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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. 1-800-496-5010 to order Roadmaster base plates part number 523174-1 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 - 523174-1

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Roadmaster
  • Twist Lock 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
  • Drawbars are easily removable - just twist and pull
    • No pins or clips required
  • 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 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.



523174-1 Road Master EZ2 Base Plate Kit

Installation Details 523174-1 Installation instructions

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Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - 523174-1

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (123 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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First of all, thank you etrailer for getting the Baseplate Kit for my Chevy Spark to me in time for my trip. Everything I needed was in the box. The step by step instructions were very easy to follow. I would definitely take their suggestion to read and understand the instructions before beginning the job. That step allowed me to always know what was coming next. Several holes need to be drilled, no problem with location, it is all in the instructions. Be sure to have good sharp bits. The whole process is an easy bolt on. I work slowly and got it done in one afternoon. At the end, after installing the baseplate, when you put the front facia back on the car, they suggest leaving off the Styrofoam inner bumper but I found no need to do that as it still fit right back on no problem. It would be up to you to leave it off or not. I thought it would be safer with it on there as was the original. In the end I added a light kit with a 4 round plug on the front. Very well thought out for Roadmaster to supply a place to mount the receptacle. Thanks again, I can now leave on time and take my car with me.




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2015 Chevrolet Spark

I installed this plate with the help of my friend very easy to install..
.very good installation diagram ....easy to follow.........
excellent product

Luc




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2014 Chevrolet Spark

Fairly good instructions. Could have been a little more detailed on a few steps. Fit perfectly.




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Perfect fit. Love it




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Fast delivery good prices




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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


2018 Fiat Abarth install - Videos of install from etrailer helped a bunch. My 2018 fog lights on the Abarth required some trimming on the inside of the bumper cover. Photos in the instructions did not accurately depict my 2018 Abarth, but taking the grill and fog light assemblies off of the bumper cover allowed me to see what needed trimming. Basically a 1 inch notch with the dremel did the trick. I also got the rock guardian and falcon all terrain tow bar. super quick to assemble and disconnect. CLEAN LOOKING INSTALL WHEN EVERYTHING IS REMOVED.


Comments
Over the past year, i have towed the Fiat behind the motor home for 15000 miles or so. Rock Solid. Highly recommend. Ive had 2 blow outs on the motor home and the tread bounces off the Road Master Guardian without damaging the Fiat. The Guardian is scuffed and scratched and handling it well.
SanfordTurbo - 08/23/2021


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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


After comparing Demco, RoadMaster, and Blue Ox base plate costs, mounting procedures, etc for my 2012 Fiat Sport, I decided to go with RoadMaster (Kit #522013-1A) for two main reasons: 1) I had the tow bar and mount adapters from another product that were the same specs as the RoadMaster tow bar and adapters to attach to the base plate, and 2) no drilling or other modifications required to mount the base plates. Blue Ox (Kit #BX2800) required I buy their tow bar and other unique configuration adapters PLUS drill two half-inch holes on either side where the base plate mounted AND hammering flat the tips on the corners of the bumper bracket the frame where the base plate mounted. Blue Ox did provide better details on the removal of the facia and bolt removal and torquing actions required for the Fiat. My biggest challenge was the removal of the facia without damaging the clips or other damage to it. Once it was off, the action of removing the bumper core from the end of the frame rails and bolting on the base plate was slick! I took a little over 4 hours to do this, but it was because I wanted to do it right, without damage, and have the confidence I could tow without issues. (Not sure how sequence will show, but labeled the pictures as "Before," "Removal," "Installation," "Finished," and "Ready to Tow.")


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Hate that every 3,000 miles towing have to re-torque bolts of base plate. Good product otherwise.
Bill F - 10/15/2016



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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


Installed on a 2011 Mini Cooper S hatchback turbo. Previous reviews were pretty spot on. Lots of plastic goes into these cars! My install (including brake light wiring), was 7 hours start to finish. Hardest part was removing the bumper facia to get at the metal bumper underneath. Be patient, take your time so you dont break any plastic clips!
The base plate itself is VERY robust compared to the oem bumper! Adds about 20#. I did have to trim away some plastic flashing behind the facia where the air scoops go. Easy to do with a Dremel tool.
When done, it is an extremely clean look!
Very impressed with the fit and finish. Very easy to hook up. Went with Falcon 2 bar. Tows very well!
Thanks etrailer!!




