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Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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Roadmaster's crossbar-style brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount and simple to remove. Brackets install on your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar. 1-800-940-8924 to order Roadmaster base plates part number RM59FR or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Roadmaster products. Guaranteed Lowest Price 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 - RM59FR

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Roadmaster
  • Hitch Pin Attachment

Roadmaster's crossbar-style brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount and simple to remove. Brackets install on your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar.


Features:

  • Hidden bracket design provides improved aesthetics compared with standard brackets
    • Crossbar-style brackets sit far back for a supremely clean look
  • 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
  • Integrated mounting points let you easily attach an electrical connector plug or bracket (sold separately)
  • 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 drawbars, or front arms, on the crossbar-style series 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, simply twist the arms back and pull them out. 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.



524465-4 Road Master EZ4 Base Plate Kit

Installation Details RM59FR Installation instructions

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Video of Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit Installation - 2020 Ford Escape

Hey everybody, how's it going Today we're gonna be going over and showing you how to install the Roadmaster, Crossbar Style Base Plate Kit, here on your 2020 Ford Escape. So this is what our base plate kit is gonna look like, when we have the arms installed, and we're ready to hook up to our tow bar. You can see here, we have some quick disconnect brackets, actually bolted to the face of our plates here. So this is the configuration that's gonna be needed, when we get ready to hook up to our motorhome, so we can easily attach the tow bars. But when we're not towing, we actually have a nice hidden sleek design, 'cause these arms here are easily removable. Now in order to move them, we're gonna come to the inside here.

You're gonna have this nice ring here, which you can use to pull the pin free. And once you do that, you'll simply just rotate them over, and then you can move them straight out. So this is essentially what our base plate kit is gonna look like, when we don't have the arms installed. So pretty much how it's gonna look, when we're driving around town. As you can see here everything's pretty sleek, plus with the bumper, it doesn't stick out too much.

Our safety chain tabs over here do stick out a little bit, but we need those two in order to prevent the safety chains from rubbing on our fascia. But aside from that, everything has a nice, hidden look. So on either side of our base plate kit here, we're gonna have these slots that we use to insert our removable arms. We're also gonna have these safety chain tabs. What's gonna be a little bit harder for you guys to see, is the included electrical connector mounting bracket.

So, we have our electrical connector mounted, like so. Behind this, there's gonna be two little poles on each side. These are connected directly to the crossbeam, of the base plate kit, and they allow us to mount a six pole, or even a four-pole electrical connector, like we have shown. So what I really like about this is everything's integrated into the mount for the base plate kit. You don't have to worry about drilling, into your bumper, or using any separate brackets.

