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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Item # BX2800
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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 BX2800 or order online at etrailer.com. 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 - BX2800

  • 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.


Features:

  • 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


Specs:

  • Distance between brackets: 20"
  • Bracket height: 13-1/2"
  • 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.



BX2800 Blue Ox Baseplate - Removable Tabs

Installation Details BX2800 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

  • 2012 - 2016 Fiat 500 Sport - Manual transmission



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Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX2800

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (2296 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.

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The Blue Ox base plate seemed well-engineered, but it was difficult to install. It appeared to be welded slightly off angle, which required us to drill the edge of the bolt holes to make them fit. The angle bracket for the breakaway switch is upright, but our breakaway switch mounts horizontally, so we had to add a 90-degree bracket to adapt them (seems like the base plate package should have included an adapter). We are pleased with the look and confident that it will tow our Fiat securely.




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2012 Fiat 500

I have bought a few base plates over the years for my work vehicles and all have been the highest quality. This one by far was the easiest to install. It took about 5 hours from start to finish and anyone with basic mechanical skills and can follow directions can install this plate themselves.


Comments
No problems. All the hardware is still tight and secure. No stressing or or issues seen. I use this for work and tow approximately 70,000 miles a year
Jason p - 10/30/2020


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2012 Fiat 500

So far it seems to work great. Installation was easy enough. The reason for 4 stars, is when the pins were removed after use, the paint on the base plate where they were inserted has peeled off and it is starting to rust.




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Well constructed base plate. I called Blueox with a question and received great service. So glad that I chose etrailer and BlueOx!




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Fit perfectly, works great.


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Totally satisfactory
Lou - 04/14/2022


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Thanks for your help! Sommes problems with UPS




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Great product, just had one problem I didn't cut enough off the plastic bumper so the holes in the baseplate will line up




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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


I watched the video and installed it myself. I had to buy a hole saw, but other than that I had all the tools. It took about 3.5 hours. The only odd thing is the Edge hook up is very high. I had to purchase a 6 inch riser class III hitch.




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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


My blue ox base plate kit came right on schedule. I met my mechanic at the shop and with a hydraulic lift and air tools we had it installed and secured in about 30 minutes. I could have done it alone at home in about 1.5 hrs. It fits perfect and looks like it was part of original car frame.
Thx




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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


I’ve bought 3 of these 2 for Mini Coopers and one for a GMC Acadia. Cars really aren’t designed to be towed, so that’s why the base plates have such an involved shape and fit. They aren’t easy to install and are somewhat difficult to force into position. If you’re thinking of installing one in your driveway a couple hours before work, you’re gonna be late. All that said the product does what it is supposed to do and is very secure.




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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


I ordered a Blue Ox Base Plate for my Ford Focus. Blue Ox said they were out of stock, and would have to make one, six or more weeks? I Order the Blue Ox Base Plate from etrailer, and it was delivered to my house in three days. Getting ready to install it, directions look very well detailed. Look forward to towing our Ford Focus this summer, with our Motorhome, on our camping trips


Comments
It is working fine, have not had any issues. I installed it, fit as described.
Louis - 02/07/2022


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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


This is a somewhat challenging installation, more so than other baseplates I've installed. There are apparently different frame widths on the Suzukis this product is designed for, so I had to use the spacer plates for a proper fit. Once these are roughly positioned it's difficult to move each end of the baseplate independently, and the directions don't really give an exact position as to where the holes should be drilled. The baseplate was very slightly twisted end to end making it really tough to get a balanced adjustment. Got it done with c-clamps and rough fitting the front fascia several times but it took hours linger than anticipated. Also, the directions for removing the grille and fascia left out some crucial information, as they are bolted in rather than just secured with clips as stated by Blue Ox. Had I just taken their advice I would have destroyed the grille. The directions don't mention the air pump mounted behind the metal bumper on the 4x4 model; this needs to be removed & remounted slightly higher to clear the baseplate, with longer hoses being necessary. Also had to cut back the round mounts for the electrical connector, they were way too long and interfered with the fascia re-install. All in all once the baseplate was mounted it does what it's supposed to do, just read some forums and take it carefully one step at a time.




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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


Baseplate was an easy fit,installed it myself with the help of a friend after the easy install I decided to get the wiring harness as well,again simple install neat and tidy hauled my Jetta behind my 1974GMC motorhome from Victoria,BC across the mountains with no problem.


