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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-523195-5 or order online at etrailer.com. 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 - RM-523195-5

  • 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.



523195-5 Road Master EZ-5 Base Plate Kit

Installation Details RM-523195-5 Installation instructions

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




Video Transcript for Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit Installation - 2020 Chevrolet Suburban

Hey, everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today on our 2020 Chevy Suburban, we're gonna be showing you how to install the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit with removable arms. But before we do that, why don't we check it out and make sure that this is something that's gonna work for you. So before we get too carried away and just jump right in and to the base plate and checking it out and seeing how it works and things like that, I figured it'd be useful just to kinda touch base and refresh yourselves on the main components that we're gonna need to flat tow our Suburban down the road in the first place. So there's gonna be a total of five main components needed to flat tow your Chevy down the road safely. First one's gonna be the base plate, and that's gonna provide us with a solid and reliable attachment point.

That way, we can hook our tow bar up to it. The tow bar is gonna be the second component, and this is gonna be the physical link that actually connects the front of your vehicle to the back of your coach. The third main component will be safety cables. And these are pretty straightforward here. These are just there in the event of an unlikely disconnect.

They're gonna keep everything paired together. The fourth main component is going to be tow bar wiring. And what this is gonna do is transfer the lighting signals from the back of your motor home to the back of your Suburban. That way, people know what's going on behind you, and you'll be safe and legal. And last but not least, the fifth main component will be the supplemental braking system.

And what this is gonna do is apply the brakes in your SUV whenever you hit the brakes in your coach, helping to bring you to a more complete and predictable stop. But with that out of the way, this is what your setup is gonna look like whenever you're pulling it behind your motor home. And honestly, for what it is, I think it looks pretty good. You don't have a ton of room to work up here, so I think it turned out pretty good actually. Everything's easy to see and easy to use, and it looks good, so what more can you really ask for I will say, something that you really wanna pay attention to, there's several base plates available for this vehicle, and you really wanna pay attention to what sub-model you have.

