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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. 1-800-940-8924 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

  • 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.


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 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.



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   (808 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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The instruction wasn't aimed to my ranger. Once I figured out what it was talking about. I had a front plastic that I didn't need to


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It would be nice to find the location to write a review. Mostly the instructions needs to be updated. I cut a hole in my air damn when I didnt need to. I have toad it for several long 980 miles each way and the setup worked smoothly. It is permanently mounted on my 99 Ford Ranger. It only took me a couple of hours to install and test it. Im happy with it.
Donald - 01/25/2022


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2003 Ford Ranger

Everything went smoothly, no missing parts no shipping damage and arrived fast. Online installation videos and written instructions made the project a breeze. Thanks etrailer for a pleasant experience.



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Quality product! We received it very quickly! Canywait to get it installed and start using it! Thank you!



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Easy to install. Works great. Love it.



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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.



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1999 Ford Ranger

Great quality and directions. I was able to install on my 99 ford ranger in about 2 hours in my driveway then towed it 1200 miles with no problems.



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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.



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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.



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Very heavy duty



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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



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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.



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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.



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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.



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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



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Ford Ranger

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



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ok



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Fast delivery good transaction all arou nd.



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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


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


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


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.


Comments
Great with no problems. Connect and disconnect very quick and easy. Thanks.
Gordon - 01/08/2016


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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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  • 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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  • Which Roadmaster Base Plate Kit Fits 2003 Ford Ranger XLT 4WD
    I checked again with Roadmaster just now and the correct base plate for a 2003 Ford Ranger XLT 4WD is the part # 483-1 so what you have is the correct base plate kit.
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  • Base Plate Kit for 1998 Ford Ranger 2WD
    The base plate kit for your 1998 Ford Ranger is part # is 483-1.
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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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  • What Tow Bars are Compatible with Roadmaster Base Plate Kit 483-1
    The Roadmaster base plate kit part # 483-1 is a standard crossbar style Roadmaster base plate kit so any of the Roadmaster tow bars would attach easily to it like the Falcon 2 part # RM-520. I also attached a link to this page that has all of the Roadmaster tow bars we offer that would work with it.
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  • Can I Dolly Toe my 1998 Ford Ranger Two Wheel Drive 5 Speed
    Yes your 1998 Ford Ranger 2 wheel drive 5 speed can be dolly towed with a dolly like the Demco Kar Kaddy X Tow Dolly w/ Disc Brakes part # DM9713093. As you have stated you want to have the transmission in neutral.
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  • Will Roadmaster Base Plates # 462-1 Work with a Stowmaster Tow Bar for a 2002 Ford Ranger
    The Roadmaster Stowmaster tow bar is compatible with standard base plate kit # 477-1 for your 2003 Ford Ranger if you have an Edge model. The XL kit, # 483-1, for the XL and XLT truck models has removable arms so that when you are not towing the truck they can be removed making the rest of the kit virtually invisible. I have included a link to a video and a link to the instructions for the Stowmaster, # RM-501.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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. The...
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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 the...
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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 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. The...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing Equipment For A 1999 Ford Ranger
    To tow your 1999 Ford Ranger you could use the Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar - Car Mount - 2-5/16" Ball - 6,000lbs # RM-504. You would need some Roadmaster base plates like the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # 483-1 for it to connect to. To flat tow you would also need a braking system, tow bar wiring kit, and safety cables. For the tow bar wiring kit I recommend just using some magnetic lights like the Roadmaster Standard Magnetic Tow Lights # RM-2120 to simply...
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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 # TLL21RK. Most states now require a supplemental braking system...
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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 coiled...
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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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  • 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 would...
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