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Old 10-31-2019, 09:26 PM   #1
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Which baseplate for new toad?

I'm changing toads from a Honda to a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. I want to keep my Roadmaster Falcon 2 tow bar. Roadmaster offers a choice of two different base plates for the Trailhawk; a crossbar type like I have now, or a direct connect, which seems to eliminate the crossbar and its attendant weight. Anyone have thoughts on using the Roadmaster direct connect baseplate?
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I chose the direct connect type for my Equinox and it has worked fine. I liked that I didnít have to deal with the crossbar, both with the extra steps of installing and removing it and then having to store i
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I chose the direct connect type for my Equinox and it has worked fine. I liked that I didnít have to deal with the crossbar, both with the extra steps of installing and removing it and then having to store it when not in use. However, the crossbar option does add a bit of strength to the installation and allows for use of other Roadmaster options like their rock guard and use of the Sterling tow bar that the direct connection does not.
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I chose the direct connect type for my Equinox and it has worked fine. I liked that I didnít have to deal with the crossbar, both with the extra steps of installing and removing it and then having to store it when not in use. However, the crossbar option does add a bit of strength to the installation and allows for use of other Roadmaster options like their rock guard and use of the Sterling tow bar that the direct connection does not.
Great point on the extra strength! Lateral stress on the heavier Trailhawk vs the Honda's weight gives me a little concern, especially in tight turns I experience in places like fuel stations and older parks. Don't know if that concern is just me being too anal!
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Don't you also have the option of replacing the bumper with a shiny new one that had the connecting points right on it?
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Don't you also have the option of replacing the bumper with a shiny new one that had the connecting points right on it?
I wasn't aware of that feature. I went on both etrailer.com and Roadmaster.com, and what I found was either the EZ4 or EZ5 baseplate options (crossbar or direct connect) that would support my Roadmaster Falcon 2 to tow the Trailhawk. Don't know where I'd find the shiny bumper option, but that sounds like something that would have been attractive on my old Wrangler that I had until three years ago.
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Equinox AWD was high on my list to replace the Honda!
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I wasn't aware of that feature. I went on both etrailer.com and Roadmaster.com, and what I found was either the EZ4 or EZ5 baseplate options (crossbar or direct connect) that would support my Roadmaster Falcon 2 to tow the Trailhawk. Don't know where I'd find the shiny bumper option, but that sounds like something that would have been attractive on my old Wrangler that I had until three years ago.
Might not be what you want but here may be some.

https://www.quadratec.com/brand/havo...s-towing-racks
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I'm changing toads from a Honda to a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. I want to keep my Roadmaster Falcon 2 tow bar. Roadmaster offers a choice of two different base plates for the Trailhawk; a crossbar type like I have now, or a direct connect, which seems to eliminate the crossbar and its attendant weight. Anyone have thoughts on using the Roadmaster direct connect baseplate?
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Might not be what you want but here may be some.

https://www.quadratec.com/brand/havo...s-towing-racks
Thank you, but those all appear to be for Wranglers. My new toad will be a Cherokee Trailhawk. Same family; different genus/species.
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Stick with the Trailhawk and go with the cross bar. I don't remove the parts from the front of the Trailhawk. I installed the plastic bumper cover but I finally had to get rid of it after a fender bender that broke it up.
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I like the direct connect on my Silverado. That ugly heavy bar is a pain. On my rig the receivers bolt directly to the frame horns. If that's not strong enough without the crossbar then you shouldn't be towing a rig with weak frame.
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I like the Blue Ox base plate as when not being towed, can hardly see it. Still has the cross bar but it’s hidden not up front and exposed.
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I like the Blue Ox base plate as when not being towed, can hardly see it. Still has the cross bar but itís hidden not up front and exposed.


Ditto!! Hardly notice itís there. Strong and sturdy mount on our Ď03 Jeep Liberty.
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