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Custom Roadmaster and Blue Ox base plates are designed to help you safely tow your vehicle. A variety of styles that allow for permanent or removable draw bars and different attachment methods will allow you to choose the system that best fits your towing needs.

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Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plate Kit Installation - 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Today on our 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee we'll be having a look at, and installing, the Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number RM-521440-4. Here's what a Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plate Kit looks like installed. As you'll notice, it's a nice, clean look, which doesn't stick out very far from our factory tow hook opening here. It replaced our factory tow hooks, giving us a very clean and subtle look on our vehicle. Most people, when they look at the front of your Jeep, they won't even be able to tell that it's been set up to be flat towed behind a motor home. We have this nice, easy to use, safety chain attachment point to hook up to. What I like about this, compared to some other base plates on the market, is that it sticks far away from any painted surface, so when you're clipping your safety cable or chain onto there, you don't have to worry about the cable dangling, and hitting your painted surfaces and scratching them. Closer to the center of our vehicle, off of the driver's side, we have these two prongs here for our optional wiring bracket, which you can your six pull round, your four way flat, or whatever other electrical connection you need for a towed vehicle lighting system, or an airline fitting for a towed vehicle breaking system.


Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plate Kit Installation - 2017 Jeep Cherokee

Today on our 2017 Jeep Cherokee we're gonna be taking a look at, and showing you how to install, the Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plate Kit, with the removable arms, part number RM-521447-4. So here's what our base plate looks like fully installed, this is gonna allows us to flat tow our vehicle behind our motor home, safely and securely. When we're not towing, our base plate is gonna feature an extremely low profile design, and if we come to the removable arms up here, and we pull that tab, we can rotate it 90 degrees and pull it straight out. Now it's very less noticeable, and hidden behind of our grill. Our removable arms are gonna be quick disconnects, we're gonna have a pull ring right here, we're just gonna unlock it, then we're gonna be able to rotate it 90 degrees, and either remove it, or to install it we can put it in, making sure that we push in far enough that it'll release the ring, then we can rotate it and it will lock into position, and we'll be ready to hook up our tow bar. Our base plate is compatible with all Roadmaster motor home mounted and car mounted tow bars. Now this is a custom design, so it is designed specifically to fit your particular vehicle, and as far as the installation goes, there is no welding required, but there is some minor drilling that we're gonna have to do. Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's show you how we get it installed. To begin our installation I'm gonna take our hardware, and make sure that we have all our pieces.


Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2008 Honda CR-V

Today in our 2008 Honda CRV we'll be having a look at and installing the Blue Ox baseplate kit with removable arms, part number BX2246. Here's what our base plate looks like installed. As you can see, it fits nicely in the opening of our fascia right here, no modification required to the fascia at all and it doesn't stick out past our license plate bracket which means it's a clean, unobtrusive look on the front of our vehicle. When it's not in use, we can put these plugs in here where our removable arms go and this'll help keep any dirt and debris out from entering in there making it difficult for us to insert our arms. To each side we have our nice, easy use safety cable attachment point. Found in the middle here we have our prongs which we can use to attach any electrical brackets that we may have, such as a six pole round or a four pole flat for our towed vehicle lighting or towed vehicle braking system. We have a nice mount that's included, a mounter breakaway switch if we're using a towed vehicle braking system. You can see we already have a breakaway switch mounted, this is not included you have to provide your own or it comes with your braking system. When we want to flat tow our CRV behind our coach, we simply remove our plug, keep it, take our removable arm, make sure our tab here is horizontal, stick it in place, push and twist and then our locking pin here locks into place so it can't rotate on out. If we want to remove it, pull the pin out, twist back 90 degrees and pull straight out. It's the same on both sides. These removable arms make it easy for us to attach to any Blue Ox tow bar.


Roadmaster Base Plates RM-521448-5 Review

So today we're gonna be taking a look at the Roadmaster EZ5 base plate kit with removable arms. This product fits certain years of the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To ensure that this is a fit for your vehicle you can use the vehicle fit guide at etrailer.com. Now the EZ5 brackets are gonna provide attachment points for your motor home mounted tow bar. All it requires is a pin to slide through there. So that's a really nice design. They're very easy to use, they're very easy to make the attachments as necessary for your tow bar system.


Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2017 GMC Terrain

Today in our 2017 GMC Terrain, we'll be having a look and installing the Blue Ox base plate kit with removable arms, part number BX1689. Here's what our base plate looks like installed. When we're ready to tow, inaudible 00:00:16 removable arms. Make sure this tab here is horizontal. Push it on end. We'll push and rotate to our locking pin is on the inside.


Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit Road Test

Now you can see our Roadmaster EZ base plate kit in action. Here we took our vehicle on our test course, and we have our tow bar hooked up. As you can see we can safely travel down the road towing our smart car without having to worry about anything coming unconnected. Since the base plate is connected directly to the frame we're not going to have to worry about any extra stress on the bumper, or anything like that.


Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit Installation - 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Today on our 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Roadmaster EZ5 base plate kit with removable arms. Part number is RM-521448-5. Now you see the base plate's going to provide two connection points, one on each side of our vehicle. This is the EZ5 type, which makes it very easy. You can see just ready for the pin to slide through and lock it in place. When not in use the nice thing, since simply by pulling that pin and rotating that arm.


Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit Installation - 2006 Honda CR-V

Today on this 2006 Honda CRV, we're going to review and install the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit. Part number: 1555-1. All right this is what a bracket looks like when it's installed on our CRV. As you can see here, we got these two brackets that slide into the main bracket that's installed on the vehicle. What's nice about these brackets; when you have your tow-bar off, you can easily remove these guys. There's a little clip right here.


Blue Ox Base Plates BX1689 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Blue Ox base plate kit with removable arms. This product fits certain years of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. To ensure that it is a fit for you vehicle you can use the vehicle fit guide located at etrailer.com. The custom fit base plates provide attachment points for your tow bar, that way you can flat tow the vehicle behind your RV. The unit's going to feature hidden reinforcement, which means less of the bracket shows so you don't have to worry about the crossbar support beam or large visible protruding brackets. The base plate tabs are going to remove easily for a completely hidden look. They just rotate out of place.


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  • Equipment Needed for Flat Towing 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Behind Motorhome
  • According to my research and what I read in an online copy of the owner's manual for your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, your vehicle is capable of being flat towed without major modification. There are specific steps that must be followed addressed in the owner's manual and you'll need to follow them exactly to avoid damaging your Jeep. To complete your towing system, you'll need base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, a wiring solution to operate the taillights of the Jeep as it's being...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Ford Edge Titanium with 3.5 Liter Motor Behind a Motor Home
  • According to the 2015 Ford Edge owner's manual you can flat tow the 2015 Edge Titanium if it has the 2.7 liter EcoBoost or 3.5 liter motor and 6-speed automatic transmission. Since you have a 3.5 liter then as long as you have the 6-speed automatic you can flat tow your Edge using Blue Ox base plates # BX2656. And for a compatible tow bar I recommend the Alpha, # BX7365. This tow bar also comes with safety cables. For lighting you can use a simple magnetic kit such as # C-ATL20A....
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  • Items Needed to Flat Tow 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Behind Class A Motorhome
  • Since you already have your Alpha tow bar with safety cables # BX7365, you'll need only base plates, a braking system, a wiring/lighting kit and a high/low hitch adapter. We can help you with each of these. A great place to start are the linked articles on flat towing, as well as your Jeep owner's manual, which will tell you about any special preparation steps, if any, required to flat tow your particular Cherokee. I recommend Blue Ox base plates # BX1136 which are shown in the linked...
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  • Flat Towing a 2016 Chevy Sonic Behind a Motorhome
  • To flat tow your 2016 Chevrolet Sonic you're going to need several items. For starters, I recommend the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365 which connects to your RV by your trailer hitch receiver. The arms swivel, making it easier to connect to your Sonic and the Alpha comes with safety cables. Next you'll need the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1703 which is compatible with your Sonic. It's fairly easy to install, with no welding and is barely noticeable when the tabs are removed. For...
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  • Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar Compatibility With Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit On 2017 Jeep Wrangler
  • The Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # RM-521448-5 are a confirmed fit for your 2017 Jeep Wrangler and is compatible with your Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain # RM-576. For your wiring, I recommend using the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267. This will use your factory wiring, and yet protect it from overload as well as give you a nice clean connection to your motorhome. You'll also have a backup cable in case your tow bar wire goes bad. For...
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  • Recommended Flat-Towing Equipment for 2017 Jeep Cherokee
  • The base plates we offer that are designed to fit your Cherokee is the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit, part # RM-521447-5. This base plate kit has drawbars that can be removed for a clean, almost-hidden look. The installation may require trimming of spoiler, air dam, grille or plastic fascia. We do not offer any Blue Ox base plates that are designed to fit your Jeep. There are five items needed when you are flat-towing. You need the base plates, like those mentioned, a tow bar, safety...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Behind a Motor Home
  • Since your 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon has the Hard Rock package you will need to use Blue Ox base plates # BX1134. Model # BX1126 will not fit. The tow bars that will fit is ascending order of price are: Adventurer # BX7322 rated for 5,000 pounds (safety cables would need to be added # BX88196) Acclaim # BX4330 rated for 5,000 pounds and includes safety cables Alpha # BX7365 rated for 6,500 pounds and includes safety cables Aventa LX # BX7445 rated for 10,000 pounds and includes...
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  • Does Sterling Roadmaster Tow Bar Work with Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate without Crossbar
  • Yes, the Roadmaster Base Plate Kit part # RM-521448-5 is a fit for your 2015 Jeep Wrangler and since it is an EZ5 kit it would not require you to use the stabilizer bar of your Roadmaster Sterling part # RM-576.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2017 Chevy Equinox Behind an RV
  • You are correct about active air shutters; they are motorized. Since your 2017 Chevy Equinox does not have them or adaptive cruise control you can use Blue Ox base plates # BX1689. I have included a link to a video showing an example installation for you. For a compatible tow bar I recommend the Alpha, # BX7365. This tow bar is rated for up to 6,500 pounds and it comes with safety cables. For lighting I recommend the diode kit # RM-15267. It also comes with a coiled umbilical and...
