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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Item # RM-298-3
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2013 Dodge Ram Pickup

1500 - Sport and Express

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2013 Dodge Ram Pickup - Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Roadmaster
  • Hitch Pin Attachment

Designed specifically for heavy-duty applications, direct-connect brackets install onto your Dodge Ram Pickup's frame to provide attachment points for a motor-home-mounted tow bar. Front arms are easily removable when not in use.


Features:

  • Hidden bracket design - drawbars are easily removable via 2 pins
  • Computer-cut, all-steel construction provides exceptional strength
  • Black powder coat finish is durable and corrosion resistant
  • Simple installation - no welding
    • Custom base plates ensure a perfect fit for your vehicle
  • No crossbar needed - faster hookup and sleeker appearance
    • Crossbar not required because these direct-connect base plates are designed for strong, heavy-duty applications
  • Compatible with all Roadmaster tow bars that slide into trailer hitch receivers
  • Instructions and mounting hardware included
  • Made in the USA
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty


Note: Direct-connect base plates will work only with the Roadmaster tow bars that slide into a trailer hitch, such as the Sterling, Blackhawk, Blackhawk 2, Falcon and Falcon 2. These base plates will not work with tow bars that require a hitch ball.


Direct-connect brackets do not require a crossbar because of the heavy-duty nature of your vehicle's frame. Thus, installation is simplified, the hookup process is faster, and the total appearance is enhanced.


Note: The EZ Hook safety cables included with Roadmaster's Sterling tow bars will not work with direct-connect base plates. These cables connect to an anchor plate on the Quick Disconnect crossbar, which will not be present when you are using these base plates.


The drawbars, or front arms, on the direct-connect base plate kit are simple to mount and remove, easily securing with pins. Once the drawbars have been removed, the remaining brackets are virtually invisible. On most automobiles, the brackets are mounted within the grille, where they remain not only unseen, but protected from scrapes and scuffs as well.



298-3 Road Master MX Base Plate Kit

Installation Details RM-298-3 Installation instructions


Customer Reviews

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - RM-298-3

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (262 Customer Reviews)

Designed specifically for heavy-duty applications, direct-connect brackets install onto your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for a motor-home-mounted tow bar. Front arms are easily removable when not in use.

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Fast shipping. Have not open box, that will be this weekend. Box was in good shape and not damaged.




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Perfect fit for my 2008 Honda Element SC Automatic! There were questions of whether this model was flat towable or not? After researching the heck out of it, I took the chance and I use the Honda 2005 flat tow instructions from the owners manual of that year (there were no engine or tranny changes from 2005 to 2008 that I could see). Perfect! I've now towed my Element over 500 miles without issue. This baseplate and instructions are great. I already had the Roadmaster Falcon 2 tow bar. I use the invsibrake system for the toad brake and love that also.




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


The baseplate went on with relative ease; However, I had to do some modifications accommodate the brush guard. The instructions stated that I needed to remove the brush guard. I was able to work around that, and fixed it so that I could leave the tow bar mounted when arriving at my location. I pull my Suburban behind a diesel pusher motorhome. It Pulls much easier that I thought it would. I don't advise anyone to try this unless they have access to a machine shop, and are ready to drill some holes. It has been in place for over a year and still works good.




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Very easy install on my 2005 CR-V. It sit's nicely tucked into the grill. I did not have to any cutting. It makes your CR-V stronger by replacing a thin frame piece with strong steel crossmember.




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Easy installation. I watched the video a couple of times and read the PDF instructions before my order arrived. When my order arrived I verified that I had all of the parts and in an hour and a half the base plate was on and project completed. I didn't need to trim my grill at all and it looks great.




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


The parts are correct but didn’t come in the oem packaging that uses styrofoam padding. They clanked around in the etrailer box and the powder is scratched up pretty bad.

Knowing how Roadmaster takes pride in their packaging to receiving them in this condition is pretty disappointing. There was not even paper wrapping them up. The cardboard box is in perfect shape.


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I see in your account that Customer Service is in contact with you. I am glad that we are helping with this issue.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 10/14/2021


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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Another great product from etrailer. Arrived on time came with everything I needed. Had to trim a little more plastic trim than I expected but it’s all good. Took me about 3 hours including the wiring to the tail lights and breakaway switch for the brake buddy.


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Perfectly. Still operates and works as good as the day I installed it. Great product.
Rick - 07/06/2020


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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Everything lined up nicely - no holes to ream out and no banging on stuff to make it fit. The paper instructions left me unsure about the placement of a bolt, but the video cleared it all up.

Our CR-V looks almost stock with the adapters removed. Good product! Entire installation took about two hours.


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No worries. I install the tow bar and go.
Matt - 12/05/2021


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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Alex was great to work with he saved me about 7 weeks. I was going to order a Blue Ox baseplate but Alex had a different brand and I got it in 2 days along with the Blue Ox connector. I will be dealing with Alex again, great job!




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Very good fit. Easy to install. Directions were fairly easy to follow. Will be towing behind our Winnebago Journey. This is my 3rd baseplate from trailer. Great company and customer service.


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Still works perfectly as advertised
Rick - 08/03/2016


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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Excellent product. Easy to install on my 2005 Honda Element. Didn't have to cut anything on the frame or the grill fascia. Went with the Roadmaster over the Blue Ox because it is a less conspicuous baseplate and it wasn't necessary to alter any of the frame/metal on the car. I have a Blue Ox tow bar so I also had to have an adapter kit to hook the two together. Etrailer.com was very helpful getting me the correct parts I needed. Their customer service is A+++.
I have attached 'before' and 'after' pictures (I think). I cut the electrical mount and a few tabs off of the baseplate to give it a cleaner look. I will hide the wires behind the grill and bring them out when in use. Also purchased a few plastic caps to cover tubes.




