Telescoping Patents (Class 224/551)
  • Patent number: 9010550
    Abstract: A tool bar for securing under a hood of a car during repair and maintenance is disclosed. A rigid member spanning a substantial portion of the hood is flexibly secured to hooks. The hooks engage edges of the hood and may include a compliant covering. The hooks may secure to the rigid member by means of straps and the straps may be tensioned by means of tensioners secured to one of the hooks and the rigid member. A stabilizer secures to the rigid member and has an end that may be clipped or otherwise fastened to a portion of the hood to resist rotation of the rigid member. One or more tool retaining members secured to the rigid member, such as a socket rack, magnetic bar, hook groove, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Manuel Antonio Figueroa
  • Patent number: 8870044
    Abstract: A holder for snacks and drinks, in one embodiment adapted to be secured by clamping to a child safety car seat in a vehicle, to a stroller, or to a shopping cart handle, as examples. The holder includes a main body having a front side and a rear side and supporting at least one receptacle for holding food or a drink. A clamp assembly is connected to the main body. The clamp assembly includes a pair of jaws movable relative to each other located generally on the rear side of the main body, and an adjustment knob located generally on the front side of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Brica, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence O. Freese, Douglas F. Melville, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8191744
    Abstract: Method and arrangement for providing a load carrier mountable on a carrying vehicle. The arrangement includes an elevating structure arranged between a base portion and a load supporting portion. The elevating structure is adapted to expand and contract between raised and lowered configurations. The elevating structure includes two substantially upright members, each of which is slidably moveable relative to the other for establishing the raised and lowered configurations. A fixing device is provided for releasably fixing the two sliding members one to the other. The fixing device includes a blocking member that is insertible in aligned receivers, one each of the aligned receivers being formed in each of the two sliding members for preventing expansion and contraction of the elevating structure. The fixing device further includes a take-up arrangement that is configured to press one of the two upright members against the other thereby forming a releasable friction fit therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Aidan Petrie, Michael Vieira
  • Patent number: 8091749
    Abstract: The frame or device described herein was designed for use on a golf cart or all terrain vehicles. The frame or device would be used by golfers or hunters in times of cold weather as a secure mounting device for a propane heater device and propane bottle. The invention as shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 3 of the drawings indicate multiple parts of the frame or device. Although the main purpose of the frame is a secure location for the propane heater device and propane bottle, it also consists of a storage container, two cup holders and a golf ball receptacle. The device attaches to the windshield frame of a golf cart or all terrain vehicle and is adjustable to all makes and models as a mounting device for a propane heater device and propane bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Gerald Ray Stautzenberger, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8070029
    Abstract: Truck Bed Companion will keep groceries from spilling all over the truck bed, allow contractors to transport tools and sheets of plywood or drywalls with ease, eliminate the need to ties down lawn mowers or gas cans and create separate areas for tool boxes, saws or other necessities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Michelle Settle
  • Publication number: 20110036882
    Abstract: Method and arrangement for providing a load carrier mountable on a carrying vehicle. The arrangement includes an elevating structure arranged between a base portion and a load supporting portion. The elevating structure is adapted to expand and contract between raised and lowered configurations. The elevating structure includes two substantially upright members, each of which is slidably moveable relative to the other for establishing the raised and lowered configurations. A fixing device is provided for releasably fixing the two sliding members one to the other. The fixing device includes a blocking member that is insertible in aligned receivers, one each of the aligned receivers being formed in each of the two sliding members for preventing expansion and contraction of the elevating structure. The fixing device further includes a take-up arrangement that is configured to press one of the two upright members against the other thereby forming a releasable friction fit therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Aidan Petrie, Michael Vieira
  • Patent number: 7757916
