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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. 1-833-496-1390 to order Performance Tool hitch aligners part number PTW1276 or order online at 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

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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.


  • 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


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

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

Replaces MaxxTow 70043

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (253 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.


This was not a good purchase. The extendable sections below the yellow ball were frozen in place and could not be extended. It was cheap manufacturing. I made it work for awhile. Too much trouble to package it up and ship it back. So now I have nothing. I just make do like I did before. Won't buy this again.

I do have an alternate option to assist with hitch alignment. I recommend a camera system such as part # RVS-83112
Rear View Safety Wireless Hitch Camera
or a WiFi option part # RVS-83112-WiFi
Rear View Safety WiFi Hitch Backup Camera System - Wireless
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 04/28/2022


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.


It lines up the trailer hitch, the magnet base is good. It has resisted the weather when accidentally left out. Priced better than I can find anywhere else on anything similar, wins all around.


Makes hooking 5th wheel hitch to truck simple. Lights make it possible at night. Very nice.


As I get older it is a LOT easier to line up my trailer hitch/truck with these aligners. Last time I tried it by myself, it took about 4 tries to get it right...these are a big improvement over the in-&-out process I've relied on for tooooo long. :-)
Yes, I would recommend this product.

Still holding up fine!! Once I put them in place, I can see, on my tailgate, exactly how to back up. So becoming less useful but still glad I purchased them.
G. f - 12/02/2021


Well let’s start off with this worked great. The led lights were a nice add-on and I even used them once for one night hookup. That being said, I’d forgotten I had them. Because using them for awhile, I got the feel of hooking up my trailer and now it’s very routine. I know where my alignment points are and it because I used the hitch alignment balls to develop the skills to do it without help. OK once in awhile everyone has a bad day, tge stars don’t align and Gods screwing with you and you can’t get that trailer lined up to save your life ( and usually it’s raining or snowing or it’s like 180 degrees outside). But mostly it’s a great investment. Oh piece of advice; with the trailer hooked up decide where the markers are easily seen and line up from the drivers seat. Not straight on. Slightly angled toward driver.

To be honest don’t use it all that often. Like I said in original review. It’s a great learning tool. And I still start using it when I have to hook up a new trailer. Basically it gives you muscle memory. And you learn where your pivot points are. I’ve even used it on my plow. To line up my hitch points. This is a very good item to keep around. And if you are having a crap day and can’t line it up. Break out the lineup balls. Or lights at night I keep it in my Jeep so I always know where it is. Plus that’s my plow vehicle snd the plow lineup in the cold is a bear. Remember to line this up to drivers position not dead center. Once I was hooked up I marked the position for the next time I need it. So my review is this is a great tool, and you should keep it handy. And this reminded me to check the batteries in the lights just in case
Vee - 01/07/2021


See previous comment with the wheel.


These have been a quick and easy way to line up the trailer and hitch when backing up. We have a truck bed toolbox that is to tall to see the hitch and these make it an easy operation to get lined up.


I just received the Performance Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner - LED and Yellow Ball kit. Because of the price savings, everyone received this turned out to be a very wanted item and there was a delay in receiving the kit. etrailer kept in touch with me during this time delay and even offered to send out a similar item if I could not wait.

I received the exact product that had been shown on their site, with no damage to the packaging. I want to say a big Thank You to etrailer and I am sure the product will be a really big help.


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.

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


This is one of the Great Inventions of the 21st Century, in my opinion. SO Simple. SO Easy. Why didn't someone invent this a century earlier???There's a slight difficulty for me because one of my trailer hitches has a round top, so the 'mast' tends to tilt. Anyone should be able to either File a flat spot or whack a dent that'll support the magnet. During the day it's not a problem--I can see the direction of the mast. At night, it's more of a challenge. Still, I hope someone got an award for inventing this (the REAL Inventor, not his supervisor :-[ )

I genuinely write home about this, telling relatives about something theyve got to get.
Steve M - 07/02/2021


Use them as guides when pulling on the trailer.


Functions well, but it would be even better if the camera on my tailgate was stronger.


This is a "must have" for connecting trailers to a vehicle without a rear camera system.

