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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 800-298-1624 to order Roadmaster base plates part number RM-523160-5 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-523160-5

  • 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.



523160-5 Road Master EZ-5 Base Plate Kit

Installation Details RM-523160-5 Installation instructions

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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - RM-523160-5

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (672 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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Grate service, fast shipping and super nice people tnx to



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2013 Chevrolet Equinox

Works perfect took me much longer to install but I am 82 years old and work slow! Parts and directions were excellent


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Excellent no problems
Cecil - 06/27/2019



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2015 Chevrolet Equinox

Received quickly and all is in order. Thanks etrailer!



- RM-523196-5
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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


This is a high quality plate. Fit our 2019 Buick Envision perfectly. Install is intermediate to advanced skill level. I took my time with this project because of level of complexity. It went well. Overall it took a week because of issues related to auxiliary brake system wiring and it was best to leave vehicle disassembled. The only part I didn’t care for was drilling the frame. A Christmas tree bit works best. Paint wears off the arms quickly, I’m not saying it’s a bad paint job but in this application black color matches vehicle best but paint on arms wears off. So far we have about 4000 miles of towing this vehicle no issues everything is working as advertised. We are very pleased with this product and etrailer team. Video and phone support is tremendous.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Installed the baseplate myself. Just followed the directions and it went well. Have used it for about 4000 miles. Easy to connect to the tow bar. Great produce.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


2014 Honda CR-V - Excellent product that installs cleanly with almost no visual evidence it is there. The etrailer video is very helpful. I can almost guarantee some of those little plastic clips holding the entire front of the car together will be destroyed upon removal. I had purchased some spares from Amazon and was ready!



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


The baseplate was exactly what I needed since I already have a similar set up on my Honda CRV. This allows me to tow either vehicle behind my motorhome. I also used diode wiring kit RM-15267 and RM-156-25, the battery charge kit. The videos were extremely helpful. I watched the diode video kit numerous times and took notes, before doing that project. It would have been nice to have a shop and lift, but I had to do with a cold garage and driveway with some blankets to lay on. The battery charge kit wire was really not long enough, so I bought some 14 gauge wire and made a longer wire. My jeep battery is in the rear of the engine compartment on passenger side. Kit may be ok for front battery. I've tested everything except the charging wire and actually towed my Jeep for a few miles to make sure everything works as it should. I was a little disappointed when I saw what the markup on the base plate kit was, but I couldn't have done the installation without the videos, so I ended up saving the money to have it all done. I was pleased that the baseplate fit under my aftermarket EAG winch bumper, which was very reasonable. You can see that the installation is a clean one. Sorry the pics aren't in perfect order.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


I installed this RM-521567-5 baseplate myself on our 2013 Honda CR-V by watching the demo video. No issues came up during the installation. We towed our vehicle behind our motorhome from Minnesota to Florida for the winter and did not have any problems. I am very happy with this product.


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This baseplate is still working out great. We will be going on our 3rd Florida trip this fall using the baseplate. Very happy with it!
John S - 06/14/2021


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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate 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 .


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Thanks yes we used the base plate in our equinox and it worked great. Towed the car over 2000 miles on a trip this year. Only complaint, and it is small, is the rust appeared already on the front post. But the product is very sound and clear install manual made the job easy.
kenneth - 01/16/2021


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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


We have towed our Jeep almost 2,000 miles since installing the recommended parts from etrailer and it has worked perfectly on every connect and disconnect along the way. Tows beautifully, even at 70 mph. Excellent customer service and helpful videos from these folks. Would recommend to anyone needing help with parts and guidance in towing their toad to give them a call.


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Our system is still working perfectly a year later. Our Jeep is a 2018 Cherokee Trailhawk and while we’ve seen some RV forums talk about “death wobble”, we have never experienced this using these Roadmaster products towbar & baseplate. We tow the Jeep with our 39’ Class A gasser and hardly know its back there. Even on sharp corners the Jeep follows perfectly and no binding. Connecting or disconnecting takes maybe 5 – 7 minutes. Then check all of our lights, make sure the Jeep is in neutral wbrakes off and we’re on our way. The braking system that we installed purchased from etrailer is the “Stay-n-Play Duo”. I would recommend that to anyone looking for easy operation. The installation time was a bit lengthy and involved but once completed makes all of your towing trips much easier. Just the flip of a switch and the braking system is ready for towing. No portable unit to lug around and adjust each time you tow your vehicle. The etrailer folks made the perfect recommendations for our needs and everything has worked GREAT!
Brent T - 04/05/2020



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Fit was excellent, instructions very easy to use. Delivered on time as promised


Comments
Baseplate fit still excellent. Only complaint I have is the spring loaded locking pins on the EZ mounts are not welded on in the same position. One barely locks in the slot.
Alan G - 04/19/2021


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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Everything about this base plate and wiring for our 2016 Kia Soul was exactly as advertised. We are very happy with it and the installation went great. We used a video and printed step-by-step directions and got the job done. It took us longer than advertised but that was OK. When the job was finished we hooked up to the RV and everything went great. The installation crew consisted of son-in-law Ken, grandson Kenny age 13, and myself.


