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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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Is this right For you? Product Expert Mike S says:

Yes, if you:

  • Are a DIYer and want a simple install
  • Have a Roadmaster hitch-mounted tow bar
  • Value the protection of a lifetime warranty

No, if you:

  • Own a tow bar that's not from Roadmaster and don’t want to have to buy an adapter separately
  • Have a Roadmaster Sterling tow bar and want to use its specialty safety cables
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. 1-800-940-8924 to order Roadmaster base plates part number 1444-3 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 - 1444-3

  • 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: Direct-connect 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. These base plates will not work with tow bars that require a hitch ball.


Direct-connect 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 direct-connect base plates. These cables connect to an anchor plate on the Quick Disconnect crossbar, which will not be present when you are using these base plates.


The drawbars, or front arms, on the direct-connect 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.



345-3 Road Master MX Base Plate Kit

Installation Details 1444-3 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles





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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 1444-3

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (797 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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Easy to Install if you have any mechanical skills. Easy to hook up/de-couple towed vehicle as needed. Very strong components. Towed a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon all over the Western US in 2021 with zero issues. I would recommend this product.



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Service was excellent and knowledgeable. Nichole really know their products, listened well and was very helpful.
We love working with etrailer and will do so again when we need them!



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Installed myself, about 4 hours. Not too bad, install video on your website was a good primer



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Roadmaster

New Roadmaster Base Plate was delivered in 2 days, great customer service (Thanks Kristen!!)



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2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Excellent product and customer service. Installation was very easy just follow the directions. Used a Dremel Ultra Saw to make the necessary cuts in the front skid plate. The cuts were very easy to make. Be sure to remove the skid plate first. Used the jeep jack on both sides to align the holes in the base plate to the holes in the frame as this was a tight fit. Used this MX base plate on a 2015 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock. Hope this helps.



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Jeep

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.



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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 !



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It was a lot easier to install than I thought it would be



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Roadmaster

This is my third Roadmaster install ,never had a problem and they went flawlessly and the staff at e-Trailer are a great help if you have questions or concern and their videos on Youtube are very helpful !



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2015 Jeep Wrangler

Super pleased with the service that I received as far as getting the order and it being what was advertised. Perfect fit. I must say that the instruction video was very helpful but I’m sure that the ease of putting the blind nuts up inside the frame must have been shot many times as it was way more difficult than the video showed.
Also Amy E was so helpful in getting everything to me in a timely manner. Thanks



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Product is great fit was perfect



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Easy to install and performs perfectly. I recommend this to all.



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all went perfect. .on time delivery.6 stars.thanks derek



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2018 Jeep JK Wrangler



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Easy to install, quick delivery



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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



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
Comments
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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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


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


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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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


No problem installing.


Comments
No problems, works great
Alan - 01/17/2022
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    The Roadmaster application guide shows two base plate kits as fits for your 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 10th Anniversary Edition Rubicon, the MX series, part # 1444-3, and the XL series, part # 1444-1. Our product page for the # 1444-3 incorrectly identified it as an XL series but in fact it is the MX series. We have made this correction - thank you for catching this error. My contact at Roadmaster confirmed that the 1444-1 will fit only motorhome-mounted tow bars while the 1444-3 fits...
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    We do not have any type of spacers to create a tighter fit with the Roadmaster Adapters # RM-035. We do have baseplates that will fit the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Hard Rock Edition. We have the Roadmaster XL # 1444-1 and the Roadmaster MX # 1444-3. Both will fit as long as you don't have the American Expedition Vehicles bumper on your Jeep. I've attached installation videos on both as well.
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