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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Mike S says:

Yes, if you:

  • Are a DIYer and want a simple install
  • Have a Roadmaster hitch-mounted tow bar
  • Value the protection of a lifetime warranty

No, if you:

  • Own a tow bar that's not from Roadmaster and don’t want to have to buy an adapter separately
  • Have a Roadmaster Sterling tow bar and want to use its specialty safety cables
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-521453-5 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-521453-5

  • Roadmaster
  • Removable Drawbars
  • 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.


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
    • Base pins (RM-910029) sold separately
  • Made in the USA
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Note: Roadmaster direct-connect base plates will only work with Roadmaster tow bars that slide into a trailer hitch, such as the 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.



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Customer Reviews

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - RM-521453-5

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (18 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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Installed just like the videos described and comes with all the hardware needed to complete the installation. There is a hole you will need to measure and mark that the video did not cover. 740132



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These base plates fit perfect! I have an aftermarket bumper manufactured by Rugged Ridge so some slight modifications had to be made to the winch mounting plate. This consisted of elongating to frame rail holes and adding an additional hole for the top bolts on the base plate. The inside tabs for the winch plate had to be cut back 3/16” in order to fit inside the Roadmaster base plate brackets. It was a tight fit but with some persuasion the winch plate was installed. Looks great! 733973



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Roadmaster

Looks great but unfortunately I will be returning the cross bar. After installation the Roadmaster Direct Connect Base Plate I realized that it is for a different application. 939281



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2020 Jeep Gladiator

Perfect fit.. Easy Install 924815



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This is our 2nd tow vehicle with the road master product all is well Not hooked up but ready to go! 913875



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2020 Jeep Gladiator

Great value! Installed myself and performs great! Looks amazing on my 2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport. 909368



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Greg S took great care of me. He found my part and got it to me in record time. Great job Greg!! 905672



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Once again I do business with a reputable company and get just what I paid for . Shipped when they said they would, fit like they said it would and most important, answered the phone and treated me like a person when I called. Thanks Eric 898453



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Jeep

Fast shipping. Perfect fit for my jeep. Great quality. Easy to install. Don’t waste your money paying for installation. Installed in a couple of hours. 895900



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So far product has been excellent. We have only used once but all was perfect. 817441



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2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited

I have purchased several things from etrailer in the past and so far the products have been well made, a good price and the installation instructions have been through. I would not hesitate to buy more things from them in the future. 816608



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2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited

I have purchased several things from etrailer in the past and so far the products have been well made, a good price and the installation instructions have been through. I would not hesitate to buy more things from them in the future. 816607



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Pretty Easy Set up with Easy to View Pictures and Videos. Works Perfectly 815551



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I installed the tow brackets on my new 2020 Jeep Wrangler. The instructions were excellent. I had no difficulty installing except I failed to follow one instruction to use supplied bolts to reattach part of the Rock Guard Mount. I used the factory bolts which were slightly larger causing interference with my locking mechanism. Maybe a note on that step would be warranted to make sure folks do not make my mistake which resulted in me basically doing the job twice. Tackle the brakes next. 808531



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Looks great and easy to install. Watch the video. EASY 800055



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2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Arrived in good condition and on time. 774004



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2020 Jeep Gladiator

etrailer had all the info I needed. Easy to deal with, great price, and fast shipping. 763507



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Nick was professional and respectful on the phone, very helpful and knowledgeable about the product. I received the items as advertised. 747223


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  • Base Plate Kit and Tow Bar Wiring for 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    Yes, the Roadmaster base plate kit for your 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited part # RM-521453-5 is in stock and the correct base plate for your Jeep. This does not come with tow bar wiring but we can help with that easily. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to control the taillight assemblies of the towed vehicle. This comes with a round...
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  • Will the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plates for a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Work With Falcon Tow Bar
    Yes, the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit part # RM-521453-5 which is a confirmed fit for a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will work with the Roadmaster Falcon Tow Bar like part # RM-520. The cross bar however would not be used since its a direct connect kit. In order to complete your towing setup, you'll need a few other parts which I have attached for you below. Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit part # RM-15267 RoadMaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety...
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  • Is Direct Connect Roadmaster Base Plate as Strong as Crossbar Base Plate for 2020 Jeep Wrangler
    This is a good question. So it really comes down to preference between the Roadmaster base plate kits that have the crossbar and the ones that do not. The kits like you have # RM-521453-5 without the crossbar are actually reinforced more at the welds and have thicker brackets to compensate for the lack of support from the crossbar like # RM-521453-4. Having hooked up both styles I really prefer the kit you have as the connection is just much easier and there's one less thing to keep track...
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