Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-08-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
Senior Member
Roll's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 473
Base Plate: Swap started

Turns out the most difficult part is getting the old one off the 2010 Jeep, (green Jeep).

The wires welded to the nuts twisted inside the frame when I tried to remove them and I could not reach back into the frame with an open end wrench to hold the nut while I screwed the bolt out. Wasted a lot of time figuring out how to get that done. On the other side I was able to get vice grips on the wire to hold it while I unscrewed the bolt.

To make it more difficult, I only had two small openings in which to try to fit a socket on a swivel extension or an open end wrench. And to make it more difficult only the box end of the wrench would fit in the hole, it might have been easier if I could have slipped the open end wrench through.

With the DWs help I got it done and removed the base plate from the 2010. Cleaned it up and put a few coats of fresh black paint on it. Will let it dry overnight and then install it on the 2012 Jeep (red jeep) tomorrow.

In the fourth shot you can see the plate welded to the end of the frame. It has 6 holes, the two in the center are for access, the lower one was slightly larger. From there I was trying to reach the nuts on the two top bolts you can see at the top of the side plate of the base plate, right by the orange sticker. Very difficult to get a box wrench on those nuts especially with a weld on the side of the nut for the wire.

Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P1070148.jpg
Views:	56
Size:	56.4 KB
ID:	32657   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1070153.jpg
Views:	63
Size:	60.6 KB
ID:	32658   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1070166.jpg
Views:	55
Size:	59.0 KB
ID:	32659   Click image for larger version

Name:	With notations.jpg
Views:	56
Size:	58.5 KB
ID:	32660  

Gary, Cindy, Reacher (Maine Coon), and Vivian (in spirit only now).
Retired: July 31st, 2013 and loving it.
2011 Coachmen Encounter 37 TZ pulling a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. Many upgrades, additions, mods, and changes.
Roll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2013, 05:35 PM   #2
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 25
Nice work Roll... I was going to suggest just grinding the heads off the bolts if you were really stuck. Seem patience was key!!

2013 Coachmen SportsCoach 385DS
Maladjusted is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:41 PM.