Trailer Patents (Class 280/656)
  • Patent number: 11148575
    Abstract: A trailer system and method of using the same are described herein where the trailer system allows for storage in a compact space and reduction of weight of the trailer system. The trailer system in some embodiments may have a center rail with a hinge so that the trailer can fold in half and be positioned against a vertical wall for storage. The trailer system can also have a sliding basket system for receiving the wheels of a vehicle to allow for the storage of the trailer system in a compact space, to allow the trailer system to receive vehicles with different wheelbases, and to reduce the weight of the trailer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Jason Couch
  • Patent number: 10981446
    Abstract: This invention provides an adjustable bracket that can be used to attach auxiliary fuel tanks and other tanks to the bottom of a trailer or vehicle. The adjustable nature of the bracket allows it to be used on a variety of trailers, with different widths. The adjustable bracket comprises two parts with one sliding inside of the other. Each part has several slots that can be lined to create a bracket that is the ideal length to span the distance between the side panels of a trailer or vehicle. The bracket has holes in the bottom through which the bracket can be attached to a mounting retainer or strap that holds the tank in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Robert Lewin
  • Patent number: 10942271
    Abstract: The angle of a trailer with respect to a tow vehicle is an important parameter to the stability of the vehicle and trailer. A tow vehicle pulling a trailer in a straight line is generally more stable than when the vehicle is turning. While turning, the angle between the tow vehicle and the trailer is not a straight line but is another angle depending on how sharply the tow vehicle is turning. To safely operate a vehicle towing a trailer, for a given steering input and speed, there is a maximum angle between the tow vehicle and trailer whereby exceeding the angle causes instability and may cause the trailer or tow vehicle to roll over or jackknife. Accordingly, the angle between the trailer and tow vehicle must be determined to ensure the vehicle and trailer will continue to be in control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE, INC.
    Inventors: Xiaoling Han, Charles A. Price, Todd Skinner, Kaixin Zheng
  • Patent number: 10759321
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for an extendable logging trailer constructed of left and right main I-beam members having left and right male telescoping beams moving on rollers on the bottom inner flange of the main I-beam members. The male telescoping beams allow the trailer to be retractable or extendable so that it can assist in offloading the logs/pipes from the logging trailer. In operation, a front bolster and push rack are moved in unison by a first hydraulic cylinder toward the rear of the trailer at the same time as a rear bolster is moved by a second hydraulic cylinder toward the front of the trailer thereby causing the length of the trailer to shorten.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: William Wayne Cook, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10638664
    Abstract: A mower apparatus has a tool bar mounted on wheels has a center section and right and left wing sections pivotally attached to the center section. When the tool bar is in an operating position the wing sections extend laterally from the center section perpendicular to the operating travel direction, and in a transport position the wing sections extend rearward or forward from the center section. A plurality of mowing units is attached to the tool bar such that when the tool bar is in the operating position each mowing unit extends rearward from the tool bar, and when the tool bar is in the transport position each mowing unit extends upward from the tool bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Bourgault Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Edward Scott Anderson, Robert Cochran
  • Patent number: 10641248
    Abstract: Transport frame pair configured for transporting a wind turbine blade, said frame pair comprising a tip frame and a root frame, each said tip and root frame being stackable with identical frames for blade transport or storage, each one of said tip and root frame comprising four upright frame struts which together define a generally cuboid internal space having a longitudinal extent between two pairs of said upright struts; said tip frame comprising a tip saddle assembly within said generally cuboid internal space, and said root frame comprising a root saddle assembly within said generally cuboid internal space, and wherein said root frame is configured to prohibit a translation movement of said root saddle assembly in a longitudinal direction of a blade supported in a root saddle of said root saddle assembly; and wherein said tip frame allows a translation movement of said tip saddle assembly in a longitudinal direction of a blade supported in a tip saddle of said tip saddle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Peter Frans Thomsen, Adrian Botwright, Troels Vahle, Martin Damm, Kristoffer Lolk Fredriksen, Carsten Jasper
  • Patent number: 10486330
