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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 alignment 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 Alignment reviews from real customers.
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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.


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

Replaces MaxxTow 70043

Item # PTW1276




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Video Transcript for Performace Tool Vehicle and Trailer Aligner Review

Today, we'll be taking a look at the Performance Tool vehicle and trailer aligner, part number PTW1276. Hooking up your camper or trailer by yourself No problem. The Performance Tool trailer aligner helps you accurately line your vehicle up with your trailer. Our stainless steel, telescoping rods, have a magnetic base that attach to our coupler and our ball mount. We can extend these out, and the yellow foam balls help us eye out the connection. When extended, they're 41 inches tall, and they collapse down to 7 1/4 inches for convenient storage. As you can see, we're able to line up the balls, and easily back up and align our trailer. Perfect, we're all lined up.

Now we're ready to hook up, and get on our way. Hooking up your trailer at night No problem. I've gone ahead and swapped out the yellow foam balls for the LED marker lights. That's going to complete our look at the Performance Tool vehicle and trailer aligner, part number PTW1276.


Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (122 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'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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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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Good concept but the length of the telescoping shaft is too short to use it as intended. It needs to be at least 12 inches or more for proper function 657424


Comments
As you can see in the video linked above, the aligners measure 41 inches in length when fully extended.
-- Mike L - 06/15/2019

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


Comments
I use it every time I hook up my boat. Makes it a one person job easily
Bill - 08/08/2019

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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 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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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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Product works great No problems 421292


Comments
They are fine. work as advertised very handy
Bob B - 08/17/2018

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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


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



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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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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


Comments
When I can back up in line with the trailer, it works very well and saves getting in and out of the tow vehicle multiple times. I havent had occasion to use the lights, so I cant comment on them.
Chuck - 08/08/2019

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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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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. 736079



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This tool is something I had thought about making myself and so when I found it , it was one less task. I have not used the lighted function yet but overall it works great and the first time I could get trailer to hitch within a 1/2"! I nicknamed this device " the Marriage Saver" because it prevents those arguments where interpretations of hand signals and terms like "more" are not in scale or measurable to help make small adjustments for the unfortunate person "helping you back up"! This tool has proved durable, repeatable and we'll worth the money as a proven Time saver! Great stocking stuffer! 732547



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Easier to line-up fifth wheel plate to king pin... 730621



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You were actually $5.00 lower than Wal- Mart. 722035



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Great product. Makes hitching my fifth wheel very easy without help. The flashing light has lasted over a year now and is very easy to see in dark and even in daylight. The telescoping stem makes adjustment to your specific application a breeze. Great product 719885



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Works even better than I expected! Extends high enough to be seed above my pick-up truck's tailgate! One goes on the ball mount on the truck. Other goes on the trailer's tongue. Works! 704295



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Great product, functions as advertised. I use it every time I hook up my boat trailer. One note, if you don't need the fancy LED lights there are similar products available that will save you money. 690882



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These things are crazy simple and they work great. They are much better at aligning my trailers than my dear wife who tries hard but just can't quite get me lined up. 679046



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No stars! It fell apart the first time I opened up the telescoping marker. Guess I wasted my money!!! 677677



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I bought this recently to make hitching up to my trailer go quicker. I've used a similar product before and loved it. These arrived and I gave them a try. The magnet area is so small that it tops over when fully extended and is barely visible over my tailgate of my truck. Not what I was hoping for. 675400


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Ask the Experts about this Performance Tool Hitch Alignment

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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