Carrier To Vehicle Attaching Means Releasably Engages The Vehicle Proximate The Edge Of The Roof Or Trunk Lid Thereof Patents (Class 224/329)
  • Patent number: 10696236
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a tuck tailgate protector system includes a tailgate protection pad, a compressible anchor, and a strap connecting the anchor to the tailgate protection pad. The compressible anchor may be configured to insert into a gap between a truck tailgate and a truck bed when the tailgate is down. The compressible anchor may also be configured to compress between the truck tailgate and truck bed when the tailgate is up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Jeremiah J. Starkey
  • Patent number: 10499516
    Abstract: A field serviceable assembly includes a frame with a first and second side assembly hingedly mounted on opposite sides to define a cavity. The first side assembly includes a transparent layer positioned in front of an electronic display to define a first channel. A second channel is located behind the electronic display. A second side assembly includes a cover located in front of a plate to define a third channel. A closed loop pathway for circulating gas is formed by the first channel and the cavity. Open loop pathways for ambient air are formed by the second and third channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: MANUFACTURING RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: William Dunn, Kevin O'Connor, Marcos Diaz
  • Patent number: 10485113
    Abstract: A field serviceable assembly includes a frame with a first and second gasket located along the front and rear perimeters thereof and a first and second electronic display assembly hingedly mounted thereto in a back to back arrangement. A gap is located between a transparent layer and an electronic display in each electronic display assembly. A cavity is defined by the space between the first and second electronic display assemblies and has a plate for receiving a plurality of electronic components. The cavity and the gaps form a substantially sealed closed loop when the first and second electronic display assemblies are placed in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: MANUFACTURING RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: William Dunn, Kevin O'Connor, Marcos Diaz
  • Patent number: 10377299
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting system is provided herein. A spotlight is coupled to a vehicle and is configured to project light in a target direction. A controller is configured to wirelessly send command signals to the spotlight. A user-input device is in communication with the controller and is provided on a steering wheel of the vehicle. The command signals are based on user-input and control at least one of an aim direction and a light activation of the spotlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Paul Duncan, Doug H. Randlett, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Douglas Miller, Christopher Charles Hunt, Stuart C. Salter, Chad Hoover, Matthew Cramer Mullen
  • Patent number: 10351051
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting system is provided herein. A spotlight is coupled to a vehicle and is configured to project light in a target direction. A controller is configured to wirelessly send command signals to the spotlight. A user-input device is in communication with the controller and is provided on a steering wheel of the vehicle. The command signals are based on user-input and control at least one of an aim direction and a light activation of the spotlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Paul Duncan, Doug H. Randlett, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Douglas Miller, Christopher Charles Hunt, Stuart C. Salter, Chad Hoover, Matthew Cramer Mullen
  • Patent number: 10207649
    Abstract: A multi-axis roof-rack mounting system includes a bracket member and a support member coupled to the bracket member. The bracket member includes a middle portion and two arm members connected to and extending upwardly from opposing lateral edges of the middle portion. The support member includes a curved portion having an elongate opening configured to allow lateral movement of a fastener passing through the support member, one or more saddle members moveably engaged with the support member, and a clasp member. The clasp member is coupled to the fastener and configured to be receivable within a rail. The bracket member is securable to a roof of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Iddea California, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy J. Wymore
  • Patent number: 10195984
    Abstract: An emergency signal system is a magnetically based “BABY” sign (in various languages) with colorful flashing lights, and an audible lullaby “siren” designed to be placed on top of a car when an expectant mother is on her way to the hospital to give birth. In this manner, the driver of the car is able to alert other motorists that a woman in labor is on her way to the hospital, and as a result, yield the road for the car's smooth and easy passage, helping to ensure timely arrival at the hospital for delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Bernadine McGrady
  • Patent number: 9289049
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and a method to carry recreational equipment on the back of a user, evenly distributing the weight of the recreational equipment on both shoulders of a user. The apparatus comprises of a front container portion, an intermediate portion, and a rear container portion, wherein said intermediate portion is connected between said front container portion and said rear container portion, and said front container portion connects to said rear container portion holding said intermediate portion there between. The intermediate portion comprises of a sleeve to hold a portion of the recreational equipment, at least one intermediate strap to hold an intermediate portion of the recreational equipment, and at least one bottom strap to hold a bottom portion of the recreational equipment. The intermediate portion may be stored between the front container portion and the rear container portion when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: One Wave, Inc.
