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Old 03-30-2016, 07:22 PM   #1
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Blue Ox Baseplates on Silverado Help

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I am setting up my 2013 Silverado 1500 to tow behind my motor home. I bought the Blue Ox BX1674 base plate. Unfortunately I can't get the baseplate to fit in the end of the frame rails. It is not just tight. It is physically taller than the opening between the bottom of the frame rail and the bottom of the weld nut on top of the rail.

I watched a number of youtube videos about this install. At least one of the videos said to add washers under the bolt head so the bolt wouldn't interfere with the baseplate. Did that. Didn't help.

So I am more than willing to trade BX1674 for BX1681 (the other "compatible" part), but I need to know if that part number will work.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:00 PM   #2
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Have you called Blue Ox?
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Blue ox is closed for the evening. However, I just ground off about 1/16" of the weld nut and I got it to fit. I'll follow up with Blue Ox tomorrow to make sure I got the right part.
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OK, I did find in the directions where it says on 2012s (and presumably 2013s) you might have to cut off the weld nut.
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I just want to report that I got the first side base plate installed tonight. The key is to grind or cut down the weld nut so the baseplate slides into the frame end.

After I had the weld nut ground down, I got one bolt through and then I had to jack up the front end of the baseplate to get the rear hole in position. If you watch the youtube video on the BX1674 you will see that you have to drill an additional hole. That wasn't really that difficult because the baseplate makes a pretty good guide.
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Glad you got it in. Just make sure you use HARDENED washers under the bolt. The Silverado is a fairly heavy tow and the bolt heads on those bolts will in bed themselves into the steel of the box frame allowing the baseplate pieces to become loose even though the bolts and nuts have not backed off.

See a discussion of my original problem at 2011 Chevy Silverado Blue Ox Base Plate
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Thanks, will check frequently
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