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Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms

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Roadmaster Base Plates - 1003-1

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Standard base plate brackets attach to your vehicle's frame to provide fixed attachment points for your tow bar.


  • Good-quality, crossbar-style base plates at an economical price
  • Fixed-bar design - front arms cannot be removed
  • Computer-cut, all-steel construction provides exceptional strength
  • Black powder coat finish is durable and corrosion resistant
  • Custom base plates ensure a perfect fit for your vehicle
  • Compatible with Roadmaster tow bars with use of quick-disconnect crossbar (910021-00 - sold separately)
  • Instructions and mounting hardware included
  • Made in the USA
  • Limited lifetime warranty

1003-1 Road Master Standard Base Plate Kit

Installation Details 1003-1 Installation instructions

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Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms - 1003-1

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (156 Customer Reviews)

Standard base plate brackets attach to your vehicle's frame to provide fixed attachment points for your tow bar.


Tow bar has been great, easy to maintain and use. No issues. Very quality unit, great instructions, easy install.

Suzuki Samurai

made strong took about 3 hours my tow hooks on my suzuki samural were bent out so that slow me down a bit i used 5 pound sledge out bang them straight then bolts went in i turn the front wheels to the right so to drill the hole in the frame used small bit then went for larger one work out well follow direction they did work but lacking illustration .works good

Its good works well
rick n - 08/02/2015


etrailer is super,what else can I say.
Roadmaster base plate, for my Samuari ,fit perfect and was super easy to install.
I will be ordering a towbar, from etrailer, soon as I get time.

1986 Suzuki Samurai

greaat product, lousy instructions.

Volvo Cross Country

Great base plate. 1988 Samurai. It took some work to make it fit, but its solid, maybe overkill. Your not going to worry about it while towing your Samurai cross country. As always you can count on etrailer for fast shipping.

1988 Suzuki Samurai

Just unpacked box today 8/14. Am assembling components now. Hope it is a good fit. The kit and parts are well finished and the shipment was well packaged and arrived ahead of schedule.
Thanks for the great customer service on the order.


Quality item. Prompt service and shipment.

1994 Suzuki Samurai

Very happy with base plate for my Suzuki Samurai. Towed from WV to Florida and back last winter no issues.


very helpful people and product was shipped fast
great service is getting hard to find I am very happy with
service product knowledge and product.

have towed lots of miles
Dave P - 10/05/2016

1993 Suzuki Samurai

Received product fast. Box had the wrong instructions.
Does not fit exactly as purported for my 1988.5 Samurai but works.

1987 Suzuki Samurai

The bracket fit well and was pretty easy to install. Looks and feels very sturdy.

They have been working like a charm. Thank you.Jim
Jim M - 09/26/2016

1995 Suzuki Samurai

1988 Suzuki Samurai

Works great


Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates

This thing is a really frustrating. For $xxx it should be a lot better even from the beginning where people understand the install situation. It isn't really a bolt on as step one is cut and grind off the factory tow hook. This isn't mentioned by RM. The instructions are a joke - they mix up front and back all the while telling you to read the instructions closely. And the support is really frustrating. If you have 3 questions with photos, etc, they answer only one question per email. You should stop selling this unit until you install it with a video on some vans of maybe different years and maybe RM will listen to you and update their instructions and as far as I can tell so far the hardware needs at least some different hardware. Until then sell the RM Westy front bumper with Clevises already on it for about the same money.

I spoke to my contact at Roadmaster and he said, as this kit is for vehicles 30 plus years old, it does not fit the new systems, verbiage, and formats that are currently used in installations. With this vehicle being an uncommonly flat towed vehicle as well, they are limited to the one vehicle that came into their shop, which was being the model to design the installation instructions. This can lead to little things not being detailed in the instructions.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 11/20/2021


Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates

Did have to cut off factory tow hook with a hack saw. Straight forward install otherwise and good quality.

