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

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

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Let your personality shine with this distinctive hitch cover. Red LEDs beneath the durable, metallic plastic of this 3-D skull illuminate with a sinister glow when you activate your vehicle's tail lights or brakes. Call 800-298-8924 to order Reese hitch covers part number RP86523 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Reese products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Skull 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 - RP86523

  • Misc Covers
  • Novelty
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
  • Skulls
  • Plastic Face
  • Reese
  • Light-Up
  • Emblem

Let your personality shine with this distinctive hitch cover. Red LEDs beneath the durable, metallic plastic of this 3-D skull illuminate with a sinister glow when you activate your vehicle's tail lights or brakes.


  • Light-up 3-D skull adds some sinister style to your vehicle
  • Skull glows red 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
  • 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
  • 1-Year limited warranty

Reese has created this skull-shaped, light-up hitch cover to look like an ordinary hitch cover in daytime, non-braking situations. When you turn on your vehicle's tail lights or activate the brakes, the cover's chrome 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 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 show off your own personal sense of style, all in one.

Simple Assembly

Mounting brackets for both 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 skull 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 skull with this setup.

Note that the converter, which is necessary to keep the hitch cover from flashing when your turn signals are activated, can be tucked inside the assembled 2" mounting bracket. However, the module doesn't fit inside of the 1-1/4" bracket, so if you use this hitch cover on your 1-1/4" receiver, the converter will hang on the outside of the mounting bracket.

86523 Reese Towpower Light-Up Skull Hitch Cover - Chrome

Video of Skull 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 Skull Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Reese Skull LED light and trailer hitch cover in chrome, part number RP86523. This skull trailer hitch cover is chrome by day, and fiery red by night. It comes with all the hardware you need to get it installed in an inch and a quarter or two inch receiver. It provides all the benefits of a standard hitch cover, keeping out dirt and debris, with the added benefit of glowing at night. It's constructed of a durable corrosion resistant plastic and includes a foam gasket to help reduce rattle. It uses LED lights to ensure it's longevity and connects to your existing standard 4-pole connection.

Now that we've gone over some features I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. You will need to provide your own pin and clip. If you don't have one that's okay you can find one on our website a part number PC3. We'll feed it into our receiver tube, it doesn't matter which hole we use just need to use whatever works best for our application. Put it in as far as we can go, we'll line up our pin holes, insert the pin then our clip. Then we can grab our 4-pole connection and plug it in.

Now it does come with a zip tie, so we can kind of clean everything up. Now let's test it out. Here's our running lights, and then our brake lights. Now let's check out our hazard lights. That's going to complete our look the Reese Skull LED light and trailer hitch cover.

Part number RP86523. You can find this and everything else right here at etrailer.com. What's up man.

Customer Reviews

Skull LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Chrome - RP86523

Average Customer Rating:  4.3 out of 5 stars   (10 Customer Reviews)

Let your personality shine with this distinctive hitch cover. Red LEDs beneath the durable, metallic plastic of this 3-D skull illuminate with a sinister glow when you activate your vehicle's tail lights or brakes.

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Very happy all around with the service and product I received very fast shipping definitely will do more business in the future 719344

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The product was promptly delivered and is pretty cool. 580239

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This product looks really cool and functions great, but breaks extremely easily. I have gone through 2 and given up on it. The first time, it broke when the dealer sent my car through the wash when I turned it in for routine services. The second time it broke when a rock (more of a pebble really) came off my tire and hit it (driving on a gravel road at 35 MPH). Would suggest making the part that connects it to the hitch metal or hard rubber instead of plastic. That is the piece that keeps breaking. 464616

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Very fast shipping, and skull is awesome when lit. It was easy to install, and really an eye catcher. I get lots of compliments, and it was a great price!!!! 463430

GREAT....STILL LOOKS GREAT and getting a lot of compliments
Bill a - 12/28/2018


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all the chrome is coming off 397186

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Love my hitch cover! Still going strong after 1 year! Thanx. 359715

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Was very satisfied with the product and easy to install. However, the product comes packaged with a "try me" button - this did not work. There is throwaway button batteries plastic box for this purpose that were bad. I feared the product did not work, but only the "try me" did not work - the product did work correctly on the car. 260505

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actually i used this product as a cover for my winch located on my headache rack and it looks awesome. it is installed on a truck that is primarly used for hunting so it gets run thru the carwash constantly and not to mention rough roads and trails and its just like i bought it a year ago. dont second guess this product its legit.buy it. 239805

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Easy to assemble and install, enhances rearward visibility while keeping tow hitch and wiring harness plug clean. 186972

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The Skull looks like others out there but because the whole skull lights up people are surprised because it looks very metallic. I also like the fact that it gives another break light warning for safety. I recommend this item, very much worth the price. Installation was a breeze and it fits snug with no rattle unlike others on the market. 152229

One year later and still works as advertised. Im really happy with this purchase.
Brent S - 09/20/2015


Ask the Experts about this Reese Hitch Covers

  • Troubleshooting Hitch Cover Lights Not Functioning
    There is a possibility that the Skull LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Chrome, # RP86523 you referenced, has a wire short that may be able to be fixed. If you have a circuit tester like # PTW2993, you can use it to check the wire functions and make sure that current is present leading up to that LED. If there isn't current, you will need to replace the entire unit as there isn't a replacement part for that item.
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  • Will Reese Skull Hitch Cover RP86523 fit a 2003 Ford Explorer?
    The Reese Skull Lighted Trailer Hitch Receiver Cover, # RP86523 will fit both a 1-1/4 inch and a 2 inch hitch. Those two sizes are the two most common hitches that are used on a 2003 Ford Explorer. If you want to measure the hitch opening on your vehicle that will tell you what size hitch you will have. If the opening measures 1-1/4 inches or 2 inches then the hitch cover will work in your vehicle. The hitch cover does come with a 4-pole wiring connector that can be plugged into a 4-pole...
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  • Can the Skull LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover be Used as a Tail Light
    The Skull LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover part # RP86523 as the name states is a lighted hitch cover, not a tail light assembly and will not work as such on your trailer. It is designed to be attached to a 1-1/4" or 2" trailer hitch receiver opening. The skull will have a low red illumination when the tail light are on and a high red illumination when the brake or turn light is activated. If you wanted to somehow mount this on your trailer then you would need to remove the 4-way trailer...
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  • Are the Lights of Skull LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover # RP86523 12 Volt
    The light of the Skull LED Lighted Trailer Hitch Cover # RP86523 that you referenced is designed for 12 volts DC power like you mentioned. This is designed to install in a hitch opening and not as taillights on a trailer though so I would not recommend you attempt to use these for trailer taillights.
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  • Harley-Davidson Hitch Covers and LED Options
    We have a wide variety of Harley-Davidson hitch covers, but unfortunately that LED version you are referencing isn't one of them. I wish we had it as I'm sure that is really nice like the Ford, Chevy, GMC, and Ram options we carry. I have linked the page to all the options we currently have available to assist. We don't have any that light up, but we do have the classic look like the bar and shield # PC002238. I've linked the page to all the hitch cover options for HD. If you want...
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  • Will the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch # 13252 Fit a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado
    Yes, the Curt Class III Round Tube Trailer Hitch, # 13252, will fit on your 2007 Chevrolet Colorado. This hitch will simply bolt on to your vehicle frame rails and does not require any drilling, cutting or welding to install. I have attached the installation instructions and an installation video for you to check out. The receiver of this hitch will sit flush with the rear edge of your bumper and allow you to use a skull hitch cover like our Pilot Skull LED Hitch Cover, # RP86523. If...
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