Bradley M. Crum - Frankfurt IN
Macolynn D. Gray - Cutler IN
An apparatus for cooperative arrangement with a vacuum vehicle and a source of vacuum-transportable matter is provided for collecting vacuum-transportable matter within a matter collection chamber of the vehicle. The apparatus includes a vacuum hose connected at one end to the matter collection chamber and a hollow probe having an outlet connected at an opposite end. A pivoting structure is connected between the vehicle and the probe and is hydraulically and electrically controllable from the within the cab of the vehicle to thereby guide the probe. An extraction funnel is fluidly connected to the source of vacuum-transportable matter and is configured to be sealingly engageable with the probe outlet. The probe is guided from the cab of the vehicle into sealing engagement with the extraction funnel so that vacuum-transportable matter may flow from the source of vacuum-transportable matter into the matter collection chamber under the presence of vacuum generated therein.