Having Vertically Offset Load Bearing Surface Patents (Class 280/790)
  • Patent number: 10392052
    Abstract: The present disclosure presents a vehicle framework structure, which comprises: a front frame that configures a part of a framework of a vehicle front section; a rear frame that configures a part of a framework of a vehicle rear section; an intermediate frame that configures a part of a framework of a vehicle intermediate section, and that includes a framework member disposed between the front frame and the rear frame and having a length direction in a vehicle front-rear direction; and a coupling section that includes a first configuration member attached to the framework member of the intermediate frame so as to be continuous with the framework member in the vehicle front-rear direction, and a second configuration member attached to the first configuration member so as to be continuous with the first configuration member in the vehicle front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20140346763
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a vehicle for transporting passengers can include a chassis, a support member, and a labyrinthine girder. The support member can be rigidly engaged to and project from the chassis. The labyrinthine girder can include a coupling platform that is coupled to the support member. The labyrinthine girder can form a partial enclosure that surrounds a portion of the frame rail. An offset distance can be disposed between the labyrinthine girder and the frame rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Kenneth Kane, Shawn Yopp, John Smyczak
  • Publication number: 20130292932
    Abstract: A support of an axle transmission in the rear region of a passenger vehicle on a rear axle carrier and on the floor panel structure of the vehicle body in a further connecting point with the interposition of elastic supports is provided. On the output side, the transmission is supported on the sole transverse member of the rear axle carrier, which includes two longitudinal members, and on the input side the transmission is fixed to the floor panel structure via a serial connection of two elastic supports with a mass body arranged therebetween. The transmission may be fixed to two connecting points on the floor panel structure, the connecting points lying next to each other substantially in the transverse direction. Two such serial connections of elastic supports may be provided with a common mass body with a weight ranging from 3 to 7 kilograms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Alfred STENZENBERGER, Steffen KUEHLEWIND, Norbert WENDLAND
  • Patent number: 8511711
    Abstract: A utility vehicle (1) comprising a carrier frame (3) mounted above a transaxle (2) is provided. The carrier frame (3) comprises a first carrier frame section (30) and a second carrier frame section (40). A height level of the first carrier frame section (30) differs from a height level of the second carrier frame section (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: AGCO GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Honzek
  • Patent number: 8474870
    Abstract: A vehicle frame assembly includes a first frame member and a separate second frame member having an end portion connected to an end portion of the first frame member. A frame patch is interposed between and connected to the respective end portions of the first and second frame members. The frame patch together with the respective end portions of the first and second frame members defines a tri-layer patch configured to divide an input load applied longitudinally to the vehicle frame assembly into multiple force vectors which distribute the input load across a wide area of the vehicle frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert A. Ng, Brian E. Dressel, Kishore K. Pydimarry, David M. Edwards, Shawn T. Crichley, Takashi Nakano
  • Patent number: 8109535
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, the invention provides for a light truck including a frame with opposing longitudinal frame rails running along each side of the vehicle. The frame rails include at least a leading portion with vertical placement lowered and selected to substantially align with a passenger car energy management structure. In this embodiment, the vertical placement of the leading portion of the light truck frame rails is selected to direct impact energy to a passenger car longitudinal energy management structure, improving vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility in the event of a front longitudinal impact with a passenger car. The present invention also provides embodiments which increase the impact energy absorption capacity of a light truck by providing geometric softening of the frame rails and material softening of the frame rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Saeed D Barbat, James C Cheng, Raj Jayachandran, Senthilkumar Mahadevan
  • Patent number: 7810835
    Abstract: A sport trailer including a center load supporting rail, wheels, mounting assemblies for the wheels, and a stowable towing tongue, the wheel mounting assemblies include a shock absorber connected to each wheel and to a bifurcated strut that extends outward from the center rail. Upper and lower dual swing arms pivot and extend from the center rail to a mounting bracket attached to the wheels. The upper swing arms are shorter than the lower swing arms to achieve negative camber. The towing tongue is removably received within an inner channel of the center rail and telescopes relative to the center rail to achieve different length configurations of the trailer. A rear tongue is removably received within the center rail inner channel at the back end of the trailer. The rear tongue telescopes relative to the center rail and includes a taillight assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Koch
