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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has easily removable arms that offer a seamless look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis, so no welding is required. 1-800-940-8924 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BLU53FR or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Blue Ox products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Blue Ox Base Plates - BLU53FR

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Blue Ox

Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has easily removable arms that offer a seamless look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis, so no welding is required.


Features:

  • Custom-fit base plate provides attachment points for your tow bar when flat towing
  • Hidden design provides a clean, seamless look
    • Arms remove with a simple twist when not in use
    • Brackets won't protrude past the front of your vehicle
  • Sturdy design spreads towing force evenly to prevent stress on your vehicle's suspension
  • Integrated mounting points let you easily attach an electrical connector plug with bracket (sold separately)
  • Receiver covers keep dirt and debris out of the base plate when arms are removed and provide a finished look
  • Durable steel construction is powder coated to resist rust and corrosion
  • Straightforward installation - no welding required
    • Base plate bolts securely to your vehicle's chassis with included mounting hardware
  • Sturdy lugs pair with Blue Ox tow bars to form a secure and reliable connection
    • Adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars - adapter (RM-031 or RM-031-5) sold separately
    • Adaptable for use with Demco tow bars - adapter (BX88310) sold separately
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Distance between brackets: 24"
  • Bracket height: 17-1/4"
  • 3-Year warranty


Simple, Hidden Design

Blue Ox Base Plate With Arms AttachedBlue Ox Base Plate Arms Removed

This base plate's hidden design creates a clean and seamless look. The bracket arms are easily removable, creating a slick appearance when you're not flat towing. Because the arms can be removed, you also won't have to worry about banging your leg into any protruding arms when you walk by.


Blue Ox Base Plate Removable Arms

Attaching and removing the bracket arms is a breeze. To attach the arms to the base plate, simply insert them into the receivers and rotate them until they lock into place. Once you're finished towing and want to remove the arms, pull the pin to disengage the lock, rotate the arms, and remove them from the receivers. Finally, plug up the now empty receivers with the included receiver covers to help keep dirt and debris out of the base plate and provide a finished look.


Guide to Flat Towing

Flat towing your vehicle is much more convenient than using a trailer or a tow dolly. These other options take up much more storage space, leaving you less room both at home and at the campsite. In addition, securing your vehicle to a trailer or tow dolly can be a hassle and more time consuming than hooking up with a tow bar.


There are 5 basic components needed when flat towing a vehicle: a tow bar, a base plate kit, a safety cable set, tow bar wiring, and a supplemental braking system.


Towing Basics

The tow bar links your towed car to your motorhome. It attaches to the custom-fit base plates that install on the frame of your towed car. Safety cables ensure that your towed car does not separate from your motorhome in the event that your tow bar becomes detached. Tow bar wiring allows your towed vehicle's signal lights to sync up with your motorhome's tail lights, which is required by law in most states. Finally, the supplemental braking system - also required in most states - brakes your towed car when the brakes in your motorhome are activated, preventing wear on the motorhome and decreasing braking distance for your entire setup.



BX1145 Blue Ox Baseplate - Removable Tabs

Replaces BX1142

Installation Details BLU53FR Installation instructions

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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BLU53FR

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (47 Customer Reviews)

Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has easily removable arms that offer a seamless look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis, so no welding is required.

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This is a review of Etrailer's excellent service. (I have not installed the base plate yet.)
Jesse at Etrailer was fantastic with his helpful comments and followup. I highly recommend to by when you can from Etrailer!




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I installed this on a 2021 Gladiator Rubicon. Installation was pretty straight forward the more difficult step is the cutting of the steel belly pan but with some patience I was pleased with the finished look. Although the parts diagram showed item 8, a spacer, it is not mentioned in step 10 of the installation directions. Be sure to install these spacers to avoid damaging the baseplate.




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It took us a while to get the correct Base Plate to fit on our new Jeep Gladiator. We were trying to be compatible with our other Blue Ox towing equipment. We also wanted a single plate with no added piecing. This is the best and was easy to install. We have been towing all over on rugged twisty roads. The smooth towing of our jeep behind our RV makes life easy. No sway or issues even on windy curvy roads.




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Every item fit well and was easy to install. Had to order two little parts to complete the installation and the service department was a big help assuring I go the correct parts. Bracket for under the seat to connect the air cylinder. A bracket and light switch for the indicator light on the motorhome dash.




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Good, sturdy baseplate from BlueOx. My only recommendations would be for etrailer to update the product summary and Blue Ox to update the manual. You can look at the picture and pretty much tell that it isn't 'hidden'. The crossbar is definitely in front of the belly plate: not a deal breaker for me and it isn't obnoxious either, just not hidden (see the Roadmaster fittings if you really want less metal and see the pictures below). The BlueOx installation manual has SEVERAL wrong sizes annotated for bolts: again, not a big deal if you actually have a socket set (grab the one you need). The manual is otherwise very well done: if you follow it, you won't have any problems. Be sure you have a reaming bit, or a good hack saw, or a side cutter: you will have to cut a tab on the front bracket of the frame.




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Outstanding group of people. etrailer is the one stop shop. They really care about the customers and the experience. Unheard of on these days. Would recommend to anyone.




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Jeep

Fit our 2021 Jeep Gladiator perfectly. Install was easy - my son and I had it in place in about an hour.




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Will do a more thorough review after installation. Very prompt delivery!!!! One day only. Ordered Thursday. Delivered on Friday!!! Almost too quick as I’m not back yet to inspect and start installation. Haha. 5 stars on delivery and customer service for sure !!!


Comments
Working great. Still. FIVE stars!
Rick - 06/14/2022


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The product (Blue Ox Base Plate ) arrived in a Damaged box with exposed contents. Powder coat damaged on Base Plate , Contents box inside broken open, Have not check parts contents list yet. Have photos of box outside my garage door where they droppedc/ left it.


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Customer Service will reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 01/07/2022


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great customer service!! ordered on Monday and received on Wednesday.
will have parts installed this week and will send pic.
thank you for the great service and knowledge. something you don't see much of anymore.




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Very heavy duty. Not too difficult to install. Pleased with appearance.




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Looks good will send pics when installed




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Completely satisfied. It works as advertised; easy hook up and unhook, tows like a champ.




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Ordered on Sunday and got it Wednesday! WOW!!! Terri N knew exactly what I needed for my 2021 Jeep Gladiator and made it happen! Fits great and looks awesome!




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Baseplate has worked flawlessly !.




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2021 Jeep Gladiator

Very helpful staff and great prices. Shipping was super fast and items arrived well packaged. Website is terrific alerting you if the particular item you are viewing will fit your vehicle. Move over [online] I have a new partner.




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It was average to install on there but it works very well haven't had any problems with it yet it's still hooked to the truck




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Greg helped me put together a multi item order for setting up a tow vehicle behind an RV and was extremely helpful. He also went out of his way to research availability and fast-tracked an item to put the full package together. Awesome customer support!




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It functions as described.




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Fit well easy install




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Have yet to install but it seems what most of the campers are using for flat towing their Jeep’s.




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Good looking part. etrailer is great to work with




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easy to order and install




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Great service very knowledgeable about the products




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2021 Jeep Gladiator

Ordering through local shop would be 6 weeks went online ordered through etrailer on Monday it was on my porch on Wednesday everything was correct would definitely recommend



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