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Old 10-14-2021, 07:00 PM   #1
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Tow Bar Baseplate

I have a 2016 GMC Terrain equipped with a Roadmaster Falcon 522 All Terrain Tow package and Roadmaster Invisibrake Braking System. I am looking at selling the vehicle ans re-installing it on a newer vehicle and realize I will need a new base plate for whatever I decide to buy. Looking for opinions on how difficult it is to remove the base plate on my GMC to restore it to its original non tow-able condition. Camping World installed it but their prices are ridiculous. So, wondering if a auto body shop might be just as capable? Opinions/advice appreciated!
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I'd say advertise the unit as set up to be flat towed with base plate installed .

I installed my own base plate ; even if having it in place reduced the value of my toad ; IT'S there to stay .
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I have a 2016 GMC Terrain equipped with a Roadmaster Falcon 522 All Terrain Tow package and Roadmaster Invisibrake Braking System. I am looking at selling the vehicle ans re-installing it on a newer vehicle and realize I will need a new base plate for whatever I decide to buy. Looking for opinions on how difficult it is to remove the base plate on my GMC to restore it to its original non tow-able condition. Camping World installed it but their prices are ridiculous. So, wondering if a auto body shop might be just as capable? Opinions/advice appreciated!
I would try and find a road master dealer that might take the baseplate in trade. Not sure how much work the brake system is but maybe the will uninstall it if you give them the baseplate. Then all you need to buy for your new rig is the baseplate.
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I have a 2016 GMC Terrain equipped with a Roadmaster Falcon 522 All Terrain Tow package and Roadmaster Invisibrake Braking System. I am looking at selling the vehicle ans re-installing it on a newer vehicle and realize I will need a new base plate for whatever I decide to buy. Looking for opinions on how difficult it is to remove the base plate on my GMC to restore it to its original non tow-able condition. Camping World installed it but their prices are ridiculous. So, wondering if a auto body shop might be just as capable? Opinions/advice appreciated!


Odds are your baseplate isnít going to fit unless you buy another 2016 terrain so why not leave it and keep tow bar.
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Base plate removal is easier than install so anyone could do it. But keep in mind there is typically some modification to a vehicle for install. Trimming grill etc for tabs to come through. I would leave it if it were me.
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Typically, if you can't do the work yourself, it isn't worth removing the base plates. With that said, some are easier than others. My GMC Canyon required removing the entire front bumper assembly and took several hours to install, yet my Ford Raptor install required just a few simple bolt holes and no removing of parts.

When you look up base plates on Etrailer, they typically have an install video available for each baseplate model. Watch the one on your Terrain and see if it looks like it's easy or difficult. That will give you an idea of how much it might cost.

Used baseplates are only valuable if they're for a commonly towed vehicle. I typically remove mine because I do my onw work and I know how they went on. I'm still sitting on a pair of Roadmaster base plates for a 2011 -2013 Chevrolet Silverado, which is popular, but no bites when advertised.
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