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Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Item # 523196-4
Our Price: $485.00
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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. 1-636-306-4830 to order Roadmaster base plates part number 523196-4 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Roadmaster products. Great prices 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 - 523196-4

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Roadmaster
  • 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
    • Crossbar-style brackets sit far back for a supremely clean look
  • Drawbars attach and remove quickly and easily
    • Arms click to lock in place in brackets
    • Built-in pull rings let you unlock arms so you can twist and remove them
  • 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
  • Integrated mounting points let you easily attach an electrical connector plug or bracket (sold separately)
  • 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 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.



523196-4 Road Master EZ4 Base Plate Kit

Installation Details 523196-4 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 523196-4

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (751 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.

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Buick

Received my Roadmaster base plate and wiring kits for my 2020 Buick Envision a day early. Just as in the past when I ordered 2 base plate with wiring kits all parts with clear instructions was in the box. All the personnel has been very courteous. I got Lori B.as my salesperson. She was very friendly, knowledgeable, and made ordering easy. When I had a question she responded fast to my request. Thanks Etrailer for a job well done.




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Works as intended




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2020 Buick Envision

Arrived 1 day early so looking forward in installing it this weekend.




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Easiest to operate and use. We are extremely happy and love your product and customer service




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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


2019 Ford Fusion Energi. A lot more trimming required on the facia than noted in the instructions, but I'll chalk that up to running changes I suppose. I used a combination of a Sawzall with a fine blade and a Dremel tool, both worked well. In the end, it took me about 8 hours (over two days) to install, and had it's challenges. I had to do some pulling and tweaking to get holes to line up, and the already mentioned extensive trimming of the facia. Overall well designed product, and of course etrailer was excellent in shipping.

Side note, adaptive cruise control is not affected when the drawbars are removed. With the bars in and the towbar mounted (it's a Stowmaster car mounted bar) the cruise control works just fine as an old fashioned CC, the adaptive part just doesn't work (it won't slow down for you when a slow car is in front, because it can't see around the tow bar). Basically perfect and what I was hoping would happen.




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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


Complete an d easy install just getting the vehicle taken apart to install take more time than the install


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It has been no problems whatsoever, great product and if they could make installation easier that would be great.
Norman - 10/22/2022


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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


This was a straightforward install. The instructions were easy to understand and follow. All the necessary parts and hardware were included. It is pretty well hidden once installed. I highly recommend this base plate and etrailer.




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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


Had Base Plate installed today, shop gave me 2.5 hr labor time. I returned just under 2hrs and they were backing my car out the shop. They parked it facing me. I told the Mechanic "That was quick" He said that's because it wouldn't fit. I was disappointed and asked what do I owe you for your labor> He laughed out loud and said it on there, but hard to see. I was so surprised and pleased you have to just about get down on your knees and bend down to see it. took me about 8 min to install everything and connect it to the Tow vehicle. I'm very pleased with it.




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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


Super-cool. It's been a year. I installed it myself and it was way less of a task than I expected. The fitment of this was incredibly spot on (no "tweaking" or drilling). Performance wise . . . it does what you expect. You insert the removable "arms", clip in onto your tow bar, and when you get to your destination the vehicle is still attached to your tow bar. Quality product.




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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


Easy to install the videos you have are a great help, 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee




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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


I ordered this base plate to be installed on our 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited to allow it to be used with a Roadmaster Tow Bar that we purchased originally in early 2000 to tow our 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Yes, 20 years later we are back into RVing and wanted to tow our 2020 Jeep behind our new Jayco Seneca Super-C motorhome. The only difference between 2000 and 2020 is the fact that we needed a brake activation system for our 2020 setup, something that wasn’t required in 2000. etrailer also sold us the Roadmaster Invisi Brake operating system which we had our local welding fabricator (also RV hitch installation expert) instal. Everything works perfectly and safely. Thank you etrailer!


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Excellent! We have towed the Grand Cherokee with it for over 17,000 miles since installation, with no operational issues. From NW MT to west coast of WA, to Rockport, TX, to Duluth, MN and back in three separate trips.
Mike - 06/05/2022


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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


Self installed, not recommended for beginners. However, for those with some skills and tools, the provided instructions and web site support is outstanding!




