Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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  • Removable Draw Bars
  • Twist Lock Attachment
Designed for use with motor-home-mounted tow bars, the direct-connect brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount and remove, and they eliminate the need for a quick-disconnect crossbar on your tow bar. Installs on your vehicle's frame. Call 800-298-8924 to order Roadmaster base plates part number RM-521424-5 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 - RM-521424-5

Designed for use with motor-home-mounted tow bars, the direct-connect brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount and remove, and they eliminate the need for a quick-disconnect crossbar on your tow bar. Installs on your vehicle's frame.


Features:

  • Direct-connect brackets provide attachment points for your motor-home-mounted tow bar
  • Streamlined design creates supremely clean look
    • No obtrusive quick-disconnect crossbar
    • Hidden brackets sit even farther back than standard brackets
  • 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
  • Compatible with Roadmaster motor-home-mounted tow bars only
  • Instructions and mounting hardware included
  • Made in the USA


Note: Roadmaster direct-connect base plates will only work with Roadmaster tow bars that slide into a trailer hitch, such as the Sterling, Blackhawk, Blackhawk 2, Falcon, or Falcon 2. These base plates will not work with tow bars that require a hitch ball.


The drawbars, or front arms, on this 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 each arm, simply tug the built-in pull pin to disengage the lock, twist the arm back and pull it out of the bracket. 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.



521424-5 Road Master EZ-5 Base Plate Kit



RM-521424-5 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details RM-521424-5 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

1997 - 2006 Jeep TJ Double tube bumper

1997 - 2006 Jeep Wrangler Double tube bumper

1997 - 2006 Jeep TJ standard bumper

1997 - 2006 Jeep Wrangler standard bumper





Customer Reviews

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - RM-521424-5

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (270 Customer Reviews)

Designed for use with motor-home-mounted tow bars, the direct-connect brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount and remove, and they eliminate the need for a quick-disconnect crossbar on your tow bar. Installs on your vehicle's frame.

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2003 Jeep Wrangler

I was amazed at how easy it was to install on my 15 year old Wrangler-the mounting instructions were very clear and it fit perfectly! Also impressed with the fast free shipping! 505748



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1999 Jeep Wrangler

The quick connect pins on this base plate were easy to use and made hooking up and unhooking a breeze. The base plate was easy to install on our 1999 Jeep Wrangler. Worked great with the tow bar we chose. 693217



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Great to work with, arrived when expected and already on vehicle....good job 641602



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Thanks I received the order and already mounted the tow bar bracket. Was very easy. I will send a picture once it’s wired up. 610777



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Very good experience. Would order from them again. 577162



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2017 Honda CR-V

Perfect 491537



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Great product! 440366



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Jeep Wrangler

All went well installing the base plate on my jeep wrangler. 421087



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The bracket was of obviouly excellent construction with a good finish. The accompanying hardware and installation instructions were exceptional. All that was needed was included and carefully explained. 284806



- RM-523175-5
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Although I haven't installed this item as yet, I want to comment on the service I received from the staff at etrailer. They were without a doubt, the most knowledgeable people I have ever dealt with, not only did they know this product, but they were well versed in its application, and how 2 different parts compared & what was unique to each one. They helped me make my decision, the part was ordered and shipped out the same day. That's the way to get customers coming back. And then on top of that the shipping was free. Wow ! Thank you etrailer, i'll be calling you again. 539793


Comments

With the included instructions, installation was easy. Now it takes me only a few minutes to totally hook up my dingy, & Im not filthy dirty, like i used to be, with the car dolly. I also find it easier to tow, since the vehicle profile isnt as wide.

