Load Cover Patents (Class 296/100.01)
  • Patent number: 10940743
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a folding load bearing hard tonneau cover, wherein each folding section is constructed using friction stir welds for strength, stiffness and visual appeal, wherein edge extrusions may include an integral attachment track which is capable of sustaining high tie down loads, wherein a spring loaded latching system has the strength to react the moments generated by heavy loads on top of the tonneau cover, wherein installation does not require modification to the bed but instead uses a 2 bolt attachment system, and wherein the tonneau cover may carry heavy loads on top that are easy to secure, and wherein a custom carrying frame is easily attachable to the tonneau cover to enable large and heavy loads, even some that are longer than the pick-up bed, to be carried on the tonneau cover while enabling use of the pick-up bed for other cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: ADVANCED METAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Jennifer Aubrey, David Rosal, Scott M. Packer, Patrick Richard Sessions
  • Patent number: 10597046
    Abstract: A system includes a railcar, a first side screen, a second side screen, and an adjustment system. The railcar includes a roof section. The first side screen is coupled to a side of the railcar. The second side screen is coupled to the side of the railcar. The second side screen overlaps a portion of the first side screen. The adjustment system is coupled to the railcar and is operable to adjust a vertical position of the roof section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Trinity North American Freight Car, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Huck, Victor M. Mankarious, Jerry W. Vande Sande, Caglar Ozerdim, Christopher C. Harkey, Hiten Y. Mehta, Kyle R. Coston, Brant R. McGhee
  • Patent number: 10538150
    Abstract: A flexible tonneau cover assembly is provided that includes a side rail and a rear rail that is removably securable to the side rail. The rear rail is rotatable between a closed position wherein a flexible cover secured thereto is under tension, and an open position wherein the flexible cover is untensioned. Optionally, the assembly includes a securing member that is securable in a fixed position with respect to the side rail and defines a channel, and the rear rail is rotatable between the open position and the closed position when the rear rail is positioned in the channel of the securing member. Optionally, the flexible cover includes a cable operatively connected to the rear rail, and the side rail receives the cable therein when the rear rail is in the closed position to secure the flexible cover to the side rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Alexander Zichettello, Michael T. Binfet, Douglas R. Kaltenmark, Babuji K. Tamarapoo, Brock J. Stull, Todd Yoder, Paul Finch
  • Patent number: 10328778
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a folding load bearing hard tonneau cover, wherein each folding section is constructed using friction stir welds for strength, stiffness and visual appeal, wherein edge extrusions may include an integral attachment track which is capable of sustaining high tie down loads, wherein a spring loaded latching system has the strength to react the moments generated by heavy loads on top of the tonneau cover, wherein installation does not require modification to the bed but instead uses a 2 bolt attachment system, and wherein the tonneau cover may carry heavy loads on top that are easy to secure, and wherein a custom carrying frame is easily attachable to the tonneau cover to enable large and heavy loads, even some that are longer than the pick-up bed, to be carried on the tonneau cover while enabling use of the pick-up bed for other cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ADVANCED METAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Jennifer Aubrey, David Rosal, Scott M. Packer, Patrick Richard Sessions
  • Patent number: 10179503
    Abstract: A cover and divider system for a cargo bed of a vehicle includes a plurality of connected cover portions securable over a cargo bed and at least one panel securable to underside of each of the plurality of cover portions in a stored condition and removable from the corresponding one of the plurality of cover portions to partition the cargo bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Kendra White, Pattrick Loew, Eric Rinke, Kyle Ness
  • Patent number: 10131215
    Abstract: A flexible tonneau cover assembly includes a pair of side rails positioned on side walls of a cargo box of a motor vehicle, two sliding elements slidably received in the side rails, spring blocks inserted within each side rail, and a spring located between the sliding element and the spring block in each side rail. The flexible tonneau cover assembly also includes a front rail including a first end having an opening for receiving a projection of the first sliding element, and a second end having a latch receivable by the latch receptacle of the second sliding element. A tonneau cover is attached to the front rail and extends to cover the cargo box of the vehicle, which is tensioned by the springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Alexander Zichettello, Douglas R Kaltenmark, Michael T Binfet, Brock J Stull, Babuji K Tamarapoo
  • Patent number: 9758024
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roof frame component of a roof opening system of a vehicle, wherein, according to the invention, said roof frame component is made of at least one organic sheet or has at least one organic sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventors: Frank Kiesewetter, Dirk Legler, Martin Pollak
  • Patent number: 9440520
