Towing hitch

  • US 5,322,315 A
  • Filed: 01/08/1993
  • Issued: 06/21/1994
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/08/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A hitch for use in coupling a towing vehicle with a vehicle which is to be towed, the hitch comprising:

  • a hitch body suited for operative securement to the towing vehicle, said body defining a pocket with an elongate opening which provides access thereto;

    an elongate receiver tube having forward and rearward ends, said forward end being operatively pivotally connected to said body from within said pocket and said rearward end extending from within said pocket through said opening;

    an elongate tow bar mounted for movement within said receiver tube, said tow bar being configured for selected operative securement to the vehicle which is to be towed;

    a first pin assembly mounted on said receiver tube, said first assembly including a first movable pin which is biased toward engagement with said body so as to lock said receiver tube in place without restricting movement of said tow bar upon pivoting of said receiver tube into a predefined tube orientation; and

    a second pin assembly mounted on said receiver tube, said second assembly including a second movable pin which is biased toward engagement with said tow bar so as to lock said tow bar in place without restricting pivot of said receiver tube upon movement of said tow bar into a predefined bar orientation.

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