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Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Item # 131-15
Our Price: $485.00
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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. 1-800-940-8924 to order Roadmaster base plates part number 131-15 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Roadmaster products. Great prices 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 - 131-15

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Roadmaster
  • 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 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


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.



Frame Variance Measurement Diagram

Measurement must be taken from the centerpoint of the lower-most threaded hole, on the side of frame, to a center-line dissecting the rear-most elongated hole on the bottom of the frame.


Frame Diagram


131-15 Road Master XL Base Plate Kit

Installation Details 131-15 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles




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Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 131-15

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (868 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.

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Awesome to deal with & quick shipping. Only to bad no free shipping to Canada like the USA.




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These plates are extremely well made. The welds are great, the finish is excellent and they are a heavy piece of steel! Shipping was fast.




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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


Item arrived earlier than predicted after viewing a very complete tracking system. The information was very clear and precise. Good job! I am 75 years of age and installed the baseplate myself. Only a couple of minor issues. One pin would not insert. Welding blob in the way. Filed it smooth and problem solved. The video was excellent but was a bit different in that it showed a different method o rear bolt installation, however the instructions on paper showed the correct way. Reinstalling the front clip had presented some difficulty. I suggest really watching the inner fender position relative to the front clip before removal. All said all went well. The finished look is great, (see pictures). Great product!


Comments
Worked well, towed truck all summer.
Ernie - 12/25/2022


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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


Base plate 1910 install on 1999 Landrover disco 2

the base plate arrived fast (as does everything I have ordered from etrailer). It was a bit bent on arrival but Becky sorted me out and offered to replace it but it was easy to bend back (with a 3lb hammer).

The included instructions were great for removing the bumper but nor much else. Possibly because my Landy is a 1999 disco 2 and the pictures were of a 2002.

I have included some pictures of stuff I wish I had known. Firstly I had to loose the recovery loop on the driver side as the base plate would not fit over it. The chassis frame has steel tubes inside the bolt holes so the amount of drilling is minimal (I ordered a drill bit that they suggested but in all honesty could have opened up the holes with a file easily).

You need to oval out the aluminum crush cans before you replce them or the new bolts will not go through. The center mount bolt just needs the plastic mount for the center screw on the scoop cut out and there is a bog square hole on the top of the member (thats why you need to big square piece of steel on the top of the center bolt)

Mine was obscured by the torsion bar so I ended up dropping it to drill out the hole and get the bolt in straight.

It was easy to bolt up to the frame once everything was prepped and do yourself a favour and buy loctite red for the bolts - you don't want to be going in there again.

The bumper template was a good start but I had to reshape mine a lot particularly as the hole on the baseplate ended up halfway through the bumper and I had to do a lot of enlargement at the bottom to attach the safety wires.

The photos should make more sense of some of my description




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Arrived a day early and well packaged. Included everything needed for a clean and easy install, down to electrical connectors and zip ties. The included instructions were very clear for a variety of wiring conditions. Umbilical cord looks to be of high quality.


Comments
One year down the road and still not a single issue. 5 minute attachdetach let’s me easily separate the Tracker and drive through the RV park with no toad following.
Kevin - 12/30/2022


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Fairly easy to install base plate. Left
all bolts / nuts loose, slid tow bar in to align while tightening up. Ready for motorhome.


Comments
Absolutely no issues to date. Great product
Tim - 04/24/2022


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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


Very rugged kit with excellent instructions. A DIYer with medium mechanical skills can install. Involved removing the front bumper which was not difficult. Value for the price is very good. As always, etrailer support was also very good.


Comments
Rock solid
MEC - 02/22/2022


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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


These components are heavy duty. I have pulled my Jeep many thousands of miles over many road conditions. I am currently planning a coast to coast rv trip and will be towing my Jeep.


Comments
We pulled our Jeep for three months though 26 states from California.
Raymond - 02/23/2022
Product arrived quickly packaged well and order was complete. Components are strong and durable. Towed Jeep over 11,000 miles since purchase without any problems.
Raymond - 02/23/2022


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Super nice people at etrailer. I wasn’t sure exactly what I needed and they helped me pick out the best hitch for me.




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Aligment with the Roadmaster Crosbar is slightly off, requiring a bit of muscle and manipulation to attach it. However, once assembled on the car it is rock solid and near bullet proof. Tow anywhere!




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Purchased for my 2003 Mazda Miata. So simple to tow behind my motorhome. I used a professional to install as I am not super handy. I think it took them a couple of hours to install and they did a great job. I feel very safe with this product and would highly recommend it.


Comments
Great! A hard to find product for a 2003 Mazda Miata. You guys had it in stock and got it to me in a timely manner.
Jacques - 10/25/2022


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Great product. Been thousands of miles all over the country and hit has performed perfectly. It does hold water after rain, so be sure to empty the water out of the tubing to prevent rust.




