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Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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The best technical support and full base plates installation instructions. Lowest price Explorer Sport Trac base plates guarantee and expert service. Ford Explorer Sport Trac, 2002 base plates by Roadmaster are available from For expert service call 800-298-8924 to order your Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms part number 474-1, or order online at

2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac - Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

The XL series hidden brackets attach to your Ford Explorer Sport Trac's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar. The visible portions of the brackets can be removed when you are not towing.


  • Hidden bracket design - drawbars are easily removable via 2 pins
    • Improved aesthetics compared with standard brackets
  • Computer-cut, all-steel construction provides exceptional strength
  • Black powder coat finish is durable and corrosion resistant
  • Simple installation - no welding required
    • Custom base plates ensure a perfect fit for your Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • Compatible with Quick Disconnects and all Roadmaster tow bars
  • Instructions and mounting hardware included
  • Made in the USA

The square drawbars, or front arms, on the XL series base plate kit are simple to mount and remove, easily securing with hitch pins. Once the drawbars have been removed, the remaining brackets are virtually invisible. On most automobiles, the brackets are mounted within the grille, where they remain not only unseen, but protected from scrapes and scuffs as well.

474-1 Road Master XL Base Plate Kit

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Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 474-1

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (396 Customer Reviews)

The XL series hidden brackets attach to your Ford Explorer Sport Trac's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar. The visible portions of the brackets can be removed when you are not towing.

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by: Gordon01/04/2015

Good information and prompt shipping. Base plate is solid and install and use instructions are excellent. Be warned that product install is drill two holes and install 3 bolts, BUT the entire front panel has to be removed and replaced. Not difficult, but time-consuming. Seat bracket is solid and install and use instructions are excellent. Brakemaster kit is good quality, but instructions are not as good as most Roadmaster products. Instructions for air line install are especially weak. 167660


Great with no problems. Connect and disconnect very quick and easy. Thanks.

Gordon - 01/08/2016


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by: carl h12/30/2016

shipping was great installation was as described works great 328814

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by: Glyn L03/22/2015

I have not installed it yet but will in the near future. 180145

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by: Chris B03/25/2015

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

First off it wasn't a "5 minute job". Took me probably 3.5 hours or so on my back in the garage, but I took my time especially with the cutting/trimming of the lower valance on the front bumper. I did not want to cut too much & have big gaping holes in the bumper. All in all it went well. To cut & trim the bumper I simply used a bare hack saw blade, Dremel tool, file & razor knife The picture in the instructions of where to cut a hole at the back of the fog light recess is a little puzzling until you get the light out & locate the tie-down bracket bolt that needs to be removed. You'll need to make the hole larger because the replacement bolt has a 17mm head on it instead of the stock 14mm hex head. Wasn't real happy about how much they had me hack off the panel under the engine. Probably should have looked that on my own rather than use their crudely drawn lines in the picture. I was able to drill the 1/2" hole for the 5 1/2" long rear bolt with a regular length drill bit. Just drill as straight as you can using the little square hole in the frame rail as your guide. It seemed to take forever to get to the required torque of 56 '/lbs on the long bolts. I suspect that's because the frame rail actually crushes a little bit. I want to point out 1 drawback to the brackets that I noticed. If you're using a tow bar that has a cross plate between the 2 bracket bar inserts (like I am), you can not pull the removable inserts out with the cross bracket attached. They're NOT parallel to one another, so when you're home & no longer in "tow mode" you'll have to unbolt one side in order to remove the bars. Otherwise a well made product. Haven't actually towed the car yet though. 180908

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by: Lew P.03/01/2016

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

I used to tow our dinghy, a cherry 1997 Miata, with a car dolly; finally realized it was a case of overkill. The dolly is over half the weight of the car and wider than the motor home! On our last expedition to the Canadian Rockies, I got to talking with a fellow camper who told me how cool and easy it was to tow his dinghy with tow bars. Now, for the tow bar conversion: Removing the Miata's fascia, radiator air scoop and bottom engine cover is not difficult, as the fasteners are relatively easy to get to. After removing (and discarding) the two tie-down loops and discarding the four screws holding the front anti-sway bar, the installation of the base plates is straight-forward (it fits into those holes - who knew?). The fit of the kit to the car's frame is precise, with plenty of adjustment space, if needed. The only fabrication required is removal of some material from the air scoop where it comes into contact with the installed base plates. Reinstalling the fascia, I "shoe-horned" it over the base plate, with the help of silicon spray. Fortunately, the fascia is very flexible. Unless you look for them, the base plate receivers are not a prominent feature of the front end. 239008

