I have a Versahaul hitch carrier and mounted their external lights, but any trailer lights would work. My setup blocks the taillights so the external lights seemed necessary, especially at night. I have several thousand miles hauling with mine and no issues yet, save for the obscured plate when crossing the Canadian border. I don't love the hitch carrier- the bike bounces around alarmingly on rough roads and all that weight hanging off the rear really affects handling, even on my truck where it's well under max tongue load. I have never had an issue though. I also use about 8 high quality ratchet straps and check them every couple of hours.