Carrier Having Article Retaining Means Patents (Class 224/324)
  • Patent number: 11292394
    Abstract: A fixing component is configured such that the other end portion of the fixing component is engaged with a second support member by elastically deforming an elastic portion provided to at least one of the fixing component, a first support member, the second support member. Accordingly, the fixing component can be brought to interfere (contact) with the article so as to fix the article by an elastic force (restoring force) of the elastic portion. Since this structure requires no nut when fixing the article, no tool is required for fastening the nut, and thus the procedure of fixing the article can be reduced, compare to a case of requiring a nut (related art).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshinobu Takashi
  • Patent number: 11208051
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multi-purpose carrier for a vehicle which is configured to load a bicycle, skis, a snowboard, or other articles onto the vehicle and carry the bicycle, the skis, the snowboard, or the articles, the multi-purpose carrier including: a base support bar 10 disposed horizontally; one or two vertical supports 20; a horizontal support 30; an article mount 40; an angle fixing rod 50; an angle-fixing-rod support 55; two handle fixing rods 60; a bicycle frame fixing rod 70; clips 80; a stopper 90; and an article stand 92 which is structured to stop rotating by being caught by a horizontal rod of the stopper, in which a fixing strap is connected to the two clips 80 and other necessary portions, the fixing strap is fixed to the vehicle and securely tightened, a bicycle 100 is turned upside down, a bicycle frame 120 is fixed to the bicycle frame fixing rod 70, and two handles 110 of the bicycle are fixed to the two handle fixing rods 60, respectively, such that the bicycle is fixed to th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventors: Il Shik Yoon, Jun Chan Yoon
  • Patent number: 11186230
    Abstract: A roof rack mounted on a roof panel of a vehicle includes a main body including a rail that extends along a lengthwise direction and forms the main body and support parts integrally formed on opposite longitudinal end portions of the rail in the lengthwise direction, and a hollow profile that extends along the lengthwise direction of the rail and has at least one through-hole formed in a surface facing the roof panel of the vehicle and that is integrally formed inside the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hyun Kyung Kim, Dong Eun Cha, Jin Young Yoon, Byung Kyu Yoon, Hwi Sung Jung, Sang Hyeon Park, Ju Hyun Kwon, Seung Ryeol Lee, Man Soo Lee, Eon Yeon Jo
  • Patent number: 11155214
    Abstract: A roof rack mounted on a roof panel of a vehicle includes a main body including a rail that extends along a lengthwise direction and forms the main body and support parts provided on opposite longitudinal end portions of the rail in the lengthwise direction, a hollow profile that extends along the lengthwise direction of the rail and that is integrally formed inside the rail, and a cap mounted on at least one of opposite longitudinal end portions of the hollow profile or disposed inside the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hyun Kyung Kim, Dong Eun Cha, Jin Young Yoon, Byung Kyu Yoon, Hwi Sung Jung, Sang Hyeon Park, Ju Hyun Kwon, Seung Ryeol Lee, Yong Yeon Hwang
  • Patent number: 11077804
    Abstract: A rack is described for securing equipment, such as a kayak, to a vehicle. The rack has a base member, a support member, and a hinge assembly that pivotally connects the support member to the base member. The rack may be folded from an open configuration to a closed configuration. A handle or actuator on the base member may be operated to engage or disengage a latch mechanism to allow the hinge assembly to pivot or to be fixed to control the movement of the support member between desired positions in relation to the base member. The latch mechanism may comprise a shuttle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: KUAT INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Luke Kuschmeader, Aaron Houston, Jordan Bowles, Joshua Schwartz
  • Patent number: 11072293
    Abstract: Disclosed is a load carrier foot for supporting a load bar on a vehicle. The load carrier foot comprises a locking mechanism for releasably locking the load bar on the load carrier foot. Furthermore, the locking mechanism is configured to automatically return into a locking state in which the load bar is locked on the load carrier foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Stefan Andersson, Fredrik Larsson
  • Patent number: 11034308
    Abstract: A bicycle carrier includes a bicycle cradle. The bicycle cradle includes a through hole defining an inner surface and a slot through a portion of an outer surface of the bicycle cradle and a portion of the inner surface. The through hole is configured to receive a bicycle carrier support arm disposed therethrough. The slot is configured to allow a fastener to be coupled to the bicycle carrier support arm. An assembly for a bicycle carrier includes a bicycle cradle including a storage cavity and an anti-sway member coupled to the bicycle cradle and configured to secure a bicycle frame loaded onto the bicycle carrier. The anti-sway member is configured to be disposed at least partially within the storage cavity of the bicycle cradle in a storage configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Mark Viklund
