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 1438-1 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 - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Roadmaster Base Plates - 1438-1

  • Roadmaster
  • Removable Draw Bars
  • 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


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.



1438-1 Road Master XL Base Plate Kit



1438-1 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 1438-1 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2010 - 2012 Jeep Wrangler Warn Rock Crawler bumper

2010 - 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Warn Rock Crawler bumper





Customer Reviews

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 1438-1

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (529 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.

- 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



- 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



- 4408-1
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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



- 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


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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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- 3151-1A
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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



- 3121-1
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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



- 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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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



- 3121-1
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I purchased the Roadmaster Base Plate for our 06 Saturn Vue. The base plate fit exactly as described. Was not to hard to install. I did my self to save money. The hardest part of the job was the removal of the front air dam and cutting out the access holes for the bars, Still not to bad if you have mechanical skills. The staff at e-trailer was very helpful and answered any questions that I had. It was delivered very quickly as stated and arrived on time. If you are considering this type of project I would highly recommend e-trailer. 262472


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very good

Dean K - 06/18/2017

25102

- 477-1
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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



- 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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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



- 1420-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I have mounted four different Roadmaster brackets in the passed but this model had some serious problems. The drivers side bracket attached to my 2001 Jeep TJ very easily per the instructions. The passenger side bracket on the other hand had serious engineering deficiencies. None of the mounting holes matched up to the vehicle frame. Two of the bracket holes needed to be enlarged to engage. The back hole was very difficult aligning the inside required drilled hole with the outside slotted opening. Near impossible to enlarge a slotted frame opening. May be fine for a fully equipped shop with all the tools required but not so much for the home mechanic. I'd still recommend these brackets but know what your getting into. 452768



- 1419-7
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High quality materials Precise fit in a very tight space 6-8 hour install No jacking or vehicle raising required. Fast delivery Good price 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 234588



- 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



- 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



- 474-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster 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. 167660


Comments

Great with no problems. Connect and disconnect very quick and easy. Thanks.

Gordon - 01/08/2016

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- 477-1
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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



- 915-1
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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



- 3141-1
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Install pics 478286



- 1142-3
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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



- 1444-3
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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



- 913-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


This was a fantastic addition to our TOAD. 03 Subie Forester (manual). Install was simple and only took an hour. The hookup are simple, robust and provide confidence in towing. Well worth the purchase and I highly recommend Roadmaster products to others. 484479


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Still able to tug my dinghy as it was a year ago!!!

George - 03/13/2019

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- 1425-1
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Installed the unit myself on a 2004 Grand Cherokee Laredo. Watched videos and reviewed instructions, took my time. Finished in one evening. Works great and I would highly recommend it. 572929



- 1424-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Fit right up!! 77677


Comments

So far the plates are working great, it is an easy attachment for the tow bar and nothing gets in the way at all. Thanks again for the brackets..

Scott P - 04/24/2014

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Scott, I have rock bumper like you have in the picture. Did you use the 1424-1 Road Master XL Base Plate? Was this very hard to install? Thanks for any information. Rich.

-- comment by: Rich A - 06/07/2014

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- 199-10
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


I have used these people a couple times and this time I messed up and ordered the wrong part. Meghan was so helpful. She did just what I expected. I will use them again 572347



- 1545-1
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Installation instructions were superb. Tow bar easy to attach. 81491


Comments

I dont have the car that I bought the base plate for, however, I bought a new Honda CR-V and had a Road Master base plate put on it and it is really working out great.

Mel W - 05/23/2014

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- 477-5
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I have not installer it yet but instructions are good . 721915



- 435-3
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Well made ,and easy to install. 720714



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


Very impressed with how complete the kit was and the detailed instructions although a few detailed photos or diagrams to go along with the instructions would have helped. Everything looks very well made and good quality hardware (could have included the loctite that they recommend using though). Only problem I had is that 4 of the bolt holes needed to be enlarged due to variations in the vehicle frame. They could have made the holes a little larger since you use large area washers or plates on almost every hole. Structurally it seems like a little overkill but I have no worries that it will hold up well. Would have given 5 stars if I didnt have to grind the holes egg shaped. 720211



- 1623-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster XL in Base Plates


