Having Tent Means Demountable Therefrom Patents (Class 296/159)
  • Patent number: 9156391
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a collapsible rigid shelter for mounting on a truck bed. The shelter includes a floor with a pair of floor extensions, a roof shell, a collapsible roof support and a plurality of rigid wall panels. In the transport configuration, the rigid wall panels overlap the floor. The shelter may be transformed to the deployed configuration by using to collapsible roof support to elevate the roof shell, sliding the floor extensions laterally away from each other, and moving the wall panels to extend between from either the floor or one of the floor extensions to the roof shell, and thereby collectively form an enclosure when the shelter is in the deployed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: TURTLESHEL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventor: Fabian Loranger
  • Patent number: 8919861
    Abstract: A flexible extension storage enclosure for folding travel trailers that is selectively secured to the underside of a folding trailer extension after it has been deployed from the main body of the travel trailer. The storage extension enclosure provides additional usable weather tight storage area beneath the extension by using a combination of track insertable support rails and a plurality of wall surface mounted snaps to define selectively accessible integrated storage compartment there beneath with a selective access closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Smith
  • Patent number: 8678472
    Abstract: A camping assembly is provided having a frame with a base and a superstructure, and a tent mounted on the frame superstructure, wherein the tent is configurable from a closed position for transport to an open position with the tent floor forming a cantilever relative to the frame. The camping assembly may be mounted on a typical vehicle trailer hitch by engaging the receiver, and braces extending from the frame superstructure to the vehicle act to stabilize the camping assembly during transport. The camping assembly may be used on or off of the vehicle. When the camping assembly is used off of the vehicle, it is supported on adjustable legs on outriggers, with the tent supported on top of the frame superstructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: Skip A. Pierce, Glen Jefferson Lawson
  • Patent number: 8550538
    Abstract: The pickup truck bed camping tent with air mattress is an accessory that installs inside of a pickup truck bed, and which deploys to inflate a tent and air mattress in order to provide an enclosure with sleeping surface for at least one person. The inflatable tent and air mattress are inflated via an electric pump, which when operating shall inflate both the tent and mattress from a forward portion of the pickup truck bed forwardly. The inflatable tent is comprised of a plurality of inflatable ribs that attach to a cover that encloses and forms the outer shape of the inflatable tent. The accessory, when inflated, anchors itself to holes located on a top surface of opposing sides of the truck bed, and which requires the tailgate to be in a lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Kyle Brandenburg
  • Patent number: 8079380
    Abstract: An ice house including a collapsible frame assembly. The collapsible frame assembly includes at least one first pole with a connecting end having a plunger assembly. At least one second pole has a hollow end sized to telescopically engage with the plunger assembly and the first pole. The second pole has at least one detent proximate a connecting end sized to releasably engage with a plunger on the plunger assembly. An actuator assembly includes a first end secured to the connecting end of the second pole and a second end adapted to telescopically receive the plunger assembly and the first pole. The actuator assembly includes an actuator located over the detent and configured to flex between a relaxed position and a depressed position that disengages the plunger from the detent. A seat assembly is secured to the frame assembly and a cover having at least one door is attached to the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Ardisam, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Engstrom, Randy Schamberger, Griffith Ruppel, Ben Nelson
  • Publication number: 20100327623
    Abstract: A travel trailer is provided. The travel trailer may include a camping pod that contains tent fabric. The travel trailer may also have a telescoping member that is configured for raising and lowering the camping pod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas M. Dempsey, Gregory K. Mundt, Thomas W. Reeder
  • Patent number: 7712762
    Abstract: A trailer (50) is attachable to a pulling vehicle (22). Attachment to the pulling vehicle (22) provides steering rigidity around a vertical axis (32), permits pivotal freedom around a horizontal transverse axis (30), and optionally permits pivotal freedom around a longitudinal axis (34). A wheel (14), which preferably is steerable, at least partially supports the trailer (50). In a preferred embodiment, a body of the trailer (50) is a clamshell body (52) that is disposed vertically and transversely for traveling, and that includes clamshell portions (54A and 54B). Optionally, the clamshell body (52) is positioned horizontally, the clamshell portions (54A and 54B) are separated, and a tent (74) is erected above one of the clamshell portions (54A or 54B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Wendell Everett Miller