    Inventors: Casey Kienel, Brandon Shalton, Christopher Ryan Walrath, Kirill Semenov
  • Patent number: 9123987
    Abstract: An apparatus for coupling an object to a surface is disclosed. The apparatus may include a mounting plate, a mounting bracket, and a locking plate. The mounting plate may include a mounting portion configured to be coupled with the surface, a receptacle portion configured to receive a mounting bracket, and at least one protrusion extending from the mounting portion. The mounting bracket may include a backing portion, and a coupling portion. The backing portion may define at least one aperture configured to receive the at least one protrusion when the mounting bracket is disposed in the receptacle portion of the mounting plate. The coupling portion may be configured to be coupled with the object, which may be an antenna. The locking plate may be configured to be disposed between at least a portion of the at least one protrusion and at least a portion of the backing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: DISH NETWORK L.L.C.
    Inventors: David Michael Lettkeman, Adam Michael Frank
  • Patent number: 9085266
    Abstract: The present invention provides a structure of a roof rack, which includes: a base, which has one side forming a first clamping section; a fixing member, which has one side forming a second clamping section, the second clamping section and the first clamping section being arranged to correspond to and movable with respect to each other for clamping purposes; a rod, which has one end coupled to the base, the rod extending through the fixing member to project out, the rod having an opposite end coupled to an extension coupler; and a roof transverse bar, which is coupled to the base and the fixing member, the roof transverse bar having at least one coupling slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Pu-Lun Chang
  • Patent number: 9038874
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle rack arrangement (10) comprises a load carrying bar (29 and at least a first clamp rack load carrier foot (50). The first clamp rack load carrier foot (50) comprises a grip member (80), a body (55), an attachment arrangement (90) and optionally an intermediate member (70). The load carrier foot (50) comprises a connection arrangement (50) which interacts with a stop surface (25a, 25b) of a load carrying bar (20) in a retaining manner to thereby, when operating the attachment arrangement (90), impart a force component to the load carrying bar (20) towards the body (55). A stop surface (25b) of the load carrying bar (20) prevents the connection arrangement (51) from displacement in a direction parallel with the longitudinal direction (X) of the load carrying bar (20), after assembly therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: THULE SWEDEN AB
    Inventors: Jonas Poulsen, Stefan Almhill
  • Patent number: 8839997
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a load carrier foot (1) for mounting at least a part of a load carrier to a first surface (2) of a vehicle. The load carrier foot (1) comprising a support member (3), arranged to abut the first surface (2), a gripping member (5) having a first part (16) arranged to abut the vehicle at a distance from the support member (3), an intermediate member (9) between the support member (3) and a second part (17) of the gripping member (5), and an adjustment member (7) acting on the intermediate member (9) to adjust a clamping force between the support member (3) and the first part (16) of the gripping member (5). The intermediate member (9) cooperates with the second part (17) of the gripping member (5) at a first working point (10) and the intermediate member cooperates with the support member (3) at a second working point (11) located at a distance (D) from the first working point (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Anders Lundgren
  • Patent number: 8678257
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roof rack (2) for a vehicle (K) comprising a front crossmember (3) and a rear crossmember (4), the crossmembers (3, 4) comprising fastening feet (5) at the end by which they are supported on the lateral roof rails (DR) and in which at least the fastening feet (5) of the front crossmember (3) comprise fastening means (8) by means of which the fastening feet (5) are able to be secured to the respectively associated roof rail (DR) of the vehicle (K). For improved securing of the roof rack (2) to the vehicle (K), it is proposed that at least one crossmember (3, 4) is connected to the rear roof rail (HR) by at least one connection element (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Henrik Huhn, John Leslie Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8672397
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roof structure of a motor vehicle, in which a roof channel, which extends in the vehicle longitudinal direction, having a fastening flange is formed on both vehicle sides by at least one vehicle body component. A roof module is fastened on the two fastening flanges, which has a planar section, implemented at least sectionally in the form of a glass roof, for bridging a roof opening formed between the roof channels, at least one pair of installation bases for installing a roof rail being arranged between the fastening flanges and the planar section of the roof module. The planar section has a plurality of module openings, which are assigned to the installation bases and are each enclosed by a plastic extrusion coating, for an installation of the roof rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Richard Stahlhut, Axel Boywitt