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by: Bob H.12/08/2015

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

I needed to set up our 1998 Toyota RAV4 for dinghy towing. had everything I needed. The Roadmaster 1142-3 base plates fit as designed and were fairly easy to install, the only body modification needed was trimming the splash pans around the engine for the ends of the mounts. I had to point them out to my wife after installation, they are very discreet when not in use. The Roadmaster 910021-00 QD towbar assembly will make connecting to our RV a breeze, and the RM-98100 second vehicle kit had all the connectors and tubing to install my Brakemaster and BrakeAway cylinders. The long leads on the HM20014 breakaway switch meant I needed fewer wire connectors, and the FA80-01-2160 coiled cable will provide a more finished look when not towing the Toy. I decided to not complicate my life any more than necessary, and selected the EZT20B tow light kit instead of a magnetic kit due to the convertible top on our RAV4. The customer service people at were quick to answer my questions about wiring options, kept me informed when I had a delay, and the shipping/delivery times were unbelievable. Here in Wisconsin I received my orders in TWO DAYS! 233399

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by: Stan F02/12/2015

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Placed order with Rebecca after she answered several questions. Shipment was quick and follow on emails kept me informed of status of order. In fact, she called me to let me know that the order had shipped. Product was drop shipped to Labelle Auto for installation. As stated in product manufactures installation instructions the install was straight forward and took the full 3 hours. I have used (towed) my vehicle since the install and everything works great. Also installed the Roadmaster Diode wiring kit. Easy to do and works great. As an added benefit with this kit your front running lights will also be illuminated. Overall I am very satisfied with both the product and the customer service provided by Rebecca and Dana at 173468

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by: MOWDOC07/07/2016

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

My wife and I have owned a 2001 JEEP Wrangler SE since new. It has never been wrecked or damaged in any way. It does have an Old Man Emu lift which raises it about two inches over stock. It also has a Warn winch and bull bar on the front. This JEEP has the factory U channel front bumper. The Roadmaster base plate was purchased after we decided to tow this JEEP with our motorhome. Installation was OK but had a few issues. First off, the Torx bolts under bumper are size 55, not 50, as told in all the instructions I read. The driver side bracket was a great fit and went on very easily. The passenger side bracket was a much different story. Once the Torx bumper bolt was inserted, the second bolt did fit in the hole but third bolt required a lot of work. It is designed to pass thru a slot in the outside section of the frame and then you drill thru to make the hole thru inside edge of frame. The Roadmaster bracket did not line up with slot completely so it required being drilled. That sounds easy but try drilling a 1/2 hole thru a 3/8 slot. You are going to back up many times and break the drill bit edge before you finish! Once installed, the Roadmaster 1420-1 baseplates look nice and seem very strong. You will lose about two inches of approach angle along the bottom edge of front bumper but should not be an issue unless you are a rock crawler. Finished height of hitch came to 21 3/4 inches and is a perfect match to my motorhome which yields a level tow bar so no extra drop receiver for RV needed. That saves about $150. Remember, my JEEP is lifted two inches but you would still be within the three inch margin of saftey with a stock suspension. I would recommend this Roadmaster 1420-1 baseplate to a friend. 268863

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by: Det07/17/2015

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

The construction was good with solid welds and weight of material. Shipping was quick as promised. The package had a few fist sized holes in it, but no parts were missing from the parts list. I did notice a few abrasions in the black paint like scratches or chips, likely from shipping. Perhaps better packing could have prevented this. The installation time on the HHR took 6 hours not the 3 that were projected. It required two 1/2 " holes to be drilled in the sheet metal portion of the car that requires two bolts on the front most portion of the base plate. The drilling of these holes took most of the time. I went through two drill bits and believe some special step bits for drilling sheet metal would have helped (not supplied or identified as needed in the instructions). The instructions mention a fishing wire to be used for two other bolts. The fishing wire was not supplied and this took extra time fishing the bolts through the frame. I have heard some kits, perhaps not from Roadmaster provide this. The fit was similar to other experiences on the HHR where there was 1/4 space on one side between car and vertical bracket. The pictures in the instructions were not large enough with sufficient contrast to always see what components on the car were described in the text of the instructions. Arrows in the pictures would have helped also to point out the locations. Summary the install did work, just took extra time. 212419