  • Patent number: 7806438
    Abstract: A frame structure for a load-carrying vehicle includes at least one frame member extending generally in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, the frame member being divided into an upper section and a lower section by a slit extending at least along a predetermined section of the frame member. The slit is shaped so as to allow a forced displacement of the upper section to a position in which it extends generally parallel to the lower section and in a manner so that the frame member is narrower along a section generally corresponding to the length of the slit, as compared with the remaining section of the frame member. A method for manufacturing a frame structure is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Göran Levin, Bengt Kölqvist
  • Publication number: 20100127480
    Abstract: A foldable stroller has a frame assembly reconfigurable between an in-use and a folded configuration. The frame assembly has first and second frame parts movable between respective in-use positions and folded positions relative to one another that correspond to the in-use and folded frame configurations. A fold joint is connected to both the first and second frame parts and has a joint pivot about which the first and second frame parts pivot relative to one another between the respective in-use and folded positions. A fold link has one end coupled to part of the frame fold joint at a pivot point spaced from the joint pivot and has an opposite end coupled to the first frame part at a connection point spaced from the fold pivot. When the second frame part is pivoted from the in-use position toward the folded position, the fold link drives movement of part of the frame assembly toward the folded frame configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Ahnert, Roy L. Dean, Joseph T. Grintz, Todd D. Sorzano
  • Patent number: 7658587
    Abstract: A hydraulic tail trailer comprising a main deck having a main tail assembly pivotally connected to the rearward end thereof with the pivotal connection therebetween being located forwardly of the centerline of the rear axle of the trailer suspension system. The location of the hinge between the main deck and the main tail assembly, by being located forwardly of the centerline of the rear axle, provides a main tail having an increased length thereby providing a lower loading angle without increasing the overall length of the trailer. The forward end of the main deck is pivotally connected to the rearward end of an upper deck so that the main deck may be raised which further reduces the angle between the rearward end of the main deck and the forward end of the main tail for loading and unloading purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Dakota Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Dierks, A. Dean Oehlerking, Ray Paradis, Brent Hohman, Cynthia Bjerrum, Don Huber, Steve Koch
  • Publication number: 20090250976
    Abstract: The present invention is to construct the roof frame of an automobile which extends forward and backward along both sides that bended from top to down and extends forward and backward in parallel or approximately parallel into a multi-sectional X-shaped coupling structure at the front, rear or front and rear of parallel or approximately parallel frame bended downward along both sides, whereby to strengthen its rigidity and to have a roof frame with special modeling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventor: Tai-Her Yang
  • Patent number: 7559578
    Abstract: A vehicle chassis assembly includes a frame assembly having a plurality of frame members connected together, a drivetrain, a suspension system, and an exhaust system. The connection of the frame members provides a low-profile configuration for reduced step height and a kick-up portion to allow ascent of steeper inclines. The frame further includes an exhaust pipe supported within a frame member and two castings bolted to removable wheel arches. The exhaust pipe has a circular cross-section that changes to a rectangular cross-section near the back of the chassis assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Workhorse Custom Chassis, LLC
    Inventors: Dion van Leeve, Hennie van Niekerk, Wayne Seaman, Kelvin Milne, Johann Eloff, Anton Francois
  • Publication number: 20090112409
    Abstract: A stabilizer system for an industrial vehicle includes one or more stabilizer cylinders mounted to the industrial vehicle, wherein the stabilizer cylinders are configured to contact the ground when deployed. The stabilizer system further includes a pressure sensor configured to determine a hydraulic system pressure, and a processor configured to calculate a stabilizing pressure to be applied to the one or more stabilizer cylinders. The stabilizing pressure is based on the hydraulic system pressure in order to improve a forward stability of the industrial vehicle when the one or more stabilizer cylinders are deployed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: NMHG OREGON, LLC
    Inventor: Eduard Tollenaar
  • Patent number: 7389844
    Abstract: A motor vehicle main chassis includes left and right main frame rails having extending along opposite lateral sides of the chassis. An extended rear frame member having left and right rear frame rails is disposed below and attached to the main frame rails, the rear frame rails extending horizontally in a plane situated below and parallel to the main frame rails. Left and right intermediate spacer rails are attached, respectively, to a bottom surface of the left and right main frame rails and extend rearwardly of the main frame rails. The left and right rear frame rails may be attached, respectively, to a bottom surface of said left and right intermediate spacer rails and extend rearwardly therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Spartan Motors, Inc.