  • Patent number: 7712820
    Abstract: A collapsible trailer including a base, a shell hingedly secured to said base, wherein said shell engages with said base to form a sealed vessel when said trailer is in a closed position, a rear wall hingedly secured to said base, wherein said rear wall is entirely contained within said shell and said base when said trailer is in said closed position, a rear deck hingedly secured to said base, wherein said deck is entirely contained within said shell and said base when said trailer is in said closed position, a coupling means secured between said rear wall and said rear deck for transferring forces between said rear deck and said rear wall, and wherein said rear wall, said shell, and said base generally define a first room when said trailer is in said open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Gordon Kyle
  • Patent number: 7695049
    Abstract: A portable climate controlled air shelter system on a transport device such as a trailer, truck bed or ISO container box with all sub-systems integral to the transport device where the sub systems include an inflatable air shelter with inflation/deflation blower, electrical power generator and fuel system pre-wired to all other sub systems, heating ventilation and air conditioning unit, air filtration, inflation/deflation blower, water management system, external lighting, central control panel for single point monitoring and control of the air shelter system and physical storage. Also provided are compressed air tanks for inflation of the air shelter as well as water ballast tubes that mechanically attach to the air shelter to provide stability in winds and on uneven ground. The water management system includes a water storage tank and pump for filling and emptying the water ballast tubes. The air shelter system also has transfer switch to allow the system to run on external “house power”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventor: Bruce J. Colborne
  • Patent number: 7677641
    Abstract: A Camper Truck Tent for detachably mounting on a pickup truck, consisting of front and rear mounting supports attached to the truck cargo box sidewalls, various tent poles attaching the folded out tent to the mounting supports, erecting means for folding out the tent and two beds placed inside the erected tent. When dismantled, all these components occupy minimum space. The tent itself is stored in a self-contained pouch on the cargo box floor, the mounting supports in an envelope integral with one bed and the tent poles in an envelope integral with the second bed. The stored components are close to the cargo box floor and out of sight of the truck driver. Several tent pole configurations are available: two main configurations and three alternative configurations. Front and aft erecting means keep the tent folded out. The front means is a front strap secured to the front of the truck or a cramping tent pole. The aft means are aft straps secured to the downed tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Yukio Isoda
  • Patent number: 7568491
    Abstract: The vehicle-mounted awning is a quick setup framework that supports a weatherproof fabric canopy, and is configured for use to the rear of a vehicle. A multi-sectioned bumper bar attaches to the hitch receiver of a vehicle. Opposing ends of the bumper bar have vertical extension pieces, each extending vertically and having a slightly arcuate free end for support of an arcuate multi-sectioned upper side panel frame on either side of the bumper bar. Multi-sectioned lower side panel frames are pivotally connected to opposing ends of the bumper bar. Upper and lower side panel frames are removably connected at their distal ends to provide cantilevered support. Additional multi-sectioned framework extends rearward protective coverage. A flexible water-resistant fabric is wrapped over the support framework to provide a covered canopy region. The framework of the device comprises a plurality of collapsible elements for storage in a small bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Banfill, Peter J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7540555
    Abstract: A portable, highway legal truck tent made of steel tubing, having a durable cover, and containing two built-in bench seats is disclosed. The truck tent assembles within thirty minutes and once on a truck, it requires no disassembly/reassembly. Because of its durability, the cover will not flutter when driving at fast speeds. The construction/design of the metal tubing frame allows campers to drive to their destinations with the tent already assembled. The mobile tent can remain on the truck bed or be placed on the ground. The frame has poles that extend into the truck bed and lock on the truck tie downs, which are in the form of clamps that hook under the lip of the truck bed. Interlocking pins in the frame of the bench seat allow for enlargement of the bench seat to adjust to varying lengths and widths of different trucks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Albert A. Stabile, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7464983
    Abstract: A changing curtain apparatus includes a flexible peripheral wall having an upper edge and a lower edge. The peripheral wall has a break therein extending between and through an upper edge and a lower edge of the peripheral wall to define an opening into an enclosure defined by the peripheral wall. Each of a plurality of loops is attached to the upper edge. A support extends through the loops and has a pair of free ends each comprising a hook. A vehicle has a plurality of door windows. Each of the hooks is mounted on one of the windows so that the support extends outwardly from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventors: Lombardo Acosta, Zoila Acosta
