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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-523182-5 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-523182-5

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.



523182-5 Road Master EZ-5 Base Plate Kit



RM-523182-5 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details RM-523182-5 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2015 - 2019 GMC Canyon 2WD - without Adaptive Cruise Control

2015 - 2019 Chevrolet Colorado 2WD - without Adaptive Cruise Control

2015 - 2019 GMC Canyon 4WD - without Adaptive Cruise Control

2015 - 2019 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD - without Adaptive Cruise Control




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 - 2017 Chevrolet Colorado

Today we're going to be taking a look at how to flat tow your 2017 Chevrolet Colorado. We'll start with our base plate, which will be using Roadmaster's EZ5 base plate kit. In addition, we'll be using Roadmaster's diode wiring kit. SMI's Stay-IN-Play DUO supplemental braking system, Roadmaster's battery charge line kit, Roadmaster's automatic battery disconnect switch, Roadmaster's Falcon All-Terrain non-binding tow bars, and lastly, Roadmaster's 64" single-hook safety cables.So you're looking to flat tow your Chevrolet Colorado Well we've got our whole setup here, and there's several components we're going to need to complete that. Let's go over those now. The first component you're going to need is your base plate.

This is the interface that's going to allow your vehicle to be connected to your motor home and pulled behind it. This base plate is easy to install. You do have to remove the fascia, but there is no drilling required. It replaces your factory tow hooks and is squeezed between the bumper beam. It's going to provide you an attachment point for your safety chains, as well as a place to hook up any Roadmaster tow bar.

You can hook up other brands using adapters found here on our website. When not in use, the connection point for your tow bar is removable. Simply pull the pin, push it and pull it out, and this will give you a more factory appearance.The next component is our diode wiring. This wiring kit allows you to transfer signals from your motor home through the included cable, down to our connector, and to the lights at the back of our vehicle. Our diode wiring is going to connect into both our passenger and drive side taillight assemblies, intercepting the turn and taillight signals.

As you can see here, we have our right turn signal, left turn signal, tail lamps, and brake lamps.The next component is our SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO. That's an electric supplemental braking system. It uses signals from the motor home as well as an inertia sensor to proportionately apply the brake pedal to assist with stopping. The operating unit located under the hood taps into the brake vacuum system and uses air pressure to apply the brake pedal.Our braking system also includes a breakaway switch. This safety device has a cable attached to it, so in the event of a catastrophic disconnect, the pin will get pulled, applying our braking system to help our vehicle come to a safe stop.

When the braking system pulls the pedal, it'll illuminate the LED on the backside of our mirror. This way, we know the system's working properly. While this system is designed for a motor home that has hydraulic brakes, if you have air brakes on your motor home, you can get SMI's Air Force One. It installs fairly similarly but is designed to work with air brakes on your motor home.For our Colorado, we'll also need a battery disconnect. This allows us to disconnect our battery from the vehicle at the touch of a button. Since our vehicle requires the battery to be disconnected when placed into tow mode, this way we can do it quickly and easily. Our wiring just connects to the battery and then to a switch that you'll mount inside your Colorado. Now when we press our button, it'll disconnect our battery. If you press it again, it'll reconnect our battery. We've also installed the battery charge line kit. This will allow our motor home to charge our battery as we're going down the road. Now everyone our battery is disconnected, it is powering our braking system and a few other components. This way, we can ensure when we get to our destination, our battery's going to be charged up and ready for us to start our adventure.We'll attach it to the center post on our six-pole connector, and that way we'll receive our charge from our motor home through this circuit. You've now got all the necessary components installed on your Colorado but you need a way to connect that to the back of your motor home. We're going to be using Falcon's All-Terrain tow bars to do this. As the Falcon All-Terrain is a Roadmaster product, it easily connects to our base plate that we have installed.The quick-connect arms on our base plate will easily attach to our Falcon's arms. We slide those down in the slot there. We take the large pin, slide it through both arms, lining up the hole on the opposite side, and put the locking pin down in it, making sure to fold it over so it can't become disconnected. Our tow bars are non-binding. This is great because, if you're parked on uneven terrain, it can be difficult to disconnect it from your base plate. You would simply pull the lever, and that'll allow the arms to free up, slide in and out, making it easy to get them disconnected. The only thing left is to route your safety cables.The nice thing about the All-Terrain is that it has a channel on each arm to route your wiring and cables through. We simply slid those through, made our connections at our base plate and on our motor home side, making sure to cross your safety chain cables. Hook up your wiring, which we've also ran through the other arm, so we have our seven-pole on our motor home side and our six-pole on our vehicle side, and then hook up our breakaway switch for our braking system.Depending on your RV, you may need a high-low adapter. You want to be towing as level as possible. Since our RV is so much higher than our vehicle where the base plate is, we are going to be using a 6" drop here to level that out. Now we can take a look at our Colorado as it's flat towed behind our motor home. That completes our look at a complete flat tow setup for a Chevrolet Colorado.