  • Patent number: 10926709
    Abstract: A ladder rack system for accommodating at least two stacked ladders thereon is disclosed. The system may have a stationary forward roof rail and a stationary rear roof rail. Pivotable ladder rack rear and pivotable ladder rack forward rails may also be provided. The ladder rack rear and forward rails may be selectively moved with respect to the stationary forward and rear roof rails via links that are connected to a connector bar and lever arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Adrian Steel Company
    Inventors: Elizabeth Elaine Herriman, Mark Anthoney Henry
  • Patent number: 10857950
    Abstract: A bicycle mounting device is provided that includes a base strap having a base strap first end and a base strap second end, where the base strap first end is detachably connected to the base strap second end by an adjustable length connector to form a loop-shape base strap, an upper connection element, where the upper connection element is dimensioned to detachably connect a bicycle frame down tube to the base strap, and at least one lower connection element, where the at least one lower connection element is disposed below the upper connection element, where the at least one lower connection element is dimensioned to detachably connect a bicycle fork arm tube to the base strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: William J. Cox
  • Patent number: 10766427
    Abstract: A ladder rack assembly for use on a motor vehicle. The ladder rack assembly has a sliding member that is linearly slidable relative to a base member and a ladder mounting member that is axially and radially movable relative to the base member. A first end portion of one or more first drive members are drivingly connected to at least a portion of one or more first shafts and a second end portion is pivotably connected to a first end portion of a first side portion of the ladder mounting member. One or more first linkage members drivingly connect the one or more first drive members to the sliding member. A first end portion of the one or more first linkage members are pivotably connected top the one or more first drive members and a second end portion are pivotably connected to a first end portion of the sliding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Adrian Steel Company
    Inventors: Nolin Miller Livingston, Mark Anthoney Henry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10668866
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes hitch-mounted carriers, including portable bicycle racks. One carrier may include front tire tray assembly; hook arm assembly; pivot assembly; hitch shank ball cam assembly; rear tire tray assembly; and a bike docking assembly. The pivot assembly allowing for adjustment between: storage, trunk access, and use configurations. The bike carrier having first and second wheel supporting tray assemblies for supporting wheels of a loaded bicycle. A hook arm assembly may be pivotally arranged relative to lock at least one wheel and ratchet clamped to at least one wheel. The hook arm assembly may also be configured to extend and retract and is frictionally locked into position. The bike carrier may include a docking assembly having inner and outer clamps configured to the hold a bike into position such that mechanical work may be accomplished at an elevated height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: KUAT INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Luke Kuschmeader, Michael Buis, Jordan K. Bowles, Joshua H. Schwartz, Aaron A. Houston
  • Patent number: 10647242
    Abstract: A vehicle roof structure including a plurality of roof support pillars that include a plurality of receptacles on an outer surface of the pillars. The receptacles are adapted to receive a connector for securing an article to a vehicle either directly or by means of a tie down strap. A spider roof structure or conventional roof structure are disclosed that may include either X-shaped receptacle openings or a T-track slot. Articles may be directly secured to the receptacles or slots on the outer surface of the pillars or may be connected to the roof or side outer walls of the pillar by tie down straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dragan B. Stojkovic, Colleen Marie Hoffman, Stephen Thomas Kozak
  • Patent number: 10493924
    Abstract: An adjustable attachment apparatus and an associated method for attaching an accessory to a tire is provided. The apparatus may include a first and second attachment arm that each include a first portion and a second portion. The apparatus may include a third attachment arm that includes a first portion and a second portion, and the first, second, and third attachment arm may be radially spaced apart from one another. The apparatus may include at least one securing assembly configured to securely engage the first attachment arm, the second attachment arm, and the third attachment arm to the tire. The apparatus may further include an accessory receptacle member disposed proximate to the first portion of the third attachment arm. The accessory receptacle member may define at least one channel aligned parallel to the first portion of the third attachment arm, the channel being configured to receive an accessory attachment therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Jerome A. Samouce
  • Patent number: 10406988
