise, very happy!


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  • Can 2015 Ram 3500 Be Flat-Towed Behind Motorhome
    From my research I found the 2015 Ram 3500 would weigh somewhere in the neighborhood of 7,000 lbs, depending on the features, so your Ram should have no problem being towed behind your motorhome. The # DM9518134 is designed for the 2500 and 3500 Ram pickup, and they will work well with the Excali-Bar tow bar you said you already have. It sounds like you are familiar with flat-towing but if not there are 5 items needed when you want to tow a vehicle. You will need the tow bar and...
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  • Dimensions of the Bolt Holes for the Demco Classic Base Plate Kit # DM9518134
    The distance between the mounting holes for the Demco Classic Base Plate Kit # DM9518134 are 2.24" vertically and 5.01" horizontally. The base of the plates themselves measure 4" vertically and 8" horizontally. I confirmed all this with my contact at Demco and I attached a picture for demonstration purposes. For a complete flat towing setup you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, vehicle tow bar wiring, a supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter....
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2009 Dodge Ram 2500
    When base plate kits are manufactured for a vehicle they don't give a specific weight rating for it but they do make them strong enough to tow the weight of the vehicle being flat towed. The part # DM9518134 is rated for the weight of your 2009 Dodge Ram 3500 and will work well. The compatible tow bar I recommend is the Excali-Bar # DM9511013. Everything you need to connect the truck to the motorhome is included between the base plates and the tow bar. Even the safety cables. For...
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  • Will Base Plate Kit From 2018 Ram 1500 Fit 2018 Ram 3500
    There are enough differences between the 2018 Ram 1500 and 3500 models that the same base plate kit will not fit both trucks. You will need a new base plate kit that is custom designed for your Ram 3500. The Demco Classic Base Plate Kit # DM9518134 that you were looking at is confirmed to fit the 3500 and will bolt permanently to the chassis. I have attached the written installation instructions that you can also check out.
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  • Will Demco Base Plates Fit 2018 Ram 3500 With Draw-Tite Front Mount Hitch
    I took a look at the directions of the Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver # 65063 and the Demco Classic Base Plate Kit # DM9518134 that fit your 2018 Ram 3500, and from everything I could see, the base plates and hitch will interfere with each other. The installation of the base plates will only work on a truck without a front mount hitch. So you would need to remove the front hitch on your 2018 Ram 3500 in order to install the Demco Classic Base Plate Kit # DM9518134.
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  • Recommended Equipment to Flat Tow a 2017 Ram 3500 with a Motorhome with Air Brakes
    Thank you for all of the information! To flat tow your 2017 Ram 3500 you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, vehicle tow bar wiring, a supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter. Since your motorhome has air brakes I recommend using the SMI Air Force One Supplemental Braking System # SM99243 because it installs permanently on your 2017 Ram 3500 and is easy to set up after the initial installation. Aside from it being the best option for air brakes it...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2018 Ram 3500 with a Bus
    Since you have such a heavy pickup I recommend using the Demco Classic Base Plate Kit # DM9518134 with the Demco Excali-Bar III Non-Binding Tow Bar # DM9511013 which is rated for up to 10,500 lbs. I spoke with my contact at Demco who said that the Classic base plate kit should fit just fine as long as the commercial and snow build doesn't affect the tow hooks on your 2018 Ram 3500. Then for wiring I recommend the Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267 because it stays permanently installed...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2018 Ram 3500 With 4-Wheel Drive
    There are no restrictions that we are aware of (though it is always recommended to check with the dealer), and this transmission has been used in Ram vehicles for many years. The owner's manual simply states that 4-wheel drive models of 2018 Ram 3500 can be flat towed, both automatic and manual transmissions. As long as you follow the steps required in the owner's manual you will be able to flat tow your 2018 Ram 3500 4x4. In order to do so, here are the parts you will need: - Base Plate...
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  • Flat Towing Equipment for 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup
    The Demco Dominator, # DM9511008, has a capacity of 8,000 pounds which is plenty for the 4500-5500 lb weight of a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500. For a base plate, use # DM9518134. You'd also need a lighting solution so the lights on the truck operate in tandem with those of the tow vehicle. A magnetic mount lamp like # RM-2120 or lamps like # EZT20B that could be closed in the tailgate would be an easy lighting solution that wouldn't require any cutting or splicing into existing wiring. A supplemental...
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