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Old 12-05-2018, 10:34 PM
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trailer hitch receiver accessories/ideas

Hi all.
I have a factory trailer hitch receiver on my 2005 4.4i. I pulled the wife's tiny horse trailer and the LED lights on trailer were going haywire, even with all the special converters/adapters I tried on it. Nothing made the tail lights on trailer work properly. Oh well I guess its an LED thing... BUT here is my actual question...

I wonder if anyone has made/bought a light that you can put into your trailer hitch receiver and its connected to round pin connector to work as a reverse light when the X5 is in reverse? Never hurts to have more light back there and it may look snazzy instead of just an empty hitch receiver (or rubber cap/plug).
Something like this but white/clear instead of red...
https://www.amazon.com/Light-Up-Rect...K4YR5FP5HVFPYK

It would be a 3rd reverse light. I think its a neat idea to brighten up the ground around rear when reversing and figured why not try this approach...

OR do you have another fun way to use the empty trailer hitch receiver (please don't say for hanging metal balls or propeller fan or 4th brake light...)
Thanks,

EDIT: I decided to not use a relay, but instead just wire the positive wire into the positive wire from reverse light harness/connector.

Mike in Calgary.
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Old 12-10-2018, 09:25 PM
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Ok so I'm going to go ahead with this project and connect into the Reverse light wire harness... So now I have two questions that I'm hoping an electrical guru may be able to answer...
I am going to be connecting an LED, so is it OK to connect to the existing reverse lights positive wire for power OR should I connect a relay to this power wire and then connect to LED? I'm sure the Relay way is smartest but if I go that route, will it then cause a light out Error somehow? I currently have my euro fogs running LED bulbs and tied directly into the brake lights (no relay) and I get zero errors so that's why I was going to try tapping directly into the reverse wiring with this LED housing/wiring.
Thoughts for me to ponder?

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Old 12-10-2018, 10:51 PM
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You should be fine tapping an LED lamp into the existing reverse light circuits. In fact, for what you propose the LED is best, as it will have the least impact on the existing circuits. As you have already found with the euro fog (brake) LEDs.
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thats what i thought. i bought the parts needed so may as well tap into reverse light wiring . will do pics and write up in case others wish to do it too

this is the light ( https://unibondlighting.com/uni-bond...-lamps/lw6008/ ) ($30 fro local parts store) I'm going to mount to a blank trailer hitch cover plate, by drilling hole through its center to run the light mounting bolt through ( https://www.curtmfg.com/part/2275003 ) ($7 from Amazon) and just use simple waterproof connectors and wire to tap into reverse light switch.


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