James E - 07/10/2019

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- RM-523182-5
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


I chose the Roadmaster EZ5 base plate for my 2018 Colorado because its connection height would work better with my motorhome's hitch height. Installation was fairly straightforward but I found the supplied instructions lacking in a few areas. Although it took me far longer than the advertised 3 hours ... I believe the installation went well and should work well. This is my 5th baseplate install and this one went smoothly and the quality of the equipment seems fine. 666098



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Simple instruction, great service and delivery ! 650044



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Had lots of ? and customer service was great. The ordering process was really painless all items arrived earlier than estimated. Everything mounted as stated with ease. I just watched a videos which Made the install easy. We are flat towing a Jeep Wrangler JL. The Roadmaster base plate with arms look good on the vehicle. 653552



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Product arrived very quick. It is well made and came complete with all hardware and instructions. The only problem was that it has extra mounting plates for each side that doesn't show up on any of the videos. The instructions say if there isn't a hole on the outside of the frame on each side just to drill through from the inside to make the hole on the outside. There is barely enough room to get your hand in there let alone a drill. I lined up the lower holes on the mounting plate with the holes on the frame and marked the upper hole, drilled a pilot hole and checked the inside and adjusted accordingly then drilled the final hole. I like the fact that I can remove the tow arms so they are not shin busters. 518321


Comments

Still working great. Glad I ordered from etrailer.

Michael - 06/07/2019

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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


The order to delivery time was excellent! 2 days to get to central PA. I just finished installing the RM base plate to my 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport. We plan on towing the Jeep behind my motor home. The installation went smoothly and the Jeep looks great. You can barely tell that it is rigged to be towed. 560301



- RM-522115-5
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Great product, took about 2 hours to install, directions were easy to follow and all parts were provided. Tow bar brackets are way overkill, thanks.. 521274



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


I received this tow bar adapter plate in a few days even with the winter storms across the nation. The fit up was great! I had an Auto body friend help me with the install. Installed in approximately an hour. I talked to several etrailer reps before ordering. They were very helpful ! etrailer is the best! Thank you! 469607



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Product was perfect fit and seems very solid in it's construction and the way it mounts. I am completely satisfied with the product as i bought both the bracket kit and a wiring kit. The base plate kit should for this Jeep Liberty 2004 should have included the 6 outer bumper fascia attaching clips because these will break just about every time you take off the front bumper. Also they should supply you with a small tube of Loctite since you will always need it. So for the big price, they should throw this stuff in there but that's just my opinion. All in all great product, great folks to deal with and I will shop here again 474328



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


This base plate was as described and relatively easy to install. I watched the installation video several times as I was concerned taking the bumper cover and grill off the CR-V. I also watched to installation video for the Blue Ox base plate as it was slightly different and showed taking the off as one piece instead of two. The process was a bit tricky and I did break one clip on the drivers side. Other than snapping my 1/2" drill bit while drilling the hole, the installation was relatively easy and as portrayed in the installation video. I also purchase two metric bolts as my vehicle had neither on the bottom of the bumper cover. 445763


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Working great. I have had no problems over the year.

Richard - 10/24/2018

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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Very satisfied. Online help was very helpful and the fit was exactly as promised. 441474



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Received product in timely matter/ product is of excellent quality. Did the install my self with the help of your great video. I have purchased many products from Etrailer Been very saddisfied. Now can tow behind motor home. 372194



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Getting installed at the RV dealership today. Arrived promptly and the cost was reasonable. Thanks 528420



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Absolutely great product. Installed as instructed without a problem primarily because of the video provided by etrailer on the website. Could not have done it as quickly and smoothly without that video. Roadmaster baseplate is very sturdy and does NOT require cutting the steel bumper mount flanged as the blue ox version does for my Jeep. Yet I can still use a blue ox tow bar with an inexpensive adapter on the ends. Very sturdy, quality setup. 345648



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Product arrived very fast. Packaged well. I installed it as per instructions . Watching a video was a great h Ed lp after reading the instructions. Everything installed as expected. Took about 3 hours. I did drop a nut a nd could not find it so had my buddy run to hardware store to buy a 1/2 " nut and lock washer. I did not have access To a lift, So running the car up on blocks 4"high helped access The underside of the cowling. It was a challenge to get my fat finger holding a nut and washer into 2 tight spots but that is what I expect doing this type of installation. 572466