    Abstract: Method and arrangement for providing a load carrier mountable on a carrying vehicle. The arrangement includes an elevating structure arranged between a base portion and a load supporting portion. The elevating structure is adapted to expand and contract between raised and lowered configurations. The elevating structure includes two substantially upright members, each of which is slidably moveable relative to the other for establishing the raised and lowered configurations. A fixing device is provided for releasably fixing the two sliding members one to the other. The fixing device includes a blocking member that is insertible in aligned receivers, one each of the aligned receivers being formed in each of the two sliding members for preventing expansion and contraction of the elevating structure. The fixing device further includes a take-up arrangement that is configured to press one of the two upright members against the other thereby forming a releasable friction fit therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Aidan Petrie, Michael Vieira
  • Publication number: 20100133867
    Abstract: A motor vehicle is provided having at least one holding device, a holding device having a holding apparatus, and a holding apparatus for a guide device having two guides spaced apart from one another, in which the holding apparatus can be situated so it is movable, having one holding unit and one guide element per guide, which are coupled to the holding unit and using the holding unit can be coupled to the guides so it is movable, in order to move the holding unit along the guides, angle compensator or angle compensation means is provided that allows movement of one of the guide elements at least along the guide upon the adjustment of at least one of the other guide elements in relation to the guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Mike DRAISBACH
  • Patent number: 7328825
    Abstract: This application is directed to a dynamic storage compartment for modifying the interior space of a vehicle, either as originally equipped or as an after-market modification, so as to provide a means for providing enhanced storage capacity for a vehicle which is characterized by ease of use and the ability to provide secure out of sight storage for valuables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Inventor: Dolores Kaiser
  • Patent number: 6983968
    Abstract: The headache rack for pickup trucks that supports and secures loads being transported while protecting the rear window from damage and the passengers seated in the cab from harm. The headache rack is adjustable in height in order to accommodate pickup trucks having varying cab heights. Further, the headache rack is provided with internal wiring pathways to safely run wiring from any lights mounted on the uppermost surface of the rack to the pickup truck's electrical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Knaack Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Blackford Brauer, Atul Saigal, Tony O'Dierno, Wes McReynolds
  • Patent number: 6913175
    Abstract: A load carrier has a pair of rails each being affixed to one of the two side walls of the open bed of a pickup truck. Each rail has a longitudinally extending slot along which a bar slides. A bracket is connected to each bar. The two ends of a stringer are connected to the two brackets so that stringer extends transversely across the open bed for supporting a load. Instead of bars, clamps are used to connect the brackets to the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Inventor: Donald Martin
  • Patent number: 6766997
    Abstract: A device for hanging implements comprising a hook member having two straight parallel arms with the first end of each arm joined by an arcuate section and with the opposite end of each arm extending at an angle with respect to its respective arm, and a generally flat base member for joining the hook to the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: Kenneth G. Stewart, III
  • Patent number: 6742687
    Abstract: Modular, firearm support cradles, an assembled rack and means for securing the cradles and rack to a variety of vehicle configurations. The rack includes a longitudinal frame member and from which project multiple padded cradles. Strap fasteners and lock means respectively restrain firearms and sundry paraphernalia to the cradles and rack. A telescoping expander bar assembly and mating extension arms permit a vehicle ceiling mount and/or roll bar mount of the rack. Cradles having sleeves which mate to the expander bar assembly facilitate user tailored mountings. A clamp plate assembly and mating extension arms permit a vertical divider mount of the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Inventor: Ted Morford
  • Patent number: 6726073
    Abstract: A boat-carrying rack which is removably fitted to the bed of a pickup truck for carrying a pirogue or other lightweight boat on the truck. In a preferred embodiment, the boat-carrying rack is characterized by an elongated, rectangular rack frame having a pair of fixed outriggers and two pairs of padded, lever-operated foot plates mounted on adjustable outriggers which are selectively extended from opposite sides of the rack frame, respectively, to engage the opposing side walls of the pickup truck bed and removably secure the rack frame in the bed. The rack frame receives the boat, and a bow mount provided on the front end of the rack frame is removably fastened to the bow of the boat by means of a cord. A pair of upward-standing boat guides provided on respective sides of the rack frame receive an adjustable tie-down strap for securing the boat on the rack frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Robert E. Sutton
  • Publication number: 20040031832