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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


I installed this kit on my 2015 Honda Fit. The instructions are very good, however, there are a couple of "snags" to watch out for. You might have to enlarge the holes on the blind hole part of the bumper installation in order to get all of the mounting bolts to align. The other recommendation I have is NOT to use the Loctite "red" thread compound on the blind hole bolts where you cannot get a wrench on the inside. The Loctite will dry too fast and cause issues tightening the bolts on those areas. They have lock washers anyways and you can use the Loctite on the bolts you can get a wrench on the backing nut mounts. I have been towing for months now and I am very happy with it, especially the crossbar style. You will have to purchase the crossbar separately. It's more weight and a little clunky compared to the direct attachment but it allows you to disconnect in some tough situations by pulling the crossbar off while one arm of the tow hitch is still attached. I use an Falcon All Terrain tow bar so I can release the tow arms in uneven conditions. And I have encountered all types of uneven ground, it really makes disconnect of the TOAD very easy.




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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


This was my 4th install for a dingy (with 4 wheel flat towing) in the last 20 years. This install is for a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Overland. The New ROADmaster 90* twist & lock removable base plates are REALY Awesome! So much much easier & faster than installing & removing locking pins! One picture shows a Brush guard from ROADmaster no longer available.




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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


This tow bracket base was a little tough for an old senior but very straight forward install. Everything went as the instructions said. The product is very well built and looks good where it comes through the front bumper cover. As usual the customer service and fast shipping from etrailer is exceptional.
I have had many purchases here and it's always great. I give etrailer itself 5 stars as well as the products.


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As above this work awesome. Pulled the car 8500 miles in the last year
Michael - 05/19/2022


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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


The Jeep project went very well everything fit great and worked well. I really love Roadmaster products and quality and your company is the best place to purchase them. I sold the Jeep and replaced it with a new 2019 Chevy Equinox 2.0 L AWD and just purchased and installed the following items from you and installed them, RM-156-25 & RM-156-75 Battery Charge Line Kit, RM-146-7 Flex Coil Kit, RM-523193-4 EZ4 Plate Kit, RM-88333 Custom Seat Adapter, RM-751489 Stop Light Switch Kit and a RM-98160 Second Vehicle Brake Kit w/brakeaway. All these parts were in stock and arrived quickly and normal with you people, I really enjoy the o-line vidios as I do all my own installs. Thank you so much for your great service.
I will attach pictures of my install, you will see how I was able to fab a bracket and attach it to the existing mount on the base plate to mount the brakeaway switch and the air connection for the brake system.
I also fabricated a tail light bar as I didn't want to use mag-lights or splice into the factory lights and bulbs installed into the lights would not work as the factory brake lights will come on when the brake system is applyed and the turn siginals would not be visable.
Thanks for all you do, I would and do recommend you people to everyone who needs your products. Rob


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Everything is working great, I installed a base plate kit, battery charging kit, stop light switch kit, second vehicle air brake kit w brakeaway and seat adapter on our 2019 Chevy Equinox and towed it about 14000 miles behind our motor home this past year and everything worked perfect not a problem with any product. These are great products, everything fit perfectly and performed perfectly. Thank you for great service and great products. Rob
Rob - 01/21/2020


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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


Great product for my 2014 Wrangler. Good materials, solid attachment to vehicle, and looks good. The e trailer installation video was great for assisting installation. Made the install much quicker and easier. The most difficult procedure for me was disconnecting the wiring harness on the back of the bumper. An old tack puller (or tool of similar design) would have been great for leveraging the pins out of their holes. Cutting the air dam was a slow process to ensure I didn't cut too much. A paper template to mark where to cut the air dam would make this process much simpler. Again, I can't emphasize enough how great the installation video was for making the steps easier.


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This item works great. Have towed about 4500 miles using it. I couldnt be happier with the results.
Bob T - 04/20/2015


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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


etrailer service was great. Received my Roadmaster base plate in 3 days. The directions from Roadmaster were fair, but etrailer's video was excellent. I had trouble mounting my base plate as the space between the two baseplate ends were too tight. I needed to use a floor jack and bottle jack to get it on. Once it was in position everything went together fine. I trimmed the Jeep' air dam differently keeping the ends that Roadmaster wants you to cut off. I think it looks better. I also had to modify the center cut in the air dam to accommodate the breakaway switch I have.


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Base plate has been working out great. Easy putting on and taking off.
Jeffrey - 10/29/2018


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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


Followed directions and completed job in a little over 4 hours. had trouble reinserting some pins in difficult locations.