Ordered Roadmaster baseplate on Friday afternoon, received items the following Thursday. Excellent delivery to Florida. Called and spoke with tech representative - she answered all questions and everything was in stock. Two boxes arrived undamaged. All parts were easily identifiable, enclosed instructions were very clear and included pictures. Followed instructions - fitment of baseplate to car was excellent - all holes lined up and all hardware was included. Total time to install about 7-8 hours. Good heavy duty quality baseplate. No surprises. Would definitely order from etrailer again. 720087



- 435-3
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Worked great! 719629



- 1541-1
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Super fast and free shipping! Thanks 719159



- 1528-3
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Great product. Took couple hours to install-which is fine. So slick to hook up & just go. Just a couple minutes to hook up or unhook. Love it. 716391



- 1429-1
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Great customer service. I was sent an email with tracking number, and also a video attached on how to install the item. I will be ordering more from etrailer. 713700



- 1419-7
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Fast delivery and good customer service! I ordered online and made an error that ended up as a double order. I called and the problem was immediately fixed and there were no issues with the products or my payment. I received it within 2 day! Amazing! Right product, right fit for my Jeep and clear instructions to install. 713135



- 1528-3
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[Thumbs up] Again etrailor delivers top shelf performance!! Customer service was outstanding, and their shipping department gets your package ready and sent immediately. What sets this company above and beyond normal internet company is their helpful videos. Thank you! 710600



- 1545-1
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Photos were a little difficult to follow but eventually made sense. Product installed fairly easily. More photos of finished product and partially finished installation from a distance to help get a better idea of where things attach would have been helpful. The fact they made me buy a separate adapter bar to attach to front of the vehicle because the holes in the front mounting plates were 2" too close was a little unfair. They should have made the mounting plates a little wider so holes 4" apart could have accommodated my tow bar. Oh well, just another $60 down the tube. 708193



- 3111-1
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everything went as planned. Great help and excellent timely shipment. couldn't be happier. 705570



- 483-1
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Ordered my Towbar and received it in just 4 days. Product looks well built and was easily installed. I’m using this kit to move my Ford Ranger across country. Towbar goes on and removes quick and easily. etrailer was professional and understanding of my needs. Their staff was very courtious and have very good knowledge of their product. I Purchased the complete kit, including brake kit. I have not yet towed yet but I’m hooked up and all is working and ready to go. Will up date my experience and take some pics after my trip. 704784



- 1142-1
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The folks at etrailer were VERY helpful when we order our base plates for our Rav4. After owning for over a year we have no complaints or regrets. Thanks Hally. 696809



- 1159-1
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Fast shipping. 694038



- 1418-1
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Great prices super fast shipping 690600



- 1429-1
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I ordered these brackets to tow my Jeep Wrangler behind my motorhome. Having used this brand before I knew the quality I would get and was not disappointed. The original order had 2 left side brackets and no right side brackets so after a call to customer support the correct part was sent. They even gave me a follow-up call to make sure I was taken care of. Mistakes happen but how a company responds to those mistakes is what really matters. These are people you can count on. I am a customer for life. 690379



- 1541-1
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I installed this baseplate on my 2003 Honda CRV myself. It was a challenge for an inexperienced mechanic but successful in spite of that. Following the clear instructions, the unit fit well into the CRV chassis. Installing it myself has also given me confidence in towing that I may not have had by giving that task to someone else. I wired the CRV and RV 6 way and 7 way connectors including power to charge the CRV's battery while towing. After towing the car for several thousand miles, I am very satisfied with the base plate, tow bar, and installation. 679192



- RM-3176-1
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Do you have inserts for the front recei vers? 674960


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We certainly do! Theyre available as part # RM-200-5
RoadMaster Black Receiver Inserts for XL and MX Brackets
$22.99
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-- Mike L - 07/27/2019

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- 1188-1
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This is a solid and perfect fitting bracket for my car that insures safe towing. 674486



- 4414-1
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Although it has taken me several weeks to install on my Ford Escape XLT, it actually arrived very quickly.. If you have minimal skills like I do, you can still install this yourself. It took me about 6 hours. The only glitches I found in the directions was the location of the ambient temperature sensor and the need to cut down part of the air foil. Due to the location of the sensor, I did not need to do anything with it and it was not necessary to make any cuts. Neither caused me any distress. The biggest challenge was having to enlarge a couple of holes and " fish" bolts through them due to the lack of welded nuts as indicated in the directions. If you lack the tools and/or know how to do these jobs, it might be better to have someone install it for you. 673102



- 1158-1
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Great ordering experience. 668383


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