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Ford LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Chrome

Ford LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Chrome

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Show your Ford pride with this distinctive hitch cover that lights up when you activate your vehicle's tail lights or brakes. The silver metallic coating appears transparent when the red LEDs shine through the Ford lettering. Call 800-298-8924 to order Reese hitch covers part number 86065 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Reese products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Ford LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Chrome. Hitch Covers reviews from real customers.
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Reese Hitch Covers - 86065

  • OEM
  • Ford
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
  • Logo
  • Plastic Face
  • Reese
  • Light-Up
  • Oval

Show your Ford pride with this distinctive hitch cover that lights up when you activate your vehicle's tail lights or brakes. The silver metallic coating appears transparent when the red LEDs shine through the Ford lettering.


  • Officially licensed, LED-lighted Ford logo hitch cover adds a stylish touch to your vehicle
  • Light-up emblem activates when running lights are on and brightens when the brake pedal is pressed
    • Low illumination while you're using tail lights
    • High illumination when you brake or turn on the hazard lights
  • Chrome coating appears transparent when lights are activated
  • Navy blue facing shows off the Ford logo
  • Red LEDs are long-lasting and energy efficient
  • Hitch cover slides into receiver, keeping out dirt and grime
    • Mounting brackets and hardware included for both 1-1/4" and 2" receiver tubes
  • Foam gaskets ensure a snug, rattle-free fit
  • Wiring harness plugs into your vehicle's existing 4-pole trailer connector
  • Durable plastic is corrosion resistant
  • Hitch pin and clip or hitch lock sold separately


  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" and 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Face dimensions: 7" wide x 2-3/4" tall
  • 1-Year limited warranty

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Reese has created this light-up hitch cover to look like an ordinary Ford logo in daytime, non-braking situations. When you turn on your vehicle's tail lights or activate the brakes, the cover's unique metallic coating appears transparent and bright red LEDs shine through. The long-lasting LEDs have 2 intensity levels. The red lights remain set at low illumination when your vehicle's tail lights are on. When you activate your brakes or turn on your hazard lights, the LEDs burn brighter to draw attention to your vehicle. The hitch cover will not flash when your turn signals are activated.

Hitch covers are fun to show off and they look cool, but they do more than just accessorize your vehicle. A hitch cover helps to keep dirt out of your receiver and deters rust, so you can easily insert ball mounts and other hitch accessories when you need them. This hitch cover is a great way to protect your receiver and proclaim your loyalty to the renowned Ford brand, all in one.

Simple Assembly

Mounting brackets for both the 1-1/4" and 2" hitch receivers are included. These 2-piece brackets attach to the back of the hitch cover face with the supplied hardware.

The 2" bracket has countersunk bolt holes that allow it to sit flush on the back of the emblem when fully assembled. There is a slot built into this bracket that allows you to pass the wiring through. The 1-1/4" bracket mounts on top of the threaded posts. Instead of passing the wires through a built-in slot, you are required to run the wires between the bracket and the emblem with this setup.

Note: For 2015 Ford trucks or newer, this hitch cover may require installing a separate aftermarket 4-way harness to your vehicle in order to illuminate properly.

86065 LED Lighted 1-1/4" and 2" Hitch Cover by Reese Towpower - Ford Logo - Chrome

Video of Ford LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Chrome

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Reese Hitch Covers - OEM - 86065 Review

Today, we are going to review part number 86065. This is the Reese Ford LED Brake and Tail Light Trailer Hitch Cover for 1-1/4 and-2-inch hitches. This is an officially licensed 3D Ford Logo, which will add a stylish touch to your vehicle. It does use red LEDs which will light up to give your vehicle some flash and make it more visible as well as to alert other drivers to slow down or stop when you do. It does have a low illumination while you are using your tail lights and higher brighter illumination when you brake or engage the hazard lights or your brake light. They do use an energy-efficient LED which are long lasting.

The hitch cover does have a foam gasket that is used on it which will help protect your hitch receiver from water and dirt. Now, it does come with an adapter that bolts on to the hitch cover for a 1-1/4-inch hitch and the foam gasket the goes on that. I have already installed the 2-inch adapter onto the hitch cover to give you a demonstration of it going onto this hitch. Let me give you a few dimensions on this hitch cover. The face of it is 7 inches wide.

The height is 2-3/4 inches tall. It is a simple installation. Basically, the cover would slide into the hitch, in this case, the 2-inch hitch. It includes the adapter and the foam gasket which will help ensure a snug, rattle-free fit. The wiring harness will plug into your vehicles existing four-way plug.

Now, you do need to use a pin and clip or a hitch lock which is sold separately to attach this to the hitch. You just line the holes up. Put the pin in and basically, that would hold it into place. I am going to give you a demonstration. I am going to plug it into a four-way power supply I have here.

Once we plug it in, you can see the light with the tail lights and then when you hit your brake or your hazard lights, it would light up even brighter. I am going to show you what it would be with the overhead lights off to give you an idea of the brightness. That is what the tail light would look like; and with the brake or the hazard light applied, it would light up even brighter. This part does come with a 90-day warranty. That should do it for part number 86065.