Everything is gonna be one nice convenient package. So I'm sure you guys have already noticed this, but all of our components for our base plate kit, have a nice durable black powder coated finish. Now I will say something that stands out, about this particular powder coat in comparison to some of the other one. It is super rugged and durable. I mean, you can really beat on these things, without having to worry about losing your finish. Especially these safety chain tabs here, they get a lot of wear and use. So you can worry about. You don't have to worry about your base plate kit, rusting and corroding over time, due to that durable finish. So when we are ready to tow, it's super easy to set up, we'll simply take one of our moveable arms here. We'll come at an angle, we'll press it into place until this pin depresses back. And then we'll just simply rotate it over until it locks into place. We'll simply do that on both sides. Then we can take our tow bar. Now we're just gonna line up our connections here. We'll do that on both sides. And we'll insert our locking pin. And then aside from the safety cable hooking those up, our electrical connector and possibly a breakaway switch. We'd be ready to hit the road. So in regards to compatibility, we're gonna be okay with Roadmaster tow bars, that use this quick disconnect system here. However, if you have another brand, there's also adapters that allow you to use those as well. So, in regards to installation, this one is actually not too bad, and believe it or not, there's not any major modifications we need to make to our vehicle, to get this installed. We actually only have to drill one hole per side. But aside from that, everything's pretty much bolt on. We have to make a few minor cuts to our bumper fascia, but that's pretty much it, fairly straightforward. Let's go ahead and jump into that installation now. So to start our installation, we need to open the hood on our vehicle. We're gonna be coming inside here, to the front portion of the engine bay. We're gonna have this little trout here. This panel goes over the radiator. We need to remove four fasteners here, the 10 millimeter socket, to loosen this panel from the radiator support. So now we're gonna jump underneath the vehicle here. You can see we have this plastic skid shield. It's held in place with several of these torque screws. We'll take a T3 torque bit. We'll go ahead and remove those off, so we can take off our panel. So now directly behind our splash shield here, we're gonna have our skid panel. We need to remove that as well. We're gonna have several of these screws here, from the outside edges. We'll take these out using a seven millimeter socket. So now we're gonna come inside to either wheel well here, we're gonna be removing a bunch of these little plastic push pin fasteners here, that hold this fender liner fabric to the actual fascia. Now there's gonna be several of them, and they're different sizes here, on the inside edges of the wheel well, maybe using a combination of a Flathead screwdriver, and a trim panel tool to remove these all. So you're gonna want to start down below and work your way up. And it may also be a good idea to go ahead and pay attention to where you're removing these. Since there are different sizes. There's one out and this is what they look like. Now, we'll go ahead and get the rest out here, and repeat that same process on the other side. So once we get all of our push pin fasteners removed, we're gonna take our fabric here. We're gonna pull it outside the flanges here on the bumper. And the reason we need to do that is there's actually an additional screw, that's sort of up here and attaches the fascia, to the fender here. And it goes up at an angle like this. We can't really show you, but you're gonna need to get a tool, preferably a swivel socket up in there. You should be able to feel for it in this area but you'll need a 10 millimeter socket. You just do the best you can to remove that. And that's what it looks like there. So before we begin removing the fascia, I'm gonna take some painter's tape here. I'm just gonna tape up our two painted edges here. That way, when we're removing and installing the fascia, we don't have to worry about them, coming into contact and damaging the paint. So now we're gonna come to either side here. We're gonna take our black plastic fender trim molding. We're just gonna simply pull that out, to release the clips. So when you get about here, we only need to go about halfway. I would say we don't have to take it off entirely. You're gonna see some white clips here. If we look down inside. So in order to release those clips, we're gonna take a trim panel tool, come in from the side here, and then we can pry those loose. So that should be good as far as how far we need to remove it out. So here's that white plastic clip we we're talking about. And if yours popped out like ours did, it's not a problem, you just simply take them, and slide them back in the channel. So now we're ready to remove the actual fascia. We're gonna start over here on the passenger side, we're gonna peel back our fender lining here. We're gonna have a connector we need to remove first. So, this is what it looks like. There's a center section here we need to depress, which will release the lock. And then we can just pull down here, on that gray lever, and it should release the connector. And there's the other end. So once we have our fasteners removed, we can go ahead and peel back our liner here. I like to just tuck it behind the wheel there to hold it in place, but we're gonna have two bolts. They sort of go in at an angle, or rather up this way, attaching the fascia to the fender. So there's gonna be one around this area here. There's gonna be one around here. You're not really gonna be able to see them. They're hard to even get a tool on there, but this is the configuration I'm using to get those. It's gonna be a 10 millimeter socket. These are what they look like. So just do your best to get those both out. So in order to remove the fascia, we're actually gonna be pulling downward