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Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms

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Standard base plate brackets attach to your vehicle's frame to provide fixed attachment points for your tow bar. Call 800-298-1624 to order Roadmaster base plates part number 1003-1 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Roadmaster products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Roadmaster Base Plates - 1003-1

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  • Fixed Drawbars

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


Features:

  • 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 Quick Disconnects and all Roadmaster tow bars
  • 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

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles





Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (144 Customer Reviews)

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

- 1003-1
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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


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



- 1003-1
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Roadmaster

etrailer is super,what else can I say. The 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.



- 1003-1
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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.



- 1003-1
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1987 Suzuki Samurai

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


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



- 1003-1
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1994 Suzuki Samurai

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



- 1003-1
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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.


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



- 1003-1
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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.



- 1003-1
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1993 Suzuki Samurai

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



- 1003-1
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Quality item. Prompt service and shipm ent.



- 1003-1
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1988 Suzuki Samurai

Works great



- 118-8
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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!



- 1401-1
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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.



- 1208-1
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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.



- 118-8
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Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates


This is still in the original box on the shelf in my garage....the tow car I had purchased turned out to be a scam! I didn’t get burned by the scam, but I’ve got this extra base-plate now.



- 118-1
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Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates


Arrived on time, fit as promised, good quality parts, performs as expected. Really, what more can you ask for?



- 317-2
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Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates


I finally have my parts today,I waited 5 Days but I Guess that's How It Is.The Set up was Not Hard at all,I had all the parts to Install it ,And Yes I will buy Again if I Need something else!



- 118-1
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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.



- 1417-1
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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.


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


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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)


Comments
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



- 118-1
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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 etrailer.com to a friend? Oh hell yes!



- 1528-1
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Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates


This is an excellent, strong product, that fit my older model Honda CRV perfectly. We just drove cross country. Combined with a basic rigid tow bar, this is a reliable, economic light vehicle tow set up, just be sure your hitch is at the correct height so the tow bar is level, otherwise you will have twisting problems in tight turns.



- 510-15
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Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates


The product fits perfectly. Installation is somewhat easy except drilling the opening on the frame. The arms are holding down very strong, good quality.



- 1528-1
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Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates


I received the "Classic" base plate kit (model 1528-1) for my 2000 Honda CRV about a week ago, but just had it installed by a local mechanic. Prior to installation, I inspected the package contents, and found it to contain all of the required parts. The material from which the parts were manufactured appear to be somewhat heavier and more substantial than I anticipated. The fit to my car frame was very good, and although the attachment points on this model are not the quick-release design, they are not overly obvious. I can't speak concerning performance, as we haven't had occasion to actually use it yet.



- 435-1
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Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates


Product was as advertised. It arrived earlier than expected. The installation instructions were simple and easy to follow. The install had no problems. You need to center punch where you are going to drill because the surface to be drilled is not flat. You need to drill a pilot hole to ease drilling the larger hole. On the my '93 Ranger Splash the bumper came off with only the removal of 4 easy to reach nuts. A wrench is not required on the bolts as they were welded to a metal strip between them that made re-installation simple. The plastic air-dam on the bottom of the bumper can be removed easily to cut holes for the base plate to extend thru. Don't replace it until the bumper has been re-installed.



- 1409-1
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Review from a similar Classic Kit in Base Plates


I received the Towbar and brackets complete this morning. During the interim I tried to get the bumper off to put onto my drill press once it arrives. A the Torx screws were rustlocked onto the Jeep and created a massive amount of pull to get off. First they didn't budge so I heated the screw to 700 degrees using a soldering gun (torch would also work) then I soaked for two days using WD40. To get the T55s to turn required taking the handle off the floor jack to and place the handle of my 1/2in ratchet in the handle. It worked -Just a note you will struggle with getting the bumper off. Once out and the bumper is off, put the screws in upside down about 3 threads and pour WD40 to soak in the hole. This will help you later in re-installing. Use the brackets as a template using whiteout and draw a line thru the center. You will need to start with a small still 1/2 then 3/8 then 1/2 and finally 17/32 to mount. Its easier to control the walking small bit with a centerpunch. Just a little tip to help out with the product. Biggest drawback with the bar is you cant back up (reverse thrust on the bar). Unhook and turn around then rehook. This happens where turnarounds are required and no space to make a turnaround.