Customer Reviews

Ford LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Chrome - 86065

Average Customer Rating:  4.3 out of 5 stars   (224 Customer Reviews)

Show your Ford pride with this distinctive hitch cover that lights up when you activate your vehicle's tail lights or brakes. The silver metallic coating appears transparent when the red LEDs shine through the Ford lettering.

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Look’s great and functions as it should. Great for an extra third brake too 770286

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I'm very happy with item. 768250

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It works good but I had problems with the plastic mounting pieces. They didn't fit properly. I had to use a Dremel tool to grind the edges and then glue the two halves together for a proper fit. 693252

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I purchased this light , to use on a 2018 Ford Escape , the lead wires were too short to reach the plug in and with the Reese hitch that came on the car , the light stuck out too far behind the vehicle , so it just sits on the shelf . 608671

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Haven’t got feedback from the product itself as it is a gift, but the ease of ordering and speed of delivery, it was seamless! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience, Thank You! 589806

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Great quality products that were very well packaged and mailed immediately after I placed my order. Thanks 585728

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I have the towing package in my 2018 F150 and the wiring sets off all kinds of warnings related to towing safety every time I break or use my turn signals. Otherwise it looks nice. Be aware its plastic not chrome. 582322

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Easy to install ... enhances the look of our car 579381

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1st time going through a car wash with brushes the emblem was ripped off. 565815

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It's ok. 563738

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Looks and works great... AAA++++Fast Sh ipping’ 547108

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Like the F-150 lighted hitch plug. Fast delivery. Great Product. 539170

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Item came as ordered and required some assembly, but that was easy. Only issue is that I have a computerized wiring system for my trailer lights that this unit uses to power the light and it was issuing warnings about right or left directional not working properly. So if you have a vehicle that has this type of monitoring system, don't plug it in. otherwise good product. 510373

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Overall I’m happy with this. etrailer is Fantastic to work with and I have bought from them multiple times. This hitch specifically looks great when it first arrives and still looks good a year later… from a little distance. It has shown its wear being made of plastic. It still looks great when lit in the dark, but does show some of its age now. All-in-all a good cover and I’m happy, just wish it held up a little better over time. 473588

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This product doesn’t work with my 2015 F-150. The issue is that it gives break light errors In my F-150 every time I push the breaks. I would not recommend this product for any new vehicles. Took it off the next day because it was driving me nuts has been sitting in the box for the last year... 467802

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I have purchased other similar products from other companies and they have all been easily damaged. etrailer has been great and a year later as good as new. 463206

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Item arrived in a timely manner. Simple instructions enabled fast assembly and works well. 462466

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Order was easy to complete, received in timely manor. This order is for Chirstmas gift, will not open and try out till then. Price was fair and would recommend your company to others. Thank You Marc Lawson 456790

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This was the second time that I purchased something from etrailer. The Ford hitch cover was shipped promptly, exactly as described, and was easy to assemble. The lighted hitch cover looks real neat on my little Ranger. 456196

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Everything that I have ordered from etrailer has worked perfectly. Pleasure to do buisness with! 452753

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Looks and works exactly as described and pictured. 443881

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This makes a very attractive TAIL LIGHT but is non functional as a brake lite as wired. The brite side of the light is wired to the tail lamps and the dimmer side is wired to the two turn signal wires making the functions reversed. Thought of reversing the wires but then the brake lite would flash as a turn signal. So I'm just leaving it as a tail lamp. 425930

Okay still working good as a taillight
Gary N - 08/28/2018


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I have received lots of compliments on this and they always ask where they can get one. 425322

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Shipping was fast, received product same week as ordered opened packaged and viewed product in it's packaging, looks like a good product, however, due to a unexpected medical emergency don't know when i will be able to install, so cannot give you info on how it works, but looks nice in it's packaging. 415183

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The first Ford LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover did not work properly. It would come on with the head/tail/parking lights but not when the brake was depressed. I contacted etrailer and they sent a replacement. The replacement works properly as advertised. My 93 Ford F-150 does not have a third brake light, so the LED Hitch Cover corrects that problem. 410938

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Ask the Experts about this Reese Hitch Covers