  • Publication number: 20140069971
    Abstract: A roof rack mounting and weight transfer system for vehicles with removable hard tops, the system including at least two mounting arrangements, each mounting arrangement including an external support mount that is secured to the external surface of the roof for attaching a roof rack to, and internal transfer means to transfer the load from the support mount to the vehicle body or frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew van Kaathoven
  • Publication number: 20140028007
    Abstract: A roof rack assembly for a motor vehicle includes roof rails having a recess and constructed to be fastened on a vehicle roof of the motor vehicle. A load carrier to be installed on the roof rails has a mounting projection engaging with the roof rails through the recess when the load carrier is installed and cooperating with a mounting receptacle for retaining the load carrier. The recess is closed by a cover when the load carrier is not installed, with a detection device detecting a cover state of the recess. A method for operating a controller of a motor vehicle and a corresponding controller are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Audi AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Pfeiffer, Felix Ballweg, Wolfgang Schmid
  • Patent number: 8534516
    Abstract: The present invention includes a polyurethane foam block placed on a vehicle rooftop to protect the vehicle's rooftop from damage during transport of cargo supported thereon, further comprising a generally trapezoidal shape of a length substantially equal than a width of the vehicle, further having a pair of opposing flexible extending ear portions. The bottom surface comprises a corrugated base of foam material to conform to the curvature of the vehicle's rooftop. An elastic fabric covers the device and the ear portions and further comprises a means for receiving rigging material in securing the device to the existing vehicle rooftop and preventing unwanted cargo shifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Tri D. Vo
  • Patent number: 8534518
    Abstract: A positioning device of vehicle roof rack of the present invention includes a base, a positioning element, a buckle element, and a fixing element. The base forms a plurality of positioning slots and a connecting slot connecting the positioning slots. The positioning element is disposed slidably on the connecting slot and is able to be received in one of the positioning slots alternatively. An end of the buckle element is fixed to the positioning element by the fixing element, and the other end of the buckle element is to be buckled to a perimeter edge of a vehicle. Thereby, the position the buckle element being buckled to the perimeter edge can be adjusted by moving the positioning element. Thus, the positioning device of vehicle roof rack can be employed on vehicles in different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: King Roof Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jack C. T. Shen
  • Publication number: 20130193177
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle rack arrangement (10) comprises a load carrying bar (29 and at least a first clamp rack load carrier foot (50). The first clamp rack load carrier foot (50) comprises a grip member (80), a body (55), an attachment arrangement (90) and optionally an intermediate member (70). The load carrier foot (50) comprises a connection arrangement (50) which interacts with a stop surface (25a, 25b) of a load carrying bar (20) in a retaining manner to thereby, when operating the attachment arrangement (90), impart a force component to the load carrying bar (20) towards the body (55). A stop surface (25b) of the load carrying bar (20) prevents the connection arrangement (51) from displacement in a direction parallel with the longitudinal direction (X) of the load carrying bar (20), after assembly therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: THULE SWEDEN AB
    Inventors: Jonas Poulsen, Stefan Almhill
  • Patent number: 8302828
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a cross bar of a roof carrier for vehicles. The cross bar may include a cross bar body. First and second brackets are provided on both ends of the cross bar body. First and second locking pins are provided, respectively, on the first and second brackets to be elastically ejected. A link is positioned in the first bracket and hinged to the first locking pin. A release lever includes a coupling part hinged to the link and installed via a rotating shaft, and a grip part exposed to the outside, so that when the release lever rotates, the link and the first locking pin are pulled into the cross bar body. A wire couples the coupling part of the release lever with the second locking pin. According to the present invention, the release lever is mounted to only one side and only one wire is used, thus reducing manufacturing costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hang Young Kim, Woo Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 8123287
    Abstract: A roof for a motor vehicle incorporating a roof channel has a cage with a slider guided therein in the vicinity of a retaining means for a roof rack. The slider can be displaced in the cage from a position closing the roof rack opening into a position exposing the roof rack opening. In addition, the cage holds a cover strip for the roof channel. The slider and the cage are made from a synthetic material and can be produced and installed in a particularly economical manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Michael Fuchs, Joachim-Günther Loitz, Andreas Rogge
  • Patent number: 8109422
