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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Mike S says:

Yes, if you:

  • Are a DIYer and want a simple install
  • Have a Roadmaster hitch-mounted tow bar
  • Value the protection of a lifetime warranty

No, if you:

  • Own a tow bar that's not from Roadmaster and don’t want to have to buy an adapter separately
  • Have a Roadmaster Sterling tow bar and want to use its specialty safety cables
Designed for use with motor-home-mounted tow bars, the direct-connect brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount and remove, and they eliminate the need for a quick-disconnect crossbar on your tow bar. Installs on your vehicle's frame. 1-833-496-1390 to order Roadmaster base plates part number RM-523182-5 or order online at Free expert support on all Roadmaster products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Roadmaster Base Plates - RM-523182-5

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Roadmaster
  • Twist Lock Attachment

Designed for use with motor-home-mounted tow bars, the direct-connect brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount and remove, and they eliminate the need for a quick-disconnect crossbar on your tow bar. Installs on your vehicle's frame.


  • Direct-connect brackets provide attachment points for your motor-home-mounted tow bar
  • Streamlined design creates supremely clean look
    • No obtrusive quick-disconnect crossbar
    • Hidden brackets sit even farther back than standard brackets
  • Drawbars attach and remove quickly and easily
    • Arms click to lock in place in brackets
    • Built-in pull rings let you unlock arms so you can twist and remove them
  • 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 motor-home-mounted tow bars only
  • Instructions and mounting hardware included
  • Made in the USA
  • Limited lifetime warranty

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

The drawbars, or front arms, on this base plate kit are supremely easy to mount and remove. Just insert them into the brackets and twist to lock them in place. To remove each arm, simply tug the built-in pull pin to disengage the lock, twist the arm back and pull it out of the bracket. 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.

523182-5 Road Master EZ-5 Base Plate Kit

Installation Details RM-523182-5 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

  • 2015 - 2020 GMC Canyon 2 Wheel Drive - without Adaptive Cruise Control
  • 2015 - 2020 GMC Canyon 4 Wheel Drive - without Adaptive Cruise Control
  • 2015 - 2020 Chevrolet Colorado 4 Wheel Drive - without Adaptive Cruise Control

Customer Reviews

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - RM-523182-5

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1349 Customer Reviews)

Designed for use with motor-home-mounted tow bars, the direct-connect brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount and remove, and they eliminate the need for a quick-disconnect crossbar on your tow bar. Installs on your vehicle's frame.


I chose the Roadmaster EZ5 base plate for my 2018 Colorado because its connection height would work better with my motorhome's hitch height. Installation was fairly straightforward but I found the supplied instructions lacking in a few areas. Although it took me far longer than the advertised 3 hours ... I believe the installation went well and should work well. This is my 5th baseplate install and this one went smoothly and the quality of the equipment seems fine.


It is more than I expected. Wonderful, easy and fast to hook up and unhook. Would recommend to anyone interested in flat towing a vehicle.
My wife and I are full timers and use it on a regular basis.
Son in law and I put it all in ourselves. Took about 5 hours .

2018 GMC Canyon

Terrific product! Easy installation and the locking and removal mechanism make it easy to use. Far better than other base plated I've used in the past.
Easy to follow instructions!
Thanks etrailer!

Terrific product! Easy to install after watching the detailed video instruction provided by etrailer. Easy to connect to my RV. I have recommended this product to others.
Edmond A - 02/13/2020


Heavy duty stuff. Great staff support. Differently my go to place for my truck.

GMC Canyon

Simple, sturdy and easy to install and use. Really did not want the full width “bar” style device. The 2 piece, individual mounting lugs appealed to me. Glad it worked so well on my 2020 GMC Canyon. Wife and I did all our own installation.


Performing flawlessly!


Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, I have only towed our vehicle once but, the Roadmaster Base Plates fit and worked as expected.


Solid product with straight forward, easy to follow instructions and customer service made this a simple diy project. Roadmaster and etrailer make a great team.

2018 Chevrolet Colorado

Item fit perfectly. Installed myself in about a day. After a few scratched up hands removing the front bumper cover the base plates were easy to install on my 2018 Chevy Colorado. removed the tow hooks and had to trim a little around the hole to reinstall front.

