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


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



RM-52289-5 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details RM-52289-5 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2013 - 2014 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 - excluding Sport and Express

2016 - 2018 Ram 1500 Big Horn

2019 - 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Big Horn

2013 - 2014 Ram 1500 excluding Sport and Express

2015 - 2015 Ram 1500 excluding Sport, Express, Laramie, Limited, and Rebel

2016 - 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie and Longhorn

2017 - 2017 Ram 1500 Limited

2016 - 2018 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2019 - 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Tradesman




Video of Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit Installation - 2016 Ram 1500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2016 Ram 1500, we're gonna be taking a look at the Roadmaster Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number RM-52589-5.So here's what our Roadmaster direct connect base plate looks like, also known as the Roadmaster EZ4 base plate. Now, this is gonna allow us to hook up our tow bar from our motor home and safely tow our Ram down the road. One of the big benefits to this base plate is that the brackets are gonna be hidden pretty well inside the bumper, and if we pull on this pull ring, we can rotate the arm and remove the arm, and it's almost like it's not there.Our Roadmaster base plate is gonna be compatible with Roadmaster motor home mount tow bars, so it's not gonna be compatible with the coupler style tow bar. It's also gonna work with some Blue Ox tow bars with an adapter that is sold separately. Our safety chain connection points are gonna be right on the outside of where we're gonna connect our tow bar, making it really easy to hook everything up.One measurement to keep in mind is gonna be the height of our base plate at the connection point, because you wanna make sure that your towing setup is gonna be nice and level. From the ground to the center right here is gonna be right about 18-1/2".

So keep that measure in mind, and check your motor home's hitch to match up as close as you can. Roadmaster also included a wiring bracket so we can mount our electrical connector right here, as well as our breakaway switch which is all hidden right back here underneath the bumper so it's a nice, solid structure.If you're looking at base plate for your Ram, Roadmaster does make another one as well, the EZ, or the crossbar style base plate. Now, our direct connect is gonna be just that, we're gonna have a direct connection to our tow bar, so we're not gonna have to deal with that crossbar going on the front of our vehicle, or any other components. Blue Ox also makes a base plate available for our Ram, and it also has a direct connection to their tow bar. However, our Roadmaster is gonna be a much easier installation.

We're only gonna have very minor trimming that we're gonna have to do behind this section in the bumper here, and everything else is gonna be pretty much straightforward to get everything in. Whereas with the Blue Ox it is gonna be a little bit more in depth, and a little bit more drilling involved.Not only is this base plate gonna give us that direct connection directly to our tow bar, but it's also gonna be just that much easier to get it installed than the other base plates. Keep in mind that our base plate is only one component that we need to safely flat tow our Ram down the road. We're also gonna need a tow bar, tow bar wiring, and as well as a braking system.Now that we've seen our base plate and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed. To begin our installation, we're gonna need to remove the factory toe hooks that are on the front of our Ram.

So we'll come underneath our vehicle, and we're gonna have a total of three bolts that we're gonna have to remove. We're gonna have one here that's bolting our tow hook to the bottom of the frame support here, and then we're also gonna have two nuts on either side of the frame that are holding it in place.So you're gonna wanna grab an 18mm socket to pull those bolts and nuts out. Once we have all the bolts removed, we're actually gonna pull these tow hooks back towards the inside and pull it out that way. And we'll repeat that for the other side as well.Now in order for us to get our receiver brace into this area here, we're either gonna have to trim the plastic grill guard or remove it. We're gonna remove ours, so we're gonna grab a 10mm socket, and we're gonna have two bolts on each side of it that we're gonna have to pull out.

