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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Mike S says:

Yes, if you:

  • Are a DIYer and want a simple install
  • Have a Roadmaster hitch-mounted tow bar
  • Value the protection of a lifetime warranty

No, if you:

  • Own a tow bar that's not from Roadmaster and don’t want to have to buy an adapter separately
  • Have a Roadmaster Sterling tow bar and want to use its specialty safety cables
Designed specifically for heavy-duty applications, direct-connect brackets install onto your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for a motor-home-mounted tow bar. Front arms are easily removable when not in use. Call 800-298-8924 to order Roadmaster base plates part number 1444-3 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 - 1444-3

  • Roadmaster
  • Removable Drawbars
  • Hitch Pin Attachment

Designed specifically for heavy-duty applications, direct-connect brackets install onto your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for a motor-home-mounted tow bar. Front arms are easily removable when not in use.


Features:

  • Hidden bracket design - drawbars are easily removable via 2 pins
  • Computer-cut, all-steel construction provides exceptional strength
  • Black powder coat finish is durable and corrosion resistant
  • Simple installation - no welding
    • Custom base plates ensure a perfect fit for your vehicle
  • No crossbar needed - faster hookup and sleeker appearance
    • Crossbar not required because these direct-connect base plates are designed for strong, heavy-duty applications
  • Compatible with all Roadmaster tow bars that slide into trailer hitch receivers
  • Instructions and mounting hardware included
  • Made in the USA
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Note: Direct-connect base plates will work only with the Roadmaster tow bars that slide into a trailer hitch, such as the Sterling, Blackhawk, Blackhawk 2, Falcon and Falcon 2. These base plates will not work with tow bars that require a hitch ball.


Direct-connect brackets do not require a crossbar because of the heavy-duty nature of your vehicle's frame. Thus, installation is simplified, the hookup process is faster, and the total appearance is enhanced.


Note: The EZ Hook safety cables included with Roadmaster's Sterling tow bars will not work with direct-connect base plates. These cables connect to an anchor plate on the Quick Disconnect crossbar, which will not be present when you are using these base plates.


The drawbars, or front arms, on the direct-connect base plate kit are simple to mount and remove, easily securing with pins. 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.



345-3 Road Master MX Base Plate Kit

Installation Details 1444-3 Installation instructions

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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 1444-3

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (601 Customer Reviews)

Designed specifically for heavy-duty applications, direct-connect brackets install onto your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for a motor-home-mounted tow bar. Front arms are easily removable when not in use.

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Jeep

The baseplate was easiest to install following the directions. I have gone on too long trips telling my jeep with no problems. I wish they made covers for it when not using it to tow. 573892



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I'm very pleased with the service and parts that were sent to me from the folks at E Trailer. Chris took my order over the phone and delivered everything on time with accuracy. A plus rating ! 212755



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Easy to install and performs perfectly. I recommend this to all. 726634



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Roadmaster

This is my third Roadmaster install ,never had a problem and they went flawlessly and the staff at e-Trailer are a great help if you have questions or concern and their videos on Youtube are very helpful ! 503934



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Easy to install, quick delivery 482525



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all went perfect. .on time delivery.6 stars.thanks derek 294730



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2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Excellent product and customer service. Installation was very easy just follow the directions. Used a Dremel Ultra Saw to make the necessary cuts in the front skid plate. The cuts were very easy to make. Be sure to remove the skid plate first. Used the jeep jack on both sides to align the holes in the base plate to the holes in the frame as this was a tight fit. Used this MX base plate on a 2015 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock. Hope this helps. 272669



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


product just arrived , prompt so thats excellent. sure would be nice if it had a decent set of intructions with it. sure is solid and sturdy construction so well done for that . i tried to get intructions (pdf file) but nothing popped up. 384285



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


Had my local favorite mechanic install these and since it was the first time for him, took a little extra time (and he had to buy the special drill bit), but they work fine and fit the crossbar just fine. 330523



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


One of the most easy Roadmaster tow brackets to install. 87276



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


I haven't seen the product yet as I am out of town but the people at etrailer have been really great. Prompt,helping to get us the product safely abd saving us money. 434987



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


As usual, very prompt service and exactly what I needed. Never gone wrong with etrailer.com! 220696


Comments
GREAT! Never a problem
G.B. - 08/20/2016

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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


1990 Miata! Great kit! Make sure you start all the books before tightening any one bolt! Towed the car from NJ to AZ and back with no troubles at all. All bolts started tight! 584609



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


The products I ordered from "etrailer" arrived ahead of time and were exactly as described. The sales people at "etrailer" emailed to let me know when I could expect my order and then emailed a follow-up to make sure all was okay with the order! I would definitely order from "etrailer" again. 114538



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


It was easy to install. It took me about two hours. 574848


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Ive towed my Expedition roughly 1500 miles with no problems. The installation took about four hours.
Tucson D - 10/17/2019

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- 3151-1A
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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


Great product! Other than a few minor difference between the Saturn and the Captiva the instructions were great. Only took about 3.5 hours to install. Thanks etrailer! 189041



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


Great kit, fantastic price, but most of all it's the great service I receive from the people at eTrailer that keeps me coming back. 274711



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


Put it on a 2014 Ford F150 STX 4X4 with hardly any trouble. However still need an extra part to connect the base plate to my tow bar. You may want to ask a couple more questions than I did and get all your needed parts in one shot. 170491



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


Etrailer once again did not disappoint. Service was fast, fairly priced, totally complete. Video that was emailed to me was extremely helpful in tackling a daunting task that I was totally unfamiliar with and saved me hours of trying to figure out what had to be dismantled to accomplish the job. Again thank you etrailer and Sal who was extremely helpful. 369757



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


High quality materials Precise fit in a very tight space 6-8 hour install No jacking or vehicle raising required. Fast delivery Good price 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 234588



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


I purchased these for my new toad . I had purchased the entire towing system for my toad through etrailer I totaled my toad Sept 2018. I had to replace the 199-5 unit that bolts up to the frame of my new toad. This was the second time dealing with etrailer. Fast frendly quick service. Quality products and the sales representatives are extremely knowledgeable of all the products that they offer for your needs. I would rate etrailer Service, Sales dept and shipping dept A++. If you DEMAND Quality products and a sales representative that is extremely knowledge of all your needs. You can't go wrong with etrailer. Best Regards Ray 639676



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


I just got done with the installation. Overall it was fairly straightforward, however it would have been nice if they had included pictures in the instructions. The larger bolts in the kit could have a more beveled tip like the factory bolts. This would make it much easier to get the bolts started in the holes. The photo attached is of the factory bolt for reference. Shipping was very quick, only took a few days. Price seems pretty high for these base plates. I purchased them for $360 and was even able to find a 5% off coupon online by using google. 658076



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


Straight forward installation on my 2007 Ford Ranger XLT. 884173



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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


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Review from a similar XL in Base Plates


Great experience with everyone I that helped me with my order. 878085


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