    Abstract: A cap for the cargo bed of a pickup truck has a rigid internal frame with spaced front and rear frame members connected by longitudinally extending upper side rails and longitudinally extending bottom plates, said frame being supported on side walls of the pickup truck. A lightweight shell extends over the rigid frame and is supported on the side walls of the truck. A plurality of posts are attached to the side rails and extend vertically through holes formed in the shell and have one or more storage racks attached to the posts whereby all of the weight of the storage racks and cargo supported thereon is transmitted through the internal frame and supported by the truck body. The frame members are formed of T-slotted members providing support for sundry items inside the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: A.R.E. Accessories, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew N. Rohr, Aaron N. Yonts
  • Patent number: 9033393
    Abstract: A convertible tarp system provides an extendable and retractable enclosure especially suited for covering a flatbed trailer. The convertible tarp system includes a plurality of bows and trolleys that support a tarp structure. A guide track defines a longitudinal path of movement and supports the trolleys for movement along the longitudinal path. The guide track is configured to substantially restrict lateral movement of the trolleys along the longitudinal path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Everest Damsi, Kenneth Weschke, Andrew Knepper
  • Patent number: 9022453
    Abstract: A covering device for a luggage compartment of a vehicle substantially comprises a trunk covering comprising an inner roller blind which covers the luggage compartment. In order to install the trunk covering in, and remove the latter from, the vehicle, said trunk covering is brought by one end vertically and horizontally into a plug-in device on the vehicle, wherein the remote, other longitudinal end of the trunk covering is latched in a lock by means of a rotational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stephan Vogt, Bodo Chalupnik
  • Publication number: 20150108784
    Abstract: A cover assembly for a vehicle box having a plurality of slats with each slat pivotally connected to at least one adjacent slat and end fittings attached to opposite ends of each of the plurality of slats. Side rails are attachable to the vehicle box. Locking elements associated with each side rail are movable to engage and hold the end fittings onto the side rails. The locking element including a hook on a roll rod pivotally positioned within an arc section of the side rail. The roll rod is movable from a first position wherein the hook projects into a slot in the end fittings to a second position wherein the hook is withdrawn from the slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Israel MAIMIN, Julian MAIMIN
  • Patent number: 8931819
    Abstract: Technologies and implementations related to open bed vehicle cover and storage systems are generally disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Truck Lidz, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Glenn Daniel
  • Patent number: 8757699
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a raisable canopy system for a truck having a rear box with a first wall and a second wall opposite the first wall. A pair of actuator mounts are mounted to the first wall and the second wall, respectively. A canopy mount is connected to the pair of actuator mounts, is disposed adjacent to one end of the box and extends upwards from the box. A canopy substantially extends over top of the box and pivotally connects to the canopy mount. A pair of actuators are pivotally connected to and extend outwards from the pair of actuator mounts, respectively. The pair of actuators each pivotally connect to the canopy. The pair of actuators are configured to selectively move the canopy from a closed position in which the canopy covers and abuts the box to an open position in which the canopy is angularly spaced-apart from the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Dennis Kalack
  • Patent number: 8720969
    Abstract: A vehicle cargo compartment assembly is provided that has a vehicle floor defining an opening for a storage compartment and a lid sized for covering the opening and moveable between a closed position and an open position. A cargo mat has a body portion overlaying the lid and is moveable with the lid between the closed position and the open position. An outboard flap extends beyond the lid to overlay a portion of the vehicle floor bordering the opening when the lid is in the closed position. The outboard flap is supported by the vehicle floor when the lid is in the closed position, and the outboard flap is hinged to the body portion such that the outboard flap extends downward at a hanging angle with respect to the body portion when the lid is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: John Young
  • Patent number: 8720970
    Abstract: A folding cover for covering a trailer body, a truck body or other object. The folding cover includes a plurality of cover members which are foldably interconnected so as to be selectively movable between a covering position and a stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Fletcher
  • Patent number: 8714622
    Abstract: A tonneau system for a pickup bed comprising a bracket system connectable with a sidewall of the pickup bed, a header system, and a spring retainer system operably coupled between the bracket system and the header system. The spring retainer system can be biased into a locked position wherein the header system is coupled with the bracket system. The spring retainer system can be positionable into an unlocked position wherein the header system is decoupled from the bracket system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Truxedo, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Spencer, Tim Nelson