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by: Rick J03/25/2014

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Recently, we decided to setup our 2008 Wrangler JK to be towed behind the motorhome. All I needed were base plates because we had a previous tow car. After doing a search for parts, I decided on to be the source. The product search was easy and the descriptions along with the large photos helped me determine my mechanical skills were enough to install the plates. The order process was quick and easy and the tracking info was helpful. A three day delivery delay occurred due to a snow storm in the mid-west. Once the parts arrived, I installed the parts in about four hours. The instructions were easy to follow, the pictures helped determine the procedure for installing, and everything fit as expected. I could not be more pleased with the base plates and Thanks very much! 122073


All of the parts work perfectly. They make connecting the Jeep easy and we are very happy. Thanks very much!

Rick J - 03/25/2015


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by: Don B.08/11/2013

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I'm 57 yrs old and I installed this bracket in the heat of the day here just south of Atlanta, Georgia today August 11 in about 4 hours. That's accounting for water breaks and helping a neighbor load something in his vehicle. The hardest part at my age is getting the 150 lbs of torque while under the truck. Piece of cake otherwise! 94483


Still on the road with no problems. Thank you for your follow up. I find it kind of interesting that your company is following up on a base plate product when automotive industry business dont. Bought my RV about a year ago and havent heard a peep from them. I say kudos to your Quality Assurance team. As a retired military serviceman with over 24 years in the support department, I know how much follow up and QA mean. Thank you and continue To do the Right thing.

Don B - 08/11/2014


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by: Philip D.11/09/2015

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

I needed a base plate for my 2012 Equinox, and didn't want to try and install it myself, so I called around and got very frustrated trying to find someone reputable to install one without charging an exorbitant install fee. I happened to see etrailer's advertisement on the web, and watched their installation video and was impressed at how thorough it was. I decided to try and do the install myself, and with the help of their video was able to get it installed with NO problems. Anyone with any mechanical ability could this. It was easy and I am very pleased with this product. 231663


I am very pleased with your product, your marketing, and your followup. I have told others about your products, and I would not hesitate to use any of them again. Thanks for what you do. Philip

Philip D - 12/31/2016


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by: Ted A.09/28/2015

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I decided to have this professionally installed, and it turned out great. The only hiccup was the Roadmaster install instructions for a Honda Pilot show the short cables attaching to the insides of the brackets while the holes are on the outside. The installer called Roadmaster and was told the design changed and the short cables are to be connected to the long cables from the motor home (see my picture). So far I've towed it only a few miles back to my house, but it seemed to work just fine. My first real trip is next month. I'll update the review if there's anything significant to report. Thanks etrailer for the expert advice and great customer service! 228211


Still working great! Were full timing now and have towed the Pilot from AR to TN to FL. Everything works great!

Ted A - 09/27/2016


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by: Dr. D07/06/2014

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Installed on 1998 Honda CR-V. Excellent instructions and online video. NO cutting or modification was required to vehicle (some CR-V models have additional plastic trim). The adapter kit fit PERFECTLY per instructions. Total install time was ONE HOUR. Please note the instructions require Locktite RED for the bolts which should be acquired before starting the project. You will need metric tools for the Honda bolts and standard US tools, including torque wrench, for the adapter kit. The kit is EXCELLENT quality. Etrailer provides OUTSTANDING customer service from the pre-sale process to post-install. THANK YOU! A special THANK YOU goes to my customer support and shipping reps! 139483


Absolutely PERFECT after using for the past year.

