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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%
Roadmaster "-5" 1 7.14%
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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Towbars and Baseplates

I thought it might be useful to the members/prospective members to have a thread dedicated to towbars and baseplates. Those of us who tow or plan to tow their Cherokee will hopefully have a common interest here.

If you've chosen a baseplate (towbar mount brackets) let us know which (BlueOx, Demco or Roadmaster) you have chosen, why you chose one over another and how the installation went.

If you're already towing, let us know which towbar you have and why you chose it.

If you are in the process of deciding on a baseplate for your Cherokee, please post your questions or concerns.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-25-2014, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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I just added a poll to this thread.
Note that Roadmaster offers two baseplate styles (they call them towbar mount brackets):
-- The "-4" style which has a plate which attaches to the towbar's crossbar;
-- The "-5" style which has a yoke which connects directly to towbar's lynch pins.

Of course the type of baseplates available from each manufacturer for the Latitude/Limited is different than the Trailhawk versions. If y'all feel that two separate polls would be better let me know.

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Let me start this rolling by saying I am undecided on which baseplate to order, however I know I'd better decide... my TH has been in D1 status for over a week so I'm thinking it'll get to me mid-September-ish.

I've had quite a few toads and have used all 3 manufacturers, BlueOx, Demco and Roadmaster. Since I do my installs the ease of installation has factored into my selection, along with how much "hacking" of the toad-to-be needs to be done during the install.

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Plan to use Blue Ox baseplate set on my 2015 Limited when it arrives. I like their simplicity, ease of install, and no metal-bumper cutting (on the Limited/Latitude). Fascia trimming is required. However, at this time Blue Ox has not definitively approved the 2014 baseplate set for the 2015. I've had one Blue Ox baseplate since 2006 and happy with it. When the small tow tabs are removed (bayonet mount), the baseplate is hardly noticeable. The towbar stows on the back of the moho.

I've been using the Blue Ox Aventa tow bar. I like it because of the universal joint design. Very easy to hook up even when the toad is not lined up laterally and/or vertically. However, the toad must be perfectly aligned to disconnect otherwise the pins bind that connect the the tow bar to the baseplate tabs.

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Has anyone considered (or have words of wisdom) using the baseplates as a recovery point, just as the red tow hooks were intended to be used?
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I had the BlueOx installed. I picked the B.O. 11 years ago for our Forester which we just retired. I really like the clean look on the front of the toad when it is not hooked-up. Hooking up is simple and our tow bars are in good shape so it was not necessary to replace them at this time. Will have pics in the next week.

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Has anyone considered (or have words of wisdom) using the baseplates as a recovery point, just as the red tow hooks were intended to be used?
The baseplate attached to the frame is obviously strong enough.

A TH hook (or any desired hook) could be cut and welded to the bayonet base of a Blue Ox attachment tab with the tab cut off. If a TH hook fabrication option was chosen, it needs to be removed when not in use, or designed to be locked because it would be easy to steal.

Or the baseplate's safety chain attachment point could be used for extractions by throwing a hook through its opening.

Or an extraction hook could be fashioned to attach with a pin to the attachment tab (where the tow bar normally attaches). Not pretty, but it would do.

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I've got a pintle type hitch pin that fits on the safety cable tabs.... That SHOULD be plenty to snatch the TH out of a sand trap .... but I have NOT used them yet.

I have the red snatch hooks that were OEM, and I MAY have the welding shop look at welding them onto my old pins which are now too short for this setup. It would be "neat" but would provide no further function I don't think as opposed to just using the safety cable tabs ....
I may just look into modifying those hooks onto the old pins this winter, but it's not on my short list.

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Has anyone considered (or have words of wisdom) using the baseplates as a recovery point, just as the red tow hooks were intended to be used?
With any of the baseplates which have removable tabs, it should be possible to purchase an extra set of tabs (for BlueOx or Roadmaster anyway). Tow hooks, taken from Trailhawk or purchased separately could be bolted/welded to these spare tabs. That would provide an actual towhook, perhaps better than using the safety cable tabs..

Having said all of this we need to remember the purposes for which the baseplate is designed. Forces exerted during an extraction which are not in the forward direction, as in towing, or forces exerted on one side of the baseplate might exceed design limits (or be perceived to do so by manufacturer warranty dept.).. We should keep this all in mind if/when using baseplates for this purpose.

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