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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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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

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for etrailer Hitch Pin Alignment Collar Review

What's up everybody it's AJ with etrailer.com. Today we're gonna be checking out, this etrailer hitch aligner collar. This is gonna go on your two and a half inch ball mounts. And that's going to help you line this up every time on the first try. So a lot of problems with the heavier ball mounts, is once you get them up in the hitch, you have to sit here and wait and look, try and line that hole up just right. And that's without the collar with the collar on there, let me show you, you can just go right up against this collar.

Once you got adjusted right, it's lined up perfect every time. It really helps you to save that time when you're going to install this and you get that trailer and get on the road. Let's check it out. So just to explain a little better when you're going to put stuff in his hitches it can be a little frustrating 'cause the ball mounts get heavier and heavier. It depends on like the more rise and drop you have, the heavier the whole thing is gonna be.

so it can be kind of cumbersome to lift that up, have it here, get in here then have to look over and make sure it's lined up. Then you have to adjust it, push it in more or pull completely out. This just takes that extra step out of it. When you go to throw it in the hitch, it really does make it easier. There's a couple different versions of this one.

There's a two inch one that we put on cargo carriers. And that really helps. We do a lot of videos every day. So slide that in there and just getting right in the first time saves us just that little bit of time and then annoyance. 'Cause you want to use that cargo carrier or you want to use that ball mount, but sometimes on out it's just that extra thing.

We we're just like, this is a little frustrating. This takes that out of there. And it's not a problem anymore. It's constructed out of a black powder coat steel. So you don't have to worry about leaving it on the ball mount. It's made to be left on there and hold up against those elements and won't cause any issues. Now there's two different methods to get this installed on our ball mount. One you can just slide right there while it's loose and then adjust it when you get this installed. The other one is you can loosen one side and just swing it over and do that. And I'll show you that in a second but let's go over the first one. So with it around the ball mount like that put it in the hitch, line up the hole that you want to stay lined up. Go ahead and put the pin through first, to make sure it's aligned properly. And we'll adjust the collar right there against the hitch, and start tightening it down. You can just hand-tighten it, that way when it hits that, you know this is lined up here and this isn't going anywhere. I pull that out and show you. That's easily doing that every time. Now I know it's lined up and put that pin in. The other way, let me get this loosen back up. This way it takes a little bit more because you have the moving pieces. So if you completely unscrew this, you could swing it over. And this is what I was talking about. Just swing it over here to make sure you keep the lock washer and the washer in place. You don't want to lose those or the hand he's bringing back over, tighten it back up and then it should line up just fine. Overall it's a good thing to have, especially if you have a heavy ball mount, it's just gonna make installing it and using it far easier. Well I think that does it. Thanks for hanging out..


Customer Reviews

etrailer Hitch Pin Alignment Collar for Ball Mounts and Pintle Hitch Mounts - 2-1/2" Hitches - e38ZR

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (346 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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- 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


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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Review from a similar Hitch Pin Alignment Collar in Hitch Aligners


Could have used a simple square bend u-bolt to help align my bike rack with my trailer hitch, but the etrailer is so much easier to adjust and just plain looks nicer.



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


Just installed the Hitch Pin Alignment and seems to work fine except that it slips out of alignment when installing. When tightening it moves around too much. A suggestion would be to line the interior with a piece of rubber to keep it from slipping and to protect from scratching the hitch. Overall it will save time and frustration with the hitch alignment.



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


Put it on my Thule upright bike rack. Saves the effort of having to line up the hole - I admit it, I'm getting lazy. But it makes it easier to pop the rack on and off quickly. Worth the $xx.xx



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


Tried it out in the hitch receiver. Have not towed with it, but that should not matter as this device its to help install the ball mount and get it in the correct position, so that the pin goes right in. I have one for each of my ball mounts (2). Now I just slide the ball mount ito the receiver and insert pin, and I do not have to get down on the ground to align the holes for the pin. That is the best part, not getting down on the ground. I also use the Curt anti-rattle devices fro both two vehicles.



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


This makes it very easy to install bike rack without having to wiggle it around trying to line up the hitch pin hole.



