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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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2013 Ram 1500 - Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Blue Ox
  • Twist Lock Attachment

Custom designed to fit your Ram 1500 so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has easily removable arms that offer a seamless look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis, so no welding is required.


  • Custom-fit base plate provides attachment points for your tow bar when flat towing
  • Hidden design provides a clean, seamless look
    • Arms remove with a simple twist when not in use
    • Brackets won't protrude past the front of your vehicle
  • Sturdy design spreads towing force evenly to prevent stress on your vehicle's suspension
  • Integrated mounting points let you easily attach an electrical connector plug with bracket (sold separately)
  • Receiver covers keep dirt and debris out of the base plate when arms are removed and provide a finished look
  • Durable steel construction is powder coated to resist rust and corrosion
  • Straightforward installation - no welding required
    • Base plate bolts securely to your vehicle's chassis with included mounting hardware
  • Sturdy lugs pair with Blue Ox tow bars to form a secure and reliable connection
    • Adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars - adapter (RM-031 or RM-031-5) sold separately
    • Adaptable for use with Demco tow bars - adapter (BX88310) sold separately
  • Made in the USA


  • Distance between brackets: 33-1/2"
  • Bracket height: 19-1/2"
  • 3-Year warranty

Simple, Hidden Design

Blue Ox Base Plate With Arms AttachedBlue Ox Base Plate Arms Removed

This base plate's hidden design creates a clean and seamless look. The bracket arms are easily removable, creating a slick appearance when you're not flat towing. Because the arms can be removed, you also won't have to worry about banging your leg into any protruding arms when you walk by.

Blue Ox Base Plate Removable Arms

Attaching and removing the bracket arms is a breeze. To attach the arms to the base plate, simply insert them into the receivers and rotate them until they lock into place. Once you're finished towing and want to remove the arms, pull the pin to disengage the lock, rotate the arms, and remove them from the receivers. Finally, plug up the now empty receivers with the included receiver covers to help keep dirt and debris out of the base plate and provide a finished look.

Guide to Flat Towing

Flat towing your vehicle is much more convenient than using a trailer or a tow dolly. These other options take up much more storage space, leaving you less room both at home and at the campsite. In addition, securing your vehicle to a trailer or tow dolly can be a hassle and more time consuming than hooking up with a tow bar.

There are 5 basic components needed when flat towing a vehicle: a tow bar, a base plate kit, a safety cable set, tow bar wiring, and a supplemental braking system.

Towing Basics

The tow bar links your towed car to your motorhome. It attaches to the custom-fit base plates that install on the frame of your towed car. Safety cables ensure that your towed car does not separate from your motorhome in the event that your tow bar becomes detached. Tow bar wiring allows your towed vehicle's signal lights to sync up with your motorhome's tail lights, which is required by law in most states. Finally, the supplemental braking system - also required in most states - brakes your towed car when the brakes in your motorhome are activated, preventing wear on the motorhome and decreasing braking distance for your entire setup.

BX2409 Blue Ox Baseplate - Removable Tabs

Installation Details BX2409 Installation instructions

Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX2409

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1659 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.

- BX2409
Dodge Ram Pickup

This was the first time ordering via etrailer, my only comment about the ordering process would be (in my case) I picked the item and it came back saying (with a green checkmark) confirmed to fit my vehicle, as it turned out in my case my Ram 1500 had 2 options I wasn't aware of.... I contacted etrailer and got a consumer service Rep (Kirsten R) and the problem was quickly resolved, working with Kirsten was definitely a plus and I can only hope her supervisor's read these reviews....

- BX2409

This is my first time ordering from here. I am new to RVing and the website with instructional videos make it so easy to buy and instal yourself. The Base plate was easy and only took me about 2 hours to remove the old hooks and put the base plates on.

- BX2409

Package arrived damaged, all parts seem to be there

- BX2409

Can't go wrong with blue ox great service promt dilervy ??

- BX2409
2015 Ram 1500

works great thanks

- BX2409

- BX2409

Wonderful service.

- BX2409
2018 Ram 1500

- BX2409
2015 Ram 1500

- BX2409

- BX1134

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2017 jk unlimited with quadratec qrc full bumper/ winch. BX1134 is the one you need for this install .Install went well only had to make a couple notches in bumper. Photos attached.cables had to be attached to base plate rear rings no room between bumper and base plate to go around.If you don't want rattles just wire tie rings to baseplate once they are secure trough plate holes it'll thighten thinks up. Very well made product.

