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Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit

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Use when the gear on your hitch mounted cargo carrier blocks your vehicle tail lights. The kit easily attaches to the side lip on several Draw-Tite cargo carriers - simply plugs into the vehicle's wiring harness. 1-800-496-5010 to order Draw-Tite accessories and parts part number 6504 or order online at Free expert support on all Draw-Tite products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Draw-Tite Accessories and Parts - 6504

  • Hitch Cargo Carrier
  • Flat Carrier Parts
  • Light Kit
  • Draw-Tite

Use when the gear on your hitch mounted cargo carrier blocks your vehicle tail lights. The kit easily attaches to the side lip on several Draw-Tite cargo carriers - simply plugs into the vehicle's wiring harness.

Optional light kit. Includes license plate repositioning bracket and 4-wire flat connector
  • Light Kit for Draw-Tite Cargo Carriers: 6500, 6501, 6502
  • 4-Way wiring harness with ground wire included

6504 Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit

Installation Details 6504 Installation instructions

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Video Transcript for Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Draw Tite cargo carrier light kit. These are designed to mount onto the rear of cargo carriers when your load's going to come up and block your vehicles taillights. It's a very nice kit. We're going to have the two lights we need. These are mounted through the holes that are already located on our Draw Tite carriers, but these can also be used if we wanted to add these to a different style of carrier. All we're going to have to do is just drill two holes for each side and we can install this onto any cargo carrier that we like. The kit comes with our two lights.

We've got our wiring harness that's designed to hook into the four flat style connector. We've got six zip ties, four nuts, and our license plate re-positioning bracket. Now a couple of things that we're going to use today, we're going to use a little bit of black electrical tape. Weve got one longer zip tie that we're going to be using and we're also going to use some wire loom. We have it available in a 10 foot length.

The part number on that is 7509-10. Now that we've gone over what's going to come in the kit, let me show you how to install it onto your carrier. All right, now we've got our four pole connector. We need to bring it in and connect it into the four pole on our truck. Now the fine people at Toyota we're nice enough to stick this way up underneath here, but we've checked it out and we've got plenty of length in out actual wires to where that's not going to be an issue. Once we've got that connected in I'll show you the next step. It's going to be just to bring the wires up to a fixed point on our carrier.

Now I'm going to use the tow chain loop here to run it through and then that longer zip tie that we had we're going to use to hold it right up against the cargo carrier shank. Now before I do that I want to wrap just a little piece of electrical tape around there, certainly not a necessity, but I always like having a little piece of tape there if I'm going to put a connector around it or a zip tie around it. We got our tape in. We'll bring our zip tie around. Now this is the longer zip tie. This is the one that doesn't come in the package.