- 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.



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


I was looking for something to assist me with a way to remember where my bike rack sits inside the receiver hitch and this is it. It locks in place and each time I slide in the rack it lines up perfectly every time.



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


great idea, I bought an extra for my bike rack. I borrowed a basket from a buddy and didn't have the pin in correctly when I came out of garbage dump the basket bottomed out and stayed there. I didn't know I lost it until I got home. This is sure to help.



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


Its really very sturdy, needed another hand for installing. I installed it on a 2005 Honda Pilot, so needed to remove tow hook on rear driver side to install hitch. I had issues with rusted weld nut on passenger side, one is completely moved out, other two had no threads. I had to order the CURT 18-Inch Trailer Hitch Fish Wire for 1/2-Inch, to install the bolt from top and used a nut from bottom. Where the threads are completely gone, used a Irwin 12-1 25 mm bottom tap to rethread and was able install the bolts. Primarily using this hitch to carry a 2-bike rack. Used it for a 20 mile round trip so far, everything looks great, no wobbling. Also bought a Rola 2 bike rack from etrailer.



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


For an oldie like me the bending over and fiddling finding the hole to pin is not fun anymore. With one of these on each of my hitch inserts I can now slide it in and pin without the backache. And headache...



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


Very useful for a quick alignment for bike rack.



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


Product is well made but will not work with the Tesla model Y bumper design. The model Y bumper obstructs the wing nuts on the collar. This incompatibility wasn’t indicated on the etrailer website. Would have appreciated free return shipping. Not an optimal customer experience.


Comments
Hi Paul, Thank you for your feedback! This product is a universal product and can be installed in different orientations. If the wing nuts are contacting the bumper on your Tesla, I would recommend flipping it upside down so the wing nuts are facing towards the ground.
-- Etrailer Expert Tyler M - 01/26/2021


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


After a year of use, I’m convinced this product is a ‘must have’ for those who frequently install something into a hitch. I’ve installed/removed my bike rack in/from my hitch about 200 times. I bike frequently and drive to a biking trail, but my small garage doesn’t accommodate my car with a bike rack installed. The alignment collar simplifies the install process, removes any guesswork about correct positioning, and eliminates aggravation.



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


This is a very simple device that works well. For the price it is very cost effective. It just makes the process of installing a trailer hitch quicker and easier. I see that they have replaced hex nuts (that I have) with thumb screws which should make the installation even easier.



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


I can't believe I have never seen these before. Perfect addition for three different hitch accessories. Extremely well made, and expected to last a long time. If you've ever been frustrated with aligning your ball mounts, bike racks, etc., this is your answer. Primary uses for me will be the tow bar for my RV and hitch mounted bike rack. Best of all is the great service and prompt delivery by etrailer.



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


The Hitch Pin Alignment Collar is a VERY useful product. FWIW — THULE straps are the best I am aware of (I’ve tried quite a few over several decades.) for my canoe carrier and hitch rack systems. ETRAILER, as usual, provided excellent service despite currently chaotic supply and delivery situation.



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


Exactly works as advertised and is very helpful in placement of my bike rack onto The tow hitch.



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


This did not fit my bycicle hitch and cannot be adjusted so was a waste


Comments
Thank you for your review. This collar is designed for a 2 shank. If your bike rack has a 1-14 shank it will require part # e58ZR
etrailer Hitch Pin Alignment Collar for Bike Racks and Cargo Carriers - 1-1/4" Hitches
$14.69
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-- Etrailer Expert Heather A - 05/18/2021


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


Serves its purpose on my cargo rack. Takes the guesswork and fighting out of lining up for the hitch pin.



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


I haven’t used it yet, but if it’s like any of etrailer’s other products, it is spot on!



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


This is the Third time I have used Your sight and I am Very Happy with your Product.When I saw the Hitch Pin Alignment,I read the reviews and that is what made me Buy 5 of them, For my Bike Racks and my trailer it was areal Pain always trying to line the Pin with the Hitch,This item will make things a lot Easier.Great Product, Can not wait to use it.It arrived in the time they said and it was Neatly Packed.Thank You Much.


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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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