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Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit Installation - 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor

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How to Install the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit on a 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor

Ryan: Hey everybody, Ryan here at each trailer today on our 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor. We're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Roadmaster direct connect base plate kit with removable arms.So there's going to be five main components needed to flat tow your Raptor down the road. The base plate is going to be one of them, and that's going to give us a solid and reliable connection point. You're also going to need a tow bar. So the tow bar connects to the base plate, which goes and connects to the back of your motor home. So, that's really going to be what is pulling your truck down the road behind your motor home.The other component is safety cables.

So safety cables are going to connect here at the base plate to the hitch on your motor home, and those are going to be there in the event of a catastrophic disconnect. You're going to have something that keeps your two vehicles together.The other component that you're going to need will be tow bar wiring. So the wiring is going to transfer the lighting signals from the back of your motor home to the back of your truck, keeping you safe and legal.And last but not least, you're also going to need a braking system. And that braking system is going to apply the brakes inside of your truck whenever you hit the brakes in your motor home. That way the truck can slow itself down and you're not relying entirely on the motor home to do all the work.So my favorite thing about this base plate is that it has these removable arms.

So these are going to make it really easy to set up whenever you are ready to flat tow, but whenever you're cruising around town or doing some off-roading, you can easily remove these. And it gives you a nice, clean, more factory look here and doesn't really affect the front end or take away from the appearance.So the way you actually connect your removable arms is that you're going to put them in, and then about a quarter-turn that pen is going to lock in a position and keep it secure. Real simple, when you're ready to take them out, pull the pin quarter-turn and they slide right out. The direct connect aspect of the base plate is going to make it really easy to get all hooked up to your motor home. So the way it's going to work, is once you put your removable arm in place, your tow bar, the end of it is simply just going to line up with it.

And here you'll push one pin through and then over here you'll have a small pin that just locks everything together. So it's really easy to take apart and put together. You really don't have to put much thought into it at all.With the Raptor being able to go to extreme limits, you're going to want a base plate that's really tough and reliable. And that's exactly what this is. Once you get your hands on it, you can tell it's really thick and well-built, all the welds are really clean.

It's going to have a black powder coat finish, so you don't have to worry about any rust or corrosion issues in the future. And since these replaced the factory tow hooks, you're not going to sacrifice any ground clearance either.Now a nice touch that I do like is that the safety chain openings are here on the outside. Some other styles can be down below or even on the inside and can be a little more of a pain to get to. With them on the outside, nothing's really going to be in your way and again, make it that much easier to get all hooked up.So overall, a really clean install that isn't hardly going to take any time to do. Out of all the base plates that I've personally done. This is one of the easiest, speaking of which let's go ahead and put it on together now.To begin our install, what we're going to need to do is remove our skid plate. We're going to have two 13 millimeter bolts on each side that we're going to need to take off.And if we move to the back edge of our skid plate. We're going to have two more bolts, except these will be 15 millimeter. We're going to pull those out. You want to make sure to kind of support the skid plate because when we pull these out, you don't want it to fall down on top of us.What we can do is lower this down and set it off to the side. We're going to have this bracket here where our skid plate attached to, we're going to actually need to pull the bracket off. It's going to be held in with a 13 millimeter bolt, and we're going to do this on both sides of our truck.Now we can go ahead and on each side remove our tow hooks, to kind of pull that rubber cover out of the way. We're going to have two 15 millimeter bolts.The bolts out of the way, kind of able to pull back and remove the tow hook. Then you can just grab that piece of rubber and just work it out. We'll set these off to the side.Now, if we kind of look inside of our frame rail from the front, this is where we're going to kind of be working to get our base plate installed. If you look inside of there, there's going to be a factory nut plate, so we'll pull that out. We won't be reusing that. What we're going to do is take the included nut plate here. It's a lot thicker and beefier here. We're going to clip that inside and those nuts are going to line up with the holes in the bottom of the frame. So we'll let that kind of set there.We're going to grab one of our base plates. These are side specific and a quick way to tell is that you'll want this big side plate and your safety chain hook to be facing towards the outside of the truck. This is going to kind of sit up there like this and get bolted in. You flip it over. Going to have a hole here and a hole here. It's going to get different hardware. For this hole here we're going to take our half inch by four inch bolt into split lock washer, put that over the bolt. And any of the hardware that we're going to use to secure the base plate is going to get a little bit of red Loctite on the threads. If you need some Loctite you can pick it up here at etrailer.The half inch by two inch bolt. The split lock washer. Put our Loctite on. That one's going to go here. So we kind of hold this up to make sure that our nut plate is lined up. Let's get these started hand tight. Kind of do one at a time, seems like it makes it a little more manageable. Let's get everything started. Have both of them started. We'll come back with a three quarter inch socket and snug them down.Now that we have the base plate tight against the frame, to come to the side of it we're going to have a hole here and we're going to use this hole as a template to drill a hole into our frame. So grab the drill bit size listed in the instructions and drill a hole through this one side.With the hole drilled out. What we're going to do is take this big spacer. It's going to sit in between the frame rail and our base plate. It's a little tricky to try to hold it up in place, but-We get it lined up. We're going to take the half inch by inch and a half bolt, split lock washer, the Loctite. We're going to pass that completely through to the inside of the frame rail. Now with that kind of holding our spacer in place, our bolts pass through, we can come to the inside of the frame rail and get a nut started on the back of our bolt.So what we're going to do is take the included handle nut, and we're going to put this inside of the frame and thread our bolt into it. What I like to do, it gives you a little more control, a little more length, is just take a pair of vice grips. You could even use a pair of pliers and just connect it to the end of it and just makes it a little bit more manageable. We'll slide that in. Line it up with our bolts. We'll get it started hand tightOnce you know it started, we can come and snug it down. Now, I like to use a hand tool when tightening these bolts that have handle nuts. And that's just because, gives it a little more control. We don't want to break off the handle on that handle nut because then we really won't have an easy way of holding it still to tighten it. So doing it by hand is just a little more precise and a little more reliable. Now that all of our hardware is in place and hand tight. We're going to take a torque wrench and tighten it down to the amount specified in the instructions. And once we have this side completely torqued down, the other side of the truck is set up the exact same way. So we can just repeat the same process over there to get that base plate installed as well.Now what we can do is grab our little brackets here that our skid plate attaches to. We're going to have to add a spacer to it, that way it'll clear our base plate. So what we're going to do is take our bracket, our longer bolt with a split lock washer and a flat washer. It'll put that Harvard combination up through it. Then on this side, we're going to take one of the spacers, drop that over the bolt. We're just going to thread this back into the original mounting hole and snug it down. Once you have this side tightened up, we're just going to do the same thing when you are on the other side.Now we'll go ahead and reinstall our skid plate that we removed.And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the Roadmaster direct connect base plate kit on our 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor..

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