  • Publication number: 20130307287
    Abstract: According to the principles of the present invention, a tonneau system for a cargo box provides a folding handle and a method to lock in place tensioning of the clamping system to the cargo bed of a vehicle. This clamping method is incorporated as part of a sub support frame and fore which clamps are used to align and mount the cover to the cargo bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Shi Hang, Zheng Hongjuan
  • Publication number: 20130302105
    Abstract: A combination trailer is provided that includes a rear self-discharge trailer having a bottom surface, a front portion, a back portion, and two opposing side panels. The side panels of the combination trailer have a height that is less than the height of the front portion. An enclosure system is also included in the combination trailer and selectively covers an open top of the rear self-discharge trailer. One or more one locking pin assemblies are also included in the combination trailer and are attached to at least one of the side panels of the rear self-discharge trailer such that the locking pin assemblies can be used to secure the enclosure system in a desired position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: FIRST CLASS SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Randy D. Stroup, Benjamin J. Pritchett
  • Patent number: 8523265
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a multipurpose transport system, a roof assembly, and methods for transporting forest biomass and wood residuals. Roof assemblies according to the disclosure are mountable on a top portion of a transport system. In some embodiments, roof assemblies include two or more panels, one or more panel movements assemblies operably connected each of the two or more panels, and one or more actuation assemblies. The two or more panels extend from a first side of the roof assembly to and second side of the roof assembly in a louvered configuration. Each of the two or more panels are moveable between a first position and a second position. Further aspects of the disclosure are directed towards multipurpose transport systems and methods for transporting forest biomass and wood residuals using systems according to the disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventors: James R. Leist, Frank Corley
  • Patent number: 8491032
    Abstract: A retractable tarp system having automated closing mechanisms used in conjunction with the front and rear of a truck or vehicle-pulled trailer. The automated system of closing the tarping system may include air cylinders, hydraulics or electric motor with closing mechanisms for the dual closing system. The rear system may include linear actuators on each side adapted to pull a cable with a distal hook that may selectively engage the tarp structure. For redundancy, the front system may be air-operated while the rear system is electric. The truck driver operates a switch or button to open and close the closing mechanisms of the retractable tarp system, and may connect and disconnect a hook on a rear closing mechanism that pulls the tarp tightly closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: VTI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Lloyd Verduyn
  • Patent number: 8491030
    Abstract: A combination trailer is provided that includes a rear self-discharge trailer having a bottom surface, a front portion, a back portion, and two opposing side panels. The side panels of the combination trailer have a height that is less than the height of the front portion. An enclosure system is also included in the combination trailer and selectively covers an open top of the rear self-discharge trailer. One or more one locking pin assemblies are also included in the combination trailer and are attached to at least one of the side panels of the rear self-discharge trailer such that the locking pin assemblies can be used to secure the enclosure system in a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: First Class Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy D. Stroup, Benjamin J. Pritchett
  • Patent number: 8376446
    Abstract: A protective cover for a truck bed having a pair of opposite sidewalls includes a main body selectively configurable in a stored position and a protective position, wherein the main body is disposed adjacent the truck bed while in the stored position and shelters at least a portion of the truck bed while in the protective position and a means for securing the main body to at least one of the sidewalls of the truck bed while the main body is in the protective position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Ryan Golden
  • Patent number: 8348329
    Abstract: A cover for pickup trucks includes a cover with a structure formed by laterals, a front part, a rear part from tubes and/or profiles that form its shape and design. Finish pieces from plastic, metal and/or the like that change the shape and the design can be arranged on the tubes, profiles, and/or the like. The cover is complemented by glass, windows, doors and/or the like, has headlamps, either retractable or non-retractable, and/or the like, and racks and/or like retractables, an air deflector, and a rear wiper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Rubens Fernando Soldatelli
  • Publication number: 20120313397
    Abstract: A cover for a shopping cart may include a top configured to overly a basket and a handle of the shopping cart. Vertical sides may be attached to the top and may extend downwardly from the top to fit loosely over the cart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: MICHELLE CARTER
  • Publication number: 20120292939