and out, and that's gonna release the clips here. You may need to stick a flat-blade screwdriver in between the two panels, to break a clip free. But now we're just gonna work our way to the other side. There's some clips up top, we need to release as well. Now we can go ahead and set our fascia in a safe place. So the next thing we're gonna be doing is removing the the air dam housing. So in order to do that, we're gonna have a push pin fastener on either side, as well as some clips around the perimeter. So we'll take a trim panel tool to remove these two push pin fasteners, and then we'll use our flat-blade screwdriver to release the clips, on the outside. So we're actually not gonna be reinstalling this plastic housing here. So, I wouldn't be too concerned about damaging these clips here or the actual housing. But there we go. So now we're gonna jump over here to the driver's side. Now directly under our bumper beam on the driver's side, we're gonna have this little alert speaker. It's gonna be held in place, with an eight millimeter bolt. We'll go ahead and remove that. And then we're actually gonna remove the housing as well. So there's gonna be a pigtail on the back, her connector rather, we'll depress the center of it. And then we can pull out. We're also gonna wanna do this, pry the clip here, that's holding the, connector to this plastic housing. So just like that. So now directly beside that alert sensor, we just removed, we're gonna have two connectors here. We need to unplug them from one another. So we're gonna start over here, with this large rectangular one, there's gonna be a tab there we're gonna depress, and then we should be able to pull this lever down, and it will sorta unclip itself there. But we can just pull straight out, once we have that tab, all the way in the open position. And now we'll remove this connector as well. So there's gonna be a red locking tab. We're gonna slide up, and that'll review a center section, we can press down and then pull out, just like that. And now we're actually just gonna tuck these connectors here, sorta inside that little pocket there. Now we're gonna come to the outside here. We're gonna have a 10 millimeter nut. It's again, attaching for our computer bracket. We're gonna go ahead and remove that. So once we get that nut removed, we're just gonna press back, on our housing here, to remove the stud from the hole. So now we're gonna come to the front of the vehicle at the bottom here. This is our ACC sensor. What we need to do is, we're gonna release the connector. So again, same with all these connectors, there's gonna be a center section you depress, and then pull out. And then we're gonna go ahead and pry up all the wiring connectors, that secure it to this bracket. So we got two on the bottom, and then one on the side. We're gonna go ahead and cut off, all of these little connectors that secured it to the bracket. We won't need those. So be careful not to cut the wires. But once we get those all off, we're gonna take an eight millimeter socket, and we're just gonna loosen up few of these bolts here. We don't need to remove them entirely, just enough to give us some room to work with. 'Cause now what we need to do is, we need to take this connector here. We need to sneak it behind here. Actually, let's go over the top, and then down through there, and then we're going to pull it out, the side here, where our plug is. Looks like I need to, loosen this a little more. And now once we have our plug out over here, I'm actually gonna be plugging it back in, to this housing here. Now we wanna make sure, that none of the wiring gets caught in our dampers here. So we're probably gonna go ahead and secure the harness here with some zip ties. So now we have a radiator support bar here at the bottom. It's this black steel tubing. We use a 13 millimeter socket. We're gonna have two bolts per side that we need to remove. So now open this pocket here. We're gonna have a nut, we need to go ahead and remove that here with a 15 millimeter socket. You're probably gonna need a universal joint here, to get to it. But we're gonna have one on each side. We'll take them both out. So the next thing we're gonna do. So the active air housing we have, the active air shutter housing. We're gonna have these ribs on the outside of either side. We're gonna go ahead and flush those up as much as we can. And we need to remove at least a half inch from these. So you can see we took a good section of that rib out. We're just gonna go ahead and repeat that process, on the other side as best we can. So now that we have our trimming done, we're gonna go ahead and take one side, partial piece of our base plate kit here. Now it is site-specific, but it's only gonna go on one way. So it should be pretty easy to determine, which side goes where. So now we're just gonna go ahead, set it up into position. This top hole here is gonna line up with the stud, that we removed a nut from earlier, and it's just gonna sit like so. And now we're gonna secure it with the factory hardware. So if you remember these longer bolts on the bottom here, we'll be reusing these. You wanna make sure you put some red lock tight, on these bolts, and the rest of the bolts that we'll be installing, here on throughout the installation. And then we have our nut that goes up at the top, in that little pocket there. We're gonna do our best to get some lock tight on that as well. So now that we have part of our base plate kit, loosely in position. So you're gonna see this hole here in the back. So we have one side of the hole, that's gonna be already drilled out through the frame, but we need it to drill off the backside. So what we're gonna do first is, we're gonna take a block of wood. We're gonna shove it up, back behind there. 