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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. Call 800-298-8924 to order Roadmaster base plates part number 483-1 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 - 483-1

  • Roadmaster
  • Removable Drawbars
  • 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
  • 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.



483-1 Road Master XL Base Plate Kit

Installation Details 483-1 Installation instructions

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Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 483-1

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (575 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.

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Mazda

I've traveled 1000s of miles with this attached to my Mazda B4000 towing behind my motorhome, has not once given me any problems, works great with the tow sway, dang perfect. Thank you. 764870



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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



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Ford Ranger

Very strong mount for a Ranger pick up !Easy to install !Fast service !Great parts ! 581071



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2000 Ford Ranger

I installed 483-1 backing plate to my wifes ford ranger it was a little tricky at first then got the other side done in half the time all is torked to specs. thanks. will send pics later. shipping was fair ups can be kinda slow can't wait to try it out thanks again 383934



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2000 Ford Ranger

Product is well built. The instructions were clear and easy to read. I recommend removing the bumper for easier installation. Very slim design. I also recommend part# RM-222 for easier removal of towbar. This product will be used on a daily basis. Thanks E-TRAILER on an awesome product. 234303



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Product arrived promptly, all parts were there and in good condition. The install went as the instructions provided, although for this individual parts the instructions were little lacking. My interface with e trailer.com was a satisfying experience. Thank you 118457



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2001 Ford Ranger

product looks very heavy duty, product should have better instructions with step by step including pictures. installation was easier when i took off front bumper (which wasn't in instructions) . i would have gave it an excellent review but instructions need improvement. also i called an installation location & they had ridiculous prices of $580-$640 for installation only. 68309



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I am very pleased with my experience with etrailer.com. The customer service was great and the order arrived very promptly with very easy to follow instructions that made installation a breeze. I completed the entire project within less that 2 hrs and it looks great on my truck. I wouldn't hesitate to order any future needs from etrailer.com. 60759



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Fast delivery good transaction all arou nd. 29329



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Product was very good and instructions were easy to follow. The price was right also. I also purchased the wiring kit to bypass the vehicle wiring system. Only problem was that once you drill the 1 Inch hole for the bulb holder unless your lens detach fro the back you have trouble getting the bulb in. 22678



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


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



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


One of the most easy Roadmaster tow brackets to install. 87276



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


1990 Miata! Great kit! Make sure you start all the books before tightening any one bolt! Towed the car from NJ to AZ and back with no troubles at all. All bolts started tight! 584609



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


As usual, very prompt service and exactly what I needed. Never gone wrong with etrailer.com! 220696


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GREAT! Never a problem
G.B. - 08/20/2016

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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


The products I ordered from "etrailer" arrived ahead of time and were exactly as described. The sales people at "etrailer" emailed to let me know when I could expect my order and then emailed a follow-up to make sure all was okay with the order! I would definitely order from "etrailer" again. 114538



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


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



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


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



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


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 ! 212755



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


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



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


It was easy to install. It took me about two hours. 574848


Comments
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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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


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



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Review from a similar 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



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


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



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Review from a similar 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


