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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. 1-636-306-4830 to order Roadmaster base plates part number 1528-3 or order online at 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 - 1528-3

  • 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.


  • 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.

1528-3 Road Master XL Base Plate Kit

Installation Details 1528-3 Installation instructions

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Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 1528-3

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (848 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.


We had a great experience with your company
service and quality
Also your delivery and tracking system is the best


Fit perfectly worked like a charm!!

1999 Honda CR-V

Installed on 1998 Honda CR-V. Excellent instructions and online video. NO cutting or modification was required to vehicle (some CR-V models have additional plastic trim). The adapter kit fit PERFECTLY per instructions. Total install time was ONE HOUR. Please note the instructions require Locktite RED for the bolts which should be acquired before starting the project. You will need metric tools for the Honda bolts and standard US tools, including torque wrench, for the adapter kit. The kit is EXCELLENT quality. Etrailer provides OUTSTANDING customer service from the pre-sale process to post-install. THANK YOU! A special THANK YOU goes to my customer support and shipping reps!

Absolutely PERFECT after using for the past year.
Dr. D - 07/06/2015


Has worked great for towing our CRV


Fits and works awsome--Took me about 2 hours to install on a 1999 crv--It was pretty easy--Thanks Roger for guiding me to the right product


Product has worked great been towing for year with no issues. Fantastic customer service when ordering. Order on Friday and on my doorstep Monday evening w/direct ship.

2000 Honda CR-V

Base plate was just as described. Went on very easily. Can't wait to use the tow with the motor home. Customer service was excellent. Kept in touch as to the progress of the package, will definitely use this company again when needed products for camper.


Roadmaster baseplate fit like a glove, shipping was excellent


Worked perfectly, and was easy to install. This was on my Honda CRV tow vehicle. When I get the Jeep I want I will order from eTrailer again.


[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!


Fit well! Self installed.


The base plate arrived quickly in great shape. It fit, without tweaking, as advertised and the installation instruction/video were easy to follow.

Have not towed my CRV yet but I see no problems.



Easy to install -- very durable and heavy duty product


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.





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


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.

Rock solid
MEC - 02/22/2022


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.

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


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.

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


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.


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!


Review from a similar XL in Base Plates

I needed to set up our 1998 Toyota RAV4 for dinghy towing. 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 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!


Review from a similar 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.