Working great very happy with this product. Made well holding up in different weather conditions.still looking like the day I installed it , I would recommend this product.
Nicholas - 08/23/2021

- BX1139

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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.

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

- BX3224

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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.

- BX2265

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Installing this baseplate on my 2019 Honda SI was almost easy. As long as I took my time. Instructions were clear & photos accurate. Did most of the work myself, but wife helped at critical points. We are in our seventies, so we spread moving pad over layers of cardboard on concrete to cushion our old bones. Only slight cutting needed on plastic grill. Everything blended into the grill nicely.

After a year, we have towed the Civic over 5K mi. Everything is still tight, but I check it periodically just to make sure.
Rob F - 07/05/2021

- BX2190

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Poor alignment of bolt holes on my 08 Ford Edge, both side. Required a lot of work to shape alignment to get interior bolts to go through. It's not cheaply made. It's substantial. No doubt it will handle the load. Just wish it aligned better. If I wasn't committed to a Blue Ox Tow Bar, I'd probably have sent it back and went with a different brand/different bolt on design.

- BX1130

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The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit w/removable arms arrived quickly and installed onto my 2016 Jeep Patriot 5 speed just as the instructions indicated. The photos included in the installation instructions were a big plus in helping me stay on track. The base plate is well made and will provide many years of service being towed behind my 2021 FR3 motor home. All components required by law for towing are installed and tested. We can't wait for our first trip in July to take our dinghy with us. Thank you eTrailer

- BX3827

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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.

- BX1633

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the hitch fit perfect. Ir took me around 2 hours to install, that includes getting my tools, jackets lights and hand tools. Then 3 breaks because it was a 100 degrees here. It was hard to believe that the hitch fit so well.

- BX2800

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I have bought a few base plates over the years for my work vehicles and all have been the highest quality. This one by far was the easiest to install. It took about 5 hours from start to finish and anyone with basic mechanical skills and can follow directions can install this plate themselves.

No problems. All the hardware is still tight and secure. No stressing or or issues seen. I use this for work and tow approximately 70,000 miles a year
Jason p - 10/30/2020

- BX2199

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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

- BX1987

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The baseplate arrived on time and well packaged. The instructions were easy and working by myself I was able to complete this in about 8 hours. I was taking my time and also learning the car which is quirky. I selected the Blue Ox due to the light weight tow tabs. My RV at the time had a very light towing capacity. After pulling my Smart Fortwo on a 1600 mile trip I have to say everything worked well and with the car so light @ 1800lbs it did not affect my mileage at all. Thanks etrailer for coming through again and thanks to Rebecca N for all your help.

- BX3622

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Fit nicely on my 2021 (MT) Subaru Crosstrek. I’m very satisfied with The timely delivery of baseplate. George at etrailer was quick to answer my questions regarding the baseplate before I ordered.

The Blue Ox baseplate is working well. All Blue Ox tow bars and equipment have been good purchases for me. With regard to towing my 2021 MT Crosstrek I have pulled it about 5000 miles in 2021. Whether it is helpful or not, I idle the engine at least 5 minutes at each stop for fuel. However, the engine smells hot after towing and with Subaru stating that four-wheel down towing is not covered I have quit using the car as a tow vehicle. The car runs fine but at this point I am not going to risk damaging it as it will not be covered by warranty. I have never been able to find another recent Crosstrek owner to ask about their experience towing. It is too bad as the weight is perfect for pulling behind my Mercedes Sprinter chassis RV.
VMB - 09/27/2021

- BX1120

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Perfect fit, well built of high quality materials. In my mind you just can't get much better than Blue Ox. The only issue is that the BX1120 doesn't have removable twist lock tabs. The fixed draw bar mounting tabs are at just the right height and position to play havoc with your shins when the draw bar is not installed. I solved that problem with a shin guard I made of 2 inch schedule 40 PVC. (see photo) Fits perfectly, guards the breakaway switch and lighting connector when not in use, and solves the shin interference problem.