  • Patent number: 7404590
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a collapsible shelter to be used in conventional truck beds. The shelter is comprised of a horizontal base that straddles the truck bed and a frame that pivots about an axis that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the truck bed. The frame is comprised of a rear A-shaped frame, a front support post and a ridge pole. The apparatus has bunks slidably, or hingedly, attached to the base that move from a first position on top of the base to a second position whereby they extend horizontally out and away from the side walls of the truck. Angled support members support the bunks in their horizontal position. A shell stretches over the frame and around the bunks. Quick erection of the shelter is facilitated by the pivoting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Inventor: Fabien Loranger
  • Patent number: 7380867
    Abstract: A camper-utility trailer assembly has a convertible trailer and at least one enclosure structure communicating therewith. The convertible trailer is convertible between a stowed configuration and a set-up configuration. In at least one of the configurations, the convertible trailer has at least one flexible shelf extending laterally therefrom. The flexible shelf is adapted and configured to be rollingly collapsed down e.g. for stowage in a receptacle beside the outer surface of a sidewall of the convertible trailer. The at least one enclosure structure can generally overlie the convertible trailer and flexible shelf and/or can generally overlie a portion of the ground adjacent the convertible trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Donald A. Waas
  • Patent number: 7322637
    Abstract: A vehicle cargo bed tent camper consisting of split rigid covers that when closed are locked together and have a dual function: secure covers that lock both the entrance and the cargo bed. They also protect the contents in the cargo bed from the weather and theft. Secondly, when the covers unlock they are lifted, sliding and extending over and on the cargo bed sides. Their tops or weathered surface then become mattress supports. The cargo bed covers use the top and sides of the cargo bed as supports and guides in the operation of opening and closing. Rigid main frame tent supports with the tent attached are raised and surround it all.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventor: Edward John Smith
  • Publication number: 20070296246
    Abstract: A tent is disclosed for use in connection with a utility trailer having a flat rectangular platform. The tent comprises a frame and a covering for the frame. The frame comprises frame members adapted for detachable connection to the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Publication date: December 27, 2007
    Inventor: Gordon Roseborough
  • Patent number: 7178857
    Abstract: A camping system convertible between a transporting configuration and a camping configuration. The system includes a large storage compartment to allow storage of large items such as all terrain vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and other large items even when in the compact transporting configuration. The system includes side walls that pivot upward and outward to create side compartments for sleeping or other uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Let's Go Aero, Inc.
    Inventor: Marty Williams
  • Patent number: 7128364
    Abstract: A portable, highway legal truck tent made of steel tubing, having a durable cover, and containing two built-in bench seats is disclosed. The truck tent assembles within thirty minutes and once on a truck, it requires no disassembly/reassembly. Because of its durability, the cover will not flutter when driving at fast speeds. The construction/design of the steel tubing frame allows campers to drive to their destinations with the tent already assembled. The mobile tent can remain on the truck bed or be placed on the ground. The frame has poles that extend into the truck bed and lock on the truck tie downs, which are in the form of clamps that hook under the lip of the truck bed. Interlocking pins in the frame of the bench seat allow for enlargement of the bench seat to adjust to varying lengths and widths of different trucks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Inventor: Albert Andrew Stabile, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7108005
    Abstract: A canopy (100) suspended above an opening (202) in a vehicle (200) is provided. The vehicle (200) has a roof (215) and a pair of vertically hung doors (204 and 206) pivotal to an open position to create the opening in the vehicle. The canopy comprises a flexible cover (102) having a top panel (104) extending between the doors and the roof. The canopy aids in forming an enclosure bounded by the top panel, the doors, a ground surface, the opening in the vehicle, and a rear opening and a non-closable bottom opening in the enclosure permitting walk-in access to the enclosure. A support frame (106) is coupled to the cover to aid in suspending the cover above the ground surface and above the opening in the vehicle. The canopy further includes an attachment assembly (108) for coupling the cover to the vehicle. In an alternate embodiment, a canopy 400 for interfacing with a vehicle 500 having a liftgate 504 is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventors: William B. Christenson, Renee L. Christenson
