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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. 1-800-940-8924 to order Roadmaster base plates part number 1541-5 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 - 1541-5

  • 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.



1541-5 Road Master MX Base Plate Kit

Installation Details 1541-5 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles





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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 1541-5

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (259 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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2008 Honda Element

Perfect fit for my 2008 Honda Element SC Automatic! There were questions of whether this model was flat towable or not? After researching the heck out of it, I took the chance and I use the Honda 2005 flat tow instructions from the owners manual of that year (there were no engine or tranny changes from 2005 to 2008 that I could see). Perfect! I've now towed my Element over 500 miles without issue. This baseplate and instructions are great. I already had the Roadmaster Falcon 2 tow bar. I use the invsibrake system for the toad brake and love that also.



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2006 Honda Element

Easy installation. I watched the video a couple of times and read the PDF instructions before my order arrived. When my order arrived I verified that I had all of the parts and in an hour and a half the base plate was on and project completed. I didn't need to trim my grill at all and it looks great.



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2004 Honda CR-V

Excellent service -- ordered online afternoon of July 13; shipped same day and arrived two days later. etrailer video was helpful in outlining steps for installation - especially fascia removal prior to actual install. Installation took about 3 1/2 hours which includes fascia/grill removal and reinstall. Did need to secure additional fender clips to reinstall fascia - many broke during removal as almost 20 years old -- available aftermarket from Dorman. Order arrived correct with all parts/no damage. Fit was excellent. Will order from etrailer again



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2005 Honda Element

Excellent product. Easy to install on my 2005 Honda Element. Didn't have to cut anything on the frame or the grill fascia. Went with the Roadmaster over the Blue Ox because it is a less conspicuous baseplate and it wasn't necessary to alter any of the frame/metal on the car. I have a Blue Ox tow bar so I also had to have an adapter kit to hook the two together. Etrailer.com was very helpful getting me the correct parts I needed. Their customer service is A+++. I have attached 'before' and 'after' pictures (I think). I cut the electrical mount and a few tabs off of the baseplate to give it a cleaner look. I will hide the wires behind the grill and bring them out when in use. Also purchased a few plastic caps to cover tubes.



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2003 Honda CR-V

The product was well packaged, came on time, and installed perfectly. The installation instructions were clear and easy to follow.



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The Roadmaster tow bar mounts were easy to install and fit great. They worked without fail up to Alaska and Canada over 10K miles. Also the tail light wiring kit made for an easy install. I installed both products myself, but in fairness I am a former ASE cert mechanic.


Comments
The Roadmaster tow bar mounts are holding up great and we are still towing on them.
Erwin - 04/20/2021


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Salesman was very helpful in assisting me in purchasing correct package for my flat tow. Fast delivery



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2003 Honda CR-V

It fit perfect. I was surprised that I didn't have to cut the grill. Everything lined up and made it so easy to install.


Comments
Works perfect I have towed my CRV over 15,000 miles
Ronald - 01/06/2022


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2003 Honda Element

Very easy installation on 2003 Honda Element. No cutting required and fit was perfect. Delivery was exceptional. Will definitely be a return customer!


Comments
Still performing like a champ! No problems whatsoever! Great product!
Robert - 09/17/2019



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2005 Honda Element

The base plate was a perfect fit for my 2005 Honda Element. Didn't need to trim front cover.



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Perfect fit



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2006 Honda Element

Best price I could find. Perfect fit on my 2006 Honda Element (towed). Will continue to use you guys in the future. As you see I just ordered the back up lights for my 2002 Allegro Bus from you. They just got here and are once again, a perfect fit. Thanks



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Honda Element

Great information. Quick delivery. Easy installation. Pulled Honda Element 4500 miles last summer and baseplate performed well.



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Honda Element

Really pleased with the hitch for my Honda Element ! Super easy to install. Dealing with etrailer was a pleasure. Stacey was informative and extremely helpful !!!



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2004 Honda Element

Fast service. Received the product before I received the tracking number..... less than a week!



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2002 Honda CR-V

Product arrived in great shape and fit on car perfect


Comments
This product is well made and works perfect
Michael V - 11/21/2020


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Fits perfect just like description no mods to my 04Honda CR-V



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Very Good to do business with



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2002 Honda CR-V

item arrive 1 day ahead of schedule, i'm having it install tomorrow.



