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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. 1-800-940-8924 to order Roadmaster base plates part number RM-523182-5 or order online at Free expert support on all Roadmaster products. Great prices 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

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Roadmaster
  • 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.


  • 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 Nighthawk, 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

Item # RM-523182-5

Installation Details RM-523182-5 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

  • 2015 - 2020 GMC Canyon 4 Wheel Drive - without Adaptive Cruise Control
  • 2015 - 2020 Chevrolet Colorado 4 Wheel Drive - without Adaptive Cruise Control

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1938 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.

2017 GMC Canyon

This is the fifth Roadmaster base plate that I have purchased. I will not use another brand as I feel it is the best for the money and Quality, installs easy as well. We just got them today and have not installed yet. so no photos sorry.



Works great love how fast you can hook up and take off the unit


Super solid and love the quick connect pin designs. Has the integrated tow chain attachment point.


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.


It is more than I expected. Wonderful, easy and fast to hook up and unhook. Would recommend to anyone interested in flat towing a vehicle.
My wife and I are full timers and use it on a regular basis.
Son in law and I put it all in ourselves. Took about 5 hours .


Installation was straight forward following the instructions, if I recall no drilling was required, it took a couple of short days in my garage, for some steps a second person would have helped. When not towing the hook ups easily remove for a clean look. My only complaint is that there is a bit too much slack in the system which allows the toad to drift left and right more than I like resulting in some sway. Some of it is in the base plate system, some is in the tow bar


Always reliable sand prompt service. I have had 3 sets for different vehicles with only 1 breakage over the many miles traveled. Would have been a 5 but I had to go find pins to attach hitch to Instructions were great but videos at site better.

2018 GMC Canyon

Great description and product arrived as promised

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!

Edmond A.


Terrific product! Easy to install after watching the detailed video instruction provided by etrailer. Easy to connect to my RV. I have recommended this product to others.


You guy always do a good job for me. I’m sure the parts will be fine as they have been on the past two vehicles I towed. I haven’t put the parts on yet or I would sent pictures. When the truck is air ready to go I’ll send you pictures. Thanks again.



Great Thanks for asking


Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, I have only towed our vehicle once but, the Roadmaster Base Plates fit and worked as expected.


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.


Solid product with straight forward, easy to follow instructions and customer service made this a simple diy project. Roadmaster and etrailer make a great team.

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

2018 Chevrolet Colorado

Item fit perfectly. Installed myself in about a day. After a few scratched up hands removing the front bumper cover the base plates were easy to install on my 2018 Chevy Colorado. removed the tow hooks and had to trim a little around the hole to reinstall front.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

All the products I ordered from etrailer,fit and worked excellent for me to be able to flat tow my 2015 Chevrolet Colorado behind our motorhome. I live in Canada and fast delivery on the products I ordered. I will order from etrailer again

GMC Canyon

Simple, sturdy and easy to install and use. Really did not want the full width “bar” style device. The 2 piece, individual mounting lugs appealed to me. Glad it worked so well on my 2020 GMC Canyon. Wife and I did all our own installation.


5,000 miles and not an issue.



Very reliable and convenient to use. Easy install.


easy peasy to install


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

2019 Chevrolet Colorado

Installing was a bit of challenge since a lot of parts had to be removed and replaced.
However, once installed they look great and are very easy to insert/remove the arms
which can be easily stored in under the back seat.
It has worked fine since installed. My vehicle is a 2019 Chevy Colorado.


Everything arrived earlier than expected and all was packaged well, no issues or broken boxes, etc.
etrailer has a tremendous selection of items and their installation video are absolutely 1st class.
Highly recommend.


Fit perfectly. Had to take the front end off the truck, but face plates fit perfectly.

2016 GMC Canyon

excellent directions and videos for installation. etrailer is a great company to work with.

2017 GMC Canyon

excellent service. don't have pictures and I haven't installed yet to cold outside. I may have questions in the future and I know you will be there. thanks

