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etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

etrailer Invisible 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 who wants a simple install and values lifetime support from etrailer.com experts
  • Have a hitch-mounted tow bar from etrailer, Demco, or Blue Ox
  • Worry about losing removable arms

No, if you:

  • Own a Roadmaster tow bar and don’t want to have to buy an adapter separately
  • Are uncomfortable with only a short-term warranty
Get a clean, factory look for your car when it's not being towed by using these invisible base plates. Tabs remain on tow bar arms and easily secure to base plate receivers with a quick turn. Simple, bolt-on installation with included hardware. 1-636-306-4830 to order etrailer base plates part number e98961 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all etrailer products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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etrailer Base Plates - e98961

  • Removable Drawbars
  • etrailer
  • Twist Lock Attachment

Get a clean, factory look for your car when it's not being towed by using these invisible base plates. Tabs remain on tow bar arms and easily secure to base plate receivers with a quick turn. Simple, bolt-on installation with included hardware.


Features:

  • Custom-fit base plates provide attachment points for your tow bar
  • Invisible design creates seamless, clean look
    • No obtrusive crossbar or protruding brackets
    • Covers keep dirt and debris out of base plate receivers when you're not towing
  • Included tabs connect directly to your tow bar arms
    • Just insert the tab into the base plate and secure with the included safety pin
    • No need to remove, and possibly misplace, drawbar arms
  • Sturdy, dependable design
    • Spreads towing force evenly to minimize weight placed on suspension
    • Constructed of durable steel
  • Simple installation - no welding required
    • Bolts securely to your vehicle's chassis
  • Electrical bracket lets you easily mount a round electrical connector plug
  • Instructions and necessary hardware included
  • Compatible with all etrailer, Demco, and Blue Ox tow bars
    • Adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars (adapters sold separately)
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Distance between brackets: 34"
  • Bracket height: 15-1/2"
  • 1-Year limited warranty


Simple, Invisible Design

Setting up these invisible base plates for use with your etrailer tow bar is fast and easy. They easily bolt onto the ends of your tow bar. And because the tabs remain on your tow bar at all times instead of protruding from your vehicle , your car maintains a clean look when it's not being towed.


Easy Hookup and Disconnect

Demco Base Plate Tabless Hookup

Using the etrailer invisible base plates to attach and remove your tow bar couldn't be easier. With the base plate tabs attached to your tow bar arms, simply insert the tabs into the receivers on your vehicle and twist to lock them in place. Insert the included pull pins to add an extra layer of security, ensuring the tabs stay put. To remove each arm, simply tug the pull pin to disengage the lock, twist the tow bar arm, and pull the tab out of the bracket.


Receiver Covers

Keep dirt and debris out of the base plate receivers with the included covers. These high-density polyethylene covers easily snap into place over each pull point when your tow bar is not attached. Limiting internal corrosion makes it easier to slide the tabs in and out and helps to prevent seizing so that the tabs don't get stuck.


Tow Bar Adapters

If you have a tow bar from a different manufacturer, an adapter may be available. etrailer offers adapters for use with other tow bars so that you don't have to go through the added hassle and expense of replacing your tow bar when outfitting your new towed car with base plates.


Type of Tow Bar Adapter
Roadmaster Tracker, Falcon 2, Falcon All Terrain, Blackhawk, Blackhawk All Terrain, Sterling tow bars with serial numbers up to 14,500 e98983
Roadmaster Nighthawk, Sterling All Terrain, Sterling tow bars with serial numbers 14,501 e98984
Roadmaster Eagle, Eagle 8000 e98979
Roadmaster Falcon 5250 e98981
Blue Ox No adapter needed
Demco Kwik-Tow No adapter needed
Curt Rambler No adapter needed

etrailer Technical Support

At etrailer, we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your base plates. The technicians at etrailer perform flat tow installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



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Customer Reviews

etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - e98961

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (175 Customer Reviews)

Get a clean, factory look for your car when it's not being towed by using these invisible base plates. Tabs remain on tow bar arms and easily secure to base plate receivers with a quick turn. Simple, bolt-on installation with included hardware.

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Fairly easy self install. Installed on 2018 Ford F150. Hardest part was removing factory tow hook cover. Directions say to pull down and out to remove. I had to cut covers to remove. Base plates bolt on using bolts from factory hooks plus one 1/2" bolt in a hole which you drill. Easy.




