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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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Performance Tool Hitch Alignment - 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.


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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Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (142 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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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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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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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


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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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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


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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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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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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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This really helps when you are aligning tow vehicle to trailer. Simple but works well. 891853



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I haven't used them yet but if you dont have a backup camera I would think I would help 873956



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Because of curves and stamped lettering these don’t set flat enough on ethier side to guide you perfectly but they do save me 4-5 trips to the truck back in forth 869502



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Makes it a lot easier to hook up the trailer when you don't have a helper... 857191



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Extremely helpful when hooking up a trailer by yourself. 856470



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The trailer alignment balls appear excellent so far. I have not used them yet. I had to sent a pair back from another company because they would not telescope as advertised. These extended with no problem. I have had similar items in the past and these are the best all around. 850879



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All great ...good service and product! 838015



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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 :-[ ) 825539



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The product is great. 815879



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The trailer aligner works well, but you have to place them just right to get the correct result. 814710



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It is a great product because I cannot turn my head like I use to. I use my mirrors and it works great. 812083



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A big help ,but can use a little refining. doesnt work to good with a goose neck and a long bed crew cab gets you close. When the trailer tongue on a car hauler is sloped the magnet doesn't want to sit level. The product is helpful in some cases 811308



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I use it EVERY TIME for hooking up trailer, I had bought 2, and gave one to neighbor to use with his camping trailer. He loves it also. May need to buy more for gifts. 802639



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Really handy. The yellow balls are easy to see, day or night, so the lighted tips are probably overkill but still pretty cool! 800775



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Excellent product. Worked exactly as described. Very easy to install. Thank you. 802937



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I've used your site several times for my boat trailer needs ,everything is always delivered within a few days of placing my order. The tutorial videos help with details when I need a reference 782657



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Waste of money. Once extended, you can see the rods are not straight.. making it difficult to use it to backup. 772267



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I have a hitch installed on the front of my vehicle to allow me to back my boat trailer into some tight spots. Because I could not see the ball or the trailer coupler from the drivers seat, it was very difficult and time consuming to hook up to the trailer. With this product it is now very easy and quick to perform this task. 767028


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Ask the Experts about this Performance Tool Hitch Alignment

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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