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Demco Classic Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms

Demco Classic Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms

Item # DM9517335
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This custom-fit base plate kit lets you hook up your tow bar to your vehicle. No external crossbar means that only the base plate tabs are visible. Simple bolt-on installation with included hardware. 1-636-306-4830 to order Demco base plates part number DM9517335 or order online at Free expert support on all Demco products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Demco Classic Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Demco Base Plates - DM9517335

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This custom-fit base plate kit lets you hook up your tow bar to your vehicle. No external crossbar means that only the base plate tabs are visible. Simple bolt-on installation with included hardware.


  • Custom-fit base plates provide attachment points for your tow bar
  • Hidden reinforcement means that less of the bracket shows
    • No crossbar support beam or large, protruding brackets
  • 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 Demco tow bars
    • Adaptable for use with tow bars from other manufacturers (adapters sold separately)
  • Made in the USA


  • Distance between brackets: 31-1/2"
  • Bracket height: 20"
  • 1-Year limited warranty

Tow Bar Adapters

If you have a tow bar from a different manufacturer, an adapter may be available. Demco makes adapters for use with other manufacturer's 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.

Demco Base Plate Adapters

Type of Tow Bar Use Adapter
Roadmaster Eagle and Eagle 8000 DM9523014
Reese Tow Champ and Valley Industries DM9523015
Roadmaster Falcon 5250 DM9523023
Blue Ox, Aladdin, Aventa II, Aventa LX, and Alexus DM9523034
Roadmaster Tracker, Falcon 2, Falcon All-Terrain, Blackhawk, Blackhawk All-Terrain, and Sterling tow bars with serial numbers up to 14,500 DM9523036
Roadmaster Nighthawk All-Terrain, Sterling All-Terrain, and Sterling tow bars with serial numbers 14,501 and above DM9523062

9517335 Demco RV Classic Baseplates

Replaces Demco 9517301

Installation Details DM9517335 Installation instructions

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Demco Classic Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms - DM9517335

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (156 Customer Reviews)

This custom-fit base plate kit lets you hook up your tow bar to your vehicle. No external crossbar means that only the base plate tabs are visible. Simple bolt-on installation with included hardware.


Received on time and installed as directed. I'm 78 and only had one problem, that of having to bend down a tab on the vehicle frame. Had to go buy a punch. However, the left base plate front holes for the tow bar attaching pin was not in alignment. The pin would not go through. Contacted etrailer and received a replacement in no time. Removed the bad one and reinstalled the new one. Then took the vehicle to my hitch guy for brake wiring. He double checked my work and said everything was in great order and a good fit. With the virus lockdown, I have not towed other than home from getting the brakes set up. But that worked ok.

Working great. Been out several times and my tow vehicle follows straight as an arrow. No complaints.
Smitty - 12/20/2021

2018 Ram 1500

After reviewing the top name brands for tow bars I was really exited first with Roadmaster's pin style base plate connectors, but when I realized that it would require cutting and possibly drilling I took a second look and decided to install the Demco base plates and get the tow bar from them as well.

These plates can be installed in a mere 2 hours if you have all the tools ready to go. I have the fortunate luck that my truck is equipped with the air suspension and so lifting it to the highest setting and driving up on 12in ramps gave me ample amount of room to work under the front bumper area.

The installation is seriously easy and requires no special tools, other than a set of metric sockets and a torque wrench. The factory tow hooks are removed and these base plates fit in the exact same space without any cutting, not even the plastic cover behind the pumper needed to be removed (though for some odd reason the instructions did and I followed them on the driver side but when I realized that I could install the plate without this step, I omitted it on the passenger side). Despite my initial worry of wanting a nearly invisible look, these bars are remarkably clean looking.


Have worked great, easy to hookup and unhook. Have traveled from California to Virginia and back, and many other local trips, over 25,000 pull with this baseplate with no issues, great product and was easy to install.


Product uses most factory, or OEM hardware. Factory chassis is not compromised

Excellent product. On my application of a 2018 Ram, installation uses factory chassis holes. I am not a fan of drilling into the chassis.
Fred S - 07/12/2022


Great product. Communication is super.

2018 Ram 1500

First, etrailer has come through again. I've been purchasing various components and towing related parts from them for years and never once had an issue. Great work guys.

Now on to the product review of the Demco Excali-Bar II tow bar. Right away I liked the fact that it had the breakaway cables pre-mounted and attached to the underside of each tow bar. It makes it very easy to keep it all neat this way. The cables are also polyurethane covered, so fraying shouldn't be an issue from rubbing. The next cool thing is that the tow bar has a built in 3in raise or drop to make the installation parallel to the towed vehicle, plus there is two hitch pin locations for further lateral adjustment. The driver side tow bar also comes with an umbilical cord rod that allows you to keep the electrical umbilical cord attached to the bar without the risk of it dropping down on the pavement during travel and getting chewed up or ripped off - also keeps it clean and eliminates one less thing to consider each time when connecting and disconnecting. Stowing away also gives multiple options as the two bars can either be both on the same side (driver or passenger) or they can be split (one on each side).