  • Patent number: 7100625
    Abstract: A fastening assembly and method to releasably secure a panel of a novel screen room enclosure to a structure. The fastening assembly includes a clip having a channel portion fastened to a flat portion, the channel portion having an opening adapted to receive an edge of a panel, and, a locking fastener having an elongated locking member adjustable between a first position and a second position. The flat portion of the clip comprises a hole for accepting the locking fastener such that the locking member can pass through the hole when the locking member is in the first position, and cannot pass through the hole when the locking member is in the second position. A screen room enclosure to be used with an awning of a structure and releasably coupled to the structure with a fastening assembly. A method of securing a side panel of the screen room enclosure to the structure with the clip is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Dometic Corporation
    Inventor: Fernando Valles
  • Patent number: 7021694
    Abstract: A tent assembly includes an awning including a plurality of tubular support members having rectilinear longitudinal lengths and a plurality of couplings for interchangeably conjoining the tubular support members such that the tubular support members define a rigid frame. The tent assembly further includes a mechanism for removably securing the frame to a support surface and a canvas removably positional over the frame for preventing undesirable foreign debris from entering beneath the frame. An inflatable mattress is sized and shaped for nesting on the flat bed of the flat bed truck. The tent assembly further includes a mechanism for selectively inflating the mattress such that a user can introduce and displace air from the mattress as needed during periodic use. The inflating mechanism is detachably engageable with the inlet port and includes one implement selected from the group including a manual air-pump and an electrically powered air-pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventors: Steve N. Roberts, Nicholas L. Measures
  • Patent number: 6971707
    Abstract: An extensible, exterior room for a recreational vehicle trailer comprising a floor, a roof, and at least one flexible wall is provided. The floor and the roof are each extensible between a stowed position and an open position. The floor is supported at one end by a frame on the underside of the trailer chassis, and at the other end by stabilizer legs with optional wheel mounts that are rotatable between a working and a non-working position. The roof is hinged to the trailer and is supported in the open position by hydraulic struts. The flexible walls are detachable from the roof and floor and may be stowed separately. The exterior room is accessible from the interior of the trailer through an exit, such as a sliding door style patio door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Glendale Recreational Vehicles Inc.
    Inventor: Terry Mullan
  • Patent number: 6962221
    Abstract: A mobile ice fishing shelter assembly for permitting quick and easy movement of a mobile shelter designed to facilitate ice fishing. The mobile ice fishing shelter assembly is positionable on a vehicle having a seat portion and a drive assembly, and may comprise a shelter assembly for coupling to the vehicle. The cover assembly is adjustable between a retracted position and a deployed position. The seat portion may include at least one pivotable seat member for adjusting a position of a user to selectively facilitate driving the vehicle and fishing to a side of the vehicle while seated on the seat portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Inventor: Paul Carrette
  • Patent number: 6942279
    Abstract: An improved camper shell that is collapsible and portable. The shell consists of a cover that is positioned over a shell frame. The shell frame is formed by a plurality of components, preferably formed of steel, that are fitted together for use and that may be stored within the cover when not in use. The main frame components include bottom supports, vertical supports coupled thereto, and cross-members. Preferably, the bottom supports and cross-members are adjustable in length, to fit a plurality of truck bed sizes. The frame preferably angles downward from rear to front, for drainage and other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: Richard Hoover
  • Patent number: 6932418
    Abstract: The truck tent has a base assembly that is removably secured atop the pickup truck bed side walls. This base assembly includes an extended living area having a pair of extended bed frames that project outwardly from the truck bed side walls and are attached to the top of the side walls. At least two frame supports are used for maintaining the extended bed frames in a substantially parallel position relative to the ground. The upper ends of the frame supports are connected into the outer edges of the extended bed frame and the lower end of the frame supports are positioned against the rear tire and the ground. A tent assembly is easily, quickly and removably connected to the extended bed frames of the base assembly and to the truck bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Mark Connell