Dr. D - 07/06/2015


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by: Mark S.02/06/2017

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

The 3111-1base plate for my Saturn fit very well and can't be seen when the arms are removed. Wonderful product, and I am extremely happy it. Installation of the trailer receiver was very easy, fit like a glove, and is very solid. It took about 35 minutes. Instructions were very easy to follow. Great job Etrailer!. And thanks to George from Etrailer for the follow up email. You do a super job. 341418

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by: CRAIG A.09/14/2015

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Ordered on Wednesday received on Friday, installed on Saterday, Easy straight forward and simple instructions, 2hrs. and 10mins. to install, and an eight hundred number for any questions, Service representative was helpful and efficient, all and all a good experience...( 2005 Saturn Vue,4cyl ) 225375


I am very happy with my Roadmaster tow bar, I have used it to tow my car from Tampa to Tacoma, L.A. to Portland MA. and many places in between with no problems, it is very easy to use and set up and that is what I like the best.... I work for a drive-a-way company delivering school buses and trucks around the country during the summer....Thanks for the follow up, Craig, A.K.A. Atlanta Andy

CRAIG A - 10/11/2016


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by: Dave J05/13/2015

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Would have been 5 stars except for price - yikes! But it appears to be plenty sturdy. Removing the old bolts was by far the hardest part of the installation. I can't blame the new part for that. As can be seen in the pictures the pasenger side bumper trim piece interferes a bit with the plate. I believe I can trim the facia for a better fit. Also note the slotted opening on the passenger side. It installs easily, but when the tow bar plate is installed, this needs to be loosened and pursuaded into a better position. I appreciate etrailer's help in getting the right part. 192683

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by: Robert F.11/21/2013

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

The brackets came quickly after I had ordered them, customer service actually shipped them on a shorter transit time so that I could definitely get them before my vacation and I didn't have to pay the extra shipping charge. Installation was a breeze, straight forward and I feel very confident that I won't foresee any complications or problems in towing. The craftsmanship of these brackets are top notch. Very strong and durable and everything lined up perfectly on the frame. I recommend this to everyone who wants to tow their vehicle. 108070

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by: Bill G.04/24/2013

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Received this towing bracket...did not another within 3-4 days....good service....directions are good for a Honda Element, mine was a 2004 CRV.....if you cannot ad not try to do the install, otherwise an excellent fit and easy for the not challanged mechanically....if it says 10 mm might be 8 or here rather than there.....very happy with a quality product even if it took a second time.....everyone is allowed a screwup occasionally....and it was taken care of well.... 77741


Not a single complaint.......everything works as it should!!

Bill G - 04/24/2014


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by: Ron W.06/06/2012

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I love the product! It looks and works great. The only problem I have is with the installation, otherwise I would definately give it an excellent. I did the install by myself, in my own garage, with what I consider, tools that almost every "handy" homeowner has. A set of wrenches (metric and sae), both socket and open/boxed end, screw drivers, hammer, jig saw, cordless drill, torque wrench, etc. The 2.5 hrs shown as installation time was at least doubled, mostly due to somewhat difficult to understand instructions/photos, and several very (and I mean very) close tolerances. I realize I have fairly large hands, but nothing unusual for someone 6 ft tall. I was going to take photos all along the way, but quickly realized it would push the installation into a second day. The finished product looks just like the pictures in the installation instructions. Mine even happen to match the color, so not much point in adding before and after photos. Overall, I say it is a great product that almost any moderatly handy person can install. 43067

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by: Scott Parker04/24/2013

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Fit right up!! 77677


So far the plates are working great, it is an easy attachment for the tow bar and nothing gets in the way at all. Thanks again for the brackets..

Scott P - 04/24/2014


Scott, I have rock bumper like you have in the picture. Did you use the 1424-1 Road Master XL Base Plate? Was this very hard to install? Thanks for any information. Rich.