This is just one that we've added on. It's really going to hold those wires up there, keep them nice and clean up against the shank. Then just trim off the access on that zip tie. Now the order of the wires, we should have a yellow, a brown, and I'm going to do the ground wire, which is the white. We should have that over here on the left side. Then the brown and green will come over here to the right side. The end of your ground cable is going to have a ring terminal on it already. That's going to mount flush up against the front, or rear, of our carrier, wherever you decide to place it in, that's going to be up to you, but I just wanted to let you know that you do have that option of where you place it. The light, the square portion, should be facing outward and each light has an arrow indicating which direction should be loaded up. Here it says stop, in turn y-e-l. That's going to be for our yellow and it's going to slide right into the hole that that arrow's pointing to and then t-a-i-l, or tail, and brown, that's going to be for where our taillight wire goes in, very simple easy process. Here's where that wire loom comes in. Now this isn't required, but it can really help clean up the way the wiring looks on here and it'll also help protect your wires just in case something we're to come into contact with it. Once we get out wires mainly in there, as you can see up here, I've looped it over the chain loop. I'm going to bring it right along the bottom of the carrier, right over to here. Then the wire loom we're just going to trim off the access. Trim off the access there. As you can see that white ring terminal is going to go behind the light. We want this to be mounted on the stud and a little tip would be to first run the nut down on there and tighten it down, that serrated portion on the rear is going to take off just a little bit of the carriers paint to give us a good solid ground. This is going to insure that our lights work when we need them to and we don't have any issues. As you can see it takes off just a little bit of that paint there that's going to be located underneath and it gives us a nice clean mounting surface. After you figure out how much slack you need for your four pole you do want to remove it while you're wiring up your lights. You don't want to short out anything in the vehicle, of course. Now we're going to attach our brown and our yellow wire, the taillights for the brown in the hole here that says tail brown. Push it in until it comes to a stop and then pull out on it just to make sure it's inserted properly. Then the yellow is going to go in the stop turn yellow hole. Again we just slide that in until it makes a good solid connection. Then we want to route our wires so they'll run right in that small channel that's there. Then slide that on. As you can see it still allows it to mount nice and flush right onto the front. Bring our white wire around and connect. That ring terminal, again, it's going to sit far enough out of there that we can get a flush mount on the rear. Now let's go ahead and take our nuts and we'll thread them on there. We just tighten them on down. As we stated it's a easy simple thing to do and really keep you safe on the road and keep everybody happy as far as you having all your signals and everything operating. Now that we've got that connected we'll just bring our ties around. Now we've already ran our wire loom for the passenger side I just wanted to show you quickly here at the connection point where those two looms come together or where they both start. I just like to run a black piece of tape around it. That's going to keep them from sliding down the wire and it's going to help prevent it from coming off down the road. A little piece of tape around there cleans up that connection end on both of them and it's going to keep them held in place. Now just as we did on the driver's side there, we've got a brown wire on this side. It's going to go into the same hole we used, the tail. Push that in, give it a pull to make sure it's in there firmly. This time we've got a green for the right side. We have a yellow for the left. The green will get slid in the stop turn green hole, see nice and secure there. Again, we want our wires to go right through the grove, a little recess in the back of the taillight there. That was we get a good firm mounting location. This is also when we can bring in our license plate re-positioning kit if we'd like to. Just slide that right on. Now we don't have to bring these down and out and down and out like we did on the other side to clean it up since we're not grounding off either one of these. It's as simple as just tightening them down. All right we've got that on there nice and secure. Now we'll just bring that loom down and around. Again, I like the actual connection point or where those two pieces come together to be there on the underside, that way we won't have to worry about any interference. Now that we've got the lights hooked up I'll re-insert the four pole really quickly. Now to test the lights we're going to turn on the ignition of our car. We'll start by turning on the lights. You'll see our parking lights come on. We're going to try out our left blinker. I can see that blinking in the door there and our right blinker. Yeah, I can see that one blinking. Now let's try out the brake lights. Yeah, looks like they've come on nicely. Turn them off and just like that we're done. Now keep in mind when you remove the cargo carrier from your vehicle, unplug your four pole, that way you're not pulling it out. That will complete today's look at the Draw Tite cargo carrier light kit, part number 6504. .

Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit - 6504

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (18 Customer Reviews)

Use when the gear on your hitch mounted cargo carrier blocks your vehicle tail lights. The kit easily attaches to the side lip on several Draw-Tite cargo carriers - simply plugs into the vehicle's wiring harness.


Driver side light arrived with broken lens. E-trailer shipped out replacement which arrived 3 days later. Bulb on passenger side needed replaced same day I installed the lights. The kit is perfect for my needs and installation was easy. I have a hitch-haul carrier so no drilling was necessary. I installed the wires in flex tubing and zip tied them to the underside of the carrier. The lights do not interfere with tie down locations.


Overall: It went together OK and the tests I could do on my own indicate everything works as advertised. For someone like me without much electrical background and only average mechanical skills, this was probably the best way to put lights on my 6500 cargo carrier.

Positives: The descriptions on the lights are GREAT. Drivers and passenger-side lights are labelled, wires are color coded and the lights say right on the back which colored wire goes where.

