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2017 RAM 2500 PICK-UP

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Comments: 2wd & 4wd okay. Lower fascia must look like our pictures. No Power Wagon.
2017 RAM 2500 PICK-UP
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1 Baseplate Kit
2 Electrical Requirements
3 Brake Light Switch Kit
4 Fusemaster
5 Seat Adapter

1Baseplate Kit 296-2

Our baseplates allow you to attach a tow bar to your vehicle, adapting it for flat towing behind a motorhome.


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Tire Size: 275/70R18 Bar-mounted height: 18"

Note: Bar-mounted height may vary depending on submodel and/or tire size.

The replacement baseplate arms for this vehicle have changed over time. For Roadmaster to identify the correct replacement arms for your baseplate, complete and return the Baseplate Arm Order Form: PDF

If you need replacement parts for this kit, download the installation instructions from the link above to identify the part number(s) needed. Most baseplate parts are not in stock; however, they are frequently available from production's inventory. Call us at 800-669-9690 to place an order.


Install time: 2½ hours

  • Trimming of spoiler, air dam, bumper, grill or plastic fascia may be required on some models of this vehicle.
  • This is a direct-connect baseplate, to which any motorhome-mounted Roadmaster tow bar will attach. It neither uses nor will it accommodate Roadmaster's crossbar. As a result, there are no mounting points for Stowmaster tow bars, Guardians or Tow Defender part 4700. Tow Defender part #4750 will fit. In most cases, Roadmaster makes a crossbar version of this baseplate that will accommodate these products. Refer back to the fit guide to identify a crossbar version.

2Electrical Requirements

This category is for other useful information that we may know about this vehicle.

  1. Pull fuses?  NO
  2. Disconnect battery:  NO
  3. Drains battery when towing?  NO
  4. 12-Volt Outlet Kit required?  YES

    Note: The 12 Volt Kit is only necessary if installing a supplemental braking system that plugs into a 12 volt socket.

  5. Color of brake light switch wire: OEM switch unusable. See Brake Light Switch section.
  6. Turn signal lighting is:  combined
  7. Can use Universal Wiring Kit YES

    Note: Do not order the Universal Wiring Kit if ordering the Combo Kit, as it is included.

  8. Can use a Bulb and Socket Kit?  NO


  • Some models of this vehicle may have LED taillights. If this is the case, bulb and socket kit 155 cannot be used.

3Brake Light Switch Kit

If the brake lights do not work with the towed vehicle's ignition key turned to the "tow" position, you need a brake light switch kit to provide a signal to the supplemental braking system. Roadmaster manufactures both vehicle-specific and universal brake light switch kits.


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Comments: This universal brake light switch fits all vehicles.
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Comments: This custom-fit brake light switch kit fits vehicles with non-adjustable brake pedals.


If your vehicle drains the battery while towing, a FuseMaster can disconnect power to the fuses responsible for the drain.

FuseMaster Part(s):

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  • Not Applicable

5Seat Adapter

If you are installing a BrakeMaster supplemental braking system, you may need a seat adapter to mount it to your vehicle.

Note: The BrakeMaster mounting post is NOT included in the seat adapter kits.

SEAT ADAPTER (if applicable):

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