Two Or More Separate Carriers Used Together Patents (Class 224/546)
  • Patent number: 10780836
    Abstract: A substantially panel system for a truck includes a middle portion, a clamping portion, a displacement portion, and a clamp. The middle portion has mounting features configured to rigidly receive accessories or accessory mounts. The clamping portion is disposed above the middle portion. The displacement portion is disposed between the middle portion and the clamping portion and defines a lateral offset of the middle portion from the clamping portion. The clamp pulls the clamping portion toward a lip of a bed rail of a sidewall of a truck bed, thereby coupling the panel system to the sidewall of the truck bed, without the middle or displacement portions laterally extending farther toward the lip of the bed rail than the clamping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Ian Fisher
  • Patent number: 10775130
    Abstract: A holster is disclosed specially adapted for an assault weapon, the assault weapon having a pistol grip and a magwell. The holster comprises two separate brackets, an upper bracket and a lower bracket, where both the upper and lower holster brackets are adapted to be supported by a tactical vest with MOLLE webbing. The upper holster bracket has two terminal ends including two wings on the two terminal ends formed in a partial retrograde fashion to fold away from and oppose each other. The two wings can be manually spread apart in order to accept and surround the pistol grip of an assault weapon. The upper holster bracket is formed to surround the pistol grip of the assault weapon, and wherein the two wings rebound to their initial shape after providing a secure interference fit with the pistol grip of the assault weapon. A lower holster bracket in an approximate ā€œUā€ shape is adapted to engage and support the magwell of an assault weapon and attaches to lower MOLLE webbing of the tactical vest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Joseph Cass
  • Patent number: 10722027
    Abstract: A weapon security apparatus includes a base member and a gate member pivotably coupled to the base member configured to enclose a portion of a weapon. The apparatus further includes a retractable latch, the retractable latch locking the gate member in the closed position when in a non-retracted state and releasing the gate member when in a retracted state. The apparatus also includes a solenoid configured to retract the retractable latch when activated. The apparatus includes a controller configured to activate the solenoid with a first electrical current for a first period of time during which the retractable latch moves to the retracted position and with a second electrical current for a second period of time during which the retractable latch is held in the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin B. Pintar, Thomas Torres, Cory Ytsma
  • Patent number: 10551146
    Abstract: A bracket for mounting a weapon and a holster has a first bracket member having a back wall and a pair of side walls. Adjacent an outer edge of the side walls are cut-out grooves that slidably receive a block. The block has bores on side edges that are positioned to selectively align with mounting holes in the side walls of the first bracket member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Tyson G. Lamb
  • Patent number: 10093242
    Abstract: In one series of embodiments, a carrier system includes a rack mountable on a vehicle to transport material. The rack includes a frame having one or more suction cups attached to the rear side of the frame, e.g., for attachment to a surface such as the side of the vehicle. A support bar mates with the frame. The support bar and the frame may include attachment configurations which mate with one another to selectively and securely attach the bar to the front side of the frame with the bar extending in a direction away from the one or more cups. With the rack comprising a plurality of suction cups, the frame may be configured as a plate or may comprise a series of arms or connected braces which extend away from a center position to the suction cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Brian Will, Ken Kniepmann
  • Patent number: 9752721
    Abstract: A mounting system having a base plate, multiple mounting apertures adapted to releasably hold a man-portable equipment item, and non-invasive fasteners for attaching to a structure without damaging the structure. The non-invasive fasteners can include adhesive bonded fasteners which couple to a structure without damaging the structure and permit attachment and removal of the mounting system. The base plate and mounting apertures are designed to minimize mounting footprint and orient the man-portable equipment item in relation to a user structure or aperture such as a turret, egress point, portal, or other structure which requires a user to pass through a structure and have immediate access to the man-portable equipment item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Shimmel, Todd Mehringer, Garric Henry
  • Patent number: 9327652
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a vehicle configured to hold a tool. The toolholder assembly includes a ring and a collar. The ring and collar are both attached to the vehicle adjacent a passenger compartment portion of the vehicle and the ring and collar are spaced apart from each other on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: ASW, LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Lewis King, Rick Lynn Miller
  • Patent number: 8887973
