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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Item # RM-523193-5
Our Price: $485.00
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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. 1-800-940-8924 to order Roadmaster base plates part number RM-523193-5 or order online at Free expert support on all Roadmaster products. Great prices 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-523193-5

  • 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 Nighthawk, 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.

523193-5 Road Master EZ5 Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Installation Details RM-523193-5 Installation instructions

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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - RM-523193-5

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1854 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.

2023 Chevrolet Equinox

This is a rock solid baseplate. Installed on a 2023 Equinox LT (AWD). I followed etrailer's videos for installation and they are spot on. We connect with a Roadmaster Nighthawk tow bar, charge line kit, smart diode lighting kit, and a Demco Stay-in-Play supplimental braking system. It is fairly well hidden when not in-use. This setup is great!


This kit worked out great for my 2022 Chevy Equinox. I like how it has separate side plates, which make it easier to attach the main bar. The points where it attaches to the frame seem plenty secure. It is important to watch the videos provided by etrailer as Ryan is very thorough and has good tips for installing. I would also recommend installing additional wiring while having the front end off. Overall, I was able to complete in my driveway. The hardest part was sorting out the wiring for whatever braking and tail lights you decide on. William S helped me pick all the necessary components needed for flat towing behind my Jayco RV. I am looking forward to a summer of camping and having more freedom to explore the area, now having a car.


Just finished installing your baseplate on my 2019 equinox redline. Excellent instructions,perfect fit and three day fast delivery. Very happy. I am 73 and will really enjoy the quick connect arms. Thank you etrailer


Fast delivery of a base plate from a trusted, (Roadmaster) manufacturer. Very satisfied with entire process.


Installed the baseplate myself. Just followed the directions and it went well. Have used it for about 4000 miles. Easy to connect to the tow bar. Great produce.



I installed the product myself two years ago. Installation instructions were detailed and easy to follow. I have towed the car approximately 8000 miles over the past two years and it has been solid to use and easy to connect to each time.


Installing the 2020 Chevy Equinox base plate was easy. Perfect directions and videos helped a lot. Taking the front end off a brand new car was scary. Only real hard part came when trying to determine which parts of the from grill to cut the openings for the quick connections and the wiring connector protrusions. The cuts have to be made prior to reinstalling the grill and you can't really see where to cut without the grill in the correct configuration on the fender. So you cut and trim to fit. Then get the grill into the fender connector then check and make additional cuts as necessary. Also I installed a Invisibrake inside of the engine bay, not under the back seat. This was my wife's suggestion and she was correct. It fits and you only have to run the little air tube through the firewall. No taking apart of the interior molding except the driver kick panel for the pneumatic cylinder. Very easy.



9000 miles from Myrtle beach SC to Seattle WA and back with no issues. Our towing system works great. My wife and I are a team when hooking up or unhooking our car from the RV. We can do it in under 2 minutes. Great products, and a fantastic wife.


Excellent Product! I choose this base plate because it bolts very securely to the frame of the vehicle. I have been towing with it now for a little over a year and it has performed flawlessly!


For the installation the instructions were good, but watching some videos made it much easier to take apart a brand new car. All went well. Installed on a 2020 Chevy Equinox 2.0


Everything showed up just fine. Shipping was great I’ll call if I have any questions. But it should be pretty straightforward according to your videos. Thanks so much Tom


Installed one of these on our Chevy Equinox as well as our Ford Fusion. Directions were excellent. Took some time but everything worked out great. Easy to unhook as long as there is no tension on the arms, so level ground. Highly recommended!

2024 Chevrolet Equinox

Directions for 2024 equinox could have been better removing front end from fenders not really cleari

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Iam very happy with this baseplate, I installed it on my 2019 Chevy Equinox in about four hours. I did watch the install video before hand, which was very helpful.


Fast shipping great products an awesome website for DIY mechanics


Haven’t received this yet


Fit perfectly


Price was good part looks great
to install
Thank you for the help and advice


I have concerns , my box had been opened on both ends and taped closed with clear package tape. Please send me a list of all parts that are included so I can inventory my hitch.before I take it to installation shop. Thanks Jeff

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

The roadmaster rm-523193-5 arrived as promised. The box the base plate came is was damage, and a good 5 inch whole was exposed. Good news, was that upon opening the box nothing was damage. The base plate installed as intended, and etrailer videos was so helpful. Very happy with the way it looks on my 2018 Equinox .



Thanks yes we used the base plate in our equinox and it worked great. Towed the car over 2000 miles on a trip this year. Only complaint, and it is small, is the rust appeared already on the front post. But the product is very sound and clear install manual made the job easy.


