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Performance Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner - LED and Yellow Ball

Performance Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner - LED and Yellow Ball

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This alignment kit with yellow foam balls and LED lights makes it easy to hook up your trailer or camper during the day or at night. The magnetic, telescoping rods work with multiple applications. Attaches to your ball mount and trailer coupler. Call 800-298-8924 to order Performance Tool hitch aligners part number PTW1276 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Performance Tool products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Performance Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner - LED and Yellow Ball. Hitch Aligners reviews from real customers.


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Performance Tool Hitch Aligners - PTW1276

This alignment kit with yellow foam balls and LED lights makes it easy to hook up your trailer or camper during the day or at night. The magnetic, telescoping rods work with multiple applications. Attaches to your ball mount and trailer coupler.


Features:

  • Alignment kit lets you easily line your vehicle up with your trailer or camper
  • 2-in-1 Design with yellow foam balls and LED lights enables you to hook up your trailer during the day or at night
  • Telescoping rods allow you to customize the height for multiple applications
    • Rods collapse when not in use for easy, compact storage
  • Magnetic bases ensure the rods stay securely attached
  • Bright, flashing LEDs are energy efficient and long lasting
  • Simple, 1-person installation and operation
    • Mount one rod on your ball mount and the other on your trailer coupler
    • Use the balls or lights to gauge your distange and angle as you reverse
  • Durable, rustproof stainless steel construction
  • 3 AG3 button batteries are included with each LED light


Specs:

  • Overall height:
    • Retracted: 7-1/4"
    • Extended: 41"
  • Diameter of base: 13/16"


W1276 Performance Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner - LED and Yellow Ball

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Video Transcript for Performance Tool Hitch Accessories PTW1276 Review

Speaker 2: Today we're going to be taking a look at part number PTW1276. This is the Performance Tools Vehicle and Trailer Aligner. This is a two in one magnetic trailer alignment kit. It's going to feature the bright yellow foam balls for day use and it's going to come with the red flashing LED lights for night time use or for use in low light conditions. Now these are going to be telescoping rods. That way you can customize the height that you need for your particular situation or application or set up. They're going to have magnets on the bottom.

That way they can easily attach to the ball mount on your vehicle and to the coupler on your trailer. Now with these fully collapsed, the rods are going to measure about 7 1/4 of an inch tall. That way it does allow for compact storage. The balls are just threaded on there so you can remove them if you need it a little more compact. With the balls installed, it's going to give us an overall height of about 9 inches tall. Now with the rods fully extended, they're going to have an overall length or height of around 41 inches, and again, you can adjust anywhere in between those measurements to get the height that you need for your particular setup.

The diameter of the base, how much room it's going to take up on the mounting surface, that's going to be 13/16 of an inch. The rods are going to be made from a stainless steel construction, so they'll do a really good job at resisting rust and corrosion. Each LED light is going to contain three AG3 button cell batteries. Those are already installed and they are included. Just want to show you how to change from the foam ball to the LED light. Simply just unthread the ball from the rod. Both of these are going to do the same, or operate the same.

I'm just going to show you how to do one. Take the LED light, thread it onto the rod, and then to turn the LED light on, it's got arrow indicators right here, one on each side. One of them says off, the other one says on, and then the arrow shows which direction to twist the LED light to turn it on or off. To turn it on, we just twist it until it starts flashing, so you can see there how that would be really beneficial at night time or low light conditions, and then to turn it off, we simply just thread it back the other direction until the LED lights stop. That way we don't have to worry about wasting our battery life. Now when it comes to using these, very simple process.

Again, you're just going to choose whatever one works best for you, whether its the foam balls or whether its the red flashing LED lights. You place one alignment tool behind the ball on the tow vehicle, and then you can extend this to where the ball or LED light is easily visible by the driver. Place the other tool on the coupler of the trailer, and you'll want to extend it to the same height as the one on the tow vehicle, and then you can use the tools to help align the vehicle with the trailer, and then you can get out and make your connection. These are going to come in handy when it comes to aligning your vehicle or your ball with the coupler on the trailer when you're doing it by yourself. You don't necessarily have to rely on another person to help you, so they're a great tool to have. They're going to come in handy, and again, these are designed to help align the tow vehicle with the trailer. That way you can get out and easily make your connection and head down the road. That's going to do it for today's look at part number PTW1276.


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Performance Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner - LED and Yellow Ball - PTW1276

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (84 Customer Reviews)

This alignment kit with yellow foam balls and LED lights makes it easy to hook up your trailer or camper during the day or at night. The magnetic, telescoping rods work with multiple applications. Attaches to your ball mount and trailer coupler.