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and apparatuses for an automated reinforced concrete construction system for onsite slip-form molding and casting a variety of cementitious mixes in a cast in place leave in place externally moldable flexible reinforced containment sleeve providing a wide variety of interchangeable full-scale molding configurations simultaneously optimizing a wide variety of cementitious mix curing characteristics, further having optional internal reinforcement net(s), for layer wise interlocking additive printed brick deposition providing improved slip-form mold casting of a wide variety of reinforced concrete structures; the present invention further includes a variety of operating platforms suitable for on and offsite construction as disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Armatron Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Brian C. Giles
  • Patent number: 10450771
    Abstract: A utility pole setting trailer includes a horizontal frame configured to carry utility poles to remote locations, a set of wheels supporting the horizontal frame, a hydraulic boom coupled to the horizontal frame and configured to load and unload the utility poles on to the horizontal frame, and a motor coupled to the hydraulic boom and configured to power the hydraulic boom. The hydraulic boom includes a first arm and a second arm, and a grapple is coupled to a distal end of the second arm. The grapple is configured to grasp a respective utility pole. In addition, the horizontal frame includes a front portion and a rear portion that are configured to extend apart from each other to increase a length of the horizontal frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Don M. Buckner
  • Patent number: 10081402
    Abstract: A trailer has a three-section flat bed in which the front and rear sections fold onto the middle section. The trailer has an airbag suspension system and one wheel on each side. When the airbags are deflated, the entire flat bed forms a ramp for loading and unloading. When the airbags are deflated and the flat bed is folded, the trailer can be stored vertically while resting on its wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Russell T. Davis
  • Patent number: 9931889
    Abstract: A heavy goods vehicle (10) having a vehicle frame (12) and at least one driving axis (A), which has on either longitudinal side (10a) of the vehicle (10) a bogie (22) comprising a wheel assembly (14), each wheel assembly (14) comprising at least two wheels arranged symmetrically in relation to a central axis (S), and a wheel suspension (18) by means of which said wheel assembly is fastened to a rotary plate (28) of the bogie (22), this rotary plate (28) being mounted on a rotary bearing (24) of the bogie (22) which is engaged with the vehicle frame (12) so as to be rotatable about a steering swivel axis (X). According to the invention, the rotary bearing (24) of the bogie (22) can be adjusted in the width direction (B) of the vehicle relative to the vehicle frame (12) and can be detachably connected to the vehicle frame (12) in an operationally stable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: GOLDHOFER AG
    Inventors: Felix Merkel, Horst Haefele
  • Patent number: 9834263
    Abstract: Provided herein is a split variable extension width self-propelled motorized transporter (SPMT) vehicle including a widening adaptor that allows for variable spacing of split SPMT trailers thus increasing the width of the loading platform without the need to add more SPMTs and Power Pack Units (PPUs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Mammoet USA South, Inc.
    Inventor: Piet Nooren
  • Patent number: 9764838
    Abstract: A method with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) associated with a cell site includes causing the UAV to fly at or near the cell site, wherein the UAV comprises one or more manipulable arms which are stationary during flight; physically connecting the UAV to a structure at the cell site and disengaging flight components associated with the UAV; and performing one or more functions via the one or more manipulable arms while the UAV is physically connected to the structure, wherein the one or more manipulable arms move while the UAV is physically connected to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: ETAK Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Lee Priest
  • Patent number: 9738464
    Abstract: In order to protect the side walls of a container during loading, in one design, a hopper has one or more barrier wall pairs attached to the hopper walls at the end adjacent to a container. As the hopper is moved forward the barrier walls of the barrier wall pair become closely adjacent to the walls of the container protecting them from damage and helping enable material to be pushed into the container. In a variation, an assembly of barrier wall pairs is set inside a hopper and material is deposited between the barrier walls of the barrier wall pair and then the assembly is moved forward into the container, the material being pushed along with the barrier wall pair into the container. In another variation, the barrier walls may be hinged to the hopper walls. More than one barrier wall pair can be used. Where there are two pairs, the second pair can be hinged to the first so that the second pair can be extended or rotated into a storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Scott Sakajian