    Inventor: Simon H. Van Der Bijl
  • Patent number: 7264277
    Abstract: A rear structure of a gaseous fuel vehicle in this invention includes right and left rear frame members, and a support frame mounted to the right and left rear frame members, on which support frame a gaseous fuel tank is mounted. Each of the right and left rear frame members is constituted by a curved member which includes a curved portion curving upward, and a front linear portion and a rear linear portion which are lower than the highest portion of the curved portion. The support frame is attached to the front linear portions and the rear linear portions. The front linear portions are attached to the rear end of a vehicle frame to provide a low floor in a passenger compartment. A load applied to the rear ends of the right and left rear frame members is dispersed into the right and left rear frame members and the support frame, and transmitted to the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tohru Ono, Akira Nakashima, Yusuke Sogawa
  • Patent number: 6935658
    Abstract: A structural frame for a vehicle chassis includes transversely-oriented unitary structural members interconnecting at least three longitudinally-oriented elongated members. The use of unitary structural members and elongated members provides flexibility in assembling structural frames of differing configurations. Correspondingly, a method of assembling structural frames having transversely-oriented unitary structural members interconnecting at least three longitudinally-oriented elongated members is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Adrian B. Chernoff, Tommy E. White
  • Patent number: 6824168
    Abstract: A vehicle body rear part structure includes a rectangular support frame carrying thereon a cylindrical fuel tank and attached to left and right rear frames from below via left and right front brackets and left and right rear brackets so as to define therebetween a pair of laterally spaced openings generally corresponding in position to the axis of the fuel tank and receiving therein a pipe system of the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Kawazu, Hiroshi Osato, Toshiaki Shimizu, Yoshitaka Sekiguchi, Tohru Ono, Masaru Shibasawa
  • Patent number: 6652003
    Abstract: A supplemental chassis platform comprising a box structure is rigidly mounted to travel trailer chassis main rails. The supplemental platform assumes the role of axle support from the chassis rails, where a plurality of cross beams cooperate to form a framework that supports the axle assembly outside of the chassis' twin main rails. With the axles supported by the box section, the chassis rails' spacing can be reduced to increase the storage space available under the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Lee Most, James V. Bertoch, Mark Mazurek, Jim D. Baehmann, Kenneth J. Biddle
  • Patent number: 6619730
    Abstract: A vehicle body includes a main frame having two longitudinal members. An auxiliary frame is fixed to the main frame. A cross member is fixed to the longitudinal members in the end region of the vehicle and is provided with a connecting section which extends in the transverse direction of the vehicle. A strutting configuration forms an essentially horizontal continuation of the auxiliary frame in the direction of the vehicle end. One end of the strutting configuration is fixed to points on the auxiliary frame which are spaced apart from each other in the transverse direction of the vehicle. The other end of the strutting configuration is fixed to the connecting section of the cross member. A vehicle body is thus obtained which has an improved stiffness all the way to the end of the vehicle and which is particularly useful for open vehicles without a roof structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Frank Pörner
  • Patent number: 6511096
    Abstract: A subframe for a motor vehicle, particularly for a rear axle of a motor vehicle, includes of a chassis frame which can be fastened to the vehicle body and which comprises at least cross members which are connected with side members. Bearings for suspension links are provided on the side members, and a transmission assembly is disposed in the chassis frame between the side members and the cross members. The side member structure of each side comprises in each case two members which are arranged above one another and which have a through-opening for axle shafts of the transmission assembly between one another and converge approximately at the end side and are connected with the cross members. By way of a three-point bearing, the transmission assembly is connected with the cross members and the side members, and the axle shafts of the assembly extend through the through-opening toward the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG
    Inventors: Reinhard Kunert, Wilhelm Frasch
  • Patent number: 6425627
    Abstract: An over the road trailer having adjustable sections to provide different trailer configurations. A flat center bed section has a sliding connection at the front with vertical legs of a gooseneck section and a sliding connection at the back with vertical legs of an L-shaped rear section. Hydraulic jacks move the center section up and down to allow the trailer to assume a double drop deck configuration, a step deck configuration, or a straight deck configuration. Separate power operated and manually operated latching systems secure the trailer in each different configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Inventor: Stuart Gee
  • Patent number: 6343825
