Bumper Forms Coupling Element Patents (Class 280/505)
  • Patent number: 9573429
    Abstract: An insert bar assembly for a hitch-rack carrier comprises a self-locating securement pin. The insert bar assembly can comprise an elongate hitch-attachment bar which in turn comprises a hitch-receiver insert portion located at an insertable end of the bar. The assembly can include a flexible securement pin or a rigid securement pin resiliently joined to the bar at a fixed distance from the engagement end of the pin. The assembly accommodates repetitive, same location positioning of the engagement end of the pin at a pin-tip facing surface on the bar in the pin-secured configuration of the insert bar assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Keith L. Prescott, Kevin S. Bogoslofski, John Laverack, Greg G. Weaver
  • Patent number: 8678423
    Abstract: A towing hook assembly for a vehicle disposed in a bumper unit may include a stay connected to both distal rear sides of a bumper beam, a towing hook pipe provided at one inner side of the stay through the bumper beam, and a supporting member supporting an exterior circumference of the towing hook pipe, and connected to an interior circumference of the stay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Changsup Hwang
  • Publication number: 20140054876
    Abstract: A receiver assembly that attaches to a vehicles step-bumper, drop-center bumper, or other structurally sound mounting surface and provides at least an elongated horizontal box receiver to support cargo carriers, cargo carrier accessories, or other tow-hitch receiver accessories and leaves the vehicles frame mounted tow-hitch receiver available for trailer towing or additional tow-hitch receiver accessories, and in addition the receiver assembly provides at least one cargo anchor point to secure cargo, cargo carriers, cargo carrier accessories, or other tow-hitch receiver accessories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Alan Thomas
  • Patent number: 8485207
    Abstract: A shade system having a main shaft with a first and second end, the second end adapted to engage a hitch receiver on a vehicle, a first and second half are connected via a pivot component allowing the first half to pivot from side to side, a telescopic arm in the first end secured in a desired position via a locking mechanism, a vertical shaft extending upwardly from the telescopic arm wherein an umbrella holder is adapted to receive an umbrella shaft of an umbrella which can slide up and down through the umbrella holder and is secured in a position via a locking mechanism, a barrier bar extending outwardly at the pivot component adapted to prevent the first half from pivoting too far to the side, and a flange extending downwardly from the main shaft, wherein a hitch ball is disposed on the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Eric J. Boyington
  • Patent number: 7823904
    Abstract: A hitch assembly is provided having a hitch shank configured to be received within an opening of a hitch receiver of a tow vehicle and a wedge member disposed about the hitch shank. The wedge member has first and second surfaces on opposing sides of the wedge member, angled relative to one another. An engagement device is coupled to the wedge member to press the wedge member to an engaged position that causes the hitch shank to bias away from the receiver tube to minimize play therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas Coy
  • Patent number: 7758060
    Abstract: An integrated tow hook and vehicle bumper mounting bracket assembly including a mounting bracket including a frame mounting surface and a bumper mounting surface. A vehicle bumper assembly may be removably securable to the bumper mounting surface of the mounting bracket, and a tow hook may be removably securable to the frame mounting surface of the mounting bracket by one or more mechanical fasteners. The mechanical fastener used to secure the tow hook to the mounting bracket may further serve to secure the mounting bracket to a vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Martin D. Lopez, Zenyu Lian, Brent R. Sovoda
  • Patent number: 7708301
    Abstract: A tow cable mounting structure for an agricultural tractor that includes a pin-connection feature for a tow cable so that an easily accessible tow connection anchored to the tractor frame can be provided on the tractor. The mounting structure includes a contoured end portion and a bracing structure to manage stress distribution in the mounting structure and the tractor chassis thereby enabling the attachment mount to be added to a tractor with minimal alteration of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: John T. Rasset, Landon J. Fries, Daniel M. Glood, Budan Yao
  • Patent number: 7591477
    Abstract: The system for capturing a vehicle is a device, which is mounted on the front of a first vehicle for deploying a grasping hook for grasping the rear bumper of a second vehicle. In operation, the system begins in a locked configuration, with a hook member being positioned rearward with respect to a lower shaft. When the first vehicle brings an actuating arm in contact with the rear bumper of the second vehicle, pressure on the actuating arm generates rotation in the upper shaft. This rotation of the upper shaft causes disengagement of the lower end of an engaging member from a recess formed in a disc mounted on the lower shaft, causing the resiliently biased lower shaft to rotate. Rotation of the lower shaft rotates an elongated hook support and the hook member into the deployed configuration, with the hook member grasping the rear bumper of the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Inventor: Harvey L. Pohler