  • Patent number: 6871896
    Abstract: A temporary vehicle interior expansion system expands the usable interior size of a vehicle by utilizing the vehicle doors to form and support the system. The system includes an enclosure panel for draping over and between the doors of the vehicle to enclose an extended interior space in communication with an interior of the vehicle. The enclosure panel comprises a top portion, a pair of side portions, an end portion, and a bottom portion. A support assembly is also provided for supporting the top portion of the enclosure panel on the vehicle and holding the door in the open condition below the top portion of the enclosure panel, and may include a transverse support member for positioning transversely between the doors of the vehicle for holding the doors in the open condition. Optionally, a platform assembly may be removably mountable on the vehicle adjacent to the vehicle opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Inventor: James D. Owen
  • Publication number: 20040212218
    Abstract: A portable, highway legal truck tent made of steel tubing, having a durable cover, and containing two built-in bench seats is disclosed. The truck tent assembles within thirty minutes and once on a truck, it requires no disassembly/reassembly. Because of its durability, the cover will not flutter when driving at fast speeds. The construction/design of the steel tubing frame allows campers to drive to their destinations with the tent already assembled. The mobile tent can remain on the truck bed or be placed on the ground. The frame has poles that extend into the truck bed and lock on the truck tie downs, which are in the form of clamps that hook under the lip of the truck bed. Interlocking pins in the frame of the bench seat allow for enlargement of the bench seat to adjust to varying lengths and widths of different trucks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: Albert Andrew Stabile
  • Patent number: 6802327
    Abstract: Disclosed is a retractable portable shelter apparatus with an attachment apparatus for vehicles. The shelter apparatus includes a stationary frame, a plurality of pivotably rotatable frames, a collapsible canopy stretched over the rotatable frames, and an attachment member for attaching the apparatus to the vehicle. The vehicle attachment apparatus can be moved between at least two positions, the deployed, substantially enclosed housing position, and the substantially closed or collapsed position. The shelter apparatus may be used as an ice fishing shelter, a duck hunting blind, a tent, a camping shelter, a portable shower facility, a storage tent, a sun shade, a hunting rack for carrying hunted animals, a medical emergency shelter, or a tool carrier. In one embodiment the shelter apparatus includes a platform for supporting a user, and further includes a floor and wheels supporting the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Inventor: Dennis R. Koss
  • Patent number: 6669269
    Abstract: This patent describes a platform structure, which can be used either as a stand-alone unit, or as part of the body of a wheeled vehicle such as a trailer. As part of the body of a trailer its multipurpose feature allows the trailer to be easily converted into different modes of usage including: an extended platform, a flat-bed trailer with side walls, an open-top utility box trailer, or a compact highway trailer. The highway trailer, with a compactly collapsed body equipped with a cargo-rack, is intended to offer the best possible towing performance at highway speed. The cargo-rack has a screen enclosure for the containment of small or loose cargo items. When used as a stationary platform, said structure has a center portion with adjustable leg assemblies that can support and level the entire structure above the ground. Side sections are cantilevered on opposite sides of the center portion to form extensions to the main platform area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventor: Truc Tran-Ngoc
  • Patent number: 6663167
    Abstract: A shelter/camper/tent assembly for use in a truck bed. The assembly includes a shell and a floor, each being independently and pivotally coupled to the front of the truck bed. A support structure spans between the sidewalls of the truck and operates to suspend the floor in the truck bed. An opening structure is spaced along and secured to the side of the shell and support structure to support the shell when in the open position. A floor extension is pivotally coupled to the rear edge of the floor allowing for an increase in floor surface area. An attachment mechanism for removably securing the floor to the shell allowing for the two members to pivot about the front of the truck bed in unison. A flexible tent section is secured between the shell and floor through the use of fastening devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventors: Jeffrey O. Phillips, Eugene Gutwein
  • Patent number: 6616212
    Abstract: A truck bed tarp support assembly for quick assembly to be positioned in a bed of a pickup truck to facilitate providing shelter over the pickup truck bed includes a plurality of tubes interconnected to from a support frame having a base that rests on the bottom of a pickup truck bed. A base portion of the support frame further has a pair of raised portions positioned to receive wheel wells in the pickup truck bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Inventor: Richard L. Bishop
  • Patent number: 6565139