    Abstract: A rack that expeditiously and conveniently slidably engages and mounts the tailgate of a vehicle, or similarly suitable structure, for the simplified loading, support and securing of an article thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventor: Gregory Crook
  • Patent number: 6612615
    Abstract: A cart attachment system, for attaching a cart to a vehicle, the vehicle having a trailer hitch, including a carrier and a V-bracket. The V-bracket is attached to the cart, and has an underside hollow. The carrier includes a main tube which extends vertically and which is attached to the trailer hitch with an L-adapter that is rigidly affixed to the main tube. A slidable member is mounted for vertical movement within the main tube. A triangular support member is mounted to the main tube and fits within the hollow of the V-bracket, such that the triangular support member is raised by raising the slidable member to lift the V-bracket which in turn lifts the cart off the ground for transport. When the destination is reached, the cart is easily lowered to the ground by lowering the slidable member and thereby lowering the triangular support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: Eldad Dimand
  • Patent number: 6584719
    Abstract: A firearm support cushion or insert for a lock assembly. The inserts are formed to accept and restrain the fore-stock and/or receiver of a variety of specific firearms, for example, pump and auto-loading shotguns and rifles. The inserts include surfaces and/or recesses that conform to the contours of predetermined portions of a firearm. Fastener mechanisms facilitate a detachable mounting of the inserts to the lock assembly and whereby a user can periodically adapt the lock to accept different types of firearms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Big Sky Racks, Inc.
    Inventor: Ted Morford
  • Patent number: 6554170
    Abstract: A universal boat accessory rack that provides a first support, a second support, a cross-bar connecting the first support to the second support, and a plurality of fasteners, which connect the first support and second support to a boat hull. More specifically, the first support, the second support and the cross-bar are all adjustable in length. Therefore, the boat accessory rack has an adjustable height, width and depth. In addition, the fasteners are capable of being attached in a vertical, horizontal or angular position with respect to the boat hull. In this manner, a boat owner may quickly and easily install the boat accessory rack on boats embodying a number of different sizes and designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Marine Accessories Corporation
    Inventors: Richard C. Correll, Darryl Todd Box
  • Publication number: 20030071098
    Abstract: A load carrier has a pair of rails each being affixed to one of the two side walls of the open bed of a pickup truck. Each rail has a longitudinally extending slot along which a bar slides. A bracket is connected to each bar. The two ends of a stringer are connected to the two brackets so that stringer extends transversely across the open bed for supporting a load. Instead of bars, clamps are used to connect the brackets to the rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventor: Donald Martin
  • Patent number: 6540198
    Abstract: A docking station (10) comprises a mast latch assembly (12) which attaches to the outer end of a mast (M). An adapter (14) which connects to a sensor platform (G) disengagingly attaches to the mast latch assembly. An isolation assembly (16) mounts on a surface (D) of a vehicle (V) adjacent an opening (O) through which the mast extends and retracts. As the mast is retracted, the adapter (14) engages with isolation assembly (16) and disengages from the mast latch assembly. This attaches the sensor platform to the isolation assembly which now protects the sensors from vibrations produced by the vehicle and any shocks created by the terrain over which the vehicle travels. It also allows the sensors to be used for surveillance during vehicle travel. When the vehicle stops and the mast is again extended, the adapter (14) re-engages with the mast latch assembly and is disengaged from the isolation assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Engineered Support Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward V. Carter, Jeffrey S. Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 6536640
    Abstract: A device that can be put between the wheel wells in the bed of any pickup truck. The device features a plurality of adjustable tubular molded pieces in the shape of a rectangle to allow pickup truck owners to carry cargo within the bed. Additionally, incorporated with the device is an attachment having a cuff at each end and being adjustable in length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Inventors: Gloria J. Gent, Kim D. Kresta
  • Patent number: 6505764
    Abstract: A cargo carrier assembly for releasably securing cargo to a pickup truck is provided. The pickup truck has a bed and a pair of side rails extending above the bed with each rail having an inside surface and an outside surface. The cargo carrier assembly comprises a center bar member having a first end and a second end, a first bar member slidably receiving the first end of the center bar member, and a second bar member slidably receiving the second end of the center bar member. An attaching mechanism for releasably securing the first bar member to a first side rail of the pickup truck and for releasably securing the second bar member to a second side rail of the pickup truck. A cargo receiving mechanism is releasably securable to the first bar member for receiving predetermined cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Inventors: Wesley H. Vining, James Shorb
