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Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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  • Removable Draw Bars
  • Hitch Pin Attachment
Roadmaster base plates for your 2013 Ram 1500 are available from etrailer.com. Installation instructions and reviews for your Ram base plates. Expert service, and cheapest base plates price guarantee. etrailer.com carries a complete line of Roadmaster products. Order your Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms part number RM-298-1 online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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2013 Ram 1500 - Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Designed specifically for heavy-duty applications, crossbar-style brackets install onto your Ram 1500's frame to provide attachment points for a motor-home-mounted tow bar. Front arms are easily removable when not in use.


Features:

  • Hidden bracket design - drawbars are easily removable via 2 pins
  • Computer-cut, all-steel construction provides exceptional strength
  • Black powder coat finish is durable and corrosion resistant
  • Simple installation - no welding
    • Custom base plates ensure a perfect fit for your vehicle
  • No crossbar needed - faster hookup and sleeker appearance
    • Crossbar not required because XL series base plates are designed for strong, heavy-duty applications
  • Compatible with all Roadmaster tow bars that slide into trailer hitch receivers
  • Instructions and mounting hardware included
  • Made in the USA


The drawbars, or front arms, on the crossbar-style base plate kit are simple to mount and remove, easily securing with 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.



298-1 Road Master XL Base Plate Kit



RM-298-1 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details RM-298-1 Installation instructions


Customer Reviews

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - RM-298-1

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (127 Customer Reviews)

Designed specifically for heavy-duty applications, crossbar-style brackets install onto your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for a motor-home-mounted tow bar. Front arms are easily removable when not in use.

- 3160-3B
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Great Roadmaster tow brackets. Much cheaper than any where else and wonderful people to deal with. They answered all of my questions, changed the bracket to a better one and were very helpful. After i changed my order 2 days after the order the packages arrived on the earlier promised date. 204422


Comments

Great! We have towed our Equinox all over Texas. All we have to do is take out one 5 amp fuse shift to neutral and go as stated in owners guide.

Larry S - 06/17/2016

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- 1430-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Great product, but there is alot of work to cut material away from the bumper to have the Roadmaster MX Base Plate Kit properly mounted. It is more cutting than I had seen from previous instructions from Roadmaster. 12921



- 3154-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Excellent construction. Arrived well packaged and undamaged. Instructions from manufacturer were thorough though a bit dated for more recent late model vehicles. The instructional videos on eTrailer.com were more up to date regarding newer body fascia/ bumper issues. There is a large bolt on the top of the bumper mount on my 2011 Chevy Avalanche LTZ that had to be either ground down or backed out to allow the insertion of the main frame insert. This was not addressed by anyone. I immediately towed my vehicle that weekend approx. 350 miles and everything stayed tight. Hookup to the Roadmaster Blackhawk 2 tow bar was as easy as advertised with no fuss. I do wish the receiver pins were a reduced size to approximate the 1.5 inch size of the removable arms instead of pins that would fit a 2inch receiver. It would be a cleaner look. There is NO perceptible whistle or noise from the empty base plates when driving the vehicle at highway speeds. Having said that, a nice touch would be to include an insert/cover for the empty base plates for appearances. I'm very pleased with the product. There needs to be more information on the product site regarding the selection of the MX baseplate vs. the XL baseplates. It wasn't until I received my products that I understood the differences and the way they attached to the tow bar. 171244



- 4427-3A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Very good fit. Easy to install. Directions were fairly easy to follow. Will be towing behind our Winnebago Journey. This is my 3rd baseplate from trailer. Great company and customer service. 216472


Comments

Still works perfectly as advertised

Rick - 08/03/2016

19886

- 1432-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


The Roadmaster base plate worked well. However Roadmaster needs to have an update on their instructions from 2012. There are some changes for the 2014 but they become obvious as you install the base plate. They also should include shims for the passenger side base plate where it fastens to the main frame or correct the fit. As others have stated make sure you have a die grinder or at the least a drill that will accept a grinding stone to enlarge the holes on the frame of the Jeep. I used a three inch metal cutting wheel to trim the plastic rock shield around the base plate. I lined up the holes used to attach the shield and marked the area where the base plate needed trimming with a sharpie. The cutting wheel cuts so quick through the plastic I didn’t need very much cleanup of the trimmed area. Just a note the push in plastic pins for the shield must be for one time use because they would not hold the shield tight after they had been removed. I replaced them with bolts, washers, lock washers and nuts. The shield is now solid. 123384



- RM-4431-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


I have one suggestion that would greatly increase your review score. The flat threaded nuts with the wire attachments are a good thought that unfortunately were ruined by a careless production manager. Do not paint the threads !!!! When you reach inside the the frame horn to start these nuts you can only get one to two threads in and you are unable to hold it any longer with the wire attachment. Or with a wrench or anything else for that matter. I had to take each one and run the bolt in and out of it several times to clear the paint from the threads so that the bolt could be run up flush just by holding the wire. Looks like a good piece that was was not thought thru 100 %. 304413



