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Old 08-13-2019, 07:51 PM   #1
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Install BlueOx baseplate on 2019 Nissan Versa

Ordered my kit and should have it by the weekend. Anybody out there performed this install on a Versa?

Thereís a video on a 2014 Versa with a Roadmaster. Would imagine it would be very similar.

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Old 08-16-2019, 03:45 AM   #2
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Nope. I've install a Roadmaster baseplate on a Jeep Patriot and a Ford Expedition. The Jeep took me around six hours. And the Expedition took about two hours. I usually watch the installation videos on etrailer.
I also install the extended lighting (RV to car) on both. If I had to do the lighting again, I think I would install new lights in the tail section of the cars. Instead, I've used a diode kit and used the existing bulbs.
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Old 08-25-2019, 12:16 PM   #3
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2019 Nissan Versa DIY towbar/baseplate set up

I am substantially complete with the install of the baseplate, towbar, electrical lines, brake, etc. for my Nissan Versa. I am posting this detail in case another member tries to do this DIY. My Versa is manual tranny, Sedan S model.

Baseplate - BlueOx (BX1852). By far the most difficult to install. My son had some equipment to jack the car up and use jack stands under the driver/passenger front end. Drilling holes into the frame and notching out a piece of a metal part were the most difficult. Advice: use smaller bits at first to drill a pilot hole before using the recommended bit size. For the notch out...I used a Dremel with a rotary cutting disk...that thing threw off some sparks. Wear safety glasses!

Electrical - RM-15267 Roadmaster Diode 7-wire to 6-Wire Flexo-Coil wire kit. Not overly difficult. Removing tail lights from inside trunk not too difficult. Wiring driver side was straight forward. Passenger side left me wandering if I wired it properly. I don't exactly recall the issue but I remember guessing to use use the white line.... it all worked out. I thought running the wires from rear bumper to front of car would be difficult...but not too bad. I had my 25 year old son helping me. That was a huge help. I am 53.

Just ordered part number RM-156-25 Battery line. Wish I would have understood this up front. Should not be too difficult....but would have been nice if I could have done it all at once.

Brake - Blue Ox Patriot II (BRK2016). Just installed this yesterday. I was concerned as to how I would run a wire from the bumper area (break away switch) to inside the driver compartment. I removed driver side front tire and found rubber grommet that appears to receive the hood release cable into the driver compartment. Pulled off the grommet. I used a large 2 foot zip tie and taped the wire to it to fish the line through. Rarely does anything work for me on the first try. Guess it was my lucky day. I secured the cable through the wheel well...brake line and underneath a plastic panel and into the engine compartment on driver side. No risk of tire or shock hitting the cable. Used zip ties to secure to the brakelight lines I ran previously. Again used the long zip ties to fish the cable down to the break-away switch into which the cable plugs.

Setting up the Patriot around the brake pedal was fairly easy and intuitive. I had to use the two provided screw in legs to lift the Patriot unit so that the Patriot pushes against the front of the seat and not the seat lever.

The remote for the Motorhome is super easy. Plug into the 12v lighter and mine automatically connected to the Patriot inside the car.

Towbar - Blue Ox Alpha Towbar BX7365 -6,500lb rating. The rep at eTrailer said I should buy cables RM-643 6,000lbs. But my Alpha towbar came with safety cables. I assume they are rated at least 6,500 lbs but I don't know for sure. I have an extra set of cables.

I also purchased a 6 inch hi-lo hitch adapter. My MH is a Newmar Baystar Sport 2813.

Setting up the Alpha towbar is not overly difficult. Its a little heavy to work with. Getting that to slide into the hi-low adapter was tough. Had to use a rubber mallet.

For now, on the Versa, I am leaving the gear shift in Neutral. With the key in the ACC position. Making sure that the steering wheel can still turn (make sure it does not lock). The Versa tracks very well behind the MH.

All in I spent about $3,100 with tax. I probably logged 10 hours. My son probably logged 6 hours. It was nice to have a young guy there to help. The quote for professional install was about $6,000.

Recommend DIY install for those that are fairly handy.

Hope this helps someone down the road.
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Nice write-up. Having a new BSS 2813 on order I have a question. Does the 7 pin plug on the back of the Bay Star have a live wire for a battery charge line to the towed vehicle? Our vehicle is already set up and I have a RVI towed vehicle battery charger already, just need the charge line from the coach. Thanks
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Old 08-26-2019, 05:29 AM   #5
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I believe so. But I don’t know for sure. I will find out soon
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Spoke to tech at eTrailer. She said all 7 pins today have the battery charge line built into the plug. I will test my with voltage meter.
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Charge line

Good morning,

Did you get that charge line going yet? I am anxious to see how that worked out and how you are liking your 2813. Thanks for your input.

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Charge line arrived yesterday (Friday). Hope to install this weekend. 2813...we have not yet taken it out. Probably some time in September. This is our first rv of any kind.
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