  • Patent number: 9422015
    Abstract: A trailer chassis having a lower frame or roller bogie undergirding an upper frame may be extended to adjust the length of the trailer chassis in response to the weight of a shipping container being transported. The roller bogie is slidably coupled to the upper frame along two side support tubes which have locking assemblies to allow for the locking of the bogie to the upper frame with a dual sided, retractable locking pin. Each side support tube includes a plurality of opposing rollers embedded within each tube and has an upper rotating surface that protrudes through the top surface of the support tube so that as the bogie may be freely moved backwards or forwards relative to the upper frame and can be locked into an extended or retracted position. The movement of the bogie does not affect the position of a shipping container locked onto the chassis because the bogie movement is completely under and independent from the flatbed portion of the chassis supporting a shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: King Kutter, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Phillip Fraley, John W. Davis, III
  • Patent number: 9290215
    Abstract: A trailer combination and trailer components are designed to provide dual functionality in terms of hauling a very high tonnage piece of heavy equipment and the ability to continue to haul more typical pieces of heavy equipment. To accomplish this task, a trailer auxiliary is provided that is adapted to connect to a typical low boy trailer. The trailer auxiliary is equipped with mechanisms to provide a bed assembly that is designed to link to the low boy trailer so that the bed assembly and bed of the trailer auxiliary receive the high tonnage piece of equipment. The trailer auxiliary can be equipped with ramps to interface with the trailer and auxiliary to facilitate the loading of the heavy equipment. The trailer combination also includes a hauling vehicle for each of the low boy trailer and auxiliary, with a spacing bar assembly mounted to one of the vehicles to link the vehicles together when hauling the trailer and the auxiliary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Francis V. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150084314
    Abstract: Embodiments include a support member for an extendable trailer with one or more flange members and one or more web members. In an embodiment, the web members include tabs and the flange members define slots. Other embodiments are also included herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey Wilcox Ingels, Matthew Martin Schattgen, Shannon Brooke Richardson, Joshua Stephan Doyle
  • Publication number: 20150076800
    Abstract: A trailer includes a first side railing with a first stand and a second stand along with a second side railing with a third stand and a fourth stand. A front railing is removably attached to the first side railing and the second side railing. The method includes joining the front railing to the first side railing and the second side railing, then raising the front railing, the first side railing, and the second side railing with the stands and then removably attaching a wheel assembly to the first side railing and the second side railing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Randy Davis
  • Patent number: 8979116
    Abstract: A retractable frame structure for baby trailer includes a rigid base frame, a bottom frame bar horizontally movable in and out of a front side of the rigid bottom, a first locking device for selectively locking the bottom frame bar to the base frame in the extended or received position, a backrest, a top frame bar vertically movable in and out of a top side of the backrest, and a second locking device for selectively locking the top frame bar to the backrest in the extended or received position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Cheh-Kang Liu
  • Patent number: 8967651
    Abstract: A bicycle trailer that is foldable into a small storable position that expands to include a bicycle trailer that can be configured to convert into a lounge chair, a dolly, a baby bed with or without a canopy, a table or a wagon using an improved tow bar and trailer hitch that easily attaches and detaches to a bicycle as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Milorad Simic
  • Patent number: 8960722
    Abstract: A trailer for transporting an agricultural harvesting head includes a pair of saddles for supporting the head. The saddles are adjustably mounted on the trailer frame and are simultaneously moved together by an actuator operated by a remote control. The saddles are connected by telescoping rod sections so that the spacing between the saddles is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Harvest International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Sivinski, Garry D. Friesen, Byron J. Friesen
  • Patent number: 8936269