-- comment by: Rich A - 06/07/2014


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by: Don Giles07/30/2017

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

I bought the 118-15 XL bracket kit to install on a new-to-me 1997 Geo Tracker. I previously owned and towed a 2005 Jeep Liberty so I had the Roadmaster Stowmaster tow bar and associated equipment. Of course the mounting brackets are model specific so the ones on the Jeep would not fit the Tracker. This installation went well and the parts fit the frame as expected. I took both front wheels off in order to access the area and loosened the lower part of the bumper. You need some fairly long drill bits to drill the 1/2" holes in the frame but I was able to do it with what I had on hand. Also, there is a manufacturing boss inside the frame that gets in the way of sliding the inner holding plate easily. If you tilt it slightly to raise the outside edge it clears the boss and lines up with the drilled hole. This bracket kit is well designed and when the actual mounts are not installed the front of the Tracker looks stock. I have not towed the Tracker yet but I expect the system to work well. 412586

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by: John Allen07/18/2016

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

I am very pleased with the base plate I received from It went together in an afternoon. I didn't have to modify anything. All the holes lined up. Instructions were clear and easy to read. I had to trim the plastic splash guard as expected ( a simple job). Thanks very much for supplying me with this very functional excellent product. ..... John ... 273296

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by: Paul O.01/31/2014

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Thanks for your super support. You were very prompt answering any questions I had, and the shipping was very fast. Sorry I have taken so long in installing and then reviewing, but all went well. The product itself is excellent and fits the vehicle just fine. There was a 1/4" or so gap on one side to the frame, but you helped me with that question and by just tightening the hardware it came together fine. 115320


No problems. Everything is fine as ever. Thanks.Paul

Paul O - 01/31/2015


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by: Dale A.02/11/2016

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Roadmaster makes a great product so there's no question it will work well. Installation was everything they claimed it to be, easily done with simple tools and basic mechanical knowledge. Etrailer had outstanding customer service with competitive prices. There is no doubt in my mind I'll be a returning customer for any future needs. 237535

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by: Scott04/17/2013

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

This towbar attachment fit right up to my 97 Legacy wagon. Like the instructions said, there was just a little trimming of the black, soft plastic air foil under the plastic bumper cover. I did that with a tin-snip and a utility knife. I had it installed in a couple hours, including set-up and clean-up. 76622


I got this for a trip from California to Minnesota, pulling the Subaru. Approximately 2000 miles. Pulled the Subaru just fine.

Scott - 04/18/2014


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by: Richard S.05/23/2015

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Received product faster than expected. The width was off about 1/2 inch shimmed it and works great. Installation took around 3 hours. 195147


product works great , installed with minor adjustment

Richard S - 06/11/2016


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by: Dave11/19/2010

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Every part needed was there I am definitely not worried about this base plate coming of the truck! It is always a little suprising on stuff like this when all the bolts and steel that are attached to the vehicle eventually pass the stress onto 1 or 2 bolts down the system. I guess overbuilding the base plate is cheaper than engineering a lighter and smaller one. The It took two of us all day to put it on, but that was to be expected. As careful as we were, some holes didn't line up right, and we had to do some grinding to account for weld beads on the tow vehicle. I'd say that the tolerances were too tight, and un-necessarily so. Overall the fitment issues were anticipated and we had the tools (large drills and metal grinder) to address them. The effort was worth it to save the $ on a self install. I can see why the RV shops charge so much to install, however. 3649

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by: Dale C09/27/2012

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Haven't towed the Vue yet but the install was pretty much as described on the video and written instructions. One suggestion is to install the air dam over the tabs before putting the grill back on . The air dam was a very tight fit and I had to remove more material above the cut outs to get it over the tabs. I think it would be simpler to put air dam over the tabs install grill and then attach the air dam to the bottom of the grill. It looks great exactly as in photos on your install page. 55869


Back from our trip Towed the Vue 14,000 miles, Coast to coast, never had any problems with the base plate or hardware checked the torque on the bolts a couple of times, they were exactly as when I installed the unit. very little signs of wearing where the pins secured the tow bar to the base plate. good value!

-- comment by: Dale C - 06/09/2013


We are glad to hear the trip was a success and the base plates performed as they should. Thank you for the update.

-- Patrick B - 6/10/2013


still pleased with the base plate and it appears to be doing its job!