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This base plate was installed on a 2008 Kia Spectra. The bracket is strong and not really hard to work with HOWEVER,,,,,,,,,, I am used to the BlueOx base plate which is much easier to "hook up". Unfortunately, BlueOx did not make a base plate to fit my vehicle. That is not a big problem as I'm usually not in any hurry and it only takes maybe 5 minutes longer to "hook up".

The biggest problem with the RoadMaster base plate is that due to the way it is bolted to the frame, it only allows for a 6-inch ground clearance on the front of the vehicle. I have to be very careful with any "dips" in the road, especially on cross streets. Six inches may not sound like much but since the tires are several feet behind the base plate, it reduces that ground clearance greatly. It also will not clear the concrete "stop blocks" in front of many parking spaces.

If you are not very careful and keep this in mind, you may likely bend the frame of your car when you come to one of these sudden impacts. I haven't bent anything yet but it has certainly been shocking when it hits. Most of the time, the impact will cause the base plate to scrape and lift the car to the height to clear the obstacle.

I've attached a picture with a ruler in the view.


Comments
Other than the clearance of the mounting bracket I noted in my original review, the base plate worked out fine on the Kia. I ended up replacing the Kia with a new Subaru. I was able to buy a Blue Ox base plate for it and all mounting hardware is up and out of the way of obstacles.
J.C. R - 07/24/2019


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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


I ordered the parts from your site as a combo. When they came in, two parts didn’t fit together. When I called to ask why, I was told they weren’t compatible and I would need another type of bar. I was told that most people don’t use that style and use a quick release. I asked if could return it as wasn’t installed just opened from the box and I could see that they wouldn’t fit. My request was denied. So I wanted to order the adapter that was needed, but was told it would be two weeks. I was a week out from a 50 day cross country trip, so I found it on [online vendor] and it was there in two days.




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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


Good information and prompt shipping.
Base
plate is solid and install and use instructions are excellent.
Be warned that product install is drill two holes and install 3 bolts, BUT the entire front panel has to be removed and replaced. Not difficult, but time-consuming.
Seat bracket is solid and install and use instructions are excellent.
Brakemaster kit is good quality, but instructions are not as good as most Roadmaster products. Instructions for air line install are especially weak.


Comments
Great with no problems. Connect and disconnect very quick and easy. Thanks.
Gordon - 01/08/2016


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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


Easy to install. Working great so far




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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.




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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


No problem installing.


Comments
No problems, works great
Alan - 01/17/2022


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Easy to install. Included instructions difficult to understand. Online video 100%accurate. Perfect fit.




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Great product, shipping was FAST. Instructions were adequate, but minimum - this was not surprising, you have to know how to bend wrenches to install something like this yourself.
I had a factory-installed tow hook on each side that had to be uninstalled, but once you remove the front bumper shroud it is easy to remove and all the bolts are easy to remove. Once the hook was out of the way, easy-peasy!


Comments
Works fantastic! Install was relatively easy, I made adapter plates for my Husky tow bar. Nice!
Stephen - 12/07/2020


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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


Fast free shipping, Allison was very helpful and knew exactly what I needed for my 01 Jeep Cherokee. Took about three hours to complete the installation, great product and great customer service.




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Great product,installation took about 3 hours,instructions were good,go step by step.works well with the roadmaster falcon tow bar.


Comments
In the photo that shows the vehicle hitched to the motorhome, it looks like the towbar is fairly out of level. If the towbar is more than 3 inches +/- of level, its recommended that a high/low adapter be used as the towbar could bind. If you use the link Ive provided below, you can see the different high/low adapters we offer.
-- Etrailer Expert Mike L - 01/26/2019


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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


Bought a '95 Sidekick on Craigs years ago - told it had a RV tow system on it, but never saw it...

Now retired and wanting to use the Kick as a toad, researching Roadmasters awesome document library, I quickly learned that this was the system that was installed prior to our purchase of the rig...

Bought this and it was true 'Plug n play' as all of the holes were already there...

Using a awseome Roadmaster tow bar system too!

Can't endorse this company more than this!!!




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All the parts I ordered fit perfectly with no modifications to my 2020 Toyota 4Runner. The info Etrailer has with the part description, Q+A and pictures was very helpful to help me make the best decision on my purchase.




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Placed order with Rebecca after she answered several questions. Shipment was quick and follow on emails kept me informed of status of order. In fact, she called me to let me know that the order had shipped. Product was drop shipped to Labelle Auto for installation. As stated in product manufactures installation instructions the install was straight forward and took the full 3 hours. I have used (towed) my vehicle since the install and everything works great. Also installed the Roadmaster Diode wiring kit. Easy to do and works great. As an added benefit with this kit your front running lights will also be illuminated. Overall I am very satisfied with both the product and the customer service provided by Rebecca and Dana at etrailer.com.



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