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The base plate and hook-up between the RV and Kia Soul have worked great. Everything I said in May 2020 is still valid.
Van S - 05/19/2021


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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Received base plate with absolutely no damage. Had a few problems with the nut plates but Shawn B. did an excellent job in getting it corrected. Very pleased with the looks of this base plate on my Jeep. (2018 JK 2 door) Looking forward to getting hooked up to my motorhome and start traveling.


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No problems whatsoever. Completed a 6,000 mile trip over the course of 6 weeks.
J J - 04/08/2020


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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


I have a 2019 GMC Denali and this product from Roadmaster is fantastic. Installation was easy with out having to remove the grill or valance or bumper. There was no trimming on the Plastic. The baseplate installed from the rear with a little push and nudge. there was one bolt just a tad long but this was fixed with a washer. If this is your model of vehicle and you don't want to trash the front get this base plate.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


I got the item I need delivered a whole lot faster than I had expected. Also the customer service people are great at responding to any of my concerns, on this or any other items bought through etrailer, by email usually within 10 minutes which is great when you need an item to perform your task at hand. Thanks for what you do for us.


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Item still in use and working great. no issues.
Will - 04/14/2021


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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Installing the 2020 Chevy Equinox base plate was easy. Perfect directions and videos helped a lot. Taking the front end off a brand new car was scary. Only real hard part came when trying to determine which parts of the from grill to cut the openings for the quick connections and the wiring connector protrusions. The cuts have to be made prior to reinstalling the grill and you can't really see where to cut without the grill in the correct configuration on the fender. So you cut and trim to fit. Then get the grill into the fender connector then check and make additional cuts as necessary. Also I installed a Invisibrake inside of the engine bay, not under the back seat. This was my wife's suggestion and she was correct. It fits and you only have to run the little air tube through the firewall. No taking apart of the interior molding except the driver kick panel for the pneumatic cylinder. Very easy.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


A little bit of artwork needed to get schrouds cut and fitted around the base plate. Works perfectly. Wish there was a way to lock the towing pins in when not on the tow bar as I always fear that someone will get cute and steal one. Result is I always take the pins out and have them bouncing around in the car.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


I purchased this baseplate system for a 2014 Ford Focus. Just finished installing it. Excellent instructions and online video. Make sure you watch it and follow the paper instructions. Let me inform anyone attempting this on your own it is a process. You need to remove the entire front fascia and headlights. The undercarriage plastic air dams also have to come off. This is not difficult if you are a decent mechanic/collision person. If you plan on tackling this yourself allow 3-5 hours if you are a capable individual. If not, take it to a shop you trust. I personally have a shop and all the jacks and tools required. It took me approximately 4-1/2 hours start to finish. But I had a/c, lights, music and my dog kReaping me company. The most frustrating part was drilling the two access hole in the frame. Not sure what that metal alloy is but a dulled my drills and ruined a perfectly good high end hole saw. I ended up using a pnuematic cut off Grinder. I am very satisfied with the end result. Take your time. Don’t let yourself get aggravated and the install should go smooth. Save a bunch installing it yourself. Good Luck. Thanks RoadMaster and etrailer.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Shipment arrived quickly as scheduled. Manufacturer’s install instructions were easy to follow and complete. Extremely satisfied.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


2020 Ford Escape. Overall, I am happy with the finished product. Seems sturdy and looks good. A little tricky drilling holes in the plastic bumper and the measurements provided in the instruction were way off, but I took my time and took lots of measurements and managed to make it look pretty good I think. Only other criticism is that the instructions could have been more detailed /precise and better pictures. I felt that the were more vague as I progressed.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Korren C was great to work with. She set me up with the baseplate that I needed an it fit perfectly. Even sent a video of how to install. Thanks so much.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Product is well made and fit perfectly and the instructions were very thorough with good pictures for examples, only items I would highlight is the 18MM head bolt when removed without having a tow hook is difficult to remove after loosening due to a star washer holding it in the frame, I had to use a wrench and hammer to pull it all the way out and directions that came with mine said to remove the active air dam after the above step which was possible but removing the air dam as the first step would make things much easier. I noticed afterwards the PDF on the website does have it as the first step. I ended up trimming the plastic took hook pieces for a nice finished look. (See pics) Overall very satisfied and now I can pull my new truck behind the RV and sell my old Durango which is ready for retirement.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


This kit was a perfect fit and the instructions were superb. Removal and replacement of the entire fascia on a vehicle is intimidating, but the step by step process was amazing. I am very satisfied with the results. One tip - The instructions reference wiring, which is helpful. I mounted the fascia without attaching it so I could properly locate and cut out for the umbilical connector and breakaway switch.


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