Originally Posted by ohiobill
I do notice though that the Roadmaster solution is to attach the safety cables to the base plate.
Yes they do. That keeps the whole set-up (including their chains or cables) as part of their towing "system" and they buy insurance to protect their companies products against liability.
A purchased towing "System" costs about $1,200-$1,400. That is probably about $200-$400 for design, development, and manufacturing of the hardware and about $1,000 for the insurance to cover their liability.
BUT, if (for whatever reason) the baseplate comes loose.... Where are your safety chains/cables? Gone......
Personally, I don't believe that the baseplate and safety chains/cables should rely on each other. I think that they should be totally separate.
That way, it would take TWO failures, not one, for your towed to get away.