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I love my Performance Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner with LED & Yellow Ball. My 5th wheel hitch sits below the rim of my truck and the cab seats sit above the hitch. I cannot see my 5th wheel hitch in the bed of my truck. However, with the yellow ball lined us with the center line on my 5th wheel both the 5th wheel and the hitch couple together every time. Thank you for such a handy product. A great solution to an otherwise impossible problem. Thank You!!! 570151



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Simple help for aligning vehicle and tr ailer. 566226



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Looks good but I Haven't used it yet and if I have any comments in the future I will update my review with any concerns or comments 426658


Comments

Put this on my wifes ford edge and it works great. I would recommend this to anyone who is a do it yourself kind of guy. Easy install and I did it by myself and the videos showing the install are well worth the watch. I have towed my boat and also my wheeler trailer with this hitch and have no problems.

David L - 08/30/2018

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Best product ever. I line up gooseneck with crew cab 1st time every time. Great time and frustration saver. Wish I had one 25 years ago. Great gift for anyone who trailers. 556492



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This aligner works well as long as the trailer and tow vehicle are on parallel surfaces, side to side. This may seem obvious, but I didn't realize it until I tried it at home where the approach to my trailer is at a slight angle relative to the trailer parking position. So it doesn't work well there. At most campsites, this is not the case, so it works very well at them. 551272



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These tools work better than advertised. Trailer alignment to my truck is now easily done without asking my wife to assist!!!!! 551353



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I've been having problems lining up my truck with different trailers.( Always seem to be by myself when doing this)Now after installing these on the hitch and coupler with their magnets the job has been made very easy. Will help to keep the dents out of my bumper. 551401



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Shipping was prompt and packing was very good. Product is sturdy and does what its advertised to do. 421832


Comments

Sturdy and still in use a year later.

pj - 08/17/2018

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Makes lining up the trailer much easier instead of trying to find points of reference when someone isn't there to guide you. Magnets in bases are strong and rods extend firmly to hold their position. Well made product. 395663



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Makes hitching much easier. I can get within a couple of inches on the first try. A little jockeying and it's done. If I used it more often, I might be able to do it on the first try. 551051



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Tried it out and works great should save a lot of time hooking-up. 419317


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Used them for a month vacation across the country, worked great. Be careful with pushing them in as they will bend if you get in a hurry.

rado - 08/12/2018

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Product works great No problems 421292


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They are fine. work as advertised very handy

Bob B - 08/17/2018

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My tow vehicle is a Ford Minivan with no backup camera. Lining up the hitch and trailer used to involve raising the lift gate and craning around to try and estimate the location of the ball and coupler, then having to get out multiple times to check if I was aligned. Now, with the vehicle and trailer aligner with the yellow balls I can’t miss! I was able to get right under the coupler the on the first attempt, with the lift gate down. I wish I had purchased this a long time ago. 267136



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I recently had the chance to use this device for the first time and it worked as advertised. I still got out of the truck a few times but with a little bit of practice I will learn to trust the device completely. I am so glad to have found this as I was contemplating purchasing a back up camera. Saved a bunch of money. 542401



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I like the hitch guidance system. It allows me to hook my trailer to my truck with precision. I put one adjustable rod and ball on the top of the hitch ball and the other on the top of the trailer hitch and adjust the balls so they are at the same height. I then back up keeping the balls aligned until the indicator on the hitch ball is knocked off by the trailer hitch. I then get out and lower the trailer hitch onto the ball and I am done. The red lights will work just as well at night. This product eliminates the tense discussions my wife and I used to have when she was trying to help me get hitched up - a marriage saver. 539266



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I purchased this product for use with our small camper trailer that I will not be taking out on the road for another two months. I've previously used a wood dowel pushed into a drilled hole in a piece of wood placed on the ground next to the trailer hitch and then opened the liftgate on my Jeep and backed up until I hit the dowel. This usually got me within a couple of inches left or right of where I needed to be and I could push the trailer tongue over the hitch ball. I think this inexpensive product should improve on the accuracy I got with the dowel. The magnets are very strong and hold firmly on the vehicle hitch and trailer tongue. The flashing LEDs are an added benefit for backing up in the dark. Be careful not to unscrew the base of an LED too far when turning it off as the 3 button batteries and a small spring will fall out. The threaded base in each of the yellow balls doesn't look very robust so don't over tighten it. However, if the threads broke off you could still use these balls or any similar light weight balls with a small hole in them. This is an inexpensive product that's definitely worth trying. 362622


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Simple to use product that works for me. I open the back of my Jeep, put the magnetic alignment rods on the vehicle

Bob M - 04/06/2018

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The magnets are great. The problem I have is that there aren't any good flat surfaces where they would need to be for the magnets to sit on. At least for my hitch and trailer. I will have to rig something to make it work properly. 425476



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The red lights did not and were not working when this product arrived and I was going out that night with my camper. They were useless to me at that point as I needed them in the dark. I had to find all new LR-41 batteries for them and replace them myself the next day. Not a very nice surprise to say the least. 433085



