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etrailer Hitch Pin Alignment Collar for Ball Mounts and Pintle Hitch Mounts - 2-1/2" Hitches
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etrailer Hitch Pin Alignment Collar for Ball Mounts and Pintle Hitch Mounts - 2-1/2" Hitches

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Never get on your hands and knees again to install an accessory in your hitch. This stop collar automatically aligns the hitch pin holes on your hitch and a 2-1/2" accessory. Once installed, it doesn't need to be adjusted. Call 800-298-1624 to order etrailer hitch aligners part number e38ZR or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all etrailer products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for etrailer Hitch Pin Alignment Collar for Ball Mounts and Pintle Hitch Mounts - 2-1/2" Hitches. Hitch Aligners reviews from real customers.
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etrailer Hitch Aligners - e38ZR

  • Collars
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  • 2-1/2 Inch Hitches

Never get on your hands and knees again to install an accessory in your hitch. This stop collar automatically aligns the hitch pin holes on your hitch and a 2-1/2" accessory. Once installed, it doesn't need to be adjusted.


Features:

  • Stop collar automatically aligns the hitch pin holes of an accessory and your 2-1/2" hitch
    • Eliminates need to get on your hands and knees to align hitch pin holes
  • Easy, one-time installation on most 2-1/2" hitch-mounted accessories
    • Slide collar on shank
    • Align accessory and hitch pin holes
    • Adjust collar to meet hitch
    • Tighten down hand knobs
  • Steel construction with black powder coat finish


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This stop collar automatically aligns the hitch pin holes on a hitch-mounted accessory and your 2-1/2" hitch. It's perfect for ball mounts, pintle hitch mounting plates, or any other 2-1/2" accessory and it can be split and placed on the shank to avoid any impediments. It installs quickly and, once installed, it doesn't need further adjustment. Installing your favorite accessory in a trailer hitch receiver has never been easier.


Automatic Pin Hole Alignment

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The collar automatically aligns the hitch pin holes on your favorite 2-1/2" accessory and a 2-1/2" trailer hitch receiver every time you install it. It prevents you from having to bend down or stick your finger into the hole to check for alignment. It also eases the burden of installing a heavy accessory that's hard to wiggle forward or back in small increments.


Easy, One-Time Installation

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The stop collar easily installs on most 2-1/2" accessories and once installed, it doesn't have to be adjusted - set it and forget it. To install, just slide the collar onto the accessory's 2-1/2" shank, insert the shank into your hitch, align the pin holes, slide the collar up against your hitch, and tighten down both hand knobs. If there are any impediments simply unscrew the knobs, split the collar into 2 pieces, and put it back together past the point of impediment.



e38ZR etrailer Tool For Lining Up Hitch Pin Holes - 2-1/2" Hitch Mounted Accessories

Installation Details E38ZR Installation instructions



Video of etrailer Hitch Pin Alignment Collar for Ball Mounts and Pintle Hitch Mounts - 2-1/2" Hitches

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




Video Transcript for etrailer Ball Mount and Pintle Mount Hitch Pin Alignment Collar Review

What's up everybody it's AJ with E Trailer.com. Today, we're going to check out the trailer hitch alignment tool. It's going to be for two and a half inch hitches. We've got our ball mount. Now, what this is going to do is help you line up that hole on your hitch pin hole every single time on the first try. So it's going to take that guesswork out of, put it in there, trying to line up, looking on the side.

It's really awesome. Let's check it out. The way this works is , I've already got put it here on the ball mount, hand tighten it down here on the shank. Just slide up once it hits, lines up on the first try, right there. That's what I'm talking about.

That's how easy it is. It's an awesome accessory to have just because this can be kind of a pain, lining this up on the first try every time, especially when accessories get bigger. Or it's harder to like look around and see. Cause like right now I blocked the camera. Just trying to look and see if that holes lined up.

Didn't have to do that. Slid in it stopped right there. So it's gonna be really easy to set up, but I got it loose. And like I said, they're hand tighten so backed off on these knobs. And what we want to do first is take your accessory, like our ball mount, putting the shank, line up that hitch pin hole where you want it.

