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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. Call 800-298-1624 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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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 Review of etrailer Hitch Aligners - Hitch Pin Alignment Collar - e38ZR

Jeff: Hello everybody, this is Jeff at etrailer.com. Today, we're going to take a look at the inaudible 00:00:04 trailer hitch pin alignment collar for ball mounts and pintle mounds on a 2 1/2" hitch. This hitch pin alignment collar will install onto your 2 1/2" hitch accessory, and it'll allow you to easily align the hitch pin hole on the shank of that accessory with the hitch pin hole that's on your hitch.For this demonstration, I've actually pulled here, you can see, a 2 1/2" hitch, and I've pulled a 2 1/2" pintle mount that goes in the hitch, and it comes with the pin and the clip. Basically, this alignment collar will eliminate you having to get down on your hands and knees to align the hitch pin holes to install the pin and clip. It'll work perfectly on ball mounts, pintle hitch mounts, and other 2 1/2" hitch accessory. It's a very easy, one-time installation on most 2 1/2" hitch mounted accessories.I want to show you how that works.

I'm going to go ahead and zoom in, or move to the front here. What I'm going to show you is, here's your 2 1/2" pintle mount that's designed to slide right into your 2 1/2" hitch opening. The problem is, lots of times when you try to align the hitch pin hole that's on the shank with the hitch pin hole, with this hitch being up underneath the car, you usually got to get down and try to align your pin up to go into the hole.To eliminate that problem, what we have here, is you'll take this alignment collar and loosen the knobs on both sides to where it's loose enough that it will be able to slide, just like that, right onto your shank. Once you get it all the way on there, leave it loose. Go ahead and install this in there, and then, using your hitch pin, push your shank back.

Once you inaudible 00:01:44 hole, go ahead and put your pin in there, and then take your clip and go ahead and put your clip on there, and slide that over. Once you get your clip on there, if you know that's the position you need, then what you'll do is take this alignment collar, slide it all the way up against the hitch receiver opening, and then go ahead and tighten these knobs on each side, and you probably want to do it equally so you get equal pressure on there. Make sure it's up against the hitch. Once you get it tightened down all the way, what you can do is, when you go to pull out your clip, and then pull out your pin, then you can slide out your pintle mount, and you'll leave the hitch alignment collar attached on there, just like that.The next time you go to use it, instead of having to look and to get up underneath inaudible 00:02:38 align your hitch pin up, just slide this all the way in, up against as far as it goes, and you should be able to take your pin, put it in the hole, and it'll go right across. Put your clip on and you're ready to go, so it saves you the hassle of trying to line those holes up; makes it real easy.

Then you can slide this out. Now, I've installed this with the knobs up; you can install it with the knobs down, if you prefer. Whichever works for your situation, if you have any interference or anything, but it'll work either way. Then what you can do, you can leave it on there. If you do need to remove it and put it on something else, just loosen it and do the same arrangement to line it up.

What's nice is, if you buy a few extra of these, you can put one on each accessory or ball mount, pintle mount, whichever you have. To remove it, all you have to do is loosen both knobs. Once it gets loose enough, go ahead and slide it off, just like that.This is a nice steel construction; has a nice black powder coat finish to prevent any rust or corrosion. That should do it for the review on this e-trailer, hitch pin alignment collar for ball mounts and pintle mounts on a 2 1/2" hitch..


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   (571 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.

- e38ZR
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Works as anticipated. Came in a timely fashion.



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- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


It is a simple thing. I probably don't need it as I am perfectly capable of lining up the pin hole on my hitch. Thing is, I don't want to. I have lined up pin holes probably a thousand times and it is annoying, sweaty, and if I make a bad decision finger pinching affair. So no, I don't need this, but I do love having it. I put my bike rack in the hitch, put in the pin and go ride. Just makes my day a wee bit more enjoyable.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


I received the item as promised. I was kept in the loop as to its status: order received, shipped and expected delivery date. I had a pop-up camper for 7 years, and I think of all the time that was wasted trying to line up the holes for the pin. I wish I had known about this sooner. But at least with the 2 inch hitch & weight distribution bars, which are very heavy and the hitch itself has to weigh 70 lbs! at least. This is SO perfect, insert, one and done ! Perfect every time !! I'll be bragging about this all year !



