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Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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The crossbar-style hidden brackets attach to your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar. The visible portions of the brackets can be removed when you are not towing. Call 800-298-8924 to order Roadmaster base plates part number 118-3 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 - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Roadmaster Base Plates - 118-3

  • Roadmaster
  • Removable Drawbars
  • Hitch Pin Attachment

The crossbar-style hidden brackets attach to your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar. The visible portions of the brackets can be removed when you are not towing.


Features:

  • 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 vehicle
  • Compatible with Quick Disconnects and all Roadmaster tow bars
  • Instructions and mounting hardware included
  • Made in the USA
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty


The square drawbars, or front arms, on the crossbar-style 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.



118-3 Road Master XL Base Plate Kit

Installation Details 118-3 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 118-3

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (553 Customer Reviews)

The crossbar-style hidden brackets attach to your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar. The visible portions of the brackets can be removed when you are not towing.

- 118-3
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Fastest shipping,i have seen in along t ime 457932



- 118-3
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Geo

Installation and fit of the base plate was straight forward. Towed a Geo Tracker all winter with no problems. I do believe that these base plates are over priced, but limited availability is the issue. 400828



- 118-3
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1994 Geo Tracker

Fast delivery. Base plate was perfect f it. 173217



- 118-3
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fast shipping 127991



- 1419-5
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


One of the most easy Roadmaster tow brackets to install. 87276



- 1444-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I'm very pleased with the service and parts that were sent to me from the folks at E Trailer. Chris took my order over the phone and delivered everything on time with accuracy. A plus rating ! 212755



- 1444-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


The baseplate was easiest to install following the directions. I have gone on too long trips telling my jeep with no problems. I wish they made covers for it when not using it to tow. 573892



- 477-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


product just arrived , prompt so thats excellent. sure would be nice if it had a decent set of intructions with it. sure is solid and sturdy construction so well done for that . i tried to get intructions (pdf file) but nothing popped up. 384285



- 4410-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


It was easy to install. It took me about two hours. 574848


Comments
Ive towed my Expedition roughly 1500 miles with no problems. The installation took about four hours.
Tucson D - 10/17/2019

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- 477-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I haven't seen the product yet as I am out of town but the people at etrailer have been really great. Prompt,helping to get us the product safely abd saving us money. 434987



- 4408-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Etrailer once again did not disappoint. Service was fast, fairly priced, totally complete. Video that was emailed to me was extremely helpful in tackling a daunting task that I was totally unfamiliar with and saved me hours of trying to figure out what had to be dismantled to accomplish the job. Again thank you etrailer and Sal who was extremely helpful. 369757



- 495-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Put it on a 2014 Ford F150 STX 4X4 with hardly any trouble. However still need an extra part to connect the base plate to my tow bar. You may want to ask a couple more questions than I did and get all your needed parts in one shot. 170491



- 3121-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Had my local favorite mechanic install these and since it was the first time for him, took a little extra time (and he had to buy the special drill bit), but they work fine and fit the crossbar just fine. 330523



- 495-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Great kit, fantastic price, but most of all it's the great service I receive from the people at eTrailer that keeps me coming back. 274711



- 3151-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Great product! Other than a few minor difference between the Saturn and the Captiva the instructions were great. Only took about 3.5 hours to install. Thanks etrailer! 189041



- 199-5
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I purchased these for my new toad . I had purchased the entire towing system for my toad through etrailer I totaled my toad Sept 2018. I had to replace the 199-5 unit that bolts up to the frame of my new toad. This was the second time dealing with etrailer. Fast frendly quick service. Quality products and the sales representatives are extremely knowledgeable of all the products that they offer for your needs. I would rate etrailer Service, Sales dept and shipping dept A++. If you DEMAND Quality products and a sales representative that is extremely knowledge of all your needs. You can't go wrong with etrailer. Best Regards Ray 639676



- 1419-7
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Nice unit. Fairly easy to install. Had no problems last trip, loading up for another in two weeks. 360542



- 1018-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


The tow bar adapter kit came late as it had to be ordered from the factory which was not really a problem as I was gone on vacation, but a representative from etrailer was in contact with me keeping me informed. The item fit perfect and had really good instructions went on with out a problem and is very sturdy and well built. would buy from them again 259700



- 1411-2
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I ordered the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit - 1411-2 from etrailer and got them in record time. Could not have gotten better service. Thank You ETRAILER 29139



- 711-4
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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



- 711-4
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I just got done with the installation. Overall it was fairly straightforward, however it would have been nice if they had included pictures in the instructions. The larger bolts in the kit could have a more beveled tip like the factory bolts. This would make it much easier to get the bolts started in the holes. The photo attached is of the factory bolt for reference. Shipping was very quick, only took a few days. Price seems pretty high for these base plates. I purchased them for $360 and was even able to find a 5% off coupon online by using google. 658076



- 1424-1
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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



- 3141-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Install pics 478286



- 915-1
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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



