Tow Hitch Lunette Assembly
Patent, Filed 17 Jan 2006, patented 28 Oct 2008
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC
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For use in a vehicular trailer hitch system, a vehicular trailer hitch lunette assembly is provided. The assembly includes at least one U shaped outer laminate plate having two legs with a semi-circular region therebetween, and at least one substantially flat inner laminate plate positioned between the legs of the U-shape of the outer laminate plate to provide support, stiffness, and additional mechanical strength to the assembly. The outer laminate plate and the inner laminate plate have cooperating apertures that are traversely positioned therethrough and the apertures are aligned and sizes such that fasteners may be snugly inserted therein to mechanically couple the laminate plates together as a sandwich structure having first and second ends. The semi-circular region of the outer laminate plate and ends of the inner laminate plate comprise an inner void at the first end of the assembly to provide a lunette shaped structure to attach to a complimentary hitch assembly that is adapted to receive the lunette shaped structure, and the second end of the assembly is shaped to mate to a corresponding housing.
- Couplers, Fasteners and Joints
- Surface Transportation and Equipment