    Abstract: A vehicle gun rack, comprising a set of support racks having posts that replace traditional head rests in a motor vehicle. Existing head rests are removed from two adjacent vehicle seats and replaced with the disclosed racks that are used to support a gun or rifle across the span of the two seats. The device comprises a seat-mountable rack with upstanding supports and a plurality of gun support hooks. The gun support hooks hold a rifle such that the rifle spans the space between the racks, while the racks occupy the head rest receiving post locations on the vehicle seats. The racks are therefore useful in the spaces wherein seat head rests are traditionally located within the interior of a vehicle, which is useful in vehicles where traditional rear window gun racks cannot be mounted because of the particular type of vehicle, including small vehicle or certain two-seater pick-up trucks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Glenn DeVolder
  • Publication number: 20130291362
    Abstract: The Vehicle Ladder Mounting System is comprised of two parallel or nearly parallel (angled) guide rails and one or two end accepting means. The embodiments of the Ladder Mounting System can be easily adapted, augmented, and modified because of the structure of the guide rails (or aluminum channels in the guide rails). The vehicle ladder mounting system can be mounted to a tubular or solid cross-member by a clamping means using a universal mounting clamp. The design of the embodiments of the Ladder Mounting System allows for multiple configurations as the guide rails can be adjusted to fit the width and/or angle of the ladder. The design of the embodiments of the Ladder Mounting System allows the width and/or angle to be fixed by means of the use of interior cross-member assemblies thus forming a cradle to support the ladder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffery Wayne Sutton
  • Patent number: 8444034
    Abstract: A gun mounting apparatus for utility terrain vehicles comprising: a first inverted L-shaped tubular member comprising a first attacher, a second inverted L-shaped tubular member comprising a second attacher, an obliquely oriented tubular member having a first tubular member end and a second tubular member end with a gun grip attached to each tubular member end and a first elastic cord and a second elastic cord. The first and the second inverted L-shaped tubular member may be partially inserted into receiving holes in side walls of a bed-box of a utility terrain vehicle and may be additionally secured to the vehicle via the first and second elastic cord which are attached to the first and second attacher. The gun mounting apparatus for utility terrain vehicles is suitable for transporting at least one weapon securely fastened to the gun grips which are attached to the obliquely oriented tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Steve Bennett
  • Patent number: 8403191
    Abstract: A mounting rack for mounting a ladder to a pickup truck. The pickup truck has a pickup truck bed defining a passenger side wall, a driver side wall, a front end side, and a tailgate side. The mounting rack includes a first mounting structure configured to support a first end of the ladder and a second mounting structure moveable between a storage position and an operating position. The second mounting structure is configured to support a second end of the ladder when in the operating position and abut the first mounting structure when in the storage position. The mounting rack also includes a first docking assembly configured to affix the second mounting structure to the passenger side wall and the driver side wall on the tailgate side of the pick-up truck bed when the second mounting structure is in the operating position, and a second docking assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: James C. Russo
  • Publication number: 20130062386
    Abstract: A medical litter mounting and carrier quick-assembly kit for flatbeds of trucks and all-terrain vehicles is described. The quick assembly kit comprises track rails upon which catch brackets are slideably engaged adjust to the width of any litter or stretcher having stirrups. The catch brackets engage and secure the litter stirrups for mounting of the litter on the flatbed of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Chris B. Harris, Terry Lee Wilmeth
  • Publication number: 20120240379
    Abstract: The instant invention, the Vehicle Ladder Mounting System, is comprised of a rail assembly, a plurality of support assemblies, one or more security assemblies, and one or more accessory assemblies. The rail assembly of the instant invention is comprised of two parallel rails connected by a plurality of cross-member assemblies. The instant invention can be easily adapted, augmented, and modified because of the structure of the aluminum channel. The design of the instant invention allows for multiple configurations as the rail can be attached to the punched pattern in many configurations via a bolt-nut combination. The instant invention is also comprised of assemblies that can be used to stack ladders on a vehicle. The instant invention is also comprised of an inclined ladder rack assembly and accessory attachments such as the shovel holders, beacon support, and inclined beacon support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey Wayne Sutton
  • Publication number: 20110121045