'Cause there's a whole bunch of wiring harnesses behind the frame. We wanna make sure we don't nick any of those. But once we get that block into position, then we can take a 17, 30 seconds inch drill bit, and enlarge the hole to the final size. Now you may wanna start a little bit smaller, get a pilot hole and then work your way up, make things a little bit easier for you. So now that we have our hole drilled all the way through, we can take our three inch long hex bolt, that comes in our kit, apply some lock-tight. We're gonna slide that through. And then on the other side, we're gonna secure that, with our little circular plate washer, a split lock washer, and then a hex nut. So now that we have this side loosely installed we'll just go ahead and repeat those same steps, on the other side of the vehicle. So now that we have both sides installed, we're gonna go ahead and install our cross section, which bridges this side to this side. So in order to do that, we're gonna get our half inch, by one and a half inch long hex bolts, ready. We're gonna need three of these per side. We're gonna take a half inch flat washer, place that over there. So again, you wanna get three per side, get these ready, 'cause then we're gonna go up and set the cross assembly, onto these two side plates and then, secure it with the bolts, coming from the outside facing in. So now we wanna place a couple drops, of lock-tight on each of our bolts here, and then we'll secure them, with a split lock washer, and then a hex nut. So now we're ready to tighten and torque all of our hardware. We do need to do this in a specific order. The nut up here, we are gonna tighten first, follow that up with our two bolts down here, follow that up with our bolt back here. And then once that's all level, we can tighten, these which security cross-member to our two side brackets. So now we wanna make sure that we level, the cross member assembly here, before we tighten and torque the side bolt. So now that we have everything tightened and torqued down, now it'd be a good time to install any other components, of your flat tow setup, such as the lighting system, or the braking system. For either of those, there's definitely gonna be some stuff you're gonna be mounting towards the front of the vehicle here. So it's a good idea to go ahead and do that now while the bumper's off. But if not, you can go ahead and re-install everything, in the reverse order. Make sure you don't forget to plug in, the electrical connectors that we removed earlier. So keep in mind, we do need to re-install the alarm, and when we're doing this, we won't be able to utilize the factory hole that we removed it from. There's gonna be a new hole, in the side of our kit here. So we're on the driver's side here. What we wanna do first is, we wanna go ahead and plug in the connector there. So again, it should only go in one way. I'm gonna get it on the inside here first, before we plug that in. So if you can't quite reach it, you may have to go, up under the vehicle there, and remove a few of those clips to give you a little bit more room to work with. That's what we had to do. But then once we, do get it into position here, the outside flange is gonna go over the flange there. And then we'll simply secure it, with our included quarter inch bolt, flat washer. And then nylock nut. And now we'll take an 11 millimeter socket and wrench so we can tighten that down. So the next thing we're gonna do is, we need to go ahead and trim the fascia here, to allow the cutouts or rather the inserts for our base plate kit. So we can insert it through the bumper. Before we do any trimming, we wanna come to the backside or the inside here. So on either side here, we're gonna have two sensors, we're gonna have another sensor here. So this is the temperature sensor. It's secured in these holes, like so. We wanna go ahead and remove that. There's gonna be another clip here. And what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna tuck it up in here for now. You could even zip tie it to hold it in place. And I'm also gonna disconnect these two sensors here. And I'm gonna tuck these wires away as well. Because we're gonna be drilling a hole in this area here. So we wanna make sure that we don't accidentally drill through any of the wires. So we're just gonna take all of our wires here, tuck them back behind there, so they don't get damaged. So now that we know that we have all of our wires out of the way, we're gonna flip our fascia back over, and then we need to take some measurements over here. We're gonna be using this point here. We have a little ridge on our bumper. We're gonna be measuring over and then down a little bit, until we get our mark, it's gonna be the same for either side. But once we get that point, we're gonna take a two and a quarter inch drill bit. We're gonna go ahead and drill these holes here. So these are what the arms on our base plate kit are gonna slide through So they're pretty easy to drill out. We'll probably come back with a file and clean up all those rough edges. But we're going to do this on the other side as well. So now we're gonna remove the lower section of our fascia here, slides all like that. We're gonna have several of those seven millimeter screws, that we need to remove, but we're just gonna temporarily remove it. We're gonna put it back on the fascia before we re-install on the vehicle. So you can see here, we need to make some cuts. Now we have a different pattern for the passenger and driver's side. There's gonna be a diagram in your instructions, that'll easily allow you to duplicate these same patterns. But once we have them mapped out, we'll go ahead and take some sort of cutting tool here. And we can take out the material. Now that we have our cuts made, we'll simply go ahead and re-install the lower portion onto the fascia. So the next thing we're gonna do is, so the two tabs we removed here from this bottom portion of the plastic, we're actually gonna be removing the mounting point for those. So we have one on either side. We're just gonna flush that up there with the ridge and the plastic. So we actually went ahead and ran all our wires for the breakaway system, as well as the wiring harness. So what we're gonna do now is, we're gonna re-install our fascia. And that's gonna do it today for look and installation, of the Roadmaster Crossbar Style Base Plate Kit, here on your 2020 Ford Escape..


