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Old 08-17-2019, 06:24 PM   #1
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RoadMaster BasePlate, Maybe goofy question

Hi all -
This may be a goofy question but I can not find the answer anywhere.

I have a new RoadMaster EZ5 BasePlate.
There is a set of "brackets" on the side of the removable pins. I have circled them in red on the included pictures.

I thought they were to put the cotter pins through but they do not fit well if I do that.

Any ideas? Thank you in advance.
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dont the short safety cables attach to them and then to the main assembly
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I would expect those holes to have a pin that goes thru the large bolt/pin to attach the tow bar. Something has to keep the towbar pin from falling out.
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I would expect those holes to have a pin that goes thru the large bolt/pin to attach the tow bar. Something has to keep the towbar pin from falling out.

That is what I thought but the pins do not fit well if I put them through those holes. The pins fit better if the pin handle is on the side with these brackets.
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dont the short safety cables attach to them and then to the main assembly

That makes sense but I do not have any short safety cables. Just the ones that go from the baseplate to the coach.
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RoadMaster BasePlate, Maybe goofy question

I also have the EZ5 baseplate and as has been said, that hole is for the locking pin. You can see in the farthest arm in this picture how it should go.
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I would expect those holes to have a pin that goes thru the large bolt/pin to attach the tow bar. Something has to keep the towbar pin from falling out.
^^^ This is the correct answer ^^^

Time for you to call Roadmaster.

Which Roadmaster towbar do you have?
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You have a long bolt that slips in the side of the bracket and the through the tow bar arm. There is a hole in the bolt that lines up with the hole in the bracket that you pictured. You also have a ring with a pin in it. The pin goes through the bolt and bracket to prevent the bolt from sliding out. The manual that comes with the base plate or tow bar should show this. The ring should slap down over the bracket preventing the pin from coming out.
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There are holes on each end of the base plate to hook safety chains to. This may vary on different base plates. Not do not try to connect safety chains to the quick release bracket.
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I also have the EZ5 baseplate and as has been said, that hole is for the locking pin. You can see in the farthest arm in this picture how it should go.

Thanks - that is how I thought it should go. I am using a Hercules towbar it does come with Roadmaster Clevis but the pins and cotter keys are a little different. They will fit but are a little tighter than I am use to.
Thanks again all for the help.
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On mine that hole is for the (accessory) rock guard that rolls out from the coach side or mounts a shield and uses a pin on the toad side to hold it in place if I’m interpreting the photo correctly. Look at roadmaster web site and you’ll see how it mounts.
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I would expect those holes to have a pin that goes thru the large bolt/pin to attach the tow bar. Something has to keep the towbar pin from falling out.


Exactly, I have them.
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Hi all -
This may be a goofy question but I can not find the answer anywhere.

I have a new RoadMaster EZ5 BasePlate.
There is a set of "brackets" on the side of the removable pins. I have circled them in red on the included pictures.

I thought they were to put the cotter pins through but they do not fit well if I do that.

Any ideas? Thank you in advance.
I have a EZ5 with the NightHawk tow bar, I use a Master lock with a longer shackle that goes through both the pin and the hole in the mounting. It keeps the pin from turning, but it's not necessary for it to spin. The clevis on the tow bar has a bearing surface, not having the pin spin seems like a good idea. Having a lock on the pin is just piece of mind if I leave the toad attached, eliminates any possibility of someone trying to be less than funny.

See 2:06-08 in this video to see how to correctly use the hole in the mounting pin.



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I put locks on my pins. Too many problems reported about pins being removed or "lost".
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