Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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Roadmaster's crossbar-style brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount, and simple to remove. Brackets install on your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar. Call 800-298-8924 to order Roadmaster base plates part number 521235-1 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 - 521235-1

  • Roadmaster
  • Removable Drawbars
  • Twist Lock Attachment

Roadmaster's crossbar-style brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount, and simple to remove. Brackets install on your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar.


Features:

  • Hidden bracket design provides improved aesthetics compared with standard brackets
  • Drawbars are easily removable - just twist and pull
    • No pins or clips required
  • 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


The drawbars, or front arms, on the crossbar-style series base plate kit are supremely easy to mount and remove. Just insert them into the brackets and twist to lock them in place. To remove, simply twist the arms back and pull them out. 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.



521235-1 RoadMaster EZ2 Base Plate Kit



521235-1 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 521235-1 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2010 - 2011 Volkswagen Golf 2.0L TDI and 2.5L Engine

2012 - 2014 Volkswagen Golf 2.0L TDI and 2.5L Engine - excluding R

2010 - 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2.0L TDI Engine

2010 - 2014 Volkswagen GTI Coupe and Sedan - excluding Autobahn





Customer Reviews

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 521235-1

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (66 Customer Reviews)

Roadmaster's crossbar-style brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount, and simple to remove. Brackets install on your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar.

- 521235-1
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2013 Volkswagen Golf

Instructions were great , it all fit up well. They did mention in the instructions that the bumper support may be hard to drill. It was next to impossible. Had to blow a small hole with a torch , then start with a 3/16" drill and work up to a 1/2" in 1/16" steps. Turned a 2 hour job into a 4 hour. Other than that the install went great. Thanks, 110527


Comments

Though a torch would work, it is probably not the most recommended method. There are a lot of frames and bumper structures in modern cars that are made of hardened steel which can make drilling difficult. As always, a good sharp bit should be used. High pressure and low drill speed is the most effective way to drill through metals. If the drill is turning quickly, the bit will tend to skim along the surface, generate a lot of heat and wear the bit faster all while not ever getting a good bite into the material. Sometimes a cutting tool, like a Rotabroach, is the best way to cut through the hardened steels. Check part 6810 for the 12 inch size.

-- Patrick B - 12/20/2013

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- 521632-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Amazing fit and instructions couldn’t of been clearer. Less then two hours from start to finish installing, can’t wait to take it out on the first tow. 630971



- 524432-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


I bought and installed base plate and wiring on a 2018 Ford C-Max hybrid car. The wiring was a little complicated due to the hybrid setup on the car, however, everything worked out well. I have done this on several other cars I have towed behind my motorhomes. All products and help from etrailer.com was excellent. The video presentation was very helpful. 679941



- 523174-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


I installed this plate with the help of my friend very easy to install.. .very good installation diagram ....easy to follow......... excellent product Luc 432763



- 522013-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


After comparing Demco, RoadMaster, and Blue Ox base plate costs, mounting procedures, etc for my 2012 Fiat Sport, I decided to go with RoadMaster (Kit #522013-1A) for two main reasons: 1) I had the tow bar and mount adapters from another product that were the same specs as the RoadMaster tow bar and adapters to attach to the base plate, and 2) no drilling or other modifications required to mount the base plates. Blue Ox (Kit #BX2800) required I buy their tow bar and other unique configuration adapters PLUS drill two half-inch holes on either side where the base plate mounted AND hammering flat the tips on the corners of the bumper bracket the frame where the base plate mounted. Blue Ox did provide better details on the removal of the facia and bolt removal and torquing actions required for the Fiat. My biggest challenge was the removal of the facia without damaging the clips or other damage to it. Once it was off, the action of removing the bumper core from the end of the frame rails and bolting on the base plate was slick! I took a little over 4 hours to do this, but it was because I wanted to do it right, without damage, and have the confidence I could tow without issues. (Not sure how sequence will show, but labeled the pictures as "Before," "Removal," "Installation," "Finished," and "Ready to Tow.") 230093


Comments

Hate that every 3,000 miles towing have to re-torque bolts of base plate. Good product otherwise.

Bill F - 10/15/2016

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Thanks for the feedback Bill. You bring up a very good point, I am sure it is pain, but it is specified in the instructions.