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Well hidden, strong 375611



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Until I received the follow up e-mail from Carrieann at etrailer.com, I had completely forgotten about these Roadmaster EZ5 baseplates on my 2007 Jeep Liberty. That sums up my experience and satisfaction. Once installed, I just want it to work and not cause problems that I have to think about or solve. The RM EZ5 has been easy to use and trouble free. If I were to nit-pick, installation was beyond my capabilities, tools and patience,even with the great eTrailer video. I paid a local shop $200 to install them which included using the proper tool to cut a smooth hole in the bumper cover. With the arms removed, it's hardly noticeable on the Jeep. Attaching the arms is quick and easy and connecting the tow bar is painless compared to other systems I've used in the past. Yes, they're a tad pricey but they cost less than having the towed go "walk-about" while underway. 419984



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Terrific product! Easy installation and the locking and removal mechanism make it easy to use. Far better than other base plated I've used in the past. Easy to follow instructions! Thanks etrailer! 603964



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


The hidden brackets really surprise me what they look like after I got them on my canyon I am very well pleased with this product 451509



- RM-522115-5
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


INSTRUCTIONS DO NOT SHOW THE RIGHT CUTOUT FOR MY GRILL 425379



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


My Roadmaster EZ5 base plate and installation kit arrived 2 days early and in good condition . The installation instructions were complete and 4 hours later I was done. 574284



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


The product was exactly what I ordered and fit as easily as etrailer's very informative video tutorial showed that it would. The product was delivered before the expected date. And I was able to easily track the shipment. The best part of the etrailer experience was the extremely helpful staff member, Katie. My card had a problem going thru and Katie was as helpful in clearing that up as she was in assisting with the actual order. I will absolutely recommend etrailer to everyone. 253106



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


I installed this base plate on my 2016 Ford Focus Hatchback Titanium with the help of my friends auto lift. If you have a friend that has a lift it sure makes this job easier on the installer. Once installed it is barely visible while not towing. The two little tubes that stick out for towing are removed when not towing or installed for towing in about 15 seconds. Push in and turn 90 degrees to lock in for towing or reverse for not towing. Once these tubes are removed the front of the car looks normal if you werent looking for the receiver tube insert holes. 503823


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The Roadmaster base plate I installed on my 2016 Ford Focus is still working perfectly as is my Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow bar. I also use the Falcon 2 Tow Bar for pulling my Jeep Unlimited 4 door.

Larry - 05/03/2019

54836

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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


The parts arrived way sooner than expected (seems to be a hibit for e-trailer). Don't get me wrong that's excellent. As for the installation it went very smooth except for trying to lock the bolts in. place with the wire and red loctite took a bit of engineering and finding the right tool/screwdriver and a steel plate to keep the nut plate from spinning and got it to lock up tighten. Looks great and looks like part on the Jeep The taillight package was flawless and went in better than I expected... just enough cable between lights and to the front of the Jeep... 302066


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Have been towing behind the RV now for at least 15K miles without worries Great product and easy to hookup and dissconnect

Allan A - 10/01/2017

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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Great experience, quick shipping, excellent video and instructional references to go along with the products. I did the installation of the product myself and without the text and instructional video's there is no way I would have been 100% successful. These are the extra value add things that make the difference when shopping with etrailer, I will be a return customer. The base plate is of high quality construction and fit perfectly on my 2016 Jeep Wrangler. I use this with the Falcon 2 tow bar for my 2016 Jeep Wrangler - 2014 Fleetwood Bounder motorhome combination. 339284



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


I haven't installed yet, but it is going to be a perfect fit after doing a quick placement. Installation will be easy, no drilling, just bolt on and cut holes in the plastic valence. Once installed I will be towing behind a motorhome. Etrailer is GREAT, quick and informative videos and emails to let you know items have arrived. 573894



- RM-523193-5
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Great web site, easy to order, great and fast shipping, was in stock, 439829



- RM-521567-5
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Roadmaster tow car wiring lights and fuse by-pass, came fine, in original packages. The Roadmaster EZ5 base plate came, but looked like it had gone through a war. Scratched, rubbed and bent at the electrical plug bracket tubes. Some of the hardware washers/bolts loose form the paking bag (had holes in it - shop warn?), and the box (Original Roadmaster box), was so beat up and full of holes that I am greatfullness the loose washers/bolt did not fall out. This part had obviously spent a lot of time, being kicked around some shop, before being taped back up and being sent back to the store. Wear should not affect merchantability. Shipping was very speedy. However, all that being said, it is still a great bargain. Your videos (on web) and instructions are great. 168823