    Abstract: An over the road trailer having adjustable sections to provide different trailer configurations. A flat center bed section has a sliding connection at the front with vertical legs of a gooseneck section and a sliding connection at the back with vertical legs of an L-shaped rear section. Hydraulic jacks move the center section up and down to allow the trailer to assume a double drop deck configuration, a step deck configuration, or a straight deck configuration. Separate power operated and manually operated latching systems secure the trailer in each different configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Inventor: Stuart Gee
  • Patent number: 6105981
    Abstract: An adjustable steering axle includes an outer axle having an exterior surface and an inner cylindrical surface. The inner axle has an outer cylindrical surface, a first kingpin receiving tube provided at a first end of the inner axle and a second kingpin receiving tube at a second end of the inner axle. The inner axle is rotatably received within the cylindrical surface of the outer axle. A first kingpin extends through the first kingpin receiving tube, and a second kingpin extends through a second kingpin receiving tube. A first spindle is rotatably mounted about the first kingpin, and a second spindle is rotatably mounted about the second kingpin. A caster charge pin is attached to the inner axle and provides rotation of the inner axle relative to the outer axle. The adjustable steering axle is desirably used on semi trailers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventors: Kenneth H. Buelt, Brian E. Spencer, John Zientara, Michael Campbell, John C. Bojarski
  • Patent number: 5954364
    Abstract: A space frame for a low profile, light truck with triangulation members of the space frame located under the floor is described having a passenger compartment, and front and rear wheel assemblies. The space frame comprises a front clip portion above the front wheel assembly, a rear clip portion above the rear wheel assembly, and a tub portion supporting the base of the passenger compartment. The tub portion includes a plurality of structural members at least two of which are disposed in horizontal coplanar relation relative to one another wherein additional structural members of the tub portion are connected together in a triangulated configuration at an elevation at or below the at least two horizontal coplanar structural members of the tub portion. Foldable rollbars are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Raceco International, Inc.
    Inventor: Oded Nechushtan
  • Patent number: 5921615
    Abstract: A recreational vehicle construction is constructed with a durable, open, and accessible subfloor, or subfloor frame assembly, placed between a skeletal chassis and the floor of the vehicle. The general structure of the subfloor includes a center portion and two outrigger assemblies on the flanks of the center portion. The subfloor frame assembly includes a pair of spaced basic beams secured to the underlying chassis, a plurality of upwardly extending spaced posts, and two overlying spaced apart center beams secured to the upper ends of said posts. The subfloor enhances overall stability and rigidity of the vehicle and increases storage space. The open and accessible design of the subfloor eases post-production installation of various components of the vehicle and also increases serviceability, thereby reducing production and service costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: National R.V., Inc.
    Inventor: J. Raul Gimenez
  • Patent number: 5855394
    Abstract: A frame assembly for a motor vehicle and method of manufacturing the same. The method includes the steps of: forming a rearward frame module, forming a forward frame module, and forming a central frame module including a pair of longitudinal central frame siderails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Cosma International Inc.
    Inventors: Frank A. Horton, Kenneth B. Jacobs, Jason D. Jacobs, Howard A. Mayo, III
  • Patent number: 5823569
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle or machinery (1) having a chassis (2) provided with ground engaging members (3) mounted on at least one transverse chassis member (4) and laterally spaced apart longitudinal chassis members (5). Each of the longitudinal chassis members (5) includes a plurality of modular elements (6) fastened together end-to-end (13, 14), which modular elements (6) are substantially hollow for housing therein moving parts (8) of the vehicle or machinery. The modular elements have access openings (18) for accessing the moving parts (8) in the interior (16) of the hollow modular elements (6), and closure panels (19) provided therefor. The present invention also extends to a modular chassis member (5) and a modular chassis element (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Reekie Manufacturing, Limited
    Inventor: James Roy Scott
  • Patent number: 5741026
    Abstract: A connecting and supporting structure is adapted for use in a vehicle frame assembly. The structure is a one-piece body preferably formed of cast aluminum alloy. The body includes a first joining portion adapted for connection to a first side rail section, and a second joining portion adapted for connection to a second side rail section. Preferably the first joining portion is formed on a first end of the body having a first height, and the second joining portion is formed on a second end of the body having a second height which is different from the first height. The body further includes a supporting portion which is preferably a spring hanger adapted for supporting a vehicle spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Bonnville
  • Patent number: 5501504
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to the construction of new and improved motor homes and, more particularly, to the construction of a superstructure platform and the mounting of the platform on a unit chassis. In addition to improving the stability of the vehicle, the present invention also provides rigidity in the motor home, as well as storage space for goods that is easily accessible from the outside of the motor home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Assignee: Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Kunz