So let's get that in there now. See what I'm talking about, it's already sliding on, get that through to the other side. Now we know this is where it needs to stay. So once we know that we can come back with the hitch alignment tool and install it on the shank of our ball mount, bring it around there. Put that back into place. Start, tighten down the hand knob. I wanna move it a little bit closer to the hitch. There we go, right there. So we'll hit the edge and just hand tighten it. That's as easy as it is to set it up. And once you've done that, you're done setting it up. You don't have to do that once. And I would check on it to make sure it's still tied, you know, in a couple of months or whatever, but otherwise you're not going to have to mess with that again. And it makes it so much easier when you're go put that ball mount in. Another application, this would be good with is a weight distribution head. We see it's pretty bulky and kind of heavy to get in there. So any help this line up the holes will be nice. So you already stopped too short if I didn't have this, but now that I have the collar, if I put it right back in there and I just know, go right up to that collar stops right in the spot I need it to be. You can easily put the hitch pin in like that. So it makes it far easier when you're loading something heavy like this, just to make sure that it hits on the first. Take a look another weight distribution shank we we're trying to work with. I got to flipped upside down right now. Just to point out this flat machine edge here, will be really good for the hitch aligner, but as you can see, there's not enough room for it so that it goes right up against where it curves. So we're gonna need an inch and a half of space really to get that, to fit in there. And we don't have that because the hitch pin hole is lined up like this. So it wouldn't have room for that. And then the thing that kind of fights against us is going to be this here, how it's kind of goes in and dips in it. Doesn't get a good grip on and has nothing to really push against. So that kind of doesn't really work with this one. So keep that in mind when you're looking at the shank you want to use it with, and what you're going to get. That one issue aside, it is a really handy tool to have, it's got black powder coat finish steel. So it's going to last, when you leave it on those accessories, you're not to worry about the elements getting to it. And it was so much easier to put us on a ball mount and slide into place and not have to worry about looking off to the side to line up that hole. Well, I think that does it. Thanks for hanging out and I hope this helps..


Customer Reviews

etrailer Hitch Pin Alignment Collar for Ball Mounts and Pintle Hitch Mounts - 2-1/2" Hitches - e38ZR

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (808 Customer Reviews)

Never get on your hands and knees again to install an accessory in your hitch. This stop collar automatically aligns the hitch pin holes on your hitch and a 2-1/2" accessory. Once installed, it doesn't need to be adjusted.

- e38ZR
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With the anti-rattle square ring install onto the shank of my ball mount, it acts as an alignment bracket thus rendering this collar unnecessary. Otherwise, would have worked perfectly for me.



- e38ZR
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Great product, ensures that I don't push my hitch too far into the receiver when we get ready to tow. Just makes setup a little easier.



- e38ZR
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Great product



- e38ZR
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Works as anticipated. Came in a timely fashion.



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- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


If you're a fumble-fingers as I am, you'll be glad to hear that installation of this collar was as easy as advertised. The only tip I'd share is try to tighten both wing nuts equally before tightening each individually. I haven't yet removed the bike rack from the hitch, so I can't report whether this device works as it should. The online purchasing process went smoothly, and Etrailer mailed the item promptly, with an email this morning that the item would be delivered today. Good business!


Comments
I still haven’t removed the bike hitch, so I cannot provide an update on whether the device works as it should.
Jim - 04/27/2022


- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


It is a simple thing. I probably don't need it as I am perfectly capable of lining up the pin hole on my hitch. Thing is, I don't want to. I have lined up pin holes probably a thousand times and it is annoying, sweaty, and if I make a bad decision finger pinching affair. So no, I don't need this, but I do love having it. I put my bike rack in the hitch, put in the pin and go ride. Just makes my day a wee bit more enjoyable.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


As my electric bike rack is quite heavy, lining up the hitch pin was awkward, with a lot of sliding back and forth. This collar ensures that when I slide the rack into the receiver, it lines up perfectly every time. Also, it looks very substantial and fastens easily. Thank you eTtrailer.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


The absolute best part of this product is the installation video. It is the difference between feeling like you can do it yourself versus needing to take it to a shop. There are a number of tricky installation aspects that are no longer tricky when you learn about them in advance by watching the video, which is very thorough. In the end, my hitch turned out great, and it works very well for my intended purpose (bike rack). It's awesome to have it hidden behind my license plate because I think exposed receiver hitches hanging low on cars (especially a Volt) look like a compromise compared to how they look on an SUV. Thanks for making a great product along with a great video.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


We had the hitch installed for our e-bike carrier. The hitch is very sturdy and is easy to use.