    Abstract: A pickup truck bed low profile tool box with sliding lids mounted across the pickup truck bed inside a protective fastback style rigid shell, resting on the cargo bed rails, with gull wing doors on either side of the shell, over the low profile tool box behind the pickup truck cab, pivot up out of the way for easy access to the low profile tool box and a fastback rear hatch door that opens wide affording easy access to the tool box from inside the cargo bay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Patrick Lynn Daylong
  • Publication number: 20120292937
    Abstract: A tonneau cover assembly for a truck having a bed and a pair of upstanding sidewalls generally includes a panel and a mechanism for enabling movement of the panel between the first position abutting the bed and a second position generally level with tops of the upstanding sidewalls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Dave Hobrecht, Scott Willis
  • Publication number: 20120248817
    Abstract: A camping wrap that is comprised of a series of interconnected panels each of which is connected along one edge to interior edge portions of a cover used to close and cover the bed of a vehicle, for example a pick up truck bed, and which when deployed extends around the sides and end of a raised cover and with adjacent edges of the camping wrap being releasably inter-lockable with one another and with bottom portions of the interconnected panels extending downwardly and over the sides and rear of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Jamin A. Miller
  • Publication number: 20120235439
    Abstract: The Retractable Rack & Canopy System may comprise a soft top version or a hard top version (or combination thereof). A retractable and extendable fabric covered canopy (soft top version) may be used in conjunction with a truck box for protecting transported cargo on a pick-up truck or with a flat bed trailer. Furthermore, the hard top version of the invention may comprise a plurality of nestable telescopic sections which may be retracted to a user-preferred position providing ready access to the cargo bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Stanislaw Wojciech Mazur
  • Publication number: 20120187713
    Abstract: A protective cover assembly for covering a space defined by at least one wall. The protective cover assembly includes a plurality of rails coupled to one another to form a frame for securing a material over the space. At least one support bow spans the space to support the material. Clamp mechanisms are coupled to the ends of the support bow for securing the protective cover over the space. The clamp mechanisms include a latch member for engaging the wall and a handle for biasing the latch member against the wall. The clamp further includes a shaft for interconnecting the support bow to the frame. A collar is disposed over the shaft for guiding the handle and the latch member between an operational position and a stowed position along the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: RUGGED LINER
    Inventors: Scott A. Williamson, Michael Williamson, Louis Simko
  • Patent number: 8186739
    Abstract: The invention includes a lift system for lifting a topper relative to a pickup truck box. The system is configured to lift the topper in a translational manner, such that the topper does not pivot with respect to the pickup box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Topper EZ Lift
    Inventors: Tod Allen Bruestle, Donald T. Borchert
  • Patent number: 8152216
    Abstract: A self-contained, vehicle-mounted system for operating a retractable cover with respect to proximate open top containers transported by the vehicle to cover and uncover the containers. The system includes all of the items necessary to accomplish the covering and uncovering of a container and needs only to be mounted on the vehicle and connected to a source of electric power on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy D. Howell, Daniel F. Kubista, Robert A. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120080900
    Abstract: Technologies and implementations related to open bed vehicle cover and storage systems are generally disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Glenn Daniel
  • Patent number: 8104821
    Abstract: The invention provides a new-style tonneau cover, wherein comprises a cover plate body matching the rear truck bed. The cover plate body is a three-layer structure, comprising an outer layer, an intermediate layer and an inner layer from the exterior to the interior. The outer layer is made of polyurethane foam mixed with glass fiber; the intermediate layer is made of polyurethane foam and the inner layer is made of resin; the density of polyurethane foam in the intermediate layer is lower than that in the outer layer; polyurethane foam is light in weight and high in specific strength. In this invention, the cover plate body is made of three different layers so that the cover is light in weight and high in strength, taking up less room of the rear truck bed, better for free opening and closing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Jiuda Vehicle Fittingsmaking (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yachun Hu, Shaobo Hu
  • Publication number: 20110304171
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a raisable canopy system for a truck having a rear box with a first wall and a second wall opposite the first wall. A pair of actuator mounts are mounted to the first wall and the second wall, respectively. A canopy mount is connected to the pair of actuator mounts, is disposed adjacent to one end of the box and extends upwards from the box. A canopy substantially extends over top of the box and pivotally connects to the canopy mount. A pair of actuators are pivotally connected to and extend outwards from the pair of actuator mounts, respectively. The pair of actuators each pivotally connect to the canopy. The pair of actuators are configured to selectively move the canopy from a closed position in which the canopy covers and abuts the box to an open position in which the canopy is angularly spaced-apart from the box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis Kalack