-- comment by: Dale C - 04/02/2014


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by: Ken11/07/2014

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First let me say that all of my MANY questions were answered with great patience. I called on 2 separate occasions and both representatives where extremely helpful. Being one who always seems to wait until the last minute. I asked if I ordered it on Tuesday would I have it in time to install that weekend. I was assured I would and I did! It was a pretty straight forward install with the helpful instructions. Which had detailed colored pictures. It's surprising the difference colored pictures make. You can actually see what their pointing out. As opposed to most instructions you get today. Where it's impossible to make out what there saying. I would absolutely order from etrailer again. As a matter of fact I did. I ordered my tow vehicle lighting kit from them a few days later. I was unsure which kit to pick and received the same great assistance. 159777

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by: Jeff F.09/20/2015

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Web sit was easy to navigate. Couldn't find my exact model of car but took a chance and it came out fine. The base plates shipped and arrived quickly. The box they shipped in was torn up and the accessory bag was torn open but everything was there. Could maybe use a little more tape around the product inside the box. The plates were scratched up but nothing but cosmetics. Installed in just over half hour and look great. Very good experience. 226606

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by: Dan09/05/2017

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Plug and Play! No major hassles installing this bar; it fit the frame perfectly. It arrived well packaged. All necessary hardware was included; no missing pieces. The instructions were fairly clear and pictures were in color, a great help. There are enough etrailer videos online to review on how to install to boost your confidence. Minor gripe - you have to drill one ½" hole through a support on both sides, although it's made easier by being able to use the bar as a template and you don't have to be under the vehicle to do it. Just be sure you have a drill motor/bit combination that will allow you to drill a hole this size. Bottom line - if you're handy with tools you shouldn't have any major problems installing this yourself. I set aside a full day to do this, but finished in about 4 hours. 428979

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by: Richard07/29/2015

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

The towing base plate arrived very quickly, as advertised, and was promptly installed by my mechanic. I could not be happier with the product and service received from Etrailer. 215148


currently towing our Equinox across the country with our Motorhome...the base plates work fine,

Richard - 08/05/2016


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by: Kim P.01/20/2015

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

A well engineered product that mounts solidly to the chassis. No cutting or trimming of any stock components. With the tow bar mounts removed the mounts are recessed from the bumper and nearly invisible. 170596


The parts are working perfectly. Thank you.

Kim P - 01/26/2016


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by: Danny A03/06/2015

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This is my second order from ETrailer and came on time all parts are here and if this base plate goes on as good as the first one did I will be very satisified. Great products and service. Rose was very friendly to deal with. 177245



Danny A - 03/05/2016


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by: Mel W.05/22/2013

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Installation instructions were superb. Tow bar easy to attach. 81491


I dont have the car that I bought the base plate for, however, I bought a new Honda CR-V and had a Road Master base plate put on it and it is really working out great.

Mel W - 05/23/2014


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by: Chuck W.11/17/2017

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

I have mounted four different Roadmaster brackets in the passed but this model had some serious problems. The drivers side bracket attached to my 2001 Jeep TJ very easily per the instructions. The passenger side bracket on the other hand had serious engineering deficiencies. None of the mounting holes matched up to the vehicle frame. Two of the bracket holes needed to be enlarged to engage. The back hole was very difficult aligning the inside required drilled hole with the outside slotted opening. Near impossible to enlarge a slotted frame opening. May be fine for a fully equipped shop with all the tools required but not so much for the home mechanic. I'd still recommend these brackets but know what your getting into. 452768

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by: Michael Henry06/06/2015

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From start to finish it was a pleasant experience working with Mike at etrailer. Being new to the tow car world it is a rather daunting process to get a car ready to become a tow car, the lights and the brakes and the tow bar and OH YEA the tow bracket for the car, I was given a Stowmaster tow bar and went online to get a compatible bracket for the car , it amazed me how many people know so little about this subject until I found Mike and etrailer with in 5 minutes we had the correct bracket, great information and assurance that he was there if I needed anything or had any questions. Bracket came in 4 days and I can't wait to have it installed . THANK YOU Mike , etrailer should be proud to have you on their team. 201069

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by: Erik H.08/22/2012

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

I purchased these for my 1995 Full Size Ford Bronco. They are very well built and heavy duty, the pictures don’t do them justice. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality. They were very easy to install, and although the instructions say about 2 hours, I was finished in about 45min taking my time. The fit was perfect. I was originally planning to fabricate some myself due to not wanting to spend the 400.00 but I am so glad I didn’t, as these are worth every penny. Shipping was also way faster than I expected! They arrived within a few days of my order! THANKS ETRAILER! 52632