    Abstract: A carrier apparatus for a vehicle includes a stationary rail extending from a rear part of the vehicle to an upper part of the vehicle in a forward-rearward direction of the vehicle; and a position-fixing bracket separably mounted to the stationary rail for fixing cargo placed on the stationary rail, such that the cargo fixed to the stationary rail is located at the rear part or the upper part of the vehicle when the position-fixing bracket is mounted to the stationary rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dong Eun Cha, Hyun Gyung Kim, Keun Sig Lim, Jin Young Yoon, Ki Hong Lee
  • Patent number: 10343617
    Abstract: A bicycle mounting device that is provided that includes a base strap having a soft fabric bottom surface, a flexible protective core, and a durable fabric top surface, having a proximal end and a distal end with a length that spans from the top to bottom regions of a truck tailgate, where the base strap includes an adjustable length securing element to secure the base strap to the tailgate, an upper transverse strap is disposed proximal to the base strap proximal end with a length that wraps about a bicycle frame tube, and includes a top strap fastening element configured to secure about the frame tube, and at least one lower strap that is transverse to the base strap and below the upper transverse strap, where the lower strap has a length that wraps about a bicycle fork arm and secures about the bicycle fork arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: William J. Cox
  • Patent number: 10246027
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bicycle carrier for a vehicle which allows a bicycle to be safely fixed and transported upside down, and the bicycle carrier includes: a vertical support 20 which is rotatably connected to a base support rod 10; a horizontal support 30 which is rotatably connected to the base support rod 10 so as to form a fixed angle with the vertical support 20; a bicycle holder 40 which is rotatably connected to the base support rod 10; an angle fixing holder 50 which is connected between the horizontal support 30 and the bicycle holder 40 so as to fix an angle between the horizontal support and the bicycle holder; two handlebar fixing holders 60 which are slidably installed at both sides of the base support rod 10; a bicycle frame fixing holder 70 which fixes a horizontal frame 120 of the bicycle; and three fixing straps (80; 82, 83, and 84) which are adjustable in length, in which the three fixing straps 80 are fixed to the vehicle and securely tightened, a bicycle 100 is turned upside
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Il Shik Yoon, Jun Chan Yoon
  • Patent number: 10118563
    Abstract: A tensioning device for a load carrier, such as a bike carrier or a roof box. The tensioning device includes a torque limiting mechanism which is adapted to limit the amount of transferable torque. The torque limiting mechanism includes a first torque transmission member and a second torque transmission member. The first torque transmission member is biased into working cooperation with the second torque transmission member such that upon a torque threshold value, the first and second torque transmission members are disengaged from working cooperation so that a torque limiting function is provided. An activation member is associated with the first torque transmission member, which enables a user to operate the first torque transmission member to transfer torque to the second torque transmission member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Olof Lindholm, Morgan Lindell, Andreas Arvidsson
  • Patent number: 10023096
    Abstract: A vehicle roof structure including a plurality of roof support pillars that include a plurality of receptacles on an outer surface of the pillars. The receptacles are adapted to receive a connector for securing an article to a vehicle either directly or by means of a tie down strap. A spider roof structure or conventional roof structure are disclosed that may include either X-shaped receptacle openings or a T-track slot. Articles may be directly secured to the receptacles or slots on the outer surface of the pillars or may be connected to the roof or side outer walls of the pillar by tie down straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dragan B. Stojkovic, Colleen Marie Hoffman, Stephen Thomas Kozak
  • Patent number: 9931992
    Abstract: An assembly for mounting a vehicle roof-box on a vehicle roof panel comprises a pair of roof rails disposed on the vehicle roof panel at both sides thereof respectively in a front-rear direction of the vehicle roof panel; a plurality of cross-bars spacedly arranged in the front-rear direction, wherein each cross-bar has two opposing ends removably coupled to the roof rails respectively, wherein the vehicle roof-box is mounted to the cross-bars; and a plurality of securing means configured to removably secure the cross-bars to the roof rails, wherein each of the plurality of securing means includes a first bracket movable along each of the roof rails, and a second bracket screw-coupled to the first bracket to secure the first bracket to each of the roof rails, wherein an end of each of the cross-bars is fixed to the second bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: KH-TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kil Hong Min
  • Patent number: 9931994