    Abstract: A retractable frame structure for tandem trailer includes a bottom frame, which allows adjustment between an extended position for two-seat seating arrangement in a fore-to-aft manner and a retracted position for one-seat seating arrangement, a front frame and a rear frame detachably coupled together and respectively pivotally connected to the front and rear sides of the bottom frame for allowing collapsing of the tandem trailer to reduce space occupation when the tandem trailer is not in use, two wheel brackets respectively bilaterally mounted at the rear side of the bottom frame for supporting a respective wheel, and a trailer bar pivotally connected to one lateral side of the bottom frame for coupling to a bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Cheh-Kang Liu
  • Patent number: 8910989
    Abstract: An extensible trailer has a rear frame supporting a front cargo deck, and a front frame supporting a front cargo deck. The rear frame has a yoke fixed to it for the front frame to slide in and out of, between collapsed and extended extremes. When collapsing the trailer, the front frame slides into the yoke as the front cargo deck rides up over a front edge of the rear cargo deck, until it lands on top of the rear cargo deck, where it stays all the while the trailer is in the collapsed position. When extending the trailer, the front frame slides out from the yoke as the front cargo deck slides back over the rear cargo deck's front edge, until it lands on top of the front frame, where it stays all the while the trailer is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas C. Boltz
  • Patent number: 8905423
    Abstract: Provided is an all-terrain trailer for hauling large objects over uneven landscapes. The trailer is capable of carrying items within its volume in both its deployed and stowed state. Deployed, the trailer is a basket shaped body with a pair of wheels removably secured via a removable axle. The trailer is attached to the lead vehicle using a removable trailer hitch linkage that is secured to the basket body via fasteners. In a stowed state, the tires and axle are stored within a storage area in a lower portion of the basket body. In one embodiment, a false bottom is placed over the storage area, creating a flat trailer bed that objects can be laid upon. The basket body is removably secured to the hood of a lead vehicle, thereby providing a carrying basket while the vehicle is in transit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Hart
  • Patent number: 8876148
    Abstract: A mobile building transportation device can comprise a frame, a front axle, and a rear axle. The frame can support a mobile building for transport on a public highway and can include left and right longitudinal support members and front and rear transverse support members that bear at least a portion of the weight of the mobile building. The front and rear axles can each be coupled to the frame by suspension components. The front and rear transverse support members can be configured to support the mobile building above the front and/or rear axles to facilitate minimizing a vertical distance between the mobile building and the front and/or rear axles. This can minimize a height of a center of gravity of the mobile building and facilitate unobstructed movement of the front and rear axles through a range of motion of the front and/or rear suspension components. At least one of the longitudinal and transverse support members can be constructed, at least in part, of tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: West States Tire & Axle, Inc.
    Inventor: Heath Sartini
  • Publication number: 20140319805
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to differing embodiments of safety trailers, which have first and second platforms and a safety wall positioned therebetween. The platforms and safety wall define an area protected from vehicular incursions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin K. Groeneweg
  • Patent number: 8857848
    Abstract: A collapsible vehicle trailer comprises a detachable lightweight enclosure (1), consisting of flexible, collapsible walls (21) and floor (22). The enclosure has two or more support frame members (2) integral to the structure of the enclosure. The support frame members are integrated into the structure of the enclosure by virtue of horizontal loops (3) and vertical loops (4). The enclosure is detachably connected to the rigid frame of the vehicle trailer, by means of the integral support frame members and the front transverse frame member (5) and the rear transverse frame member (6). The enclosure becomes a self supporting, freestanding structure when detached from the trailer frame. The enclosure also acts as a storage bag for the constituent components of the collapsed trailer frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Martin Lomas, Claire Michelle Lomas
  • Patent number: 8851488
    Abstract: An improved cargo dolly has at least two top rail assemblies and a frame with an inner rail having mounting brackets for receiving the top rail assemblies. Each top rail assembly spans the width of the frame but not the length of the frame and can move between an attached state and an unattached state by actuating fasteners that pass through the top rail assembly to its respective mounting brackets on the frame. The movement between the attached and unattached states occurs independently of an attached or unattached state of the other top rail assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Iscar GSE Corp.