-- Rachael H - 10/18/2016


- 524432-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


This is the second base plate I have ordered and installed. etrailer has knowledgeable folks to answer questions and get the parts needed to complete the project. I had removed a BlueOx baseplate due to loosening bolts and no way to re-torque them. I watched an etrailer video about installing the Roadmaster on my CMax. It all went very smoothly and the install was completed in about four hours. They are my go to place for all things towing. Prices are always very competitive and they ship quickly. A winner. 729225



- 521879-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Fairly easy to install however it requires removing the front (nose) of the car. I was amazed at how much plastic goes into making these cars. It took about 3-4 hours to take off the front remove the factory 'bumper' that the RoadMaster Base Plate replaces and reinstall everything. I had problems because someone had removed the front of the car previously and had not put it back together properly. It all worked out and I'm loving how easy it is to hookup and unhook. I had a dolly previously and this is so much better. When I sell the Mini I'll restore the front end (replacing the grille) unless the new buyer wants to tow it. The etrailer and Roadmaster teams are great to work with. 725311



- 521632-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Wow, this thing was super easy to install. Just watch the 8 1/2 min video and your good to go. Worked on it an hr a day for 3 days before going to work. 3 hrs total. Be sure to get an alignment tool to help line up the holes. 695177



- 521236-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Works perfect, super easy to hook and unhook tow vehicle. Also makes one heck of a front end guard when not towing. 682146



- 522013-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


This note is before I have even installed any of the products . It is solely in reference to the Fantastic service, knowledge and continual follow up I received f rom Lori B. I would consider etrailer to be extremely fortunate to have her working for your company. In all respects her assistance was exemplary!! Thanks to her again and I will continue to purchase from and recommend etrailer 681690



- 52922-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


I installed this on my 2016 Subaru Crosstrek. We have been towing for 15 months now and it works great! 680042



- 523173-4
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Product works very well for towing our car. 673710



- 522013-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Well designed and constructed. Easy to install on my 2017 Fiat 500 and I pull the car with my Winnebago van. Hidden behind the plastic grill when not in use. Highly recommended. 647687



- 522013-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Just what the doctor ordered! This thing fit like a glove. Hardest part was removing the gril. 636882



- 524425-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


I am so happy to find this company. After many problems with another online service you were recommended by my mechanic. The item arrived on time was correct and solved the issues I was having setting my car up to be towed. Thanks for your friendly, efficient and timely help, Tammie! 635152



- 522013-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


I was amazed that the items I ordered on Saturday afternoon arrived so quickly. Great service. Now waiting for a nice weekend to install all my items. 613398



- 52922-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


This was the second base plate kit from etrailer that I have installed, the first being on our ‘03 Outback and this one on our new to us 2015 Subaru CrossTrek. As usual the response, shipping and delivery from etrailer was prompt and curious. They are my go to place for anything towing related. Installation of this kit went well with only a few issues, most of which were related to our vehicle not the kit. I knew the car had been hit lightly on the LF corner, but could find nothing of concern body or frame wise when I looked the car over before buying it. Turns out the front bumper reinforcement had been tweaked a tad which made lining the bolt holes up with the holes in the base plates a tad challenging. This made the small angle brackets that go inside the frame heads tough to line up, but in the end it all fit. I did find that it was unnecessary to pull the washer reservoir or the left headlight to access the nut and washer for the long 1/2” bolt. You can easily reach and see the place from underneath after pulling the plastic encapsulation panel. When drilling that 1/2” hole be sure to angle the drill bit UP a tad otherwise you may end up having to grind a flat on the side of the large, thick washer as you can see in my picture from underneath. I used shrink wrap over the nut and bolt since there’s a wiring harness right against it. The picture of the baseplate differs a bit from the pictures so I guess they made some changes. All in all a great kit! 612040



- 523173-4
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


As usual, another excellent product from etrailer.com . I wanted to try to install it myself, but my wife didn't trust me(!). So I had a local body shop do it. They had never installed that part before, but with the great instructions I that came with the product, they did it. 609242



- 521632-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Received the base plate within 3 days of ordering. Very fast and efficient service! Within 15 minutes of receiving the base plate and wiring kit I received an email from Carol at etrailer saying she got notification that it was received and to make sure everything was O.K. Excellent customer service!! The installation was pretty straight forward. The installation tutorial video posted by etrailer was very good and helpful. Will order from etrailer again when the need arises. Highly recommend them. 591376



- 521632-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


It only took about 30 to 45 minutes to mount it on the car. By my self I have pulled the car a lot of miles so far and have not had a problem. I like the way it works better than pulling it on a tow doll a lot easier to handle. 583821



- 522013-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Worked as described. Well made. Video made installation very simple. Have used it all summer. 580639



