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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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Designed specifically for heavy-duty applications, direct-connect 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. Call 800-298-1624 to order Roadmaster base plates part number 131-8 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Roadmaster products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Roadmaster Base Plates - 131-8

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Roadmaster
  • Hitch Pin Attachment

Designed specifically for heavy-duty applications, direct-connect 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.


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 these direct-connect 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
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty


Note: MX base plates will work only with the Roadmaster tow bars that slide into a trailer hitch, such as the Sterling, Blackhawk, Blackhawk 2, Falcon and Falcon 2. The MX base plates will not work with tow bars that require a hitch ball.


MX Series brackets do not require a crossbar because of the heavy-duty nature of your vehicle's frame. Thus, installation is simplified, the hookup process is faster, and the total appearance is enhanced.


Note: The EZ Hook safety cables included with Roadmaster's Sterling tow bars will not work with MX series base plates. These cables connect to an anchor plate on the Quick Disconnect crossbar, which will not be present when you are using MX base plates.


The drawbars, or front arms, on the MX series 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.


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 Variance Measurement Diagram



131-8 Road Master MX Base Plate Kit

Installation Details 131-8 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles





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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 131-8

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (765 Customer Reviews)

Designed specifically for heavy-duty applications, direct-connect 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.

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Would have been nice to get better installation instructions, maybe a video of the actual vehicle that I'm installing it on??


Comments
I reached out to the manufacturer and there is not a video installation video at this time.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 12/23/2021


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1993 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup

Left side was a great fit. Right side, I had to open the holes on the frame a little. The side bolt for the bumper didn't line up. Still a great product. I have used on my previous cars.



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1997 GMC Sierra

The baseplate were delivered on time. Installation was straight forward. Because these baseplates were for a truck no disassembly was required, only minor timming of the front air dam. The new baseplates were easy to install and they fit perfectly. The instructions were clear and useful. I originally called a RV shop to have them purchase and install the baseplates. But they said they checked with Roadmaster and the baseplates were not available for my truck because of its age (it's a 1997 GMC Sierra 1500 4X4). I guess the should have checked with etrailer.com. They lost a job, not good for business.



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1998 Chevrolet Suburban

Not the best quality. I should have stayed with the BlueOx products to match the BlueOx tow bar I purchased. The left side base plate went together pretty easy. However, the right side left a lot to be desired. First, one of the three bolt holes on a backing plate was about a quarter of a hole off center. Had to modify the frame to make it fit. Second, the side bracket on the base plate was not square, and was difficult to get it bolted up to the frame. Also, had to trim the valance on the right side because the base plate didn't quite fit the hole like the left side did.



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The base plate installation went as smooth as expected. The details included with the plate were complete and clear. Great products and great service.



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Product exactly as described smooth install quality material through instructions. Thank You Judy



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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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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


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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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


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


This base plate works great on the Honda I pull behind my coach. Installation instructions were clear and easy to follow and everything lined up as hoped for so it was a snap. etrailer shipped quickly too so my experience was so positive I have given the site to several others looking for similar type items. I will be using them for any future needs that come up.


Comments
The base plate performed really well and I was very happy with it but sold the car and bought a small truck to tow behind my coach. I still highly recommend etrailer for this type of products and continue to use them for my needs.
Norm B - 12/28/2021


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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


Thank you All at etrailer. Once again you All have out done yourselves, which is big job. Due to the fact you always do a great job. Well there was one time, when an item was shipped from the manf. But even then you sent a reimbursement for a portion of the labor cost it took to make the hitch fit a Classic 1981 El Camino. Even in this difficult time of covid, your still doing your best.


Comments
Just fine
Larry B - 11/26/2021


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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


I can't be more pleased with my purchase, I have owned in the past Blue Ox base plate and towing equipment, I prefer the Roadmaster equipment by far! I also purchased at the same time, the Roadmaster Stowmaster tow bar, I would never go back to what I used before this purchase!