- 354-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


It's been a year since I install the Roadmaster MX Base Plate Kit and it's works just as advertised. I've had no issues at all. Love the product and I got great support from etrailer. 563778



- 1541-5
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Excellent product. Easy to install on my 2005 Honda Element. Didn't have to cut anything on the frame or the grill fascia. Went with the Roadmaster over the Blue Ox because it is a less conspicuous baseplate and it wasn't necessary to alter any of the frame/metal on the car. I have a Blue Ox tow bar so I also had to have an adapter kit to hook the two together. Etrailer.com was very helpful getting me the correct parts I needed. Their customer service is A+++. I have attached 'before' and 'after' pictures (I think). I cut the electrical mount and a few tabs off of the baseplate to give it a cleaner look. I will hide the wires behind the grill and bring them out when in use. Also purchased a few plastic caps to cover tubes. 436995



- 3160-3A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Overall the baseplate installation on my 2012 Chevy equinox went very well; if you have a reasonable set of tools and a torque wrench and a little mechanical talent you should be able to do it and save yourself a few hundred dollars. I chose this baseplate because it didn't require any cutting of the chassis to fit. I have a Demco Tow Bar and replaced the ends that connect to the base plate with adapters from Demco for $62; however, neither Roadmaster or Demco supplied the lynch pins so I had to purchase them seperately for another $25. I did substitute elastic stop nuts for the nuts, lock washers etc. supplied. I felt that if the elastic stop nuts ever came lose, they wouldn't fall off letting a bolt fall out as if I had used the supplied hardware ($4). Also, there is one bolt hole on the chassis that needs to be threaded but the washer supplied with the bolt to fill that hole is inadequate and collapses into the base plate mounting hole; it should be a thick fender type washer. While the instructions didn't say to, I removed the horns for better access to the nut behind a plate that was being installed. Also, the torque for the bolt that screws into the suspension, according to the torque chart supplied, should be near 100 ft. lbs. When I took out the original bolts they were no where near that tight; I had a less than one foot ratchet and was easily able to loosen the bolt. I torqued the bolt I installed to 56 ft lbs because I was unsure if the anchor nut could handle 100 ft lbs and the last thing I wanted to do was break a blind nut that I couldn't access. As for the facia, the only modification I made was to widen the opening for the hitch post by 1.5". I followed the curve of the facia opening when cutting; I used masking tape to guide where I was cutting. The tool I used was a cheap hand coping saw that I could turn the blade a little to keep the saw frame from rubbing on the facia while I cut. The facia material is so soft it only took a minute to make the cuts. Cleaning up the opening with a small file will make the change almost unnoticable. The instructions say the job should take 2.5 hours and that's pretty close if you have everything at hand and work dilegently; I did not, plus I'm old and creak when I get up and down, so it took me 3.5 hours. The best labor quote I had to install the base plate was $225; but, I had nothing to do anyway. 29456



- 266-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Good service. Fast delivery. Products are as advertised. 641746



- RM-344-3B
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Real happy with the base plate. Instructions were good. Etrailer was very good to work with. Thanks 641382



- 4405-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


I am very happy with this tow bar, it connects very quickly to our RV and we're on our way. I have had no problems in the year that I have used it. 640895



- 4414-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


The Roadmaster 4414-3 fit my 2009 Escape well with only minor drilling. The most tedious part was enlarging a hole to put lock washers and nuts into a tubular structure to complete the anchor bolts. The finished installation with the help of a neighbor auto mechanic looks great as in the advertised pictures. The baseplate is very solid and an easy hook up with a Falcon All-Terrain tow bar set up. Shipping from etrailer was very fast with great prices an ongoing feed back on my order status. 639350



- 3154-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Great product, perfect fit for my vehicle, professional customer service, reliable and knowledgeable on all their product, I strongly recommend them. 638973



- 1427-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Great. Worked so well, I got the same for a second vehicle. Could not be more pleased. 635471



- 199-6
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Pulled entire length of route 66 and then some. We had absolutely no issues with all of our etrailer equipment. Thanks for all of your help. 601726



- 4427-3A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Pretty straight forward instructions, easy to follow, would definitely recommend watching the online video first. had to do a little bit of pounding with a lead shot hammer to get 2 of the holes to line up, but not too difficult. 601286



- RM-3177-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


On time delivery, great products, professional service and very knowledgeable staff. I strongly recommend using etrailer for ur needs. 595866