- 521236-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Performs as advertised and great installation instructions available. 577206



- 522013-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Always receive great customer service, fast turn around time to receive the product and can always count on the products being of excellent quality. 577145



- 521878-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Super fast delivery. Product quality looks excellent. I have not installed the base plate yet but it looks pretty straight forward. Interestingly, there was a price reduction on the part between the time I ordered it and the time it was delivered. I brought this to their attention and they immediately processed a refund for the difference. I’ve since ordered another part and Greg couldn’t have been more helpful. 572210



- 524432-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Dealing with George from etrailer was excellent experience! Product arrived ahead of schedule which was awesome. No problems recommending them and will buy from them again in the future!! 518310


Comments

Still works Great! IMHO the best setup out there!

Gary - 06/06/2019

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- 524432-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Base plate fit well and was a straightforward install. I like how it hardly shows when not being towed. 502768



- 523173-4
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Great product and installation went very smoothly. Installed myself in about 2 hours. Fit perfectly and mounted easily to the car. My Stowmaster tow bar mounted right up to it. I deliver motor homes for a living and can already see how this setup is going to save me lots of time and aggravation over old fixed tow bar set-up I had previously. 498530



- 521561-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Product was delivered as promised at very reasonable time and said product was as advertised a easy install. 497793



- 522013-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


After the process of taking the front end off, very easy to install. 478833



- 521879-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


I installed it on a 2012 mini Cooper S. The video was of a slightly different model than mine, but was very helpful. One thing to note is that the model S has a turbo charger so it has two plastic air intakes in the lower bumper area. That was not mentioned in the instructions or the video. The fit of the towbar bracket was perfect! Very little of it shows from the outside. 474488



- 523173-4
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Easy-to-use. Insrutions were thorough and easy to follow. 471548



- 522013-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Seems very well made, high quality, haven’t installed them yet but don’t see a problem. 460222



- 523174-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Fast delivery good prices 459540



- 521441-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Works Great Easy Hookup 421948



- 521441-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


All components work as advertised. 420900



- 522013-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Installed on 2012 Fiat 500 POP, easy 3.5 hr job. Check tow bar to for match up of attachments before installing. 406018



- 521878-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Easy install. Well made. Needed a couple of trial fits to get thr gril plate holes cut right, but that is just part of the install. This is easy to hook up for towing. Glad we went with this option. 381079



- 521441-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Order was received quicker than I thought it would be. Haven't installed it yet but looks like a quality product. Thanks. 377028



- 522013-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


A great product that has worked even better than expected! 370015



- 522013-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Product arrived quick, installs great. Only issue is with the abarth edition there is a lot of extra cutting to clear fog light housing. Wish instructions had a little better image or eTrailer to do a video of install. Overall about a 4 hour job start to finish. 339491



- 523173-4
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Installation instructions supplied, and website videos made installation very easy.........thnks.. order delivery very fast....thnks. 315617



- 521880-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Install went well.Takes longer to get front grill off and back on than bolting up base plate. 274163


Comments

Super

Jon - 07/20/2017

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- 523170-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


This product was excellent perfect fit thank you 263019



- 523173-4
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Tough for an old man (83) and his old man brother-in-law (77) to get it mounted, but we got it done so I am completely satisfied with the product!! 262915



- 522111-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Relatively easy to install. Works flawl essly. 260944



- 523173-4
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Product was as advertised, installation was as well with the additional help of the You Tube video. Video was helpful for a first timer. 248061



- 522013-1A
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Great customer service! Prefect fit with very clear instructions. 242117



- 524432-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


Dealing with etrailer is always hassle free and the lowest price guaranteed. I've ordered several items from them, and they have always been top quality and at the best price. Wish more companies would take their customers as seriously as etrailer does. 232048



- 523170-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


FITS GOOD & WORKS GOOD 224618



- 524432-1
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ2 in Base Plates


I received the Roadmaster base plate on Friday. On Saturday, my daughter and I had some nice bonding time to install it on the CMax together. We took our time following the video instructions step by step and got it done in about 4 hours including all the breaks, clean up and test drive. Really wasn't any problem at all. We were missing one lock washer but secured a replacement easily at the hardware store. Did have some difficulty getting the flat metal backing plate to square up with the hole on the driver's side. Some minor grinding on the side of the plate provided enough room for it to finally line it up with the bolt. I am very impressed with the engineering of the baseplate. Looking forward to receiving the other components so I can complete the job. 199081


Comments

Everything is working excellent after 1 year.

Peter W - 05/31/2016

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