And to remove that plastic grill, we're gonna slide it toward the center. You may have to lift up a little bit in order to clear everything, and we'll pull it out. And we'll do the same thing on the other side as well.If we come where our bumper meets our frame, we're gonna have a small tab right above that lower bolt and nut that we removed earlier. We're either gonna need to cut that tab off or flatten it out with a hammer. You wanna get that as flat as you can, and the tab on the other side is gonna be on the outside of the frame, so they're both gonna be towards the passenger side.On the inner part of our grill I already made a mark of roughly where we need to trim out. You're gonna wanna trim this small section towards the inside or towards the middle of the truck right below the flange of where your bumper meets the frame right here. And we're just gonna cut that relief out so that the main receiver brace can fit through this opening.I'm gonna be using a cutoff wheel, and I'm gonna cut as much as I can out of this section, and then potentially have to get a hammer and bend it out of the way until it breaks off because it's in such a weird spot.So we'll go ahead and clean this up, make the edges a little bit smoother so we don't have any sharp edges on there. Just gonna take a file bit and file it down a little bit. Now that we have this relief cut out here, we're gonna go ahead and repeat that on the other side as well.Now I'm gonna take a little bit of spray paint, because it's never a good idea to leave exposed metal on your car, but you wanna be extra careful when you're spraying, because on the other side is the bumper and we don't want any over spray on there.We can take our main receiver brace, and we're over here on the passenger side. And the way your gonna know you have the right one is that circle, it's gonna have a tab, and you want that tab to be pointing towards the outside of the truck, so we're gonna take our brace and we're gonna slide it in and have that round section go through the area we trimmed, and those two tabs up top are gonna go right over the existing studs that we removed the tow hook from. So it'll sit just like that, and then we're gonna reuse the factory hardware for those two nuts we removed up top. We're just gonna put them loosely in place by hand right now.On the bottom from our brace, it's gonna line up with the bolt hole that our tow hook was mounted on the bottom. So, we're gonna grab our 12mm bolt. Now in the instructions, it is gonna tell you to apply Loctite to all the bolts prior to installing them, and if you need some, you can pick some up at etrailer.com using part number LT37420.So we're just gonna put a nice line going across all the threads, then we're gonna take our 12mm lock washer followed by a 12 mm-hmm (affirmative) flat washer, and we're gonna thread it through the bracket into the bottom where our tow hook was. You may have to push a little bit to get everything lined up, and we're just gonna loosely thread it in just to get it started.Our main receiver brace if we follow it back, we're gonna have an oval hole here, as long with an oval hole going through the support bracket. We're gonna need to enlarge that hole so that we can fit our long 1/2" bolt through both sides. So I'm gonna take that file and I'm gonna file out just a little bit so that my bolt will fit through, and then I'll move to the other side and make sure it fits as well. So now that it will fit through this side, we'll go ahead and file the other side of the hole so that we can get our bolt all of the way through.We're gonna apply Loctite to our bolt as well, then we're gonna take a 1/2" flat washer. We're gonna slide it over our bolt, and coming from the inside, we're gonna pass it through the frame so that it comes out on the other side.On the outside of the frame, we're gonna take a 1/2" plate washer, it's gonna be the large black one in our kit. Slide it over the threads. Then we're gonna take a 1/2" lock washer, and then finally secure it with a 1/2" nut. So with this side done, we'll go ahead and repeat that same process on the other side.For our 12mm bolt, I'm gonna take a 19mm socket, and I'm gonna torque it down to the specified amount in the instructions. I'm gonna repeat that for the other bolt as well.For our 1/2" hardware, I'm gonna take a 3/4" socket and a 3/4" wrench to hold the nut on the other side and torque it down to the specified amount.And then finally, using that 18mm socket, we're gonna torque down the nuts that we're holding down our tow hook. And we'll repeat that for any remaining hardware.We're also gonna have our electrical and breakaway switch bracket that we can mount up. The easiest way to mount this is if we come behind behind the bumper, right below the lower fascia here. We're gonna see we have several fasteners that are holding it to our bumper itself. We wanna find the one in the center and we're gonna be making a few cuts so that we can get our bracket in place.We come to the one in the very center, we're gonna go right below it where the plastic is, and I'm gonna take a small drill bit and I'm gonna drill just to the right of that fastener. Just enough to go through. Then we're gonna move over one fastener and drill just to the right of that as well. So that will be our two marking points, the two holes we just drilled.I went ahead and drew a small section that we're gonna be trimming out in between the two holes that we drilled. And basically, we're gonna be cutting that section out so that we can feed the bracket here through, and it's gonna be mounting on the inside. When you go to cut this section out, you wanna be extremely careful to only cut this lower piece, and you wanna leave that flange that we saw inside where those fasteners are, you wanna leave that intact and only cut the plastic right here.I'm gonna be using a rotary tool, but you can use whatever you have available since it is just plastic. You can use a razor knife. You just wanna be extremely careful to watch out for that flange. Now that we have that section cut out, I'm gonna come back with a razor knife and just clean up the edges so we don't have so much excess plastic.With out hole cut out, we're gonna move back underneath the bumper and remove the two fasteners on each side. So I'm gonna take a trim panel tool, and I'm gonna come underneath the center section, pop that clip out. And them come underneath the outer section and pull the rest of it out. And we'll repeat that for the other one on the other side of the hole we cut.We can take our bracket, I'm gonna take the thin area. I'm gonna slide it into the hole that we cut and then rotate is so that my plug is gonna be facing towards the front. We can see where the bracket came through. The two holes in our bracket, we wanna line up with the two holes that those clips we're going through. Then we're gonna take the 3/8ths bolt that they provide in our kit. We're gonna go through both flanges and then through the bracket.Now, it may be easier to go from the top or bottom. Which ever one's easier for you, but you just wanna make sure you get the hardware in place, get everything lined up. Then we're gonna have a lock washer and a nut that we're gonna put onto the bottom. Now it is a tight fit, just gonna have to have a little bit of patience. Pull down on that lower plastic, make it a little bit easier to get that lock washer on. And place the nut underneath and tighten the bolt, making it a little bit easier just so you don't have to try to get everything underneath that flange. We're gonna repeat that for the other bolt as well. Then we can grab a 9/16ths wrench and socket and tighten up our hardware.Our final step is gonna be putting our draw bars in place. We're gonna put that pin vertically, insert it into the tube, then we're gonna push it until that pin kind of extends out and rotate it until it locks in place.And that'll finish up your look at the Roadmaster Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number RM-52289-5, on our 2016 Ram 1500.


Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (291 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
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Well hidden, strong 375611



- RM-52289-5
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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
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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



- RM-52289-5
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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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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-523189-5
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Review from a similar Roadmaster 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-523184-5
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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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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 Roadmaster 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-521450-5
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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-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


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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



- RM-521448-5
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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



- RM-521567-5
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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


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


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



- 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



- RM-521567-5
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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


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



- RM-521423-5
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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



- RM-524431-5
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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



- RM-521448-5
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Review from a similar Roadmaster EZ5 in Base Plates


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



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Simple instruction, great service and delivery ! 650044



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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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INSTRUCTIONS DO NOT SHOW THE RIGHT CUTOUT FOR MY GRILL 425379



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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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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


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Still working great. Glad I ordered from etrailer.

Michael - 06/07/2019

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



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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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



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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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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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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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Very satisfied with the base plate. The installation was very simple to do. The only problem I found was that during shipping one of the mounting studs for the wiring mount was bent and I had to straighten it out. 728761



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Easy install on Jeep JL 2dr sport. 727981


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