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Have not installed it yet



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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


The baseplate went on with relative ease; However, I had to do some modifications accommodate the brush guard. The instructions stated that I needed to remove the brush guard. I was able to work around that, and fixed it so that I could leave the tow bar mounted when arriving at my location. I pull my Suburban behind a diesel pusher motorhome. It Pulls much easier that I thought it would. I don't advise anyone to try this unless they have access to a machine shop, and are ready to drill some holes. It has been in place for over a year and still works good.



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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Very easy install on my 2005 CR-V. It sit's nicely tucked into the grill. I did not have to any cutting. It makes your CR-V stronger by replacing a thin frame piece with strong steel crossmember.


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  • Is the Falcon 5250 Tow Bar Compatible with the Roadmaster Base Plates 1541-5 for a 2002 Honda CR-V
    Yes, the Roadmaster MX Base Plate Kit # 1541-5 that you referenced is what you will want to use with your Roadmaster Falcon 5250 tow bar for your 2002 Honda CR-V. Keep in mind that a complete flat towing setup includes the base plate kit and tow bar, as well as safety cables, tow bar wiring, a supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter. If you need any of these components for your CR-V let me know and I can make some recommendations.
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  • Base Plates for 2007 Honda Element With Falcon Tow Bar
    In order to use your Falcon 5250 tow bar to flat tow your 2007 Honda Element you will need specific base plates, the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # 1541-5. I am not 100 percent sure what you mean by "purchase the base plate which was sold" with your Element, but you will need the Roadmaster base plates to use your tow bar. I have added a photo a customer sent in which shows these base plates on their Honda Element so you can see how they will look when installed on your car.
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  • Receiver Tube Opening Dimensions For The Roadmaster Base Plate Kit # 1541-5
    The receiver opening for the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # 1541-5 is approximately 1-1/2" x 1-1/2".
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  • What Brush Guard is Compatible with Roadmaster Base Plate for 2003 Honda CR-V
    The brush guard that is in reference to the Roadmaster base plate kit # 1541-5 you mentioned is actually an OEM feature that's on some versions of the vehicle. It is not compatible with an aftermarket brush guard.
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  • Comparing Roadmaster XL and MX Base Plates for 2004 Honda Element
    The difference between the Roadmaster XL Base Plates # 1541-1 and the MX base plates # 1541-5 is tow bar compatibility. The XL plates are compatible with all Roadmaster tow bars while the MX plates 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. Your Falcon All Terrain tow bar # RM-522 will work with either base plate.
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  • Will the 2005 Honda Elements Frame Need to Modified to Install the Roadmaster MX Base Plates
    The Roadmaster MX Base Plates # 1541-5 that are confirmed to fit your 2005 Honda Element does not require you to cut or alter any of the steel frame of your vehicle. The base plates will bolt to the vehicle using existing holes. The only modification will be needed will be on the bumper fascia to allow the tow arms to connect to the base plates. For your Blue Ox tow bar, I recommend the Blue Ox Tow Bar to Roadmaster EZ5, MS, and MX Base Plate Adapter Brackets, # BX88185. This adapter...
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  • Roadmaster Base Plate for 2003 Honda Element 5-speed Compatible with Falcon All Terrain Tow Bar
    On the Roadmaster MX Base Plate kit # 1541-5 that fits your 2003 Honda Element with 5-speed manual transmission the draw bars (arms) are directly compatible with all Roadmaster motorhome-mount tow bars like the Falcon All Terrain # RM-522 and others that slide into the motorhome hitch receiver. If you refer to the photo I linked you can see the rounded ends of the draw bars.
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  • Confirmed Fit for 2003 Honda CRV Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit
    This base plate kit will work with the Roadmaster Falcon Towbar #RM-522. The Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms, # 1541-5 is a confirmed fit for the 2003 Honda CR-V. We do not have a video created for these base plates being installed. Direct-connect base plates, such as the # 1541-5, will work only with the Roadmaster tow bars that slide into a trailer hitch. You are good-to-go, please select the link and proceed to check-out. Happy travels!
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  • Is a Cross Bar Needed to Flat Tow A 2003 Honda Element with a RoadMaster Falcon 5250 Tow Bar
    No, a cross bar is not required to flat tow with the RoadMaster Falcon 5250 tow bar if you have the Roadmaster MX Base Plate Kit, # 1541-5, on your 2003 Honda Element. If you have the XL Base Plate Kit, # 1541-1, on your Element then you would need to use a cross bar and quick disconnect system, # 910021-00.