2018 GMC Canyon

Kit was easy to install. I am not a mechanic and it took about 4 hours taking it slow. one thing Road Master Needs to do is give a better picture/description of how to remove the clips on the airdam and the foam bumber backer. Not very intuative and it held me up a few minutes to figure out. no specific [online videos] on this. overall produt is very good.


You guy always do a good job for me. I’m sure the parts will be fine as they have been on the past two vehicles I towed. I haven’t put the parts on yet or I would sent pictures. When the truck is air ready to go I’ll send you pictures. Thanks again.

Great Thanks for asking
George - 09/26/2020

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

I would like to say the etrailer was fantastic I got the order exactly when they told me the quality of the brackets were excellent as soon as I get them put on I will post a picture it's nice to do business with people that do what they say they're going to do thank you trailer

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

All the products I ordered from etrailer,fit and worked excellent for me to be able to flat tow my 2015 Chevrolet Colorado behind our motorhome. I live in Canada and fast delivery on the products I ordered. I will order from etrailer again


5,000 miles and not an issue.


Base plates are of high quality heavy steel. Installation of the base plates was very precise and the step by step instructions were easy to follow. Base plates work perfectly and are easy to use.


Everything arrived earlier than expected and all was packaged well, no issues or broken boxes, etc.
etrailer has a tremendous selection of items and their installation video are absolutely 1st class.
Highly recommend.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado

Installing was a bit of challenge since a lot of parts had to be removed and replaced.
However, once installed they look great and are very easy to insert/remove the arms
which can be easily stored in under the back seat.
It has worked fine since installed. My vehicle is a 2019 Chevy Colorado.


I am very happy with your product,


The brackets were exactly correct for my vehicle. Disassembly was a little different from described in the Roadmaster information.

2016 GMC Canyon

excellent directions and videos for installation. etrailer is a great company to work with.


Fit perfectly. Had to take the front end off the truck, but face plates fit perfectly.

2017 GMC Canyon

excellent service. don't have pictures and I haven't installed yet to cold outside. I may have questions in the future and I know you will be there. thanks


Works great

GMC Canyon

The hidden brackets really surprise me what they look like after I got them on my canyon I am very well pleased with this product

2018 GMC Canyon

Quality products and rapid delivery.