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Ask the Experts about this Roadmaster Base Plates

  • Does Roadmaster Base Plate for 1987 Suzuki Samurai Require Cutting Bumper
    I took a look at the installation directions of the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # 1003-1, and you do not have to cut your bumper in order to attach these base plates to your 1987 Suzuki Samurai. I have added a link below to the instructions for you as well if you'd like to check them out. Along with base plates there are a number of other parts you'll need to flat tow your '87 Samurai, which are the following: - Tow Bar: Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520 - Safety...
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  • Instructions For Installing Roadmaster Base Plate #1003-1 On 1988 Suzuki Samurai
    Per your request, I have attached the installation instructions for the Roadmaster Classic Base Plate Kit, Item # 1003-1, for your 1988 Samurai. There is no drilling needed per the instructions because you will use the existing holes on your Suzuki. I know you already have a tow bar and you probably have everything else you need for flat towing. However, certain things are needed for safe flat towing besides the base plates and tow bar. You also need safety cables, lighting for the...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1986 Suzuki Samurai
    The Roadmaster base plates, # 1003-1, attach to the frame of the 1986 Suzuki Samurai. they do not replace or attach to the bumper on the vehicle. With the base plates installed you will then need a compatible tow bar. Any Roadmaster tow bar will work. A very cost effective tow bar is # RM-020. I have included a link to the installation details for you to view. If the tow bar you have is not a Roadmaster tow bar, there may be an adapter that will work with it. You will also need safety...
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  • Where Does the Roadmaster Base Plate part # 1003-1 Install on a 1986 Suzuki Samurai
    The Roadmaster base plate kit part # 1003-1 that you referenced attaches behind your front bumper to the vehicle frame, but the attachment point for the tow bars will be out in front of the bumper. 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 popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon 2, # RM-520. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables...
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  • Does Installation Of Base Plates For 1988 Suzuki Samurai Use Tie-Down Loops
    I have attached the installation instructions for the Roadmaster Classic Base Plate Kit, part # 1003-1 for your 1988 Samurai. Per the instructions the tie-down loops are actually used when installing the base plate. There is no drilling needed per the instructions. This will use existing holes on your Suzuki. The tow bar I recommend is part # RM-020. For safety cables I recommend part # RM-643. We do not show any lighting for your Suzuki so I recommend magnetic tow lights like part...
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  • What is Needed to Flat-Tow a 1986 Suzuki Samurai
    Before you begin purchasing the necessary equipment needed to flat-tow your 1986 Suzuki Samurai, you will want to review the "recreational towing" section of your owner's manual for any certain stipulations when flat towing your vehicle. In order to flat-tow your 1986 Suzuki Samurai with the Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar part # RM-020 you will want to use the Roadmaster Classic Base Plate Kit part # 1003-1. As long as you have the crossbar which connects the two arms of the Tracker tow...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1986 Suzuki Samurai
    Yes, you are looking for a coupler style or car-mounted tow bar. For that I would recommend the RoadMaster StowMaster All Terrain Car-Mounted Tow Bar # RM-501. When not in use you could fold it up on the front of your 1986 Suzuki Samurai. You would also need the Roadmaster Base Plate Kit # 1003-1 that you referenced. You will also need safety cables, like # RM-643. For lighting the easiest solution is a magnetic light kit like # C-ATL20A. The magnets stick to a metal surface on...
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  • Base Plate Fit on 1987 Suzuki Samurai With Front Leaf Springs
    We do have an option for a base plate for your 1987 Suzuki Samurai with front leaf springs (with the only exception being if you have a brush guard), though I reached out to Roadmaster who said the # 1003-1 will not fit that chassis. So instead, what you will need is an option from Blue Ox: - Blue Ox Base Plate # BX3501. I have added a link below to the installation instructions for you, and in them you can see that the base plate installs to the side of the chassis on the frame rails....
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  • Custom Fit Base Plates for 2002 Saturn SC1 3-door Coupe
    The custom-fit base plates for your 2002 Saturn SC1 3-door coupe is part number 52181-1. I have included a link below to that product.
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  • Which Base Plate Kit for 2004 Grand Vitara