Is your truck two or four-wheel drive Does it have adaptive cruise control Things like that. And you can find that information on the page, I believe it's under Tech Notes or Tech Tips, because certain base plates are designed to work with Z71 models or four-wheel drive models and so on. So I wanna make sure you get the right thing that you need and that'll actually work with your vehicle. So it's been a couple of minutes. Check that out to make sure you get squared away. So this is what the base plate's gonna look like whenever you're not hooked up to your motor home, and you're just cruising around town or whatever it is you're doing. And I'm actually really impressed with it. It looks really good. It's just gonna come out through some factory openings here, where our tow hooks originally were. You are gonna have to cut 'em out a little bit, but since they replaced the tow hooks, more or less, nothing really looks out of place or out of the ordinary. Compared to some of the other base plates, a lot of 'em that are similar style to this, they're gonna look pretty much the same. There's a couple that use a crossbar and things like that. To me, I'm really not too crazy about that, especially on a big, nice SUV like the Suburban here. So as far as the appearance goes, I think I'd give it an A-plus. It looks really good and blends in. Whenever you are ready to actually hook up to your motor home and flat tow your vehicle, you want it to be easy. You don't wanna have to do a bunch of crazy steps and everything else. But this setup here doesn't really get much more simple. That's partly due to the fact that it uses these removable arms. So when you're ready to hook up, you're gonna take the arm, put it into the base plate, rotate it about a quarter turn, and it's gonna lock in. Same thing with this one over here. And now with these in, that's gonna give us an attachment point. That way, we can connect our tow bar to it. So whenever you're ready to hook your tow bar up, you're just gonna take the ends of it, line it up with the base plate. And since these are quick connect type setups, you're gonna take your pin, push that through, line up the other pin, lock it down. You do the other thing to the other side. And the base plate, it's gonna work with Roadmaster tow bars, most of 'em. You can use other tow bars as well. A lot of times you can pick up adapters that allow different manufacturer tow bars to pair up with the Roadmaster base plate. So if that's your case, you can find that stuff here at etrailer. And one thing that I wanna mention, the safety chain openings, the holes are pretty small, so they don't come with, it doesn't come with these D-links. The holes are pretty small, and with this being such a heavy truck, most of the time, you're gonna have a pretty heavy duty safety cable like this one. And a lot of those, the clamps here, or the clasps, are gonna be really large and have a hard time getting it in. So you may want to end up picking up something like this, kind of easier to get in the main hole and then gives you a bigger area to work with to get your safety chains connected to. As far as the installation goes, believe it or not, it's really not too bad. Being such a big vehicle, everything's pretty easy to get to, pretty easy to work with. You do have to take your front fascia off. Don't let that scare you. It's really not too bad. There's only a handful of fasteners, and it came off pretty easy, a lot easier than I expected. So pretty straight forward. You are gonna have to drill one hole, not really a big deal. So I'd say it's safe to say if you're somewhat mechanically inclined, probably set aside the better part of half a day, something like that. So as long as you stay focused, it really shouldn't give you a ton of issues. But speaking of that, why don't we go ahead and pull into the garage and put it all together now. To begin our installation, we're gonna be here at the front of our truck and gonna pop the hood, and we need to remove the radiator cover here. So on each half of it, we're gonna have a total of six push-pin style fasteners that we need to remove. To get these out, I like to use a combination of a flat-head screwdriver and a trim tool. So you're gonna pry up on the head, and you're able to pry the base of it out. Let me do the same thing to get the other five out. And I wanna mention, from this point on. anything we do to one side of our vehicle, we're also gonna do to the other side 'cause it will be all set up the same way. So let's continue to work across here until I get the rest of these off. So once you have all those removed, we can simply just lift up on our radiator cover and set it off to the side. And on each side, we're gonna have three 10-millimeter head bolts we're gonna pull out, so grab our socket. Get those removed. If we continue on towards the passenger side of our vehicle, we're gonna have an electrical harness. This one here, need to disconnect that. Not a lot of room to work, so I think I'm just gonna pry up on that to release it. And then we can pull out on this red tab. This one's pretty sticky. Here we go. Pop it out. And you can push down on the center to get that separated. So now we can move to our front wheel wells along the front edge. We're gonna have, I believe, five 7-millimeter head screws that run down along that we need to