    Abstract: A variably positionable bicycle wheel anchor for fixing a bicycle wheel at a desired location along an elongate support rail. The bicycle wheel anchor includes a body configured to be slidingly coupled to an elongate support rail for variable, fixed positioning of the body along a length of the elongate support rail. The underside of the body has a support rail engagement surface and the upper side of the body has a bicycle wheel receiver. The wheel anchor has a deployable interference mechanism coupled to the body and having a deployed configuration in which at least a portion of the interference mechanism protrudes beyond the underside of the body for releasable engagement with the elongate support rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Joseph Settelmayer
  • Patent number: 9688213
    Abstract: An automobile board carrier, or detachable car rack system for kayaks, surfboards, stand up padding (SUP) and other paddling equipment may be made of a lightweight metal or plastic frame with other materials to protect ear finishes while providing safe and easy attachment, detachment, and car storage. The car rack system may be adjusted according to dimensions of a vehicle and the paddling equipment. The system may include a first assembly having a first suction cup and a second assembly having a second suction cup. A strap is included to further secure the apparatus and paddling equipment to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: David B. Lisle
  • Patent number: 9505353
    Abstract: A lockable carrier mount including a main body, an actuating mechanism and interference locking member, and a securement member. The actuating mechanism is configurable between locked and released configurations. The actuating mechanism includes rotatable actuator having a blocking portion with at least one protrusion extending radially further from a rotational axis of the actuator than other parts of the blocking portion. The interference locking member is coupled to the main body and has an engagement surface for selectively engaging the blocking portion. The engagement surface can abut the protrusion in the locked configuration to prevent rotation of the actuator relative to the locking member. The securement member is operably coupled to the actuating mechanism and configured to move toward a secured configuration when the actuator is rotated in one direction and move toward a released configuration when the actuator is rotated in an opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Kevin Bogoslofski, Robert H. Humphries, Jr., Greg Weaver, John Laverack
  • Patent number: 9481313
    Abstract: An ergonomically improved vehicle ladder rack has the top of its side rail(s) flush with the top surface of the rear cross-bar so that a foot portion of a ladder being transported may be made to slide off from the rack without a need for lifting it. To prevent lateral shifting of the ladder during transport on the vehicle, an abutment finger is added to the rotatable rung clamping assembly. The abutment finger blocks lateral shifting of a ladder when the rung hook is engaging a ladder rung and is non-blocking when the rung is disengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Safe Fleet Acquisition Corporation
    Inventor: Avraham Y. Levi
  • Patent number: 9387745
    Abstract: An apparatus for opening/closing a cover for an electric curtain, may include a driving device for the electric curtain mounted at a lower part of a withdrawal aperture of a rear package tray, wherein the cover is openably/closably mounted on the withdrawal aperture of the rear package tray; and a cover opening/closing unit disposed between the cover and a drive shaft of the driving device, allowing the cover to be opened or closed simultaneously with a driving of the driving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Won Young Na
  • Patent number: 9376063
    Abstract: A carrier that mounts to a vehicle. In some embodiments, the carrier may include a pair of arms to support a bicycle. Each arm may include one or more securing devices each including a strap to contact a frame region of a bicycle and a pair of buckles to fasten the strap over the frame region. In some embodiments, the carrier may include a mount for a vehicle hitch. The mount may include a pair of user-actuated coupling members, such as a wedge member and a retractable retainer, each configured to attach the mount to the hitch. One of the coupling members (e.g., the retainer) may serve as a backup for the other coupling member to improve safety. In some embodiments, the carrier may include a mast that is releasable for backward pivotal motion away from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Hein, Richard Jeli, Chris Sautter
  • Patent number: 9346409
    Abstract: There is provided a foldable roof rack assembly. The roof rack assembly includes a mounting assembly connectable to a roof of a vehicle. The roof rack assembly includes a foldable arm having a pair of pivotable rigid portions one of which pivotally connects to the mounting assembly. The foldable arm is moveable from a folded position, in which the portions of the arm are folded together laterally along the roof, to an unfolded position in which the portions of the arm extend outward for receiving and at least partially extending around an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Urs Pfaeffli
  • Patent number: 9333921
    Abstract: Seat-mounted rack assembly for carrying elongated loads in automobiles and other passenger vehicles. The assembly includes a pair of rack units mounted on the backs of two seats in the vehicle in place of headrests, with each of the rack units having a horizontally extending base on which an end portion of the load can rest, a mounting post extending downwardly from the base and into a headrest support socket in the seat back, and a tie down strap for securing the load to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: FourLane, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew T. Greene, Jonathan D. Oxford, Michele E. Parr