  • Patent number: 7591478
    Abstract: The vehicle hitch assembly disclosed herein provides a system and method for modifying a vehicle such as, for example, a performance car, to haul or tow a load. As disclosed herein, the system and method provides an aesthetically pleasing towing assembly that cooperates with the vehicle frame to allow a performance vehicle to tow or haul a load. In one embodiment, a vehicle hitch assembly includes a hitch mounting bracket having a support sleeve, the hitch mounting bracket sized to cooperate with a cavity provided within a vehicle facia. The assembly further includes a hitch adaptor fixedly coupled to the hitch mounting bracket and sized to removably engage a mounting passage provided within the vehicle facia, and a mounting plate configured to removably engage the support sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Inventor: Nicholas G. Christopher
  • Patent number: 7568718
    Abstract: A hitch pin and hitch cable assembly comprising a hitch pin for a tow hitch ball mount with one end of a hitch cable securely attached to the pin; the other end of the hitch cable removably attached to the pin between the ends of the pin; the pin having a lock to lock the pin in a tow hitch ball mount and to lock the second end of the hitch cable on the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventor: Donald Thomas
  • Patent number: 7338065
    Abstract: A hitch assembly 24 configured for reducing or eliminating undesirable play or movement between its components. The hitch assembly 24 includes a conventional hitch receiver 24 and a hitch receiver attachment structure 28, which is adapted to be telescopingly inserted into the hitch receiver 24. The hitch assembly 20 includes a securement and anti-chatter assembly for securing together the hitch receiver 24 and a hitch receiver attachment structure 28 while reducing the chatter generated therebetween during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Allsop, Inc.
    Inventor: Eivind Clausen
  • Patent number: 6979016
    Abstract: A combination replacement front bumper assembly and receiver hitch assembly for mounting to the front of a vehicle such as a truck. The receiver hitch assembly includes a hitch receiver tube, the frame, and brackets. The brackets are designed to mount to the replacement front bumper at points removed from where the replacement front bumper bolts onto the stock vehicle front bumper bolt holes and to locate the receiving tube behind the cutout in the front bumper of the front bumper replacement assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Ranch Hand, Ltd.
    Inventor: Darrin Wegener
  • Patent number: 6814379
    Abstract: A bumper system comprises a tubular roll-formed reinforcement beam. A hitch-supporting bracket has an inverted section shaped to fit downwardly onto the beam, and further has a laterally-extending second section. A hitch support tube is secured to the laterally-extending second section and has a hole for receiving a ball hitch for hauling a trailer. An energy absorber is attached to the beam, and includes a rear recess receiving the beam, a center section providing access to the hitch, and end sections that form steps on corners of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Shape Corporation
    Inventor: Darin Evans
  • Patent number: 6729638
    Abstract: A trailer hitch assembly (10) includes a U-shaped frame (12), hitch receiver box (14) carried on the frame (12) and a pair of mounting brackets (28) for securing the frame to a towing vehicle. Upstanding bumper guards (40) are provided on the frame (12) at each end. The bumper guards (40) provide bumper and rear quaterpanel protection to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Cequent Towing Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. McCoy, Thomas W. Lindenman
  • Publication number: 20030057677
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a motor vehicle (50) having a moulded bumper (24) behind which is a towing eye bracket (1). The moulded bumper (24) which has an aperture (28) therethrough, a bumper beam (10) within the vehicle (50) and to which the bumper (24) is secured, a towing eye bracket (1) also secured to the bumper beam, at least one grille (32) and means by which the grille (32) may be removably fitted within the bumper aperture (28), wherein the aperture (28) is disposed so that when the grille (32) is removed from the aperture (28), access may be had to the towing eye bracket (1) so that the vehicle (50) may tow/be towed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventor: Jason John Grey
  • Patent number: 6530588