  • Publication number: 20020153397
    Abstract: A boat-carrying rack which is removably fitted to the bed of a pickup truck for carrying a pirogue or other lightweight boat on the truck. In a preferred embodiment, the boat-carrying rack is characterized by an elongated, rectangular rack frame having a pair of fixed outriggers and two pairs of padded, lever-operated foot plates mounted on adjustable outriggers which are selectively extended from opposite sides of the rack frame, respectively, to engage the opposing side walls of the pickup truck bed and removably secure the rack frame in the bed. The rack frame receives the boat, and a bow mount provided on the front end of the rack frame is removably fastened to the bow of the boat by means of a cord. A pair of upward-standing boat guides provided on respective sides of the rack frame receive an adjustable tie-down strap for securing the boat on the rack frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventor: Robert E. Sutton
  • Patent number: 6401995
    Abstract: A collapsible storage unit for a truck for providing a collapsible storage container for truck boxes. The collapsible storage unit for a truck includes a storage assembly including a box-like storage member having a bottom wall, a back wall being hingedly attached to the bottom wall, side walls being hingedly attached to the bottom wall, a front wall being hingedly attached to the bottom wall, and a lid being hingedly attached to the back wall with the side walls being removably fastened to the front and back walls; and also includes a hinge assembly for fastening the walls together to form the box-like storage member; and further includes a storage member securement assembly for securing the box-like storage member to side walls of a truck box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventors: Kim W. Yuille, Adam A. Robertson
  • Publication number: 20020066761
    Abstract: A cargo carrier assembly for releasably securing cargo to a pickup truck is provided. The pickup truck has a bed and a pair of side rails extending above the bed with each rail having an inside surface and an outside surface. The cargo carrier assembly comprises a center bar member having a first end and a second end, a first bar member slidably receiving the first end of the center bar member, and a second bar member slidably receiving the second end of the center bar member. An attaching mechanism for releasably securing the first bar member to a first side rail of the pickup truck and for releasably securing the second bar member to a second side rail of the pickup truck. A cargo receiving mechanism is releasably securable to the first bar member for receiving predetermined cargo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2000
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventors: Wesley H. Vining, James Shorb
  • Patent number: 6394326
    Abstract: A bicycle rack for trucks for elevating the bicycles above the truck bed so that cargo can still be carried upon the truck bed. The bicycle rack for trucks includes rack support assembly being adapted to be mounted upon walls of a truck box; and also includes a rack assembly including rack members being adjustably mounted to the rack support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Gene A. Lanier
  • Patent number: 6382480
    Abstract: A bicycle carrier apparatus for carrying a bicycle in an upright orientation within a cargo area of a vehicle such as a minivan, sport utility vehicle or pickup truck. The apparatus includes a generally U-shaped or V-shaped, elongated lower rail which is fixedly secured to a floor of a cargo area of the vehicle. An upper U-shaped or V-shaped rail is slidably disposed on the lower rail. The lower rail includes a first pair of rollers and the upper rail includes an additional pair of rollers which cooperate to enable smooth sliding movement of the upper rail along the lower rail. A mechanism disposed on the upper rail is adapted to engage the front fork of a bicycle when the front wheel is removed and the remainder of the bicycle is placed on the apparatus. The rear wheel of the bicycle fits within the upper rail so that the bicycle can be held securely in an upright position once its front fork is secured to the upper rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David D. Egly, Donald R. Potter
  • Patent number: 6360931
    Abstract: Modular, firearm support cradles, an assembled rack and means for securing the cradles and rack to a variety of vehicle configurations. The rack includes a longitudinal frame member and from which project multiple padded cradles. Strap fasteners and lock means respectively restrain firearms and sundry paraphernalia to the cradles and rack. A telescoping expander bar assembly and mating extension arms permit a vehicle ceiling mount and/or roll bar mount of the rack. Cradles having sleeves which mate to the expander bar assembly facilitate user tailored mountings. A clamp plate assembly and mating extension arms permit a vertical divider mount of the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Big Sky Racks, Inc.
