Supported By Self-propelled Vehicle Unit Patents (Class 296/164)
  • Patent number: 11198385
    Abstract: A housing and trailer system comprising a trailer and a housing. The housing includes a lower housing and an upper housing and may be positioned on friction-reducing members that reduce friction between the housing and trailer. The reduction of friction facilitates the housing to slide more efficiently on the trailer. A safety lever and linkage system operates to safely move roof support structures and raise/lower the upper housing. An adjustable cargo system is attached to a roof on the housing. The adjustable cargo system is adjustable to receive and/or secure different sizes of cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventor: Jason Coulter
  • Patent number: 11173854
    Abstract: An electrical distribution system for personal water craft and recreational vehicles. The primary components include a digital switching device; a series of power lines; and one or more remote controls, a control panel, or both. The digital switching device is preferably a bank of solid state relay switches controlled by an MCU. The control panel also has an MCU. The control panel MCU communicates with the digital switching device MCU. This allows signals from the control panel to travel on a single communication cable to the digital switching device, significantly reducing the control panel footprint compared to prior art control panels. When a radio frequency (RF) receiver is provided, the electrical distribution system may receive signals from a remote control. The remote control may be utilized in addition to or in lieu of the control panel. Power lines run from the digital switching device to wherever power is desired in the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: SOUTHERN AUDIO SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Jeff B Jordan, Jon C Jordan
  • Patent number: 10985689
    Abstract: A shelter or camper that provides improved portability and protection. The shelter or camper may include rigid walls to offer greater protection from weather, animals, and theft. The shelter or camper may be transitionable between different configurations for different purposes, including an open and expanded configuration for use as a shelter, camper, or sleeping quarters and a compact, closed case configuration for easy storage and transport. To facilitate this, the walls may be foldable, expandable, or collapsible. When the walls are folded or collapsed, roof and floor sections may be connected to each other and may enclose the folded, collapsed walls and internal components within the collapsed closed case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Ananda Wickramasekera
  • Patent number: 10919744
    Abstract: An apparatus for lowering a hitch onto a truck bed and raising the hitch off of a truck bed is disclosed. The apparatus includes: an upper carriage, a lower carriage, and a kingpin. The upper carriage is suspended from multiple lines, which lines are configured to lower and raise the upper carriage. The lower carriage is attachable to the upper carriage at various positions relative to the upper carriage to allow the load on the lines to be balanced in one direction. The kingpin is attached to the lower carriage, and kingpin is configured to be captured by the hitch. Allowing the hitch to be lowered onto the truck bed and raised off of the truck bed as the upper carriage and the lower carriage are lowered and raised by the lines. Another embodiment of the apparatus includes lifting devices attached to the lines for raising and lowering the hitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Doug Mecham, Casey Webb
  • Patent number: 10829028
    Abstract: A pop-up camper on a vehicle is disclosed. The pop-up camper may include a plurality of walls. The plurality of walls may include at least one sidewall, a lid hinged to the at least one sidewall, and a door attached to the at least one sidewall. The pop-up camper may also include a tent configured to be disposed between the lid and the at least one sidewall. Furthermore, at least one actuating mechanism may be attached to the lid and the at least one sidewall. The lid may be configured to rotate between an open lid position and a closed lid position. In addition, the actuating mechanism is configured to assist the lid rotation to the open lid position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Ignacio Delgadillo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10822698
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a robot arm for conveying a substrate, a conveyance chamber containing the robot arm, and an adjacent processing unit adjacent to the conveyance chamber, the adjacent processing unit processing a substrate therein. The conveyance chamber is constructed so as to be able to have a first shape for providing a predetermined space between the conveyance chamber and the adjacent processing unit, and a second shape for increasing the internal space of the conveyance chamber by making the distance between the conveyance chamber and the adjacent processing unit smaller than when the first shape is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ASM IP Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Teruhide Nishino
  • Patent number: 10752152
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a trailer house the roof of which can be effectively used as a rooftop deck, which trailer house has improved habitability, and which trailer house can satisfy a user's taste to a high level. [Solution] This trailer house is provided with: a dwelling structure provided with a wall body and a roof body positioned on the wall body and fixed to the wall body; and a support structure provided with wheels and a frame body integrated with the dwelling structure. The trailer house is towed to a destination by an automobile, and fixed at the destination to be used, and is characterized in that the roof body is provided with: a planar rooftop deck utilized part; a surrounding part that is positioned outward the peripheral edge of the rooftop deck utilized part; and an entrance for entering or exiting the rooftop deck utilized part from/to the inside of the dwelling structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CUMBERLAND JAPAN CO., LTD
    Inventor: Hideyo Harada
  • Patent number: 10702063
    Abstract: A frame for a drawer, which has an outer shell and an inner shell, wherein the outer shell is guided displaceably relative to the inner shell, in particular to a limited extent, wherein the outer shell and the inner shell are displaceably guided relative to one another at least to a limited extent with at least two sliding guides, and wherein at least one of the at least two sliding guides has one or more guide elements arranged between the outer shell and the inner shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: PAUL HETTICH GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Volker Rocklage, Anne Smollich, Michael Schwarz, Sebastian Poppendiek, Johann Friesen