Customer Reviews

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - RM59FR

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (685 Customer Reviews)

Roadmaster's crossbar-style brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount and simple to remove. Brackets install on your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar.

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Install was easier than I had thought



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etrailer has great service. Talked to Lori B who was very helpful. My baseplate arrived in 3 days after my order. Also, etrailer has some of the best prices around.



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2021 Ford Escape



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Had Base Plate installed today, shop gave me 2.5 hr labor time. I returned just under 2hrs and they were backing my car out the shop. They parked it facing me. I told the Mechanic "That was quick" He said that's because it wouldn't fit. I was disappointed and asked what do I owe you for your labor> He laughed out loud and said it on there, but hard to see. I was so surprised and pleased you have to just about get down on your knees and bend down to see it. took me about 8 min to install everything and connect it to the Tow vehicle. I'm very pleased with it.



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Easy to install the videos you have are a great help, 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee



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Self installed, not recommended for beginners. However, for those with some skills and tools, the provided instructions and web site support is outstanding!



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This tow bracket base was a little tough for an old senior but very straight forward install. Everything went as the instructions said. The product is very well built and looks good where it comes through the front bumper cover. As usual the customer service and fast shipping from etrailer is exceptional.
I have had many purchases here and it's always great. I give etrailer itself 5 stars as well as the products.


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As above this work awesome. Pulled the car 8500 miles in the last year
Michael - 05/19/2022

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This was my 4th install for a dingy (with 4 wheel flat towing) in the last 20 years. This install is for a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Overland. The New ROADmaster 90* twist & lock removable base plates are REALY Awesome! So much much easier & faster than installing & removing locking pins! One picture shows a Brush guard from ROADmaster no longer available.



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The Jeep project went very well everything fit great and worked well. I really love Roadmaster products and quality and your company is the best place to purchase them. I sold the Jeep and replaced it with a new 2019 Chevy Equinox 2.0 L AWD and just purchased and installed the following items from you and installed them, RM-156-25 & RM-156-75 Battery Charge Line Kit, RM-146-7 Flex Coil Kit, RM-523193-4 EZ4 Plate Kit, RM-88333 Custom Seat Adapter, RM-751489 Stop Light Switch Kit and a RM-98160 Second Vehicle Brake Kit w/brakeaway. All these parts were in stock and arrived quickly and normal with you people, I really enjoy the o-line vidios as I do all my own installs. Thank you so much for your great service.
I will attach pictures of my install, you will see how I was able to fab a bracket and attach it to the existing mount on the base plate to mount the brakeaway switch and the air connection for the brake system.
I also fabricated a tail light bar as I didn't want to use mag-lights or splice into the factory lights and bulbs installed into the lights would not work as the factory brake lights will come on when the brake system is applyed and the turn siginals would not be visable.
Thanks for all you do, I would and do recommend you people to everyone who needs your products. Rob