    Inventor: Ted Morford
  • Patent number: 6047870
    Abstract: Modular, firearm support cradles, an assembled rack and means for securing the cradles and rack to a variety of vehicle configurations. The rack includes a longitudinal frame member and from which project multiple padded cradles. Strap fasteners and lock means respectively restrain firearms and sundry paraphernalia to the cradles and rack. A telescoping expander bar assembly and mating extension arms permit a vehicle ceiling mount and/or roll bar mount of the rack. Cradles having sleeves which mate to the expander bar assembly facilitate user tailored mountings. A clamp plate assembly and mating extension arms permit a vertical divider mount of the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Big Sky Racks, Inc.
    Inventor: Ted Morford
  • Patent number: 6041987
    Abstract: A cargo organizer for the trunk of a vehicle. The device consists of a tubular fame work which is telescopically adjustable and held in position by a pressuring device located inside the tubular members of the framework. Divider plates are located on the framework for dividing the available space in the organizer. The plates may be moved or positioned anywhere along the straight portion of the tubular members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Sham L. Tickoo
  • Patent number: 6019265
    Abstract: A snowboard rack, for transporting a snowboard in a pickup truck having a cab and a bed, the bed having a bed front, a bed rear, and bed side walls, comprising a header shaft and at least one carrier extending rearward from the header shaft. The carrier has a carrier sleeve which extends over the header shaft to allow slidable movement thereupon. The relative position of the carrier and the header shaft is fixed by tightening a set screw on the carrier sleeve. The header shaft extends across the bed near the bed front. The header shaft has a pair of side poles which engage the bed side walls and are spring tensioned thereagainst. The carrier has a pair of cradles which support the snowboard therein, and a strap mechanism which secures the snowboard within the cradles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventor: Edward Deloza
  • Patent number: 5941488
    Abstract: A monitor support system with self-positioning guide track that includes a base configured for mounting in the interior of a land vehicle, and a monitor support member positioned for sliding motion through a bore in the base. The monitor support member supports a monitor, and may be moved between a stowed position wherein a supported monitor is positioned adjacent the base for storage and a deployed position wherein a supported monitor is positioned away from the base for use by a vehicle occupant. The monitor support member may include a longitudinal guideway and the base may include a guideway positioning element that engages the guideway to guide sliding longitudinal movement of the monitor support member along a desired trajectory between the stowed and deployed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Rosen Product Development, Inc.
    Inventor: John B. Rosen
  • Patent number: 5901890
    Abstract: A support rack for use on a watercraft to hold several scuba gear and other equipment such as dive tanks, lights, radar, spear guns and a dive flag, the rack including oppositely disposed base members and a bridge structure including opposite vertical portions each attached to and extending upward from a corresponding one of the base members, and a horizontally extending portion integral with upper end zones of the vertical portions. The opposite base members removably mount to the watercraft to support the bridge structure above the stern or gunwale. Mounting structures are provided on the base members and bridge structure for holding the gear on the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventor: Donald R. Stokes
  • Patent number: 5779120
    Abstract: An improved, modular firearm support for retaining firearms in close association to a vehicle ceiling. The support includes a formed metal bracket having orthogonal top and back mounting plates and a pair of padded cradles which are fitted to opposite sides of firearm lock and trigger shroud assemblies. An adjustable lock plate offsets the lock from the back plate to fully seat the firearm at the cradles and trigger shroud. Multiple draw clamps are fitted to the back plate to retain the support to a vehicle support, for example, a roll bar, divider panel or a telescoping support, which spans the vehicle. A slide bracket is also provided at the telescoping vehicle support to vary the mounting location of the firearm support. Alternative shrouds are also disclosed to protect either the trigger or other critical firearm parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Big Sky Racks, Inc.
