Release tool for telescoping towing arms

  • US 5,887,497 A
  • Filed: 02/13/1996
  • Issued: 03/30/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/13/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A release tool for use on a locking telescoping towing arm assembly wherein the towing arm has a first leg for operable connection with a towing vehicle and a second leg for operable connection to a towed vehicle, wherein the first and second legs are telescopically joined together, wherein a collar is received about the first leg and is slidable relative to the first leg between a locked position and a released position, wherein when the collar is in the locked position it holds the second leg axially fixed relative to the first leg, and wherein when the collar is in the released position the second leg is free to move telescopically with respect to the first leg, the release tool comprising:

  • (a) a cam surface for engagement with the collar;

    (b) fulcrum means for engagement with the towing arm such that said cam surface is between said fulcrum means and the collar; and

    (c) a handle having a first end in operable connection with said cam surface and a second end which is free to rotate between a locking position and a releasing position when the fulcrum means is engaged with the towing arm, said cam surface extending generally in the direction of said handle, said handle rotating said cam surface about said fulcrum means to move the collar between the locked position and the released position as said second end of said handle is moved from said locking position to said releasing position.

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