Negatives: Really no other instructions. I had to go to the web site to try to figure out how to attach the wires to the lights (they just push into the holes). No video that I found (could have missed it). While I suspect the kit is intended for use on multiple equipment types, having an example of a recommended wire routing for the 6500 would have been helpful. I took the wiring all apart a couple times to re-route wires in a way that I figured they would be as protected as possible. Whether I was successful in protecting them remains to be seen.


Purchased a tail light kit for cargo carrier and fit my Hitch Hauler perfectly. Also viewed the video for installation and what great piece as I had no problem installing. The timely delivery made everything so easy. Would recommend Etrailer.


Great quality. Built to last


Terrific device. The lights are easily visible in direct sunlight as well as at night.

The first one I purchased had a faulty bulb, but quickly replaced it and it works just fine.

The installation video was extremely helpful.


As usual, excellent product from etrailer. Thanks for excellent and efficient service and delivery.

Sonny - 04/16/2015


Great product. Fast shipping when I needed it in a pinch. Fabulous customer service from Justin. Thank you


The lights work great and fit easily on the cargo carrier. They are easy to install and are working great so far.


All parts working great on cargo carrie r.


Install was really simple, didn't realize that the lights needed to be against the carrier holes directly. Functions really well overall.


I needed this light kit for safety. It was a quick installation and works perfectly. Appreciated the fast delivery.


One light stopped working after about a month and a half


Excellent product and service.


Product works perfect and was easy to i nstall.


Product was delivered promptly and as described. Thank you very much!


Fasting shipping ever. The product was exactly what I was needing and it installed in about 1/2 hour. This was great