- e58ZR
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


A simple, but well made item that makes the task of installing a bike rack into a hitch an easy and time saving endeavor.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Excellent time saving device. My cargo carrier has become so popular with other members of the family that I find myself moving it to various vehicles and then back to my vehicle. I happens that the other receiver hitches match mine and I can easily insert the carrier tongue into the receiver and the pin lines up perfectly. That saves getting down on the ground to visualize the alignment. Worth every penny!



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


It's a great design but you need to make sure it doesn't slip once you get your exact setting. I would consider getting separate collars for each rack. (I wound up using tape markings so I can easily switch between appliances, until I get another collar.)



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


I received the item as promised. I was kept in the loop as to its status: order received, shipped and expected delivery date. I had a pop-up camper for 7 years, and I think of all the time that was wasted trying to line up the holes for the pin. I wish I had known about this sooner. But at least with the 2 inch hitch & weight distribution bars, which are very heavy and the hitch itself has to weigh 70 lbs! at least. This is SO perfect, insert, one and done ! Perfect every time !! I'll be bragging about this all year !



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Great Hitch.., Fits Perfectly..., and Good Price --- This was my second purchase of this same hitch (one for my Venza, one for my wife's Venza). My only complaint is that both hitches were shipped in a thin cardboard shipping box and both mounting plates at the ends of the crossbar had torn holes in the cardboard shipping box, both the mounting plates were sticking about 4 inches outside the box, and both of the mounting plates had areas where the paint had been scraped and/or chipped off. In addition, the thin clear tape that was used to wrap the receiver (and to secure the bag of mounting bolts) was worn through at the point where the receiver had also ground a hole in the cardboard shipping box......, "luckily" the paint on the receiver had not been scrapped or chipped like the mounting plates were. A bit of supplemental thick cardboard or dense foam wrapping/padding on both mounting plate bars and on the receiver would solve this issue for next to no cost..., and would resolve this recurring issue with scraped/chipped paint which will lead to rust unless the buyer goes out an buys the required touch-up paint.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


They fit my 4Runner great. Perfect fit. But box end was completely torn off—was taped closed with clear tape—all pieces included. Will install permanently in the morning



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


This was very easy to install and will make installing my bike rack that much faster. Well worth the money.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


LOVE this gizmo! Simple but it is the little things that really help. I am a 4'11'' woman and lifting my very heavy bike rack is enough of a challenge already. This SO helps me quickly align the pins! Thank you for great service and a fine product!!!!



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


This is a GREAT device. I add/remove my Kuat NV2.0 bike rack several times per week. I'd marked the hitch's tongue with a line to help align it but often would still have to wiggle/futz with the rack to get it properly aligned. I saw this device and ordered it. Upon initial setup, just ensure that the holes in the hitch receiver and your rack or trailer's tongue are fully centered on each other and snug up the etrailer hitch alignment collar. You will thank yourself everytime you have to reinsert them for years to come.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Love how it stops bike rack from bouncing. Worth every penny.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Excellent transaction once agin. The item is excellent as described. I strongly recommend etrailer to all my friends and family. They keep you informed all the way until your item is received.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


I have bought from e- trailer before and have always been very happy with price and products. This 4 bike rack is a gift and should serve there needs.


Comments
Very well built
Harold - 11/25/2021


- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Very satisfied with the hitch assembly results



- e58ZR
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Works great. Just installed on my new hitch extender to the new hitch on new car. Easy to install


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  • etrailer Hitch Pin Alignment Collar Compatibilty
    Of course! We have two different size alignment tools. One for 2 inch hitches # e98942 and one for 2-1/2 inch hitches # e38zr. Both help save time when you're swapping out accessories especially when they have a threaded anti-rattle bolt like our cargo carrier # e98874 does. If you did grab our cargo carrier, it comes with it!
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