    The base plate kit for a 2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara is different from the kit for a 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara and these are not interchangeable. For a 2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara the correct base plate kits are part # 1011-3 or 1011-5.
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  • Base Plate For 1988 Suzuki Samurai That Fits Roadmaster 522 Tow Bar
    It sounds like you have been flat towing but are just changing the vehicle being towed to the Samurai. The Roadmaster # 1003-1 Base Plate Kit would be the perfect fit for your Roadmaster # RM-522 "Falcon" All Terrain Tow Bar. If you need a tow bar wiring kit to connect the new vehicle you could use the Roadmaster # RM-152-98146-7 Universal Wiring Kit.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1988 Suzuki Samurai Behind an RV
    No, the Roadmaster adapter # RM-033 itself isn't base plates. It is an adapter that attaches to Roadmaster base plates and allows you to then use certain Blue Ox and Demco tow bars. For actual base plates for the 1988 Suzuki Samurai we have Roadmaster base plates # 1003-1 and Blue Ox base plates # BX3501. If you go with the Roadmaster base plates I recommend the Falcon 2 tow bar # RM-520. Or if you are looking for a more economical option I recommend the Tracker # RM-020. The Tracker...
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  • What Tie Downs are Needed to Install Roadmaster Base plate Kit 1003-1 on a 1992 Suzuki Samurai
    The base plate kit for a 1992 Suzkuki Samurai, part # 1003-1, refers to the tie down loops. You need to verify that underneath the front end of the Samurai are loops typically used by tow trucks to pull a vehicle out of a ditch or secure it to the truck when towing. The base plate kit actually installs in part to these tie down loops.
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  • Budget-Priced Tow Bar for Towing 1987 Suzuki Samurai behind Dodge Ram
    In addition to the tow bar you mentioned, you will need a base plate kit, an adapter to connect the base plate to the tow bar and safety cables. Depending on the state you will be towing the Samurai through, you might also need a supplemental braking system. If your Samurai does NOT have a brush guard, you would need base plate kit # 1003-1. Base plates are not available for brush guard equipped models. You would also need the Roadmaster Base Plate to Tow Ready Tow Bar Adapter, part...
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  • Parts Needed To Flat-Tow My 1987 Suzuki Samurai
    Yes, the Roadmaster Classic Base Plate Kit, part # 1003-1 is the correct base plate kit for your 1987 Suzuki Samurai. The Roadmaster Tow Bar Adapter, part # RM-032, that you selected will allow you to use your Demco Excali-Bar Tow Bar. For lighting or wiring, you could use the item you referenced, Hopkins Tow Bar Wiring, part # 38955. If you will not be towing your Suzuki often, you could just go with the Magnetic Towing Light Kit, part # C-ATL20A, and connect to the vehicle each time...
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  • What is Needed to Flat Tow a 1988 Suzuki Samurai
    There are no special modifications or anything out of the ordinary to flat tow your 1988 Suzuki Samurai. Most flat tow set ups will involve bolting a base plate on, running wires, tapping into the tail light circuit and mounting all the components to the vehicle. Fortunately all the components will bolt on, and can be removed and put back to stock fairly easily. There are several components needed to have a complete flat tow set up, a base plate, tow bar, tow bar wiring, a braking system,...
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  • Base Plate Kit Recommendation for 1987 Suzuki Samurai with Roadmaster Stowmaster Tow Bar
    The only recommended way we have to connect a Roadmaster Stowmaster part # RM-501 to your 1987 Suzuki Samurai is to use a Roadmaster base plate kit like part # 1003-1. The bracket kit part # 40602 is not compatible with Roadmaster tow bars.
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  • What Tow Bar and Mounting Brackets Will I Need to Tow 1987 Suzuki Samurai
    There are a few things you will need along with a tow bar to pull your 1987 Suzuki Samurai. First you will need a base plate kit, the Roadmaster Standard Base Plate Kit, part # 1003-1, will fit your 1987 Suzuki Samurai if you do not have a brushguard. If you have a brushguard, you will need to remove it for part # 1003-1, to fit. This base plate kit will go with the hook up style of the tow bar. You will need a tow bar, the Tow Ready Adjustable Tow Bar, part # 63180, will work for your...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 1987 Suzuki Samurai Behind a Motorhome
    We can get you the right parts needed to flat tow your 1987 Suzuki Samurai behind your motorhome, as you'll need a base plate, tow bar, safety chains, wiring kit, and supplemental braking system. I'll make a list for you of the parts you need for your Samurai. - Base Plate Kit: Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # 1003-1 - Tow Bar: Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520 - Safety Chains: Roadmaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables # RM-643 - Wiring Kit: Roadmaster Tail Light...
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