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etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Item # e98962
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Get a clean, factory look for your car when it's not being towed by using these invisible base plates. Tabs remain on tow bar arms and easily secure to base plate receivers with a quick turn. Simple, bolt-on installation with included hardware. 1-800-940-8924 to order etrailer base plates part number e98962 or order online at Free expert support on all etrailer products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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etrailer Base Plates - e98962

  • Removable Drawbars
  • etrailer
  • Twist Lock Attachment

Get a clean, factory look for your car when it's not being towed by using these invisible base plates. Tabs remain on tow bar arms and easily secure to base plate receivers with a quick turn. Simple, bolt-on installation with included hardware.


  • Custom-fit base plates provide attachment points for your tow bar
  • Invisible design creates seamless, clean look
    • No obtrusive crossbar or protruding brackets
    • Covers keep dirt and debris out of base plate receivers when you're not towing
  • Included tabs replace the lugs on your tow bar arms
    • Just insert tow bar arms into base plate receivers to hook up
    • No need to remove, and possibly misplace, drawbar arms
  • Sturdy, dependable design
    • Spreads towing force evenly to minimize weight placed on suspension
    • Constructed of durable steel
  • Simple installation - no welding required
    • Bolts securely to your vehicle's chassis
  • Electrical bracket lets you easily mount a round electrical connector plug
  • Instructions and necessary hardware included
  • Compatible with all etrailer tow bars
    • Also compatible with Demco Victory Series tow bars
    • Adaptable for use with tow bars from other manufacturers (adapters sold separately)
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Made in the USA


  • Distance between brackets: 22"
  • Bracket height: 18"
  • 1-Year limited warranty

Simple, Invisible Design

Setting up these invisible base plates for use with your etrailer tow bar is fast and easy. Just remove the attachment lugs from the ends of your tow bar arms and replace them with these tabs. Then you can just insert the tow bar arms into the base plate receivers to hook up. There's no need to remove the tabs from your tow bar, so you won't run the risk of misplacing tabs. And because the tabs remain on your tow bar at all times instead of protruding from your vehicle , your car maintains a clean look when it's not being towed.

Easy Hookup and Disconnect

Demco Base Plate Tabless Hookup

Using the etrailer invisible base plates to attach and remove your tow bar couldn't be easier. With the base plate tabs attached to your tow bar arms, simply insert the tabs into the receivers on your vehicle and twist to lock them in place. Insert the included pull pins to add an extra layer of security, ensuring the tabs stay put. To remove each arm, simply tug the pull pin to disengage the lock, twist the tow bar arm, and pull the tab out of the bracket.

Receiver Covers

etrailer Tabless Base Plate Ear Pull Cover

Keep dirt and debris out of the base plate receivers with the included covers. These high-density polyethylene covers easily snap into place over each pull point when your tow bar is not attached. Limiting internal corrosion makes it easier to slide the tabs in and out and helps to prevent seizing so that the tabs don't get stuck.

Tow Bar Adapters

If you have a tow bar from a different manufacturer, an adapter may be available. etrailer offers adapters for use with other tow bars so that you don't have to go through the added hassle and expense of replacing your tow bar when outfitting your new towed car with base plates.

Demco Tabless Base Plate Adapters

Type of Tow Bar Adapter
Roadmaster Nighthawk All-Terrain, Sterling All-Terrain, Blackhawk 2 All-Terrain, and Falcon All-Terrain e98983
Roadmaster Falcon 2 or Tracker e99037
Blue Ox (excludes Embassador) e98986
Demco Kwik-Tow e98987
Demco Victory Series No adapter needed

etrailer Technical Support

At etrailer we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your base plates. The technicians at etrailer perform flat tow installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.

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Installation Details E98962 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - e98962

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (319 Customer Reviews)

Get a clean, factory look for your car when it's not being towed by using these invisible base plates. Tabs remain on tow bar arms and easily secure to base plate receivers with a quick turn. Simple, bolt-on installation with included hardware.


I was able to mount the base plate according to the Video with a few kinks... The base plate kit had a weld support on the passenger side that was welded wrong and had to be ground down, also the safety cable quick links do not fit in the base plate hole as listed in the video.


Installed on a 2016 Grand Cherokee. It is definitely an intermediate level DIY requiring extensive disassembly of front grill. The clips that hold the fascia to the front bumpers need some more detail in the otherwise excellent video because it is difficult to figure out which direction to pull/pry without breaking clips.
The towbar was also about 1/8" too narrow for my car's frame and required some jacking and modifying of the hole.


Installed on 2014 Honda CRV to be towed by Class C motorhome. First time towing a car and the base plate worked great for our 2000+ trip. Everyone at at eTrailer is super to work with!


the installation went pretty smooth, the complaint I have is the welded bolt plates the nuts weren't aligned properly before welded. I do like it and it does look and fit good.


The finished product looks great, it took a lot longer to install than the video but I am happy with the result. The instructions for cutting the holes didn't work well and I had to increase the holes and move them over as they didn't fully line up. I also had to make a relief cut to help the part that the bracket hit. Also make sure you put on the metal plate that holds the plastic shield on prior to putting the bumper on and tightening the tow bar down. Aligning the holes is "fun".... after 4 times taking the bumper off it all worked. Getting the plastic rivets on the underside back on requires the use of many "Special" words.... But it looks great after, and I am looking forward to using it.


