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Title: Help me figure out my baseplate!
Post by: jacobsrving on July 14, 2017, 11:50:30 PM
Good Evening Fellow RVers! 
We just purchased a 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and it has a baseplate already installed.  I am unsure if the baseplate is a blue ox or roadmaster.  I am attaching a picture in hopes that someone on this forum can lead me in the right direction.  My RV has a Blue Ox hookup.  Hoping this baseplate will work for the TOAD. Thanks in advance for any and all assistance.
Title: Re: Help me figure out my baseplate!
Post by: HueyPilotVN on July 15, 2017, 12:47:53 AM
I have the Blue Ox tow bar and mine uses the connectors that slip into the round recepticle and turn to lock.

From your picture it looks similar although mine have two notches in the end.

Here are some pictures of mine.
Title: Re: Help me figure out my baseplate!
Post by: jacobsrving on July 15, 2017, 01:03:15 AM
Hi HueyPilotVN,
Thanks so much for the reply.
Looks like yours has two notches on them, too. I think mine only has one notch on the round cylinder.   Hmm...wonder if this is a Blue Ox?  Ehhh.  It's so hard to tell! I took it to a shop today and they said it sure looks like one, but they also said there is road master that looks similar, too.  Hoping someone has one that looks just like this.

I think it is supposed to have the removable pins and some sort of tab, but I could be wrong. 
Title: Re: Help me figure out my baseplate!
Post by: HueyPilotVN on July 15, 2017, 01:08:27 AM
You can see the insert in the last picture.  You insert the aluminum shaft and turn it to lock it.  The pin goes thru the part of the shaft, (forward) and locks the arm to the shaft.  I think mine is called Aventa and is rated for 10K.
Title: Re: Help me figure out my baseplate!
Post by: Tom on July 15, 2017, 04:50:03 AM
Some Roadmaster models have the single notch, see here (http://www.roadmasterinc.com/pdfinst/521446-4.pdf). I merely went to http://roadmasterinc.com and looked at the brackets for the 2017 Cherokee.
Title: Re: Help me figure out my baseplate!
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on July 15, 2017, 09:39:29 AM
Yes, that is for the Roadmaster removable base plate.  However, that's only part of it. Do you have the arms that slip into those tubes?  That's what the tow bar actually connects to. Those will be incompatible with your Blue Ox tow bar, but there is an adapter available that allows your tow bar to use Roadmaster brackets.

http://www.blueox.com/recreational-commercial-flat-towing/towing-accessories/adapters/ (http://www.blueox.com/recreational-commercial-flat-towing/towing-accessories/adapters/)
Title: Re: Help me figure out my baseplate!
Post by: jacobsrving on July 15, 2017, 02:57:20 PM
Some Roadmaster models have the single notch, see here (http://www.roadmasterinc.com/pdfinst/521446-4.pdf). I merely went to http://roadmasterinc.com and looked at the brackets for the 2017 Cherokee.

Yes, this one looks a lot more like it I think.  Thanks for finding this. I went on their site and never came up with anything this descriptive. I appreciate your help.
Title: Re: Help me figure out my baseplate!
Post by: jacobsrving on July 15, 2017, 03:00:14 PM
Yes, that is for the Roadmaster removable base plate.  However, that's only part of it. Do you have the arms that slip into those tubes?  That's what the tow bar actually connects to. Those will be incompatible with your Blue Ox tow bar, but there is an adapter available that allows your tow bar to use Roadmaster brackets.

http://www.blueox.com/recreational-commercial-flat-towing/towing-accessories/adapters/ (http://www.blueox.com/recreational-commercial-flat-towing/towing-accessories/adapters/)

This is fascinating.  I had no clue they had adapters so we could use the two together. I'm going to give BlueOX a call and see what they recommend us to purchase for the vehicles/years.  Thanks a ton!!
Title: Re: Help me figure out my baseplate!
Post by: Tom on July 15, 2017, 03:12:08 PM
Apologies, I should have mentioned the adapters. OTOH Gary is more thorough in his responses here.
Title: Re: Help me figure out my baseplate!
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on July 16, 2017, 11:43:17 AM
LOL. I have more free time than Tom. He has to keep this store in operation, while I get to kibitz with the clientele to my hearts content!