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  • What Year Honda CR-Vs does the Roadmaster Base Plate Kit 1528-3 Fit
    The Roadmaster base plate kit you would have on your 2001 Honda CR-V would be the # 1528-3 which fits 1997-2001 Honda CR-Vs. If you are going with a new CR-V you will need a new base plate kit. I attached a link to our base plate finder page that will allow you to enter the year/make/model of your vehicle and see what kit you would need. I also attached a help article on flat towing for you to check out as well.
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  • What is the Weight of the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # 1528-3 Item # 1528-3
    The shipping weight of the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # 1528-3 is 57 lbs. The actual weight will be the same.
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  • Will the Roadmaster RM-4000 Rock Guard Fit With the 1528-3 Base Plate?
    I spoke to Roadmaster and the Guardian Rock Guard # RM-4000 will definitely fit with the base plate # 1528-3.
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  • What are the Two Smaller Holes for on the Roadmaster Base Plate Kit # 1528-3
    The smaller holes on the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # 1528-3 are there to padlock the arms to prevent theft. If you need a padlock, I recommend the Master Lock Covered Solid Body Padlocks - 1/4" Shackle Diameter (2 Pack) # 141T. I recommend this lock set because it has the vinyl covering that will protect it under your vehicle.
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  • Crossbar for Roadmaster Tow Bar For Flat Towing 2001 Honda CR-V
    Sounds like the Roadmaster tow bar you have is missing the crossbar that is needed for the base plate kit part # 1528-3 to attach to it. For that you'd need the # 910021-00.
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  • Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Arm Receiver Covers
    The Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms Item # 1528-3 tubes can be capped when the forward connectors are removed with the RoadMaster Black Receiver Inserts for MX and XL Brackets Item # RM-200-5 to prevent any water from getting in and causing corrosion.
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  • What Items Are Needed To Tow A 1999 Honda CRV With A Falcon All-Terrain Non-Binding Tow Bar
    If you have the tow bar, safety cables and the wiring for the lights, then you will need the base plate. We do also offer a Quick Disconnect Kit, which makes connecting and disconnecting the tow bar to the vehicle being towed a easy task. You will also want to make sure the wiring you have for the lights on the vehicle being towed is the Roadmaster Universal Hy-Power Diode Wiring Kit, # RM-154, or similar. This kit will provide taillights on the towed vehicle. It will also have the diodes...
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  • What Years of Honda CR-Vs will the Roadmaster Base Plate Kit # 1528-3 Fit
    This Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit # 1528-3 that you referenced will work on Honda CR-Vs from 1997-2001. To complete your towing setup you may be interested in purchasing the following products: RoadMaster Sterling All Terrain Tow Bar # RM-576, this comes with wiring, safety cables and quick disconnects. I attached installation instructions for this product for you to check out also. The next component you will need to flat tow your vehicle is lighting. There are actually several lighting...
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  • Tow Bar, Base Plates and Accessories Needed to Flat Tow 2001 Honda CRV
    The Roadmaster # 1528-3 base plates and the Falcon 2 tow bar would both work very well with your 2001 Honda CRV. You will also need safety cables which are not included with the tow bar, like part # RM-645. The Falcon 2 actually has guides built into it to keep the cables from being tangled or damaged. You will also need a wiring solution so that the tail lights on the CRV work in tandem with those of the RV. The Roadmaster Bulb and Socket Kit, part # RM-155 is an easy to use and install...
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  • Recommended Base Plate for 1998 Honda CR-V
    For your 1998 Honda CRV, you can use the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms # BX2218 for a direct fit to a Blue Ox towbar. If you prefer to have the removable arms, then you can use the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # 1528-3 with any Roadmaster tow bar or use the adapter # RM-032 for Blue Ox tow bar compatibility. If you need more help with components for your vehicle to flat tow, I'd be happy to assist. I've attached an article to help.
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  • Where and How Do the Short Safety Cables From the Roadmaster Base Plate # 1528-3 Connect
    I spoke to my contact at Roadmaster and he told me that because the holes on the base plate are so small, the short safety cables of the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # 1528-3 are used to connect directly to the safety cables from your RV. You will need another set of coming from your RV to hook to cables on the base plate. I recommend the RoadMaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables # RM-643. I recommend these cables because the fact that they are coiled up to keep them...
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  • How to Attach a Tow Bar to the Roadmaster # 1528-1 Base Plate on 1998 Honda CRV
    The method of connection will depend on which manufacturers tow bar you are using. Some vehicles use a base plate kit that features removable draw bars, which might be what you have (see photo). The type of base plate for the 1998 CRV uses standard base plates, which are not removable. There is also a base plate kit, # 1528-3 that would allow the draw bars to be removed. For a Roadmaster tow bar, you would use a set of quick disconnects, part # RM-201. One half of the disconnect would...
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  • Need Base Plate Attachment For 2001 Honda CR-V Existing Roadmaster Falcon 5250
    My technical contact at RoadMaster informed me that, indeed, the RoadMaster BasePlate # 1528-3 and the Falcon 5250 do work together. He said that you need to make sure that you have the crossbar and L brackets that go with the towbar. The RoadMaster Quick Disconnect Assembly # 910021-00 is what you will need to make your set-up work properly. My contact told me that a lot of times, when people sell vehicles, they simply forget about these pieces, so it is a common occurrence. The other...
