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Old 01-29-2020, 04:29 PM   #1
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Roadmaster crossbar thingy

Ok, so we will probably buy an Edge Sport and I can get a Blue Ox with removable pins, or I can get a Roadmaster that has that crossbar monstrosity that the towbar hooks to.
I can't figure out what parts I'll have to get in addition to the Roadmaster baseplate.


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If you're worried about appearance, we leave the crossbar on only when we're towing or parked in campgrounds while on a trip. Otherwise, it & the brackets it sits on (that lock into the baseplate) are stowed. Unless you get on your knees & look (& also see the wiring connector zip tied to the front), the connections for the brackets are not noticeable.

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The crossbar comes with the tow bar. Roadmaster now offers a direct connect baseplate, which is simpler and does not use the crossbar for a lot of cars.
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Just seems kinda clunky. Why didn't they just use pins in the holes that hook directly to the towbar like other base plates do?


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The crossbar comes with the tow bar. Roadmaster now offers a direct connect baseplate, which is simpler and does not use the crossbar for a lot of cars.
I have a ReadyBrute Elite towbar.
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... snip ... Why didn't they just use pins in the holes that hook directly to the towbar like other base plates do? ... snip ...
My guess ... rigidity.
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I have always preferred Blue Ox base plates due to their clean appearance when not towing. I also prefer Roadmaster tow bars, so I use both. For less than $100 you can buy adapters to make the Roadmaster tow bar work with the Blue Ox base plate. You can actually get adapters for any tow bar to connect with any base plate.

You get exactly what you want.

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If you're worried about appearance, we leave the crossbar on only when we're towing or parked in campgrounds while on a trip. Otherwise, it & the brackets it sits on (that lock into the baseplate) are stowed. Unless you get on your knees & look (& also see the wiring connector zip tied to the front), the connections for the brackets are not noticeable.
Same here. Can't see any more than a Blue Ox install once the crossbar and bracket arms are removed. There is the issue of having to stow the crossbar and bracket arms somewhere.

When installed, the crossbar reduces the tendency of the towbar attachment points to twist toward the centerline of the toad (as someone said, ["more rigid"]). It also provides a way to mount certain options, such as a rock shield.

I have seen Roadmaster offer both crossbar and non-crossbar baseplate designs for the same vehicle model.
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According to Roadmaster's Website you can get a base plate that doesn't use the crossbar if you want it that way. They have photos of the installed bars on their site.



https://fitmaster.roadmasterinc.com/...ST&type=direct


https://www.roadmasterinc.com/pdfinst/524460-5.pdf


etrailer has it on their website:


https://www.etrailer.com/Base-Plates...leID=201996726



I put this style on my Honda Fit when I installed the baseplate.


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I hit a rolling tire tread one night and when it hit my Jeep Liberty it bent the Roadmaster cross bar about one quarter of an inch. After thinking about the bent bar I decided I was lucky to have it otherwise there may have been severe damage to the front of the Jeep.

As an aside, don't hit a tire tread if you can at all miss it. In addition to the bent cross bar it took out my towed lighting connection, the air line and electrical connection to the towed brakes. Fortunately, the break away switch was not damaged. If I ever hit something like that again I'll get off the road immediately to check all connections.
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As low as my Honda Fit sits to the ground, if I hit a tire tread I’m just going to put a for sale sign on whatever’s left and call it a day. I try to leave a lot of room to maneuver, when I can. My Navion is pretty nimble to be able move over providing traffic is cooperating. Road gators are nothing to play with for sure!

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I like the crossbar; it gives me somwhat of a bumper. Mine's bent a little. No idea how or when that happened. Better than a busted plastic fascia etc.
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Have to use the crossbar baseplate with adaptive cruise control on the 2017-18 Edge Sport.
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Roadmaster has two base mount systems. One connects tow bar directly to base plates and the other connects tow bar to the "crossbar" that in turn connects to base plates. I chose the cross bar system for my F-150 because it allows the use of the protective screen (sorry can't think of the official name) that extends from the RV to the mounts on the F-150 keeping road debris such as small rocks, etc from kicking up and hitting / damaging the truck paint. Just did a 2500 mile trip and worked great.
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