  • Patent number: 8075041
    Abstract: An improved device for attaching a truck top or appliance fitted with an angle on its base, which rests on a profile attached to the top of the side walls of the vehicle bed and standby parts for coupling to accessories to be used, thus making possible the installation and removal thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Marlon Melo Diniz
  • Patent number: 8070210
    Abstract: A positionable truck bed enclosure may be mounted on the gunwales of a pickup truck. The enclosure may comprise side panels mountable on the gunwales and a top hinged along one edge and mounted between the side panels. The top may be hinged intermediate its ends to form first and second sections, and control arms connected to the second section may be used to control the position of the lower edge of the second section as the top is raised and lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Douglas B. Lotz
  • Patent number: 8047600
    Abstract: A retractable tarpaulin cover system includes a tarp cover, plural spaced substantially U-shaped bows supporting and connected to the tarp cover, movable carriages operably connected to lower ends of each bow, and a tensioning mechanism which moves an end one of said bows toward an endmost position thereof to tension the tarp cover in an expanded position of the cover. The tensioning mechanism includes an elongate brace arm having an upper end which operatively engages an upper or intermediate portion of a vertically extending leg of the end bow, a transmission device which operatively supports a lower end of the brace arm and rotates the arm in a longitudinal direction of the cover system to thereby also move the end bow in the longitudinal direction of the cover system, and a coupling which detachably connects the lower end of the brace arm to the transmission device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventors: Sheri Leblanc, Tim P. Demonte, Walter P. Demonte
  • Patent number: 8025331
    Abstract: A roof assembly is provided for a storage container having two opposing side walls that together define a length of the storage container. The roof assembly includes a plurality of roof panels arranged atop and between the two opposing side walls along the length of the storage container in side-by-side relationship. Each of the plurality of roof panels has opposite sides and opposite ends. Each of the opposite ends of the plurality of roof panels is configured to be secured to a top of a corresponding one of the two opposing side walls of the storage container. Each of the opposite sides of each of the plurality of roof panels is configured to be attached to the side of an adjacent one of the plurality of roof panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventors: Rodney P. Ehrlich, Will Lewallen
  • Patent number: 7988218
    Abstract: A camper shell kit including a plurality of removable panels that are individually mountable onto a frame is herein disclosed. The frame serves as the skeleton for the shell and also provides a base for an optional top-mounted rack. Each panel may be mounted individually to the frame to create customized camper shell configurations. Panel insertion may not require the use of tools. Panels can be interchanged with others made of different materials for specific tasks. The frame may be integrated to match the shape of the truck and provide flush mounting for shell panels offering a smooth, integrated appearance with the vehicle. The frame mounts directly onto standard truck bed mount points which may provide maximum strength and load-bearing capacity. The frame permits the panels to be locked into place providing security for the payload against theft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Robert J. Devine
  • Publication number: 20110127796
    Abstract: A device 10 is provided for covering a grocery cart 12. The device 10 includes a planar shaped member 14 aligned adjacent to the grocery cart 12 for covering the cart. The planar shaped member 14 is provided with first and second diagonally extending side wall members 16 and 18 which engage uppermost portions of the sides 62 and 64 of the cart. Additionally, the planar shaped member includes third and fourth horizontally extending end members 20 and 22 which engage uppermost portions first and second end portions 66 and 68 of the cart 12. Coupling means 50, 52, 54 and 56 are provided to couple the planar shaped member 14 to the cart 12 so that device 10 is secured over uppermost portions of the cart and the contents of the cart are protected from inclement weather.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Wanda G. Fontenot-Martin
  • Patent number: 7878573
    Abstract: A tarpaulin structure for covering a cargo space and used in combination with a support and retraction system includes a body and an openable sleeve for a plurality of the cross supports of the system. Connectors hold the sleeves closed about the cross supports. The tarpaulin system may be installed onto and removed from the cross supports of a tarpaulin support and retraction system without requiring the user to disconnect the cross supports from the drive cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: David F. Limbacher
  • Patent number: 7854465