remove. So we'll grab our socket and get everything pulled out of here. So if we look along the bottom edge of our car now, we're gonna have two 10-millimeter head bolts that we just pulled out. And then in our case, you actually have a push-pin type fastener. You may have a bolt there. It may be something like this. Either way, it needs to come out. So I'll grab my tool here and pry this out. So right where are we just took those other two bolts out, if you just kind of look from the back towards the front, we're gonna have another 10-millimeter head bolt right there that we're gonna get removed. At this point, we can remove our actual skid plate here. So it's gonna be held in place with four 15-millimeter head bolts. So we're gonna have these openings. And a little ways inside, there will the head of the hole. So pull those out. But these will definitely need an extension, I think a six-inch extension. It should do the trick. Then we're gonna have two back here. And once you take this last one out, make sure you got ahold of the skid plate. It'll be the last thing holding it up. And then we can let it down and then set it off to the side. So where the skid plate was along the front edge here, we're gonna have two 10-millimeter head bolts. We need to get both of these pulled out. What we need to do now is release a couple of tabs behind our grill. So there's one on each side, like in this area here, and these are gonna be a little tricky to get to, especially if you have this style, the grill. From the instructions, it looks like the other type of grill has a lot more room to work. But what you're gonna have to do is take a long flat-head screwdriver like this and actually kind of pry up on the tab and pull out a little bit on the fascia. So bear with us here. This may be kind of tricky to see. We'll do our best. But that plastic piece, what needs to happen is we need to get underneath of it and lift it up, lift it up enough to clear this piece, and while we're doing that, pull back until it stays on top, if that makes sense. So see if we can do this like this. If not, I'm gonna have to figure something else out here. Moving back to our wheel well, I did miss a fastener. If you peel back here, your aligner some, here at the top, you're gonna have a 7-millimeter head screw. We're gonna get that pulled out. Now with an extra set of hands, you can actually remove our fascia. So I put some painter's tape along the edges here just so we don't scratch anything up. And in the center, if you just kind of lift up on the grill, it'll kind of release like that. And then we can come to our corners here. You're just gonna pull outward on the corners. That one actually just popped right off. A lot of times we'll have to kind of work it around. We're gonna get that going on each side though. Looks like we don't have anything to disconnect as far as electrical goes, so we'll go ahead and just set this off to the side, out of the way. Now what we're able to do is remove our bumper beam here. So on each side of it, we're gonna have three fasteners, and they're going to be a 15-millimeter head bolt. And they're kind of recessed in there a little bit. Go ahead and pull these out. I already have the other side off. So when you take your last one off, make three kind of have a hold of it. And there's actually something hanging it up here. Okay, so, yeah, you just kinda have to lift up, kind of track it like this, and then that'll let it slide off. Now we can remove our tow hooks. So you're gonna have a bolt that passes through completely, so I'll hold the head of it with a wrench. And then on this side, we're going to have a nut. We'll use an 18-millimeter socket. Take these out all the way. And then on the inside here, we're gonna have another bolt. This one, though, it's not gonna have a nut on it. Those are regular bolts, and we'll take an 18 again. Pull this out, and that'll allow us to remove our tow hook. And we'll set this off to the side, and these will not be getting reinstalled. So now we can take our base plate here. These are side-specific, so make sure to check your instructions. One quick way to tell is the notch there. That's gonna face towards the center of our vehicle. So what we're gonna do for now is just take a long bolt and slide it through. We'll just take a nut, we'll just get this to where it feels good in there. It's kind of resting where you want it to be, and just tighten this down by hand. We're gonna kinda use this as a guide to drill a hole. If you remember where we took just the bolt out, you need to drill a hole so it comes through the side. So keeping this here will just help us keep everything straight whenever we're drilling. So using this hole as a guide, we'll take our bit and make sure we're getting a good straight shot at it, and we're just gonna drill through to the other side. So with that hole drilled out, I went ahead and just took our bolt back out of there. And what you're gonna do, take both these long bolts, put on red Loctite on the threads. All the hardware that you use to secure the base plate will get that Loctite. And if you don't have any, you can grab it here at etrailer. Then you're gonna take this spacer deal, slide the bolts through it. You want that U-shape to face up. We're gonna take these and feed 'em through, making sure that they go through the frame, through