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A fellow camper loaned me his "set of tennis balls" to align my trailer ball with my camper coupler and it worked great. I immediately ordered this set and it arrived really fast. I did not notice when ordering that the balls can be unscrewed and led lights screwed on for night use. This set has smaller magnets at the base than the "loaner I used but I'm sure they will hold OK. The price, shipping cost, and delivery time of this item was very good. 318992



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Product arrived in on time, undamaged. I thought price was very competitive also. 368480


Comments

I have used the about 6-8 times in the past year, they work great. I set one on the ball and the other on the tongue of the trailer. I can now hook up my trailer by myself in no time at all.

Bruce K - 04/17/2018

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I never had much luck with these. There wasn't a good spot to stick them that would help me with the distance. If you're looking for alignment then these will do the job. I used them a couple times and now they're fixtures in the garage. 427908



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Haven't tried them yet, but magnets appear to be strong enough to do the job. Product should be very noticeable with either light or ball 425843



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I found this product to perform just as advertise. In the past I found it nessassry to get out of my truck Several times while attempting to hook up my trailers; And: I am pretty good at it. But with this product I nailed my coupler the first shot in less than two minutes, and the one time I left my truck was To lock the coupler, done, finish, what a pleasure. The one problem I encountered was the telescoping Wond was to short when used with my 2013 Chevy HD, so could no see the ball mounted on the truck; so I opened the tail gate and mounted on the bed; problem solved. I highly recommend this gizmo , it really works! Richard Brown Ocala7@gmail. Com 529064



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The aligner was delivered very fast. This system/tool at under $20.00 is an excellent choice over a camera system at $150-200. This is especially the case if you, like me, do not pull a trailer much. It takes some skill development to get the alignment right, but not much. I got close enough on my first try. Much better than backing blind! One of the blinking LED lights did not light. I disassembled it and found the small, delicate wire contact was not aligned proper in the socket. Misaligned aligner? Fixed it and it works fine now. I do not expect to be hooking up at night, but as an early morning aid, the LED option is a good idea. I was concerned that this aligner would not work for me because I use a 180 degree aluminum hitch ball assembly on my GMC pickup with which I move the trailer around occasionally. I tow on the road with a 3/4T Suburban with an all steel, weight balancing hitch ball assembly. The aligner is magnetic and will not attach to aluminum. However, the edge of the hitch pocket sticks out beyond the bumper just enough to provide a steel surface directly behind the ball. (See photo). I recommend the aligner to the frugal, occasionally tower. More frequent towing? I would go to a quality wireless camera set up. 519193



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all looks good , the springs seem to be the correct size , the wheel cover sizing is true and they are there are thicker / stronger than expected with good strength to the elastic . the alignment balls help when i am alone ,which is most of the time and the added light option for same price as your competion is great. also like the price of the hitch which i have yet to install but i can say an improvement over my existing one with a bolt hole for keeping it latched closed and a good size lever to grab hold of. Over all the order was correct, shipped in a timely manner and the prices are good what more could one ask for. PS. after seeing the wheel covers I am going to order 4 more for storing my truck and thanks for helping me get my trailer in tip top shape Vito 347398



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I thought I was pretty good at backing up to hook up my food trailer, only having to get out and check the alignment two or three times (sometimes four). Attached these as per the video and nailed it the first time. A great time saver! 344310


Comments

Still using the product. No issues.

Wisconsin R - 02/26/2018

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Have not tried the product yet but it should relieve my wife from the frustration of giving me directions! AND as usual trailer service was excellent and delivery was quick. Think a lot of businesses get learn from their example! 418943



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Excellent price...better than [retailer] store nearby, even with shipping! And we got it really fast...they shipped it the same day I ordered it. I like this one better than the store's also because it has the option of using the lights in the dark. We'll be using it on hooking up to our PUP and then on the back corners of it for getting in tighter spaces. 362852



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These really are a great alternative to a back up camera for hooking up a trailer. This is the second pair I'm purchasing after giving the first to a friend who moves a 30 foot long travel trailer for me with her large truck. We used them a couple of weeks ago and they work great...a simple idea that really simplifies the task of getting ball into socket. The little red lights are a nice addition for low light conditions and are quite bright. The proverbial 49 cent solution for a 10 dollar problem. Small, compact and can be stored in a glove box or tool box. A carrying bag would be nice. Can also be used on Halloween to play my favorite martian. 402408



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Bought two winch straps to replace aging units. As always, etrailer ships promptly and provides very high-quality products. Their descriptions are accurate and I am always very happy to receive their shipments because I already know I will be happy before I open the box!! 419357