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


After searching the site several times I was not quiet sure which towing bracket to order for my 2015 Jeep, so I called the toll free number. Within minutes, the knowledgeable customer service representitive had my order complete along with the towing wiring. Service was excellent and I received my order within 3 days. I have not had time to install it yet, so I hope I can write another review when the job is complete. In the meantimer the web site videos are a great help. I will be a return customer! Ronnie L 290389



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Installation could/should have been great but... Instructions that came with kit were great. The problem was the base plate. When I got ready to lift it into place I checked the alignment of the 2 uprights and found they were not parallel and the unit would not fit around the outside of the frame. Had to do some creative engineering and was able to bend the outside plates so they finally slipped up the outside frame but there was still a lot of friction so getting everything aligned and in place so that the holes could drilled correctly was a major hassle. 202305



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Product construction quality is very good, but it did not slip into place and I had to drill two holes in my stock 2010 Jeep's frame because the holes in the bracket were off by over two inches on both sides of the bracket. I called Roadmaster and they couldn't explain the holes not lining up with the stock frame holes or why it did not fit into place. Their suggestion to drive onto one end of the bracket and then pry on the other end to bend the bracket was not possible due to all the welded on bracket members. I ended up using the tire jack and a short board to apply pressure to widen the bracket the 1/8" needed to fit over my Jeeps frame. Had everything fit as advertised mounting would only take 1-2 hours with simple tools, as it was it took 5 hours with a trip into town to buy drill bits I didn't have in my motorhome's tool box. The bracket is well made and should work well, but taking on this project without a full shop available is risky and could lead you into a situation where your begging a commercial shop to mount your internet purchased bracket. 355229



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


First I'd like to provide a few comments on e-trailer. I'm a return customer, and will continue to be. The price was right, the delivery was really fast, and the kit arrived with all the parts, and in pristine condition. The big, heavy, part of this kit was well-packed, and even the little metal prongs on the front arrived undamaged. I took the time to watch the e-trailer installation video but it appears that the kit they used in the demo had some minor configuration differences from that delivered. That wasn't really an issue, since the directions in the kit were consistent with the configuration of my kit. But now, about the kit. I installed a previous version Roadmaster base plate kit on a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport. It took me about an hour. This "new, improved" version... about six hours, spread over two days. Some was my fault, some bad directions, and some just bad luck, but the design of the kit was not user-installation-friendly, or an improvement of any kind over the older design. First, the new kit has both brackets connected by a large, beefy, bar. Great, except trying to get everything to line up is now much harder since the flanges on the kit are barrrrely wide enough to slip over the frame extensions on the Jeep. If you're off even a hair, they bind and you can't line up the bolt holes. And, with the brackets all in one piece, BOTH sides have to be lined up simultaneously. Lining up the bolt holes by tapping alternate sides with a hammer (my solution) works, but it sure is tedious. Oh, and there is a metal tab on the back side of the bar, behind the wiring prongs (not sure why it's there, maybe it serves a purpose on some other vehicle installation?). This tab is located in an EXTREMELY inconvenient location as, in addition to the problems lining up the bolt holes in the tight-fitting flanges on the frame extensions, you have to slide this tab through a little slot that you cut in the air dam. I found it easiest to NOT attach ANY of the air dam fasteners until I had at least one bolt on each side started. I just hung the air dam on this tab, jacked the whole thing into place, fiddled and hammered until I got a couple bolt holes lined up, and THEN fastened the air dam back in place. So far, the installation was just irritating and tedious, but no worse than some other auto repair work one might undertake. Now comes the "bad directions" part. Roadmaster includes some nuts with little wires tacked on so you can hold the nut in place on the blind side of the frame while you run the bolts in to snug them up. I found it useful to run those bolts through the nuts BEFORE doing anything to clear out the paint on the nut threads so they'll start a little easier. The Roadmaster directions supplied with the kit are VERY SPECIFIC (Step 5), stating that the LOWER nut should be put in place first, and then the UPPER. Since the access is through an opening in the UNDERSIDE of the frame, putting the lower bolt in first blocks access to the upper bolt. I followed the instructions on the first side and that is EXACTLY what happened, causing a significant problem. Since my access to the upper bolt was blocked by the installed lower one, I had to twist and fiddle the upper nut into place. When I started to tighten, the little holder wire bent around the lower bolt, and then broke, before nut had not yet snugged down. If you should find yourself in this awkward position, the quickest and simplest solution is to remove the plastic cover from above the frame - right in front of the grill, where a winch would normally mount - and go in from the top with a wrench to grab that spinning nut. When I installed the bolts on the other side, I did the upper one first, and then the lower, and had no such problems. Once you get them snugged down, they'll pretty much hold themselves so you can torque to the proper spec, and you're done. All in all, this install was MANY times more difficult than the original Roadmaster TWO-PIECE base plate kit for the Jeep Wrangler. Additionally, I don't particularly like the new design anyway, beyond the more difficult install. The huge bar that connects the two brackets (that are independent on the older design) sticks down lower, and reduces clearance in the front a bit. The "EZ twist locks" on the brackets themselves ARE easy to install, though because of clearance with the bar in the kit I have, have to be installed upside down compared with the etrailer video demo. While easy to install, the new hitch point brackets offer no obvious positive visual cue that one can quickly look at when you're hitching up to confirm that they're locked. I guess I'll get used to that, but I don't like it. Though I suppose Roadmaster has done the design work, the new "twist lock" brackets also don't look nearly as durable as the old ones, which simply used a hitch pin to secure the bracket to the piece attached to the frame extension. A MUCH harder install, and a less obviously robust attachment system than the previous design leaves me wondering where the improvement is in the new design. I already owned a Roadmaster tow bar (and like it), so I didn't have much choice. I've towed my new 2016 Jeep with the new bracket, and got back with the Jeep still securely attached to the tow vehicle, so it DOES work. 259161