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Everything is working great, I installed a base plate kit, battery charging kit, stop light switch kit, second vehicle air brake kit w brakeaway and seat adapter on our 2019 Chevy Equinox and towed it about 14000 miles behind our motor home this past year and everything worked perfect not a problem with any product. These are great products, everything fit perfectly and performed perfectly. Thank you for great service and great products. Rob
Rob - 01/21/2020


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Great product for my 2014 Wrangler. Good materials, solid attachment to vehicle, and looks good. The e trailer installation video was great for assisting installation. Made the install much quicker and easier. The most difficult procedure for me was disconnecting the wiring harness on the back of the bumper. An old tack puller (or tool of similar design) would have been great for leveraging the pins out of their holes. Cutting the air dam was a slow process to ensure I didn't cut too much. A paper template to mark where to cut the air dam would make this process much simpler. Again, I can't emphasize enough how great the installation video was for making the steps easier.


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This item works great. Have towed about 4500 miles using it. I couldnt be happier with the results.
Bob T - 04/20/2015


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I bought all of my products for flat towing my 2014 Jeep Cherokee for etrailer and I couldn’t be happier. The service was exceptional, the pricing was right, and when I did have a problem, they were right there to take care of it. When I need more goodies for the RV, I will be back!!!!



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Delivery was great right part but this is the 6th baseplate I’ve installed and the instructions could be better. The pics could be better showing some bolt locations nothing is written about cutting inner fender but then look at pics showing they cut them the inner fender biggest problem.


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I checked with the manufacturer and the instructions could have been an older set. The manual will be the most up to date for the installation on a 2020 Toyota Tacoma.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 04/06/2022

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Followed directions and completed job in a little over 4 hours. had trouble reinserting some pins in difficult locations.

Later in the month I installed the wiring tow package. Goofed up and crossed a wire and it took me two days to get back under the truck and rewire. all is working great according to directions...…….

I will use etrailer again, good service, great service representatives...……..jt


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working great, no problems at all, however I may have to get my tow bar refurbished because of age.
Jimmie T - 06/28/2020

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Great product and thanks to etrailer.com for the excellent videos detailing how to install the Demco Stay-In-Play Duo braking system. As a result of watching all of the available videos, I learned that there where a couple of different ways to install the system in our Jeep Wranglers. The first installation I did was in our 2019 Wrangler and that was super easy following the one video on your website. The second installation of the system was not as easy because our 2021 Wrangler has a manual transmission and required having to drill a hole in the firewall/floor board to run the wiring and vacuum tube from the passenger compartment to the engine area. If etrailer.com ever has an installation on a Jeep Wrangler with a manual transmission to perform, hopefully they will video tape that installation to guide customers with Jeeps with manual transmissions. I think etrailer.com's idea of mounting the control box on the fuse box is by far the cleanest and easiest way to install the Demco braking system.
I also followed etrailer.com's videos for installing the brake light system and the base plate on both our Wranglers and could not be happier with them. Thanks etrailer for all you offer.



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I purchased this EZ4 base plate to work in conjunction with the Falcon2 tow bar. It fit perfectly on my Wrangler Unlimited, and is tucked mostly out of site when not used. The two baseplate arms bolted to the cross bar of the Falcon2 are easily removed and stored away when not in use. Installation because of the weight and tight fit to the Wrangler frame, was found to be much easier with two people.