Looks great and very sturdy! Assembly was a we bit more difficult that the guy in the video showed it would be... The stud holes in the base plate didn't quite line-up with the holes in the bumper support. About 45 minutes of dremmel and round file remedied that. The package included a mount for a wiring mount, but no mention in the instructions of how to assemble it...


Perfect fitment, easy installation.
Took me less than 2hrs complete, hardest part was getting the wire connector for the fog lamps to disconnect.


Nice solidly built baseplate. Installation went very easy, took a couple hours. No modifications, other than cutting the plastic air dam. Highly recommend watching the etrailer installation video that with the instructions hard to follow.


Installation was a bit involved. The toughest part was dissembling and reassembling the front of the vehicle to complete the installation of the base plate. Also, it was somewhat difficult to complete the connections on some of the blind holes, this was very time consuming and a bit frustrating. Before attempting any connections make sure that you clean the power coating out of the threaded parts. Further, I did have to trim some of the facia around the driver’s side to clear the base plate. I have used this setup to tow over 13k miles and it has been performed without any problems. I am happy with this base plate and I would purchase it again.


Easy to install and looks good. Very functional and easy to use. It is a welcome transition from using a tow dolly.


I just got delivery on 8/21 and I finished installation 0n 8/22. Delivery of the base plate was way late and I had to change plans because of UPS. etrailer was very good about the problem and did all they could to rectify the problems that I had with the UPS delivery.
The base plate fit perfectly and was fairly easy to install. The instruction sheet could be better but the videos available explained a lot that the instructions did not.


Great product if your handy easy to install, just take your time. Plastic hole covers were missing in box, but company was excellent in sending replacement. Definitely recommend buying from them


These look easy to install. Good instructions sent with base plate.


Had looked at other ones So glad we went through E trailer Much easier to install. My advice would be don't follow the temp plates in the directions. Your better off measuring it yourself.


Easy install, just mount it, run the wire to the break operator, plug it in and you’re good to go!


Super simple install and stealthy look once installed. This looks way better than any other baseplate on the market. A+


Was in a car accident and this peduct was the only thing that still looked in tact on the front of our jeep, purchased a new jeep and also purchased the same base plate!


Overall a good product but it took some matching to get it to fit. They need to get on top of there quality control!


Had to trim original bumper to get the brackets to fit correctly


I installed this in my Jeep Grand Cherokee with no help, although a buddy would have made it go about 1/3 faster. Have towed it thousands of miles behind my motorhome with zero issues. This was my first time ever doing this type of work; it wasn’t rocket science. If you are handy you can figure it out - save yourself a grand or two and install yourself! Great product.


This was to be delivered on Dec 12. When it didn't arrive this company immediately sent another one out. Very professional!!!


Has performed as advertised. Etrailer personnel have always been helpful in advising the correct products and procedures


Everything fed up great had to cut the toe hook holes larger by about an inch so the bumper would line up.


Works great. Easy install, did it myself in the driveway with detailed instructions supplied.


Everything fit perfectly

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  • 2018 Ford Explorer Base Plate Kit Recommendation for Flat Towing
    I recommend picking up the etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit # e98962 for your 2018 Ford Explorer. I really like this kit because it's easy to connect to a tow bar and the tabs can be removed for a clean look when you aren't towing your vehicle. Attached is an installation video as well as a photo of what this will look like once it's installed. 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,...
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  • 2018 Ford Explorer Base Plate Kit Recommendation
    I really like our etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit # e98962 for your 2018 Ford Explorer because it looks really sleek and hidden when the tabs are removed (see attached photo). 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 of these components just let me know and I can make some additional recommendations for you.
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  • Will Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar Work With etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kits
    In order to use the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar part # RM-520 with etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kits like part # e98962 you'd need the Adapter Kit part # e99037 but that's all. In regards to base plate installation, these almost always require cutting or trimming of the front bumper fascia but the severity will vary by vehicle. The 2017 Ford Explorer isn't bad though.
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  • Recommended Setup for Flat-Towing a 2018 Ford Explorer with 3.5 Liter Engine
    Yes, I confirmed with your 2018 Ford Explorer manual that you can flat-tow your 3.5 liter Duratec/EcoBoost engine with all four wheels on the ground. In order to achieve this, you need a base plate, a tow bar, a tow braking system, safety chains, and vehicle tow wiring. I recommend the following setup: - etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # e98962 - etrailer SD Non-Binding Tow Bar - RV Mount - 2" Hitch # e34ZR (comes with safety cables) - Brake Buddy Classic 3 Portable...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing Set Up for a 2016 Ford Explorer 3.5L
    To flat tow your 2016 Ford Explorer 3.5L you are going to need a tow bar, base plate kit, wiring harness, supplemental braking system, and charge line to keep your battery from dying. I have listed all the parts you will need below along with any installation videos I was able to find. Tow Bar: Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar w/ LED Lights item # RM-676 Base Plate Kit: Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms item # RM-524445-5 Wiring Harness:...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing Components For A 2018 Ford Explorer
    To flat tow your 2018 Ford Explorer while keeping price in mind you'll need to following components: Baseplate: etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit # e98962. Tow Bar: etrailer SD Non-Binding Tow Bar # e34ZR. This tow bar includes safety cables and has an adjustable head to help keep the tow bar level between the motorhome and Explorer. Tow Bar Wiring Kit: Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267. This diode kit will splice in your Explorer's tail light wiring...
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