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Installing a reverse light in your trailer hitch . . . .

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Aron9000, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. Oct 23, 2018 at 12:12 AM
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    Anybody done this?? I back into my dark ass driveway, back into spaces at night, mom and dad's house is a PITA to back out of their long ass driveway, really I'd just like some sort of reverse light on the rear bumper that works like a headlight.

    I'd be open to any kits that mount in that receiver hitch. I'd like to avoid drilling into my truck, I don't tow all that much either and I definitely am not connecting to a trailer in the pitch black middle of nowhere.

    Any recommendations on light kits? Brighter the better. I'd also like to know how you wired this sucker up. Did you use the trailer harness? Reverse light harness on the tail-lights?? I've wired up a few custom stereo installs, so I feel confident on the wiring aspect.
     
  2. Oct 23, 2018 at 2:39 AM
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    I used some single row leds and used bumper mounting bolts. I thought floods might be better but lights are spots. Actually the spots are probably better. Wired in to reverse wire at tail light.

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  4. Oct 23, 2018 at 4:32 AM
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    Check out this thread, post #425
    https://www.tundras.com/threads/tri-state-area-members.20704/page-15

    PM Mike, @mgm16trdpro
     
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  5. Oct 23, 2018 at 4:51 AM
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    I had the white night reverse spot lights on a previous truck. It’s very easy to install, bright and clean looking. 388EB2B1-5CC2-4DB6-BA28-57A17D3C6CE2.jpg

    Here’s another option with leds. This mounts around the hitch ball.
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  6. Oct 23, 2018 at 5:15 AM
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    Hi Aaron, Jim tagged me to help. If u look at the post he tagged, I had a setup from hitchworks that worked great. Take a look at their site, they sell all different setups. Only reason I sold was my fault on too much of a drop on the hitch for my offroad use. Besides that it was great. I decided to put some baja designs squadrons cutout into just the black plastic part and I'm very happy with them now. Any questions feel free.
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  7. Oct 23, 2018 at 5:44 AM
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    Changing out the reverse bulbs with bright LEDs and installing a Putco Blade gave me lots of white reverse light and killed two birds by adding additional safety, a bright red brake strip with turn signals for those following behind me.

    If that’s not enough, then any of the above solutions would give you headlight stength if that’s what you really need. The white wire right in the middle of the trailer harness is the reverse light tap.
     
  8. Oct 23, 2018 at 5:54 AM
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    I bought some 18 watt 6" LED bars from Ebay that have a single-bolt each attachment point. No drilling or cutting; just remove one bolt under bumper, install bracket, replace bolt, and attach lights. I used a PosiTap to connect to my reverse tail light circuit. Didn't have @mgm16trdpro bucks LOL but his truck is sooooooooooooo good looking!:thumbsup:

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    that is what I did. Looks like the same lights I used. I have a double row set on my boat trailer. I wanted a lower profile on the truck so went with the singles. I think they were less than $30 on Ebay or Amazon. The ones I have on the boat trailer have held up to probably 15 dunks on the ramp.
     
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    :thumbsup: right on! Forgot to mention that is exactly how I wired mine up. I did it so long ago I forgot that I had used the reverse circuit as my trigger wire and used a relay. Great call out @831Tun !
     
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    Before I install any extra hardware I want to try the brightest reverse bulbs available...what are the brightest?

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    I first put leds in the reverse light sockets. They do well to the side but not straight back. I ended up adding recessed pods in bumper. This was after I had a set of single rows mounted to the bottom of the bumper that failed.
     
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    Ok. Your case makes me wonder if there’s a way to redirect the brightest LED bulbs to a better angle...just a few degrees would make a big difference it seems like. Thanks for the info.
     
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    Alot of them
    Check out Vleds.
     
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