    Abstract: A load carrier for a rear end of a vehicle includes a load supporting member, a mounting member including a hub connecting arm and a vehicle contacting portion, and a releasable pivot locking member. The hub connecting arm and the vehicle contacting portion are pivotally coupled to one another and the releasable pivot locking member, in a locked state, prevents pivoting movement of the hub connecting arm and the vehicle contacting portion such that the hub connecting arm and the vehicle contacting portion are disposed at an angle with respect to one another. In an unlocked state, the releasable pivot locking member allows pivoting movement of the vehicle contacting portion with respect to the hub connecting arm such that the vehicle contacting portion may be pivoted toward the hub connecting arm, e.g., as may be desired to collapse the load carrier for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Frederick G. Murray
  • Publication number: 20110315726
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roof rack (2) for a vehicle (K) comprising a front crossmember (3) and a rear crossmember (4), the crossmembers (3, 4) comprising fastening feet (5) at the end, by which they are supported on the lateral roof rails (DR), and in which at least the fastening feet (5) of the front crossmember (3) comprise fastening means (8), by means of which the fastening feet (5) are able to be secured to the respectively associated roof rail (DR) of the vehicle (K). For improved securing of the roof rack (2) to the vehicle (K) it is proposed that at least one crossmember (3, 4) is connected to the rear roof rail (HR) via at least one connection element (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Henrik Huhn, John Leslie Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8074851
    Abstract: The invention provides improvements for an enclosed carrier configured for mounting on top of a car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Settelmayer, Scott R. Allen, Timothy C. Smith
  • Patent number: 8016171
    Abstract: A vehicle article carrier system incorporating at least one single sided release cross bar assembly. The cross bar assembly includes first and second end support assemblies. Detachment or adjustable positioning of the cross bar assembly is made by a user engaging a locking element in a first one of the end support assemblies and moving a cross bar of the cross bar assembly linearly, telescopically slidably into a second one of the end support assemblies. This causes a release of tension provided by a biasing element in the second end support assembly, thus enabling the entire cross bar assembly to be removed from the side rails. The single biasing element in the second cross bar assembly provides a constant tension on latching elements mounted in each of the first and second end support assemblies, which maintain each of the assemblies in locking engagement with the side rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey M Aftanas
  • Patent number: 7980437
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roof rack system (1) for a vehicle, specifically for a passenger car, having at least one roof rail (2), which is configured in one piece and can be located on the vehicle body with an attaching device (13), wherein the roof rail (2) has a contact surface (27) extending over the length of the roof rail (2) which can be placed substantially continuously over its full length on the vehicle body (13) and is conformed to the vehicle body contour, and the attaching device has a retaining element (58) which is located in a cavity (60) of the roof rail (2) in the manner of a slot nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Hans und Ottmar Binder GmbH Oberflachenveredelung
    Inventors: Hans Binder, Ottmar Binder
  • Patent number: 7857179
    Abstract: A universal folding carrier for carrying objects on tailgates of pickup trucks and trunk lids of automobiles or the like has a substantially U-shaped frame, a substantially U-shaped carrying member and a substantially U-shaped supporting member. The folding carrier is movable between a folded or storage position and a locked extended or operational position. The carrying arm is pivotally mounted to the frame and the supporting member is pivotally mounted to the frame. A latching assembly includes a pair of first brackets. The first brackets are mounted on opposite sides of the frame. A pair of second brackets is mounted to opposite sides of the carrying member, each second bracket having a ramp portion and a latch. A latching assembly with first and second latching members is mounted to the first brackets. Each latching member has an engaging pin, the engaging pins extending from opposite ends of the latching members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: R. A. Allen Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Allen, Alexander R. Allen
  • Publication number: 20100193555
    Abstract: A carrier for elongated cargos, especially recreational cargos such as canoes, kayaks, long wind resistant loads, surf or paddle boards, etc. suitable for use on automobiles having a trunk-mounted, adjustable height support for supporting the rear portion of the elongated cargo in cooperation with a traditional roof mounted cargo rack on the top of the automobile. The trunk-mounted support may be height adjustable to ensure universal compatibility with different automobiles and with various roof-top carriers. The height adjustability feature also helps position the elongated cargo at an angle to control aerodynamic effects to help ensure the stability of the elongated cargo on the support system, even at highway speeds. The trunk-mounted support design eliminates the need for a bumper or trailer hitch attachment, such bumper attachments being impossible on many modern automobiles. The trunk-mounted support is both easy to install and to adjust.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: G. Kyle Gift
