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Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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The crossbar-style hidden brackets attach to your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar. The visible portions of the brackets can be removed when you are not towing. 1-800-940-8924 to order Roadmaster base plates part number 1541-1 or order online at Free expert support on all Roadmaster products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Roadmaster Base Plates - 1541-1

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Roadmaster
  • Hitch Pin Attachment

The crossbar-style hidden brackets attach to your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar. The visible portions of the brackets can be removed when you are not towing.


  • Hidden bracket design - drawbars are easily removable via 2 pins
    • Improved aesthetics compared with standard brackets
  • Computer-cut, all-steel construction provides exceptional strength
  • Black powder coat finish is durable and corrosion resistant
  • Simple installation - no welding required
    • Custom base plates ensure a perfect fit for your vehicle
  • Compatible with Roadmaster tow bars with use of quick-disconnect crossbar (910021-00 - sold separately)
  • Instructions and mounting hardware included
  • Made in the USA
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

The square drawbars, or front arms, on the crossbar-style base plate kit are simple to mount and remove, easily securing with hitch 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.

1541-1 Road Master XL Base Plate Kit

Installation Details 1541-1 Installation instructions

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Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 1541-1

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (868 Customer Reviews)

The crossbar-style hidden brackets attach to your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar. The visible portions of the brackets can be removed when you are not towing.


I ordered the parts from your site as a combo. When they came in, two parts didn’t fit together. When I called to ask why, I was told they weren’t compatible and I would need another type of bar. I was told that most people don’t use that style and use a quick release. I asked if could return it as wasn’t installed just opened from the box and I could see that they wouldn’t fit. My request was denied. So I wanted to order the adapter that was needed, but was told it would be two weeks. I was a week out from a 50 day cross country trip, so I found it on [online vendor] and it was there in two days.


Easy to install. Included instructions difficult to understand. Online video 100%accurate. Perfect fit.


Great advice and great service! I will shop there again


As always, etrailer was super quick at fillibg my order. They pulled together a "cart" for all the parts I needed to tow my Hinda CR-V behind my motorhome as I got some of the tow parts with the motorhome purchase but needed the rest of the pieces to complete the package. I'll always check out etrailer when I need stuff.

2010 Honda Element

Received this towing bracket...did not another within 3-4 days....good service....directions are good for a Honda Element, mine was a 2004 CRV.....if you cannot ad not try to do the install, otherwise an excellent fit and easy for the not challanged mechanically....if it says 10 mm might be 8 or here rather than there.....very happy with a quality product even if it took a second time.....everyone is allowed a screwup occasionally....and it was taken care of well....

Not a single complaint.......everything works as it should!!
Bill G - 04/24/2014


I installed this baseplate on my 2003 Honda CRV myself. It was a challenge for an inexperienced mechanic but successful in spite of that. Following the clear instructions, the unit fit well into the CRV chassis. Installing it myself has also given me confidence in towing that I may not have had by giving that task to someone else. I wired the CRV and RV 6 way and 7 way connectors including power to charge the CRV's battery while towing. After towing the car for several thousand miles, I am very satisfied with the base plate, tow bar, and installation.





Quality made mount looks really solid, much stronger than the stock bumperette that gets removed. Had a little trouble installing at first, but just needed to tighten some bolts and loosen others till everything lined up. Once installed you barely notice the bracket when the extenders are removed. Took it for a test drive today, no problems, ready to hit the road next week.

2003 Honda CR-V

Product fit perfectly and was relatively easy to install - and at a cost that's a fraction of the product and installation at an RV store. After using for a year I'm very happy with the purchase! Also, etrailer does an excellent job of getting the product delivered quickly and in support for their products. A first-class company all the way around!


hello . here are the photos you requested .I was very easy to put on and was done 2 hours . I have 1 question,, that is ..why is there not a plug to go on the end of the hitch so that dirt and debris won`t get in ?

Roadmaster does have covers that can be ed in the receiver openings to keep dirt and debris out. They do not bundle them with the base plate kits, but sell them separately. See part # RM-200-5
RoadMaster Black Receiver Inserts for MX and XL Brackets
to fit your XL style base plates.
-- Etrailer Expert Patrick B - 12/03/2014


Perfect fit and haven’t had any issues at all

2006 Honda Element

Super fast and free shipping! Thanks


I have taken a few trips with my RV towing my car. The system I purchased from you has worked nicely!

2005 Honda Element

The base plate fit perfectly. The installation took 3 hours as was indicated in the instructions. The instructions covered the task quite well. As a plus, I didn't have to trim the grill. I am quite impressed.


eTrailer was the only place in the country with 1541-1 base plate. Arrived as predicted in good condition. It took me most of the day to put it on because I'm a plodder. The parts fit great and provided much better protection then the old bumper (under facia) which I threw away.