    Inventor: Israel S. Carruyo
  • Patent number: 8845229
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a safety trailer has semi-tractor hitches at both ends and a safety wall that is fixed to one side of the trailer. That side, however, can be changed to the right or left side of the road, depending on the end to which the truck attaches. A caboose can be attached at the end of the trailer opposite the tractor to provide additional lighting and impact protection. Optionally, the trailer can be equipped with overhead protection, lighting, ventilation, onboard hydraulics, compressors, generators and other equipment, as well as related fuel, water, storage and restroom facilities and other amenities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Concaten, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin K. Groeneweg, David Meyerink, Duane Meyerink, LeRoy Severson
  • Patent number: 8827304
    Abstract: A collapsible cart-trailer includes a folding mechanism that folds the cart-trailer into a small form factor, at least two wheels, modular, and removable and compartmentalized storage. The collapsible cart-trailer is operable in a cart mode and a trailer mode. In the trailer mode, the cart-trailer may be coupled to a movable object by a collapsible, length adjustable tow bar. In the cart mode, the cart-trailer includes a collapsible handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Commonwheel Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: Nadia Shalaby, Matteo Visentin
  • Patent number: 8820774
    Abstract: A foldable cart is described. The cart may be collapsed for transport in the bed of a pickup truck to a jobsite. Upon reaching the jobsite, the cart is removed from the pickup truck, unfolded and used to transport construction materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Mike Schonhardt
  • Patent number: 8793891
    Abstract: A novel collapsible aeration system is retrofitted into a grain bin with a discharge opening in the bottom. This grain bin may have a sloped or conical hopper or a flat bottom. The aeration system is formed from a set of connected (e.g. hinged) duct sections that define a round or multi-sided duct having a minimum of three sides or faces. The sides may be flat, curved or corrugated. The collapsible aeration system is folded (collapsed), inserted into the bin via a hole, and then unfolded inside the bin. An air duct is connected to the aeration system to enable the aeration system to dry the grain in the grain bin. This technology enables existing grain bins to be retrofitted with a dryer in an easy and efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: AG Growth International, Inc.
    Inventor: Imre Varro
  • Patent number: 8777255
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to differing embodiments of safety trailers, which have first and second platforms and a safety wall positioned therebetween. The platforms and safety wall define an area protected from vehicular incursions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Concaten, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin K Groeneweg
  • Patent number: 8777254
    Abstract: An elevated hunting blind has a hunting blind housing with a support frame. The elevated hunting blind has a substantially upright position, such that the support frame supports the housing, and a substantially level position, such that the support frame embodies a load-bearing trailer. Wheels may be attached to the support frame, such that when the elevated hunting blind is in the level position, the wheels are in contact with the ground to support the load-bearing trailer. An elongated hinging member has a first end having a trailer tongue suitable for attachment to a tow hitch and a second end rotatably connected to the support frame, so the trailer tongue can maintain constant attachment to the tow hitch on a vehicle in both the upright position and the level position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: John D. Fowler
  • Patent number: 8733792
    Abstract: A castor wheel for a vehicle or an attachment for a vehicle, the castor wheel comprising; a wheel having an axle about which the wheel can rotate, an offset pivot mounting for mounting the castor wheel to the vehicle or vehicle attachment, the pivot mounting being connected to the wheel axle and defining a pivot axis perpendicular to and offset from the wheel axle, the wheel capable of pivoting about the pivot axis, and wherein the castor wheel also comprises a restrainer for restraining the pivoting of the wheel is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Noah No. 1 Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Des Wallace
  • Patent number: 8714582
    Abstract: A baby stroller system is provided including a baby stroller and a ride along board attached thereto for supporting a rider (e.g., a child) while the stroller is pushed. The ride along board may include a platform for the rider to stand upon and at least one wheel for supporting the platform. Additionally, the ride along board is positioned asymmetrically relative to the stroller, e.g., in-line with one of the rear wheel or laterally outside of the stroller wheel base. Further, the platform may be positioned laterally outside of the handlebars, thereby providing more room for the rider (e.g., not having to stand or squeeze between the handlebars) and moving the ride along board and rider away from the moving space of a user pushing the stroller. The ride along board further includes at least three wheels defining a ride along board wheel base, where a center of mass of the ride along board is within the wheel base. The ride along board may be attached to opposing ends of an axle of one of the rear wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Orbit Baby, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph S. Hei, Bryan T. White, Colter P. Leys, Simon M. S. Weiss