Customer Reviews

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - RM-523182-5

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (258 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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2018 GMC Canyon

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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GMC Canyon

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



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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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2017 Chevrolet Colorado

quick and accurate very nice dealing with them thanks 665508



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2017 GMC Canyon

Fit perfectly can not see them unless all together.I am happy with product.I wish the wire ing was as easy to hook up without cutting . 597096



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2018 GMC Canyon

Delivered as ordered. 495243



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Base plates are of high quality heavy steel. Installation of the base plates was very precise and the step by step instructions were easy to follow. Base plates work perfectly and are easy to use. 481150



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2017 Chevrolet Colorado

I would like to say the etrailer was fantastic I got the order exactly when they told me the quality of the brackets were excellent as soon as I get them put on I will post a picture it's nice to do business with people that do what they say they're going to do thank you trailer 437159



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Roadmaster

The brackets were exactly correct for my vehicle. Disassembly was a little different from described in the Roadmaster information. 368639



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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


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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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


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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


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


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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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


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



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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


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


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



- RM-522115-5
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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


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


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


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


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


Well hidden, strong 375611



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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


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



- 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


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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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



- 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



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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


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


simple install, excellent fits like a g love. 195262


Comments

VERY HAPPY, PERFECT AND ETRIALER IS THE BEST

Bob D - 05/26/2016

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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


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


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


Quality products, GREAT INSTRUCTIONS! The video on YouTube helped very much when installing the Road Master base plate on our 2013 Honda CR-V. Tips: The front fog lights can be disconnected much easier after the front bumber fascia is released and tilted forward... same when reinstalling. Also, the bottom clips on the front grill release very easy with the help of a small, curved push tool... I used a curved needle nose plier. Simply apply gentle pressure from the bottom of the opening, right below the clips, into the notches provided for this effort. 177426



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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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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 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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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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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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The product was what I expected and the instructions both written and on-line are easy to follow. My only beef is the way it was packaged, one foam fitting pad on each end, the tow bar pins were loose and caused considerable dings and scratches on the base plate during shipping but some black spray paint made quick work of that. My suggestion would be to ship the item with more foam fit pads and wrap and secure the tow bar pins with zip ties or something. 418112


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No problems yet, the installation was easy and they went on without any modifications.

Paul M - 08/09/2018

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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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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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Hi, I purchased a Roadmaster 524438-5 EZ 5 base plate from you. The installation was straight forward except there was a nut welded onto the inside of the driver side frame rail. I couldn't chisel it off so I had to expand the lower and upper bolt holes to accommodate the slightly off kilter angle of the bracket. Hopefully the pictures I provided will show the situation. The end product is very nice looking. Much better than the previous bracket on my '05 PT Cruiser. 409933