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Good product. Works as described. My only complaint about ETrailer is that they use huge staples to close their shipping boxes. The staples are tough to pull out (get out your screw driver and pliers if you don't have an industrial strength commercial staple puller). My cardboard recycler does not want these dangerous looking staples left in the box, so I need to pull every one of them out! 324754



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These work great and have saved me a number of steps. I store them in an up cycled plastic container in the console and pull them out whenever hitching. The only complaint I have about them is that the balls thread onto the stems quite loosely, resulting in them being somewhat floppy, for lack of a better term. That's the primary reason for 4 stars over 5. 375708



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Yes, I did receive the shipment. It was exactly what I ordered and on time delivery. I really appreciate your help with all of the orders. Kevin, you and your company are to be congratulated! I'm sure I'll be contacting you with other orders. Thanks again!! 339416



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Way easy to line up my trailer!! 543198



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Just got these and had to try them out. There is a spot on top of my trailer coupler that this sits on perfectly. the second one sits right behind my trailer ball. When I back up, and the two balls "kiss", I'm in perfect alignment and just crank down the jack. The LED's are very bright even in full sun. This will save me a lot of time since I usually end up hooking my trailer by myself and it was a lot of in and out of the cab to judge position and distances. 524614



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I can't wait to try this product. Such a great idea, and the price is very good. Also if I drop any nuts or bolts I have 2 very strong magnets! 527380



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Not much you can say just a magnet with the ball on top looks like a work happy with it happy with it thanks 528452



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Simple well made solution. Thanks. R ecommended. 528072



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So far, So Good, Perfect For my Needs, 528614



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I have a 2008 truck with out back-up cameras. This aligner works well and is a ton cheaper than a camera system. Easy to align but takes some practice to get the distance. 515081



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Makes hook up simpler. 518588



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Look great and great service 505150



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everything went well with the install and all parts were there instructions were good as well thanks 504208



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Needed help locating my trailer in my mirrors when backing, as well as, aligning my truck up with the trailer hitch. I am hoping this will assist me with both. Thanks 579789



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Works great..Everything I have ever ordered has been as advertised.The only reason it is 4 stars is that someone to hook up the trailer while I'm still in the truck did not come with the item.LOL David 579463



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Put them on trailer. Got camera on vehicle. Finally was able to direct vehicle to hitch without hitting trailer and denting bumper. 577117



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Great service. I am very pleased. Thank you 501705



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Works good but is a little difficult to securely attach on the round top of the hitch. 495617



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It works as advertised. It is a help for hooking up the trailer without another person. 494351



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I've used these a lot in the past and I'm grateful they are still available. 493257


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  • What is the Best Hitch Aligner System for a Salt Water Environment
  • The ball and stick set # PTW1276 has a chrome finish but that would not last all that long in a salt water environment. None of the other options would fare much better in that environment. So you have a couple of options. First, the ball and sticks like this are not all that expensive so you could get one to see how long it lasts to determine if staying with it is a worthy investment. Or second you could go with a backup camera/hitch aligner # HM50002 and not worry about salt water...
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  • Why Not Set Trailer Aligner # PTW1276 Balls So that They Touch When Aligned
  • The problem with having the balls touch when they are lined up perfectly is that you'd have to mount the two pieces of the part # PTW1276 so close to the ball on the ball mount and the front edge of the coupler that it might interfere before the balls were able to touch. What would most likely happen is the that coupler would hit the base of the ball mounted on the truck and push it back before the balls would touch. That's why they are best to be used as a way to get the left and right...
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  • Will Vehicle And Trailer Aligner Work For A 5th Wheel?
  • Yes, the Vehicle and Trailer Aligner - LED and Yellow Ball # PTW1276 will work for a 5th wheel application. You can put the magnet on your pin box and the top of your 5th wheel hitch to help you align in the same way you would for a hitch ball and coupler.
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  • Recommended Visual Indication for Boat Trailer when Empty
  • The Vehicle and Trailer Aligner - LED and Yellow Ball # PTW1276 will help to align your hitch ball and coupler or give you a visual of the outside edges of your empty boat trailer. You can use the yellow ball or the red LED light for the visual indicator you desire. The dual telescoping rods connect using magnets and extend up to 41 inches tall. They retract to 7-1/4 inches for easy storage when not in use. Another option is to use the CE Smith Post-Style Guide-Ons with LED Lights...
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  • Determining Spare Tire Clearance for Performance Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner on Jeep Wrangler
  • To see if the telescoping rods for the Performance Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner # PTW1276 will clear the spare tire and brake light on your 2016 Jeep Wrangler, you will just need to take a couple measurements on your vehicle. The telescoping rods are designed to magnetically attach to both the ball mount on your vehicle and the coupler on your trailer. In order to determine if the rod will sit far enough out from the rear of your Jeep to clear the spare tire, you will just need to...
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