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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Item # RM-524438-5
Retail:$620.01
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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-524438-5 or order online at etrailer.com. 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-524438-5

  • 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.


Features:

  • 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


Notes:

  • 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.
  • Fish wire bolt leaders (80101-1 - sold separately) are required for complete installation.

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.



524438-5 Road Master EZ-5 Base Plate Kit

Installation Details RM-524438-5 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

  • 2014 - 2019 Ford Fiesta non-ST models - without EcoBoost



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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - RM-524438-5

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1928 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.

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2016 Ford Fiesta

I just had my base plate installed by a local Auto body shop. It is winter right now where I am so have not towed my vehicle yet, but the person who installed it said it was a very easy and straight forward installation. He also installed the lighting kit RM-152-LED, and he was happy with that install as well. So far I have been happy with all the products I have purchased from e-trailer and like the clean finished look on my 2016 Ford Fiesta. My only wish is that I would have ordered the receiver inserts with my other products. It would be nice if they were included in the kit or at least maybe a recommendation along with the kit. Although, I will be ordering them, I think it will give the car an even better look and keep the receivers clear of debris. I can't wait until spring when I can test everything out by towing it behind my motorhome!



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Chrysler PT Cruiser

Hi, I purchased a Roadmaster 524438-5 EZ 5 base plate from you. The installation was straight forward except there was a nut welded onto the inside of the driver side frame rail. I couldn't chisel it off so I had to expand the lower and upper bolt holes to accommodate the slightly off kilter angle of the bracket. Hopefully the pictures I provided will show the situation. The end product is very nice looking. Much better than the previous bracket on my '05 PT Cruiser.



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All parts were there and once the front end was off the Baseplate bolted right on. Directions were helpful.



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Excellent product..price was right..this is a difficult DIY installation.

Rose

7/16/2022

Our Roadmaster base plate and tow bar are still going strong..we use the rig about 7 months of the year and it is holding up beautifully...so glad we went with this product from etrailer



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2019 Ford Fiesta

The body shop installed this base plate and a hitch to carry a bicycle rack on my 2019 Fiesta for less than $[XXX]. Hookup to the Falcon tow bars is easy, as well as unhooking. No issues so far. The base plate is nearly invisible while not towing



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fit perfectly, no issues



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Easy to understand instructions, videos were informative. Well made solid sturdy product nice paint job, quick shipping.



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2019 Ford Fiesta

Instructions were somewhat hard to understand. The worst criticism though is that many 1/2 inch bolt holes did not line up, sometimes by 1/2 inch or so. The unit is very solid and well powder coated but poor tolerances make it less than average quality. Would look elsewhere next time.

Etrailer Expert

Sierra K.

10/15/2021

Sometimes, even heavy-duty hitch receivers can flex because they are delivered to us stacked on top of another on pallets. Which this being said, there are tips to follow to make sure your brackets are aligned. Please see them in this help article:



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2015 Ford Fiesta

The base plates were not easy to install but doable. The Ford Fiesta tows perfectly.



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Instructions were all on point except for a couple of bolt or nut sizes. Other than that it is was simple to install. The quick release system has not failed and is, in my opinion, an esthetic look for the vehicle when they are removed. I am very pleased with this product.



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2015 Ford Fiesta

The base bar fit my application perfectly. I found one welded nut on the arm
which was welded off center of the hole, It took a few minutes of grinding to
be able to get the bolt to go into the nut.
Shipping was quick.
It is a great product. Over built if anything!






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Perfect. No issues with installation and it does the job perfectly. Could not be more pleased.



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I have found etrailer to advertise only the finest products! Their customer service is amazing. I will continue to be a loyal customer.



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2019 Ford Fiesta

Excellent service.



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I bought and self installed this on my 2021 GMC Sierra Duramax 1 year ago. Install took about 5 hours and wasn't difficult...I could problty install it in 2-3 hours after leaening the tricks. Weve towed the truck all over the USA since then (over 10,0000 miles) and it works great! I've used other brands and highly recommend Roadmaster tow systems over the competition.



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Installed on my 2020 Jeep Cherokee for flat towing behind our motorhome . I wanted a tow bar connection that integrated with the front end of the Jeep and the removable arms did the trick . I had one issue with the driver side receiver bracket not lining up with the upper mount bolt hole on the Jeep, image 0547. Had to make a slight adjustment to the receiver bracket so the holes would line up, image 0551 and image 0559. The rest of the install went smoothly
I also installed the Demco braking Stay n Play Duo system , image 0565 which went in without any issues, image 6028. 7 thousand miles of towing later, couldn't be happier with the products



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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!



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I installed them on my new RAM 1500. Works great, very heavy duty. I also modified and attached a push bumper and used the Roadmaster base plates.



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Installed on my 2020 jeep jl sport s with factory plastic bumper and plastic rock guard. Shane’s video was very helpful but I did not like how the metal plate behind the rock guard was cut away and how the rock guard had two big cut outs so I did some modifications. I cut two slots in the metal bracket and added angle brackets for extra support. As a result i did not use the supplied brackets for the rock guard. I created a template for the rock guard which resulted in two small cut outs. A lot of extra time but i am retired so time is relative. I think it looks great.


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