Blue Ox Base Plates - Removable Draw Bars - BX1986 Review

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Speaker 1: Today we're taking a look at the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms. This product fits certain years and models of the Dodge Ram and Ram 1500 trucks. To ensure that this is a fit for your vehicle, you can always use the vehicle fit guide, which is located at is a custom fit kit, so the custom fit base plates provide attachment points for your tow bar. It does feature hidden reinforcement design. So you'll notice that there's two separate pieces here. So there's no crossbar, support beam, or large protruding brackets visible once the unit is installed.

The base plate tabs, or arms, remove easily for a completely hidden look. It's got this pull-pin here. It's spring loaded. Pull that out, rotate, and it allows you to completely remove the arms when they're not being used.Also, comes with plugs, that way, when the arms aren't installed, you can place these in and keep dirt and grime out of that area. To reinsert them, you just place them back in, rotate until the spring load pin snaps back into place.

This is a sturdy, dependable design. It's designed to spread your towing force evenly to minimize the amount of weight placed on the suspension. It's constructed of durable steel and it has powder coat finishing to keep the unit safe from rust and corrosion.Pretty simple installation. There's no welding required. It bolts securely to your vehicle chassis.

It does come with an electrical bracket for mounting your vehicle wiring connector. It also comes with a breakaway bracket for mounting your breakaway switch. Instructions and necessary hardware are included. Also, comes with permanent base plate safety cables and quick links. These safety cables prevent the towed vehicle from breaking loose in the event the connection between the frame of the towed vehicle and the base plate fails or becomes disconnected.These cables would be disconnected from the base plate to the frame rail or cross member of the vehicle's frame.

The product is made in the U.S.A. The distance between the brackets, once they're installed, is 34 and a half inches. The system is designed to fit Blue Ox Aventa, Aladdin, Alpha, and Allure tow bars. It is adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars with the Roadmaster tow bar adapter, part number RM-031 or RM-031-5. Those items are sold separately and available at And once these brackets are installed, your bracket height is around 18 inches.That's going to do it for today's look at the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removal arms.

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