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Excellent service -- ordered online afternoon of July 13; shipped same day and arrived two days later. etrailer video was helpful in outlining steps for installation - especially fascia removal prior to actual install. Installation took about 3 1/2 hours which includes fascia/grill removal and reinstall. Did need to secure additional fender clips to reinstall fascia - many broke during removal as almost 20 years old -- available aftermarket from Dorman. Order arrived correct with all parts/no damage. Fit was excellent. Will order from etrailer again




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


I installed the Roadmaster base plate kit myself on my 2008 Jeep Wrangler. I have never installed one and I have basic mechanical skills. I have basic tools, but I did have to purchase a set of crow foot wrenches to reach one nut. It took some time for me to install it, but the instructions were easy to follow step by step. The kit appears to be built very strong. May be priced high for what it is, but what isn't anymore.

As far as etrailer goes, customer service was great. Quinn was informative and seemed to know the product. He followed up with me after the sale. I found a lower price after I ordered and the folks at etrailer gave me a credit on my credit card almost immediately when they verified the lower price. I can highly recommend them and I will always consider them in the future.




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Great service - fast ship and complete order arrived together. Not your issue - but Roadmaster should label braces R and L or DS and PS. I had to call their technical line to clarify as they are very slightly different. I asked their tech assist guy to please have then include a photo in instructions to identify the correct installation sides.




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Even I could get installed. Took about 3 hours. It would have been shorter time if they said to cut plastic airfoil before you start instead of last directions.


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After a year of pulling my F 150 behind the motorhouse it still performs to my expectations. One reminder to anyone, remember to check bolts on towed vehicle.
Scott K - 07/22/2022


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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Fairly easy to install, instructions were accurate. Looks great with removable arms on or off jeep. Have gotten quite a bit of questions about where we bought them or how installed them.




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Bought this to be able to flat-tow our 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser which some say can't be done (w/o damage to the tranny) - however - we're a couple thousand mile into the experiment and all seems to be well.
The device itself - although a bit awkward to completely remove/reinstall on the vehicle - shows no sign of weakness or operational malfunction.
For those of you who may consider doing this same thing with your Toy and are using (or intend to use) Roadmaster's Brakemaster air-actuated brake system, BE ADVISED: you WILL burn up your Cruiser's brakes UNLESS you add their 900002 adjustable pressure reducer to accommodate your "active" braking system. (Bolt hole spacing on the actuator cylinder bracket allows for mounting the reducer right on the unit inside the vehicle ;-)
One improvement Roadmaster could/should make to this baseplate setup is to provide mounting points for their Guardian series front-end vehicle protection.
It CAN be done!


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After a year of pointlessly hauling around that Guardian rock guard on its storage mount on the back of the motorhome, we finally got the mods to the baseplate done that should be a factory option. Woohoo, it worked!! So far as the baseplate parts themselves, the only possible concerns Ive noticed are: 1 some rust and wear of the hitch pins 2 wear at the holes in the hitch pins where the security lockskeepers pass through them. Looking into replacing the whole hitchpin setup with the same type of locking pins I use in the receiver tow hitch and baseplate arm receivers.
R W - 12/13/2020


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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Installation went well. Everything fit as expected. I modified the plastic splash shield so I could put it back on. Required some holes cut and a heat gun to give it more bend where it met the new tow base in order to get the rear part attached.




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Excellent quality and instructions. Exceeded expectations.




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Very solid and relatively easy to install. However the directions were written by lawyers rather than mechanics. The two side plates look almost identical but are different, and the directions do not say anything about this or advise how to tell them apart. Pictures in the instructions could be larger. This item was installed on a 15 year old vehicle.

etrailer did their part - good pricing and fast delivery. Their website can be difficult to navigate but help is available by calling. The installation video is excellent, and is what convinced me to buy this and to install it myself.


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The baseplate is sturdy and fit the holes in the frame. Once I accepted that the front license plate needed to be relocated, installation took about a day. In addition to the baseplate itself, the safety cables and brake wiring need connection points, which result in more holes in the grille. The design of the baseplate ignores the fact that wiring connections from RV to tow are needed - having a mount for the wiring plug would have been a big help. We have towed several thousand miles with no problems with the baseplate.
James - 04/18/2021


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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


base plate was the perfect fit....instructions were spot on......easy to install...you have my appreciation.....thanks...




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Installed on my 2013 Subaru Forester. Had to file down the passenger-side hole on the bottom (not the front where it replaces the old bumper) because the hole came at an incorrect distance from the factory compared to the driver's side hole.

I also installed the "RM-98146-7 Roadmaster Wiring - Straight 6 to 7 - 78" Long" which required a small semi-circle be cut off from my car's bumper facia next to the base plat's arms. It's not noticeable from the outside but otherwise the female plug wouldn't be able to open to accept the male plug.

Side note: If your car is used, do yourself a favor a purchase a bag of push clips (the things you'll need to pop off to get the facia off on your vehicle) from [online vendor]. Mine were stiff and more than half of them broke when I first popped them off.




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


Great product. Fitment on our 2008 Chevy Tahoe was as the instructions suggested. Drilling through the frame was required, and took a little time. The first side I worked on took about 3 hours whereas the 2nd side only took about 1.5 hrs. Very happy with the product.




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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


I love the quality of the products I ordered. Customer relations was very good as well, they kept me informed and even though it took several weeks and etrailer had to wait on items to get to them, I was communicated to well. I know it’s important in who you deal within this day and time and you can trust etrailer.


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Awesome, great reliability
Glenn - 09/27/2021


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Review from a similar MX in Base Plates


I did some research and decided this was the best route to set up my 2012 Tacoma to tow behind my RV. Very clean install and the plates are very unobtrusive.



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