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


YOU SHOULD NOT BE SELLING THIS BASE PLATE ! ! ! THe vehicle it is made for SHOULD NOT be towed ! Even the the manufacturer Ford "says" that it can be towed in the owners' manual - THEY LIE ! And etrailer by offering this product are perpetuating that lie and misguiding your customers. Check the forums -for verification of WHAT I AM TELLING YOU


Comments
I looked up the vehicle manual for a 2010 Ford Escape and it does allow for flat towing with all 4 wheels on the ground. It must be taken to an authorized dealer to check for the proper transmission fluid level.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 11/23/2021


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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


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.



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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!



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


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


This is the third time I have order base plates and electrical hook ups from etrailer and love this company. We have a 1979 MCI Bus conversion and it is difficult at time finding things for towing etc for it because of age. Not with etrailer, they have it all. We have towed a 96 S-19 chevy, a 98 Jeep was next and this year we got a 2001 Jeep Cherokee which we got the electrical kit for from etrailer.com and the base plates are still on the way. Everything fits nicely and if you are unsure of how it all goes together just watch their video''s on the etrailer website which are very informational. Thank You etrailer.com for being there when we need you. See you all down the road....



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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


Base plate kit was fairly easy to install,all hardware was included and directions were clear! I would definitely buy another to install if ever needed. I do have a car lift making it easier,but would not be bad without,just a little harder on the knees!


Comments
I have towed the vehicle on several long trips and I have had zero problems!
Richard - 05/28/2020


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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


My 2013 F150 4x4 has really good stock mounts for the stock tow hooks. Massively strong. I am surprised that the etrailer tow hook mounts don’t make much use of the bolt holes already there. This Mount basically “sandwiches” the truck frame. I’m just surprised. It looks like it will hold but a little more specificity to model would be beneficial.



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


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



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


I ordered a Falcon II tow bar, Base plate for a GMC Canyon, Demco Stay-n-play braking system and safety cables. worked exactly as it should, directions were easy to follow. All hardware was included. This system allowed us to tow our Canyon 10K miles around the country. super easy to use and I was able to connect and disconnect in less than 5 min. I liked the system enough that I bought the same setup for our new vehicle.



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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.



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


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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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1999 Chevy Express Van Behind a Motor Home with Blackhawk Tow Bar
    The 2002 Chevy Silverado and 1999 Chevy Express van require different base plate sets so you would not be able to use the ones off of the Silverado. For your 1999 Chevy Express Van you would need # 3106-3 for a 1500 series or # 3106-1 for a 2500 or 3500 series. Either set will be compatible with your Blackhawk tow bar. For safety cables you can use # RM-653. For lighting I recommend a simple magnetic kit # RM-2120 because with it you will not have to cut into the vehicle's tail light...
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  • Roadmaster Base Plate Kit that Fits 2000 Chevy Silverado 1500 4x4
    The base plates that fit specific vehicles can't be adapted to other vehicle by just swapping out a portion of it. You'll need an all new base plate kit that fits your 2000 Chevy Silverado 1500 like the Roadmaster # 131-8. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to control the taillight assemblies of the towed vehicle. This comes with a round...
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  • Base Plates for 1994 GMC C/K Series 2500 Pickup
    Blue Ox base plates # BX1712 do fit your 3/4-ton 2500 series. They also fit the 1500 and 3500. If you refer to the linked diagram you will see the frame measurement you can take (on the passenger side outside frame surface) to see whether you can use Roadmaster kit # 131-8 (if the dimension is 3-inches) or kit # 131-3 (if the dimension is 1-1/4-inches). I also linked an article on flat towing that covers each of the components required.
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  • Can Base Plates And Front Hitch Be Installed At The Same Time On 1989 Chevrolet K1500 Pickup
    The mounting holes used to install the Curt Front Hitch, part # 31042 on your 1989 Chevrolet K1500 truck are the same hole needed for the installation of the Roadmaster Base Plates, part # 131-8. You would not be able to have both installed at the same time because of this interference. I have attached the installation instructions for both the 31042 and the 131-8 you can check out.
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