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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 - 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

Speaker 1: Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe, we're gonna take a look at and show you how to install the Roadmaster EZ4 base plate kit. Its part number is RM-523179-4.Here's what your base plate's gonna look like installed. As you can see, we're gonna have our removable arms here on each side. That gives us that connection point we need to connect from our vehicle to the back of our towed vehicle. When not in use, these can be removed so you don't have big arms hanging out of the front of your Tahoe. Just pull the little pin on each side.


Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit Installation - 2018 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited

Speaker 1: Our 2018 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited. We're going to be taking a look at, and showing you how to install, the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number RM-521448-5.Here we have the Roadmaster EZ5, also known as the direct connect base plate, installed on our 2018 Jeep Wrangler. What this is going to do is give you a solid mounting point between your towed vehicle, and your RV. This is also going to be the first of five main components for a flat-tow setup, the other four being the braking system, wiring, the tow bar, and safety cables, if your tow wire doesn't already come with them.Now, let's go into a little bit more detail on this base plate. This base plate's going to come with removable arms. Very simple to install, and to remove.


Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2018 Subaru Forester

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Subaru Forester we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number BX3619. Keep in mind, you will need a few parts to complete your flat tow setup on your Forester. We'll need a base plate, tow bar, wiring kit, and a braking system.Here's what our Blue Ox Base Plate Kit looks like when it's fully installed. Now, this is going to allow us to hook up to our motor home or RV and safely tow our Forester down the road. The arms are going to be removable. If we come to this ring here and pull out on the pin, we can rotate it, which is going to give us a nice, clean look and now have a whole lot sticking out from the front of our vehicle.


Blue Ox Base Plates BX1136 Review

Speaker 1: Today we're taking a look at the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms. Now to ensure that this is a fit for your vehicle you can always use the vehicle fit guide at etrailer.com but I did check and this product fits certain years of the Jeep Cherokee Trail Hawk. The custom fit base plate is provided attachment points for your tow bar system. This unit features a hidden reinforcement design so once it's installed that means that less of the brackets are visible so less of the brackets show. And as you can tell they're two different components here, so there's no cross bar support beam or additional protruding brackets that'll be visible once the units fully installed.Another neat feature is that these base plate tabs right here, these remove easily for a completely hidden look, when you don't have your two bar connected to your base plates. You just pull on this spring loaded pin, rotate it and you'll feel it disengage and then you can pull it straight out.


Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit Installation - 2003 Ford Ranger

Speaker 1: Today on our 2003 Ford Ranger we're gonna take a look at, and also show you how to install, the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms, part number is: 483-1.This base plate is really gonna help simplify the installation process. It uses preexisting holes in most of the situations. On each side you are gonna have to drill one hole, but it's fairly easy to get to. So this is a good recommended base plate for you to do at home. It has a sturdy steel construction, of course, it's heavy-duty steel. Welded very well at each of the seams and everything.


Roadmaster MS Base Plate Kit Installation - 2018 GMC Sierra 2500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 GMC Sierra 2500, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Roadmaster MS Base Plate Kit with Fixed Arms, part number RM-3180-2. So, here's what our base plate looks like once we have it installed. Now, it's going to give us a secure platform so we can flat tow our Sierra down the road behind our motor home. The arms here are not going to be removable. They are going to be fixed, and they're going to replace our factory tow hooks and connect directly to the frame.Now, because of the way they're designed, we're not going to have to have a crossbar going from each arm, which is going to cut down a lot on the looks, and it's really not going to distract on the front of our truck. And the black powder coat finish is going to hide it nicely and blend in with the front of our truck, as well as provide a nice rust resistance.


Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2015 Kia Soul

Speaker 1: Today on our 2015 Kia Soul, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms, part number: BX2726.So, here's what our base plate looks like when it's fully installed. This is gonna give us a secure attachment point so we can hook up our tow bar and safely flat tow our Soul down the road. Now, the nice thing about this tow bar is, it has removable arms. So, if we pull this pin and rotate it, you can actually pull the arm out, giving it an inconspicuous look, and that way we're not gonna have any brackets protruding out. This sturdy, dependable design is gonna evenly distribute the towing weight so that we're gonna reduce the amount of weight that's put on our suspension.Our base plate is gonna be a construction of steel, with a nice black powder-coat finish, so it is gonna hide nicely and also resist rust and corrosion. To keep our base plate clean, and to keep dirt and debris from getting inside, they do provide us with some caps when we're not towing.


Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2011 Ford Edge

Speaker 1: Today on this 2011 Ford Edge, we will be having a look at and showing you how to install the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms, part number BX2628.Here's what our base plate looks like installed. This base plate gives us the vital connection point between our Ford Edge and our motor home, allowing us to safely and easily flat tow it. One of the great features about this base plate compared to others on the market, is that once we have arrived at our destination and we have unhooked our tow bar from our base plate, we have these removable arms where you can pull this pin, rotate it 90 degrees, and remove the arm and you have very little sticking out from the front, giving you a nice, clean look. Our other side's the same way.Next to where our removable arm goes into, we have our safety cable attachment point right here. Your safety cables will go in here, and then clip onto your motor home, providing you the sense of security and the required safety cable that you need when you're flat towing. Over towards the driver's side a little bit we have an attachment point here for mounting any electrical connectors that we may have, such as a six way round, a four pole flat, or whatever other electrical style connector that we're using in order to provide our Edge with a towed vehicle lighting system or part of your braking system.


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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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  • Recommended Flat Towing System For 2017 Chevy Spark With Manual Transmission
  • According to the 2017 Chevy Spark owners manual, only the manual transmission vehicles can be flat towed. Automatic transmission vehicles can only be transported with all four wheels off the ground on a trailer. If you have the manual transmission, then I recommend the Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # RM-523185-4 if you don't have active air shutters. This installation should use the Loctite Threadlocker # LT37420. For a tow bar that either stays with the vehicle...
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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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  • Recommended System to Flat Tow a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport
  • For your 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport, I recommend you start with the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # BX1126. Then I recommend using the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar - Motorhome Mount - 6,500 lbs # BX7365. I recommend using the Blue Ox Base-Plate and Receiver Lock Kit - Qty 4 # BX88177 to keep everything secure. For your wiring, I recommend the Roadmaster Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit # RM-15267 which will allow you to use your factory wiring, have a clean connection...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Behind Motor Home
  • To flat tow your 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk behind your motor home, you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, a lighting solution and a supplemental braking system. Starting with the base plate kit, I recommend the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-521446-5. I checked with Roadmaster and confirmed that these will fit your 2018 Cherokee Trailhawk. The EZ5 brackets are virtually invisible and easy to mount and remove. Then for a compatible tow bar, I recommend the Roadmaster...
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  • Flat Towing Equipment Recommendations for 2016 Ford F150
  • The first thing you'll need to do is confirm that your truck is capable of being flat towed. According to my research, 4WD models can be towed without modification as long as the procedures outlined in the owner's manual are closely followed. 2WD models need a transmission lube pump installed before they can be safely towed. To flat tow the vehicle, you'll need a tow bar, base plates, a wiring solution so the lights on the RV and towed vehicle act in tandem, safety cables, a supplemental...
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  • Difference Between Roadmaster EZ5 and EZ4 Base Plates For 2016 Jeep Wrangler
  • The difference between the EZ4 Base Plate kit part # RM-521448-4 and the EZ5 kit # RM-521448-5 is that the EZ4 uses twist-lock drawbars while the EZ5 uses drawbars held in place by pins and doesn't require the use of a crossbar. I would go with the EZ5 if it were me since not having to use the crossbar is just one less thing to worry about. 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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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Ford F-150
  • For lighting for flat towing your 2016 Ford F-150 you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to control the taillight assemblies of the towed vehicle. This comes with a round 6-way connector that you will install on the front of your towed vehicle and enough coiled wire to go from there to the RV. The base plate kit part # BX2671 that you referenced is a confirmed...
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  • Can a 2017 Chevy Colorado be Flat Towed?