    Abstract: A tool organizer comprises a rectangular plate having a raised frame extending thereabout. A rectangular pad is sized to fit against the rectangular plate within the raised frame. The rectangular pad has a plurality of spaced apart matching tool cutouts therealong. A plurality of hook and loop fastener tabs are secured between the rectangular plate and the rectangular pad to maintain the rectangular pad to the rectangular plate. A plurality of double sided adhesive tape strips are provided with each placed through one tool cutout in the rectangular pad and against the rectangular plate to hold a tool thereto. A mechanism is for retaining in a removable manner each tool within the matching tool cutout in the rectangular pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Agerton
  • Patent number: 7870983
    Abstract: A facial tissue box holder for automobile includes two supports comprising a rectangular main section having slits at both ends, a rectangular side section hingedly secured to the main section, an engagement section pivotably secured to the side section, and a magnetic strip on inner surfaces of the engagement and side sections; and two straps comprising two hook and loop fasteners at both ends. The engagement sections can be inserted into sides of a tissue box. For each support pivoting the side section to magnetically secure to the engagement section, pivoting the main section to engage the back of the tissue box, looping one end of the strap around a post, securing one hook and loop fastener around the post, inserting the other end of the strap through the slits, and securing the hooks to the loops of the other hook and loop fastener will hang the tissue box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: Cheng-Lung Chen
  • Publication number: 20100327140
    Abstract: A method for installing a means capable of removably securing a pole, comprising installing a first support, installing a second support, inserting said pole into said first support, and thereafter, inserting said pole into said second support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: David Brian Jahnz
  • Patent number: 7669828
    Abstract: An accessory mounting system is for attaching at least first and second accessories to a vehicle. A first bracket is configured to connectably receive the first accessory and a second bracket is configured to connectably receive the second accessory. The second bracket has a configuration substantially different than the first bracket. A mount is coupled with the vehicle and is configured to connectably receive the first bracket to attach the first accessory to the vehicle and to alternatively connectably receive the second bracket to attach the second accessory to the vehicle. The mount preferably includes a base coupled with the vehicle and at least one and preferably two apertures extending into the base, each configured to receive a fastener coupled with the accessory. A slotted opening extends into the base, is spaced below the apertures, and configured to receive a portion of either an accessory or a bracket connected therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Club Car, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Hardy, Gary L. Lewis, Duane E. Newman, Geoff D. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20080296330
    Abstract: A mountable storage arrangement includes a mounting frame and a mountable storage device. The mounting frame includes a draw tube and a base member and upright member secured to the draw tube. The base member includes a support member having an axially extending portion and a laterally extending portion. The mountable storage device includes a base portion having a lower frame engaging surface including a recess sized to receive the support member to limit lateral and axial movement of the base portion with respect to the base member. The mountable storage device further includes an upright portion having an attachment feature configured to be secured to a corresponding attachment feature of the upright member to limit vertical movement of the base portion with respect to the base member when the support portion of the base member is received in the base portion recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: D. Scott KALOUS, Raymond H. KLEIN, II, Scott STEVENS
  • Patent number: 7137474
    Abstract: A support structure for a container (1) provided with neck portions (47, 49) on both ends of a longitudinal direction thereof which includes; a first support member (5) for supporting one of the neck portions (47, 49) of the container (1); a second support member (7) for supporting the other of the neck portions (47, 49) of the container (1), and elastically pressing the container (1) in the longitudinal direction thereof; and a frame (3) to which the first and second support members (5, 7) are fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masatsugu Yokote
  • Patent number: 7097082
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus (20) for mounting accessory components to a panel includes a frame assembly (22) configured to attach to at least one location on a panel (58). The frame assembly (22) may include a frame member (26) and a first mounting plate (28) pivotally attached to the frame member (26). The first mounting plate (28) is configured to receive a component and is moveable from a closed position and an open position at an angle relative to the frame member (26). The frame member (26) further includes at least one aperture (56) to provide access to features and controls located on the panel (58) positioned behind the apparatus (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventor: Keith David Wallaker
  • Patent number: 7044344