  • Patent number: 9308955
    Abstract: An interlocking assembly includes a frame, a first arm coupled to the frame, and a second arm coupled to the frame. The first arm and/or the second arm is moveable between an open position and a closed position, such that the first and second arms overlap to define a first area when the first and second arms are in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David T. Jones
  • Patent number: 9199582
    Abstract: The present device describes an elevated, accessory attachment assembly for a UTV (utility terrain vehicle) that attaches by way of the vehicle roll cage. The assembly comprises an elongated bar having a pair of clamps that match the roll cage, wherein the bar includes a plurality of retention slots allowing for the attachment of an elevated shelf that substantially increases cargo capacity of the vehicle without compromising the existing cargo area. The slots of the roll cage attachment bar are permanently fixed onto the upper and lower exterior of the attachment bar or removably attached within a slot insertion channel that permits the retention slots to be placed or slid into desired positions along the roll cage attachment bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Jon Hill
  • Patent number: 9150162
    Abstract: A removable, portable, carrier system for the transportation of a human powered vehicle on the exterior of a motorized vehicle, said carrier system comprises: a first independent means for releasably securing the handles of the human powered vehicle to the exterior of said motorized vehicle, and a second, independent means for releasably securing the seat of the human powered vehicle to the exterior of said motorized vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventors: Joshua Shearer, Eric Perrine, Schuyler Putt
  • Patent number: 9079541
    Abstract: A watercraft carrier having a cradle shaped base member and a center support bracket pivotally connected to the base member in a releasably locking manner by at least two lockable pivotal positioning assemblies. The lockable pivotal positioning assemblies featuring interlocking hubs having interlocking gear teeth and gear groves. The lockable pivotal positioning assemblies enabling the center support bracket to be locked at any number of angular positions relative the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: SWISS CARGO INDUSTRIES S.A. INC
    Inventor: Robert Farber
  • Publication number: 20150076197
    Abstract: Racks are used to carry cargo on top of vehicles. Racks include crossbars and assemblies configured to secure specific cargo items to the crossbars. Clamps for connecting cargo-specific assemblies to the crossbars, include first and second jaws, and an adjustment device for selectively controlling horizontal relative movement between the jaws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: YAKIMA INNOVATION DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chris Sautter, John Mark Elliott, Dave Condon
  • Publication number: 20150048127
    Abstract: Embodiments of the Ergonomic Ladder Rack are comprised of two or more fixed cross-members, one or more inner axis rods, one or more stops, two or more ladder support arms, one or more fluid or gas filled dampers, two or more ladder hooks, two or more ladder stop/securing arms, one or more connecting tubes, and a handle assembly. The cross-members are spaced on the vehicle in such a way as to traverse much of the length of the vehicle. The inner axis rod is placed perpendicular through apertures formed by the fixed cross-members. The connecting tubes extend between each fixed cross-member allow each ladder support arms to rotate in combination with the others. The handle assembly is comprised of a handle, a pair of support braces, a handle axis tube, a bat wing bracket, a rear bushing, a front bushing, and a securing bolt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: ABLE, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffery Wayne Sutton, Roman Shawn Meeks, Mark Edward Sharp
  • Patent number: 8925776
    Abstract: A device for securing ladders to a vehicle having telescoping cross bar having pivotal arms pivotally attached at each end of the telescoping cross bar, respectively, the telescoping crossbar having a receiving portion and an insertion portion, the insertion portion and receiving portion sized such that there is a close fit when inserting the insertion portion into the receiving portion, each pivotable arm has an arm body that includes a pivot arm aperture, at each distal end of the insertion portion and receiving portion are at least one pivot tang, also located at each distal end of the insertion portion and receiving portion is a ladder insertion tang, the ladder insertion tangs are attached to projecting tabs on the distal ends and are inwardly directed, and the receiving portion includes a movement limiting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin Moore
  • Patent number: 8915411