2004 Honda Element

Sturdy, fit great. If you can disconnect a few points of the front end without scaring yourself away it's a great way to go.

2002 Honda CR-V

it was exactly what i wanted. a good strong and reasonably easy installation. i did it myself in about 2 hrs.



The tow bar bolted on great

2006 Honda Element

fast shipping Thank you


Fast and friendly. Service excellant. Prompt shipment.


Product arrived quickly, well packed.

Honda Element



Review from a similar XL in Base Plates

Item arrived earlier than predicted after viewing a very complete tracking system. The information was very clear and precise. Good job! I am 75 years of age and installed the baseplate myself. Only a couple of minor issues. One pin would not insert. Welding blob in the way. Filed it smooth and problem solved. The video was excellent but was a bit different in that it showed a different method o rear bolt installation, however the instructions on paper showed the correct way. Reinstalling the front clip had presented some difficulty. I suggest really watching the inner fender position relative to the front clip before removal. All said all went well. The finished look is great, (see pictures). Great product!

Worked well, towed truck all summer.
Ernie - 12/25/2022

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    You will want to consult the owners manual for the 2005 Fleetwood Jamboree built on a Ford E-450 chassis for the towing capacity. According to the regular owners manual the RV cutaway models of the 2005 Ford E-450 have a 10,000 pound gross trailer weight capacity and a gross combined weight rating of 20,000 pounds (this is the most that the vehicle and trailer or towed vehicle can weigh including all cargo, fuel, passengers, etc.).
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    The difference between the Roadmaster XL Base Plates # 1541-1 and the MX base plates # 1541-5 is tow bar compatibility. The XL plates are compatible with all Roadmaster tow bars while the MX plates work only with the Roadmaster tow bars that slide into a trailer hitch, such as the Sterling, Blackhawk, Blackhawk 2, Falcon and Falcon 2. The MX base plates will not work with tow bars that require a hitch ball. Your Falcon All Terrain tow bar # RM-522 will work with either base plate.
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  • Can You Connect a Blue Ox Tow Bar to a Roadmaster Base Plate Kit
    Yes, to adapt your Blue Ox tow bar to Roadmaster base plates for your 2004 Honda CR-V like the part # 1541-1 that you referenced you would want the RoadMaster Base Plate to Blue Ox and Demco Tow Bars Adapter # RM-033. I attached an FAQ with a chart that shows all of the different base plate adapter kits we offer. I also attached an FAQ on flat towing for you to check out.
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  • Is a Cross Bar Needed to Flat Tow A 2003 Honda Element with a RoadMaster Falcon 5250 Tow Bar
    No, a cross bar is not required to flat tow with the RoadMaster Falcon 5250 tow bar if you have the Roadmaster MX Base Plate Kit, # 1541-5, on your 2003 Honda Element. If you have the XL Base Plate Kit, # 1541-1, on your Element then you would need to use a cross bar and quick disconnect system, # 910021-00.
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  • Comparing Roadmaster Base Plate Kits for a 2006 Honda Element EX
    The Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit part # 1541-5 and Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit part # 1541-1 are both fits for a 2006 Honda Element EX. The former is a more seamless design and what I recommend but the latter will still work if you're trying to save money on the tow bar. The Roadmaster StowMaster Tow Bar part # RM-504 is designed for the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit and the Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar part # RM-522 is designed...
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  • Tow Bar & Base Plates for 2004 Honda CR-V
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  • Can 2003 Honda CRV All Wheel Drive be Flat Towed behind an RV
    I did some checking and it looks like your 2003 Honda CR-V AWD is flat towable as-is as long as you keep it under 65 mph. For a base plate kit you'll want the part # 1541-1 for if you do not have the brush guard or part # 1541-3 for if you do have the brush guard. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The most popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon 2, # RM-520. For safety...
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  • Availability of Replacement Draw Bars for Roadmaster Base Plate on 2004 Honda CR-V
    The removable draw bars for the two base plates you reference are not compatible. Roadmaster MX Base Plate Kit # 1541-5 uses removable draw bars # C-000637 and # C-000638. Roadmaster base plate kit # 1541-1 uses removable draw bars # C-000293 and # C-000294. You can get replacement arms using # RM-ARMS. There is a link on the page at the right that is actually a form that needs to be filled out so we can be sure Roadmaster makes the correct arms. I recommend contacting our customer...
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  • Are Roadmaster XL Base Plates for a 2004 Honda CR-V Compatible with a Falcon Tow Bar
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  • Base Plate Kit Recommendation to Flat Tow a 2004 Honda Element with a Falcon 2 Tow Bar
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