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  • There are a number of parts you're going to need in order to flat tow your 2018 Chevy Colorado, starting with compatible base plates. If you have Adaptive Cruise Control you will need the Blue Ox # BX1721 Base Plate Kit, and if you do NOT have Adaptive Cruise Control I recommend the Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit # RM-523182-5. For a tow bar I recommend going with the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520 because of how easy the tow bar is to connect to the base plates as well as its long...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2019 Chevy Colorado Z71
  • We do have the parts needed to flat tow a 2019 Chevy Colorado 4x4 as long as it doesn't have adaptive cruise control. For that you'd want the # RM-523182-5 that you referenced as long as your Z71 isn't a Trail Boss model. I attached a link to an install video for this kit on a 2019 Colorado just like your for you to check out as well. 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...
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  • Can a 2017 Chevy Colorado be Flat Towed?
  • Yes, you can flat tow your 2017 Chevy Colorado so long as it has a Four-Wheel Drive Low setting. There are a number of things you will need to flat tow, starting with base plates. If your Colorado does not have Adaptive Cruise Control, I recommend going with the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-523182-5. If you do have Adaptive Cruise Control or your Colorado is a Z71 Trail Boss or ZR2 model you would need to go with the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1721. For a tow bar, a great option...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2018 GMC Canyon
  • In order to flat tow your 2018 GMC Canyon behind your motorhome you will need a base plate kit, a tow bar, safety cables, a lighting solution, a supplemental braking system, and most likely a high-low adapter. Starting with the base plates I recommend the Roadmaster EZ5 # RM-523182-5 because of its extremely clean design that's virtually invisible when you aren't towing the truck. The base plates use hidden brackets for attachment and eliminate the need for a quick-disconnect crossbar...
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  • Can 2018 Chevy Colorado 2 Wheel Drive Be Flat Towed Behind RV
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  • Recommended Base Plates To Use with the Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain on 2016 Chevy Colorado Z71
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  • Can Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit for 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Fit with a Blue Ox Tow Bar
  • Yes, the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-523182-5 that fits your 2017 Chevrolet Colorado can be used with a Blue Ox tow bar as long as you use an adapter. The correct adapter is # BX88185.
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  • Recommended Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015-2018 GMC Canyon or Chevy Colorado
  • The GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado are practically the same vehicle with 2 different names. When it comes to flat towing they both have the same instructions and fits. For the 2015-2018 model years you can flat tow a 4WD but you cannot flat tow a 2WD. Whichever way you decide to go, make sure it is a 4WD so you can flat tow it. A complete flat towing setup includes a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, vehicle tow bar wiring, a supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low...
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  • Flat Towing Base Plates Compatible with 2018 Chevy Colorado ZR2
  • For your 2018 Chevy Colorado ZR2, the Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # RM-523182-4 or the # RM-523182-5 will fit as long as you don't have the adaptive cruise control. If yu have the adaptive cruise control, then I recommend the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # BX1721. Either of these baseplates will work very well with the Roadmaster BlackHawk 2 All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar # RM-422. I also recommend getting the coiled safety cables # RM-643 to keep the...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Chevy Colorado 4x4 WITHOUT Adaptive Cruise Control Behind an RV
  • Since your 2016 Chevy Colorado 4x4 has regular cruise control and not the adaptive cruise control the Roadmaster base plates # RM-523182-5 will fit! Please note these base plates not accommodate the Guardian rock shield, Tow Defender, Stowaway or the StowMaster or StowMaster All Terrain tow bars. If you have any of those products I recommend Roadmaster base plates # RM-523182-4 instead. If you do not already have a compatible tow bar I recommend the Falcon 2, # RM-520. It is a popular...
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  • Tow Bar Compatibility With Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plates on 2017 Chevy Colorado
  • For your 2017 Chevy Colorado, the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # RM-523182-5 is the base plate kit you need. These base plates do not work with the bar that goes across the brackets and will only work with certain Roadmaster tow bars. These base plates are compatible with the Sterling # RM-576, Blackhawk, Blackhawk 2 # RM-422, Falcon # RM-522, or Falcon 2 # RM-520 or # RM-525. The EZ5 base plates are not compatible with hitch ball style tow bars. You will also need...
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  • Can 2WD 2016 Chevy Colorado with Automatic Transmission be Flat Towed
  • I did some checking and for your 2016 Chevy Colorado 2WD with an automatic transmission and the V6 engine it can be flat towed but you'll need to install a transmission lube pump kit which we do not offer. But we have everything else you'd need to tow the vehicle safely. You'd need to first start with a base plate kit like the part # RM-523182-5 which is a confirmed fit. I attached an install video for this as well. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow...
