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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Item # RM-52289-5
Our Price: $436.77
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Designed for use with motor-home-mounted tow bars, the direct-connect brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount and remove, and they eliminate the need for a quick-disconnect crossbar on your tow bar. Installs on your vehicle's frame. 1-833-496-1390 to order Roadmaster base plates part number RM-52289-5 or order online at Free expert support on all Roadmaster products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Roadmaster Base Plates - RM-52289-5

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Roadmaster
  • Twist Lock Attachment

Designed for use with motor-home-mounted tow bars, the direct-connect brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount and remove, and they eliminate the need for a quick-disconnect crossbar on your tow bar. Installs on your vehicle's frame.


  • Direct-connect brackets provide attachment points for your motor-home-mounted tow bar
  • Streamlined design creates supremely clean look
    • No obtrusive quick-disconnect crossbar
    • Hidden brackets sit even farther back than standard brackets
  • 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
  • Compatible with Roadmaster motor-home-mounted tow bars only
  • Instructions and mounting hardware included
  • Made in the USA
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Note: Roadmaster direct-connect base plates will only work with Roadmaster tow bars that slide into a trailer hitch, such as the Sterling, Blackhawk, Blackhawk 2, Falcon, or Falcon 2. These base plates will not work with tow bars that require a hitch ball.

The drawbars, or front arms, on this 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 each arm, simply tug the built-in pull pin to disengage the lock, twist the arm back and pull it out of the bracket. 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.

52289-5 Road Master EZ-5 Base Plate Kit

Installation Details RM-52289-5 Installation instructions

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Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - RM-52289-5

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1442 Customer Reviews)

Designed for use with motor-home-mounted tow bars, the direct-connect brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount and remove, and they eliminate the need for a quick-disconnect crossbar on your tow bar. Installs on your vehicle's frame.


This baseplate kit fit perfectly on

2018 Ram 1500

A spot of the color coat had been knocked off, I had to paint the bare metal!

I will have our customer service team reach out to you. What I recommend is touching up the affected areas with a rust resistant paint.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 09/13/2022


Was able to travel a lot of states with the hook up, all worked as expected and I appreciate all the help Roger gave me. Will definitely purchase from etrailer in the future.


product shipped quickly, installed with video instructions and one phone call, 13000 miles behind motor home and everything works as it should. Great resource for DIY and saved thousands over professional installation, just follow the instructions and double check everything.


Great service and merchandise.
customer service and follow up.
Installation video was spot on too. Great company to work with.

2015 Ram 1500

Roadmaster parts were exactly as advertised. I paid for two day shipping and was very happy with the timely manner in which the order was shipped and received. I was emailed as soon as the order was received by and tracking information was current and accurate. Parts were installed in time for our first camping trip in our new motorhome.

2014 Dodge Ram Pickup

Received the roadmaster ez5 base plste kit for my 2014 ram tradesman
Puckup. The part# rm-52289-5 was an excellent fit. I had to do a little trimming but 1 hr and they were on. The removable arms are sweet. Wayne went above and beyond.


Excellent product and easy to install


Excellent product good value. Installation video etrailer was a Hugh help.

2015 Dodge Ram Pickup

Seem to be very well constructed. I haven't installed them yet on my RAM 1500 (2015).


The arms fit when the other kit arms di dn't.


Love this system compare to my old one
to setup for towing and taking fown


Timely delivery--even with Labor Day weekend. Everything was complete and was installed within one hour and one-half with no problems.

2014 Dodge Ram Pickup

Just completed a 6000 trip and no problems at all. The truck made it home safely! A bit of rust here and there. The locking pins need a bit of lubricating.
Margaret - 04/24/2022


Excellent. Clear instructions and the brackets are holding up great.
Marshall - 09/08/2021


Love it, installed easy and still doing good. Arms remove easily for clean look


Very pleased with this product has been working 100%.


Well hidden, strong


2017 Ram 1500

easy install ,great product


2016 Ram 1500

2017 Ram 1500


Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates site was easy to use and place my order, plus it arrived on time.
The base plate fits perfectly on my 2021 Nissan Versa. I had the Road Master Falcon 2 set up on my motor home towing a 1999 Toyota Solara and it was time to get a new Toad. After a lot of searching we settled on the Versa and I will say that the base plate fits perfectly and looks great with and W/O the "ready to tow" set-up installed. I would recommend Road Master to anyone looking for a cost effective 4 wheel down set-up.

Still working great. The only thing I wish I could get is “plugs or covers” that go in the holes on the “baseplate” that are exposed after you remove the tow setup components.
Dave - 08/19/2022


Review from a similar EZ5 Base Plate in Base Plates

Installers beware! I had a very difficult time with this base plate kit because of a mid-2022 redesign by Roadmaster that makes it very challenging to install.

Roadmaster added a tang on top of each base plate to supply additional bracing of the unit against the bumper core. It requires installing two additional bolts and spacers on the upper mount in an area where there isn't easy access due to bracing. This has not been reflected in the picture of the part on etrailer nor is it included in any of the installation videos. The Roadmaster instruction text says to remove the existing bolts from the bumper horn and then reinstall them but with the needed spacers and the set-back of the upper mounts on the redesigned base plate the bolts aren't long enough. I guess to compensate RM supplied two new bolts as seen in the drawing. The problem is, the supplied bolts aren't the correct thread pitch. The RM supplied bolts are metric 1.5 but the welded nut on the Cherokee is 1.25 thread pitch thus requiring a trip to the hardware store to get the proper bolts. Then, when trying to install them you don't have clear access due to bracing. You're trying to hold a spacer in place, using an extension with a universal joint and the socket to get the bolt started. To make matters worse, the upper mount bolt holes on one of the base plates didn't align with the jeep because the tang wasn't at the right height. I had to use a crow bar and a lot of effort to slightly bend up the heavy steel tang to get it to mate up. To top it all off one of the arms was locked in the receiver and wouldn't budge. I had to resort to using a breaker bar inserted in the arm end and a mallet to slowly get the arm to even rotate in the receiver. After much effort I eventually got it to rotate as it should in the receiver and then managed to extract it. When I got it out it was badly scored from the rough welding detritus way down in the receiving tube (see photo attached). I used a file to clear the tube and now it works properly but you have to ask where was the quality control when this arm was inserted in the receiver tube? It had to be obvious that it wasn't going in properly.
All in all I was extremely disappointed with the amount of effort and time I had to put into what should have been a straightforward installation. The redesign makes the job take at least twice as long as it should have.

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