    Abstract: A container for a golf car has a connector for connecting a golfing accessory to the container. The connector comprises a pair of notches formed in the container for receiving a pair of clips formed in the golf accessory. The golfing accessory is solely supported from the container by the connector and permits non-interfering use of the container and the golfing accessory when the golfing accessory is attached to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Covered Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: David R. Winkler
  • Patent number: 6820781
    Abstract: An all terrain vehicle storage rack including an L-shaped bracket having a base for supporting a container thereon and an upstanding leg for detachably mounting on the back of an all terrain vehicle storage rack. A forward portion of at least one container retaining ring is secured to the upstanding leg. A rear portion of the ring is secured and to a rigidifying bar which spans the terminal end of the base and a rear portion of the container ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Gary M. Gardner
  • Publication number: 20040222262
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting an accessory to a trailer hitch receiver assembly (R) includes a body (12) with an accessory mounting port (14) and a mounting plate (16,20), bracket plate (36) or flange (52) and a fastener (28, 48, 64 or 80) which cooperates with the mounting plate (42), bracket (58) or flange (M) to effectively secure the body to the hitch receiver assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventors: Richard W McCoy, Thomas W Lindenman, Marvin L Hanson
  • Publication number: 20040084491
    Abstract: A cargo carrier (10) for bicycles (Y1, Y2) is removably installable in the bed (B) of a truck (T) and has a base plate (12) which mounts on top of the truck bed. One side of the base plate bears against one wall (W1) of the truck bed and an adjustable stop (14) is adjustable to bear against the opposite wall (W2) so to allow the carrier to be installed in trucks having different bed widths. Saddles (40) have risers (42) extending vertically upwardly from the base plate. An attachment screw (62) extending between the risers is used for securing bicycles to the carrier. The base plate may include an offset section so two bicycles can be carried in a side-by-side, staggered formation. The saddles are removable and can be replaced with posts or mounts for carrying other items in the bed. The carrier is in kit form for quick assembly, when needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventor: Verlin V. Gibson
  • Patent number: 6695183
    Abstract: An article holder particularly for use with all-terrain vehicles and comprising bifurcated arms, with or without fins or other holding structures extending between the arms and a cushioning web between the arms at the junction of the arms to provide a cushion for an article to be held between the arms and to close the arms against an inserted article when the cushioning means is depressed and including a mounting base projecting from the junction of the arms and hooks on the outer sides of the arms to accommodate a resilient strap to be hooked over an inserted article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventors: Dennis H. Hancock, Jeffery D. Hancock
  • Patent number: 6681971
    Abstract: Securement arrangement for mounting articles upon a carrying vehicle. The arrangement includes a pair of substantially rigid body members. At least one of the pair of body members has a receiver configured to accept the installation of a fitting member therein. A plurality of resilient fitting members are utilized. Each fitting member is adapted to be installed in the receiver in a plurality of orientations. At least one of the fitting members is configured to present a variable buffering thickness between the rigid body member and a receiving member of a carrying vehicle upon which the securement arrangement shall be installed. The variable buffering thickness is dependent upon an installed orientation of the fitting member in the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: John Laverack, Gregor Weaver, John F. Niedermeyer, Fred Murray, Jeffrey Ransden
  • Patent number: 6672637
    Abstract: A vehicular window system includes a window assembly that is adapted to be mounted in an opening of a vehicle. The window assembly includes at least one window panel and a mounting member, which is fixedly attached to a surface of the window panel. The window assembly further preferably includes an attachment member, which is attached to the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventor: Barry W. Hutzel
  • Publication number: 20030230607
    Abstract: A sectional receiver rack includes a main framework piece that is attached to a mounting surface of the personal recreational vehicle. The main framework may be flat and may be fashioned generally in the image of a cargo rack. The main framework may have mounting flanges for facilitating its connection to the recreational vehicle. The main framework has couplers along one or more portions of its periphery. The couplers enable the main framework to be joined to one or more auxilliary frame pieces that contain coupling members that mate with the couplers of the main framework. The auxilliary frame pieces may be removed, thereby exposing the couplers to which they were attached. The exposed couplers may be used for joining cargo unit to the main framework. Accordingly, the cargo units may be secured to the main framework by joining their attached coupling members to the couplers attached to the main framework.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2002
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Applicant: Arctic Cat Inc.