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


The moment I received the base plate it took me 2. Hours to install peace of cake good instructions easy to follow extremely happy going on a trip next week thx etrailer job well done 379595



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


From start to finish I probably had an hour thirty in this install. I tried multiple cutting tools for trimming the lower plastic panel. A good razor knife worked the best for me. After I loose fit the bar on my jeep, I took the plastic valance panel loose and let it hang on the tow bar. I was able to access the bottom bolts easier and use my screw driver to hold the inner flat nuts on the side ones easier as well. I had to clean the threads on the bottom flat plates which I wish I had seen before I started the assembly. All in all no biggie. My wiring bracket piping was bent in transit. I was able to bend them back in place and then up slightly to make it easier for me to plug in my motorhome harness. Great engineering. Simple process. I really like the way the tow bar sits under and slightly behind the front of the bumper. Clean set up. 229558



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


I ordered base plate, tow bar and all the goodies to hook up to our RV. Very good service and everything was delivered in 3 days. In the process of installing now. I have ordered parts from etrailer before and they have always been very good. 574631



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


Shipped quickly and arrived in pristine condition. The plate installation was pretty straightforward with all holes lining up perfectly. What I like most is the ease and convenience of adding/removing the arms. We have approx. 17k miles towing a Wrangler Unlimited behind a class A rv and have not had a single issue. I am extremely pleased with this purchase. 572737



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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