    Abstract: A vehicle step apparatus for allowing a user easy access to pickup beds and sport utility vehicle cargo areas. The vehicle step apparatus includes a step support assembly that includes a mounting assembly that is designed to be coupled to the vehicle. A support member is slidably coupled to the mounting assembly such that a distal end of the support member is slidably positioned respect to the mounting assembly. A step support frame is coupled to the distal end of the support member such that the step support frame downwardly extends from the distal end of the support member. A step member is removably coupled to the step support frame opposite the support member. A step plate is coupled to a distal end of the step member such that the step plate is designed for supporting the weight of a user stepping into the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Inventors: Linda Varney, Abel Cantu
  • Patent number: 6139044
    Abstract: An integrated bumper and hitch assembly is disclosed that integrates a bumper and a weight distributing hitch into a single unit. The integrated assembly includes a square, tubular socket for supporting and receiving a weight distributing hitch. A pair of outer struts are secured to a transverse arm at the corners of the bumper and hitch assembly. The outer struts support the corners of the bumper against vertical deflection and provide corner impact resistance. The bumper and hitch assembly includes three degree-of-freedom adjustability when attaching to a vehicle, thereby allowing the assembly to be properly aligned with the vehicle in three different directions. A cover over the hitch and another cover over the top of the bumper conceal the fasteners used to secure the assembly together and provide an overall pleasing exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: American Bumper & Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: Frank E. Smith, Craig A. Harbour, Raymond T. Ueberroth, Jody M. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 5620218
    Abstract: An improved apparatus having a bumper-frame assembly suitable for light towing vehicles is disclosed. The invention can be utilized for attaching a pintle hook or receiver hitch to the rear end portion of the towing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Assignee: Buyers Products Company Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Saltzman, Thomas A. Gries
  • Patent number: 5566965
    Abstract: An adaptor plate generally Y-shaped in plan is provided having a central opening formed therethrough. The adaptor plate is positionable over the step plate of a step bumper with the opening in the plate registered with the central hitch ball mounting shank receiving opening formed in the step plate and the adaptor plate is secured to the step plate through the utilization of the threaded shank of a hitch ball and the attendant nut and washer therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Inventor: John M. Applegate
  • Patent number: 5489112
    Abstract: A support mounting unit is provided for mounting a transportable cart or like apparatus to a vehicle so as to provide an easy method of transport for an apparatus. The mounting unit includes a mounting means for securing the invention to the rear bumper of a vehicle, a top and bottom clamping jaw for securing the cart to the mounting unit, and an automatic locking mechanism. The top jaw of the invention is attached to a main body portion by means of hinges on each side of the body portion. The top jaw can then be moved from a nominally horizontal closed position to an angled upwardly open position. Thus, once a lower attachment bar secured to the transportable apparatus has been placed in the lower U-shaped bracket, the apparatus is rotated and the upper attachment bar pushes the top jaw into the open position. The attachment bar can now be secured in the U-shaped bracket embedded in top jaw, and the top jaw can return to a closed position where the locking bolt automatically secures it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Inventors: Bruce Warrington, Tom Dula
  • Patent number: 5358269
    Abstract: A trailer hitch for securement to the medial step portion of the rear bumper of a towing vehicle such as a pickup truck; the trailer hitch includes a mount member which is mounted and also keyed against rotation to the step of the bumper; structure is provided for coupling a ball hitch to the mount in a manner that the same is adjustable for ball height as well as effecting detachment of the ball and its associated structure from the support mount affixed to the bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventors: Walter L. Jakeman, Steven R. Warburton
  • Patent number: 5127219
    Abstract: A single length, wire-formed latch is pivotally attached to the hook of the chain and is so configured as to blockingly span the mouth of the chain-receiving slot of the hook when the latch is in its closed position. By grasping opposite limbs of the latch disposed on opposite sides of the hook, the latch may be pulled back against the resistive tension in the limbs to open the slot and allow the ingress and egress of the chain. One illustrated embodiment utilizes a pair of spaced mounting holes in the hook body which receive corresponding inturned, free ends of the limbs, while a second embodiment utilizes a single mounting hole in the hook body to receive one of the free ends of the limbs, the other limb having its free end extending across and bearing against an exposed, offset fulcrum surface on the exterior of the hook body to resiliently stress the limbs when the latch is pulled back into its open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: Hay & Forage Industries
    Inventors: Maynard M. Herron, D. John Schroeder