    Abstract: A retractable tarpaulin cover system includes a tarp cover, plural spaced substantially U-shaped bows supporting and connected to the tarp cover, movable carriages operably connected to lower ends of each bow, a tensioning mechanism which moves an end one of said bows toward an endmost position thereof to tension the tarp cover in an expanded position of the cover, and a tension distributing mechanism which distributes the tension of the tarp cover between the end bow and another of said bows adjacent to said end bow. The tension distributing mechanism includes a collapsible brace interconnected between the end and adjacent bows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventors: Sheri LeBlanc, Tim P. DeMonte, Walter P. DeMonte
  • Patent number: 7823515
    Abstract: A rail car cover system including a rail car, a first cover section and a second cover section. The rail car has an opening. The first cover section is operably attached to the rail car. The first cover section includes a first hinge mechanism and a first cover material. The second cover section is operably attached to the rail car. The second cover section includes a second hinge mechanism and a second cover material. The first cover section and the second cover section are both movable between a closed configuration and an open configuration. When in the closed configuration, the first cover section and the second cover section substantially cover the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Shur Company
    Inventors: David J. Schaefer, Nathan P. Dimmer, Steven J. Knight, Jerry R. Dimmer, Michael P. Krajewski, Kevin J. Kleinsasser, Carla K. Ewald
  • Patent number: 7819262
    Abstract: Apparatus for covering a payload of a semitrailer with a tarpaulin cover having an overhead structure including a first travel beam and a second travel beam. A carriage is movable on the first travel beam and second travel beam from a position where the carriage rests over the payload to be covered to a position spaced apart in a side-by-side relation with the payload to be covered. A rotatable drum upon which a cable is wound is mounted to the carriage and the connector is used for connecting a free end of the cable to the tarpaulin. An electric system or hydraulic system is used for selectively locating the rotatable drum in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Carl R. Ewan
  • Publication number: 20100219657
    Abstract: A cover for securing a load in an environment includes a sheet; a strap having a length that is extendable, and that includes a first end portion, a middle portion, and a second end portion; a first coupler attached to the strap's first end portion and operable to releasably attach the strap's first end portion to a structure other than the sheet to anchor the cover; a second coupler attached to the strap's second end portion and operable to releasably attach the strap's second end portion to a structure other than the sheet to anchor the cover; and a fastener operable to fasten the strap's first end portion to the sheet. When the sheet is used to secure and/or cover a load the first coupler is disposed between the fastener and the strap's middle portion. By having the first coupler located between the fastener and the strap's middle portion, one can both secure the load with the strap and secure the cover 10 to the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel Kinley
  • Publication number: 20100194137
    Abstract: A raisable truck bed cover protects the contents of the truck bed from the elements and theft, while allowing access to the contents when materials are placed on the cover. The raisable cover maintains the storage capability of the original truck design while allowing additional material hauling capacity by way of the cover and an optional ladder rack system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Jerry Kealy
  • Patent number: 7735898
    Abstract: The present invention is a folding truck bed cover system that includes a pair of truck bed covers, a pair of bed rails, a pair of supporting braces, and a folding roof cloth. The truck bed covers can rotate flat to cover the truck bed or to a vertical position via a gas strut that is mounted along the front wall of the truck bed. The folding roof cloth can be draped over the truck bed covers when in a vertical position, and therein said folding roof cloth is secured via the bed rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Levi Bridges
  • Patent number: 7726720
    Abstract: A unit for returning a cover of a trailer comprising a first portion, a cord, and a spring. The spring is connected to the first portion. The cord having first and second ends, the first end of the cord being connectable to the first portion, the second end of the cord being connected to the cover, and the cord being wrappable around the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Roll-Rite, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy K. Searfoss
  • Patent number: 7695047
    Abstract: A multi-mode load bed cover for an automotive vehicle includes first and second cover sectors which are deployable laterally from within a housing associated with a bodyside of a load bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventor: Kelly Michael Kohlstrand
  • Patent number: 7669911
    Abstract: A tarping system for removably covering the open top of a container resting on a platform of a truck frame, or directly on the truck frame, includes a cover support structure extending upwardly from the pivoted platform, a tarping frame displaceably secured to the cover support structure, a covering medium secured to the tarping frame and dimensioned to protectably cover the container open top, a power system extending between the cover support structure and the tarping frame for raising the tarping frame and thereby the covering medium above the container open top to permit the container to be removed from the truck frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: J. Daniel Hankey