I put the road master on my 2020 Chevy equinox. The install went very nice. The roadmaster video and the paper instructions were very helpful. The base plate was better designed than others I looked at. The bolt pattern made for a very strong connection. It fit perfectly. This is a very well thought out product. Thanks John

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Was a little fun putting on but works g reat


I've had three tow vehicles and put base plates on two of them. This was by far the easiest install - once I got the car far enough apart to do the actual installation. My only issue was that that I have a Brakemaster braking system and there was no place on the base plate for the connectors for that. The car definitely doesn't have a place for those connectors. I ended up improvising. I have 4,500 miles of towing on the baseplate and there have been no issues.


Could not ask for better quality and the service was OUTSTANDING.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

The instructions (video and written) were very easy to understand. WE had the tools and my Wife and I had not a problem the installing part


Easy and fast ordering. Great instructions for my specific vehicle.


The installation was straight forward and well explained. The kit was complete and everything fit as it should.

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  • Height of Arms on Roadmaster Direct Connect Base Plate Kit Installed on 2019 Chevy Equinox
    I contacted Roadmaster and they were able to confirm that the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit for the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, part # RM-523193-5, measures 15-3/4 inches from the ground to the center of the arms. You'll want to measure your hitch height on the RV. If the difference in height between your Equinox and the RV is more than 3 inches, you will need to use a high low adapter. I've linked our selection at the bottom of the page for you as well as our article on how to...
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  • Compatibility of Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plates on 2018 Chevy Equinox
    Although we don't have an installation video yet for the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # RM-523193-5, I have confirmed with Roadmaster that it is a fit for your 2018 Chevy Equinox. I have also attached the installation details that have detailed pictures of this installation along with easy to understand step by step instructions. We will add the installation video to our site as soon as we have the opportunity to do this particular install.
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  • How Can A Roadmaster Baseplate Fit A Chevy Equinox With Active Air Shutters
    Jameson stated that the air shutters would have to be trimmed for the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-523193-5 to fit. the air shutters are made of plastic and can be easily trimmed or cut off completely to allow for the baseplate to fit. Because you're modifying the vehicle Roadmaster just lists it as not a fit, but it can still be done.
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  • 2020 Chevy Equinox Front Bumper Fascia Removal Instructions
    After watching that portion of the video for installing the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms Item # RM-523193-5 I believe he meant to say 7mm and instead said 10mm and in editing they forgot to remove that part. If you look at the instruction manual from Roadmaster it only mentions a 7mm screw being there. I'll send in an update to get this fixed.
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  • Will Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit Fit a 2023 Chevy Equinox
    The last model year that we have personally installed the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-523193-5 on is a 2022 Chevy Equinox, as of January 2023. With that being said, Roadmaster has confirmed this base plate kit as a fit for the 2023 model as well which is why we have this in our fitguide. Attached is the installation video of this kit on a 2022 for you to check out. For a complete flat towing setup you will need a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, vehicle tow bar...
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  • Does Roadmaster Base Plate Kit fit 2022 Chevy Equinox with Active Shutters
    The Roadmaster Direct Connect base plate kit part # RM-523193-5 that you referenced does fit models of the 2022 Chevy Equinox that have the active shutters but you will need to trim them. This is mentioned in the attached install instructions for this base plate kit. The shop maybe didn't want to make the permanent modifications needed.
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  • Is It Normal For Baseplate Arms To Be Welded On Crooked
    I've seen quite a few baseplate installs and can confirm that no matter the brand there are some that sit a bit more crooked than you'd think. In the attached stock photo of part # RM-523193-5 below, where you can see that the arms are angled a bit outwards. Motorhome mounted tow bars have enough maneuverability in them that it shouldn't matter if it's bent a little but your description sounds like it might be a bit more than the norm. Could you send in a few pictures from different angles...
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  • Base Plate Kit Recommendation for 2023 Chevy Equinox RS
    The Roadmaster base plate kit part # RM-523193-5 is the best option for your 2023 Chevy Equinox RS. It does not actually require any additional modification beyond what other kits require and since you have a tow bar already setup for a Roadmaster base plate kit it's for sure the way to go for you.
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  • Base Plates For 2020 Chevy Equinox For Use With Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar
    For your 2020 Chevy Equinox, the base plates that you will need to use with your Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar # RM-576 are the crossbar style, and the correct fit for your 2020 Equinox is the following: - Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # RM-523193-4 The reason why is that the direct-connect aren't compatible with the crossbar of the Sterling, and the anchor brackets for the Sterling cables will not fit. I have added a link below to an install of these...
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  • Correct Roadmaster Base Plates for a 2021 Chevrolet Equinox
    The Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit part # RM-523193-5 is a fit for a 2021 Chevrolet Equinox and what I recommend. It will work with any of the Roadmaster tow bars. It has a removal arm design for a clean look while not towing it features a custom fit with minimal modifications required.