I have continued to find this a valuable tool in hooking up to different trailers. My vehicles do not have bck-up cameras, so this tool, and using a reference marker in your rear window, allows you to back up accurately right to the ball of the hitch. Its a simple, inexpensive tool to use in any trailer situation, especially if your vehicle is low tech without rear sensors.
Joe S - 11/18/2021


The older I get, The more I needed these. Good Quality and will be put to use soon.


These hitch alignment magnetic poles are great! My trailer backup camera doesn’t show me where the side edge of my trailer is, so I attach these on the back edge of the trailer so that I can tell if I’m getting close to anything. And the LED attachment is great for backing up at night or in shadows!


They work great and when backing a low car hauler I put them on the back of the trailer to help see were Im at.

Still using them, still love them
John - 12/03/2021


sure beats spending a lot of money on a camera. Works just fine !
The first one that was sent had a defective LED, but E Trailer sent a new one, questions asked.


I use this for hooking my travel trailer to my truck. The first package came damaged and etrailer promptly replaced it after being notified. Great company to do business with.


This product is exactly as described, was delivered on time, and is in working order. I knew this upfront, but I wish one of these would be made with a switch instead of a screw in/out for off/on. If the product is kept in a place where it is bounced a lot, it will eventually come unscrewed. Other than that, this is working well.

I checked and both alignment rods that we offer do not currently have a switch option available.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 12/13/2021


I have not been able to use them yet as I just received them, but looking at them they seem to be able to make connections g to my trailer easier. A problem I have is one of the red lights does not work for some and the other, the threads are striped so the lights don't work


Rating the product at this time is difficult since I don’t plan on using it until next Spring. My camping season has ended for this year.
I fully expect that your product will meet my needs and expectations.
As I have read the directions for setup and operation of the product I am confident that it will be satisfactory, at the very least.


These worked great for aligning my hitch to my trailer with my Ford Fusion. Now I have upgraded to a Toyota Tacoma with a back-up camera.


My rating is for the Price and quality. The principle is straight forward so if it doesn't work for you then it is most likely due to user error (in my opinion). The quality for sufficient for task it is designed to perfor.


It is a lot easier to line up my hitch to my boat trailer. Very good product.

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See what our Experts say about this Performance Tool Hitch Aligners

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How Many Poles Come with the Performance Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner
    The Performance Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner part # PTW1276 comes with two telescoping magnet poles with foam balls. The foam balls can also be swapped out for the light heads.
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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 air...
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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 for...
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  • How To Use the Performance Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner with an Aluminium Ball Mount
    The Performance Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner part # PTW1276 would not attach directly to the hitch ball on the Rapid Hitch Adjustable, Aluminum Ball Mount Kit part # AM3405 because the top is made of nylon which is not magnetic. However, the Performance Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner is not deigned to attach directly to the top of the hitch ball but rather just behind it. The Rapid Hitch Adjustable, Aluminum Ball Mount Kit is made of aluminum which is also not magnetic but you could...
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  • Can The Performance Tool Aligner PTW1276 Be Used When Connecting To A Gooseneck Trailer
    As long as you have a magnetic surface for the Performance Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner # PTW1276 to attach to, there will be absolutely no issue using it with a fifth wheel that has a gooseneck hitch. I'm actually surprised I have never been asked this before as it is a much less expensive option than a camera, like the Rear View Safety WiFi Hitch Backup Camera # RVS-83112-WiFi. Don't get me wrong though, the camera way is a very nice way to go as it will connect to a smartphone....
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  • Availability of Gooseneck Loading Assist Flag
    We don't have any flags to assist in hooking up a gooseneck trailer, but we do the vehicle and trailer aligner # PTW1276 which helps in coupling to a bumper pull trailer and could possibly be used for a gooseneck trailer. We do have camera setups as well which would allow you to see when the coupler is directly over the hitch ball. If you're interested in this option then I recommend using a Rear View Safety wireless camera. We have part # RVS-83112 which comes with a monitor that you...
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  • Sway Control Recommendation for Vehicle with 1-1/4 inch Hitch
    We have friction sway control units that will work great to prevent the type of sway you are describing. For that the Curt part # 17200 would be a really great option. You'd use the bracket part # RP26005 installed on your hitch ball and then you'd be set. Friction sway control was designed to fight the exact type of sway you mentioned that is caused by wind from passing semis or just high winds in general. Proper trailer loading makes the biggest difference in preventing sway as well....
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