I did this installation for my mother- and father-in-law. The base plate is VERY heavy duty. It is welded very well and painted adequately. Being shipped in a cardboard box with little packaging, it arrived with paint worn off the little electrical connector mount tubes and other places. The fit was good except for that the top portions of the mounting plates (each end where the base plate is bolted to the car frame), that are bent horizontal for the top-most bolts, are not bent completely to a 90-degree angle--I had to wail on them with a mini-sledge to bend them over enough to be able to get the top bolts into the weld nuts on the car frame. Also, the instructions are vague or lacking in a number of ways. The instructions called out fasteners as "Phillips screw," "10mm (head) bolt" and "plastic fastener." Since I needed to gather tools to take with me for the 12.5 mile trip to my in-laws' place, I had to guess what the "plastic fasteners" were. I found out that the "plastic fasteners" were push rivets-- they are easiest to remove using two straight-blade screwdrivers. And step 7 of the instructions sets up a person to ruin some very expensive parts. Step 7 says to pull hard and straight out to release the grill from the two yellow clips near the headlights (which was OK) and the four yellow clips along the bottom of the grill (which was not OK). Those four yellow clips at the bottom of the grill each have four little retainer legs that clip into all four edges of the holes into which they clip. Instructions for other manufacturers products explain how to carefully unfasten those clips so as not to break anything. But the Roadmaster instructions say to just pull real hard. I found that those four lower clips don't have to be released (the grill does not need to be removed from the fascia) in order to release the two yellow clips shown in Figure M of the instructions--the installer need only pull back on each end of the grill, while it is still fastened to the the fascia by the four lower yellow clips, to be able to insert a flat-blade screwdriver between parts and release those yellow clips--the whole fascia and grill lifts off the vehicle at that point. In between the instructions for pulling the grill off and releasing the two yellow clips in Figure M is an instruction saying to "pull out on corner of the fascia to remove it from the locking strip as indicated by the yellow lines in Figure L..." What is not said in the instructions is that below those yellow lines shown in Figure L are seams between the ends of the fascia and the front fenders. Those seams contain snap-and-hook features molded into the plastic parts which, if just yanked apart, will break (I know this because I broke them on one side). The snap-and-hook features can be released by carefully pulling the fascia away from the fender, to expose the features, and then using a straight blade screwdriver to push each of the three hooks out of their mating snaps--nothing gets broken (I know this because I did it successfully). Other then those things, the installation was pretty straight-forward. I don't know how well the product works because I only did the installation yesterday and my in-laws won't try using it until next week. 229996



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Roadmaster EZ-5 base plate install on 2012 Chevy Sonic. My wife and I completed the install in about 5 hours. The Roadmaster directions are good but skip from step 5 to step 7. There should be a step 6 that describes how to pull the bumper cover away from the fender without ruining the slots on the bumper cover that match tabs on the lower part of the fender. We went to the etrailer install video to see how they removed the bumper cover. We did just what the video showed and ended up tearing the slots so now the bumper cover sticks out a little at the front of the fender. The fit of the EZ-5 base plate was very good. Cutting the lower grill for the tow bar adapters was fairly easy and doesn't look too bad. The kit was missing a couple of the 1/2" washers, otherwise a complete kit. We are happy with our install and saved hundreds of dollars doing the work ourselves. 237199



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It arrived in a timely manner was easy to install. My son and I did it in about 2 hours. Perfect fit the plug mounting studs were slightly bent during shipment but easily straightened. The wiring harness took much longer to install but I’m kind of pickie. I was able to feed inside the frame from front to back. Thanks for a great looking product. 476994



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Repeat customer here. Price, service, shipping, all excellent. Had the base plate on in a couple hours. Will try it out soon on camping and photo trips in the Four Corners area. Thanks!! 705786



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Great product! Was easy to install and has worked great. I use it all the time and have had no issues at all. 705509


