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View Poll Results: Which Baseplate Did you Choose for your Cherokee
BlueOx 12 85.71%
Demco 0 0%
Roadmaster "-4" 1 7.14%
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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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So now, back to the original purpose of the thread....
All three baseplate manufacturers In the case of 2015 Cherokees:

  • BlueOx website still states "no baseplates found" for Cherokee and Cherokee Trailhawk models. (I made an inquiry to them as to availability for 2015 Trailhawks and was told weeks ago that the baseplate is not available because of a design change... I asked for clarification of the change and have yet to receive an answer.)
  • Demco website still shows "Sorry, no baseplates available..." (I made an inquiry; received a negative for 2015's and have not had a response since).
  • Roadmaster website shows two styles, EZ-4 and EZ-5 available in different versions for both Latitude/Limited and Trailhawk. (Initially, they did not show availability for 2105 Cherokees but, a few days after I made an inquiry, received a response from them that they'd researched the issue with Jeep and determined the same baseplates for 2014's would fit.)
Although "gut feel" tells me that all the 2014 model baseplates should fit 2015's as well... maybe there are issues which affect one manufacturer and not another...

For the above reason, and for the fact that Roadmaster was the only company to take action on my inquiry I'm leaning to their product, the EZ-5 specifically.

I have not heard from anyone, here or elsewhere, who had installed the Roadmaster product on their Cherokee, 2014 or 2015, TH or Lat/Lim. Still looking for an owner who's done this. I'll post here any info I find elsewhere.

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Ordered 8/6
Status D1: 8/13, F: 8/26, I: 8/27, KZ: 9/2, KZM: 9/3
Arrived at Dealer 9/10, 42 days from order date.
Took Delivery Sept. 12, 2014.

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post #12 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 10:32 PM
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So now, back to the original purpose of the thread....
Relax... I didn't hijack your thread. I'm factoring the ability for off-road recovery into my decision.
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post #13 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-27-2014, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Relax... I didn't hijack your thread. I'm factoring the ability for off-road recovery into my decision.
Yes, but hooking up for an extraction could be done with any of the baseplates... and it's extremely doubtful that a baseplate manufacturer would recommend or warranty such a use.

I am relaxed... at my age it's just great to be vertical.

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2015 Trailhawk
CherryRed&Black, V6, Uconn8.4-Navigation
Comfort/Convenience, ColdWeather, TrailerTow pkgs
Ordered 8/6
Status D1: 8/13, F: 8/26, I: 8/27, KZ: 9/2, KZM: 9/3
Arrived at Dealer 9/10, 42 days from order date.
Took Delivery Sept. 12, 2014.
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post #14 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-05-2014, 01:41 PM
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I'm on the road now and don't have time to keep up with all the posts, so please excuse this post if it duplicates what someone else has done...

Blue OX now lists 2015 base plates for both TH and Limited/Latitude.

Trailhawk
Year: 2015
Part Number: BX1136
Type: Removable
Manufacturer: JEEP
Wiring Kit Options: BX8848

Limited/Latitude
Year: 2015
Part Number: BX1135
Type: Removable
Manufacturer: JEEP
Wiring Kit Options: BX8848

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post #15 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-25-2014, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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I installed the Roadmaster baseplate (Towbar Mounting Bracket Kit) on my '15 Trailhawk. I used the EZ-5 kit (521446-5) having twist-lock adapters similar to the Blue Ox one. I chose this one after considering both for two reasons: (1) It requires less modification of the underlying metal components, and a minimal amount of trimming of the plastic fascia. (2) I have used a similar Roadmaster Twist-Lock baseplate on my '02 Dakota.

One thing though, Roadmaster's iinstruction sheet showing location and procedure for removing the fascia leaves much to be desired. (Their tech support department seemed clueless when I tried to get information in multiple phone calls, but full of excuses when I complained later.) I should have also read the BO instructions... my bad. If you decide to use the Roadmaster baseplate, PM me for more details.

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Comfort/Convenience, ColdWeather, TrailerTow pkgs
Ordered 8/6
Status D1: 8/13, F: 8/26, I: 8/27, KZ: 9/2, KZM: 9/3
Arrived at Dealer 9/10, 42 days from order date.
Took Delivery Sept. 12, 2014.
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Good to hear you got it in. The BO plates are being shipped to me now. Did you have any issues removing the fascia?
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Good to hear you got it in. The BO plates are being shipped to me now. Did you have any issues removing the fascia?
Yes, On my '15 Trailhawk there are five bolts on each side of the upper fascia. According to RM three need to be removed... nut the instructions/pictures are anything but clear about which 3. After multiple calls to RM tech support I did not get that clarified... wound up removing all 5 on each side. RM seemed puzzled that I could not figure out which bolts he was thinking of.

Also, There were also instructions to remove four bolts which connect lower fascia to the core support, however there were actually 3+ more bolts there. RM's answer to identifyong which was to remove those which connected the fascia to the core support (go figure).

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2015 Trailhawk
CherryRed&Black, V6, Uconn8.4-Navigation
Comfort/Convenience, ColdWeather, TrailerTow pkgs
Ordered 8/6
Status D1: 8/13, F: 8/26, I: 8/27, KZ: 9/2, KZM: 9/3
Arrived at Dealer 9/10, 42 days from order date.
Took Delivery Sept. 12, 2014.
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Yes, On my '15 Trailhawk there are five bolts on each side of the upper fascia. According to RM three need to be removed... nut the instructions/pictures are anything but clear about which 3. After multiple calls to RM tech support I did not get that clarified... wound up removing all 5 on each side. RM seemed puzzled that I could not figure out which bolts he was thinking of.

Also, There were also instructions to remove four bolts which connect lower fascia to the core support, however there were actually 3+ more bolts there. RM's answer to identifyong which was to remove those which connected the fascia to the core support (go figure).
This is irritating. Why is it so hard for them to take good pictures and write up accurate instructions the one time they take the vehicle apart to fabricate the baseplate??? Thanks for the info though.

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This is irritating. Why is it so hard for them to take good pictures and write up accurate instructions the one time they take the vehicle apart to fabricate the baseplate??? Thanks for the info though.
I've seen this before. The instructions as written are probably OK for someone that's done it or watched it before. Serves as a reminder to them. However for those of us who do not do this sort of stuff everyday.... not so good... seems the tech support dept didn't understand why I did not know what they were thinking.

... RP
2015 Trailhawk
CherryRed&Black, V6, Uconn8.4-Navigation
Comfort/Convenience, ColdWeather, TrailerTow pkgs
Ordered 8/6
Status D1: 8/13, F: 8/26, I: 8/27, KZ: 9/2, KZM: 9/3
Arrived at Dealer 9/10, 42 days from order date.
Took Delivery Sept. 12, 2014.

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post #20 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-27-2014, 02:02 PM
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I have installed four base plates myself, but did not install this one. Had the Blue Ox, BX1135, done at Champion Trailer in Jacksonville, AR. The guy that did the installation said it was one of the easiest he had ever done.

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