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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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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-52289-5 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-52289-5

  • 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
  • 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 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.



52289-5 Road Master EZ-5 Base Plate Kit

Installation Details RM-52289-5 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - RM-52289-5

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (411 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.

- RM-52289-5
by: 11/14/2020

Love this system compare to my old one Easier to setup for towing and taking fown 912002



- RM-52289-5
by: 09/05/2020

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- RM-52289-5
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Very pleased with this product has been working 100%. 828395



- RM-52289-5
by:

Excellent product good value. Installation video etrailer was a Hugh help. 717545



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2017 Ram 1500

easy install ,great product 667715



- RM-52289-5
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Love it, installed easy and still doing good. Arms remove easily for clean look 660222



- RM-52289-5
by:

Great service and merchandise. Awesome customer service and follow up. Installation video was spot on too. Great company to work with. 654608



- RM-52289-5
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Timely delivery--even with Labor Day weekend. Everything was complete and was installed within one hour and one-half with no problems. 561518



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2015 Ram 1500

Roadmaster parts were exactly as advertised. I paid for two day shipping and was very happy with the timely manner in which the order was shipped and received. I was emailed as soon as the order was received by etrailer.com and tracking information was current and accurate. Parts were installed in time for our first camping trip in our new motorhome. 376106



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Well hidden, strong 375611



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2014 Dodge Ram Pickup

Received the roadmaster ez5 base plste kit for my 2014 ram tradesman Puckup. The part# rm-52289-5 was an excellent fit. I had to do a little trimming but 1 hr and they were on. The removable arms are sweet. Wayne went above and beyond. 337408



- RM-524431-5
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Review from a similar EZ5 in Base Plates


Done deal, I think! 775899



- RM-524431-5
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Review from a similar 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



- RM-523189-5
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Review from a similar EZ5 in Base Plates


Called and spoke to a representative and got everything I needed to set up my GMC Acadia for dingy towing. Great knowledgeable staff. I always can count on them. 666562



- RM-523182-5
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Review from a similar 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


Comments
Terrific product! Easy to install after watching the detailed video instruction provided by etrailer. Easy to connect to my RV. I have recommended this product to others.
Edmond A - 02/13/2020

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


I 1st bought the Blue Ox and found that it called for too many modifications and it was thin and flimsy. When I received the Roadmaster bass plate, I quickly seen that it was a better product. It's a thiker metal and had easy direction to follow. I've towed over 50,000 miles with it and haven't had any problems. 694420



- RM-523184-5
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Review from a similar 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


Comments
I have towed my car north to south all summer. No problems at all with thus product.
Steven - 10/08/2019

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


The roadmaster rm-523193-5 arrived as promised. The box the base plate came is was damage, and a good 5 inch whole was exposed. Good news, was that upon opening the box nothing was damage. The base plate installed as intended, and etrailer videos was so helpful. Very happy with the way it looks on my 2018 Equinox . 718710



- RM-521423-5
by: 12/02/2020

Review from a similar EZ5 in Base Plates


Easy to install, works great on 2006 Jeep liberty, Thanks Jim Wimberly 918347



- RM-524443-5
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Review from a similar EZ5 in Base Plates


With this covid-19 pandemic we have not used the motorhome this year, and that is sad. So I do not have an evaluation of the base plate, however while installing it the quality seems great and no problems are expected. I am confident that should a problem arise E-Trailer and/or Roadmaster will be there for me. 2018 Ford Focus Titanium. Stay safe everyone..... 916598



- RM-521450-5
by: 11/27/2020

Review from a similar EZ5 in Base Plates


Good directions, easy install 917942



- RM-521450-5
by: 11/27/2020

Review from a similar EZ5 in Base Plates


916573



- RM-521440-5
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Review from a similar EZ5 in Base Plates


Easy to use, very solid. 916024



- RM-521451-5
by: 11/22/2020

Review from a similar EZ5 in Base Plates


914967



- RM-524431-5
by: 11/21/2020

Review from a similar EZ5 in Base Plates


Was easy to connect. 917654


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