Great deal they work better than I initially thought



See what our Experts say about this Draw-Tite Accessories and Parts

  • Does Part # 6504 Include a License Plate Light
    Yes, the left or driver side fixture has a clear lens on the bottom to illuminate the license plate hanging on the included bracket below. The instructions talk about this a bit more, I have linked them below.
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  • Passenger Side Light in Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit Only Works Part of the Time
    The problem you are having sounds like a classic ground issue. Ground problems normally appear when the system is under load (stepping on the brakes, turning on the running lights). Make sure that there is no plastic in between where the lights are mounted and the lights themselves. Next, make sure that all of the pins on the trailer connectors are clean and free of corrosion. Finally, make sure that the wire connections that lead into the lights are secure. A bad connection could lead...
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  • Troubleshooting Cargo Carrier Lighting Kit # 6504
    It sounds like one of the lamps is not picking up a good ground connection. The lamps included with the # 6504 typically pick up their ground connection by being in direct contact with a metal surface. Grounding the ring terminal to the carrier by placing it around one of the lamp mounting studs should do the trick, but I am guessing there is something in the design of your cargo carrier that is preventing a good connection between the two lamps and the wiring harness. Get a length of...
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  • Is Draw-Tite Light Kit 6504 Compatible with Draw-Tite 118437 Wiring T-one Connector
    If you install the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 118437 on your 2008 Honda Civic you will have a 4-way at the rear of your vehicle that will be compatible with the Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit # 6504 that you referenced and will provide your cargo carrier with tail light functions. I attached installation instructions both of these products for you to check out also.
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  • Can Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit # 6504 be Installed on an EZ 3-Scooter Carrier
    Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit # 6504 can be installed on your scooter carrier. You may have to drill holes to mount the lights. Provided they are visible on the back of the carrier you can install the one side in some from the corner.
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  • When Folded, Will Cargo Carrier 52018F Fit on a 2009 GMC Acadia Without Touching the Vehicle
    You will have to do a little measuring on your 2009 GMC Acadia to determine if the 24x60 Folding Cargo Carrier, # 52018F, will fit, when folded, without rubbing against the vehicle. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole (on the hitch on the vehicle) to the furthest point at the rear of the vehicle where the carrier might hit. If that distance is greater than 5 inches, it will not work. The carrier with the most clearance is the 20x48 Folding Cargo Carrier, # 6502, with 7-1/2 inches...
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  • Replacement Side Lens for Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit # 6504
    The only light kit for a hitch mount cargo carrier that we have which also has side lenses is # 6504. The replacement side lens is # 2423287. If you have a different set of lights let me know what they are and I can determine if there are replacement lenses. There should be some model number information on the light housing somewhere. If there is no model information you will need to measure the light and/or lenses and I can try to determine the correct one based on the measurements.
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2006 Jeep Commander Carrying a Motorcycle
    Your Commander may have a hitch rated heavy enough to carry your carrier. You will need to check your owner's manual or inside the driver's door jamb to get the weight ratings for your Jeep. Check the hitch itself and make sure the tongue weight rating is heavy enough. If you cannot find these ratings your dealer should be able to help you with that. The 75338 Class III receiver hitch you have selected is rated for 500 pounds tongue weight. When deciding if you can mount your motorcycle...
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  • Adding a Light Kit to a Curt Hitch Mount Cargo Carrier # C18153
    Light kit # 6504 is going to require drilling some holes through the top tube of Curt carrier # C18153 because the lights are stud-mount. With any light kit you would have to make some modification like this for installation because there isn't a light kit made for the Curt cargo carriers. The hole spacing on the license plate bracket is 2 inches put it will mount by being sandwiched between one of the lights (the studs go through the holes in the bracket) and the carrier. This light...
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  • Will Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Mount Cargo Carrier # 6502 Fit a 2001 Honda Odyssey
    There is an important measurement you are going to want to take prior to choosing any hitch mounted accessories. On your trailer hitch, measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to the distance required to clear the rear bumper. On Class III hitches we have installed on the same generation Odyssey as yours the measurement was approximately 5 to 6 inches. For the Draw-Tite cargo carrier # 6502 it measures 13 inches from hitch pin hole to the closest part of the carrier...
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  • Light Kit Recommendation for Reese PS1040100 Solo Cargo Carrier
    I'd recommend using the Draw-Tite # 6504 Cargo Carrier Light Kit which you'd mount to the face of the rear edge of the # PS1040100 carrier. The driver's side lamp even features a license plate bracket that's illuminated which would allow you to easily relocate the plate in case what you have loaded on the carrier blocks the vehicle's license plate. I've linked to a video showing a typical installation.
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  • Tail Lights for Bike Rack
    I have something that might work for you. You can use # 6504 but you may have to make a bracket or find a way to secure the lights to your bike rack. You could also use a set of magnetic flat tow tail lights # C6304. These will placed on the top of your car so that can be seen by other drivers. You will need a 4 pole trailer wiring harness on your vehicle to operate either of these kits.