    Abstract: Utility rack attachments for rack systems used with automobiles, trailers, or stationary objects are used to conveniently transport or store the same. The invented rack system is basically comprised of an easily mountable and slidable assembly unit designed for quick locking to a rail mounted to a vehicle or trailer that is in tow by a vehicle. In a typical setup a quick locking and unlocking assembly unit is mounted to each of two rails that are separated by a distance that is spanned by the load it is carrying or by a platform which carries the load. The slidable and fixable nature of a complete assembly enables a person to quickly mount and dismount it to a rail and position and reposition a load at any location along the rail thus making it very versatile to accommodate a range of objects to be transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Eric Steckel
  • Publication number: 20140367431
    Abstract: A bicycle carrier apparatus allows for carrying a bicycle in a secure orientation within the interior cargo area of a vehicle such as, e.g., a sport utility vehicle, station wagon, crossover, hatchback, or mini-van type vehicle. The apparatus is designed to attach unobtrusively or be integrated particularly into a seat headrest, or other region of the vehicle. When the seat is folded down the tireless front fork of a bicycle can engage the apparatus in a secure manner allowing upright transport of the bicycle inside the vehicle. When not in use the apparatus may remain in place on the headrest (or otherwise), not interfering with the normal use of the headrest/seat or other portion of the vehicle to which it is attached, or restricting use of the vehicle's cargo area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Keith Sutter
  • Patent number: 8851346
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle load carrier box (10) attachable to a surface of a vehicle (13) for transporting a load on the vehicle (13). The vehicle load carrier box (10) comprises a base member (20) defining a storage void, a lid (40) pivotally connected to the base member (20) and moveable between an opened and closed position. A flexible safety material is arranged inside of the vehicle load carrier box (10) and adapted to secure the load inside of the vehicle load carrier box (10) by overlapping the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Gunther Fritsche, Andreas Blank, Alexander Emmerling
  • Patent number: 8777288
    Abstract: Disclosed is a roof rack for carrying cargo items with a pickup truck. The device comprises a load bar for supporting cargo items, a pair of telescoping uprights attached to the load bar, and a pair of mounts attached at a first end to the telescoping uprights, and to the side rails of the pickup truck at a second end. The load bar, telescoping uprights, and mounts are movable from an extended position to a folded position. This allows the uprights to be extended for use when carrying cargo items, and folded down for storage. The rack permits a user to transport large items with a pickup truck without requiring use of the pickup bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Abram Johnasen
  • Patent number: 8763870
    Abstract: A bike mount for securing a bike on a vehicle includes a wheel clamp and securing devices for mounting bikes of various types, dimensions, and styles in one or more tray portions, extending between a pair of crossbars or other support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Yakima Innovation Development Corporation
    Inventor: Brian F. Davis
  • Patent number: 8757462
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted equipment carrier includes a single-piece frame member. The vehicle-engaging and equipment-engaging members extend outward from a central portion. Optionally, the equipment carrier may be mounted in at least a first and second operational orientation. The interior of each equipment support is hollow such that one equipment support may be stacked within another. Straps pass through and are secured to the frame member. The straps are further connected to a vehicle to secure the frame member to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Fabio Pedrini
  • Publication number: 20140166710
    Abstract: Racks are used to carry cargo on top of vehicles. Racks include crossbars and assemblies configured to secure specific cargo items to the crossbars. Clamps for connecting cargo-specific assemblies to the crossbars, include first and second jaws, and an adjustment device for selectively controlling horizontal relative movement between the jaws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Yakima Innovation Development Corporation
    Inventors: Chris Sautter, John Mark Elliott, Dave Condon
  • Publication number: 20140151419
    Abstract: Various mechanical closure systems and securing systems are disclosed, such as snowboard bindings and car rack systems. The systems include a mechanically reformable strap. The strap includes a wire disposed along a longitudinal axis of the strap. The wire maintains the strap in a desired geometry that is different from a previous geometry of the strap. In other embodiments, a wire-core strap can include transverse ridges, holes, or other types of grooves or apertures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: WIRE CORE STRAP, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce J. Caslowitz
  • Publication number: 20140144960
    Abstract: Bike mount designs for carrying bikes in connection with vehicles are described. A bike mount may include a base and a frame or wheel-gripping arm. A bike mount frame may also have ratcheting wheel grip assemblies which may be switched between tensioning and release modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Yakima Innovation Development Corporation
    Inventor: Yakima Innovation Development Corporation