  • Patent number: 5484034
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has a supporting frame with a bearer part which is arranged thereon and on which, in turn, additional units together with their connecting lines are pre-assembled. To simplify assembly or repair, the frame has, in the region of the wheel housing, a perforation. In the region of the perforation, the bearer part is assembled. After the mounting of the bearer part equipped with the additional units and the connection or laying of the connecting lines, the perforation is subsequently closed. That is, after the painting of the frame, the perforation is closed by a cover plate which can be attached on the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Assignee: Mercedes-Benz AG
    Inventors: Erwin Benz, Gerhard Burk, Norbert Schwuchow, Werner Trost, Martin Deibler
  • Patent number: 5456485
    Abstract: A chassis attachable to a fifth wheel of a tractor for hauling a freight container has a variable height gooseneck assembly for accommodating either a standard or a reduced tunnel depth freight container seatable on the chassis. The variable height gooseneck assembly includes a longitudinally extending gooseneck beam and a plate movable to a first position above the longitudinally extending gooseneck beam to support a standard tunnel depth freight container. A plate support element is movably connected to the plate and the longitudinally extending gooseneck beam, the plate support element being configured to move the plate to a second position that allows supported positioning on the gooseneck assembly of a reduced tunnel depth container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Assignee: Rosby Corporation
    Inventor: Howard J. Yurgevich
  • Patent number: 5398956
    Abstract: A chassis attachable to a fifth wheel of a tractor for hauling a freight container has a variable height gooseneck assembly for accommodating either a standard or a reduced tunnel depth freight container seatable on the chassis. The variable height gooseneck assembly includes a longitudinally extending gooseneck beam and a plate movable to a first position above the longitudinally extending gooseneck beam to support a standard tunnel depth freight container. A plate support element is movably connected to the plate and the longitudinally extending gooseneck beam, the plate support element being configured to move the plate to a second position that allows supported positioning on the gooseneck assembly of a reduced tunnel depth container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Rosby Corporation
    Inventor: Howard J. Yurgevich
  • Patent number: 5322327
    Abstract: A frame for an agricultural trailer vehicle has a single centrally extending longitudinal support having a hollow box-shaped construction. The longitudinal support has a width and a height which is greater than the width. The longitudinal support has a cross-section with a profile which changes over its length so that a maximum profile of its cross-section is provided in the region of a wheel axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Inventor: Konrad Steffinger
  • Patent number: 5205587
    Abstract: A modular frame for automotive vehicles, which comprises a pair of side rails oriented parallel to one another, each side rail having a plurality of apertures being substantially similar in size and shape with respect to one another. Cross members and auxiliary mounts are secured to the side rails by adapters that have a size and shape corresponding to the apertures in the side rails. The means for securing the adapters to the side rails allows the load to be distributed over a wide area of the side rail to reduce stress concentrations. The combination of the adapters and the plurality of similar sized apertures results in a modular structural frame connection system for vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Assignee: Paccar Inc.
    Inventor: Larry W. Orr
  • Patent number: 5178432
    Abstract: An emergency rescue vehicle which includes a patient compartment which is accessible for patient loading through doors located along both sides and rear of the vehicle and wherein the primary patient support stretcher is pivotally carried centrally of the compartment and is extendable outwardly through any one of the access doors. The patient compartment is separated between tandem front wheel assemblies and a rear wheel assembly to obtain a continuously level and low loading height and the primary patient support is positioned generally at the center of mass of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Inventors: Dennis Zeman, Kurt Person
  • Patent number: 5028062
    Abstract: An all purpose dolly which includes a dolly frame characterized by parallel horizontal frame members which extend downwardly and inwardly to define drop frame segments for supporting firewood, and vertical frame members upward-standing from the horizontal frame members and connected at the top to facilitate stacking the firewood upwardly on the dolly frame. A removable frame cover is seated on the vertical frame members and the dolly frame is fitted with a pivoting front axle and a fixed rear axle, with front and rear wheels mounted on the front and rear axles, respectively. A tongue extends from vertically pivotal attachment to the front axle for removably attaching the all purpose dolly to a tractor or other vehicle. A conversion panel is fitted with spaced guide rails for selectively and removably engaging the horizontal frame members and converting the all purpose dolly to a gardening and lawn dolly or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Inventors: David M. Pinnell, Clinton D. Weaver
  • Patent number: 4995772
