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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Item # BX1730
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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 BX1730 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 - BX1730

  • 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: 23"
  • Bracket height: 16"
  • 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.

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Installation Details BX1730 Installation instructions

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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1730

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (2315 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.


Watched several of etrailer's installation videos. Have not installed yet but videos will be a definite help. Quick shipping. Everything I need.


This unit is the second vehicle I installed a Blue Ox Base Plate. Easy instructions and video helped with the installation. Connection to the motor home Blue Ox tow bar is quick and easy. Removable arms are a must-keeping me from hitting legs when walking in front of vehicle. Would recommend this unit.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

Good product Installation instructions and the video greatly helped with the installation. Working by myself I blocked the base plate as close to the position as possible and then installed ratchet straps to both sides and raised the base plate into position. Wiring kit was everything needed and worked great. Base plate and wiring kit was on a 2020 Chevrolet Equinox


fantastic customer service - quick deli very


Again this is a great product.


Tow Bar Base Plate was easy to install. A little disappointed in the overall design of the base plate but happy with my purchse.

Product working out well
Joe H - 11/09/2021

2022 Chevrolet Equinox

This was exactly the part I needed to prep a customer's 2022 Equinox for towing with a Blue Ox Hitch. erailer provided the consultation and support we needed to get the job done.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Always a good experience dealing with etrailer, product fit good and the video showing installation was excellent and a big help.


This baseplate was easy to install on my 2019 Chevy Equinox and has provided excellent towing service during the full year since installed. I’m quite happy with the product and the installation instructions and videos provided by etrailer!

This tow bar has worked great, over the last year.
Don D - 09/13/2020

Chevrolet Equinox

What I like about the tow package is how well it hides itself in front of the toad Equinox and connection to the towbar of the motor home easy and quick. I did the installation myself and found it to be pretty straight forward with only a couple of bad photos that had bad angles and vague descriptions that should be made better. The mount also came with a couple of safety cables that seemed unnecessary but better to have and not need security. I was looking for the best concealed and secure product available at a fair price and found it here at


Fit well and works well. We have been towing our Equinox all over the country.
All parts of the assembly came as promised and the instructions for installation were clear and the installation, with two people, was easy for someone with experience working with tools on cars.


Well satisfied with the base plate, it fit perfectly and towed the car 2200 miles. There was more work taking the front of the caroff than mounting the face plate. Good Product.


Installation and function have been without issue.


The baseplate fit perfectly and was fairly easy to install. What really helps are the videos that this company provides. I wouldn't even attempt an install without them. Saved a bunch of money and I know it is done right.


Quality looks good and hope to install soon Thanks for the very quick delivery by UPS. Your online install instructions are very well done and much appreciated.


Fairly easy installation and appreciate the easy to follow instructions . After one year, no problems and we’ve used it often until Covid-19 it, but we are comfortable using it for a long time in the future.


towed my car 2000 miles last year had no problems great base plate.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

Product was received as ordered. The total process was very easy and user friendly. I will be placing the baseplate on a 2020 Chevrolet Equinox. Have not installed yet. Thanks


Very straight forward. Watch their video they prepared. It walks you right thru it.

Perfect. Probably 10k pulling behind our motorhome and works flawlessly
Michael - 09/28/2020


All products are working exellent.

Perfect quality product
Larry - 03/08/2021


Easy to install and the installation videos were spot on


Everything arrived early. Have not installed yet but everything looks to be what I expected


U sent my parts to someone else house great terrible

Thank you for letting us know! Our customer service team will be reaching out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Brooke M - 08/30/2021


I Installed it with the help of a friend. Also the video that you provided was great help in making an easy installation.


I installed it on my Chevy by myself. Following instructions and vibio. I towed my car about 8 times and had no problems

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