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  • How To Use the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar RM-520 On a 2002 Jeep Wrangler
  • Yes, the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar part # RM-520 will work with the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit part # RM-521424-5 on your 2002 Jeep Wrangler with a factory front bumper. I have attached a list of other items you might need as well. RoadMaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables part # RM-643 SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System part # SM99251 Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit for Towed Vehicles part # RM-88400 Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed...
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  • Recommended Base Plates For 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport
  • If you have a U-channel bumper on your 1997 Wrangler Sport, the base plates I recommend are part # 1415-1. Your Falcon 2 # RM-522 tow bar will work well with these. If you have a double-tube bumper on your Jeep the base plates I recommend are part # RM-521424-5. You can use the hardware kit from the tow bar on your Wrangler. I have attached a couple helpful articles about flat-towing you can check out. For tow bar wiring i recommend part # RM-154. The Jeep may be at a different...
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  • Does Roadmaster Base Plate Kit RM-521424-5 for Jeep Wrangler Include Installation Hardware
  • Yes, the Roadmaster Base Plate Kit # RM-521424-5 that fits your 2004 Jeep Wrangler does include the necessary installation hardware. Base plates are one of the five basic components for safe and legal flat towing and the linked article will illustrate. You also need a tow bar like the RoadMaster Falcon 2 # RM-520, safety cables like # RM-643, a lighting kit like # MT70097 from MaxxTow and a supplementary braking system such as the Blue Ox Patriot # BRK2019.
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  • Recommended Parts For Flat-Towing 1998 Jeep Wrangler TJ
  • The base plates you can install on your Jeep depend on the bumper style you have. If you have a U-channel bumper the base plates that will work are part # 1417-1. If you have an off-road bumper with the 1-inch D-Ring bumper mounts then the base plates for your Jeep are part # RM-035-1, and if you have the off-road bumper with 3/4-inch D-ring bumper mounts the base plates you can use are part # RM-035. If you have a double tube bumper I recommend the part # RM-521424-5 EZ5 base plates. For...
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  • Which Roadmaster Base Plate Kit for a 2006 Jeep Wrangler, EZ4 or EZ5
  • As long as your 2006 Jeep Wrangler has a double tube bumper either Roadmaster Base Plate Kit # RM-521424-4 or # RM-521424-5 would fit and work well. The difference is the attachment style the removable arms of the kit have. The EZ4 kit requires you to use the crossbar that comes with the tow bar you use and the EZ5 does not. If it was me I would go with the EZ5 kit as they are easier to connect/disconnect in my opinion. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible...
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  • Recommended Components Needed To Flat Tow a 2006 Jeep Wrangler
  • For your 2006 Jeep Wrangler, I recommend the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit, # RM-521424-5. This base plate kit has hidden mounting brackets and removable drawbars to give your Jeep clean and invisible look when not hooked up to your RV. 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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  • Is Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Available without Arms?
  • The Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # RM-521424-5 for a 1997-2006 Jeep TJ or Wrangler with double tube or U-channel bumper does not come without the arms. Replacement arms are available but not the frame without the arms. We also have the Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # RM-521424-4 which is a fit for the same models. This also does not come without the arms.
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  • Available Roadmaster Base Plates for 1998 Jeep Wrangler TJ
  • We have three Roadmaster base plate fits for the 1998 Jeep Wrangler TJ with the u-channel bumper that appear on the linked page. These items are the fixed-install Classic # 1417-1, and the kits with removable arms, EZ5 # RM-521424-5 and the EZ4 kit # RM-521424-4. These different base plate kits are suited to difference versions of the vehicle, as noted. The base plate kits also vary in their tow bar compatibility. There is no tow bar model 5000 but the Roadmaster Tracker tow bar...
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  • Recommendation For Base Plates For Flat Towing A 2006 Jeep Wrangler
  • There a few base plates for your 2006 Jeep Wrangler and the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit, Item # RM-521424-5, is one of them that is a confirmed fit. You may already have everything else needed for flat towing your Jeep but you will also need safety cables, wiring, supplemental brakes, and maybe a high-low adapter. If you need safety cables, I recommend the Roadmaster Coiled Safety Cables, Item # RM-643. Wiring for lights, I recommend Roadmaster Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit, Item #...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing Components for 2005 Jeep Wrangler
  • For your 2005 Jeep Wrangler to be flat towed, I recommend starting with the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-521424-5. This will install easily with some Loctite Threadlocker # LT37420. Then for your tow bar, I recommend the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar - 6,000 lbs # RM-520 which will fit the 2 inch receiver on your motorhome and connect to your base plates. Then for safety cables, I recommend The Roadmaster # RM-643 which will coil and keep tension so they don't drag on the ground....