    Inventors: Ole E. Tweet, Kenneth Q. Kalsnes, P. Lewis Vaughn
  • Publication number: 20030168484
    Abstract: An offset holding device configured to be attached to a support structure and to carry elongate objects, including an attachment base configured to be attached to the support structure. A holding member can be attached to the attachment base and can include a generally “U”-shaped member having two upright arms and can be open at the top so as to define a containment area configured to receive the elongate object. A plurality of resilient gripping teeth can extend from at least one of the upright arms into the containment area, the gripping teeth being configured to at least partially deflect upon insertion of the elongate object into the holding member to releasably secure the elongate object within the containment area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Publication date: September 11, 2003
    Applicant: All Rite Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George D. Gates, Travis D. Gates
  • Patent number: 6588637
    Abstract: A utility holding device configured to be attached to a utility structure and to carry elongated objects includes a support base, a mounting stem supported by the support base, and a generally U-shaped holding member supported by the mounting stem. The U-shaped member has two upright arms which are open at the top so as to define a containment area configured to receive an elongate object. The U-shaped member further includes a plurality of alternating length gripping fins extending from at least one of the upright arms into the containment area to help hold items securely therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: All Rite Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George D. Gates, Travis D. Gates
  • Patent number: 6530510
    Abstract: A system for removably securing a cigar to a structural member of a golf cart that includes a first strap that carries a first metallic member and includes a fastener for cinching down the first strap so as to releasably secure it to the golf cart. A second strap is provided that has a second metallic member secured thereto and includes a fastener for cinching down the second strap to releasably secure it to the cigar. The fasteners for the first and second straps may be Velcro, a releasable adhesive, a buckle, or the like. At least one of the first or second metallic members is magnetized and the other is of a metal that is magnetizable, so that when the first strap is secured to the golf cart and the second strap is secured to the cigar, the cigar can be firmly, but removably, secured to the golf cart due to the attraction between the first and second metallic members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Inventor: R. Keith Ferrari
  • Patent number: 6450379
    Abstract: A load carrying vehicle accessory includes rear, medial, and front carrier units each, having a laterally extending chassis-mounted socket member that telescopically receives a sleeve having a pair of posts thereon, the posts having adjustable spacing from a side extemity of the vehicle. The socket members can be clamped under the vehicle chassis and/or incorporated in vehicle bumpers. An optional configuration has front and/or rear mounted a base to which the socket member is pivotally mounted as an arm, the posts being foldable in-line with the arm, the arm also folding inwardly from the side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Inventor: W. Anthony R. Cook
  • Patent number: 6412675
    Abstract: An elongate article carrier for use with motor vehicles provides at least two separate wide, thin, flexible, elongate straps or bands, each of which in turn supports a rigid article support hanger which is removably secured to the band. Each of the bands includes a vehicle attachment end and a hanger attachment tab or portion extending therefrom. In one embodiment, the bands each have one or more protuberances captured in the vehicle attachment end, with the protuberance(s) providing for the removable attachment of each band to the vehicle. A panel (door, hood, or trunk) of the vehicle is opened, the protuberance is placed within the opened compartment, and the panel is closed to capture the protuberance within the compartment and preclude slippage of the band from the vehicle so long as the compartment remains closed. A plurality of such protuberances in a single band provides for height adjustment of the band, if so desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Inventor: Billy G. Pope
  • Patent number: 6270138
    Abstract: A removable shelving component for vehicles uses permanently mounted vehicle internal side wall frames to removably attach shelving components with pin-into-hole and tongue-into-groove connection. Modularized, the shelving is customizable to suit any desired configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Ready Metal Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Leonard Laskowski, Paul Bostjancic
  • Patent number: 6260310
    Abstract: A mast mounting system for vehicles and shelters which utilizes at least two clamp bracket assemblies mounted to the vehicle or shelter such that during transit and storage the mast is positioned at an incline with its front end located just behind the front end of the vehicle or shelter. Each clamp bracket assembly includes a clamp having upper and lower members which wrap around the mast. The upper clamp member has an inside surface lined with a high friction material while the lower clamp member has an inside surface lined with a very low friction material which receives the mast and allows it to be easily slid backwards or forwards when the clamps are in open position. When the clamps are in closed position, the upper clamp member prevents relative movement of the mast and the clamp assembly. One of the clamp bracket assemblies is mounted for adjustable movement about horizontal and vertical axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Tim Price, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Price, Farhad Habibi