    Abstract: A removable cover for a vehicle may be comprised in a kit. The removeable cover comprises a plurality of curved elongate support members, and a flexible cover. Each of the support members has a first end and a second end. The first end adapted to engage a predetermined portion of the vehicle, the second end adapted to engage a junction member, such that when the first end of each of the plurality of curved elongate support members are engaged to the predetermined portions of the vehicle the second end of each of the curved elongate support members are engaged to the junction member. The junction member being supportively positioned above the vehicle by the plurality of curved elongate support members. The flexible cover overlaying the support members and being engaged to the front and rear portions of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventors: Jess J. Bayerle, Edward J. Carlson
  • Patent number: 6481784
    Abstract: A pickup truck tent camping system includes a platform assembly that is installed in the cargo box of the pickup truck such that it is suspended above the floor of the cargo box to establish storage space beneath the platform assembly. A tent assembly is installed over the platform assembly from the forward wall of the cargo box, across the length of the cargo box, and across the cargo box tailgate in the open position. A tent cover is installed over the tent assembly to provide additional protection from wind and rain. The tent cover also provides shade for the tent assembly. The tent cover includes a seam located near its midpoint that can be opened to expose side screens incorporated into the tent assembly. The pickup truck tent camping system also includes a travel cover that can be attached to a pair of rails installed along the top of the cargo box to protect the tent and any other camping gear while traveling to and from a campsite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: ENEL Company
    Inventor: Lee B. Cargill
  • Publication number: 20020109374
    Abstract: A pickup truck tent camping system includes a platform assembly that is installed in the cargo box of the pickup truck such that it is suspended above the floor of the cargo box to establish storage space beneath the platform assembly. A tent assembly is installed over the platform assembly from the forward wall of the cargo box, across the length of the cargo box, and across the cargo box tailgate in the open position. A tent cover is installed over the tent assembly to provide additional protection from wind and rain. The tent cover also provides shade for the tent assembly. The tent cover includes a seam located near its midpoint that can be opened to expose side screens incorporated into the tent assembly. The pickup truck tent camping system also includes a travel cover that can be attached to a pair of rails installed along the top of the cargo to protect the tent and any other camping gear while traveling to and from a campsite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventor: Lee B. Cargill
  • Patent number: 6209944
    Abstract: A stowable top or cover mounted on an open bed of a truck, such as a pickup truck, using lift frames and actuators in a manner to be raised above the bed. The cover and lift frames include attachment channels for connecting a flexible tent-like enclosure thereto such that the enclosure can be attached thereto after the cover is raised. The flexible enclosure can comprise a camper enclosure that encloses the truck bed and also optionally can extend beyond the truck bed to form additional sitting and sleeping rooms supported on separate portable tent-type posts and platforms. A flexible awning enclosure can be attached to the raised cover and lift frames to form an awning that extends beyond the truck bed supported on separate tent-type posts to provide a covered area for on-site work/commercial/recreational activities. An office enclosure can be attached to the raised cover and lift frames to form an office or meeting room where job-site work/meetings and the like can be conducted protected from the weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventors: Charles R. Billiu, David P. Piontek, George W. Klein
  • Patent number: 6179368
    Abstract: A modular fold-out camping unit so designed as to be carried largely by a vehicle's hitch receiver for transportation while independently supported to the ground with height adjustable legs while in use. The standard is comprised of a, largely hitch supported, load-carrying base plate, supported by a regular or extended hitch arm, creating the floor, or part of the floor, of the camper, with optional additional floor boards attached with hinges as to be unfolded into an extended floor area whereupon an enclosure in form of a semi permanent tent structure is erected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: Ronny Bernt Karlsson
  • Patent number: 6070925
    Abstract: A tent assembly includes a plurality of support members connected to one another to form a frame. Covering material is removably connected with the frame to enclose an area. A sleeve structure is connected to the covering material with flexible sidewalls of the sleeve structure extending outwardly. The sidewalls define a sleeve opening adapted for enveloping the rear portion of the vehicle for removable telescoping engagement therewith. Compressible material is connected to outer edges of the sleeve structure for flexibly and resiliently engaging the rear portion of the vehicle so that the compressible material is compressed against the rear portion of the vehicle to form a seal to prevent the ingress of water and insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Inventor: Lanny Moldofsky