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  • Comparing Roadmaster Base Plate Kits for a 2006 Honda Element EX
    The Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit part # 1541-5 and Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit part # 1541-1 are both fits for a 2006 Honda Element EX. The former is a more seamless design and what I recommend but the latter will still work if you're trying to save money on the tow bar. The Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar part # RM-504 is designed for the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit and the Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar part # RM-522 is designed...
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  • Will the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # 1541-3 Fit my 2008 Honda Element EX
    The Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # 1541-3 is a fit for your 2008 Honda Element EX and we have it on our website. I have included a link to the base plate kit for you to find on the website. If you will be flat-towing your 2008 Honda Element you will also need Towbar wiring, a supplemental braking system and safety cables. For the supplemental braking system I recommend the Roadmaster Even Brake Portable Supplemental Braking System - Proportional # RM-9400. I recommend the...
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  • Availability of Replacement Draw Bars for Roadmaster Base Plate on 2004 Honda CR-V
    The removable draw bars for the two base plates you reference are not compatible. Roadmaster MX Base Plate Kit # 1541-5 uses removable draw bars # C-000637 and # C-000638. Roadmaster base plate kit # 1541-1 uses removable draw bars # C-000293 and # C-000294. You can get replacement arms using # RM-ARMS. There is a link on the page at the right that is actually a form that needs to be filled out so we can be sure Roadmaster makes the correct arms. I recommend contacting our customer...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2008 Honda Element SC
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    I would recommend the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, item # 1541-1, for your 2003 Honda Element. The XL style base plate kits offer the versatility and provide mounting options for many of the accessories people decide are needed once getting started flat towing, like the Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard, item # RM-4000. The Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar - 6,000 lbs, item # RM-520, is designed to work with the XL base plates and includes the quick disconnects needed to quickly and easily attach...
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    Both the Roadmaster # 1541-1 and the # 1541-3 are compatible fits for your 2002 Honda CR-V, but these are the older crossbar-style so instead you'll want the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # 1541-5. These direct-connect style base plates provide a quicker and simpler connection. To flat tow you'll also need a tow bar, tow bar wiring kit, braking system, and safety cables. For this I have the following recommendations: Tow Bar: etrailer SD Non-Binding Tow Bar for Roadmaster...
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    For your 2004 Honda Element the first thing you'd need to flat tow it would be a base plate kit like the Roadmaster Direct Connect # 1541-5 which is a confirmed fit. 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 lighting/safety...
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    To make your baseplates work with your Roadmaster 5250 Falcon tow bar, you need to determine what base plates you have you have on your 2003 Honda CR-V. We have the Roadmaster XL style # 1541-1, the Roadmaster MX # 1541-5, or the Blue Ox # BX2232. The Roadmaster baseplates will work with no adapter needed but you may want the Roadmaster Quick Disconnect Tow Bar Base Assembly # 910021-00. If you have Blue Ox baseplates, you will need the Roadmaster Tow Bar to Blue Ox Brackets Adapter...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing Equipment For A 2002 Honda CR-V
    To connect your 2002 Honda CR-V to your Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar # RM-522 I recommend the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # 1541-5. You'll be able to remove the crossbar from the tow bar and use the direct-connect arms of the base plate to make connecting and disconnecting super simple. To flat tow your 2002 Honda CR-V you will also need a tow bar wiring kit, braking system, and safety cables. I have the following recommendations for you below: Tow...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2006 Honda Element Behind an RV with Roadmaster Eagle 8000 Tow Bar
    Yes, the Eagle 8000 tow bar is compatible with the MX base plates # 1541-5 for your 2006 Honda Element. The tow bar arms will connect directly to the MX arms without using the Eagle's base bar. If you don't already have safety cables you can use # RM-643. For lighting you can use a simple magnetic kit such as # RM-2120. For a more permanent lighting solution I recommend the 6 diode kit # 154-792-118158. You may also need a high/low adapter to keep the tow bar level. I have linked a help...
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