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  • Is There a Certain Order that Tow Bar Connections Need to be Made When Flat Towing
    There isn't a specifically recommended time that is required for the wiring connections for tow bar setups. But to be on the safe side I would always disconnect it first (so that you don't forget and accidentally pull away with it connected and damage the wiring), and then make it the last thing you connect once everything else is connected. This will allow you to route it so that it does not interfere with the safety chains possibly. Basically I would recommend developing a routine and...
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  • Install Video for Roadmaster Base Plate Kit on 2019 Chevy Colorado
    Yes I attached an install video that shows the Roadmaster EZ5 base plate kit # RM-523182-5 installed on a 2019 Chevy Colorado for you to check out.
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  • Can You Flat Tow a 4 Cylinder 2WD 2016 Chevy Colorado
    The 2WD version of the 2016 Chevy Colorado can only be flat towed if you use a lube pump. We don't carry the lube pumps but you will need part LP-BK01-020. If you had the 4WD then no lube pump would be required because it has a true neutral integrated.
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  • Why Isn't Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit Available without Arms
    There isn't a way to order the Roadmaster base plate kit part # RM-523182-5 without the removable arms. Also worth mentioning is that the base plate and arms are made together for each kit and they are often unique enough with super tight clearances that it is typically not possible to fit a different set of arms into the bases.
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  • Base Plate Kit Recommendation for Flat Towing 2016 GMC Canyon with Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar
    Your Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar part # RM-576 is compatible with flat towing your 2016 GMC Canyon 4x4. The correct base plate kit you'd need is the part # RM-523182-4 to allow you to keep using the quick-disconnect tow bar. The other base plate that fits your Canyon is the part # RM-523182-5 which would not use the crossbar and would attach to the tow bar directly. To use with Sterling tow bar the Sterling cable anchors must be attached to the frame of the vehicle or welded to the receiver...
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  • Which Version of Roadmaster Base Plate Kits Does Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard Fit
    The Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard part # RM-4000 does only work with the Roadmaster base plate kits that have the crossbars like the part # RM-523182-4 that you referenced. The Direct Connect Kit part # RM-523182-5 would not work.
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  • Replacement Pin for Roadmaster Tow Bar Arms
    Sounds like you are looking for the part # RM-910029. This is the pin that will run through the arms of the tow bar that will attach it to the removable arms of the # RM-523182-5.
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  • Flat Towing Requirements for a 2020 Chevy Colorado 4x4
    The 2020 Chevy Colorado 4x4 can be flat towed. The 2wd version cannot. The owners manual on page 300 states to " Only dinghy tow four-wheel-drive vehicles that have an N (Neutral) and a Four-Wheel Drive Low (4 (n) setting." On the dial you stated to the far right should have an "n" for neutral. If it doesn't you can't tow it. It does require you to keep the key in the ACC position when towing to keep the wheel from locking but they do recommend disconnecting your battery so it isn't...
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  • Will Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit Work On 2016 Chevy Colorado with Collision Avoidance
    The Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit part # RM-523182-5 which is a fit for a 2016 Chevrolet Colorado will work on models with collision avoidance. The issue with adaptive cruise control (ACC) is usually the location of the sensors blocking where the base plate installs but I don't show that as an issue with this vehicle. If you are using a Roadmaster Falcon Tow Bar like part # RM-522 you won't need to use the crossbar.
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  • Fit of the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit On a 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2
    The Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit part # RM-523182-5 I can confirm is listed as a fit for a 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. I was not able to track down any install photos but the arms comes out of the holes pre-cut into the bumper for the tow hook. If you don't already have a tow bar picked out, the Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar part # RM-520 is a great option.
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  • Recommended Base Plates To Use with the Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain on 2016 Chevy Colorado Z71
    The adaptive cruise control (ACC) feature will adjust your speed while in the cruise control mode when an object traveling at a lower speed is detected in front of you. This was not a very popular option but if you call your dealer they will be able to tell you whether or not you have this. If you do then it will need to be removed in order to flat-tow the vehicle because the sensor locations interfere with where the base plate kits mount. For a base plate kit, the only option that will...
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  • Will Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard Cause Overheating
    There is not an issue with overheating with the Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard # RM-4000; the only caveat is that some owner's manuals do state not to use a vertical towing shield so you will need to check the manual of your '19 Colorado. If you cannot use a vertical shield then you can use the Roadmaster Tow Defender Protective Screening # RM-4700 for a horizontal shield. Either way, the transmission should not be creating heat when you are flat towing so there will not be an issue with...
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  • Can Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit for 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Fit with a Blue Ox Tow Bar