  • Patent number: 8714594
    Abstract: A combine header transport trailer for transporting a combine header. The trailer includes electrically operated jacks or screw actuators for raising and lowering the header bar thereon and for moving the header bar inwardly and outwardly with respect to the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Duo Lift Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Hellbusch, Patrick K. Sokol
  • Patent number: 8702119
    Abstract: A trailer is disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the trailer has an extension platform having a first side and a second side. The first side of the extension platform is pivotally connected to at least a portion of a side of the trailer. The extension platform is movable by way of the pivotal connection between a position that is substantially perpendicular to the trailer and a position that is substantially parallel to the trailer. A secondary platform is pivotally connected to the second side of the extension platform. The secondary platform is movable by way of the pivotal connection between a first position that is substantially perpendicular to the extension platform and a second position that is substantially parallel to the extension platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Martin Silz
  • Publication number: 20140103622
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to differing embodiments of safety trailers, which have first and second platforms and a safety wall positioned therebetween. The platforms and safety wall define an area protected from vehicular incursions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Concaten, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin K. Groeneweg
  • Patent number: 8696012
    Abstract: A collapsible vehicle trailer consisting of a frame/cargo surface and a draw mounted to the frame/cargo surface by a hinge connection in such a manner that the draw may be folded down and pushed in underneath the frame/cargo surface, and that to the frame and/or cargo surface a hinged wheel suspension is arranged consisting of wheels, hub and spring so that the wheel with suspension may be rotated to become flush with the cargo surface, and that between wheel suspensions one or more shafts being articulated at the centre and at each side towards the wheels are disposed. One or more bars are arranged between the hinged draw and the center part/section of the shaft, whereby the bar(s), when the draw is folded backwards in underneath the cargo surface, pushes the centre part/section of shaft backwards, whereby the wheels and wheel suspensions are rotated in underneath and flush with the frame/cargo surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Eirik Oyasaeter
  • Patent number: 8700284
    Abstract: A towed vehicle is towed by a towing vehicle. The towed vehicle includes a motor/generator for both regenerative braking and for powering wheels. A tow member connects the towed vehicle to the towed vehicle. A sensor measures or infers the tension and compression in the tow member. A computer communicates with the sensor and with the motor/generator. The computer commands the motor/generator to either utilize regenerative braking or provide assistance in propulsion of the towed vehicle based upon the tension and compression forces in the tow member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Wojtkowicz, Joseph Norman Ulrey, Ross Dykstra Pursifull
  • Patent number: 8684412
    Abstract: A Collapsible Trailer. The trailer is lightweight, but durable, and includes a set of detachable deck segments that can be assembled into a deck. The trailer further includes a suspension assembly that attaches to the deck once the deck is assembled or, alternatively, is permanently attached to one deck segment. Intra-deck segment support is provided by slidable rods that are extendable to bridge between a pair of adjacent segments. Each deck segment has a male edge to be inserted into a female edge to create an exceedingly strong, interlocking hinge-like structure. The deck and trailer can be assembled without the need for any tools. The deck segments, when disassembled, are stackable into a condensed deck stack. A foldable suspension facilitates the stackable storage and transportation of the trailer. The trailer is convertible into a cargo platform that can be attached directly to a conventional trailer hitch receiver on a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Karl M. Steins
  • Patent number: 8662525
    Abstract: An adjustable width trailer is disclosed which is capable of hauling large machines, farm machinery, or the like. The trailer includes one or more pull-out extender assemblies mounted on the frame of the trailer. Each of the pull-out extender assemblies includes a plurality of horizontally disposed and horizontally spaced-apart support tubes which are secured to the frame of the trailer in a transverse relationship thereto so that the outer ends of the support tubes are positioned outwardly of the frame members of the frame of the trailer. Each of the pull-out extender assemblies includes first and second pull-out sections at one side of the trailer and third and fourth pull-out sections at the other side of the trailer which are individually movable between retraced and extended positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Dakota Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale J. Dierks, Patrick A. Geraets