  • Patent number: 6199734
    Abstract: A bowholder for supporting an archery bow on a fixed or movable structure, and particularly adapted for supporting an archery bow on a cargo carrier rack or the like of a motor vehicle, such as an all terrain vehicle (ATV), includes an elongated tubular frame member supported on spaced-apart support blocks which are mountable on a cargo carrier rack by releasable fastener assemblies. The frame member supports spaced-apart U-shaped bow limb support brackets which are mounted for pivotal movement on the frame member and are connected to pivot levers which, in turn, are connected to opposite ends of an elastically stretchable strap member. Opposite ends of the pivot levers form handles for rotating the U-shaped brackets against the bias of the elastic strap member to receive and release opposed limbs of an archery bow disposed in the U-shaped brackets, respectively. A fitted fabric cover includes an elastic hem and drawstrings for securing the cover tightly over the bowholder with a bow supported thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventor: Paul H. Meeks
  • Patent number: 6145718
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus for securing rifles, archery bows and other camping accessories to the cargo rack of an all terrain vehicle for transport. The apparatus consists of two support brackets which have a bracket pad of resilient material affixed in an opening in the brackets, a support structure for the support brackets and a means for securing the support structure to the cargo rack tubes of the all terrain vehicle. The support structure is comprised of two vertical support bars which are attached on the bottom to a horizontal bottom cross bar which is secured to the cargo rack. A horizontal top cross bar also connects the two support bars and provides added stability to the support bars. A stiffener plate which connects the bottom cross bar and the top cross bar can also be used to further enhance the stability of the support bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: Jesse L. Edwards
  • Patent number: 6032842
    Abstract: A Portable Exterior Vehicle Longload Carrier designed to assist in the safe and efficient transport of long loads. Two identical load carrying members are securely mounted by hanging a certain distance apart on a side of a vehicle allowing the long load to be transported along the vehicle's length. The load carrying members can be adjusted to mount securely to almost any vehicle and include padding on all surfaces coming into contact with the vehicle thereby preventing any vehicle damage. The load carrying members further include points to attach rope, wire, hook-end elastic bands or similar products to secure the load in place for safe transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Richard E. Brickner
  • Patent number: 5979846
    Abstract: The invention provides a holder for a rifle for mounting the rifle on a wall, e.g. inside a vehicle, with one front and at least one rear retainer for securing a respective front and rear rifle section--as viewed in the direction of the barrel--, wherein the front retainer at least partially envelops the front gun-stock and/or the barrel of the rifle and wherein the rear retainer receives the rear section of the rifle. In addition, the invention provides a kit for assembling a rifle holder of this type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Heckler & Koch GmbH
    Inventor: Norbert Fluhr
  • Patent number: 5957352
    Abstract: A tool holding device designed to be attached to a wheelbarrow contains at least two identical supports attachable to side of a body of a wheelbarrow, each of the supports containing at least one retaining cavity in the form of a U, with interior dimensions larger than the width of the handle of a tool to be held, and which opening is of a width less than the diameter of the handle so that the introduction of the handle into the cavity is achieved by forcing the distortion of a part of the support at the level of the opening, the bottom of the cavity containing an elastic member for repelling the handle towards the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Gares
  • Patent number: 5957353
    Abstract: A ski rack particularly suitable for use within an automobile and about a wheel well protruding within the automobile. The ski rack includes a rear rack portion having a rear frame to be positioned in an automobile over an area typically occupied by a rear wheel well. The rear frame is supported by at least one of the sidewall and floor of the automobile. A rear ski support member extends upwardly from the rear frame to support skis at one end. A front rack portion has a front ski support member to be attached to a front sidewall to support skis at another end. The ski rack may further include support members to be inwardly offset from a rear wheel well protruding within the automobile for maintaining ski poles in a fixed position close to the sidewall so as not to encroach into the automobile passenger and cargo space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Robert L. Clement
  • Patent number: 5906304
    Abstract: A rack that adjustably attaches to an inboard wall panel of a boat for securing water sport equipment in the cockpit of the boat. The device is configured so that the rack adjustably attaches to the inboard wall panel and rests flush against the floor of a boat. The device is designed to secure a variety of water sport equipment so as to protect the water sport equipment, the boat and the passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Inventor: Dominic Baldacchino
  • Patent number: 5878929
