CRV Baseplate Installation

Today we had the CRV baseplate installation done. To do this right, a lift is almost a necessity as well as all the right tools. For that reason, I had A and A Trailer Hitches in Bradenton, FL do all the work. They are both a Blue OX and Roadmaster dealer and have done great work for us before. http://www.aandatrailerhitch.com/ They had all that done and installed a trailer hitch for a future bike rack in around 3 hours.

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100_5198This is the before shot.

100_5199The lift makes everything much easier

The front facia is off
The front facia is off

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The silver looking bar is the original equipment bumper that will be removed

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Here is the baseplate that will go in the place of the original bumper.

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Baseplate installed and wiring for the rear lights

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Now the connector and harness for the rear lights is installed as well as the breakaway switch for the auxiliary braking system.

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The facia is back on. Just need to complete wiring of the lights and the aux. brake wireless transmitter and we’re all done.

Our previous car was a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe which had to have a transmission pump installed in order to be flat towable. After 11 years and 160,000 miles plus another 65,000 being towed, it was time to get a new ride. The CRV is a 2014, and is the last of the flat towable Hondas as they have put CVT transmissions in the new CRV’s and Fit’s for 2015.




This was an easy job and I can highly recommend A and A. They have many year’s experience with hitches and flat towing solutions.

Author: John Huggins

John is a retired Navy Electronics Technician Chief. He traded the Navy adventure for a job in manufacturing quality assurance in 1986, and traded the job for the RV adventure in early 2005. Kathy has held jobs in the medical office arena as well as raising two sons. We now have 5 grand children and one great grand child.We have done much volunteer work since hitting the road including working at the Escapees CARE center in Livingston, Texas. We also are registered Red Cross disaster volunteers, and served in a Hurricane Katrina shelter in San Antonio, Texas.Our connection to Sarasota started in 1995 when John was transferred from New Jersey to work for Electro Corporation, later to become a division of Honeywell. He retired in 2004 and we bought our motorhome and hit the road.We are life members of the Escapees RV Club, as well as members of Good Sam Club and Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA). We hold campground memberships in Thousand Trails, RPI, and Passport America. Our home park is Hart Ranch in Rapid City, SD.Lately, we have worked in campgrounds in PA, IL, SD, AZ, and FL.Nowadays, we have become podcasters, broadcasting our show, Living the RV Dream on the internet. We also have this blog we are having fun with. Check out our Books page for our books on RVing and Workamping.

1 thought on “CRV Baseplate Installation”

  1. We have a 1999 CRV, 5 speed on the floor, all wheel drive. We had a Blue Ox tow bar and hitch installed in Jacksonville, FL to tow behind our 1995 Safari motor home. No plate was required and it tows 4 on the ground beautifully.

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