  • Patent number: 8657525
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a safety trailer has semi-tractor hitches at both ends and a safety wall that is fixed to one side of the trailer. That side, however, can be changed to the right or left side of the road, depending on the end to which the truck attaches. A caboose can be attached at the end of the trailer opposite the tractor to provide additional lighting and impact protection. Optionally, the trailer can be equipped with overhead protection, lighting, ventilation, onboard hydraulics, compressors, generators and other equipment, as well as related fuel, water, storage and restroom facilities and other amenities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Concaten, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin K. Groeneweg, David Meyerink, Duane Meyerink, LeRoy Severson
  • Patent number: 8657303
    Abstract: A scooter 1 is disclosed that may be linked to a child buggy or perambulator 100. A linking mechanism 200 is also disclosed for releasably linking the scooter 1 to the child buggy 100 thereby allowing the scooter 1 to be used as a scooter 1 or instead, to be linked to a buggy 100 and used in a linked configuration. The combination of a child buggy 100 and scooter 1 using the linking mechanism 200 is described along with a method of use of the mechanism 200.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Phil and Teds Design Limited
    Inventors: James Richard Andrews, Andrew Douglas Mawson, Campbell Douglas Gower
  • Patent number: 8628110
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to differing embodiments of safety trailers, which have first and second platforms and a safety wall positioned therebetween. The platforms and safety wall define an area protected from vehicular incursions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Concaten, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin K. Groeneweg
  • Patent number: 8613462
    Abstract: A collapsible hitched trailer comprised of a bed member having a center bed section, and two pivotable bed sections pivotally attached to opposite sides of the center bed section. A protracting wheel axle member attached to an underside of the center bed section. Two wheels, one attached to each opposite end of the wheel axle member, and a draw bar member attached to one of the two pivotable bed sections, wherein the hitched trailer can be folded into a smaller shape and stored in a smaller area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventor: Rene Bernard
  • Patent number: 8590921
    Abstract: A band cart storage system and method having a storage cart that defines a storage area for receiving at least one or a plurality of portable and collapsible band carts and also that is capable of providing a platform that is adjustable for supporting instruments, components or even a person, such as a director or drum major, above the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Dulond Tool & Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Wayne Benson, Roy Donald Legrange, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8573916
    Abstract: A trailer is provided for a helicopter. The trailer includes a chassis, at least two lifters provided on the chassis, at least two drivers provided on the chassis and connected to the lifters, at least two locks for locking the lifters in an upper position and a connector for connecting the chassis to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation
    Inventors: Long-Cherng Hwu, Hsu-Chih Cheng, Yen-Tsung Tsai, Yang-Ming Chuang, Chin-Lung Hsieh, Fu-Huang Chen, Pei-En Wu, Chuang-Lu Wang
  • Patent number: 8567811
    Abstract: A trailer-mounted platform that unfolds to provide a multipurpose platform is herein disclosed, comprising a conventional double axle trailer. A pair of side panels is attached to a longitudinal edge and folded up for transport. In their folded state, the side panels form a triangular shape with a bottom center panel. As such, the interior of the triangular space is used to transport various items associated with the final use of the platform. Upon arrival at its destination, the side panels are lowered and supported with adjustable jack stands along with the center panel to form a platform assembly. The jack stands are adjustable over a wide range to accommodate ground conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Garry Jones
  • Patent number: 8554431
    Abstract: A method for adapting gear selection in a vehicle, the vehicle including an engine with an engine output shaft connected to an automated mechanical transmission via a clutch, a transmission output shaft connected to at least one driven wheel of the vehicle, an arrangement for registering whether a towed vehicle is connected to said vehicle, and at least one control unit for receiving input signals including signals indicative of the towed vehicle connection, and for processing the signals in accordance with programmed logic rules to issue gear selection command output signals to the transmission for gear shifting, where the control unit, when sensing that a towed vehicle has been connected to the vehicle, changes an originally selected first gear to a lower second gear having a higher starting gear ratio compared to the first gear. The towed vehicle connection registering arrangement registers at least bounce from when the vehicle bounces into the towed vehicle for connecting the towed vehicle to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Anders Eriksson, Anders Lindgren