  • Publication number: 20100192704
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a load carrier foot (1) and a torque indicator device (25, 34, 44, 532, 74) for use with various sports equipment accessory devices, preferably a load carrier foot, the torque indicator providing a signal alerting an operator that a desired torque has been reached, thereby avoiding over-tightening or under-tightening of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: THULE SWEDEN AB
    Inventors: Joseph R. Flaherty, William E. Fortune, JR., Keith Prescott
  • Patent number: 7721925
    Abstract: A universal roof rack mounting system includes small, nearly imperceptible, permanently attached pads and removable cross bar towers. The pads extend only about one quarter inch from an automobile roof and may be painted to match the color of the roof. The cross bar towers may be quickly and easily attached and detached from the pads, and the cross bar towers include a passage which accepts known roof rack cross bars including, both round and rectangular cross bars. An adjustable latching action between the pads and the cross bar towers allows a range of cross bar tower lean angles, thereby allowing the mounting system to adapt to any vehicle roof. The cross bar towers include locking release covers, and the cross bar towers are easily removed, with or without cross bars attached, by unlocking and lifting the tower covers, and the rack system can be lifted off as a unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas F. Graffy, Stepan Gevorkyan
  • Publication number: 20100097819
    Abstract: A mounting platform attached to a vehicle through an existing opening. A base portion having a clamp is placed through a brake light assembly opening, after the brake light assembly has been removed, and is securely held to the roof of a vehicle. A platform portion is attached to the base portion. The mounting platform is used to mount accessories such as light bars, emergency lights, antennas, or any other accessory desired to be mounted to the vehicle. The mounting platform may be easily installed and removed from the vehicle without any damage or modification to the vehicle and without drilling any additional holes in the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas E. Schellens
  • Publication number: 20100006612
    Abstract: Fastening method and device for detachably fixing a load carrier to a vehicle that includes a bracket configured to be affixed to a roof of the vehicle. The bracket has at least one elongate recess or hole for detachably clamping a load carrier foot. The load carrier foot includes an axially movable hooked member or bolt with a hooked portion having an elongated shape, which is configured to be moved through the elongated recess. The hooked member is twistable in the recess to axially lock the hooked member against the bracket. The elongate recess or hole may have longitudinally elongate or arched longitudinal edges, and corresponding ledge surfaces, whereby the hooked portion of the hooked member, for example a head of the bolt, may longitudinally slide along the longitudinally elongate or arched ledge surfaces and tilt forward in the event of a sudden slowing or stopping of the vehicle, for instance, in a crash.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: HANS ODIN
  • Publication number: 20090261136
    Abstract: A surfboard rack device has a center post, two bottom receiver rings, and two top retainer loops. The bottom receiver rings may also have flexible netting forming bottom baskets, into which one end of a surfboard is inserted. The other end of the surfboard rests in one of the top retainer loops and is secured by an elasticized strap that hooks to a strap ring on the top retainer loop or a pair of hinged rigid arcs which lock together. The device is mounted on a vehicle either by sliding a trailer hitch insert into the vehicle's trailer hitch receptacle, or by hooking the flat hooks of the rack support over the top and bottom of the vehicle's trunk lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventor: Shawn Skoff
  • Patent number: 7503470
    Abstract: The invention provides improvements for an enclosed carrier configured for mounting on top of a car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Settelmayer, Scott R. Allen, Timothy C. Smith
  • Patent number: 7434713
    Abstract: A load carrier foot for mounting a load carrier bar on a vehicle roof includes a foot part having an upper end attached to the load carrier bar, and a lower end mounted on a roof edge area. The foot part is secured to the roof by a clamping plate gripping a body fold. The clamping plate has a tightening mechanism and a pivot pin in pivotable engagement with the foot part. The foot part and the clamping plate are each provided with contact faces above and below the pivot pin, which interact in a locking manner to prevent the clamping plate from turning about the pivot pin and losing a grip on the body fold when the clamping plate is tightened against the foot part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Claes-Goran Linden
  • Patent number: 7419286