the base plate, and out of the other side of our frame. On the other side where the bolts come through, you're then gonna take your safety chain hooks, slide them over. You want those to bend out. And then we're gonna take our split lock washers, slide those over the bolts, come back with the nut. And we'll just get these hand tight for now. And then if you look on the bottom of our frame rail through this small hole there, the base plate is actually gonna line up with it, and there's some threads in there. You're going to take the 5/8 bolt, put on a split lock washer and then this huge flat washer. Put your red Loctite on the threads in order to get this one started as well. Once all the hardware is in place and tight, we'll come back and tighten down the big bolt first. Then we can move over to our side bolts. We'll take a wrench and socket and snug everything up. Once the bolts are tight, we'll come back and torque everything to the amount in the instructions. If you don't have a torque wrench, you can grab one at etrailer, or a lot of times you go to your local auto parts store and they'll have one they're available to rent. So once you have the other side of your base plate done, we can start getting things back together. So for now, I'm going to take our bumper beam and just get this reinstalled the opposite way that we removed it. Now what we can do is come over to our fascia, and we need to trim it up a little bit. That way, it'll clear our base plate. And if you look, we're gonna have these tabs that kinda hang down, and what you can do is kinda bend them back and forth to kinda crease 'em. And I'm just gonna come in with a razor knife. I'm just gonna cut along that crease. And I actually hit. Pretty easy to do. Not a whole lot of material there. So that trimmed off, do the same thing to the other side. Now with an extra set of hands, we can take our fascia and get it back into position. So this might take some finesse just to get it around our base plate and everything else. Sure it'll be a little tight, that's normal, but let's take your time, get everything line up, and everything should snap back together pretty good. So trying to get the fascia on just wasn't happening, the cutouts that we trimmed. We tried it every which way. We could just not get the base plate to go through there. So I did have to kinda pull everything back off and trim out some more, and this is what I came up with. Hopefully it'll work. I got a really good feeling it will. But at the top, I just kinda cut a half-moon type deal in it there. And then on that bottom side, down here where the safety chain goes, I took it out just a little bit more material there as well. So I think we should be in pretty good shape now, and we'll try to get the fascia on again. So I can cut out. We'll go ahead and give this another shot here, and hopefully everything will line up this time. Oh, yeah, nice. Okay, here we are with Gary and Phyllis, and we're gonna go over their flat tow set up with them today, show 'em how everything works and where we installed everything on the Suburban. So it's a 20202020. 2020 Suburban. Z71. Yeah, so really nice truck. So first of all, we've got the system all put on here. So I'll show you where everything is. So the guys hide things pretty well, and they do a lot of good work as far as putting wire loom all over everything and making it all really nice. So this is your battery disconnect, and that's the part that there's a momentary switch inside. We'll show you here in just a minute. And then this here is your fuse for your braking system. So if the braking system's ever just not working, this is the first place to check. And you just pop the top off and the fuse is inside there. And then the Air Force One is over here in the secondary battery tray location. So some of these trucks are diesel, so they have a second battery location usually, but since you don't have the second battery and you have the gas motor, that's your Air Force One right there. It ties into your vacuum booster right here with this hose. And then that's the only thing that actually ties into any systems on the car, is that vacuum right there for the vacuum booster. Everything else is just the braking system itself and power from the battery over there. So then inside the car here, I'll show you the breakaway, or the the switch for the solenoid. It's really hard to see, so I'm gonna point at it, and then I'll let you get in here and look at it. It has a chrome bezel around it so you'll be able to see it, but when you press it, you can kinda hear it. Gary I do, uh huh. Okay, so if you wanna check it out there. So that's battery off, everything in the truck went off, and you press it again and there's battery on. So that's that, and then on, if you wanna fly in there, on the brake pedal, you'll see a big cylinder and a cable that pulls the brake pedal to the floor. And since you have adjustable pedals, always when you we're setting up to tow, you wanna adjust the pedals all the way out. That way, the pedals, whenever they're adjusted to any other person at any place, it could never affect driving the car. So that's why we do it at all the way out. And then other than that, we've got your tow bar and safety cables here. So we've got some really good safety cables because of the weight of the Suburban. And then the tow bar