Towed it several times and still works great, no problems.
David - 10/21/2021


Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates

installed the tow brackets per the instructions - the pictures in the instructions were small and weren't real helpful so I contacted Customer Service which sent me detailed photos of an installation on a similar vehicle - helped a lot! Thanks! Within a week we were off on a cross country trip down to Mexico, put on 6000 miles and then retorqed the bracket bolts. This is a good product, easy to use, and we've used it pretty hard - no problems so far!


Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates

A little scary at first but went on my Geo Tracker easily. Extremely solid once installed. Made the tow from CA to Ohio a breeze. I did have to make some adapters to fit my towbar but that's not the fault of your product.

Still on my Tracker, ready to rock & roll whenever I need it.
Ed - 09/06/2021


Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates

Very easy to install and well built product. Instructions made the job go smoothly. With the tight tolerance on the backing plate bolt spacing, I had to do a small amount of filing on the 1989 Jeep Cherokee frame holes so that the plates would slide easily through. Other than that, no real problems. As mentioned in the instructions, I had to cut small sections out of the top and bottom of the bumper for the new brackets but the install looks really clean.


Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates

Well this was not the correct base plate for the tow bar I have. Returning this item 118-8 and reordered a 118-15. I had great customer service in finding the correct base plate.


Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates

The product was received as expected. The brackets aligned with all points and bolted up first time. The hardware was great, except two lock washer short (but not a problem as I had extras in my parts bins) and double the number of flat washers (extras for the next project). But is was great to have all optional bolts, washers and nuts supplied. Instructions were easy to follow and complete with one excepting. I need a bracket part from the old brackets and that was not included in the instructions, but was clear as I aligned everything in the pre assembly.

The brackets have performed as expected, no problems or concerns.
Jim K - 07/01/2014


Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates

High Quality Product. Install instructions don't go into enough detail in step by step. A little vague for the Non-Expert installer. Nut Plates provided for rear mounting bolts are wider than the holes available in sub-frame for install. Had to mill sides of pads to get them into the frame for install. No instructions or fish wires to get them into place. Had to manufacture own fish wire system to get the plates in place for install. Once mods were completed and hardware designed and built, installation was pretty much straight forward. I would not consider this kit for a novice installer. Sorry I didn't take pictures of the "wide" nut plate situation and my redesign (width reduction)

Install completed and many miles of care free towing behind our motorhome. Fixes suggested made for a simple install. Should be incorporated in future kits. I wont charge for the redesign. :+~ I spent my working life as a mechanical designer builder for a major industrial equipment company.
Bob - 01/13/2019


Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates

The tow bar and brackets worked perfectly on a 3500 mile cross country trip. From Yosemite to Yellowstone and all the way to New Orleans. This is a great product.


Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates

This base plate kit is working fine on my 1996 Geo Tracker. Tow it behind my Class C motorhome and it is working out great.

Keep up the good work etrailer!


Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates

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Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates

The Real Story - The real story regarding what it takes to install the base is that it takes about 4 hours and . .

- You will need a small sledge hammer to pound the unit into the frame cross tube such that the attach points are solid against the frame and align properly at the center point bottom of the frame.

- You will need to remove the wheels to gain access to the side of the vehicle’s frame for drilling the attach points.

- You may need to jack the car up for ground clearance, to drill the bottom hole.

- I had to cut an access hole through the bumper cover to get the backing plate into the frame channel.

- You will need to pry off the frame mud guard, if your car has one.

- You may need to make a ruler like metal shim to hold the back plate while you screw the bottom bolt.

- A 6 ft pole lever is needed to force the front of the base down and thereby pivot the back flange up to align it to the slot like hole in the frame. This area is critical so make sure the hole you drill is match centered!!

- Drill small attach point holes first to make sure you have sufficient clearance on the back side, for the large washers and proper hole alignment with the base flange

- If it all goes well . . plan on a 4 hour job.

- The base is a real beast and could haul a Mac Truck!

- It is by far the easiest base to install, of any I evaluated.

- Would you recommend to a friend? Oh hell yes!

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