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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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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 BX2246 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 - BX2246

  • 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: 19"
  • 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 BX2246 Installation instructions

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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX2246

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.

2011 Honda CR-V

Great piece of equipment. Installation not difficult. Drilling holes in the tow car frame, well you better get some good drill bits!


Bought it at etrailer as I have with other trailer hitch related parts. Installed it myself, and it was a real job. I figure about 10 hours to get it right so I didn't have to worry if my 'toad' would pass my motorhome as I tooled down the road. Fit was perfect for my 2008 Honda CRV, but make sure you keep that oil cooler line up as high as possible or you will be redoing the fit to get the front cowling back on the car. Bought an angle grinder with cutoff wheels and that made the frame notching a lot easier. Note that if the removeable attachment pins are a tight fit into the base plate, they will loosen up with a good silicone lubricant and the wear of towing. I have towed with confidence for a year without a hitch (pun intended).

2007 Honda CR-V

Install took about 8 hours. Had some issues with the baseplate it was a little bowed on one side. Little work in the vise and went in no problem. Put this on a 2007 CRV only had to make a couple mods to the coolant line and the front bumper to ensure clearance.

2010 Honda CR-V

The baseplate was delivered quickly. I had it professionally installed.It fit perfectly. Everything required for the installation was included in the box. All in all a very positive experience. I highly recommend etrailer for all your towing needs.


Great service and shipping..terrific sa les..

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt

Works great. We tow a 2010 Honda CRV with no issues at all. Have towed about 8,000 miles with it so far. I installed it myself. Install was not very fun though. Make sure you have the best saw zall blades and cobalt drill bits. Have several extra of both and keep the bit lubricants with oil. You will never get the job done with cheap dill bits.

Ford Edge

Have yet to tow with the recently installed base plate. Comments on install instructions:

While the base plate is still off the vehicle, verify the self-tapping screws that secure the wiring receptacle snugly fit and will tighten. In my case, the provided self-tapping screws were too small and would not tighten to hold the electrical connector in place. I ended up using a 1/4-20 tap to cut threads into the bracket. Regretfully I didn't notice this until after the base plate was installed, while finishing up the wiring. There is little room to work a tap once everything is back in place!

When removing the windshield washer reservoir, there is a connector securing the filler spout inside the engine compartment that the installation instructions & installation video neglect to tell you to remove prior to pulling the reservoir down & out.

Base plate mounting plates were bowed inward by nearly 3/8" making it extremely difficult to slide into position to drill mounting holes; suggest verifying the clear spacing between the plate at the crossbar and then again at the edge furthest away from the cross bar. If short, use a hydraulic jack and some timber spacers to spread out to proper width.

Finished install looks great, I'll supplement my review after towing.


Everything was received. The box was torn because inadequate packing material to stabilize the base plate from moving around during shipping. A friend and I installed the plate by following the instructions in how-to video. The only snag was the drilling. Be sure to get plenty high quality bits; the unibody metal is tougher than one might expect. I would definitely continue to purchase products from eTrailer and continue to recommend to friends and family. It's just easy to get what you need for your application/equipment. The pricing is competitive and the customer support is good.


I recently purchased a Blue Ox baseplate BX2246 from The installation went well, the instructions were clear and the photographs exceptional. As you know part number 62-3468, attachment assembly, SF/SB R connects and may be removed from to the weldment base plate. The installation or towing instructions would be best if they included a photo and details for connecting and removing that part by users when not in use as the nose extends beyond the vehicle frame when the5 vehicle is not towed. Special attention shown to the connection and safety pin locking. Simple for many but not for all. Thank you.


used a dolly for years. Flat tow sooooooo much easier, better fuel mileage. would not go back to dolly.
That said, expensive to buy and install. easy to use and maintain.

very well Im a happy camper.
Frank - 04/05/2021

2007 Honda CR-V

This installation obviously was not a Bolt in Ready unit, but still installed with little difficulty. The biggest obstacle was trying to figure out exactly how much to cut and where, then figure out exactly where to Base plate was to go for proper hole drilling.
The illustration was less than adequate, however through process of elimnination it is on.