    Abstract: A mounting foot for mounting a light bar on a roof of a vehicle includes at least one platform. The platform includes a recess for slidably receiving a base of a light assembly to mount the light assembly on the platform. The light assembly has a base fixedly secured to the platform and a light enclosure rotatably connected to the base of the light assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Code 3, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul L. Stein
  • Patent number: 7401757
    Abstract: Described is a fixing arrangement for releasably fixing an air conditioning module to the roof of a vehicle such as a rail vehicle. The module has opposite side surfaces from which first fixing projections project. The vehicle roof supports positioning rail members in mutually parallel relationship at a spacing from each other corresponding to the spacing between the side surfaces of the module. The positioning rail members have upwardly open first openings. Second fixing projections project from the positioning rail members at the outside thereof laterally beside the first openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Konvekta AG
    Inventor: Dirk Lomp
  • Publication number: 20080110949
    Abstract: A panel truck provides a material carrier made up of a fixed frame clamped the a rain gutter of the truck and a movable frame that is able to be drawn toward the fixed frame to clamp panels between the frames. The fixed frame is further secured to the truck by a clamp leg that may be drawn toward an interior panel of the truck so as to apply clamping action between the fixed frame against the exterior panel of the truck and the clamp leg against the interior panel. Therefore, the material carrier is easily mounted on the truck and easiy removed therefrom without any modification to the truck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventors: Zbigniew Jozef Adamczewski, Ruth Esther Gosey
  • Patent number: 7328823
    Abstract: A tower device for securing a crossbar on a vehicle includes a base portion, a tower portion, and a pivotal cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott R. Allen
  • Patent number: 7131620
    Abstract: A portable assistive device adaptable to most vehicles with hinged doors. The invention as described allows for anchor unit to rest outside vehicle and to be positioned for use with the door open. The apparatus user can then shut the door without holding the invention in place. As described, the anchor unit is connected to the grip unit with flexible connector straps and does not interfere with operation of the window and does not require the disconnection of the flexible connector straps to transfer the device between vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Joy Viren Murphy
  • Patent number: 6845893
    Abstract: The generally rectangular support platform of a mounting foot primary component includes laterally extending tabs configured for reception in respective of longitudinally extending slots defined by an elongated strength member of the light bar. Diagonally opposite corners of the support platform are rounded off so that the primary component is installable by insertion toward the elongated member at an angular orientation and rotation to engage the tabs in the slots. The support platform defines a recessed channel for carrying a metal retaining bar. Fasteners passing through threaded openings in the retaining bar force the retaining bar and primary component away from the elongated member, placing the support platform tabs and lateral ends of the retaining bar in frictional engagement with the lips of the elongated member. A blocking bar is fixed against an end face of the primary component to block counter rotation of the mounting foot relative to the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Whelen Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff Nelson
  • Patent number: 6843394
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a roof carrier structure capable of reducing the amount of movement of a roof carrier for a vehicle during the rapid acceleration or deceleration of the vehicle. In order to achieve this object, there is provided a roof carrier mounting structure for mounting a roof carrier on a member to which a roof carrier is mounted of a vehicle, comprising a roof carrier; and an inclined portion formed on the roof carrier and inclined to gradually approach or move away from a member to which a roof carrier is mounted in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle for converting inertia force acting on the vehicle in the longitudinal direction into a fastening force for fastening the roof carrier to the member to which a roof carrier is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Aki
  • Publication number: 20040182898
    Abstract: A vehicular cargo carrying arrangement having a cargo carrier secured by an anchor assembly to a transporting vehicle. The arrangement includes a transporting vehicle and a cargo carrier releasably interconnected by an anchor assembly, the transporting vehicle having a receiving arrangement for the anchor assembly. The anchor assembly has a pair of spaced apart connecting members, each of the connecting members being releasably attached between the cargo carrier and the transporting vehicle. At least one of the connecting members is adapted to accommodate fixation of a spanning member between the pair of spaced apart connecting members. A spanning member is connected between the pair of spaced apart connecting members and is configured to accept a securement member thereupon by a slip connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Applicant: THULE SWEDEN AB
    Inventor: Kevin W. HARRIS
  • Patent number: 6742686
