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etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Item # e98965
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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 e98965 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 - e98965

  • Removable Drawbars
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  • 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 connect directly to your tow bar arms
    • Just insert the tab into the base plate and secure with the included safety pin
    • 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, Demco, and Blue Ox tow bars
    • Adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars (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. They easily bolt onto the ends of your tow bar. 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

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.

Type of Tow Bar Adapter
Roadmaster Tracker, Falcon 2, Falcon All Terrain, Blackhawk, Blackhawk All Terrain, Sterling tow bars with serial numbers up to 14,500 e98983
Roadmaster Nighthawk, Sterling All Terrain, Sterling tow bars with serial numbers 14,501 e98984
Roadmaster Eagle, Eagle 8000 e98979
Roadmaster Falcon 5250 e98981
Blue Ox No adapter needed
Demco Kwik-Tow No adapter needed
Curt Rambler 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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etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - e98965

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (303 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.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

Great product! Easy to follow instructions and a perfect fit for my vehicle.


Great piece of equipment.


It works great.


2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Arrived in 3days. Now to install it!







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...


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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

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    We definitely have the parts and some installer options for you. For the parts, you need a base plate, a tow bar, safety cables, a tow braking system, and vehicle tow wiring. I recommend the following setup: - etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # e98965 - Blue Ox Ascent Non-Binding Tow Bar - Motorhome Mount - 2" Hitch # BX4370 (comes with safety cables) - Brake Buddy Select 3 Portable Supplemental Braking System # HM39524 - Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil...
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