Tiltable hauling device

  • US 6,139,247 A
  • Filed: 09/08/1997
  • Issued: 10/31/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/08/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A drive-up transporting apparatus for transporting a small vehicle, comprising:

  • a carrying rack for supporting a small vehicle driven thereonto from a ground level, said carrying rack having first and second sides, a front member, a rear member and a generally planar platform;

    an elongate support beam underlying and generally centrally bisecting said carrying rack in a first direction from said front member to said rear member;

    an outrigger joined to one side of said support beam in a normal direction thereto, said outrigger generally centrally bisecting said carrying rack in a second direction normal to said first direction; and

    a hinge having sections joined to said support beam and said carrying rack along a hinge axis whereby said carrying rack is tiltable about said hinge axis relative to said support beam;

    wherein said carrying rack is tiltable between a generally horizontal transport position wherein said first side abuts said outrigger, and a loading/unloading position wherein said first side is tilted upwardly above said outrigger and said second side is tilted downwardly to said ground level;

    a first locking means for locking said carrying rack in a transport position;

    a second locking means for automatically locking said carrying rack in a transport position;

    a third locking means for locking said carrying rack in a tilted position, said third locking means comprising;

    a sleeve rotatably mounted on said outrigger, said sleeve including opposing holes for passage of a locking pin therethrough;

    a sliding lock bar slidably mounted in said sleeve and having one end rotatably mounted to said carrying rack, said lock bar having a plurality of spaced holes therethrough; and

    a locking pin for passage through said holes in said sleeve and lock bar to lock said carrying rack in a tilted position.

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