- RM-3177-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


I recently purchased a 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 that needs to be set up so that I can tow it behind my motor home. E-Trailer had the best price and their website was easy and efficient to use. This is the fourth vehicle that I've had to equip for towing and E-Trailer made the process a pleasure and I received the base plates in three days. Thank you 584474



- 1541-5
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Best price I could find. Perfect fit on my 2006 Honda Element (towed). Will continue to use you guys in the future. As you see I just ordered the back up lights for my 2002 Allegro Bus from you. They just got here and are once again, a perfect fit. Thanks 582299



- 1555-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Installed easily and works as it should Priced right 582004



- 1187-3A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


The base plate was easy to install. No issues with the installation. The instruction could be a little better on the trimming of the grill. 577001



- 919-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Easy installation. Minimal valence trimming. Quality product. 576715



- 1429-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


I ordered these for a customers Jeep . They fit with a little bit of tweaking, not sure if it was the brackets or the Jeep. I do a bit of street rod work so I'm used to making stuff fit. ETrailer is a great place to buy from however and they are the best when it comes to customer support! 573331



- 1541-5
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Very easy installation on 2003 Honda Element. No cutting required and fit was perfect. Delivery was exceptional. Will definitely be a return customer! 566089



- RM-344-3B
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Thanks 560482



- 1186-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Love the product. Been using it for over a year now and love it. Very easy to install. My son and I installed it in a no time at all. Search YouTube and you can see our install. Really like the fact that you only have to drill one hole. Would highly recommend. 549837



- RM-3176-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


I received the kit quickly and installed per instructions. Things went well, but took between 4 to 5 hours to install. No rush. This was the third kit I ordered from etrailer, about 5 years ago I ordered for my last Chevy PU and my Chevy Malibu. 544748



- 1419-6
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Great fit with clear instructions! The video helped also. Be sure you have access to a set of wire puller springs to install the two bolts thru the cross piece. (I had to use mechanics wire in this step of the installation.) 541334



- 3154-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Hi I want to thank Tiffany for all the help. And the base plates fit good. 503193



- 456-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


These fit perfect on my 1998 F-150, and as always, service from etrailer was great! 491455



- 199-6
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Installation was simple, if you have basic mechanical know-how. I just drove from WA to Chicago towing my 07 GMC Sierra (Falcon 2 tow bar) and it was super smooth sailing. Top notch product. 489865


Comments

The tow bar still going strong after a year. After the original WA-Chicago trip Ive gone to KY, FL, PA, VA, TX, CO, UT, and back to WA. Worth every penny!

Victor - 03/31/2019

51277

- 921-3
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Working flawlessly 488097



- 249-6
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Excellent product and price. Fantastic service. 483110



- 1541-5
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Great information. Quick delivery. Easy installation. Pulled Honda Element 4500 miles last summer and baseplate performed well. 476924



- 1175-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


The items have performed super for my towing of my vehicle behind my motorhome thank you. 466254



- 3115-3
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easy install, 1 week shipping 455237



- 179-8
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Fit and looked great 449840



- 1541-5
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Really pleased with the hitch for my Honda Element ! Super easy to install. Dealing with etrailer was a pleasure. Stacey was informative and extremely helpful !!! 442510



- 495-3A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Works great. Fairly easy install. Took about 6 hours for me and I have somewhat limited mobility. 439442



- 1187-3A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


This is the second base plate I have installed. This was by far the easiest. No holes to drill, just bolt it on. Video was spot on and used this while installing base plate. Also want to thank George at etrailer for expediting shipment, 434586



- 3154-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


I JUST GOT HOME AND FOUND MY ORDER FROM ETRAILER WAITING FOR ME ON MY PORCH. I have not as of yet tried to install it, but everything I will need for installation was included. I will comment later on as to how the installation went. Thank you etrailer for your fast response and delivery. 429249



- 3160-3B
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Had only one problem, Got to get a few clips on snaping parts back together. Body parts. 401663



- 1419-6
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


The product has met are expectations. It was easy to install and the ability to lock in the receiver arms or remove them easily was a very nice feature. We have used the tow system a lot, it has not disapointed. 399693



- 1427-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Received product very quickly. Have not yet installed but preleminary inspection revealed a quality product. As always, I have received excellent service and quality merchandise each and every time I have done business with etrailer. Will do an additional follow up after installation. 391207



- 3160-3B
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Very nice towbar base plate. Watch video before installing. It was pretty easy toke my time toke less then 3 hours. 386694



- 1175-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Installed these on my 2013 Toyota Prerunner. Installation was very easy and straight forward. They work great. 373112



- 4427-3A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


The Roadmaster Brake sys, seat adapter, and Roadmaster base kit do a very good job towing my 2013 Explorer 366479



- 1432-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


product worked as promised. 362302



- 3113-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster MX in Base Plates


Great product and fast shipping. Would recommend etrailer. 358998


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