- e98942
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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.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Quite pleased with bike carrier, hitch lock,and,cable lock. They are well made and function as described. Timely delivery and clear directions for installation. I the like the fact that it is fast to load different style bikes quickly.


Comments
Yes works very and am quite satisfied with it! Great carrier
Daniel - 06/22/2021


- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


if you have a heavy bike rack like I do for e bikes this is a backsaver. always lines up the holes for the pin!


Comments
big efficiency saver no need to seek out hole to align pin
Barry - 07/22/2021


- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Nice addition to my trailer experience. Now all I need is a bicycle rack for my two bikes.


Comments
Perfect as usual. Putting a receiver in a hitch by yourself is ruff when it’s heavy. I need all the help I can get. This is worth the price.
Loren - 08/07/2021


- e98942
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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.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Works as intended, but I have two vehicles to consider, with different branded hitches, so of course I can't leave it on all the time. I purchased this for my bike rack (heavy) hoping to make the install process easier, but in reality, I can't use it for this application. Product is well made, maybe in the future I will be able to use it?



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


The hitch pin collar works great I don't have to fight lining up the bike rack to line up the hitch pin hole, it stays on all the time. When I am ready to load bike carrier on it is no sweat.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


This little device is just ok. Installs easy enough and gets you close to alignment of the hitch pin. Unfortunately, I can’t get it to tighten down enough that it will not move under the force of the occasional bump. The tightening grips can also interfere with a bumper if they happen to protrude toward our Subaru Outback. I would still buy this again, since it’s better than nothing, but it could be improved.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Oh this is a must have accessory. Especially for something like a bike rack which you may have to take on and off such as whenever my wife wants to take the SUV to run errands. Since my bike rack obscures the license plate I’d rather just take it off to avoid her having any issues. This bracket basically always makes it so that you can pop the rack on and off without any thought. I previously used tape but his bracket is better since it’s a hard stop at the right spot. No adjustments needed. I would recommend adding some thread-locker to the bolt threads. I added some to avoid the bolts from loosening up from rough roads.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Works as it should. I got 2 one for bike rack one for 60 inch carrier.


Comments
Great
David W - 07/18/2021


- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


I didn't know what to rate it. I went to put it on and with the design of my hitch weld was in my way it didn't lack much but just enough. So its set in my tool box ever since.


Comments
Thank you for your review. This hitch collar goes on the 2 accessory, not the hitch. Here is the install video:
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 08/05/2021


- e58ZR
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Just received the hitch pin collar and so far I like it but have not had it long enough to give it a 5 star cause I did notice that it moves even though I tightened the 2 wing nuts as tight as I can. But it does what I want it to do, lines up everytime with the hole on the hitch



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Great product. I use this on my cargo carrier, those are not easy to get lined up and if you have to go back and forth trying to align the holes it can be a pain if you are doing this by yourself. this little jewel make aligning the hole a no brainer.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Looks like a great idea, but haven't installed on my bike rack yet. For the price it was worth having ready to go the next time I install the rack as getting the hole lined up is always a pain.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


simple yet innovative product. Certainly makes putting on a heavy awkward bike rack or cargo carrier much easier. etrailer.com is awesome.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Easy to install, looks great



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


I can't believe I've gone without this handy gadget for 15 years of putting on my heavy hitch-mounted bike rack. Simple 2-minute install and now I can just slot on the rack without any futzing around lining up holes. Woo!



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Had a great experience with etrailer. Compete trailer hitch novice. They walked me through everything and made sure all my items would work together with my car make and model. The silencer and cover look great and keep rattling quiet.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


The alignment collar makes installation of the bike rack incredibly easy.



- e98942
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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


This was a lifesaver. We had to install our cargo carrier in the middle of the night after packing all our stuff in the middle of a storm while we were camping. Having this saved me a lot of time. I would recommend this to anyone who is not going to have a cargo carrier permanently installed.


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Ask the Experts about this etrailer Hitch Aligners

  • 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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