  • Patent number: 5094469
    Abstract: In a trailer hitch device for a motor vehicle wherein a trailer hitch is mounted on a member beam, the improvement comprising the fact that the member beam has both its ends respectively fixed to right and left rear bumper stays and is covered with a rear bumper face, and that the trailer hitch is fixed to the member beam and has its coupling bowl portion at its distal end protruded rearward of the vehicle body of the vehicle through an opening provided in the bumper face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihito Yamamoto, Michihiro Kawamura, Yasunori Kumagai, Kenichi Sato
  • Patent number: 4738464
    Abstract: A combined receiver trailer hitch and bumper assembly (10) is described. The assembly includes a receiver (11) and bar (12) attached to first extensions (18) to be secured to a frame (102) as in a conventional trailer hitch. End portions (16) on an angle plate (15) and second extensions (19) forward of the first extensions removeably support bumpers (20). The assembly allows easy replacement of the bumpers and an aesthetically pleasing appearance to the trailer hitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Assignee: Putnam Manufacturing
    Inventor: Rex D. Putnam
  • Patent number: 4697818
    Abstract: A quick change towing hitch attaches directly to existing, standard towing ball ports on a towing vehicle without the need for special adaptors. The hitch furnishes a pair of differently sized tow balls which can be quickly indexed into position, as needed, without the use of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Inventor: Gary W. Moore
  • Patent number: 4516790
    Abstract: A vehicle towbar assembly includes a pair of face plates fastened to the towbar frame and abutting the front bumper of a towed vehicle. A slide adjustment member secured to the face plate rests on the top of the bumper to hold the towbar frame up. Tow chains are used to secure the vehicle frame to the towbar frame. The slide adjustment member has a body portion and a T-shaped slot defined by a pair of fingers which extend from the body portion of the adjustment member. The face plate is disposed within the slot with the fingers encompassing the face plate. When the slide adjustment member is substantially perpendicular to the face plate, the adjustment member will readily slide up and down on the face plate. When the slide adjustment member is canted on the face plate, the face plate will bind in the slide and remain in a fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1985
    Assignee: Moline Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Hampel, Edward O. Freese
  • Patent number: 4349211
    Abstract: A trailer hitch comprises two elongate bumper members, a trailer bumper member connectable to the trailer near one end thereof and a tractor bumper member connectable to the tractor near one end thereof so that the trailer bumper member contacts the tractor bumper member when the trailer is connected to the tractor. A male hitch member is connected to the trailer bumper member and extends outwardly therefrom. A recess in the tractor bumper member receives the male hitch member. A latch connected to the tractor bumper member releasably secures the male hitch member. The trailer hitch is particularly adapted for connecting a forage harvester to the front of a truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1982
    Inventor: George N. Cooper
  • Patent number: 4192524
    Abstract: A selectively convertible trailer hitch device is disclosed which is readily adapted for attachment to the rear bumper plate and the longitudinal frame members of most commonly used towing vehicles. The trailer hitch device includes a support frame having a built-up bottom section with a horizontal slot formed therethrough which is accessible to a slidably mounted draw bar. The draw bar has a plurality of longitudinally spaced holes drilled therethrough and a ball hitch mounted in one of the holes. At each side of the support frame is a rod and turnbuckle device interconnecting the support frame to the longitudinal frame members of the towing vehicle for transferring at least a part of the load carried by the draw bar from the bumper plate to the longitudinal frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1980
    Inventor: Terry B. Twiestmeyer
  • Patent number: 3947062
    Abstract: A vehicle bumper--especially designed but not limited for use on utility or sport vehicles such as the "Jeep"--comprised of a combination of parts normally forming a rigid transverse bumper but readily adjustable to a mode in which such parts, upon attachment of a towing socket, provide a forwardly projecting tow bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1976
    Inventor: Harless Pierce
  • Patent number: 3941407
    Abstract: A fifth wheel trailer hitch has a mounting plate rigidly mountable on a supporting surface. A pair of spaced upright ends are removably mountable on the mounting plate. The hitch has a cross member pivotally mounted with the upright ends. A coupler is mounted on the upper side of the cross member to engage a coupler on a trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1974
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1976
    Assignee: Midway Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn H. Breford