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  • Can 2015 Chevy Colorado 2WD be Flat Towed?
  • A 2015 Chevy Colorado 2WD can be flat towed, though you would need a Lube Pump Kit from if you had an automatic transmission or a drive shaft disconnect if you had a manual transmission. Once you got those parts, there are a number of parts you're going to need in order to do this, starting with compatible base plates. I recommend the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-523182-5. For a tow bar I recommend going with the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520 because of how easy the tow bar...
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  • Best Recreational Towing Method On A 2017 2 Wheel Drive Chevrolet Colorado
  • There is a way for you to tow your 2017 Chevrolet Colorado behind your Tiffin motorhome however, according to Chevrolet, the 2 wheel drive models of this vehicle should not be flat towed. Some people have found a way to do this by installing a drive shaft disconnect but this would likely void your vehicle's manufacturer warranty. If you choose to flat tow your Colorado, you would need to find a local shop that can install a drive shaft disconnect. You would also need a few additional...
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  • Sterling Roadmaster Compatibility With EZ5 Base Plates on 2017 Chevy Colorado
  • The Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-523182-5 is confirmed to work with the safety cables that are a part of the Sterling tow bar # RM-576 You are correct about the adaptive cruise control, and if you do not have adaptive cruise control then you would have regular cruise.
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  • Which Roadmaster Falcon Tow Bar to Use When Flat Towing 2016 Chevy Colorado
  • The # RM-520 will work very well instead of the all terrain Falcon # RM-522 but it really depends on where you plan to flat tow. If you find yourself in situations where you can't be lined up straight with the toad or the ground isn't level (which is almost all camp grounds) then it is absolutely worth it to go with the Falcon All-Terrain. If you are rarely off of paved roads where you have plenty of space then the Falcon 2 will work great. But in an effort to plan ahead for all possible...
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  • Replacement Pin for Roadmaster Tow Bar Arms
  • Sounds like you are looking for the part # RM-910029. This is the pin that will run through the arms of the tow bar that will attach it to the removable arms of the # RM-523182-5.
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  • Base Plate Kit Compatibility With A 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71
  • I do have a base plate kit that is compatible with your 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss but the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit part # RM-523182-5 is not a confirmed fit for the Z71 Trail Boss package. For a base plate kit that is compatible with your vehicle, I recommend using the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit part # BX1721 as this is the only base plate kit we have list as a fit with the Z71 and Trail Boss packages. We also have an installation video of this kit installed on a 2015 Chevrolet...
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  • Parts Needed to Maintain Charge on Battery in Flat Towed 2018 Chevy Colorado
  • When flat-towing a vehicle such as your 2018 Chevy Colorado you can safeguard its battery by installing a Quick Battery Disconnect # RM-766. I also suggest a Charge Line Kit # RM-156-25 which will work along with the motorhome side kit # RM-156-75 if no charge line is present in your RV. This will deliver a maintenance charge to the towed Colorado while you tow. If you need any other related flat towing equipment please let me know and I will be glad to offer recommendations.
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  • Will Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard Cause Overheating
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  • Flat Towing a 2018 GMC Canyon 6 Speed Manual Transmission
  • A 2018 GMC Canyon with 6 speed manual transmission can be flat towed only if you disconnect the drive shaft. You will need a drive shaft coupling for this application which unfortunately we don't sell but I can email you information on who can help. If you use the drive shaft coupling, then you can use the following parts to flat tow: Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # RM-523182-5 Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar # RM-520 RoadMaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables...
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  • Base Plate Kit Recommendation for Flat Towing 2016 GMC Canyon with Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar
  • Your Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar part # RM-576 is compatible with flat towing your 2016 GMC Canyon 4x4. The correct base plate kit you'd need is the part # RM-523182-4 to allow you to keep using the quick-disconnect tow bar. The other base plate that fits your Canyon is the part # RM-523182-5 which would not use the crossbar and would attach to the tow bar directly. To use with Sterling tow bar the Sterling cable anchors must be attached to the frame of the vehicle or welded to the receiver...
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  • Is There a Certain Order that Tow Bar Connections Need to be Made When Flat Towing
  • There isn't a specifically recommended time that is required for the wiring connections for tow bar setups. But to be on the safe side I would always disconnect it first (so that you don't forget and accidentally pull away with it connected and damage the wiring), and then make it the last thing you connect once everything else is connected. This will allow you to route it so that it does not interfere with the safety chains possibly. Basically I would recommend developing a routine...
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