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Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit Installation - 2019 Ford F-150

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How to Install the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit on a 2019 Ford F-150


Rob here at etrailer.com, and today we're going to be taking a look at the Roadmaster direct-connect base plate kit, our 2019 Ford F150. Now the reason why you're going to want a base plate is because you want to flat tow your F150 because let's face it, when we go on a trip with our motorhome, it's a lot nicer to drive our truck around so we can go out to eat, run to the gas station, run a few errands, and not have to take our motor home with us.And our base plate is going to give us that solid connection point so we can hook our tow bar up to. But it's also going to alleviate a lot of that strain and stress that's put on the front suspension, because it's going to spread out that towing force across the front of our truck. And then since our base plate is going to be hooked directly to the frame, it's going to have a really solid point so we can safely tow our F150 down the road.The way they're basically sitting now is we don't have our removable arms in. So you can see, it just has a really clean appearance whenever we're not towing. But when we do want to tow, We'll grab the removable arm, we'll see it's got a pull pin on it.

We want to put that in all the way on the top. We'll push it in, until that pin extends. Then we can rotate it and you'll hear it lock into position.And removing them is going to be just as easy. We'll pull on the ring, rotate it, and then we can slide the arm out.Now you can see the large opening on the end of the arm here. This is where our tow bar is going to slide in so we can attach everything.

And our Roadmaster direct-connect basically is going to be compatible with motorhome mounted tow bars. They're not going to be compatible with any kind of tow bars that's going to use a ball Mount or a coupler style. Now it is going to be compatible with Roadmaster motor home mounted tow bars, as well as some other manufacturers with an adapter that is sold separately. And you can find those here at etrailer.com.On the outside of our arm here, we're going to have our safety cable attachment point. We'll have plenty of room to get most sized hooks on whether they be the smaller kind, or if we have some really large hooks.

We'll have plenty of room, won't have to worry about interfering, getting them hooked on or unhooked.And one thing you do want to keep in mind when you're looking at your base plate is the height of your attachment point. We want to try to make that as even as possible with the height on our hitch on our motorhome. So when we hook up our tow bar will be nice and level. So the height of our attachment point on our base plate here is going to be right at 16 inches. So now you can go back and you can measure your motor home to see if it'll match up or if you need a high/low adapter.As far as the installation goes, our base plate is custom designed.