    Abstract: A computer automated hydraulic hauling unit for transporting precast concrete bridge segments from a casting site to an erection site. The apparatus includes a transportable chassis having computer controlled hydraulic members with means to elevate precast bridge segments from casting forms. The operator sets the lifting and transport parameters in the computer controller from the control panel for elevation and lift control. Each segment is rolled into place on a trailer bed and through automated electronic circuits the hydraulic cylinders apply force to raise the segments onto a movable and uniform beam structure. After elevation to a preselected height each segment is anchored by means of pinning vertical interlocking beams made of high strength structural steel. This computerized hydraulic beam trailer can accommodate one or two segments per load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Inventor: Richard R. Biggio
  • Patent number: 4955664
    Abstract: A vehicle-carried loader having a loader boom articulated to its front end and a motor suspended at its rear end includes a stiff frame including longitudinal and transversal frame members. The longitudinal lateral frame members arch over the rear wheels and in the middle section of the vehicle run at the level of the vehicle floor adjoining the boarding step. The frame is additionally stiffened by the provision of additional frame parts. The longitudinal lateral frame members each have a front section extending partially over the front wheels, on which the front part of the vehicle is supported. The frame further has a central longitudinal frame member extending between the wheel axles and rearwardly to the rear end of the vehicle. The central frame member is connected directly or by struts to several transversal frame members and has on its bottom axle flanges for fastening the rear axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1990
    Assignee: Kramer-Werke GmbH
    Inventor: Karl Friedrich
  • Patent number: 4907735
    Abstract: A process for producing a chassis for vehicles, which includes the steps of fabricating a single frame element of aluminum alloy, the frame element having an upper beam, a lower beam and a web portion connecting between the two beams, removing some of the web portion to a desired length, pulling the upper beam and lower beam of the web vacant portion in opposite directions so that the web vacant portion becomes an expanded opening, bending the frame element in accordance with the size and shape of the body of a vehicle to be placed on the chassis, and welding the terminating ends of the frame element to form an endless frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Assignee: Showa Aluminum Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shunta Ushioda, Ichizo Tsukuda, Noboru Ohneda, Minobu Sukimoto
  • Patent number: 4847972
    Abstract: A van apparatus (20, 20') for the transportation of handicapped people having a bi-level floor surface supported by a frame rail (34, 34'), wherein the lower portion of said bi-level floor extends in a substantially level plane from an intermediate area to a forward area of said van apparatus, such that a handicapped person may drive or ride as the front passenger in said van apparatus. The lower portion of said bi-level floor may be lowered to a customized depth in the construction of each individual van apparatus. Methods for construction of such a van apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Inventors: Ronald G. Anderson, Jeffrey S. Anderson, Charles R. Anderson, Todd A. Anderson, Darren G. Anderson
  • Patent number: 4583761
    Abstract: A frame for a scoop loader, fork lift or like vehicle is provided having two lateral carriers whose lower sections are bent to the middle of the vehicle and connected to form a trough like frame that is open upward and adapted to be closed toward its rear by a counterweight connected thereto, a bearing half for supporting a wheel shaft located at the front of each lateral carrier and a pair of mating bearing halves on a separate connector component constituting a front cross piece for the frame and fastener means for connecting the bearing halves to form a complete assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1986
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dieter Nagel, Bernhard Gotz, Elmar Causin, Werner-Georg Schroder
  • Patent number: 4579502
    Abstract: To expedite loading and unloading of a truck, in particular of a beverage supply truck, the truck is provided with a load carrier which is received by a portal-like frame, surrounding the load carrier in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle and open at least at one side. Due to lifting elements, the load carrier can be lifted from the ground into the frame. If the load carrier is lowered to the ground, loading and unloading is facilitated. Moreover, the load carrier can be laterally removed from the frame on a roller conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Thomas Kramer
  • Patent number: 4531781
    Abstract: A large two axle rear dump off-highway vehicle comprising a main frame section, a tilting dump body, a cab section, a radiator section, front wheels providing steering for the vehicle, and rear wheels providing a driving power for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1985
    Assignee: Wiseda Ltd.
    Inventors: Al E. Hunt, Richard A. Chandler, Robert J. Ward
  • Patent number: 4438825
    Abstract: A cab suspension system having a cab rail intermediate the cab and the frame rails. The cab rail is suspended above the frame rail from two points of equal deflection on the frame rail, thus reducing fore-aft pitching which would otherwise result were the cab mounted directly to the frame rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc.
    Inventor: Donald L. Stephens