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

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. 1-636-306-4830 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

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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

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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   (1041 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.

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Great idea, but the clamping mechanism doesn’t hold up to a 2.5 inch receiver and a 10,000 lb travel trailer. I have to readjust the clamp every second or third time I use it. Bigger bolts and a larger grip in the nut portion would make a big difference.




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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.




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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.




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Great product




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Works as anticipated. Came in a timely fashion.




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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Simple, effective design with perfect function. Slip the collar around your hitch bar before inserting your hitch into the receiver. Pin your hitch. Butt the collar against the receiver and tighten. Thereafter, hitch-pin hole alignment is always perfect. Excellent value.




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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


The alignment collar works well to align the holes in the tongue and receiver




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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


I use this device on my hitch receiver mounted bike rack, which I remove from the vehicle and put back on often. This works very nicely to line up the placement of the bike rack thus saving a lot of time and effort in getting the hitch pin bolt in place. I recommend this product.


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I use this on a hitch receiver bike rack. The Hitch Aligner works great. It saves a lot of juggling to get the bike rack aligned properly and makes installation very easy. I recommended this product to friends and they purchase one, and are very happy.
Mark - 08/20/2022


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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


The product is good and strong. It was purchased to go with the Curt 2 bike rack and hitch. So far the hitch connection is solid and this collar is not needed at this time for stability. I will use the collar in the future for pin alignment to aid in mounting the rack into the hitch.


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I have not used the hitch aligner. It is not needed with the bike rack.
Paul - 08/17/2022


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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


As far as I can tell the Trailer Hitch Receiver works great. The good part and drawback are the same thing. It is under the car and does not stick out. The nice thing is you can't even tell it is there if nothing is hitched to it. The bad thing is you have to sort of get under the car to attach the locking pin in. But so far that is not a problem and I love having the hitch.




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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Helpful little gadget I didn't realize I needed until I ordered one from etrailer. It is soooo much easier now to perfectly place my bike rack without having to double and triple check to see if the holes of the hitch and rack align properly. You only have to do it once, and everything will align perfectly. A godsend!




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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


While the timeliness of delivery was spot on, the integrity of the package was dismal. The box arrived heavily damaged outside our front door. The package sat in front of our front door exposed to rain. From what I can tell, the manual appears missing, but the hitch appears intact with a few minor scratches. I held off on opening the box in the event I need to return it to you. Please advise.


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Are you missing anything from the package? Please be sure to reach out to our customer service team and we will be more than happy to assist you with anything we can.
-- Etrailer Expert Brooke M - 08/05/2022


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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Very handy. Saves fumbling around with the hitch pin looking for the hole you can't see. One less hassle hitching up. I put one on each of my hitch inserts.




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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Super easy to install and super helpful in aligning the hitch pin to just the right spot every time for my bike rack and cargo carrier (I bought two ).




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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!


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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


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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Yes it works..albeit what I originally bought it for it did not work on. ( hitch bike rack it was recommended for as an accessory) Use it instead for different hitch mounted item. If memory serves that collar prevents the bike rack from tightening up properly to the hitch. I had reached out to customer service when discovered whom verified that was correct and that suggested accessory should not have been shown with that rack. offered to take back…but I kept to use on Yakima hitch extender.




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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Just what I was looking for! I will be using it with my hitch bike rack for easy alignment.




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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Easy to use & makes connecting a bike rack or cargo carrier easier as these can be awkward getting in the right place.




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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


So disappointed in ETrailer - this was a recommended item when we purchased the bike rack, but it turns out the rack had a built in collar. Tried to return it but ETrailer refused to refund the amount for this item. I say - stand behind your recommendations and stop playing games. This is a small dollar amount - will not risk future purchases with this company after seeing how they handled this little issue.




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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Sure, you could use electrical tape to mark the rack depth, but this lets you place the rack in the hitch without worrying about insertion depth. For the price I am very happy with the build quality.



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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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