    Abstract: A device for mounting to the rear rack of an ATV for holding a gun or bow for transport includes a horizontal anchoring member attached the device to the rear rack of an ATV by U-bolts. A corner brace is welded to one end of the anchoring member. The corner brace is provided with a pair of threaded mounting pins which are used to hold a scabbard-type gun boot or a bow adapter for holding a bow. The scabbard or bow is held in place, when mounted on the pins, by threading and tightening a mounting knob on each pin. A bow adapter is made up of a main support member mounted on the mounting pins and secured by the mounting knobs. The support member is provided with a U-shaped bracket and a C-shaped bracket for frictionally holding a bow. A dual mount adapter may be used to mount an additional gun boot or bow adapter. This dual mount adapter includes a mounting plate engaging the mounting pins and secured along with a first scabbard or bow adapter by the mounting knobs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Inventor: Barry D. Leonard
  • Patent number: 5813579
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dual beverage container holder adapted to be mounted around a console gear shift. Each container bolder comprises a substantially L-shaped base member having a horizontal bottom support and a back support vertically depending therefrom. First and second curved arms extend from opposing sides of the back support for receiving and stabilizing a beverage container. A flexible strap is attached to an end of the first curved arm and has an attachment means on a distal end for selectively engaging a mating attachment means on the opposing second curved arm. Outwardly extending from the top end of the back support is a pair of substantially parallel tongues, each of which has a plurality of substantially aligned snap connectors thereon for selectively engaging apertures on the opposing beverage container holder. The aligned snap connectors allow the distance between the two beverage container holders to be adjusted as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventor: Andrene Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 5713620
    Abstract: There is a need for a carrier or rack enabling owners of passenger vans, and some delivery vans, to haul elongated objects. Such carriers or load carrying bracket attachments are provided herein for vans of the type having two sets of upper and lower external door leaf hinges. A rack element is adapted for each set of hinges, with the two cooperating or jointly forming the rack itself. Each rack element includes a support rail having upper and lower hanging brackets on its inner surface adapted to fit between the hinge leaves to hang on the upper and lower door hinges. A rigid arm attached to the front surface of the support rail extends outwardly as a boom for supporting objects such as ladders, plywood and the like which are to be carried by the van.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: Robert Persons Port
  • Patent number: 5673832
    Abstract: A combination cargo carrier and ski carrier mounted on the roof rack of a vehicle. The ski carrier is comprised of two sections, each section having two generally vertical legs, one of which is attached to the vehicle roof rack and the other of which is attached to the cargo carrier. The two sections are cross braced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Inventor: Joseph Whalen
  • Patent number: 5662253
    Abstract: A simple, lightweight, removable device for transporting skis safely inside an automobile. There are two assemblies, one for the front of the vehicle and one for the back. An adjustable vertical rod provides an easy, quick way to fit the device to any car. The front support presses against the roof of the automobile and the floor or console as appropriate. The length of the support is adjustable to allow it to fit different vehicles. The rear support sits on the rear deck of the vehicle. The skis are attached to adjustable shelves on the front and rear supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Inventor: Tommy R. Goings
  • Patent number: 5657913
    Abstract: A ski rack having a pair of integrally formed hook portions and a pair of integrally formed channels which are adapted to help enable the ski rack to be secured to a cross bar or other like support member of an existing vehicle article carrier. The ski rack includes a pair of independent securing members also having a pair of hook portions which slidably engage within the pair of integrally formed channels and cooperate with the integrally formed hook portions to clamp the ski rack to an associated cross bar of the existing vehicle article carrier. The independent securing members of the ski rack are further adjustable to accommodate cross bars of varying cross-sectional widths and do not require any disassembly of the cross bar or any other component part of the vehicle article carrier before the ski rack is to be secured to the cross bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Cucheran, Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Jon D. Sparham
  • Patent number: 5582304
    Abstract: A clothesline device includes two spaced apart arms that support several clotheslines therebetween for hanging laundry. Thumb-head bolts removably attach the arms to mounting plates which are permanently attached to the bed platform of a camper vehicle. The clothesline device is attached to the outside of the camper, so that the arms can be mounted far enough apart for supporting long clotheslines, which can be used for hanging a large number of garments. The supporting arms can be easily removed from the bed platform for storage by unscrewing the thumb-head bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Inventor: Norris L. Dishon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5570825
    Abstract: A rack particularly suited for carrying one or more bicycles held firmly in place with a three point connection without the necessity for removing a wheel and with the rack extensible to allow moving the loaded rack with minimal effort to gain access to the rear of the vehicle being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Inventor: John A. Cona