It is still working great and I am confident I will many years of use from it. I have used etrailer for my towing needs ffor over 10 years and it has always been a good experience. I intend to use etrailer in the future.
dan g - 04/29/2014


Installed with no problem. Have not as yet tried pulling the Honda with the motorhome. Note, if you need magnetic tow lights, be sure to order all at the same time to avoid seperate shipping charges.


This is the second baseplate we've ordered from etrailer. We ordered one more than 5 years ago when had our first tow car and when we recently purchased a new make and model as a tow car we immediately thought of etrailer. Our experience with them has always been easy and pleasant. They answer all questions graciously and informatively. We always enjoy our purchasing experience with them.


Everything works great

Honda CR-V

Ordered a base plate and Tow Daddy wiring harness for my Honda CRV on Sunday. Had it on Wednesday. Excellent service. The only negative was that they did not put someone in the box to help me install it.


Everything fitted very well. The baseplate is very well constructed and more than strong enough, which I cannot say about the Honda sub frame. I installed fish plates behind the sheet metal with loneger bolts. I am pleased with the installation and have towed with no problems.

2007 Honda CR-V

I like the design and relatively easy install - I did it myself on a Honda CRV after I watched the great etrailer videos online. These walked me thru the install steps. Very helpful.

2007 Honda CR-V

You put a guilt trip on me. I mounted the base plate and as of yet I
still have not tried to use it on my dinghy, a CRV Honda, behind our

Other than not trying it yet, it seemed to be a good application. We
have another car rigged as a dinghy so there was no urgency to try it.

Thanks for your inquiry.

2011 Honda CR-V

installation instructions are very generic , online video helped . overall final fit and function are perfect


Ordered on Friday. Received Following Wednesday, as ordered. Also got 110% of difference in price on a couple of items that were less expensive on Amazon. Will continue to use ETrailer for their expertise. Thanks for good service.


Installation instructions were good. Took me about 8 hr. to install.


Great to deal with. I will buy from them again and highly recommend them.

Honda CR-V

The Base Plate for a Honda CRV is a true value.


These two companies (etrailer and BlueOx) as well as the product are both TOPS! Tolerances were with-in 1/8" inch. Easy and concise directions. One man- 4 1/2 hrs. basic wrench and drill job. Saved over $800. DIY project.


Excellent service and speedy delivery.
you Etrailer

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    I reviewed an online owner's manual for the 2007 Honda CR-V and on page 250 it indicates that the 4WD CR-V can be flat towed all wheels down up to 65-mph. There is a specific preparation procedure to follow to get the car ready for flat towing and this is detailed on pages 250-251. You will want to check your own owner's manual to confirm since it may contain additional information not included in the online manual. You can refer to the linked article for a recap of all items required...
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    The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, part # BX2246 is indeed compatible with the 2008 and 2011 Honda CR-V. I'm assuming you're planning on moving the base plates from the 2008 model and installing them on the 2011 model. If you do so, you will NOT want to reuse the hardware. The hardware is intended as a one time use item only, and should be replaced if the base plate is removed and reinstalled. You'll need 4 handle nuts, part # 61-5208 and the # BX63-3282 replacement hardware bag.
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    Yes, we have the perfect solution for you to flat tow your 2007 Honda CR-V that has Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX2246 (which is the only confirmed fit) with your Roadmaster Falcon 2 # RM-520 Tow Bar. Since this is a fairly common situation Roadmaster has created a solution with their Roadmaster Tow Bar to Blue Ox Brackets Adapter # RM-031. This is a confirmed solution for your situation.
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    I reached out to my contact at Roadmaster and he said that the Replacement Driver Side Arm C001477 will not fit your existing Roadmaster 1559-1 base plates. He said that the weldments for your particular base plate kit are no longer available so your only real option at this point is to replace the entire kit. If you were to go with another Roadmaster Base Plate Kit like part # RM-521559-4, which is confirmed to fit your 2007 Honda CR-V, you would still need to add the Adapter # RM-032...
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