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  • What Parts Needed to Use a Roadmaster Falcon 5250 Tow Bar on a 2007 Jeep Wrangler for Flat Towing
  • Flat towing your Jeep Wrangler behind your Class A motor home will require the tow bar, a lighting/wiring kit, safety chains, base plates and a supplemental braking system. The linked article will give you background on each of these. The Quick Disconnect system for Roadmaster tow bars consists of both vehicle-side and tow-bar-side parts. Car-side brackets are available alone as part # RM-222 and tow bar-side brackets as part # RM-221. The complete bracket kit is part # RM-201; this...
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  • Everything Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 GMC Canyon 4x4
  • I checked the owners manual of a 2016 GMC Canyon it states that the 4x4 models that have a Neutral and Four-Wheel Drive Low setting can be flat towed. For a base plate kit for your Canyon you would want the part # RM-523182-4 that has been confirmed as a fit. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The most popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon 2, # RM-520. For safety cables...
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  • What is the Difference Between a Double Tube Bumper and U-Channel Bumper on a 2001 Jeep Wrangler
  • I have included a couple of pictures that show the differences between a double tube bumper and a U-channel bumper. A double tube bumper really is 2 round tubes while a U-Channel is U-shaped (more of a C-shape or a U turned on its side). In the case of base plates you could use # 1424-1 because it will fit U-Channel or double tube bumpers. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle....
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  • Recommendations on Flat Towing a 2017 Honda Fit with a Manual Transmission.
  • According to the Owner's Manual, the 2017 Honda Fit is towable behind a motorhome if it has the manual transmission. The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) model cannot be flat towed. The base plate that I recommend for the Honda Fit is the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX2261. The Blue Ox base plate is a custom fit piece that is hidden beneath the vehicle's body. Blue Ox also provides all the hardware needed. Blue Ox does state that the bumper fascia will have to be removed and...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Hard Rock Edition Behind a Motor Home
  • There are 2 base plate kits that will fit the Hard Rack models of the 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Roadmaster base plates # 1444-1 and Blue Ox base plates # BX1134. In both cases the front cross member will be visible. These are the only options so there isn't anything that is any more hidden than them. the Blue Ox base plates cost a little less so I would go with them. For a compatible tow bar the most popular option for Wrangler owners is the Alpha, # BX7365. It is rated for 6,500...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Towing 2014 Honda CR-V
  • You are correct with the parts you listed. I double checked for you, the Blue Ox Base Plates # BX2258, Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365, Hopkins Tow Bar Wiring # HM56304, Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System # RM-8700 , Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay # RM-88400, Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass # RM76511, and Roadmaster 7-way to 4-way Extention # RM-164-7 will all fit and will be needed to flat tow your 2014 Honda CR-V. The Blue Ox Base Plate and Receiver Lock Kit # BX88177 is...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Honda CR-V Behind a Motor Home
  • Blue Ox does make some good products and the Patriot # BRK2016 is one of the best braking systems you could use. It is relatively easy to install, much more so than some other braking systems out there. And it can be used with active power assist braking systems. I would go with it. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. I have also included a link to an FAQ article on supplemental braking systems for you to view. For the BX2258 base plates, make...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Behind an RV Using Sterling Tow Bar
  • To start, you can use the Sterling tow bar # RM-576 with the EZ 5 base plates, # RM-521446-5, on your 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. But the cable anchors must be attached to the frame of the vehicle or welded to the receiver portion of the bracket. The crossbar is required when using the tow bar with EZ or XL base plates. It is not required on MX or MS base plates but there are only EZ base plates for your vehicle. The same goes for any Roadmaster tow bar. So it would be easier to just...
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  • Needed Equipment to Flat Tow 2014 Ford Explorer
  • Before attempting to flat tow your vehicle, I would suggest you consult the owners manual or with Ford for any special procedures or prohibitions regarding flat towing your vehicle. I found flat towing procedures on page 292 of the owners manual. For the 2014 Explorer Sport with the Eco Boost engine and adaptive cruise, you would want to use the Blue Ox # BX2632 base plate kit. An adapter like # RM-031 would be needed in order for the Blue Ox base plates to work with the Roadmaster Blackhawk...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
  • For your 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk I recommend the Blue OX Base Plate Kit # BX1136. All base plates for your Cherokee will require about the same amount of trimming. I've attached a video of the install on a 2015 Cherokee you may find helpful. You should know that your vehicle may have Mortorq fasteners that require a special bit from Snap-On to remove. I recommend going with the SMI Air Force One # SM99243 for your supplemental braking system. The wireless systems will work but...
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  • Complete Flat Towing Package Recommendation for a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
  • To tow your 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee with your motorhome there are several things that you will need. You will need a tow bar, base plate kit, safety cables, tow bar wiring, and a supplemental braking system. The tow bar installs on your motorhome and then connects to the base plates on your Jeep. I was able to find that your 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a gross vehicle weight of up to 6500 pounds, so a tow bar that is rated for this weight that I recommend is the Roadmaster Blackhawk...
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