    Abstract: A load carrier foot arrangement comprising a load carrier foot (3) which is mounted on a rail profile (2) which exhibits a mounting opening (12), wherein the load carrier foot is secured to the rail profile by means of a locking device having a locking spindle (21) which actuates a locking plate (27) and locks the foot to the rail profile, and wherein a retaining catch (32) is eccentrically and rotatably disposed on the locking spindle, which retaining catch interacts with notches (13) in the rail profile to prevent unwanted movement of the load carrier foot along the rail profile when the locking device is in locked position, the retaining catch having for this purpose a stop face (38) and a sensing element (39), that the retaining catch is prestressed by a tensioning element (37) to a position such that the stop face interferes obstructively with an edge region (41) of the load carrier foot (3) when the sensing element is not actuated, and that the mounting opening (12) is of such a size that the sensing el
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Anders Lundgren
  • Patent number: 6662982
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device in a load carrier for vehicles, which load carrier is intended for roof-mounting. The load carrier comprises support members intended to rest against the upper face of the vehicle roof close to the edge thereof, a sheet-metal gripping member disposed in the support member to grip the edge portion of the vehicle roof, and a means arranged to lock the support member and the gripping member in a position, in which said means grippingly engages the associated roof edge portion. The gripping member is divided, in a portion of articulation, into at least two parts as seen in the lengthwise extension of the member, said two parts being hingedly interconnected in said portion of articulation in overlapping fashion while being separated by means of a spacer element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Mont Blanc Industri AB
    Inventor: Sari Päkkilä
  • Patent number: 6497350
    Abstract: This invention discloses a heavy duty vehicle rack capable of carrying heavy loads and that utilizes fasteners, to attach to the rack to the vehicle's gutter or drip rails. The heavy duty rack of the present invention has specially shaped cooperating end and clamp portions so that the rack can be attached to a variety of vans made by different manufacturers with different style and shapes gutter/drip rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Cross Tread Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: David R. Hickey
  • Patent number: 6491192
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a roof carrier structure capable of reducing the amount of movement of a roof carrier for a vehicle during the rapid acceleration or deceleration of the vehicle. In order to achieve this object, there is provided a roof carrier mounting structure for mounting a roof carrier on a member to which a roof carrier is mounted of a vehicle, comprising a roof carrier; and an inclined portion formed on the roof carrier and inclined to gradually approach or move away from a member to which a roof carrier is mounted in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle for converting inertia force acting on the vehicle in the longitudinal direction into a fastening force for fastening the roof carrier to the member to which a roof carrier is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Aki
  • Patent number: 6457617
    Abstract: The invention relates to a load carrier for vehicles, comprising a load carrier bar which extends over the exterior of a vehicle, and support members which extend between the load carrier bay and the vehicle and which are releasably mountable on the vehicle and the load carrier bar with the aid of clamping devices which extend from each support member for engagement with the load carrier bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Mont Blanc Industri AB
    Inventor: Göran Andersson
  • Publication number: 20020117524
    Abstract: A trunk-mountable equipment rack includes a frame having a cross member and a plurality of legs. The legs have straps attached that are capable of extending to couple the legs to the trunk of a vehicle. These straps allow the equipment rack to be placed on and secured to different sizes and shapes of trunks of vehicles. The invention also includes support bars for securing equipment to the equipment rack for transportation on a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: Chanyoung Jeong
  • Publication number: 20010030214
    Abstract: An anchor assembly adapted for securing a cargo carrier body to a short roof-line transporting vehicle. The anchor assembly includes a pair of spaced apart connecting members, each of which are adapted to be attached to a cargo carrier body. At least one of the connecting members is adapted to accommodate fixation of a spanning member between the pair of spaced apart connecting members. A spanning member is adapted to be connected between the pair of spaced apart connecting members and the spanning member is configured to accept a securement member thereupon by a slip connection. A moveable securement member is slidingly engaged upon the spanning member and has one end distally positionable away from the spanning member which is adapted to be secured to a transporting vehicle. Such fixation is normally accomplished using an anchor clip. The anchor clip is typically adapted to catch in a gap space on the transporting vehicle established between the door frame(s) and a roof's surface of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2001
    Publication date: October 18, 2001
    Inventor: Kevin W. Harris