White Night Rear Lighting System
Have you ever tried hooking up your toyhauler in the dark and wished that you had better back-up lights? Or been in the desert at night and thought how nice it would be if you had a bright light on the back of your truck to illuminate the campsite? As an avid camper, I am under the belief that you can never have enough lights on your truck, toyhauler, animals, toys or kids for nighttime fun.
I came across a new product for the tow vehicle to help with our nighttime escapades. The White Night Rear Lighting System by Cruiser Stainless Accessories is a set of lights that hooks up easily around your receiver hitch on the back of your tow vehicle. There is a three-position manual switch on the unit which gives you the option of turning the lights on/off when you want. Or you can set the switch to have the White Night lights come on every time you put your truck in reverse. With its two 55-watt high output halogen lamps, it can throw an 80-foot spread of light behind you. The lights are housed in a high-impact ABS case for protection.
The installation was simple and took less than 20 minutes once I laid everything out. You install a U-bolt around the receiver section of your hitch. Install the light housing over your receiver and tighten the locking nuts and you’re done except for plugging in the lights.
The kit came with a wiring package to hard wire the rear lighting system to your truck, but I got a Plug n’ Go adapter that plugged into my existing 7 pin trailer receptacle and then the 3 wire plug hooked to the new lights. No wiring necessary and my trailer can still plug into the 7 pin plug. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
You do need at least ¾ of an inch clearance between the hitch and the bumper to get the housing to fit. I also had to move my 7 wire trailer plug receptacle over a little bit to gain clearance. If you cannot move your receptacle, White Night sells repositioning brackets.
Now that I have been using the lights for a while, I wonder how I survived without them. I am out at night a lot and they have come in real handy. I find myself using them all the time.
The only down side that I have discovered is that it makes it harder to pull my hitch pin to change the hitch sliders and it is more difficult to hook up my trailer chains to the hitch because they hook behind the lights. I would also like a toggle switch in the cab of the truck so I could turn the lights on without putting it in reverse or getting out of the truck. I will have the option to do that later when I finish the rest of my projects.
The White Night Rear Lighting System costs $99.95 and the Plug N’ Go adapter was $13.99. To check out all the products that White Night has to offer, go to their Web site at www.whitenight.com or call them at 888-884-7637.