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etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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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. Great Prices for the best tow bar base plate from etrailer. etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms part number e98965 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Tow Bar Base Plate - e98965

  • Removable Draw Bars
  • Twist Lock Attachment
  • etrailer

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 and Demco tow bars
    • Adaptable for use with Blue Ox and 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 e98986
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   (346 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.


Not my first choice but the Roadmaster was out of stock so after speaking with Alex I decided on the etrailer baseplate for my 2019 Equinox instead of waiting 3 weeks. I am happy that I did. The etrailer baseplate is well built and easy to install. The directions include are vague and at time confusing but the etrailer video was excellent. I was concerned about removing the fascia of the car but following the video made it easy. My only complaint is that I wished the video showed the clips holding the fascia on, see attached photo, once I knew what I was dealing with it made the other side easier to remove.

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 box had holes in it and I was missing some of the hardware, so I’am having to wait on replacement hardware to be shipped. So now instead of waiting 4 or 5 days now I have to wait 8 to 10 days before I can mount it on my vehicle. If those parts make it.


Very happy with this base plate. I did 100% of the install by myself in about 3 to 4 hours. Their video and others found on YouTube made it easy. They walk you through every step. I do wish the bolt holes were slotted or a little bigger. Any 3 bolts lined up easy but not the forth. No big deal and dealt with a file.


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.


Works very well, no complaints. Like all base plates, it is a project to install, but once it's installed, it just works. The etrailer videos on the install process were invaluable in sequencing the work and understanding exactly what had to be removed to get the base plate correctly installed.


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.


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.


Trailer invisible base plate was very easy to install even for a 72 year old man great product works as it should


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.


Excellent service on a timely delivery. The box was torn apart but all the parts were inside. I’m sure it didn’t get shipped that way but damaged by the carrier.


This base plate is well made and fit our GMC Canyon perfectly. I pulled the truck over 4000 miles last year and had no problems.


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...


After watching etrailer video for installation, it was fairly easy, no drilling of the frame and all necessary hardware bolted correctly. I like the way it tucks under the frame and doesn't stick out much, thus why it's the "invisible base plate kit".


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!

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See what our Experts say about this etrailer Tow Bar Base Plate

  • What Parts do I Need to Flat-Tow My 2018 Chevy Equinox?
    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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  • What is The Capacity Of The etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit For A 2018 Chevy Equinox
    Base plates are designed for the GVWR of the vehicle so there isn't a known maximum for the etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit # e98965 because it's only tested to the maximum GVWR. The base plate is more of an anchor and the tow bar does the actual pulling, so you'll want to insure that you choose the correctly rated tow bar for the curb weight of your Equinox as well as any items you load into it. Since the GVWR of your Equinox is 4,400lbs to 4,900lbs my recommendation is the etrailer...
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  • Best Flat-Tow Package for a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox
    Yes, the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox can be flat towed. The 1.5L turbocharged FWD, the 1.6L diesel, and the 2.0L engine models can all be flat towed. I suggest the etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit, # e98965 etrailer SD Non-Binding Tow Bar, # e34ZR SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System, # SM99251 Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit, # RM-15267 Roadmaster Stop Light Switch Kit, # RM-751489 The etrailer Base Plate Kit, # e98965 matched with the etrailer Tow...
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  • Recommended Complete Flat Towing Setup for a 2020 Chevrolet Equinox With Active Shutters
    Unfortunately, those shutters are going to be a bit of an issue no matter what you choose ultimately. I recommend going with the etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit # e98965 paired with the Adapter for Blue Ox Tow Bar to etrailer Tabless Base Plates # e98986. This is going to require you to remove the shutters unfortunately, but the alternative is no base plate kitsince none work with the shutters. Along with that base plate kit and adapter, you're going to need a wiring harness # RO94FR...
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  • How Much Does The etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit Weigh
    The etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit weighs approximately 55 lbs. This is including the weight of the arms, cables and all hardware. Generally the base plate boxes are fairly easy to manage, the box will be 53" x 19" x 12". I think it is safe to say that most of our customers have these shipped directly to their home.
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  • What Base Plates Are Going to Fit a 2021 Chevrolet Equinox With Active Shutters?
    While we do have some kits like the Curt # C28FR, Demco # DM9519332 and our etrailer # e98965 base plates that say they fit with the active shutters on your 2021 Chevrolet Equinox. You must remove the shutter for them to fit.
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  • What Parts do I Need to Flat-Tow My 2018 Chevy Equinox?
    In order to flat-tow your your 2018 Chevy Equinox, you will need base plates, a tow bar, a tow braking system, and vehicle tow wiring. It is important to note that your owner's manual does not recommend flat-towing with the 2.0L I4 Gasoline Engine - Turbocharged model. Here's a setup of the following parts you need: - etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # e98965 (will work with all engine models) - Roadmaster Falcon - Motorhome Mount # RM-522 - Adapter for Roadmaster Tow...
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  • Correct Base Plate Kit for a 2018 Chevy Equinox
    The correct MX-Style (or Direct-Connect) base plate kit for your 2018 Chevy Equinox is the following: - Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-523193-5 This has brackets custom fit for your vehicle and uses the same type of connection that the MX kit you were looking at does. Please note this is only designed for the 1.5L I4 Turbo FWD and 1.6L I4 Diesel engines. If you have the 2.0L Gas engine then you need the etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit # e98965 instead. For a complete...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing Components For A 2018 Chevy Equinox 2LT AWD
    AWD models of the 2018 Chevy Equinox have to have a 1.6L Diesel engine in order to be able to be flat towed. If your 2018 Chevy Equinox 2LT meets this requirement then you'll need the following equipment: Tow Bar: The etrailer SD Non-Binding Tow Bar # e34ZR will fit the baseplate you were looking at. Safety cables are included so you won't have to purchase these separately and the adjustable shank helps to keep the tow bar level between your vehicle and motorhome without needing an adapter....
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  • Does Removal of Lower Air Shutter on 2023 Chevy Equinox For etrailer Base Plates Affect Warranty
    No, neither the warranty or performance of your 2023 Chevy Equinox will be affected by the removal of the lower air shutters when installing the etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit # e98965.
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