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  • Parts Needed to Tow a 1999 Mazda B3000 Extended Cab Behind a Motor Home
    You will need to check your owners manual or with the Mazda dealer to see if your 1999 Mazda B3000 Ext Cab can be flat towed. Some vehicles must be equipped with a transmission lube pump, an axle disconnect, drive line disconnect or free-wheeling hubs before they can be towed. If the correct procedure is not followed, it will cause severe damage to the transmission. If you will be able to flat tow your vehicle, you will need a tow bar, base plate kit, safety cables, wiring, and a supplemental...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 1999 Ford Ranger XLT Manual Transmission
    Yes, your 1999 Ford Ranger XLT with a manual transmission can be flat towed. The steering wheel would need to be unlocked so that the vehicle can track behind the RV around corners. For a base plate kit you would need the part # 483-1. 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....
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  • Items Needed to Flat-Tow 1999 Ford Ranger
    You will need a Tow Bar, if you do not have one already. I would recommend the Roadmaster Falcon 2, part # RM-520. The Falcon 2 is our best selling tow bar, due to its reasonable cost and features like the self centering lock and storage latch that allow the bar to be folded up against the RV when not being used. The Roadmaster Base Plate Kit you referenced, part # 483-1 is indeed the correct base plate kit for your Ranger. You will also need safety cables. I would recommend using...
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  • Correct Roadmaster Base Plate Kit for 2010 Ford Ranger Sport
    The correct Roadmaster Base Plate Kit for your 2010 Ford Ranger Sport is the part # 477-1. This is specifically designed for your Sport model Ranger and will work perfectly. The Roadmaster # 483-1 that you referenced is for earlier model Ford Rangers (1986-2006) so it won't fit your 2010 model truck.
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  • Towing a 1999 Ford Ranger with a Class A Motor Home
    The # RM-032 will not hook to the front bumper of your truck. For your 1999 2 wheel drive Ford Ranger, you would need to purchase a base plate kit, tow bar, wiring and safety cables to tow your pickup behind your motorhome. We have the # 483-1 XL Series base plate kit for your vehicle which has removable brackets for when the vehicle is not being towed. For a tow bar you could use the Roadmaster Tracker Tow Bar, # RM-020, or the Roadmaster Falcon-2 Tow Bar, # RM-520. With the Tracker...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2003 Hyundai Elantra Behind a Motor Home
    The Roadmaster base plates, # 483-1, are for the Ford Ranger and Mazda B-series pickup and will not fit your 2003 Hyundai Elantra. Also, the Falcon 2 is a tow bar, not base plates. It is # RM-520. The tow bar attaches the motor home to the vehicle. For your 2003 Hyundai Elantra the correct Roadmaster base plates are # 521612-1. And they can be used with the Falcon 2 tow bar, # RM-520. (Please note there are no base plate options for GT models without fog lights.) In addition to...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2001 Mazda B3000
    First thing you need to flat tow your 2001 Mazda B3000 is a base plate kit confirmed as a fit for it. For that you would need the part # 483-1 as it is a kit confirmed as a fit for your truck that also has removable arms unlike the Blue Ox kits for your truck. 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...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2000 Mazda B Series Truck
    First you'd need the base plate kit part # 483-1 which is a confirmed fit for your 2000 Mazda B Series truck and attaches to the truck frame to provide the attachment point for the 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 2, # RM-520. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of...
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  • Recommended Complete Flat Towing System for 2000 Ford Ranger 2WD Manual Transmission Truck
    For your 2000 Ford Ranger, I recommend starting with the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # 483-1. Then using the Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520 along with safety cables # RM-643. This will take care of the hardware connections. Then for your wiring connections I recommend using the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles # HM56004 which plugs right into your Ranger tail lights and run it up to the front of your truck where I recommend cutting off...
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  • How to Determine if 2002 Ford Ranger Has Torsion or Coil Spring Suspension
    I am not sure what exactly you have on your 2002 Ford Ranger but if you look behind one of your front wheels you should be able to easily determine if you have coil springs or not. If you check out the attached picture of the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit # 483-1 being installed on a 2003 Ford Ranger you can see the coil springs. If you don't have the coil springs then you have a torsion bar. Attached is a link to our fit guide for your Ford Ranger. If you let me know what you are looking...
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  • What Parts do I need to use a Reese Collapsible Tow Bar to tow a 2001 Mazda B2500 Pickup
    We do not carry Reese base plates, and to my knowledge, they do not make them. There is a tow bar adapter, # RM-025, available to allow you to use Roadmaster Baseplates with the Reese Tow Bar. As you found, the base plate kit we have for your B2500 is part # 483-1. I assume the Reese Tow Bar you are wanting to use is part # 63180. You will need an adapter, part # RM-025, in order to get the Reese Tow Bar to mate with the Roadmaster base plates. Keep in mind that this tow bar is rated...
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  • Base Plate Kit Recommendation for a 2000 Ford Ranger with a Blue Ox RangeFinder II Tow Bar