So it is going to be a specific fit for our F150 and it's not going to require any kind of welding. Now we do have to remove the bumper and remove our factory tow hooks. So I recommend having another set of hands with you. That way it'll help you lift the bumper, move it off, or anything like that, because some components can be a little bit heavy. But now that we've seen our base plate and gone over some of the features, let's walk through the installation together so you can have the confidence to do it at home.To begin our installation, we want to come to the front of our F150 and we're going to have these black rectangular square covers. We're going to pop those out so we can get access to behind there, because we're going to have to remove the bumper. Now you may be able to grab it with your finger and start it. We just want to pull backwards so the clips behind here will release, and once you get a few lose we can start working around until we can get that cover off. We'll have one on each side, so we want to pull the other side out as well.Behind that cover, we're going to have two bolts coming through, and there'll be two nuts holding the bumper to the frame, so you want to grab a 13/16 socket and we'll pull both of those out on each side.Now we're going to have one more bolt on each side that's holding the bumper in place, but you can't see it from the front side of the deck, so you're going to be underneath and behind the bumper. But to give you a reference point, it's going to be in this general area, close to our fog light, but more towards the center by that opening.And since that's going to be the only bolt that's holding it on, the two on the inside. Since we're going to be underneath it, I'm going to take one of the factory nuts and very loosely reinstall it back onto one of the studs. That way I don't have to worry about the bumper falling off. And we don't need it to be real tight, we just want a couple threads on there. In case something does start moving, that'll catch it. We'll put one on each side.So now that we can move underneath the front, we've come to the frame rail, just the outside of that. If we look all the way to the front, we'll find a silver bolt and silver nut. It's going to be the same size as the front. So we'll take that 13/16ths and remove the nut. As you can see the bumper did move a little bit so it's a good thing we put that nut on the front side, but we'll go ahead and remove that other bolt on the other side as well.Now with an extra set of hands, we're going to remove the last nut that's holding the bumper in place, and then we're going to very slowly start pulling away, because we are going to have some electrical connectors by our fog lights. So we don't want to pull too far away and stretch the wires. We should be able to come right here where our fog lights are.We'll pull out on that little tab right here, and you can slide the connector down. Then you may have to pull either some electrical tape or a clip off so we can actually get the wire off. You want to make sure you disconnect both sides and then we'll pull our bumper off and set aside where it won't get damaged.With the bumper removed, we can see that our tow hook cover's going to be here. Just want to grab that, and you just pull it straight forward and it'll come right out.We'll grab a 15 millimeter socket and if we look up at the bottom of our tow hook, we'll have two bolts going through the bottom of the frame. So we'll pull those out. We'll remove the tow hook, and if you can get your tow hook out before the whole bolt comes out. You do need to remove the bolt and the nut plate on the inside.And we're going to repeat that on the other side as well.And we're going to get ready to put our main receiver brace in place. So I'm going to grab him one of the shorter bolts out of our kit. We're going to follow it up with a lock washer, and you want to make sure that you put a small bit of Red Loctite on the threads of all your bolts. Just put a little bead across the threads, and we will set up once we have everything in. But we'll grab our bolt, lock washer, some Loctite. You want to grab your main receiver brace and one of the nut plates as well.So you want to grab our main receiver brace and the large tab should be facing towards the outside along with the safe chain connection point. So here we have our driver's side brace. We're going to lift it up to where it's going to line up with the holes in the bottom of the frame. We'll take our bolts, I'm going to pass it through the furthest rear hole, making sure that it goes all the way through into the frame here. Then I'm going to grab my nut plate. I'll feed it in through the opening in the front of my frame and you want to get at least a couple of threads started on there. That way it'll hold the brace up and we can work on getting the rest of the hardware in. Now there is going to be slightly different combination of hardware for the front hole, so you want to make sure you put that short bolt in the furthest back hole on the bottom.For our forward hole in our main receiver brace, we want to grab the long bolt out of our kit, along with the lock washer and some Loctite. We'll pass it through the brace to where it comes up to the top of the frame. We'll take another handle nut, and again just get a couple threads started so that we know that it's going to catch.Everything loosely is in place. Again, we don't really need to crank down on these, you just want to get it started so the brace will hold itself up and we can get all the hardware in. Once we have it like this, we're going to go in and repeat the process for the other side.And you want to grab a three quarter inch socket and we're going to tighten these up so they're nice and snug.And we look at the side of our main receiver brace. We can see where they have one more hole that's going to be directly next to the frame. And we have to drill through the frame, but we only need to go through the first layer of metal so we can get into the opening on the inside. So you want to grab a half inch drill bit, and we're going to drill all the way through this side of the frame.So you want to grab our thick plate washer. We're going to slide it in between the frame, it maybe a little difficult to hold your fingers with it, but then we'll take another one of our short bolts with the lock washer and some Loctite, line it up. You want to go through that washer to where it's coming to the inside of the frame. Once we have it on the inside of the frame, we'll grab another one of our nut plates. We're going to line it up to where they'll catch the bolts. You may have to bend the handle a little bit to get enough reach, and then we'll just thread our bolt in place, make sure that it catches on that plate. Once we have this one secure, we're going to move to the other side, drill our hole and repeat that entire process.And once you have all your hardware in, you want to come back with a torque wrench, we're going to torque all of our hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions.Now obviously we're not going to be able to get our bumper back in place with all these wires sticking out from the frame. So what you can do is you can take a pair of cutters. See how I grab them really tight with my cutters, then I'm going to bend that wire back and forth, and it should break off. I just want to do it inside the frame. That way it won't be sticking out causing any kind of interference issues. So we'll break off the rest of our wires. We'll do the same thing on the other side as well.With an extra set of hands, we're going to put our bumper back in place. Don't forget to plug your fog lights in if you have them. You kind of want to help guide the bumper to where it will align back up. And our bolts will come through the holes, and our base plate will come through the opening.Just like before, want to make sure we get at least one nut on each side of our bumper so it doesn't fall down, and we'll work on getting the rest of the hardware in place.Now whenever you get your bolts loosely installed you will notice that your bumper is going to be hanging down quite a bit and we got a gap here, and nobody wants their bumper to sit like that because really where it should be is right about there. Now it's extremely hard to hold the bumper in place and try to tighten all the bolts. So what I'm going to do, is I'm going to have an assistant lift up my bumper as high as it'll go, and then I'm going to tighten the bolts on the backside so it'll hold it nice and snug in place, and then I can come back and tighten the front ones as well.At this point our base plate installation is almost done. We just put our covers back in place. However, if you are going to be adding any kind of electrical accessories or a braking system, our base plate is going to come with the brackets to mount everything. So we're going to go in and mount these up and we'll show you where and how we got everything mounted. We'll start by coming to the front license plate area. We can actually remove the whole plate and it'll give us a lot more room to work with. So we just grab the edge, should be able to grab and pull, and the tabs will release it and we just set it aside.So we're going to start by taking our electrical bracket that comes with our kit. We're going to be mounting ours right here at the bumper. Now a lot of this is plastic under here, but if you feel underneath it does hit the metal right here. So we want to come as close to the edge as we can. So when we put our fasteners in, it has something to bite into. But I'm going to take a paint marker and I'll use my bracket as a template. Just hold it up in the general spot that I want to put it, mark my holes. Then we can come back and we'll get some self tapping screws and get them started to make sure it's going into the metal.Now when you're drilling your holes, you want to be extremely careful because you don't want to slip and possibly damage the front of your truck.And with the holes started, I'll get my bracket, put the hardware in, and fully secure it down.Now we're also going to have a bracket for your breakaway switch, so I went ahead and grabbed my breakaway switch out of my kit. And most breakaways searches are going to have a little rounded section at the back with a little hole. We're going to line that hole with the hole up on our bracket. I'm going to take the bolt that comes with my breakaway switch along with a washer, I'll pass it through, then on the back side I'll secure it down with a locknut. Go ahead and tighten everything down, and then we can mount up the bracket.Now we can take our breakaway switch and bracket. I'm going to do the same thing and we're going to mark the holes at the very end of the plastic here, and I'll take my self tapping screws and do the exact same process that we did for our electrical bracket.And once you have your brackets mounted, you can see it's going to give a really nice clean appearance to your base place, have all your accessories mounted up front. But you do want to double check that you can still put your license plate back in place and that none of the brackets are going to interfere. You can see really close right here that it does almost interfere, but our license plate can go back on and be fully secure without actually coming in contact with the bracket or the plug itself.Now we also have one more bracket that we're going to be mounting and it's part of our braking system, which is the small air valve here. We're going to mount it right below our breakaway switch. That way it's not going to interfere with our license plate, but it still has a nice clean look to it.We're going to take our covers from the front of our truck, so line up the hole and click it in place.Then one final step is going to be putting our license plate back. We'll line it up. Just push it in place. Make sure it's fully locked in, and that it's not going to come off. And then that'll finish up your installation, and your look at Roadmaster direct-connect base plate kit, on our 2019 Ford F150. Now we're going to continue to hook up the rest of our flat tow components, and you can to along at home, or if you're completely done, go ahead and hook up to your motor home and start your adventure.


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