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Light Kit for Draw-Tite, Tow Ready, and Rola Railed Cargo Carriers

Light Kit for Draw-Tite, Tow Ready, and Rola Railed Cargo Carriers

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Perhaps the easiest light kit to install, the sealed light units snap into the built-in mounting brackets on Draw-Tite, Rola and Tow Ready cargo carriers and then plug into the existing 4-pole trailer connector on the vehicle. 1-800-496-5010 to order etrailer accessories and parts part number 20174 or order online at Free expert support on all etrailer products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Light Kit for Draw-Tite, Tow Ready, and Rola Railed Cargo Carriers. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Perhaps the easiest light kit to install, the sealed light units snap into the built-in mounting brackets on Draw-Tite, Rola and Tow Ready cargo carriers and then plug into the existing 4-pole trailer connector on the vehicle.


  • Fits Draw-Tite 40101, Rola 59502 and 59507, and Pro Series 63153 and 63155 trailer hitch mounted cargo carriers
  • Off-set Y-harness - one lead measures about 3'

Light Kit Installation

Insert grommet

Step 1

Mount rubber grommets on both sides of cargo carrier tray making sure grommets are seated securely.

Insert light

Step 2

Press tail lamps into grommets until seated securely on both sides of carrier tray.

Route plug

Step 3

Route plug with green wire under cargo carrier to the passenger side (right) and plug into cargo carrier tail lamp.

Route plug with yellow wire under cargo carrier to the driver side (left) and plug into cargo carrier tail lamp.

Secure wiring

Step 4

With supplied cable ties, secure all wiring to the bottom of the cargo carrier.

Please note: With the off-set Y-harness, one wire lead (about 3' long) is run straight to a light, the other lead (about 6' long) is run along the back edge of the carrier before it curves up to the second light. On the 40101 and 59502 cargo carriers, the wires come up through the carriers' mesh floor to attach to the back of the lights. On the Tow Ready carriers 63153 and 63155, the tighter mesh floor is not large enough for the plug to pass through. Therefore run the wire leads under the platform to the lights, then up the front of the carrier and around to the back of the light. This also helps prevent the wires from getting pinched by the cargo. On vehicles where the 4-pole trailer connector is tucked under the vehicle, a 4-pole extension may be required to connect the two plugs. See 'related items.'

20174 Light Kit for Draw-Tite, Tow Ready, and Rola Railed Cargo Carriers

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Light Kit for Draw-Tite, Tow Ready, and Rola Railed Cargo Carriers - 20174

Average Customer Rating:  4.4 out of 5 stars   (220 Customer Reviews)

Perhaps the easiest light kit to install, the sealed light units snap into the built-in mounting brackets on Draw-Tite, Rola and Tow Ready cargo carriers and then plug into the existing 4-pole trailer connector on the vehicle.


Works well enough, but falls out of the mount bracket constantly. I had to eventually duct tape them in place.

I have had the same issue in the past. The lamp and grommet are easiest to install into the mounting bracket if you install the lamp into the grommet first. Then install the assembly into the bracket.
-- Etrailer Expert Mike L - 10/09/2022


Package was received with no issues, well packed. Assembly was easy. The light kit install instructions could use a little more detail, hard to tell what they're supposed to look like when properly seated, but not a big issue. Would like to see the wiring harness light connector removable so as to run the wires inside the support channel, but not a big deal. My harness just fit into my connector, but I would imagine others would need an extension. Overall, very happy with the product. I hauled a big gas grill an it was no issues. Plenty of tie-down options. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a way to expand storage. I can take 7 people in my SUV and now I have a place for their stuff.

No problems. The only thing I would change is to make the wires for the lights longer so they could be attached along the perimeter of the frame instead of jutting across.
Freddie R - 07/22/2015


Products shipped in record time. They are Christmas gifts for my son to take his gear to the Outer Banks. That's all he wanted for Christmas.Thanks so very much!!!


We're currently on a 9000 mile road trip from California through Canada to Nova Scotia, to Maine and back... we purchased a car carrier and waterproof cover and they have performed as advertised! Lots of rain, muddy conditions here in Canada and all of our camping equipment stored in our carrier remains clean and bone dry! Great sturdy products. I purchased the light kit for the carrier and it too has performed flawlessly. The carrier is installed on my 2016 Subaru Outback. I had a 2" hitch previously installed and the carrier with all the weight looks great. I don't feel it on the road...