    I believe the best option you have to flat tow your 2000 Ford Ranger would be the Roadmaster Base Plate Kit # 483-1 used with the Blue Ox Rangefinder II to Roadmaster Bracket Adapter # RM-037. I spoke to my contact at Blue Ox and in order to get the Rangefinder II to work with the Blue Ox base plate kit you will need to modify it unless it was made before 2000. You would need to drill holes in the attachment points of the brackets and because of that I would recommend you go with adapter...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 1999 Ford Ranger 2WD
    There are a number of parts needed in order to flat tow your 1999 Ford Ranger with 2WD, which I'll list for you: - Base Plate Kit: Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # 483-1 - Tow Bar: Roadmaster Falcon Tow Bar # RM-522 - Safety Chains: RoadMaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables # RM-643 - Wiring Kit: Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267 - Supplemental Braking System: SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System # SM99251 OR if your motorhome...
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  • Do I need to Remove the Tow Hooks on my 1999 Ford Ranger to Install Roadmaster Base Plate Kit 483-1
    Removal of the tow hooks is not mentioned in the instructions, so it should not be necessary. This base plate kit does use many factory holes, but you will have to drill some 1/2 inch holes to complete the install. I have added a link to the instructions below for you to review.
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  • Recommended Towing Setup 4 Down Behind RV for 2000 Ford Ranger
    For your 2000 Ford Ranger with manual transmission, it is flat towable but not recommended to exceed 55 mph. For your flat towing system, I recommend starting with the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # 483-1 which are a custom fit for your truck. Then I recommend using the Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar - Car Mount - 2" Ball - 6,000 lbs # RM-501 which will allow you to use a standard ball mount behind your motorhome and will stow on the front of your Ranger when not in...
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  • Recommended Base Plates For 2002 Ford Ranger
    If your 2002 Ford Ranger is an XL or XLT model, I recommend are the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, part # 483-1. These feature removable drawbars which make the baseplates almost invisible when removed. If you have a Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar like part # RM-501, it will attach to the base plates with the plate on the towbar crossbar. If you need the Quick Disconnect Kit for your StowMaster tow bar the part you need is part # RM-201. If you have the Edge model, the base plates...
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  • Base Plate and Tow Bar Recommendations for Flat Towing a 2001 Mazda B2500
    The Roadmaster XL Base Plates, # 483-1, are the correct base plates for a 2001 Mazda B Series truck. You will need a tow bar that is compatible with XL style base plates. There are several different models available and I have included a link to them for you to view. I recommend the RoadMaster Tracker Tow Bar, # RM-020, as an economical option. In order to make the XL arms removable, you will also need Quick Disconnects, # RM-201, when using this tow bar. I have included a link to the...
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  • Parts Needed To Flat-Tow 2001 Ford Ranger
    In order to safely flat-tow your 2001 Ford Ranger you will need 5 items. You will need base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, lights for the towed vehicle and most states now require a supplemental braking system. If your Ranger is an Edge with the tow hook, I recommend part # 477-1. These base plates have drawbars that can be removed when not towing making the remaining hardware almost invisible. If your Ranger is an XL or XLT, then the base plates I recommend is part # 483-1....
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  • Base Plates and Tow Bar Compatible with a 2003 Ford Ranger
    We do have two possible options for a 2003 Ford Ranger. First are base plates # 483-1, which will fit the XL and XLT models. Second is # 477-1 which will fit the Edge model with a tow hook. The base plates for a 1997 Ford Ranger, # 435-3, will not fit on a 2003 Ford Ranger. If you need a tow bar, I recommend the RoadMaster Tracker Tow Bar, # RM-020. With this tow bar, to make the XL extensions removable, you would also need Roadmaster Tow Bar Quick Disconnect Kit, # RM-201.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2000 Ford Ranger
    The part # RM-067 is a crossbar designed to fit Roadmaster tow bars. It can be used with a flat towing setup that fits your 2000 Ford Ranger, but it would not be all that you'd need or even really a part you'd have to buy as it comes with tow bars. For a base plate kit you'd want the part # 483-1 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...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2006 Ford Ranger Behind a Motor Home
    If your 2006 Ford Ranger is an XL or XLT then use # 483-1 for base plates. Use # 477-1 if it's a Sport model or # 477-5 for the STX. All of these sets are compatible with the Blackhawk 2 tow bar # RM-422 The tow bar is rated for 10,000 pounds. You will also need safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For safety cables use # BX88196, rated for 7,500 pounds. For lighting you can use a simple magnetic light kit # MT70097. Most states now require a supplemental braking...
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  • Will Base Plate Kit from 1996 Ford Ranger Fit a 2001 Ford Ranger
    The base plate kit you purchased for your 1996 Ford Ranger is part # 435-3 which fits up through 1997. It looks like there was a generation change with the Ranger for the 1998 model year. So, unfortunately, the kit you have will not fit on your 2001. For your newer truck the Roadmaster kits we have are part # 483-1 for the XL and XLT or part # 477-1 for the Edge. Either kit works with whatever tow bar you were using to tow the 1996 truck because they have the same type of connections.
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