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  • Required Parts to Equip 1997 Jeep Wrangler for Flat Towing Behind Motorhome
  • We can help you get your 1997 Jeep Wrangler prepared for flat towing behind your motorhome. Starting with base plates, I suggest the Roadmaster EZ5 kit # RM-521424-5 if you have either a U-channel bumper or a double tube bumper. If you have a tow-capable off-road bumper with 3/4-inch D-rings then you'll need adapter # RM-035 or adapter # RM-035-1 if the D-rings are 1-inch. With these base plates you can use Roadmaster's Nighthawk All-Terrain Non-Binding Tow Bar # RM-676 which includes...
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  • Attaching Roadmaster BlackHawk All Terrain Tow Bar with Blue Ox Collars to EZ5 Base Plates
  • I spoke with my contact at Roadmaster regarding your original BlackHawk All Terrain Tow Bar with the Blue Ox specific collars. She stated that the Replacement Swivel Collar # RM-9200-6 that you are looking at is exactly what you need to make your existing tow bar and the EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-521424-5 compatible with each other. These collars will simply replace the Blue Ox collars on the tow bar so that it works with any Roadmaster base plates.
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  • Components Required for Flat-Towing a 2004 Jeep Wrangler
  • The Roadmaster Base Plate Kit # RM-521424-5 is a correct fit for your 2004 Jeep Wrangler if it has a double-tube bumper. These base plates are directly compatible with your Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar # RM-576; you do not need the Demco adapter you referenced. The other base plate kit you referenced, Roadmaster # 1016-1, will not fit your Wrangler; this is intended for a Suzuki XL-7. The Bargman 6-Way Super Sealed Connector with Cable # 50-86-007 will wire to your tow bar wiring...
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  • Will Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit Fit 1999 Wrangler and Work with Old Sterling Tow Bar
  • The Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-521424-5 is compatible with your 1999 Jeep Wrangler if you have the standard or the double tube bumper. This base plate kit is compatible with your older Sterling tow bar because it has the connections like what you see in the attached picture. For a complete flat towing setup you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, vehicle tow bar wiring, a supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter. If you do not have...
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  • Is the EZ5 Base Plate Kit RM-521424-5 on a 1999 Jeep Wrangler TJ Compatible with Falcon 2 RM-520
  • The Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-521424-5 is compatible with your 1999 Jeep TJ if it has a double tube bumper or a U-channel bumper and it does not have front leaf springs. If you have the Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520 then they are compatible and you won't need an adapter. For a complete flat towing setup you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, vehicle tow bar wiring, a supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter. Since we already have the base plate...
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  • Will EZ5 Base Plates for a 2001 Jeep Wrangler Work with an Older Falcon Tow Bar
  • Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-521424-5 will work with your older Flacon tow bar. You will not use the tow bar's crossbar though when connecting to these EZ5 base plates. Instead the tow bar arms attach directly to the base plates. In addition to the tow bar and base plates you will also need safety cables (unless you already have some) lighting, and supplemental braking. If you do need safety cables I recommend # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground....
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  • Recommended Adapter to Mate Demco Base Plates to Roadmaster Tow Bar
  • I checked the Demco website fit guide and the base plates you referenced, 9518072, are a correct fit for all versions of the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. To use your RoadMaster Eagle 8000 towbar with these you will use RoadMaster Base Bar # RM-067. I confirmed this with my technical contact at Roadmaster.
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  • How to Flat-Tow a 1998-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ
  • In order to flat-tow a 1998-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ with all four wheels on the ground you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, flat-tow wiring harness, supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter. I have attached my recommendations for each of these items below. For a base plate kit there are a few options for you. If you have d-rings on your bumper that are rated for flat-towing than you can use the Adapter for Jeep D-Ring Bumper Mounts part # RM-035...
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  • What Do I Need To Flat Tow A 2004 Jeep Wrangler Behind A Motor Home
  • I am happy to help you find the parts to flat tow your 2004 Jeep Wrangler. The Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit part # RM-521424-5 is a better option for a base plate compared to the Roadmaster # RM-521424-4 that you referenced because the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit doesn't require you to leave the crossbar of your tow bar on the base plate to use the quick disconnect like the slightly older version. The Direct-Connect is a bit easier to use. I attached a video that...
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