I purchased the Demco base plates, so no special adapters needed for my vehicle. Tow bar hook up and disconnect takes no more than 5 min. The release levers work as advertised and allowed to disconnect the tow bar even when the towed vehicle wasn't perfectly aligned. These base plates were the only ones that didn't require any drilling or cutting of the trucks frame or other cladding.

In all, the Excali-Bar II tow bar is worth every penny.

2017 Dodge Ram Pickup

Installed these Demco Baseplates on my 2017 Ram 1500 Crew Cab. Flat towing this vehicle behind my Winnebago Journey 42E is a breeze. Easy to connect and disconnect. Hardly noticeable when not in use.

2015 Ram 1500

We plan on flat towing our 2015 Ram 1500 tradesman behind our RV and it came with the tow hook when we bought it. I did have to run the truck up on ramps, but then it was about a hour and a half job to remove the tow hooks and brackets and install the base plates. We have not yet pulled the truck, but the installation was okay.

2015 Ram 1500

The product arrive 1 day early. I had it installed on my 2015 Ram truck in 2 1/2 hours. Everything fit and all the parts were in the package. I had watched the video before I purchased which helped with the confidence that I could Install myself. Install the back bracket before installing the base plate on the bumper bolts. It was hard to get the bolts to thread if you follow the instructions.


Excellent part ( fit and finish)

2016 Ram 1500

Product was shipped very quick. Much faster than my order earlier this spring.

2018 Ram 1500

Purchase, delivery and install couldn’t have been better. Highly recommend etrailer!!


Very solid and easy to install. Great suggestion from the staff at etrailer.



Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates

One year follow up....

The Demco
unit is a solid base plate overall. Basemount mounting holes are slightly off compared to the frame which made installation slightly difficult, however, not too difficult to rectify. Unit works well with just over 3000 miles in the past year.


Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates

This is the easiest setup I've ever seen. For reference, I had a Smart car I was towing behind a class C prior to this. That was and experience! You literally have to remove the front end of the car to install it. When we bought a class A we switched to a Hummer H3 because of its towability. Four bolts! Thats it! Four bolts! You remove the stock tow hooks and bolt these in their place. I used loctite on the bolts, but other than that, it was just that simple!


Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates

The folks at etrailer were so right about the Demco Base Plate being easy to install on our 2012 Chev Colorado. It took me about 40 minutes start to finish, that with drilling two holes. Plus the tow bar connections are easy and out of the way and don't protude too far. It looks good from the front as well.

after about 8000 miles of flat towing we have had no problems.
Richard - 06/18/2022


Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates

Fast delivery and great price. Replaced an old Roadmaster baseplate (which was a shin-getter) for my Saturn Vue, with a Demco baseplate. Fits perfect! New baseplate is barely exposed to my shins. Directions were very clear, and I installed it in about 2 hours. It even came with the thread lock required. etrailer communicated every step of my shipment, even following up after delivery.


Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates

Quick on shipping. Thank You!
on a 2013 Fiat Sport. Everything was smooth till I tried to put it back together. I just couldn't get the bottom to line up. After troubleshooting.....found out the edge of the Fog light assembly was preventing the front from seating properly on the bottom. Had to cut some of the fog light assembly. Seems like a design flaw. So it took me a bit longer to complete.
Also...concerned about the covers for the connections to the tow bar. I know sometime they are going to fall off.


Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates

Great fit and easy install. The only problems I encountered were the doggone Fiat fit and finish ... took longer to reinstall the pieces I had to remove to install the baseplate.
Have Roadmaster installed on both cars, and both track well behind the motorhomes. Always recommend.


Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates

Nice and heavy quality construction. Paint finish not so much, several areas on both pieces the paint is/has chipped off exposing bare metal. Came direct out of the package like that. Will require all the paint to come off and I will need to re-spray a new finish. Was disappointed for $xxx that they need to be repainted right out of the box.

As Expected
Scott - 06/27/2022


Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates

Product is very good and is a great solution for towing a Hummer H3 because of the simple installation, no fascia removal nor cutting, etc. Just remove the existing tow rings and bolt on the base plates. The only slight downside is that they surface rust just slightly in a few areas. Nonetheless, they function as advertised and as desired.

These continue to be a practical and inexpensive solution for towing a Hummer H3 a year later. They have surface rusted quite a bit more and the paint has flaked off quite a bit, so they are not very attractive, but they still serve the primary purpose of towing the H3 very well.
NPM - 01/19/2022


Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates

Towed our jeep 3,000 miles and this baseplate fit and worked very well.


Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates

Great service - ordered Sunday night, delivered Wednesday lunch time, installed Wednesday afternoon. Excellent information, instructions - took about 4 hours, had to file 2 bolt holes a slight bit, but the fit was very good.

I am very happy with the baseplate and would recommend it to anyone.

Before and after pictures attached.

After a year, baseplate works great. Changed tow bar to a non-ball type. No baseplate connection issues.
Marcus P - 08/29/2020


Review from a similar Classic in Base Plates

I have started installing base plate kit. It appears it will work well on my vehicle.

Base plate kit is working great….towed the truck to Florida and back with NO issues. I don’t even know it’s back there the system pulls so smooth.
Thomas - 04/30/2022

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