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They were very easy to install




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Installation was a bit involved. The toughest part was dissembling and reassembling the front of the vehicle to complete the installation of the base plate. Also, it was somewhat difficult to complete the connections on some of the blind holes, this was very time consuming and a bit frustrating. Before attempting any connections make sure that you clean the power coating out of the threaded parts. Further, I did have to trim some of the facia around the driver’s side to clear the base plate. I have used this setup to tow over 13k miles and it has been performed without any problems. I am happy with this base plate and I would purchase it again.




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Super simple install and stealthy look once installed. This looks way better than any other baseplate on the market. A+




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Had looked at other ones So glad we went through E trailer Much easier to install. My advice would be don't follow the temp plates in the directions. Your better off measuring it yourself.




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


This worked well for towing our Jeep Cherokee across the country and back this spring and summer, over 7500 miles total. The only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is that the connection for the safety cable is quite close to the main pin connection for the towbar arm, making hooking up a bit awkward. Only an inch of additional separation would greatly improve it. Nevertheless, it worked well for us. I’d buy it again, and install it myself again. Thanks, eTrailer!




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


I installed this myself in my rv parking area. I put the car up on ramps about 10" high and working at my pace was done in about 7 hrs.
1 shop had a quote of about 2800 dollars labor.




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Even though the box was damaged in transport, all parts were there and none were damaged due to the good packing that was done!




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Super product that has performed well towing my 2020 Jeep Sahara. High quality with everything I needed included. The etrailer videos were super helpful before and after the purchase for easy setup. CHEERS!


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Terrific, the product has held up perfectly
Joseph - 08/11/2022


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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


It is so easy to work with eTrailer!! A couple of phone calls and all your questions are answered. Their videos are also spot on and helped me tremendously when the place that installed the base plate said that they wouldn't install the BRK2505 brake breakaway kit. A simple view of their video and i was confident I would be able to tackle this portion of the install. thanks eTrailer, GREAT JOB!!




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


It was a little more difficult to install than the previous Base Plates I've installed. A little more hammering to get everything lined up. The retaining straps could have been better thought out. Also some sort of spacer/insulator for the A/C line would have been nice. Oh yes, better instructions would have been nice especially the pictures that have no contrast so you really can't see what is illustrated. On the other side, use of this base plate has been easier than any previous ones that I have had.




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Great Price! Easy to install however, the kit we ordered came with a steel skid plate and the video attached to the product shows cutting notches out of the plastic plate that came on the Jeep. We would like to use the steel one but yet to figure out how to do so as the instructions do not say how to use it.




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


This item worked out perfect. I used it to flat tow my jeep behind my RV this summer on a 9000 mile family road trip.




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Baseplate was great all the parts were there, the fit was good and the installation was time consuming but the template to cut the plastic skid plate were nowhere near accurate, had to remove and reinstall several times to get it right.




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Installed this on a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee WK (older style). Jeep made both models this year. Easy install, tows great.




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Parts delivered timely. Installation directions online were helpful. The product looks good on my 18 Colorado.
I would like to have seen plugs for when the arms are removed to keep debris out of the holes.




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


I ordered the invisible bass plate because I have a smittie built after market rock bumper. It is not approved for using for towing. So I hoped I could do modifications on the bumper to make this work. To My surprise it worked without any changes. I towed My 2005 Jeep with it and it works great with my blue ox towbar. Thanks etrailer.




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


It’s awesome everything came in on date they they said it would. There was a little problem in shipping the freight company tore the box lost apartment they sent the new part to me within a couple days no question I asked . Very pleased with the way it installed on my 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon . If I need any other parts for my jeep wrangler I will be ordering them through etrailer




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


I like it best when you get what you need the first time and it everything it’s suppose to be and the order is correct.
Top marks to etrailer!!




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


The base plate and hardware arrived yesterday and I am in the process of installing. Looks great and looks like it will fit. Only issue is there are 4 nuts and washers missing. I can get them from local hardware and I should bein good shape.


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I will have our Customer Service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 04/21/2022


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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


These tow plates are great. I really like the design compared to other options.




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Haven't installed yet, but etrailer Hasn't let me down yet!!!


Comments
Works awesome
Steve - 07/07/2022

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