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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-523188-5 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-523188-5

  • 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.


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.



523188-5 Road Master EZ-5 Base Plate Kit

Installation Details RM-523188-5 Installation instructions

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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - RM-523188-5

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1129 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 Buick Envision

We have the base plate and hitch installed and all is good. Thank you for the great service. It was received promptly. We have always had great service and appreciate the knowledge of the people who represent you. Ty Mollie.



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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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I installed the product myself two years ago. Installation instructions were detailed and easy to follow. I have towed the car approximately 8000 miles over the past two years and it has been solid to use and easy to connect to each time.
Joseph - 05/09/2022

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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Regards base plate installation 2021 mini cooper
I like to thank you for all your help, everyone at etrailer was very helpful. The quality of the part are excellent and the instructions are right on. One important task before starting is to check all the hardware included in the Kit, on mine was one 1 “ pipe spicer missing which I only noticed during the installation and lost some time with this. One other suggestion in regards to the horn installation mounting it directly to the support bracket will bend the connection clip. I made a little bracket to create more space. Everything else went very smooth. Great product and service.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Everything installed perfectly and the instructions where clear. I didn't care for the instruction to cut up the metal rock guard for the crossbar, but otherwise am pleased with the installation result.

We have since travelled 1,200 miles with this set up connected to a Nighthawk tow bar, and are 100% happy with the performance, and are especially pleased with the ease of connection and disconnection.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


This base plate is for the 2021 Lincoln Navigator. I have a 2022 and it fits fine. The instructions are nearly the same. Use Roadmaster Wiring Kit W Smart Diodes For Led Bulbs and splice into the stop light.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Was delivered quickly and I was able to install the baseplate assembly relatively easily after having watched a few of the etrailer videos. I did watch multiple different videos as my 2022 Grand Cherokee WK had slight variations from the videos. I did not have previous experience doing this type of automotive work so I will admit to some trepidation along the way but all ended perfectly. My wife was not too happy about me taking the bumper off of her new car with just 100 miles on it but she has regrouped. The only thing I used the written instructions for was to get the parts all organized and to get the correct torque for the bolts



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Roadmaster system is top notch. Installation was not bad. Getting bumper to line up with holes in new bracket was difficult, due to very tight tolerance. We have towed 4 down over 4,000 miles with this set up, no issues at all. Towing 4 down is the only way to go!!



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


The Roadmaster Base Plate and All Terrain Direct Connect Tow Bar worked perfect for my 6-Speed Subaru CrossTrek. Looking forward to exploring and traveling later this spring.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Great fit - The instructions were spot on. etrailer’s instruction videos are extremely helpful. I rate the level of difficulty on the GX to be moderate due to the difficulty removing/installing the front fascia.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


For the installation the instructions were good, but watching some videos made it much easier to take apart a brand new car. All went well. Installed on a 2020 Chevy Equinox 2.0



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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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update product review I have had no issues with the product it is easy to use and I feel very safe with it.
William B - 10/11/2021

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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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One year later. Product held up perfectly. Towed this vehicle 1000’s of miles. Hope this helps.
Joel - 08/19/2021

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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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9000 miles from Myrtle beach SC to Seattle WA and back with no issues. Our towing system works great. My wife and I are a team when hooking up or unhooking our car from the RV. We can do it in under 2 minutes. Great products, and a fantastic wife.
Paul - 08/07/2021

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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


The base plate arrived on time, with excellent instructions. I went slowly because my truck is only days old and still had it done in an evening.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


This is our 2nd tow vehicle with the road master product all is well
Not hooked up but ready to go!


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All is working as it should No problems
Rich - 11/20/2021

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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


I ordered this Roadmaster tow plate to flat tow my Jeep Wrangler behind my motorhome. Katherine B at etrailer was very helpful in assuring the tow plate was the part I needed. The tow plate arrived in a few days and I installed it myself. It was an easy installation. The tow plate is sturdy and well built and fits nicely under the front bumper. Thank you etrailer and especially Katherine B. Now I have to decide on the type of braking system for my towed Jeep.


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Still performing well. No issues.
Bobby U - 06/20/2021

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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Super easy with great instructions Took me a couple of hours



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


etrailer.com site was easy to use and place my order, plus it arrived on time.
The base plate fits perfectly on my 2021 Nissan Versa. I had the Road Master Falcon 2 set up on my motor home towing a 1999 Toyota Solara and it was time to get a new Toad. After a lot of searching we settled on the Versa and I will say that the base plate fits perfectly and looks great with and W/O the "ready to tow" set-up installed. I would recommend Road Master to anyone looking for a cost effective 4 wheel down set-up.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Really great product. Easy to install and seems super solid. I have towed my 2015 Subaru Forester 2500 miles with it with zero issues.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Works well once installed. I have towed my Jeep thousands of miles over some rough roads in Baja Mexico. Very difficult to install. For my Jeep Wrangler I had to remove a steel "rock deflector" panel and cut several inches on either side. The directions were unclear and poorly illustrated. I found this unit to be extremely overpriced


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I recommend viewing the video installation that we have on a 2020 Jeep Wrangler.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 03/14/2022

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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


ETrailer is a great place to receive good parts, fast delivery. I have installed a trailer hitch, Tow Bar and will be buying a rig to pull my Jeep to the back of my motorhome is coming next. I have done this by myself with the help of ETrailer and videos that tells you how and wait to do.