  • Patent number: 6030026
    Abstract: A tent enclosure for use with a pickup truck having an open cargo bed, upstanding side walls, and a rigid, flat tonneau cover pivotally connected near a front end of the upstanding side walls, comprising a one-piece flexible covering having a main sleeve section, two side sections, and a rear section extending from the sleeve section along the side and rear edges thereof, respectively. The sleeve section comprises a pair of opposed fabric panels affixed together along the side and rear edges thereof to form an interior compartment for receiving the tonneau cover. The tent enclosure is supported in its raised condition by inserting the tonneau cover into the interior compartment of the sleeve section, and supporting the tonneau cover in an inclined position with two support poles placed between the tonneau cover and the cargo bed of the truck. The side sections are lowered and secured to the truck by means of a plurality of elastic cords with hooks extending downward from the side sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventors: Pete B Vega, Richard Vega, George Vega
  • Patent number: 5988731
    Abstract: A tub support kit which can be dismantled and completely removed from the cargo tub of a wheeled vehicle such as a utility trailer or a pickup truck. The kit includes a frame structure which is adapted to rest upright at the rear end of the tub near a drop down tailgate. U-shaped support members extend out over the side walls of the tub and have their rear legs separably connected to the frame structure. Two berth bases overlie the support members and are releasably connected to the U-shaped support members and the frame structure to hold the assemblage together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Roger Eischen
  • Patent number: 5957525
    Abstract: A pickup tent which may be removably mounted to a bed of a pickup truck comprising a removable mounting frame including frame sections removably attached to the top surfaces of the front and sidewalls of the pickup truck bed, a generally rigid cover disposed over the pickup truck bed and hinged to the front wall frame section so that the cover pivots vertically about the hinge. The cover can then be extended from a closed position flush with the top surfaces of the sidewalls of the bed to an erected position forming an angle to the top surfaces the bed sidewalls. When the cover is in the open position, a fabric tent enclosure is extended from the bottom surface of the cover to the bed of the pickup truck. A pair of support rods which are pivotally mounted between the bottom surface of the cover and each sidewall frame section support the cover in the open position. These support rods pivot and collapse as the cover is rotated to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Ronald D. Nelson
  • Patent number: 5954076
    Abstract: A tent structure for truck beds including a collapsible pole structure constructed from a plurality of interlockable tent poles; and a tent cover member positionable in connection with and supported by the collapsible pole structure, the cover member having a pair of wheel well receiving cavities for receiving the wheel well structures of a pickup truck when the tent structure is erected on a bed of a pickup truck and at least two pickup truck sidewall cover flaps, each sidewall cover flap having at least two flexible securing straps securable between side a side edge of the sidewall cover flap and the pickup truck. In a preferred embodiment, the tent structure further includes a lighting system including a light bulb assembly, an electrical distribution wiring harness, and an electrical system connector. The electrical distribution wiring harness is connected between the system connector and the light bulb assembly. The system connector is preferably connectable to the cigarette lighter socket of the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Inventor: Graham McGinnis
  • Patent number: 5931176
    Abstract: A hinged tonneau cover truck tent assembly to be used on truck beds to provide an extended enclosure on the truck bed. The hinged tonneau cover assembly has an internal perimeter frame that is removably secured to the front portion of the truck bed and has a detachable hinge assembly. The camping tent removably attached to the tonneau cover and extends over the existing tailgate of the truck bed. The hinged tonneau cover assembly can be raised at the tailgate end for immediate access to the truck bed defined within the enclosure of the tent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Sport Masters
    Inventors: Mark Isler, Don Minton, Connie Ball, Kevin Batchelder, Wayne Reinhart, Larry Saxon
  • Patent number: 5924761
    Abstract: The invention adds a camping tent to pickup trucks by taking advantage of already-installed rigid pickup bed covers. Flexible tent material is adapted to be attached to the inside of a raised rigid cover, so that a tent is formed when the cover is lifted to its raised position above the bed of a pickup truck. The attachment is by means of a bracket installed on the underside of the cover. The tent is adapted to be quickly unfolded and attached to the tailgate and side panels of the truck with quick-release fastening means. Care is taken to prevent rain water from entering the shelter thus formed by folding the tent over the edge of the tailgate, attaching it to the side panels of the truck to form a water-tight interface, and providing rain flaps to deflect rain water over the fenders of the truck and away from the interior of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: Ray D. Harrison