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  • Mounting Location of the InvisiBrake System in a 2019 Chevy Equinox
    I have attached a couple installation videos of the Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System item # RM-8700 being installed on a 2019 Chevy Equinox. Our installers chose to mount them in the rear cargo area.
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  • Fitment of Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit and Roadmaster Nighthawk Non-Binding Tow Bar
    The Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit, # RM-523196-5, for 2019 - 2020 Buick Envision is compatible with the Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar, # RM-676.
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  • Base Plate Plugs for Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plates
    We do have plugs/covers for the Roadmaster EZ5 Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-523193-5. The correct part is the Roadmaster EZ Base Plate 1-1/2" Receiver Covers # RM-210. I confirmed with Roadmaster these are the correct covers for the EZ5 base plates.
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  • Size of Pin Used to Secure Tow Bar to Removable Arms of Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate
    The pin hole on the removable arms of the (discontinued) Roadmaster EZ5 base plate kit for your 2015 Chevrolet Equinox, is 3/4 inch. This is also true for the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-523193-5, which is the new version, that uses the same 3/4 inch base pin # RM-910029.
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  • Replacement Arms for Roadmaster Base Plates
    We do have replacement arms available for Roadmaster base plate kits like # RM-523193-5 which fits the 2019 Chevy Equinox. The part is # RM-ARMS. When the original base plate brackets and arms are manufactured, they are made as one single part. So to be sure that the replacement arms fit perfectly, Roadmaster just needs a bit more information regarding your original base plate brackets. Prior to ordering, you will just click on the Installation Details at the bottom of the product page...
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  • Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit Torque Values and Falcon All Terrain Bushing Installation
    The self-lubricating nylon bushings on the Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar # RM-522 are already installed so it is not something you will have to do yourself. As for the actual torque specs for the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-523193-5, you can find them in the written instructions at the very bottom of the last page. I have attached the instructions for your reference. I would list them here for you but occasionally the manufacturer makes changes to...
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  • Can Battery of 2019 Chevrolet Equinox Premier be Topped Off When Flat Towing
    The best option to keep the battery of a vehicle topped off when it's being flat towed is with a charge line like the part # RM-156-25 which basically run a wire from the 12 volt accessory circuit of the 7-way to the towed vehicle battery to keep it topped off.
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  • Comparing Roadmaster Base Plates for 2019 Chevy Equinox
    The Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # RM-523193-5 will simply connect to your Roadmaster Falcon 2 tow bar # RM-520 directly instead of utilizing the crossbar between the tabs on each side of your Equinox. The Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms # RM-523193-4 will connect to your tow bar utilizing the crossbar between the tabs. One style is not better than the other as far as function and fit so it mostly comes down to preference. The...
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  • When Does Engine Turn Off During Flat Tow Prep Steps for 2023 Chevy Equinox
    I found the flat towing instructions you mentioned on our site: 1. Position the vehicle to be towed and secure it to the towing vehicle. 2. Start the vehicle. 3. If equipped with AWD, engage the AWD system and confirm that it is on. 4. Move the shift lever to N (Neutral). 5. Then, put the vehicle into accessory mode by pressing ENGINE START/STOP one time without the brake pedal applied. An amber light will appear in the button when in accessory mode. The chime will ring continuously for 30...
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  • Towing 2018 Chevy Equinox FWD 2.0L Turbo Engine Behind RV
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  • Does Roadmaster Base Plate Kit Fit 2022 Chevy Equinox with Active Grille Shutters
    The Roadmaster Direct Connect base plate kit part # RM-523193-5 that you referenced does fit models of the 2022 Chevy Equinox that have the active shutters but you will need to trim them. This is mentioned in the attached install instructions for this base plate kit.
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  • Which Safety Cables for Use with Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar Towing 2020 Chevy Equinox
    Picking out safety cables for a tow bar setup is more about the length of the tow bar since they are designed to span the distance between the tow vehicle and the towed vehicle. That said, the # RM-643 would work great with your Falcon 2 tow bar part # RM-520. If you have the Falcon 2 and the base plate kit part # RM-523193-5 you would not need additional pins to make that connection.
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  • Can Demco Dominator Tow Bar Connect Roadmaster Base Plate for 2018 Chevy Equinox
    The difference between the two Roadmaster base plate kits part # RM523193-4 and # RM-523193-5 is the removable arm design of the base plate which allows for different attachments to tow bars. The # RM-523193-4 is the style that requires the tow bar to have a crossbar whereas the # RM523193-5 is a direct connect style of attachment so the tow bar doesn't need to use a crossbar. The direct connect is an easier design with less components involved so it's the better option when available. To...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2021 Chevrolet Equinox Premier
    Yes, according to the owners manual for the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox it can be flat towed (dinghy towed). In order to do this you will need at least 5 main parts. Those parts being a base plate kit, tow bar, safety cables, tow bar wiring and a supplemental braking system. I have included these parts below along with a brief description of their purpose. Base Plate Kit: This is a custom fit part that provides the needed attachment points for the tow bar on your Equinox. - Roadmaster Direct-Connect...
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