is pretty simple to use. When they're new, they're a little stiff to move. You can move 'em like this. If you're gonna store it, you can store it here, away. Most people will grab a tow bar cover and just kinda get everything up in the cover and just leave it on the motor home when they're camping. And then it'd be good to take it off and store it if you're not gonna be going anywhere for a long period of time, just to keep it out of the sun and whatnot. This is your airline cable for your braking system, and here's your breakaway cable for the braking system. So we'll just go ahead and get it hooked up. I'll let you do that side. I'll do this side. Just pick it up and get it to where it'll swing down and then just pull 'em apart. And then this thing comes out, and you wanna always go, you're putting the outside in so that you're, can make sure here. Gary Outside to in. Yeah, I guess before we get too far there, I'll show you over here. So to remove these when you're not towing and you're just driving around town, you just pull this pin and turn. So you just pull out on the pin and turn, and it'll pop right out. And then to put it back in, you don't have to pull on the ring or anything. You just push it in and turn, and you feel it lock in. So that's good. And you always want these ears to the inside. Put it there. All through there, and make sure your snapper pin goes through there, and make sure this always snaps down. And you wanna keep your fingers out of the way 'cause that hurts. I've done that a lot of times on tractors. Then you've got your six round. The only thing I wanna point out there is there's a ridge. That ridge is always 12 o'clock. And that runs the lighting and then gives you your brake signal for the braking system. And it runs through the tow wire here and goes to the 7-way, and it plugs right into the 7-way. And we've tested all that and made sure everything was working. The only other thing is the safety cables. Now this is a BlackHawk Tow Bar. And if you ever decide to tow a smaller vehicle, you can run the safety cable through this channel. It's on here that get this straight cables ran through. But since these cables are heavy duty for the weight of the Suburban, you're not gonna be able to do that. And these hooks are all for wired for the safety chain loops that they give you here on the base plate. So we got you these 10,000 pound quick links to attach there. And you just put them in there. And hang on a second, I'm sorry. So sometimes I'm not thinking. It's best across these cables just in case there ever is a breakaway of the tow bar and the cables are still hooked up. They'll kinda keep the bar off the ground and keep it from digging into the ground and causing you a problem. So always make sure though that side goes to this side and this side goes to that side. My fault. I shoulda remembered that. And you don't have to tighten these up with a wrench or anything, just finger tight really good. It'll all actually probably be a little too tight if you run into any rain or road grime or anything. You might need a little pair of pliers to undo 'em. Then you've got your air line there. I wanted to show the plastic caps. So you got a small cap for the front of the car that you always wanna keep on here when you're not towing, and a large cap for this end of the cable for when you're not towing. That keeps all the dirt out of the air system, and then you can stow your cord somewhere. But to go on, it's just like an air compressor chuck there, and then you can do the front side here. And this is one thing I always recommend, getting a second set of these. Phyllis And what is itInstaller They're just rubber caps. Caps. Rubber. For the Air Force, SMI Air Force One, and they just keep the dirt out of the system. And then that's it except for the breakaway switch, which is right here. And so this is not all the way out yet. So these are plenty. You don't have to worry about wrapping them around the tow bar or anything. They're not gonna drag the ground. If you do see 'em stretching out to where they do get that way, you could throw it around the tow bar one time just to make sure it's not gonna get involved here where it's pivoting and pinch the cables. So on the breakaway, it's just this right here. And this little wire cable always needs to stay on there with that plastic thing to keep the two contacts separated so that it doesn't apply the Air Force One brakes. And this little box here stores some air in case of a breakaway, and then that'll apply the brakes. And then, otherwise, there's a tank underneath that's tied into your air brakes on the coach that actually works the Air Force One system so you're not using the air for stopping the coach to stop the car. It's actually auxiliary air that's pushed into that tank while you're just driving along, so. And then, yeah, other than that, that's pretty much it for setting up and getting ready to go. Yeah, so putting the truck in neutral is always something you always wanna use your owner's manual on. So we don't give instruction on that, but we'll go through it with you with your owner's manual, and that's different for every vehicle. So we'll do that here in a minute right before you take off. And that should do it. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit with removable arms on our 2020 Chevrolet Suburban..