  • Patent number: 5921614
    Abstract: A van-tent camping system, designed to enlarge sleeping and storage arrangements, is adapted for use with and to provide a tent-like covered extension to the rear of van-type vehicles and sport utility vehicles with upward opening rear doors. When the present invention is combined with a vehicle, it forms a single dwelling structure that provides capabilities for camping, storage, picnics and other recreational activities. The invention includes a sectional platform with a retractable and extendable frame and a tent-like cover that attaches around the extended frame. The tent-like cover is held up by the vehicle and the upward opening rear door of the vehicle. The tent-like structure uses no stakes or poles. A sectional platform is provided inside the vehicle and is a base for a bed. Underneath the platform is provided storage space. The rear most section of the platform is designed to stay in the vehicle to be used for storage shelving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventors: Keith Biedermann, Thuy Biedermann
  • Patent number: 5752736
    Abstract: A removable, collapsible truck bed cover (100) has a shell (102) of pliable material secured to a frame (200) via sleeves (114) on the underside of the shell (102). The one-piece frame (200) has vertical supports (202) and horizontal supports (206) pivotally attached to each other to attain an erect or locked position and a collapsed position. In the erect position, the horizontal supports (206) form a generally rectangular configuration similar to a plane defined by the top of a truck bed. The vertical supports (20) rest on the truck bed and extend the rectangular configuration of horizontal supports (206) above the top of the truck bed. Corner hinges (208) join two horizontal supports (206) with a vertical support (202). Center hinges (210) join each horizontal support (206) to another horizontal support (206). Thumb locks (234, 334) are employed in the hinges to lock the frame in the erect position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Inventor: Michael J. Nodier
  • Patent number: 5692795
    Abstract: A new Tailgate Tent for providing an inflatable tent formed to snugly fit within the bed of a pickup truck. The inventive device includes a plurality of elongated floor tubes secured parallel to one another, a plurality of wall tubes secured parallel to one another having a pair of wheel well cavities and secured to the opposite sides of the elongated floor tubes to form a U-shaped tube shape, a first wall and a second wall secured to the opposite ends of the U-shaped tube, and a zipper door within the first wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Inventor: Nathan Mininger
  • Patent number: 5558392
    Abstract: A combination boat/camper shell/pop-up tent apparatus which is mounted to a pickup's bed sidewalls. The apparatus includes an upper and a lower frame. The lower frame is shaped generally to conform with the pickup bed walls, and includes left and right lower side rails, and a lower front rail. The lower rails may be removably secured to the pickup sidewalls by clamps or the like. The upper frame also includes left and right upper side rails and an upper front rail. The upper front rail is hingedly connected to the lower front rail so the rear of the upper frame may be lifted. The upper frame is shaped to accept and hold a camper shell, thus, when the camper shell is on the upper frame and the frame is lifted access to the pickup bed is increased. While the upper frame is in the raised position, tent material may be attached to the frame to provide a tent. Supports hingedly connected to both the upper and the lower frame are provided to hold the upper frame in the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Inventor: Jeffery N. Young
  • Patent number: 5556156
    Abstract: Disclosed is a utility truck bed cover which consists of a rigid frame section which supports a flexible tarpaulin section. The frame section comprises a plurality of bow-shaped members arranged in spaced parallel arrangement which pivot longitudinally to allow stretching of the tarpaulin. The frame members are segmented to allow detachment for storage and shipment. The frame members may also be mounted in the side wall apertures of the truck by means of a unique clamping arrangement. The frame members may also be mounted on wheels on a longitudinal track to facilitate collapsing the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Inventor: Alan J. E. Kirk
  • Patent number: RE38766
    Abstract: A modular fold-out camping unit so designed as to be carried largely by a vehicle's hitch receiver for transportation while independently supported to the ground with height adjustable legs while in use. The standard is comprised of a, largely hitch supported, load-carrying base plate, supported by a regular or extended hitch arm, creating the floor, or part of the floor, of the camper, with optional additional floor boards attached with hinges as to be unfolded into an extended floor area whereupon an enclosure in form of a semi permanent tent structure is erected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Frederick R. Bauer, Jr.
    Inventor: Ronny Bernt Karlsson