Attaching a wheel lift apparatus to a road tractor

  • US 5,823,735 A
  • Filed: 02/14/1997
  • Issued: 10/20/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/14/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A mounting apparatus for attaching a towing apparatus to a road tractor, the road tractor having a tractor frame with a front and rear, said road tractor having a fifth wheel plate mounted on the tractor frame between said front and rear, said tractor frame having a forward portion between the fifth wheel plate and the front of said frame, said tractor frame having a rearward portion between said fifth wheel plate and the rear of said tractor frame, comprising:

  • a generally elongate mounting frame having first and second ends;

    said first end being adapted for mounting on the rearward portion of said tractor frame and adapted for attachment to the towing apparatus;

    an attachment means for attaching the second end of the mounting frame to the fifth wheel plate; and

    a linking means for linking the second end of the mounting frame to the tractor frame, said linking means comprising a pair of link members each having opposite upper and lower ends defining a length therebetween, said upper ends each being mounted on the mounting frame in a location substantially laterally outward and upward from the fifth wheel plate when said attachment means is attached to the fifth wheel plate, said lower ends being adapted for mounting to said tractor frame at a location substantially laterally outward and downward from the fifth wheel plate when said attachment means is attached to the fifth wheel plate, wherein said link members are adapted to resist the upward vertical force applied by said attachment means to the fifth wheel plate of the tractor frame.

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