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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


This was the second base plate kit from etrailer that I have installed, the first being on our ‘03 Outback and this one on our new to us 2015 Subaru CrossTrek. As usual the response, shipping and delivery from etrailer was prompt and curious. They are my go to place for anything towing related.
Installation of this kit went well with only a few issues, most of which were related to our vehicle not the kit. I knew the car had been hit lightly on the LF corner, but could find nothing of concern body or frame wise when I looked the car over before buying it. Turns out the front bumper reinforcement had been tweaked a tad which made lining the bolt holes up with the holes in the base plates a tad challenging. This made the small angle brackets that go inside the frame heads tough to line up, but in the end it all fit. I did find that it was unnecessary to pull the washer reservoir or the left headlight to access the nut and washer for the long 1/2” bolt. You can easily reach and see the place from underneath after pulling the plastic encapsulation panel. When drilling that 1/2” hole be sure to angle the drill bit UP a tad otherwise you may end up having to grind a flat on the side of the large, thick washer as you can see in my picture from underneath. I used shrink wrap over the nut and bolt since there’s a wiring harness right against it. The picture of the baseplate differs a bit from the pictures so I guess they made some changes. All in all a great kit!


Comments
It’s been a year now and probably 7,000 miles later and everything has held up perfectly despite some darn rough roads between MD and Albuquerque, NM and back.
Chris - 03/16/2020


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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


High quality, heavy gauge steel crossbar that was very easy to to mount to the car frame. The Roadmaster brand is the way to go and the pricing at etrailer is great. etrailer's support and customer service is by far above the rest.




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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


Received the base plate within 3 days of ordering. Very fast and efficient service! Within 15 minutes of receiving the base plate and wiring kit I received an email from Carol at etrailer saying she got notification that it was received and to make sure everything was O.K. Excellent customer service!! The installation was pretty straight forward. The installation tutorial video posted by etrailer was very good and helpful. Will order from etrailer again when the need arises. Highly recommend them.


Comments
Still going strong. This last summer towed the vehicle behind our motor home for over 3500 miles. Not a bit of problem!
RONALD D - 12/17/2019


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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


This is the third baseplate I have installed on a car. The instructions are very clear and the photos are helpful to see. Better instructions (or photos) on pulling the side bumper up and out will help keep the locking tabs from breaking on the upper front fender area. A very good product with my Falcon 2 towbar.




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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


The baseplate fit perfectly. The instructions and video on the the etriler site made the install relatively easy for me being a DIYer. I am pleased with the no-obtrusive aspect of the the Roadmaster base plate. Wouldn't know it was there just by looking at the front end of my 2018 Ford Taurus.




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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


the install directions were on the spot. install was time consuming but, relatively easy with the car on a set of ramps. one year and 9000 miles later. everything is still solid and tight




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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


Fairly easy to install however it requires removing the front (nose) of the car. I was amazed at how much plastic goes into making these cars. It took about 3-4 hours to take off the front remove the factory 'bumper' that the RoadMaster Base Plate replaces and reinstall everything. I had problems because someone had removed the front of the car previously and had not put it back together properly. It all worked out and I'm loving how easy it is to hookup and unhook. I had a dolly previously and this is so much better. When I sell the Mini I'll restore the front end (replacing the grille) unless the new buyer wants to tow it. The etrailer and Roadmaster teams are great to work with.




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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


The original pins were difficult to remove so I replaced them with the pin that has a grip handle. Much easier way to remove and set the pins.




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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


It was easy to put on a Chevy sonic




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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


I bought and installed base plate and wiring on a 2018 Ford C-Max hybrid car. The wiring was a little complicated due to the hybrid setup on the car, however, everything worked out well. I have done this on several other cars I have towed behind my motorhomes. All products and help from etrailer.com was excellent. The video presentation was very helpful.




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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


So far it had been great....very easy but I haven't used it much.




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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


I installed it on a 2012 mini Cooper S. The video was of a slightly different model than mine, but was very helpful. One thing to note is that the model S has a turbo charger so it has two plastic air intakes in the lower bumper area. That was not mentioned in the instructions or the video. The fit of the towbar bracket was perfect! Very little of it shows from the outside.




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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


I received the Roadmaster base plate on Friday. On Saturday, my daughter and I had some nice bonding time to install it on the CMax together. We took our time following the video instructions step by step and got it done in about 4 hours including all the breaks, clean up and test drive. Really wasn't any problem at all. We were missing one lock washer but secured a replacement easily at the hardware store. Did have some difficulty getting the flat metal backing plate to square up with the hole on the driver's side. Some minor grinding on the side of the plate provided enough room for it to finally line it up with the bolt.

I am very impressed with the engineering of the baseplate. Looking forward to receiving the other components so I can complete the job.


Comments
Everything is working excellent after 1 year.
Peter W - 05/31/2016


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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


Amazing fit and instructions couldn’t of been clearer. Less then two hours from start to finish installing, can’t wait to take it out on the first tow.




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Review from a similar EZ2 Base Plate in Base Plates


Seems to be well made. Bolted onto our Fiat 500 sport perfectly. Great installation instructions Looking forward to getting it on the road behind the motorhome soon
Matched it up to the Roadmaster Tracker tow bar


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Great. There are several thousand miles on it and still works perfectly. Ken is right, retorquing the bolt is impossible
Larry - 04/29/2021

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