  • Yes, you can flat tow your 2017 Chevy Colorado so long as it has a Four-Wheel Drive Low setting. There are a number of things you will need to flat tow, starting with base plates. If your Colorado does not have Adaptive Cruise Control, I recommend going with the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-523182-5. If you do have Adaptive Cruise Control or your Colorado is a Z71 Trail Boss or ZR2 model you would need to go with the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1721. For a tow bar, a great option...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing System for 2016 Ram 4WD Behind Motorhome with Air Brakes
  • Your 2016 Ram 1500 4WD EcoDiesel is towable without any speed or distance restrictions. Page 714 of the online manual for the 2016 Ram 1500 says that the 4WD with automatic transmission can be flat towed if you follow the guidelines spelled out in the manual. Automatic transmission trucks should be shifted into PARK and the transfer case shifted into NEUTRAL. Pages 714 through 722 detail the procedures required. For your towing, I recommend we start with the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit...
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  • 2017 Subaru Crosstrek Manual Transmission Base Plate and Tow Bar Options
  • As long as you have a manual transmission on your 2017 Subaru Crosstrek you can use the Roadmaster EZ2 Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # 52922-1A which is compatible with Falcon 2 # RM-520, Stowmaster # RM-501 or # RM-504, Falcon # RM-522, Sterling # RM-576, or BlackHawk 2 # RM-422. Another base plate option is the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # BX3620. This baseplate is compatible with the Alpha # BX7365, Aladdin, Avail # BX7420, or Acclaim # BX4330. Let me know if you'd...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2017 Subaru Crosstrek Behind an RV
  • Yes, I checked with Roadmaster and base plates # 52922-1A will fit the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek but does not include hybrid models. They also note that they only work with models with a manual transmission. For a compatible tow bar I recommend the Falcon 2 # RM-520 and for safety cables you can use # RM-643. I have linked a video on the tow bar for you. For lighting you can use a 4-diode kit # RM-15267. Or you could use a magnetic kit such as # C-ATL20A. You may also need a high/low...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek
  • The owner's manuals I'm able to find online for a 2016 and 2017 Subaru Crosstrek don't mention flat towing at all. Your best bet is to check with Subaru to find out if it can be flat towed, and what steps are necessary to do so. If you find that a 2016 can be, we have the parts for you and I can help you with those. Unfortunately, we do not have any confirmed fits for a 2017 at this time. Although most manual transmission vehicles can be flat towed. For a base plate kit I suggest...
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  • Tow Bar and Base Plate Kit Recommendation for a 2015 Ford F-150
  • The Blue Ox base plate kit you referenced, part # BX2671, is compatible with your 2015 Ford F150. The Blue Ox Avail, part # BX7420, is a good choice for you. Its 10,000 lb capacity will accommodate your F-150 with no problem, and the safety cables are included. There are several options for wiring your F150 for towing (see link), I would recommend the Hopkins Custom Wiring Harness, part # HM56000. This harness is compatible with supplemental braking systems like the Roadmaster InvisiBrake...
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  • Complete Flat Towing Setup for a 4 Wheel Drive 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • If your 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the 2 wheel drive model then the vehicle cannot be towed with all four wheels down as this would likely cause damage to the vehicle's driveline components. The only way to flat tow a 2 wheel drive model is with a tow dolly. Unfortunately, we do not have a tow dolly that is compatible with your truck at this time. If you have a 4 wheel drive model then the vehicle can be flat towed with all four wheels down. In order to do this you will need a...
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  • How to Tow Kia Soul with Automatic Transmission
  • Since the Kia Soul with automatic transmission cannot be flat-towed with all wheels on the ground, your best option for towing your Soul is to use a towing dolly, such as the RoadMaster Tow Dolly with Electric Brakes, part # RM-2000-1. This product is adjustable to fit many vehicles, and includes electric trailer brakes, radial tires, adjustable wheel nets, tail/brake lights and a 6-way round trailer connector. Since the front wheels are kept off the ground there is no need to alter your...
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  • Which Models of a 2017 Ford Edge are Flat Towable
  • I did some research on the 2017 Ford Edges and it looks like as long as you have a V6 model it can be flat towed. That includes AWD and FWD models. The 4 cylinders are not flat-towable, yet the 6 cylinders are. For a base plate kit you then would want the part # RM-524444-4 which is a confirmed fit and would work well for a base plate kit. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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