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Very Happy! The shipping was fast; 3 days, including Thanks Giving. I was able to instal the base plat myself, just following the installation video on their web site. I watched it a couple of times while I was waiting for delivery, and then followed it step by step during installation. I wouldn't have dared attempt it myself without the video. I also installed the Tail Light Wiring Kit with Bulbs-RM-155 using the same method. Everything went without a problem. I will be buying from eTrailer again.



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The Roadmaster base plate kit is well made and fit the Jeep JK very well. The assembly instructions were detailed and accurate with the exception of how to cut the plastic splash/rock guard under the bumper. I questioned the dimensions provided and checked prior to cutting. I was able remove less material resulting in a better fit.

The threaded plates with wire attached are not long enough to prevent spinning when torqueing the bolts attaching the bracket to the vehicle frame. I was able to use a 7/8 open end wrench to hold the plates while torqueing the bolts. A little frustrating but as there isn't much room to access the upper plate. Roadmaster should consider manufacturing those plates longer to prevent spinning.

The customer service from Etrailer was excellent. Tammie expedited my order and provided notification when shipped and delivered. Tammie is a 5 star representative and I appreciate her attention to my order.

I recommend Roadmaster products and Etrailer.


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Still very satisfied with the roadmaster product.
Joe R - 09/15/2021

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Installed it myself on a 2017 Ford Focus. Watched a few videos on how to pull front bumper and install mount. The hardest part was making the holes in the steel front bumper. I like the fact I can remove the outside mounts that the hitch mounts to. I’ve pulled the car about 5,000 miles behind the rv with no problems.



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Easy to install. It was designed for this vehicle, so no drilling or fabrication. Called tech support once, very helpful.



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Installed these on my 2018 wrangler. Awesome instructions! Very happy with how it turned out. The videos in the web site are worth the watch.



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Easy to install. Works as advertised. Starting to rust after only 1 year.



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Anna at etrailer was most helpful getting me the correct baseplate for a Roadmaster Tow Bar I had purchased used. Very knowledgeable in the product line and recommending what parts I would need to complete my towing installation.

The Roadmaster product was a perfect fit, had all the neccessary hardware parts and did not require any modifications to install it. etrailer also made several onlinr videos further showing how to install the products they sell you. The finished installation is almost invisible leaving the car looking stock until the connectors are twisted in and the cross bar installed.

Great buying experience and competitive pricing keeps me returning to etrailer.



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The Base Plates are performing as expected, unfortunately chipping paint has plagued these Base Plates. This chipping paint has occurred along both of the leading edge of where the tow bar mounts. This has not been caused from abuse/misuse, it started happening soon after began using. Should not have happened so soon.



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Great product. This is the 4th unit I have purchased and used on different vehicles. When I purchased the wrong unit, etrailer replaced it with the correct one. Between the installation instructions that come with the kits and the available videos on the website, installation is relatively simple. I would and have recommended etrailer to a lot of people.


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  • Is Roadmaster Base Plate Kit for 2020 Ford Escape Available without Removable Arms
    The Roadmaster Base Plate kit part # RM59FR cannot be purchased without the removable arms. The arms of each base plate kit are all slightly different. Even to the point that two sets of identical base plate kit part numbers may have arms dimensions that are slightly different. It sounds like you have a set of arms from a different base plat kit and are wanting to use them with the # RM59FR but for the reasons I mentioned that is not possible.
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  • Availability of Roadmaster Base Plate Kit for 2020 Ford Escape
    Yes, the Roadmaster base plate kit 524465-4 is actually our part number # RM59FR and it is available. I attached a link to the install instructions on this page 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 most popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon All Terrain, # RM-522. This has non-binding arms which makes the setup very easy to connect/disconnect. For...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2020 Ford Escape
    The two part numbers you mentioned are the exact same thing. So if you ordered the # RM59FR you'd get exactly the base plate kit you'd need for your 2020 Ford Escape. 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...
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