    Yes, the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit # RM-523182-5 that fits your 2017 Chevrolet Colorado can be used with a Blue Ox tow bar as long as you use an adapter. The correct adapter is # BX88185.
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  • How To Use Blue Ox Tow Bar with Roadmaster Base Plates On a 2020 Chevrolet Colorado
    In order to use a Blue Ox Tow Bar with the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit part # RM-523182-4 for a 2020 Chevrolet Colorado you will need the Blue Ox Tow Bar to Roadmaster Base Plates Adapter part # BX88178. In order to use a Blue Ox Tow Bar with the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit part # RM-523182-5 for a 2020 Chevrolet Colorado you will need the Blue Ox Tow Bar to Roadmaster Base Plates Adapter part # BX88185. The Blue Ox Tow Bars and Roadmaster Base Plate Kits are...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2019 Chevy Colorado Z71
    We do have the parts needed to flat tow a 2019 Chevy Colorado 4x4 as long as it doesn't have adaptive cruise control. For that you'd want the # RM-523182-5 that you referenced as long as your Z71 isn't a Trail Boss model. I attached a link to an install video for this kit on a 2019 Colorado just like your for you to check out as well. 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...
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  • Roadmaster Flat Towing Components for 2018 Chevy Colorado
    The easiest to install and use Roadmaster base plate kit is the part # RM-523182-5 for your 2018 Chevy Colorado. 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 All Terain, # RM-522. This has non-binding arms which makes the setup very easy to connect/disconnect. For lighting/safety cables, locks, and covers for the tow bar we have the...
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  • Does etrailer SD Tow Bar for Roadmaster Direct Connect Base Plate Fit 2018 Chevy Colorado
    Yes the etrailer SD tow bar part # e74ZR that you referenced is perfectly compatible with the Roadmaster direct connect base plate kit # RM-523182-5 that you referenced. This comes with everything needed to connect and does not require any additional adapters.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2020 Chevy Colorado
    We can definitely get your new 2020 Chevy Colorado set up so you can flat tow it behind your RV. To do this you will need a base plate kit, a tow bar, safety cables, a lighting solution, and a supplemental braking system. I will list out the parts I recommend below and then go into a bit more detail on each. Base Plate Kit - Roadmaster Direct-Connect # RM-523182-5 Tow Bar - Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain # RM-676 (safety cables are included) Lighting Solution - Roadmaster Universal...
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  • Average Install Time Of The Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit For A 2020 GMC Canyon
    Roadmaster quotes the installation time of the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-523182-5 at 3 hours, however that is with their installers who pretty experienced and they know how to install these base plate kits quickly. An inexperienced installer can expect to take a bit more time. If you're interested in a complete setup, you're going to need: -A set of tow bars like # RM-677, -A braking system # HM39524, & -A wiring kit like # RM-154.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Chevy Colorado 4x4 WITHOUT Adaptive Cruise Control Behind an RV
    Since your 2016 Chevy Colorado 4x4 has regular cruise control and not the adaptive cruise control the Roadmaster base plates # RM-523182-5 will fit! Please note these base plates not accommodate the Guardian rock shield, Tow Defender, Stowaway or the StowMaster or StowMaster All Terrain tow bars. If you have any of those products I recommend Roadmaster base plates # RM-523182-4 instead. If you do not already have a compatible tow bar I recommend the Falcon 2, # RM-520. It is a popular...
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  • Which Roadmaster Falcon Tow Bar to Use When Flat Towing 2016 Chevy Colorado
    The # RM-520 will work very well instead of the all terrain Falcon # RM-522 but it really depends on where you plan to flat tow. If you find yourself in situations where you can't be lined up straight with the toad or the ground isn't level (which is almost all camp grounds) then it is absolutely worth it to go with the Falcon All-Terrain. If you are rarely off of paved roads where you have plenty of space then the Falcon 2 will work great. But in an effort to plan ahead for all possible...
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  • Base Plates for Flat Towing a 2019 Chevy Colorado 2WD with Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar
    You've found the correct part! The Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate # RM-523182-5 are designed to fit on your 2019 Chevy Colorado 2wd. These base plates are compatible with your Roadmaster Falcon 2 # RM-520 tow bar. Because the Falcon 2 does not come with safety cables, you may want to add the Roadmaster 68" Single Hook Safety Cables # RM-643. It sounds like you probably already have a supplemental braking system from an existing flat towing setup, but you may still need lights and...
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  • Parts Needed to Maintain Charge on Battery in Flat Towed 2018 Chevy Colorado
    When flat-towing a vehicle such as your 2018 Chevy Colorado you can safeguard its battery by installing a Quick Battery Disconnect # RM-766. I also suggest a Charge Line Kit # RM-156-25 which will work along with the motorhome side kit # RM-156-75 if no charge line is present in your RV. This will deliver a maintenance charge to the towed Colorado while you tow. If you need any other related flat towing equipment please let me know and I will be glad to offer recommendations.
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  • Can 2018 Chevrolet Colorado be Flat Towed With 2023 Tiffin Wayfarer
    As long as you do not exceed the towing capacity of your 2023 Tiffin Wayfarer, or the hitch, it will be safe to tow your 2018 Chevrolet Colorado. Make sure to consult your owner's manual for this information. Also, be careful with any cargo you add to your truck to make sure you do not exceed your towing capacity. In order to flat tow your Chevy Colorado you will need the following: Base Plate: Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-523182-5 Tow Bar: Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain,...
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