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  • Light Kit Recommendation for Cargo Carrier Availability
    We do have the Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit, item # 6504, which has mounting studs 2 inches on center and could be made to work with most cargo carriers including aluminum ones. If you would like a carrier that is the same size and that has a specific light kit available then I would recommend the 24x60 Railed Cargo Carrier for 2 inch Trailer Hitches, item # 63153, and the Light Kit for Draw-Tite, Tow Ready, and Rola Railed Cargo Carriers, item # 20174.
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  • Light Kit for C18112 Cargo Carrier With Ramp
    You can easily add lights to the Curt Cargo Carrier with Ramp # C18112 as this carrier comes with reflectors as opposed to functioning lights. I recommend the Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit # 6504 which will connect to the 4-way on your vehicle. The lights will simply attach to the cargo carrier with the included hardware and then you plug in the 4-way and you're set! I have attached links to the instructions of this light kit, as well as links to video reviews of the light kit and...
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  • Availability of Light Kit and License Plate Bracket for Curt Cargo Carrier C18152
    Light kit # 6504 is going to require drilling some holes through the top tube of Curt carrier # C18152 because the lights are stud-mount. With any light kit you would have to make some modification like this for installation because there isn't a light kit made for the Curt cargo carriers. This light kit comes with a license plate bracket that you could then mount to the rear of the carrier.
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  • Would Bikes and Swagman RV Bumper Bike Rack Obstruct Vision of Tail Lights on RV
    It would be illegal if the tail lights of your RV were completely obstructed. However, you should check with your state Department of Motor Vehicles for details. There is a good chance your tail lights would shine through the spokes of the wheel allowing them to be visible, and therefore safe and legal. I recommend testing the tail lights with the bike rack in place to see if the tail lights are visible while the bike is in the simulated mounting location. If they are obstructed significantly...
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  • What are the Dimensions of the Lights in the Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit 6504?
    The lights that are included in the Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit # 6504 will measure 4-3/4 inches long overall, 4-1/2 inches tall, and 2-9/16 inches thick. Measuring from center to center of the mounting bolts/posts will get you exactly 2 inches. As a side note, these lights are available separately if needed as well. The Wesbar Combination Tail Light for Trailers Under 80" Wide # 2823284 will be for the right/passenger side and the # 2823283 will be for the left/driver side. I included...
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  • Ability to Convert Surco Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier to The Folding Model
    Yes, there is a hitch adapter extension, the Folding Basket Adapter for 2 inch Trailer Mounted Cargo Carriers, part # 52015, which will allow you to convert the regular Cargo Carrier, part # C618150 to a folding Cargo Carrier. This setup will work for you. If your cargo covers your vehicle lights, you could add the light kit # 6504. The carriers that you referenced are no long available. I have attached videos of this combination.
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  • Can I Use Surco Folding Basket Adapter # 52015 With Rola Hitch Cargo Carrier # 59502
    I walked out to the warehouse and with the help of a co-worker, assembled the shank of the Rola Hitch Cargo Carrier # 59502 with the Surco Basket Adapter # 52015, to see if the two are compatible. The shank of the Rola Cargo Carrier will fit into the Surco Folding Basket Adapter # 52015, however I must caution you that it is not recommended to use part # 52015 with the Rola Hitch Cargo Carrier. The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole, to the front of the basket on the Rola Cargo...
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  • Light Kit and License Plate Bracket Recommendation for a Curt Cargo Carrier
    It would require a little drilling, but I would recommend you get a Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit # 6504. This kit comes with a license plate bracket also. Once you drilled holes to install the # 6504 on the Curt Cargo Carrier # C18100 it would install pretty easily and work very well. The Tow Package Wiring Harness # 118251 would also be the correct harness for your 2008 Ford Escape. I linked installation instructions and an installation video for you to check out as well.
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  • Cargo Carrier Light Kit for Curt Folding Cargo Carrier # C18131
    Although we offer some light kits that are specifically designed for cargo carriers, none of them will bolt up directly to your carrier. I do not know exactly what arrangement you have with the light kit you already have, but you might be able to devise a way of mounting it to the carrier. We do offer a more general cargo carrier light kit, part # 6504. You would be on your own to devise a method of attaching the lamps to the carrier, but the kit contains everything else necessary, including...
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  • How To Use the Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit With a 7-Way Trailer Connector
    The Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit part # 6504 can be used with a 7-way trailer connector but you'd need an adapter, the Adapter 7 Pole to 4 Pole part # 47345 will work well. The other option would be to hardwire on the Pollak Trailer Connector part # PK12706. These will be your only options since none of the cargo light kits will come with a 7-way.
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  • Tail Lights for Motorcycle Carrier that Blocks Tow Vehicles Lights
    If a motorcycle on a hitch mounted carrier is blocking your vehicle's tail lights and turn signals then it will be illegal to use in day or night. If you have a 4-way trailer connector you can use a cargo carrier light kit, like # 6504. These are designed to be installed on a cargo carrier but they'll work for your application. You'll need to find a way to mount them though. Another option is a magnetic light kit. The Magnetic LED Tow Lights # TLL21RK plug into the vehicle's 4-way connector...
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