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  • Are Replacement Arms Available for Roadmaster Falcon Tow Bar for 1999 Honda CR-V?
    There are replacement arms available for a Roadmaster Falcon # RM-522 tow bar that will work with your Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit # 1528-3, though the arms would not be needed with a new tow bar. But there is the Replacement Driver Side Outer Bar for Roadmaster Falcon & Falcon 2 # 910021-12 as well as the Replacement Passenger Side Outer Bar for Roadmaster Falcon & Falcon 2 # 910021-22.
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  • Is The Etrailer Tow Bar Item # e44ZR Compatible With Base Plate Item # 1528-3 On A 2001 Honda CRV
    For your 2001 Honda CRV, the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # 1528-3 is compatible with the etrailer SD Non-Binding Tow Bar Item # e44ZR. To complete your flat tow set up I recommend the following items: The Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit Item # RM-15267. This kit allows the light functions from the motor home to be transfered to the factory taillights on the vehicle. The diodes protect the factory wiring from back feed if there is ever a short. The...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing Equipment For A 2001 Honda CR-V AWD
    Yes, your 2001 Honda CR-V can be flat towed. To do so you'll need a tow bar, base plate, tow bar wiring kit, braking system, and safety cables. I have the following recommendations for you below: Tow Bar: etrailer SD Non-Binding Tow Bar for Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plates # e44ZR. This tow bar is compatible with the Roadmaster base plate kit I'll reference below without the need of an adapter. It features non-binding latches and telescoping, self-supporting arms to make connecting/disconnecting...
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  • Parts Needed To Flat Tow a 1997 Honda CR-V AWD Automatic
    Yes. You'll want to check your owners manual for confirmation and the procedures for flat towing but my research is showing that the 1997 Honda CRV can be flat towed. In order to flat tow you will need a number of parts from the following categories: base plates, tow bar, safety cables, lights/wiring, supplemental braking and a rise/drop adapter. I've compiled a short list of the parts here: Base Plates: Roadmaster Crossbar Style # 1528-3 Tow Bar: Roadmaster Tracker # RM-020 (requires...
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  • Can 2001 Honda CR-V be Flat Towed Behind Motorhome
    Yes the 2001 Honda CR-V with an automatic transmission can be flat towed. First thing you'd need is a base plate kit like the part # 1528-3 to provide the connection point for a tow bar. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The most popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon All Terain, # RM-522. This has non-binding arms which makes the setup very easy to connect/disconnect. For...
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  • Adapter Needed to Use Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit on Honda CR-V w/ Ready Brute Tow Bar
    The Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # 1528-3 is a fit for your 2001 Honda CR-V. You would then need the Roadmaster Tow Bar Adapter # RM-032 to use your Ready Brute tow bar. In addition to the base plate kit and tow bar, you will also need safety cables, tow bar wiring and a supplemental braking system to flat tow your 2001 Honda CR-V. Safety Cables: - Roadmaster 64" Single Hook, Straight Safety Cables # RM-645 Tow Bar Wiring: - Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring...
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  • Base Plate Kit Recommendation for 2000 Honda CR-V
    For your 2000 Honda CR-V we have the Roadmaster XL kit part # 1528-3 as a confirmed fit, but the EZ4 kit you mentioned is not a fit as it is designed for a different vehicle. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The most popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon 2, # RM-520. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground. For...
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  • Flat Towing Setup Recommendations for a 1998 Honda CR-V
    For your 1998 Honda CR-V you would want a Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit # 1528-3. The Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit # 1418-1 that you referenced is vehicle specific to the 1991-2001 Jeep Cherokees. There is not anything you could purchase separately or modify on these to have it work on your CR-V. For a tow bar I would recommend the RoadMaster Sterling All Terrain Tow Bar # RM-576. This comes with safety cables, quick disconnects, and wiring. I attached installation instructions for you...
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  • What is the Best Solution to Tow a 2001 Honda CR-V Just 1 Time
    To be quite honest with you, it would probably end up being cheaper to rent a car trailer if you are only going to tow the vehicle once. But I will be happy to go over the parts required to flat tow your 2001 Honda CR-V.
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  • Recommended Items Needed To Flat-Tow 2000 Honda CR-V
    The Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, part # 1528-3 is a great fit for your 2000 CR-V. This kit has removable arms when you are not towing. For a tow bar I recommend the Falcon 2 Tow Bar, part # RM-520. This tow bar folds up against the back of your truck when you are not towing. For lighting I recommend the Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit with Bulbs, part # RM-155. This kit includes the bulbs and does not require tapping into the vehicle wiring. The # 118336 harness is not designed for...
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  • Can The Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520 Tow a 2000 Honda CRV and a Smart Car With an RV
    The Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar, part # RM-520, will work on your 35 foot Allegro RV with a tag axle. I spoke with my contact at Roadmaster, and they said you should have no problem using the Falcon 2 tow bar with your tag axle. It has a weight capacity of 6000lbs and can be folded toward your RV when not being used. I am including a link to the instructions on the tow bar and a video review for reference. To tow the 2000 Honda CR-V and a Smart car, you will also need base plates for each...
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