Later in the month I installed the wiring tow package. Goofed up and crossed a wire and it took me two days to get back under the truck and rewire. all is working great according to directions...…….

I will use etrailer again, good service, great service representatives...……..jt


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working great, no problems at all, however I may have to get my tow bar refurbished because of age.
Jimmie T - 06/28/2020


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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


The installation is quite involved, however and one who is handy should be able to tackle this project. A year latter base plate continues to work well with the tow bar and has logged 8000 miles without issue.




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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


Delivery was great right part but this is the 6th baseplate I’ve installed and the instructions could be better. The pics could be better showing some bolt locations nothing is written about cutting inner fender but then look at pics showing they cut them the inner fender biggest problem.


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I checked with the manufacturer and the instructions could have been an older set. The manual will be the most up to date for the installation on a 2020 Toyota Tacoma.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 04/06/2022


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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


Bought the base plate for my new 2016 GMC Canyon. Installed it myself, went real well.


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Great, no issues
Wayne R - 11/15/2017
went great
-- comment by: mel - 08/08/2022


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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


This was the easiest baseplate I have ever installed, and this was the third vehicle I have put one on. Only one hole has to be drilled in each frame member and the rest are bolts. This works great and it hides away well so that nothing is sticking out when you’re not using it.




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Review from a similar EZ4 Base Plate in Base Plates


Installation took about 4 hrs for our 2018 Sonic RS. My wife called out the instructions and kept track of all the screws and their locations. I did the mechanics work. Some expertise is needed since the lower flange of the internal bumper had to be cut-off the entire width. A cut-off wheel does this job (great fireworks). And we used a roto-zip type tool to cut away openings in the plastic grill as needed. Lost my confidence a few times, but the customer support folks got me back on-track.

Don't forget the Locktite on bolt threads and use torque wrench for mounting bolts.

After a year, still tows great and held snug on some pretty rough highways.
Using the Roadmaster baseplates, since I have a Roadmaster Falcon towbar



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  • What Type of Vehicle Drivetrains are Easiest to Flat Tow
    In general manual transmissions front wheel drive are the easiest to flat tow but there are some automatic transmission vehicles that can be flat towed as well. Specifically if it's a truck that has a manual 4WD gear box. All wheel drive vehicles tend to be harder to flat tow but it really is all vehicle specific. I attached a couple help articles on flat towing for you to check out as well.
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  • Flat Towing Setup Procedures For A 2020 Buick Envision
    You should always follow the listed instructions in the manual for your vehicle when flat towing. The generic manual online for the 2020 Buick Envision states that you need to: 1. Position the vehicle to tow and then secure it to the towing vehicle. 2. Turn the ignition on, and shift the transmission to N (Neutral). 3. With the transmission in N (Neutral), turn the ignition off. 4. To prevent the battery from draining while the vehicle is being towed, remove fuses 29 and 32. Since the...
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  • Can Flat Tow Setup be Reversed
    When flat towing a vehicle you cannot reverse the setup at all. You'd have to disconnect the towed vehicle and reverse it by itself before reversing the motorhome. If you attempted to do this you'd most likely damage the tow bar and vehicle. I attached a help article that covers a basic overview of flat towing as well.
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  • Does 2020 Buick Envision Need Supplemental Braking When Being Flat Towed
    Nearly all states now legally require you to install a braking system in the towed vehicle. That said, I would still recommend you use a system even if not required as it makes a huge difference stopping in an emergency situation. If you went with a supplemental braking system like the Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR or the SMI DUO part # SM99251 you do not have to first determine what type of brakes your RV has. If you had air brakes in your RV you'd hear them and would know. You'd hear the...
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  • Can 2020 Buick Envision be Flat Towed Behind Motorhome
    I pulled up the owners manual of your 2020 Buick Envision and on page 297 it states the vehicle can be flat towed without excluding the FWD models. The first thing you'd need is a base plate kit like the part # RM-523196-5 which is a confirmed fit and would be very easy to use. 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,...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2020 Buick Envision
    I can definitely help you out with a flat towing setup for your 2020 Buick Envision! You can definitely use the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # 523196-4 with the Adapter # RM-033 so that the base plate kit is compatible with a Blue Ox tow bar, but in all honesty it would be much easier to use the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-523196-5 with the Adapter Kit # BX88185 instead because you don't have a whole bar that you need to use as an adapter. I'm guessing that...
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