    Inventor: Ted Morford
  • Patent number: 5779118
    Abstract: A carrying container that is releasably attached to various ambulatory appliances by a mounting arrangement that has a common interface. The common interface is adapted to snugly mate with several different ambulatory appliances. The carrying container includes several compartments which are dimensioned to receive articles in a snug manner to secure the same during travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventor: Karl J. Douglass
  • Patent number: 5769293
    Abstract: A trunk organizer is disclosed having a holding bar assembly, a plurality of receptacles and a mechanism for attaching the receptacles to the holding bar assembly. The holding bar assembly preferably comprises three axially aligned bars which longitudinally and axially slide toward and away from each other. Two of the bars can be axially moved away from each other for adjusting the length of the holding bar assembly. A compression spring between two of the portions allows for one portion to be held in a biased position relative to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: Boris Zaretsky
  • 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: 5642818
    Abstract: A structure for supporting articles, such as skis in vertical orientation off of a vehicle includes an elongated, adjustable support bar having engagement clips disposed on opposite ends of the support bar. The engagement clips are interconnected by a resilient member extending through the support bar to apply an inwardly directed retention force to the clips. One or more article support members extend transversely from the support bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Assignee: Adam Brent
    Inventors: Adam Brent, Jill R. Shimabukuro
  • Patent number: 5603439
    Abstract: A truck cargo area organizer is presented for carrying a multiplicity of small loads in an orderly fashion, made to fit snugly within the inside dimensions of a truck cargo area, within the space available between the two vehicle wheel wells, The organizer has one fixed outer frame, and an inner drawer frame, the latter being capable of sliding within the outer frame. In addition, there are several separators or dividers for compartmentalizing the loads, with several sub-separators, smaller in dimension, to further divide the load area into an orderly array of small loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventor: Adrian R. Pineda
  • 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
  • Patent number: 5531368
    Abstract: Modular, firearm support cradles, an assembled rack and means for securing the cradles and rack to a variety of vehicle configurations. The rack includes a longitudinal frame member and from which project multiple padded cradles. Strap fasteners and lock means respectively restrain firearms and sundry paraphernalia to the cradles and rack. A telescoping expander bar assembly and mating extension arms permit a vehicle ceiling mount and/or roll bar mount of the rack. Cradles having sleeves which mate to the expander bar assembly facilitate user tailored mountings. A clamp plate assembly and mating extension arms permit a vertical divider mount of the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Big Sky Racks, Inc.
    Inventor: Ted Morford
  • Patent number: 5497926
    Abstract: A telescopically-expandable horizontal brace that has two ends adapted for secure coupling to the hanger brackets of a conventional wheelchair. Because of its telescopic construction, the brace collapses when the wheelchair is folded shut, thus permitting its normal utilization and storage without removal of the brace. Utility openings and hooks are provided along the length of the brace for attaching bodily-fluid discharge containers and other utility items thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Inventor: Donald K. Rittenhouse
  • Patent number: 5480079
    Abstract: A carrying container that is releasably attached to various ambulatory appliances by a mounting arrangement that has a common interface. The common interface is adapted to snugly mate with several different ambulatory appliances. The carrying container includes several compartments which are dimensioned to receive articles in a snug manner to secure the same during travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Inventor: Karl J. Douglass
  • Patent number: 5439152
    Abstract: An extendable carrier rack comprising a pair of L-shaped base legs, each base leg having a horizontal outer side rail coupled to an upwardly extended outer support rail thus creating an upper free end, a lower free end, and a corner therebetween; a pair L-shaped extension legs, each extension leg having a horizontal inner side rail coupled to an upwardly extended outer support rail thus creating an upper free end, a lower free end, and a corner therebetween with the lower free ends of the extension legs each coupled with a separate free end of a base leg; a pair of L-shaped bottom rails with one bottom rail coupled to the corners of separate base legs and the other bottom rail coupled to the corners of separate extension legs, whereby the base legs, extension legs, and bottom rails define a pedestal having a base section and an upwardly extended legged section adapted to be placed in and secured to a vehicle; and a pair of u-shaped holding legs with each holding leg having a top rail and a pair of inner exten
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Inventor: Samuel Campbell