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

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  • Why Isn't Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit Available without Arms
    There isn't a way to order the Roadmaster base plate kit part # RM-523182-5 without the removable arms. Also worth mentioning is that the base plate and arms are made together for each kit and they are often unique enough with super tight clearances that it is typically not possible to fit a different set of arms into the bases.
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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 and...
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  • Can You Flat Tow a 4 Cylinder 2WD 2016 Chevy Colorado
    The 2WD version of the 2016 Chevy Colorado can only be flat towed if you use a lube pump. We don't carry the lube pumps but you will need part LP-BK01-020. If you had the 4WD then no lube pump would be required because it has a true neutral integrated.
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  • Install Video for Roadmaster Base Plate Kit on 2019 Chevy Colorado
    Yes I attached an install video that shows the Roadmaster EZ5 base plate kit # RM-523182-5 installed on a 2019 Chevy Colorado for you to check out.
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    The Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard part # RM-4000 does only work with the Roadmaster base plate kits that have the crossbars like the part # RM-523182-4 that you referenced. The Direct Connect Kit part # RM-523182-5 would not work.
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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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  • Do Fuses Need To Be Pulled To Flat-Tow a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    There are not any fuses on your 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 that must be pulled before being flat-towed according to the owner's manual. However, you will need to disconnect the battery each time in order to prevent it from draining while in tow and in order to do this with the flick of a switch you can use the Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect with Switch part # RM-766. If you need any other parts to complete your flat-towing setup then please just let me know.
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  • Why is Disconnecting Battery on 2019 Chevy Colorado When Flat Towing Needed
    On page 317 of the owner's manual of a 2019 Chevy Colorado it states that failure to disconnect the negative battery cable can cause damage to the vehicle, and this is referring to the electronics of the truck which could potentially be damaged by not disconnecting the battery. The "negatives" of not disconnecting the battery are that the truck's electronic systems will be damaged, and the damage would not be covered by warranty if you did not follow the procedure outlined in the owner's...
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  • Fit of the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit On a 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2
    The Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit part # RM-523182-5 I can confirm is listed as a fit for a 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. I was not able to track down any install photos but the arms comes out of the holes pre-cut into the bumper for the tow hook. If you don't already have a tow bar picked out, the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar part # RM-520 is a great option.
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  • Flat Tow Restrictions and Specifications for 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4 Wheel Drive
    According to the online copy of your Owner's Manual (page 316-317), only 4WD vehicles with a two-speed transfer case that have a Neutral and a 4-Low setting can be towed four wheels down. Please refer to the prescribed "Dingy Towing" procedures outlined in your Owner's Manual. It also states that the negative battery cable must be disconnected and not touch the terminals. However, we recommend installing an Automatic Battery Disconnect with Switch # RM-766. The Automatic Battery Disconnect...
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  • Flat Towing Requirements for a 2020 Chevy Colorado 4x4
    The 2020 Chevy Colorado 4x4 can be flat towed. The 2wd version cannot. The owners manual on page 300 states to " Only dinghy tow four-wheel-drive vehicles that have an N (Neutral) and a Four-Wheel Drive Low (4 (n) setting." On the dial you stated to the far right should have an "n" for neutral. If it doesn't you can't tow it. It does require you to keep the key in the ACC position when towing to keep the wheel from locking but they do recommend disconnecting your battery so it isn't...
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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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  • Recommended Base Plates To Use with the Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain on 2016 Chevy Colorado Z71
    The adaptive cruise control (ACC) feature will adjust your speed while in the cruise control mode when an object traveling at a lower speed is detected in front of you. This was not a very popular option but if you call your dealer they will be able to tell you whether or not you have this. If you do then it will need to be removed in order to flat-tow the vehicle because the sensor locations interfere with where the base plate kits mount. For a base plate kit, the only option that will...
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  • Will Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard Cause Overheating
    There is not an issue with overheating with the Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard # RM-4000; the only caveat is that some owner's manuals do state not to use a vertical towing shield so you will need to check the manual of your '19 Colorado. If you cannot use a vertical shield then you can use the Roadmaster Tow Defender Protective Screening # RM-4700 for a horizontal shield. Either way, the transmission should not be creating heat when you are flat towing so there will not be an issue with...
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  • Can the Tow Hooks On a 2016 GMC Canyon 4x4 Be Used for Flat Towing
    The actual tow hooks on your 2016 GMC Canyon cannot be used for flat-towing as there would be no way to secure a tow bar to them. The same part of the frame that the tow hooks attach to will then be used for the base plates which attach to the tow bar but again there is not anything to directly attach a tow bar to the tow hooks. If you are looking for a more cost effective setup I recommend the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit part # RM-523182-4 with the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow...
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  • Will Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit Work On 2016 Chevy Colorado with Collision Avoidance
    The Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit part # RM-523182-5 which is a fit for a 2016 Chevrolet Colorado will work on models with collision avoidance. The issue with adaptive cruise control (ACC) is usually the location of the sensors blocking where the base plate installs but I don't show that as an issue with this vehicle. If you are using a Roadmaster Falcon Tow Bar like part # RM-522 you won't need to use the crossbar.
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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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    By the time you add up the costs for all of the flat towing components and then the money for the install the least expensive route would be to go with a tow dolly like the Demco Kar Kaddy part # DM9713093 as flat towing setups are pretty pricey and have a pretty involved install. A tow dolly is pretty simple overall and easily transfers to a new vehicle unlike most flat towing components.
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  • How To Use Blue Ox Tow Bar with Roadmaster Base Plates On a 2020 Chevrolet Colorado
    In order to use a Blue Ox Tow Bar with the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit part # RM-523182-4 for a 2020 Chevrolet Colorado you will need the Blue Ox Tow Bar to Roadmaster Base Plates Adapter part # BX88178. In order to use a Blue Ox Tow Bar with the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit part # RM-523182-5 for a 2020 Chevrolet Colorado you will need the Blue Ox Tow Bar to Roadmaster Base Plates Adapter part # BX88185. The Blue Ox Tow Bars and Roadmaster Base Plate Kits are...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2019 Chevy Colorado Z71
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    We have a base plate kit that fits your 2021 Chevy Colorado that can be used with a Blue Ox Aventa tow bar with the base plate kit # BLU93FR. The Aventa is not longer made but if you have one this has been confirmed to fit with it. I attached an install video for this kit on a similar 2020 Chevy Colorado for you to check out as well.
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    Chevy Colorado 4WD with automatic transmissions from 2015 to 2021 are confirmed per the owner's manuals to be able to be flat towed. 2WD Colorado's are not flat tow capable due to the risk of damaging the drivetrain. You'll want to follow all directions in your owner's manual for flat towing. One of those directions is to disconnect the battery so you'll need to use a braking system that will wire directly to your battery and you'll want to use a battery charger like the BrakeBuddy Towed...
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