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Just Fine
Steve - 03/13/2022

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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


Fit and installation are fine per the detailed instructions included. Only thing extra is that you probably have to grind away a little material away inside frame rail. Have a Dremel or die grinder handy.Also get red thread locker. Haven't hooked up and towed yet, still have to install lights and Air Force One brake off old truck, along with a hitch riser since there is at least 6 inches difference in heights.


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Still very satisified with this baseplate, although due to Covid we have only towed about 5000 miles so far.
Larry D - 01/13/2022

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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


These were exactly what I needed. I changed tow vehicles to a Honda HRV (manual) and the only base plate available was the Roadmaster. These adapters took about 10 minutes to change my Blue Ox tow bar to accept the Roadmaster.



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Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates


Easy to install, tucks very nicely under the bumper and the removable pins for towing are really nice and very safe with the locking pins


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    There are indeed direct-connect base plates available for your 2016 Buick Envision but there are also crossbar-style models that will allow you to continue to use your existing Guardian Rock Guard # RM-4000. For this I recommend the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # RM-523188-4, which will work perfectly on your new Buick while maintaining the type of setup you had on the Ford including the Falcon All Terrain's crossbar and Rock Guard. I have attached the written installation...
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  • Is Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit Compatible with Eagle 8000 Tow Bar
    Yes, the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-523188-5 for your 2017 Buick Envision is compatible with the older Roadmaster Eagle 8000 tow bar. I confirmed this with my contact at Roadmaster. I have attached an installation video of this on a 2017 Envision that you can check out. For a complete flat towing setup you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, vehicle tow bar wiring, a supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter. If you do not have all...
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  • Supplemental Braking System for 2017 Buick Envision
    A supplemental braking system is a requirement in most states now, so you would need to consult your local state laws to find out if it is required where you live. Even if it is not, a supplemental braking system is a very good idea because it makes flat towing a vehicle such as your 2017 Buick Envision much safer because it will allow your RV to stop at a quicker pace. A supplemental system is also going to put much less strain on the braking system and chassis of your RV and Buick which...
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    You are on the right track for sure. As far as ease of use and performance the best option for supplemental braking would be the SMI DUO part # SM99251 over the Invisibrake. The DUO is our installers favorite kit as it's the simplest to install of the permanent install kits and works the best while being very reliable. As far as the tow bar and base plate the Roadmaster products will work very well. The EZ5 kit part # RM-523188-5 is a confirmed fit and the Sterling tow bar part # RM-576...
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  • Parts Needed To Be Able To Flat Tow A 2017 Buick Envision With a Roadmaster Falcon Tow Bar
    There are 2 sets of Roadmaster base plates for your 2017 Buick Envision. The first is the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-523188-5. With this kit you do have removable arms that allow for a clean look when you are not towing your Envision. This will also give you the faster connection meathod as it does not require the installation of the crossbar. The Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # RM-523188-4 will require you to use a cross bar to connect to your Falcon Tow...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat-Tow a 2018 Buick Envision
    In order to flat-tow your 2018 Buick Envision with all four wheels on the ground you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, flat-tow wiring harness, safety cables, supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter. I have attached my recommendations for each of these parts below. For a base plate kit I recommend the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit part # RM-523188-5 as it has removable arms which makes for a clean look while not in tow and it will not require a bulky crossbar. The...
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  • Recommended Base Plate For A 2017 Buick Envision With A Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain Tow Bar
    For your 2017 Buick Envision I recommend the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-523188-5. This base plate has direct connect arms that will directly attach to your Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain Tow Bar # RM-522. If you haven't already purchased the rest of the necessary components to flat tow your Envision then I have the following recommendations for you: Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 4-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15247. Brake Buddy Select 3 Portable Supplemental Braking...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing Equipment For A 2017 Buick Envision AWD
    No, you'll be fine using the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-523188-5 on your 2017 Buick Envision AWD. This base plate kit is compatible with all models of the 2017 Buick Envision. You will however need use a compatible tow bar to avoid having to purchase an additional adapter. For this I recommend the etrailer SD Non-Binding Tow Bar for Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plates # e74ZR. This tow bar is specifically designed to fit the direct-connect attachment points on your...
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