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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Item # BX1989
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2004 Dodge Ram Pickup

2500 - with tow hooks

2500 - without tow hooks

3500 - with tow hooks

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2004 Dodge Ram Pickup - Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Blue Ox
  • Twist Lock Attachment

Custom designed to fit your Dodge Ram Pickup 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: 24"
  • Bracket height: 25-1/2"
  • 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.

BX1989 Blue Ox Baseplate - Removable Tabs

Installation Details BX1989 Installation instructions

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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1989

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (2317 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.


etrailer had the best price and carried the other options that I needed with this adapter plate for my 2018 Dodge Cummings Ram. The instructions were pretty good, but I did watch a [installation] video that helped a lot. I am 65 years old and did this by myself, however, it took me a while. The parts all fit perfectly. I did have to cut two small pieces of plastic, but that's the only modification to the truck that I had to do.

I have since towed this truck with a 40' Newmar diesel engine motorcoach over 3,500 miles without any issues at all.


Lucky I can figure out instructions. I had to watch a [online] video to understand the writing instructions send to me with the base plate.
This base plate van not be removed, it is a permit applications, unless you sell the vehicle. Then yes you can remove it.
The inserts are the only item that can be removed.
The Plat or Arm, which ever you want to call it can not be removed.


Fits perfect. Works as it should.
company to do business with.


I love Blue Ox products they are well built and easy step by step instructions. Also if I have any questions etrailer is there to answer them.

Thanks everyone,



Very good quality great craftsmanship fit perfectly looks good when installed I have towed the truck behind my motor home with out any problems.


Great product, hard to install

2010 Ram 3500

Just what the description says. Great product and service.



2018 Ram 3500

everything was just as listed and came as promised ...install was easy..

2012 DodgeRam Pickup


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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.


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.

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


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

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.


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.


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.


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

This is our second tow vehicle. etrailer made it easy to shop for our 2020 Jeep Wrangler Sport. We purchased a Blue OX base plate for our Mini Cooper previously and the videos make it easy to install. We use the Blue Ox Alpha 2 Tow bar and the Roadmaster BrakeMaster System w BrakeAway for RVs w Air or Air Over Hydraulic Brakes - Proportional. Can't wait to get the new Jeep set up.


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 was easy!) Total time invested was about 2 hours.


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

Great product and am super happy with the customer service. Steve from 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.


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!


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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    My contact at Blue Ox confirmed that their base plate kit # BX1989 is fine for use on your 7500-lb 2016 Ram 2500 4x4 diesel (so long as it is not the Power Wagon, for which we offer no base plates). No base plate/tow bar adapters can be used, however, so you'll need to select a properly-rated Blue Ox tow bar, such as their Alpha # BX7380. Note that your tow hooks will need to be removed. All of the items needed for safe and legal flat towing are outlined in the linked article.
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    Before attempting to flat tow the vehicle, I'd consult the owner's manual to determine if the vehicle can be flat towed without modification, and if not, what modifications would be required. The 2014 Ram 2500 wouldn't come from the factory with a plug for the taillights when flat towing the vehicle. You would need to have that installed yourself. I'd recommend the Roadmaster Universal Diode Wiring Kit, part # RM-154. You can see an actual installation by clicking on the video link I provided...
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  • Recommendations for Flat Towing a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Dually Diesel Behind BlueBird Motorhome
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