After a year of occasional use I am still very happy with the BX1120 baseplate. Its a joy to use high quality products from a high quality supplier. Ive always gotten the highest quality support from the folks at Etrailer. Thanks folks.
Alan C - 04/13/2020

- BX1518

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The base plate on our 2019 Buick Envision was installed by Three Way Campers in Marietta, GA. Their hitch man did an outstanding job! Your can hardly tell that the Buick is fully configured for flat towing! Everything - the fit and finish, the symmetry of the wiring, the interior plug for breakaway protection, was done flawlessly. We are very pleased with Blue Ox, from determining the right base plate to prompt delivery and the perfect condition of all parts ordered Thanks!

- BX1719

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Installed this on a 2014 Chevy Express 3500 15 passenger van. Install was time consuming, as holes needed to be drilled (went through 2 drill bits) and the nuts must be fished through the frame, then "caught" by the bolt. I think there were 12 of them! Instructions were clear, though, and I've safely towed without incident over 7,000 miles in the past year. Definitely rock solid! Paired up with a Blue Ox Aventa 7,500 lb tow bar.

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    The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX2409 is indeed a correct fit for your 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Limited; I confirmed this with my technical contact at Blue Ox. The Alpha tow bar # BX7380 you referenced is fully compatible. This tow bar includes the required safety cables. The other components you'll need for safe and legal flat-towing are a lighting/wiring kit and a supplementary braking system for your towed truck. The accessory kit you referenced, # BX88229, is a good choice since...
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  • Flat Towing Setup Recommendation for a 2013 Ram 1500 Sport
    Base plate kits and brush guards will end up using the same area of the frame for installation so you can only use one or the other. For a base plate kit the Blue Ox # BX2409 has been confirmed to fit your 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport. I attached an install video. For a tow bar with a 10k capacity you would want the Blue Ox Avail part # BX7420. For supplemental braking you would want the Blue Ox Patriot part # BRK2019. For lighting you would want the diode kit part # RM-154.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2015 Ram 1500 Laramie
    The first thing you need to flat tow your 2015 Ram 1500 is a base plate kit confirmed to fit the truck. For that the Blue Ox base plate part # BX2409 is a fit and what I recommend. This is the easiest to install and use option out there so it will work well for you. See install video. For a tow bar the part # BX7420 would be what I recommend as well. This is very easy to use, reliable, and overall very high quality so it will last you a long time. For lighting you can use the diode...
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    The Blue Ox Base Plate kit part # BX2409 fits the 2020 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock edition that you mentioned.
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    To flat tow a vehicle you will need at least 5 items: base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, lighting solution, and supplemental braking. Starting with the base plates the proper ones are going to depend on some specific information about your truck. If your Ram is a 1500 but not a Sport or Express you can use Blue Ox base plates # BX1986 or Roadmaster base plates # 52289-1. If your Ram is a 1500 Sport or Express you can use Blue Ox base plates # BX2409 or Roadmaster base plates #...
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    The correct base plate kit you will need to use the Blue Ox Aventa II Tow Bar part BX7335 on your 2017 Ram 1500 is the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit part # BX2412 if you have the Rebel, Big Horn, Laramie, or Laramie Longhorn; part # BX1986 if you have the Tradesman or Limited; and part # BX2409 if you have the Sport or Express edition. I have attached an install video on each of these kits for you. The correct flat-tow wiring harness I recommend for you is the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire...
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  • Recommended Flat Tow Setup for 2018 Ram 1500
    For your 2018 Ram 1500, I recommend starting with the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # BX2412 for most models. If you have the Sport or Express model, then you will use # BX2409 instead. Then for your tow bar, I recommend the Blue Ox Avail - 10,000 lbs # BX7420 which comes with the safety cables needed. For your tow bar wiring, I recommend the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267 which will protect your factory electrical system while also utilizing...
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    To flat tow your 2018 Ram 1500 you'll need a base plate kit installed first. For that you'll want the # BX2412 for if you have a Big Horn, Laramie, or Rebel. If you have a Sport or Express instead you'd want the part # BX2409. You'll need a higher capacity tow bar too for your truck like the Blue Ox Alpha part # BX7380 which has a 6,500 lb capacity and would work well. This comes with safety cables too. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about...
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    When putting together a flat towing package you'll need parts from the following categories: base plates, tow bar, safety cables, tow bar wiring, supplemental braking and a high low adapter. Your base plates and tow bar will need to be compatible, and since you may want to tow two different vehicles, a portable supplemental braking system would be the best choice. I've linked some articles that specifically talk about flat towing these two vehicles, but will also provide a quick list of...
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