Comments
100 happy with the product,fit great when we installed it
Werner - 06/26/2022


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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


Was sent all the correct parts the first time. Blue ox must have had a bad run of coatings and my tow bar started to flake off. Blue ox sent a new one before I even had time to finish all the wiring, great service from both companies.




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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


The Blue Ox BasePlate has worked out very well. We've traveled over 3,000 miles on 4 separate trips....with multiple hookups and detachments. Great system. The only constructive comment is the electric hookup for lights/turn signals was a little wonky but my mechanic worked it out with the manufacturer.




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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


Quality product. Solid, well built, perfect installation fitment. I installed this on a 2020 Jeep Wrangler JL and had no problems. Bumper and lower facia removal were easy (check out the online video...great instructions.) Base Plate installation was an easy, one-person job. (FYI I'm 72 and not in great shape, so if I say it was easy...it was easy!) Total time invested was about 2 hours.




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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


Great product and am super happy with the customer service. Steve from etrailer.com emailed me the day my tow bar arrive with additional information on installation and provided a contact number if I needed. Product I received was out standing and the customer service is even better. I will shop here again and recommend anyone to this company.




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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


Absolutely love our Blue Ox system. Was easy to install (with a little mechanical help) and has served us over 11,000 this past year. We were extremely fortunate that etrailer had a video of our exact year and model which made installation even easier.

We've towed over all sorts of terrain and would absolutely purchase this again and recommend it to anyone who asks!




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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


everything bolted up easy, i simply drilled hole’s into were needed and supplied my own bolts straight through for easy installation.




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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


2017 jk unlimited with quadratec qrc full bumper/ winch. BX1134 is the one you need for this install .Install went well only had to make a couple notches in bumper. Photos attached.cables had to be attached to base plate rear rings no room between bumper and base plate to go around.If you don't want rattles just wire tie rings to baseplate once they are secure trough plate holes it'll thighten thinks up. Very well made product.


Comments
Working great very happy with this product. Made well holding up in different weather conditions.still looking like the day I installed it , I would recommend this product.
Nicholas - 08/23/2021


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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


The etrailer service was great as usual, but like other was very disappointed in the fasteners that were provided. Two of the four main bolts stripped when torqued to the recommended level. $20 trip to the hardware store to get grade 8 bolts solved the issue, but I should not have needed to make this upgrade. This is a safety issue that needs to be addressed.


Comments
1 year follow up. The blue ox baseplate has seen a lot of use and has performed flawlessly. My only complaint is that the paint has flaked off some of the parts and they are starting to rust.
Dale - 12/09/2022


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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


Build quality is excellent. No issues what-so-ever regarding the integrity and the strength of the design.

Installation was not without issues. Some self-inflicted wounds like when I lost lock on all the fasteners for the bumper and frontend. I bet there were over 50 screws and clips each of which had their own location. I wish I would have put them in separate baggies and labeled everything. Also, suggest you use masking or painters’ tape to line everything up before you take the front bumper and cowling off. That would have saved time.

BlueOx recommends using a 1.25in hole saw. NOT for me. No way you can get the hole saw to bite. Much better is a tapered drill. Available for about the same price as a hole saw, far more versatile, and a LOT EASIER to control.

I’ll admit to not being the sharpest spoon in the drawer and I am a bit retentive, but I spent probably 20 hours on the install. The issue I had was not with the baseplate perse, but rather with taking everything apart and then figuring out how to put it back together again with no leftover parts.

There are two criticisms I would levy at BlueOx. ONE: They provide a helper to install an otherwise inaccessible nut. Well that’s fine, but the threads were fouled and need to be cleaned. That should have been prior to shipment. And TWO: They were explicit in their measurements, which I followed, and messed-up. By the time I found the issue, I would have had to take the bumper off – so I improvised a work-around.




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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


My Blue Ox Tow bar and Break Buddy System perform as advertised. I tow my Buick Enclave behind my 30’ class C with confidence.




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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


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).




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Review from a similar Blue Ox Base Plate Kit in Base Plates


I will give a 5 star for fit. I had to grind the opening on frame even after using a hammer so the nut plate would fit so overall a 4. By the way this was installed by my daughter and myself, her Mom.



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