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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - RM-523195-5

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1512 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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2017 Chevrolet Tahoe

Extremely reliable and durable product.




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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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Still working great. The only thing I wish I could get is “plugs or covers” that go in the holes on the “baseplate” that are exposed after you remove the tow setup components.
Dave - 08/19/2022


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Installers beware! I had a very difficult time with this base plate kit because of a mid-2022 redesign by Roadmaster that makes it very challenging to install.

Roadmaster added a tang on top of each base plate to supply additional bracing of the unit against the bumper core. It requires installing two additional bolts and spacers on the upper mount in an area where there isn't easy access due to bracing. This has not been reflected in the picture of the part on etrailer nor is it included in any of the installation videos. The Roadmaster instruction text says to remove the existing bolts from the bumper horn and then reinstall them but with the needed spacers and the set-back of the upper mounts on the redesigned base plate the bolts aren't long enough. I guess to compensate RM supplied two new bolts as seen in the drawing. The problem is, the supplied bolts aren't the correct thread pitch. The RM supplied bolts are metric 1.5 but the welded nut on the Cherokee is 1.25 thread pitch thus requiring a trip to the hardware store to get the proper bolts. Then, when trying to install them you don't have clear access due to bracing. You're trying to hold a spacer in place, using an extension with a universal joint and the socket to get the bolt started. To make matters worse, the upper mount bolt holes on one of the base plates didn't align with the jeep because the tang wasn't at the right height. I had to use a crow bar and a lot of effort to slightly bend up the heavy steel tang to get it to mate up. To top it all off one of the arms was locked in the receiver and wouldn't budge. I had to resort to using a breaker bar inserted in the arm end and a mallet to slowly get the arm to even rotate in the receiver. After much effort I eventually got it to rotate as it should in the receiver and then managed to extract it. When I got it out it was badly scored from the rough welding detritus way down in the receiving tube (see photo attached). I used a file to clear the tube and now it works properly but you have to ask where was the quality control when this arm was inserted in the receiver tube? It had to be obvious that it wasn't going in properly.
All in all I was extremely disappointed with the amount of effort and time I had to put into what should have been a straightforward installation. The redesign makes the job take at least twice as long as it should have.




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I bought and self installed this on my 2021 GMC Sierra Duramax 1 year ago. Install took about 5 hours and wasn't difficult...I could problty install it in 2-3 hours after leaening the tricks. Weve towed the truck all over the USA since then (over 10,0000 miles) and it works great! I've used other brands and highly recommend Roadmaster tow systems over the competition.




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It was great that there was a video for my specific application, and I watched it several times. The kit also came with detailed step by step instructions that followed the video and those were helpful during the installation. The instructions and video covered each step, so the installation was straightforward by simply following them. Removing and then reattaching the nose piece would be easier with 2 people. I had to do this alone so for me the reattaching of the nose piece was the most difficult part. The photos I included are the finished product and I think it looks very clean and blends right in with the front grill, without the arms of course. I travelled over 2000 miles and it worked great.




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This particular base plate requires drilling 2 holes in the bumper and expanding 2 holes already there. Expanding the holes was not that much of a problem but the 2 new holes was a major pain. Had to go through 6 different drill bits. I would get the other base plate that only requires expanding 2 holes. But once I got those holes drilled out it went better. Plus one of the shims was a little long and had to grind it down to fit.




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They look great. Very easy to install great directions and the DIY video made it simple to install. With a twist the tow arms can be added or removed for storage when not in use.
Very satisfied




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Just got done installing them by myself. They are super easy to install. The only thing hard about it was taking off and putting back on the stuff on my car. ?? haven't towed with it yet!




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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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Ordered quite a few items from etrailer for my RV and Flat tow setup. Excellent shipping times and email follow ups. 5 Stars for etrailer. Road Master base plate gets 4 stars just because quality control lacks a bit. Works good but one of the tubes for the removable arms was welded about 5 degrees off level so I have had troubles detaching the non binding tow bar




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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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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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The baseplate kit was very easy to install and a perfect fit! Unless you look close it’s hard to notice the factory tow hooks are not there.




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Installation was very simple. Instructions were easy enough to follow. I have an aftermarket Quadratic bumper and they look great. I had to do a little of my own measuring to cut the steel. But easy to install.




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I had this base plate on my car. It got bent when I was rear ended on the interstate doing 65MPH. The car stayed with me




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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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Installed on a 2016 RAM 1500 Laramie 2WD (have a REMCO driveshaft disconnect so that I can flat tow). Watch the videos as they provide greater detail than the printed instructions that come with the base plates. Recommend using a Dremel type high speed grinder with their flat metal grinding discs as they may quick work of cutting off the tabs and elongating the slot in the frame.




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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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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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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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Instructions were great however the passenger side required that I spend some time widening some holes as they didn't line up. I read another buyer had the same issue. Thankfully I was able to make it work. I also have a block heater which apparently isn't supported but I made it work.




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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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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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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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    For your 2019 Chevy Tahoe Z71 with the factory skid plates the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-523195-5 will work perfectly. This particular kit is actually specifically designed for the Z71 model and features removable draw bars to allow for a clean appearance when you're not towing. I have attached the complete written install manual below that you can check out as well. In order to flat tow the Tahoe you will also need a tow bar, safety cables, a lighting solution,...
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