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rzrnaz 04-26-2014 10:12 PM

Blue Ox Baseplate for Trailhawk
Blue Ox says they have one. Does anyone have any experience or pics?

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Array 04-26-2014 11:31 PM

Check out their website they've posted instructions PDF with pictures.

rzrnaz 04-26-2014 11:40 PM

Re: Blue Ox Baseplate for Trailhawk
Thanks. Looks clean. I was talking to them but didn't realize they had pics.

Anybody actually have one and can say how they work, especially with adaptive cruise?

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grandriver125 04-27-2014 10:12 AM

Re: Blue Ox Baseplate for Trailhawk
I have the BO baseplates. Still in the box. Waiting for my son (an automotive engineer) to find the time to instal. He installed the plates on our previous Escape and Tahoe.

Will report when they have been installed. One of the things that has me wondering is the apparent distance between the plates compared with our previous plates. Tow bar is going to be spread much more when connected to the Cherokee. I think I'd better go back and see if I have some photos of the Tahoe installation as they went into the frame rails where the tow hooks were located (which were removed). In your case the tow hooks will come out. In our Limited, I believe they are installed where the tow hooks on the TH are installed.


Array 04-27-2014 11:30 AM

Re: Blue Ox Baseplate for Trailhawk
Hey grandriver125 - Looking forward to your report on the install and towing experience. There is a comment from Blue Ox posted on their Facebook about the tab width:

@rzrnaz - Blue Ox told me in an email that the tabs do not interfere with adaptive cruise. I don't have any other info besides that. There are other sensors in the front bumper too if opted for Technology Group; maybe Park Sense. I'm guessing there is no interference because the tabs can be removed.

I've been in a north-FL RV park since mid-December. The park is on the I-95 corridor and I'm parked near the entrance. Lots of north/south traffic through the park. Been keeping an eye out for a 2014 Jeep Cherokee toad. Just saw the first one two days ago. They had the base plate installed in St Augustine at a trailer company and were happy. Cashmere Limited and the install looked good. They were leaving so I didn't have much time to ask questions.

ldsoles1066 04-27-2014 11:49 AM

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Yesterday, I installed the Blue Ox base plates on my Cherokee Trailhawk with Adaptive Cruise. I think it went well. The black and white instructions with the base plates is hard to see so it is better to download the pdf from Blue Ox and print in color. I noticed some small errors in the manual. Mainly what comes to mind is incorrect bolt sizes in a couple of spots.

When removing the Facia, you have to disconnect the harness at the drivers side and it is best to do this before completely removing the facia. Pic attached of disconnected harness on driver side. I did not and the side sensor popped out but nothing was messed up and I was able to snap it back in place. Also I had to remove the front three bolts of the skid plate and loosen the back 4 bolts of skid plate so that I could let the front of the skid plate drop down enough to remove the 4 bottom bolts of the facia. The skid plated was blocking the washer of the lower facia bolts.

You have to cut the metal lip off the bottom of the bumper mount. I used a saws all with a metal blade. Not sure if a cutoff wheel would work or not. The instructions did not say to remove the bumper but I did. The wiring harness for the apaptive cruise has to be disconnected (see pic) before the bumper is removed. After removing the bumper it was easier to cut the metal lip off (see pics of bumper and after cutting the lip) and spray the exposed cut edge with gloss black enamel so it will not rust.

The safety cables and for the base plates made it difficult to get the lower part of the facia back on. I had to manipulate the cables some to allow the facia to fit in place. I am not sure what to say to advise on that other you may have work with some to get it to fit. The ends of the safety cable and link ring make it a tight fit.

Also are pics of base plate before reattaching facia and after all installed with and without the tab bars. I did not attach the safety switch and wire harness for brake lights yet cause I am not sure where and how I want to attach yet. I spent about 6-7 hours on this so be sure to allow plenty of time before starting.

Array 04-27-2014 11:53 AM

Re: Blue Ox Baseplate for Trailhawk
Cool option for TH owners with Blue Ox base plates:
Have removed TH hooks cut and welded onto a separate set of Blue Ox bayonet bases (cut the tabs off). Paint them red. Only issue is they would be easy to steal.

grandriver125 04-27-2014 11:57 AM

Re: Blue Ox Baseplate for Trailhawk
The car in that photo is the one they used as a guinea pig. The owner is on iRV2 and reported on it. That 37 inches sure looks wide. My tow bar is a Class IV Aventa so as long as the arms reach the tabs I'll be OK. We had arranged with Blue OX to be the guinea pig when we ordered at the end of July. Didn't get it in time though as we were in FLA by the time it was delivered in mid Nov.

I just sent PM's to a few people on iRV2 who I've chatted with in the past six months and have heard back from one of them. He took a trip to the west coast and back and towed for 6,000 miles. Took it off road at Canyonlands. He said it towed very well. He still hates the stiff suspension of the Limited though and said it kills his back. I suspect that Jeep could loosen it up a bit for the 2015 Limited.

My son isn't looking forward to the installation. The Escape took about 4 hours - although he figured if he did another one soon after it would be less than half that time. Guess he hates having a learning curve again.


ldsoles1066 04-27-2014 12:02 PM

Re: Blue Ox Baseplate for Trailhawk
The base plate and does not interfere with the adaptive cruise or parking sensors. I have not had the tabs in while parking so not sure if they would be a problem but I don't think so due to the location of the parking sensors and the tabs.

Hopefully next weekend I will hook up the brake light wiring, brackets for safety switch and electrical cable connector. I am plan on using a Blue Ox Patriot brake system.

grandriver125 04-27-2014 12:05 PM

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ldsoles1066, thanks for the comments and photos.

I suspect several of the issues you hit were related to the TH and we will not (I hope) encounter them with our Limited - and that we can do it in 4 hours or less.


ldsoles1066 04-27-2014 12:15 PM

Re: Blue Ox Baseplate for Trailhawk
Grandriver, That may be so. At least I hope so for guys. It does take time but I think it was not too bad and was trying to be careful. I think he will be okay. I also took about and hour out for lunch and to run to auto parts store to get a 30mm socket to remove the tow hooks.

If a cutoff wheel would work for removing lower lip from bumper mount then you may leave bumper on. I did not have a good cutoff wheel to try so decided to remove bumper completely to make it easier to use a reciprocating saw with metal blade.

As far as installing break-away switch. I did not want to cut a hole in lower grill like I think they intend so looking to see if I can mount differently.

Array 04-27-2014 12:18 PM

Re: Blue Ox Baseplate for Trailhawk
ldsoles1066 THANKS THANKS THANKS! Appreciate the time you took to post your work and pics. You did a GREAT job. Looks very clean! If you took more pictures and posted them somewhere, Id like to see them. :thumbsup:

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