  • Lamp Out Warning on 2020 Ford Explorer when LED Hitch Cover Attached
    I have a solution for you, so never fear-we've actually seen this before on the newer Ford trucks, which will have the same lamp out detection system. If you are getting an error code on your 2020 Ford Explorer when using the Ford LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover # 86065 it's most likely reacting to the lower amp draw from the LED light and the computer is sensing that a lamp might potentially be burnt out, but it also could just be corrosion on the 4way. I would start by making sure...
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  • Troubleshooting Ford LED Hitch Cover Causing Error Code on 2018 Ford F-150
    If you are getting an error code on your 2018 Ford F-150 when using the Ford LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover # 86065 you will either need to add an aftermarket 4-Way like part # HM48030 to bypass the OEM trailer connector or add load resistors part # P230004A-2 to the stop/turn (green and yellow) wires on the cover. For some reason some of the newer Ford pickups have trouble with accessories that have lights and they cause an error message to pop up like what you are experiencing. As...
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  • Ford LED Lighted Hitch Cover Causes Turn Signal to Stop Working on a 2017 Ford Escape
    It sounds like you have a ground or short issue on your 2017 Ford Escape. You can verify this by plugging the Ford LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover # 86065 into another vehicle that the wiring is good on to see if it has the same problem. If your turn signal will not work when you plug in the Ford LED Cover then you will want to check your ground connections and make sure that they are secure and connected to a clean, bare metal surface. If the grounds are good to go then you will...
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  • Can Ford LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover # 86065 be Used on 2017 Ford F-150?
    A lighted hitch cover such as your # 86065 will cause Ford trucks from 2015 and up to think there is a trailer connected. To solve this problem you are going to need to hardwire a 4-way connector such as the Hopkins # HM48030 to a powered circuit on your truck different from the one circuit that is currently being used to to power your trailer lights; for example you would need to run the power wire of this 4-way to your F-150's headlights. Your other option, of course, would be to forgo...
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  • Left Turn Signal of 2016 Ford F-250 Stops Working When Using Ford LED Trailer Hitch Cover
    It sounds like your 2016 Ford F-250 senses the load of Ford LED Hitch Cover # 86065 but since the power draw is so low it thinks there is an issue. The only solution to this we've seen is to install load resistors, like # P230004C-2, to simulate more power draw. Another possibility is you could have a short on your 4-way trailer connector. Make sure it's clean and free of any corrosion. You can also test each function of the 4-way connector with a circuit tester like # 40376 to...
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  • What is the Ford Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover Made of and Will it Fit a 2013 Ford Escape
    The body structure of the Ford hitch cover # 86065 is automotive grad plastic. It is then covered with a metallic coating. This hitch cover is designed to fit either a 1-1/4 inch hitch opening or a 2 inch hitch opening. The shank has the correct hole spacing for either size hitch so the pin holes will line up. I have included a link to a video review for you. To secure the cover and deter theft I recommend a locking hitch pin. Use # 5200 for a 1-1/4 inch hitch or # e98880 for a 2 inch hitch.
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  • Powered Trailer Hitch Cover Problems For Newer Vehicles
    I do have an option that will allow you to use the Ford LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover part # 86065 on your 2015 Ford F-150 without the trailer error message, however, I called my contact at Reese and they recommend that you do not use this cover on Ford trucks from 2015 and up for this exact reason. The only way to avoid the error messages while using the lighted hitch cover on a 2015 and up Ford truck would involve hardwiring a 4-way connector such as the Hopkins Endurance 4-Way Flat...
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  • Can Ford Light Up Hitch Cover # 86065 be Fitted with White LEDs Instead of Red
    No the LED lights for Ford LED Brake and Tail Light Trailer Hitch Cover # 86065 are only available in red. This is due in part to lighting requirements on vehicles. A white light could be distracting or blinding to other drivers depending on how bright it is. Red is used on tail lights and brake lights which is why nearly all lighted hitch covers light up some shade of red. There are some cases where a cover lights up blue, # CR-017F. This can actually be illegal in some states or local...
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  • Is a Blue LED Ford Hitch Cover Legal
    I have also heard that in some states and/or local areas it is illegal to have blue lights on a vehicle. They used to hassle my dad for having blue dots in his tail lights in his 1967 pink Cadillac. What you will need to do is check with local and state law enforcement to determine if a hitch cover that lights up blue is acceptable. If not, we have a really snazzy red LED Ford cover, # 86065.
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  • Is a Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover Legal for Use in Kansas
    I checked with the Kansas State Highway Patrol and lights on the back of a vehicle in Kansas have to be white, red, or amber so the blue light on Ford lighted hitch cover # CR-017F would seem to violate that. For a light up Ford hitch cover that only lights up red we have # 86065. It fits 1-1/4 and 2 inch receivers. For a similar cover with a black background that lights up red we have # RP86532. We also have # CR-007F but it only fits 2 inch trailer hitch receivers.
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  • Ford LED Logo in 7 Inch Wide Size for 2018 Ford Explorer
    I have an option for you but it isn't a direct fit. Although the Ford LED Lighted Vehicle Emblem - Black # RP86620 is only available in the 9 inch by 3-1/2 inch option, we do have a similar hitch cover that is the correct size for you that you could use in that same way. It is the Ford LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Chrome # 86065 or the black # RP86532. Either of these options is the 7 inch by 2-3/4 inch logo. The wiring will be identical to the emblem and...
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  • Red LED Ford Hitch Cover Recommendation
    We have a couple red, illuminating Ford hitch covers you should check out. The first one is the Ford Brake Light Trailer Hitch Receiver Cover # CR-007F and the other second one is the Ford LED Brake and Tail Light Trailer Hitch Cover # 86065. Between the two I prefer the look of the # 86065 since it has the Ford oval incorporated in the design.
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