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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Item # BX1682
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Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has easily removable arms that offer a seamless look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis, so no welding is required. 1-800-940-8924 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BX1682 or order online at Free expert support on all Blue Ox products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Blue Ox Base Plates - BX1682

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Blue Ox
  • Twist Lock Attachment

Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has easily removable arms that offer a seamless look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis, so no welding is required.


  • Custom-fit base plate provides attachment points for your tow bar when flat towing
  • Hidden design provides a clean, seamless look
    • Arms remove with a simple twist when not in use
    • Brackets won't protrude past the front of your vehicle
  • Sturdy design spreads towing force evenly to prevent stress on your vehicle's suspension
  • Integrated mounting points let you easily attach an electrical connector plug with bracket (sold separately)
  • Receiver covers keep dirt and debris out of the base plate when arms are removed and provide a finished look
  • Durable steel construction is powder coated to resist rust and corrosion
  • Straightforward installation - no welding required
    • Base plate bolts securely to your vehicle's chassis with included mounting hardware
  • Sturdy lugs pair with Blue Ox tow bars to form a secure and reliable connection
    • Adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars - adapter (RM-031 or RM-031-5) sold separately
    • Adaptable for use with Demco tow bars - adapter (BX88310) sold separately
  • Made in the USA


  • Distance between brackets: 30-1/4"
  • Bracket height: 17"
  • 3-Year warranty

Simple, Hidden Design

Blue Ox Base Plate With Arms AttachedBlue Ox Base Plate Arms Removed

This base plate's hidden design creates a clean and seamless look. The bracket arms are easily removable, creating a slick appearance when you're not flat towing. Because the arms can be removed, you also won't have to worry about banging your leg into any protruding arms when you walk by.

Blue Ox Base Plate Removable Arms

Attaching and removing the bracket arms is a breeze. To attach the arms to the base plate, simply insert them into the receivers and rotate them until they lock into place. Once you're finished towing and want to remove the arms, pull the pin to disengage the lock, rotate the arms, and remove them from the receivers. Finally, plug up the now empty receivers with the included receiver covers to help keep dirt and debris out of the base plate and provide a finished look.

Guide to Flat Towing

Flat towing your vehicle is much more convenient than using a trailer or a tow dolly. These other options take up much more storage space, leaving you less room both at home and at the campsite. In addition, securing your vehicle to a trailer or tow dolly can be a hassle and more time consuming than hooking up with a tow bar.

There are 5 basic components needed when flat towing a vehicle: a tow bar, a base plate kit, a safety cable set, tow bar wiring, and a supplemental braking system.

Towing Basics

The tow bar links your towed car to your motorhome. It attaches to the custom-fit base plates that install on the frame of your towed car. Safety cables ensure that your towed car does not separate from your motorhome in the event that your tow bar becomes detached. Tow bar wiring allows your towed vehicle's signal lights to sync up with your motorhome's tail lights, which is required by law in most states. Finally, the supplemental braking system - also required in most states - brakes your towed car when the brakes in your motorhome are activated, preventing wear on the motorhome and decreasing braking distance for your entire setup.

BX1682 Blue Ox Baseplate - Removable Tabs

Installation Details BX1682 Installation instructions

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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1682

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (2753 Customer Reviews)

Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has easily removable arms that offer a seamless look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis, so no welding is required.


Service was excellent, would like to know if you got my return item BX1633, thank you

Etrailer Expert

Brooke M.


Glad to hear that! And yes we did.


Works great,fast shipping,thanks

GMC Yukon

I wondered why they cost so much. Now that I have them I can see why, they are extremely heavy duty and very well made. They fit perfectly on my Yukon.


Very easy to install and a snap to use, I hate losing my tow hooks. A plug in tow hook would be great


A little bit of drilling and the base plate went on perfect. Thanks for offering this great part.


Tow Bar and Base Plate Kit showed up two days before they were
expected. Terrific service. Have not installed the Base Plate Kit yet, crummy weather to work outside, waiting for a sunny weekend. Thanks Melissa

2001 Chevrolet Suburban

My base plate and tow bar were delivered as promised. I have installed the base plate and look forward to being able to tow my suburban. Thank you, Roger

2004 Chevrolet Silverado

Swift service. Great YouTube videos. Repeat customer.


These brackets are like a tank. HEAVY. Well built.
After I muddled my way past the first step which didn't apply to my vehicle (and confused the HECK out of me) thinks were well explained and went much faster than I thought they would.

My only complaint is what Blue Ox charges for them.

Etrailer has a GREAT support staff willing to help with any questions.


Excellent customer service and products. Always grateful for etrailer and the folks there


Base plate worked great. Easy hookup and disconnect of tow vehicle.


Made to fit, easy installation.
good and heavy duty
Shipping was fast, very fast
I can’t seem to find any areas that need improving.

Nice job guys

2002 GMC Yukon XL

I recieved this item in 4 days of ordering. I installed myself in 3 hours on a 2002 GMC Yukon XL. The instructions were easy to follow.

2003 Chevrolet Suburban

Product fits very well, had plenty bolts and washers. I was surprised how heavy the package was when UPS made delivery.

2005 Chevrolet Silverado

I have ordered lots of different parts from etrailer and it is always top qulaity.

Volvo Cross Country

Product was just as described. Instruction photos were a bit unclear which made things a bit hard to identify and locate but overall I'm completely satisfied with the product. Shipping was fast which allowed me to install on time and get on my cross country trip on time.

2006 Chevrolet Avalanche

handled my order promptly and it was sent to me in a very prompt manner. Well satisfied.

1999 GMC Sierra

Received the package yesterday, just as promised. We are having it installed next Wednesday. It looks like just what we need. Everything promised was included. Thank you very much.

2006 GMC Sierra

Great product, works perfectly


Very fast service. Product was good as I thought it would be. Would order from yall again.

2003 Chevrolet Avalanche

Fast shipping great product great service bought before and will buy again

2002 Chevrolet Tahoe

excellent quality, easy to install

2005 Chevrolet Malibu


Great price, delivery included. Got it in a few days. Putting it on tomorrow.

2005 GMC Yukon XL

Kit arrived on time and fit perfectly !

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