  • Publication number: 20140124551
    Abstract: Roof-mounted vehicle rack system including a load carrier. In some embodiments, the load carrier may be a bicycle carrier having an elongate base and an arm equipped with a frame-gripping device. The frame-gripping device may be operated with an actuating member, which may be centered transversely on the base for equal accessibility from either lateral side of the carrier. The actuating member and the arm may be mounted separately to the base at respective positions that are spaced along the base from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Yakima Innovation Development Corporation
    Inventor: Yakima Innovation Development Corporation
  • Patent number: 8684244
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted equipment carrier includes a single-piece frame member. The vehicle-engaging and equipment-engaging members extend outward from a central portion. Optionally, the equipment carrier may be mounted in at least a first and second operational orientation. The interior of each equipment support is hollow such that one equipment support may be stacked within another. Straps pass through and are secured to the frame member. The straps are further connected to a vehicle to secure the frame member to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Fabio Pedrini
  • Patent number: 8640888
    Abstract: A bike carrying device includes a support post (5), a mounting unit (4) mounted on the support post, a positioning bar (6) mounted on the mounting unit, a pawl member (7) mounted in the mounting unit, a release member (415) mounted in the mounting unit, a lock mechanism (414) mounted on the mounting unit and connected with the release member, and an elastic member (8) biased between the mounting unit and the pawl member. Thus, the bike carrying device has a simplified construction to decrease the cost of fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Yao-Huang Liu
  • Patent number: 8622266
    Abstract: A load carrier has a flat tray-like body that attaches to a vehicle by load bars. Multiple components may be installed on the tray body in many locations on the tray body, for containing and/or supporting cargo. One component is a cargo container that is captured and locked in one of several possible positions on the tray body. Other components are cargo posts that include one or more upending towers for supporting cargo by capturing generally vertical portions of the cargo between the towers, wherein the cargo posts may be non-pivotal, pivotal, slidable and/or adjustable. Another component is a hooked or curved depending assembly that suspends cargo from the edges of the tray body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Michael McMillan
  • Patent number: 8613380
    Abstract: A bicycle fork mount for receiving and securing a front axle hub assembly of a through-axle type front bicycle wheel, but which is also temporarily adaptable for receiving a fork of a skewer type front bicycle wheel includes a fork mount body having a hollow for insertably receiving a front axle hub assembly of a through-axle front bicycle wheel. An adapter is received in the hollow and has a fork receiving skewer associated therewith that is configured for translational movement relative to the adapter. A biasing assembly is disposed between the adapter and the skewer and urges the skewer toward an ends-extended configuration in which a pair of fork receiving ends of the skewer are oppositely disposed beyond the lateral sides of the fork mount body and are configured for receiving and releasably securing the fork of a bicycle having a skewer type front wheel to the bicycle fork mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Andreas Book, Andreas Arvidsson
  • Publication number: 20130334267
    Abstract: A ladder rack includes: a frame assembly mountable on a vehicle, the frame assembly having at least two cross bows each including a principal length extending between opposite first and second ends; a pivot bracket pivotally coupled to the first ends of each cross bow, each pivot bracket adapted to support one side rail of a ladder, and each pivot bracket being pivotally moveable between a first position corresponding to the stowage position and a second position corresponding to the loading/unloading position; a stationary bracket disposed on each cross bow intermediate the first and second ends thereof, each stationary bracket adapted to abut another side rail of a ladder in the stowage position; a torsion bar interconnecting the pivot brackets; and a manually operable handle coupled to one of the torsion bar or a pivot bracket for moving the pivot brackets between the stowage position and the loading/unloading position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: ADRIAN STEEL COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert H. Sautter, JR., Thomas S. Richter
  • Patent number: 8561864
    Abstract: A magnetic vehicle rack having an elongated body constructed from a flexible polymeric material. The elongated body generally including an arciform cross-sectional profile, an oblate top surface, a planar bottom surface having one or more permanent magnet(s) disposed flush with the bottom surface and an axially aligned aperture dimensioned to axially receive an incurvate spine therethrough. Positioning of the incurvate spine within the elongated body uniformly distributes static and dynamic loads throughout the magnetic vehicle rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Yevgeniy M. Gisin