Light kit installed easily and worked well. I had enough wire to install properly with a little left over. I would have liked to have more wire for the driver's side just so I could run it along the main support beam of the carrier for a cleaner look. Since the back of the lights are exposed, my cargo bumped one of the lights and slightly bent the connecting pins. Not sure if that is a light kit issue or the carrier design, but it'd be nice if that was protected a bit better.


This is a good product, it just is odd that one side of the wiring is 3' and the other side is 6'. If they would both be just 5' long this would warrant a 5-star review.

With the off-set Y-harness, one wire lead - about 3 feet long - is run straight to a light, the other lead - about 6 feet long - is run along the back edge of the carrier before it curves up to the second light. On vehicles where the 4-pole trailer connector is tucked under the vehicle, a 4-pole extension may be required to connect the two plugs. It is part # 9653P
12" Car and Trailer End Loop
. It adds 1 foot of wire length.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 07/12/2022


The product itself appears to be pretty well made. The wired connections fit nice and snug and were sufficient length to route underneath the cargo carrier i purchased and plug into the hitch harness. I only gave it 4 stars since it didnt fit in the 24x60 Reese Cargo Carrier #63153, even though the description says it will. The rubber gasket and light are too small for the oblong openings in the carrier and I had to ziptie them in place so they dont fall out.


This is a great piece! Easy to assemble and was just what I needed to haul camping gear


Easy to install, no problems with the lighting. Great fit!


This light kit appears to be of excellent quality. The only reason for four stars is that I have not actually installed it as yet, so have not had opportunity to test it.


I ordered this light kit for my Pro Series Cargo Carrier (item 63153).

The light kit was very easy to install and took less than 20 minutes.

Make sure you watch the video for installing this light kit. Its a plug and play installation.


Delivery was quick ordered Mon mornning deliverd Fri afternoon.Trailor was very easy to put together looks great and should do what I got it for.. could come with 6 larger washers fo 3 center bolts.Lights allso went on easy.i chose to run them through the smaller tubes to lessen exposure seeing that i cut them to add an extension (to short by 12 inchs) then I zip tighed tupperware over inside to protect from cargo banging into them and popping them all I would recemend great for the price


I used the cargo basket to transport 2 coolers and some miscellaneous camping gear. The basket was easy to assemble and the additional lighting option was easy to install also.


Super easy install. Follow the instructions and you can't miss. Brake lights and turn signals work perfect.


Fairest price on the net! Fast shipping


After one year, the lights and wiring have held up amazingly!


Plug and play


Works well. Easy install. Not designed for my particular cargo carrier, but still works.


Light's were on back order, etrailers representatives updated me frequently all the way up to the delivery. Easy to install, installs in minutes.

Thank you


Did not work on my 2014 Mercedes ML. I am guessing because of the led lighting system. U hauls always act strange with the vehicle also.

Thank you for the review! The problem sounds like it is caused because the lights are not able to draw enough power from the LEDs in the Mercedes. If you got 2 kits, part # DI34ZR
Load Resistor Kit for LED Turn Signals - 50 Watts - 6 Ohm - Qty 2
, 1 register for each function, you should be able to get around the problem.
-- Etrailer Expert Brooke M - 09/03/2021


I and my 10 y/o son assembled the cargo carrier in about 30 minutes. The steel construction seems very stout. The light kit was simple to install, I wish more travelers utilized them.

The only complaint is, I would like the hardware to be numbered and not just in a bag.


All parts were top quality, easy to install, everything you need to hook up. Directions were clear and easy to follow. But the power cords for the driver side could be a little longer, should be longer like the Passenger side lighting harness. Both wiring harnesses go from the lights then to the center of the carrier, then to the hitch area.
There was extra wiring on the passenger side; you may want to look at this.

I am very pleased with this unit and use it all summer long. Great Idea....
Robert J - 06/12/2014


Very well packaged, arrived in good
Easy to put together.
Have 12.50 x 35 inch tires plenty of clearance, can not open tail gate with large tire.
Ordered light/wire kit, changed to different lights.
Will work great for what I need.


Worked great! Easy hookup.


Arrived in great condition Well packaged. Exactly as described and worked perfectly. Just what I needed to install on a rack to haul my Cricket Cart on the back of my fifth wheel camper. Thanks again to Dylan and etrailer for there good help and service as usual

Still working great. Great product an service from etrailer as usual
Benny - 06/03/2020

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