- 1142-3
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I needed to set up our 1998 Toyota RAV4 for dinghy towing. Etrailer.com 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 etrailer.com 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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  • Instructions And Install Time For The Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, # 118-3, On A 1995 Geo Tracker
    To install the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, # 118-3, on your 1995 Geo Tracker 4X4 2-Door it is estimated by the manufacturer to take a dealer an average of 3 hours. So if you have average mechanical knowledge I would probably allow at least a minimum of 6 hours. There is no cutting or welding required, but it does need holes drilled into the frame rail. I do have instructions I will email to you under a separate email that will show pictures and where to drill the holes.
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  • Everything Needed to Flat Tow a 1996 Suzuki Sidekick 2-Door Behind an RV
    If the crossover tube on your 1996 Suzuki Sidekick 2-door is open you will need to use base plates # 118-3. But you mentioned that it is open with a bracket welded on each side. If that bracket is not blocking the openings on the crossover tube then # 118-3 is correct. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. The 118-3 base plates have a part of the bracket that looks like a tube that needs to be inserted into that crossover tube. If the ends are blocked then...
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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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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1992 Geo Tracker 2-Door 4x4 Behind an RV
    Yes, Roadmaster base plates # 118-3 will fit your 1992 Geo Tracker 2-door 4x4. For a compatible tow bar I recommend the Falcon 2 # RM-520. I have linked a video review of this tow bar for you. For safety cables I recommend # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground. For lighting you can use a simple kit such as # EZT20B or a magnetic kit # C-ATL20A. Both of these kits bypass the Tracker wiring so you won't have to splice into the tail light wiring. You may...
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  • Base Plates, Tow Bar, and Accessories Needed to Flat Tow a 1993 Geo Tracker 4x4
    Bascially, the Roadmaster Base Plates, # 118-1, will attach flat to the frame on the front of your 1993 Geo Tracker. We have not yet had the opportunity to install the base plates on a vehicle so we do not have pictures at this time. These base plates are what are called fixed brackets so they will always be visible on the vehicle. I recommend going with the XL style, # 118-3, which has removable arms, but otherwise install the same way. There are several other parts you will need to...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1995 Geo Tracker Behind a Motor Home
    Think of base plates the same way you would any vehicle specific part. Specific models of base plates are designed to fit specific vehicles and cannot be moved to other vehicles. The Roadmaster base plates # 1146-1 will not fit a 1995 Geo Tracker. You would not be able to modify them without compromising their integrity. Doing so would make them unsafe to use and may not even be possible depending on just how different the two vehicles are underneath. Roadmaster has 2 base plate options...
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  • What is Needed to Attach a Tow Bar to a 1994 Geo Tracker
    It sound like you need a base plate kit for your 1994 Geo Tracker in order to attach a tow bar for flat towing. If that is the case then the RoadMaster Base Plate to Blue Ox and Demco Tow Bars Adapter part # RM-033 will not work in this manner as it is designed to adapt a RoadMaster base plate to a Blue Ox or Demco tow bar. If you have such then the hardware that you need is included. Instead you are going to want to use the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit part # BX3503 if you have a Blue Ox...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1992 Geo Tracker Behind a Motor Home
    I will be happy to help you out with your flat towing needs. The first thing you are going to want to do is consult the owners manual for your 1992 Geo Tracker. There should be information in the towing section or look for recreational towing in the index for more information on the specific procedure for your Tracker. The tow bar does not have a speed rating but the vehicle might. There are 5 items that will be needed to flat tow a vehicle: base plates, tow bar, safety cables, lighting,...
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  • Base Plate Recommendations For 1995 Suzuki Sidekick Using Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520
    There are a number of base plate options available for your 1995 Suzuki Sidekick and your Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520. They are dependent upon whether your vehicle is a 2-door or 4-door. The first thing you will want to do is check your vehicle owners guide to ensure your vehicle is able to be flat towed and if so, what restrictions may exist. In some cases, modifications will need to be made for the vehicle to be safely flat towed and your owners manual should have this information. If...
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  • Recommended Base Plates Compatible With Roadmaster Falcon Tow Bar for a 1995 Geo Tracker 4WD
    The Roadmaster Classic Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms # 118-1 or the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # 118-3 are confirmed to fit your 1995 Geo Tracker. Either will work with your Quick Disconnect Plate on your Roadmaster Falcon Tow Bar. With either base plate, you will need to buy the complete base plate to utilize your quick disconnect plate and your Falcon 5250 tow bar. Let me know if you'd like help with the wiring, supplemental brake system, or other components for...
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  • Can I Flat-Tow My 1993 Chevrolet Geo Tracker
    I did some research and found that your 1993 Chevrolet Geo Tracker is able to be flat-towed or towed with all 4 wheels on the ground. You will want to check with your dealership as the 2WD and 4WD models vary as to additional parts needed to be flat-towed. The item you selected, RoadMaster Tracker Tow Bar, part # RM-020, would work as a tow bar for your Tracker. If you will be towing your vehicle often, I would recommend a non-binding tow bar like the Falcon All Terrain Tow Bar, part...
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  • Flat Towing Parts Needed for a 1990 Geo Tracker
    Your vehicle is too old for me to be able to pull up the owners manual online, but if you check the owners manual in your vehicle there should be a section about recreational towing that details whether or not your vehicle can be flat towed and all the steps needed to be taken. For fixed arms that will always be visible at the front of the vehicle but that also cost less, use # 118-1. For base plates with removable arms but cost more use # 118-3. Next you will need a compatible...
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  • Wiring And Flat-Towing Recommendations For 1993 Geo Tracker Behind Motorhome
    It sounds like you are planning on flat-towing your 1993 Geo Tracker behind your motor home. When flat-towing any vehicle there are 5 things that are needed. Base Plates for the towed vehicle, a tow bar, safety cables, wiring for lighting, and most states now require a supplemental brake system. If you have wired your 1993 Geo Tracker to tow a utility trailer, the Tracker should have a female connector the trailer will plug into. It does not receive a signal from the trailer or any...
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  • Base Plate Kit Recommendation for Towing a 1995 Geo Tracker
    You will need the Roadmaster Standard Base Plate Kit, item # 118-1, or the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, item # 118-3, for your 1995 Geo Tracker. If you will not be towing the vehicle often I would recommend the standard base plate kit but if you are planning on towing more often then I would recommend the XL base plates with one of the nicer tow bars for convenience. Along with the base plate kit you will need a tow bar and wiring for the towed vehicles taillights. With the Standard...
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