Erik H. I have a 96 Ford Bronco and looking for illustrated installation instructions or tips, specifically torsion bar nut

-- comment by: RJ - 11/01/2015


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by: Dennis R.12/03/2016

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Received parts in two days after ordering. Complete well made directions and video. Removed the bumper cover and installed the tow bracket. All holes were in the right place and installation was great. I ordered the wiring kit also and was able to plug in to the tail lamp wires. Ordered the adapter disconnect for the brake lamp. This is needed to make the conversion work. The installation was complete and is an excellent tow bracket that hardly shows. Its engineered well and wiring included all necessary diodes. Towed the car about 1/2 mile to make sure everything was ok . Hooked up to the motor home and towed it 1200 miles to New Orleans. I highly recommend using this product. 322916

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by: Russ m.11/15/2014

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Start to finish 5 hours. Very good instructions. I put the cooler line above the brace. It was harder to put the brace in but had more free space for the line. 161076



Russ m - 11/15/2015


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by: James D.05/11/2009

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Near perfect match for the 09 Advertise to be 2.5 hours for the installation. Plan on much more if you attempt to install yourself. I had a reliable Body Shop install the base plate and I'm glad I did. About 4-hours to install the base plate. Instructions are complex and it requires a good deal of expertise for installing on Toyota Camry. Instructions are not 100% accurate and the installation will require some cuting or removal of Camry components. Upon completion of the installation it looks great and everything worked to hook up the tow bar. Etrailor package arrived ahead of schedule with all the necessary components and instructions. 1836

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by: JJ06/01/2015

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Well written easy to follow instructions. Pieces fit together and fit the chassis without any problems. Highly recommend. 199677


Completely satisfied

JJ - 05/31/2016


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by: Mike01/23/2017

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

I am very happy with my resent purchase of the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar and the Roadmaster XL Base Plate. It took me about 3 hours to install the base plate. The directions that came with the product and the instructional video on were a big help. The Falcon 2 Tow bar is easy to setup and use right away. I will be towing a 2015 Ford Explorer behind my RV. I have not used the setup with my RV, but I did tow the Explorer around the block a few times with my F150, just to see how it all hooked up. It was incredibly easy. Way better than dealing with a tow dolly, like I have for the past two years. 334680

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by: Jerry01/06/2017

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

The baseplate were delivered on time. Installation was straight forward. Because these baseplates were for a truck no disassembly was required, only minor timming of the front air dam. The new baseplates were easy to install and they fit perfectly. The instructions were clear and useful. I originally called a RV shop to have them purchase and install the baseplates. But they said they checked with Roadmaster and the baseplates were not available for my truck because of its age (it's a 1997 GMC Sierra 1500 4X4). I guess the should have checked with They lost a job, not good for business. 330555

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by: Sheb M10/08/2012

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Ordered on Saturday, received on Thursday. I have waited 2 to 3 weeks for free shipping from other companies. This base plate fit like a glove and the instructions were very easy to follow. This is my 3rd order from etrailer and it won't be my last... 56653


I work for a Drive-Away service and do a lot of towing behind a varied assortment of tow vehicles..The items mentioned in this Email have been performing flawlessly since I purchased them. When several of us go on a big job, I am hooked up and ready to roll while they are still struggling with magnetic lights etc. The job is so much simpler when it is done right.

-- comment by: Sheb M - 04/10/2014


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by: G.B.08/21/2015

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

As usual, very prompt service and exactly what I needed. Never gone wrong with! 220696


GREAT! Never a problem

G.B. - 08/20/2016


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by: Dave T12/12/2014

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

etrailer video was more helpful than Roadmaster instructions. Keep up the great help. 165407


Great with no problems

Dave T - 12/12/2015


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by: James Mcdonald02/06/2014

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

The part seems to fit well with one exception. Although the tab for the main support fit the drivers side perfectly, I experienced a 1/4" gap between the tab (vertical) and the frame on the passenger side. A search of the Internet discovered others have experienced a similar problem.... some reported up to a 1/2" gap. In my cased, I shimmed the gap with three 2" flat washers. I have not yet trimmed and reinstalled the fascia as I will do that tomorrow. I am a bit anxious about the fascia fit at this point. 115967


James, any chance you can Email me a copy of the installation instructions?ThxFrank NC

-- comment by: Frank H - 08/31/2014


The installation instructions are linked above on the right hand side of the page, under the add to cart button.

