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Tow hitch + lights

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:45 pm
by randallshamlet
I have a 2016 European Leaf in Poland and I'm trying to get permission to add an American hitch:
https://www.amazon.com/CURT-11396-Class ... way&sr=8-3

After getting legal permission to increase the tow capacity from "----" to 700 kg (IF I can do this, but it is a big IF), I'd need to add lights to the trailer (reverse lights, position lights, brake lights). Has anyone done this with their Leaf? I mostly want to have a bicycle hitch, but I'd also light to haul more stuff during a remodel. I've put interior doors in my previous 2013 Leaf, but drywall will be a bit harder (yes, I know… I might be able to haul ~20 sheets with a class 1 hitch, but it is only 5 km).

Re: Tow hitch + lights

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:03 pm
by LeftieBiker

Re: Tow hitch + lights

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:35 am
by powersurge
I have the one you have there on amazon.... It is easy to install, and cheap... Get that one..

Re: Tow hitch + lights

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:48 am
by Oilpan4
Yeah I was hauling about 650 pounds (in kilograms that's about 2 fat people) of 2, 3 and 4 inch emt conduit with my leaf yesterday for a little electrical project.
The leaf will tow fine using that hitch.
I don't even turn the trailer brakes on for anything under about 300 to 400kg.

Re: Tow hitch + lights

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:05 pm
by randallshamlet
My problem is that I legally have to have all lights on anything connected to the car (in Europe, anyway). I have to buy a special European bike rack with lights and, yes, a license plate.

Re: Tow hitch + lights

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:07 pm
by randallshamlet
Oilpan4 wrote:Yeah I was hauling about 650 pounds (in kilograms that's about 2 fat people) of 2, 3 and 4 inch emt conduit with my leaf yesterday for a little electrical project.
The leaf will tow fine using that hitch.
I don't even turn the trailer brakes on for anything under about 300 to 400kg.
Is it easy to wire the lights to the trailer hitch? I'm not sure how the lights are set up. I'm guessing I can put quite a lot of power through the circuits because the lights should limit the power, not the design of the circuit itself, right?

Re: Tow hitch + lights

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:14 pm
by randallshamlet
LeftieBiker wrote:This may be the topic you want:

http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... 5&p=309484
Well, that is good news, but I need to add reverse lights, signals, brake lights, and position lights. 7 pins… Agh I hate these stupid regulations. People can drive wrong-sided cars (British/Japanese/Indian) and register them, but I have to have a license plate on a rack.

Re: Tow hitch + lights

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:51 pm
by Oilpan4
Each light circuit is wired in parallel.

Re: Tow hitch + lights

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:07 am
by randallshamlet
I have an appointment on the 12th. I'll update you all if I can get permission for the hitch.

Re: Tow hitch + lights

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:52 pm
by Oilpan4
Aside from the trailer butchering my range towing with the leaf is a pleasure and so much cheaper than anything gasoline powered.
Only problem is one run to the next town over with the trailer and back and the leaf is on the charger for the rest of the day, until I fix my 10kw chademo.