-- Rachael H - 9/2/2014

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by: Brent09/25/2014

Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates

Wow, what a great company to deal with! Am in the process of making my GMC Yukon a tow dingy and called to order the parts. Got to etrailer in my search and it ended there. These people KNOW their trailers and equipment, not only did I get everything I wanted for the best price on the net, but in two instances staff recommended other ways to do the same job that saved me about $309.00. There is one sales rep there, Katie D. who is on the top of her job, an immense help ordering, also pointing out where I can get additional help thru video that etrailer has. Just a great company to deal with. 153039

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  • What do I need to Flat Tow A 2001 Ford Explorer in the Least Expensive Manner
  • I am not sure if you will have to disconnect the drive shaft. This varies from vehicle to vehicle and drive line packages within that vehicle. Consult the Explorer Owner Manual to see what will be involved in flat towing your Explorer. The least expensive flat tow route I would recommend is using the Roadmaster Tracker Tow bar, part # RM-020. You will also need base plates that attach to the frame of the Explorer and provide a mounting location for the tow bar. Roadmaster XL Base Plates,...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2002 Ford Explorer with Roadmaster Stowmaster Tow Bar
  • For your 2002 Ford Explorer you would first need to start with a base plate kit to allow it to be flat towed with the Stowmaster part # Rm-501. For that you would want part # 480-1 for if it is not a Sport model. Or part # 474-1 for if you do have a Sport model. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will...
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  • Parts Needed To Dinghy Tow 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Behind RV
  • You will want to consult your owners manual to see what is involved when you flat tow your 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The items needed to flat-tow are base plates, a tow bar, safety chains, lighting for your Explorer, and most states now require a supplemental brake system. For the base plates I recommend the Roadmaster Base Plates, part # 474-1. When you are not towing, you can remove the visible part of the brackets from the Explorer, making the system almost invisible. I then...
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  • Parts to Flat Tow 2001 Ford Explorer with a Roadmaster Base Plate Kit and Blue Ox Tow Bar
  • The first thing you are going to need is replacement draw bars for the base plate kit that is on your 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. It looks like you have the Roadmaster Base Plate Kit # 474-1. To get the proper replacement arms you will need # RM-ARMS. Use the instructions linked to the right, which is actually a form that needs to be filled out to ensure the new arms fit. Next, you would need a Roadmaster Tow Bar Adapter # RM-032 like you referenced to allow your Blue Ox tow bar to...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • For your 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac we have the Roadmaster base plate kit part # 474-1 which is a confirmed fit. It does not attach to the stock tow brackets though. Since your vehicle is a 2005 that means there will be some frame drilling to install this kit. Check out the attached install instructions for more info on that. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The most...
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  • Replacement Drawbar Arms for Roadmaster Base Plate Kit # 474-1 on a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • We do have the replacement drawbar arms for Roadmaster base plate kit # 474-1. You will need # RM-ARMS. Use the instructions, linked to the right, which is actually a form that needs to be filled out to ensure the new replacement arms will fit. Current pricing is available on the product pages.
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  • Flat Towing Setup Recommendation for a 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • You have a tow bar now, the # RM-067 is just a component of the tow bar you currently have, and now you need a base plate kit for your vehicle as well as everything else needed to flat tow. For a base plate kit you would need the part # 474-1. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground. For lighting you can use the bulb and socket kit, # RM-155, and not have to worry about cutting and splicing into the vehicle wiring. And...
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  • Are Blue Ox Base Plates With Removable Tabs Available for a 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, # BX2166, is the only Blue Ox base plate kit that is available for your 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, but it does not have removable tabs. You may be interested in the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, # 474-1. This base plate kit includes removable draw bars and is compatible with all Roadmaster tow bars. You could also get the Roadmaster to Blue Ox Adapter, # RM-033, to use the Roadmaster base plate kit with Blue Ox tow bars. If you were looking for any...
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