  • Patent number: 10457128
    Abstract: Systems for a truck box cover and more particularly to a truck box cover system configured to transform to suit multiple load types and still protect the load from outside elements. The truck box cover system has a plurality of electrically controlled telescoping columns and sides made of compliant material for raising and lowering the cover and maintaining a closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10414222
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include a swivel connector assembly and method of securing a swivel connector assembly to a tractor-trailer system comprising a non-rigid, movable socket to reduce stress on the connection interface when a tractor makes a turn. The axis of the socket follows and approximates the axis of the tractor as the electrical cord stretches, while the swivel connector assembly provides more than a single axis of rotation to accommodate multiple angles of cord movement. The swivel connector assembly provides at least two separate and distinct rotation axes for the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Truck-lite Co, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Troutman, Roger Elmer, Todd Kolstee
  • Patent number: 10414322
    Abstract: A housing and trailer system comprising a trailer and a housing. The housing includes a lower housing and an upper housing and may be positioned on friction-reducing members that reduce friction between the housing and trailer. The reduction of friction facilitates the housing to slide more efficiently on the trailer. A safety lever and linkage system operates to safely move roof support structures and raise/lower the upper housing. An adjustable cargo system is attached to a roof on the housing. The adjustable cargo system is adjustable to receive and/or secure different sizes of cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Jason Coulter
  • Patent number: 10280659
    Abstract: A door-equipped vehicle body structure (10) includes a door opening (35) provided to a vehicle (11), a door (40) for opening and closing the door opening (35), and a grip (45) provided to the door (40). The door (40) is provided with a general surface (62) and an upper surface (63). The general surface (62) is a surface extending along a door surface (61). The upper surface (63) is a surface extending from an upper end (62a) of the general surface (62) toward an outside (22) of the vehicle. The grip (45) is provided so as to project upward from the upper surface (63).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoki Yamaguchi, Seiji Honda, Yusuke Fujita, Shigeki Tanimoto, Takuya Hoshi
  • Patent number: 9988102
    Abstract: A passenger compartment of the modular vehicle, such as a bus, includes a roof panel and sandwich-type side panels coupled to structural joiners to form the passenger compartment. The side panels and the joiners may include pultruded beams for increased structural integrity. A chassis of the vehicle has channels integrated therein for coupling of the side panels and passenger compartment to the chassis. This coupling to the chassis channel may also include the use of a bonding agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: NEW ENGLAND WHEELS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul LaRose, Anjani Kumar, Miteshkumar Hasmukhlal Patel
  • Patent number: 9970207
    Abstract: A portable shelter that is convertible between a collapsed transport configuration and an expanded operational configuration. The shelter includes a container having a wing wall that is selectively pivotal between a closed position and an open position, and an inflatable tent having a flexible inflatable support structure and a flexible cover. When the wing wall is in the open position, the inflatable support structure is selectively inflatable from a collapsed configuration to an operational configuration to thereby support the cover in an expanded operational configuration above the wing wall, such that the cover forms a sheltered space. The inflatable support structure is selectively deflatable from the operational configuration to the collapsed configuration, whereupon the first wing wall may be pivoted to the closed position to store the tent within an internal space of the container, such that the shelter is in the transport configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: AAR Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary D. Wasson
  • Patent number: 9463717
    Abstract: A rotatable vehicle seat frame assembly has a main frame, at least one first seat frame, at least one second seat frame, and at least one elevatable desk. Each seat frame has a bottom sliding mechanism, a top sliding mechanism, and an angle-adjusting mechanism. The second seat frame further has a leg rest assembly. The bottom sliding mechanisms, the top sliding mechanisms, the angle-adjusting mechanisms, and the leg rest assembly enable the seat frame to be rotated into a flattened status in a limited inner space of a vehicle, enable the seat frame to be transformed between a passenger-mode and a cargo-mode, and enable the seat frame to be used as a bed during a long trip. When in the passenger-mode, the position of the seat bracket and the angle of the back support bracket may be adjusted to facilitate convenience, and to provide more use modes in a limited inner space with the elevatable desk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Wan-Yu Li
  • Patent number: 9403424
    Abstract: Convertible racks and vehicles incorporating convertible racks are disclosed. The convertible rack is adapted to form a flat conformation (e.g., like a tonneau cover), a rack conformation (e.g., like a truck rack), and a covered conformation (e.g., like a truck bed tent). The convertible rack includes a left foldable assembly and a right foldable assembly. Each of the foldable assemblies include a rack section and a roof section. When in the flat conformation and rack conformations, the roof sections are folded onto the corresponding rack sections. In the flat conformation, the rack sections are generally positioned horizontal. In the rack conformation, the rack sections are generally positioned vertical. In the covered conformation, the roof sections are folded away from the rack sections and opposite side roof sections may be selectively coupled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Ever Cortez
  • Patent number: 9163395
    Abstract: The present invention is an easily mobilized compact module that combines habitable quarters and integrated interior and/or exterior multipurpose storage structures. Mobilization may be via trailer, truck bed, helicopter, adjustable jacks or other conveyance means. The module may be easily and quickly removed and reattached to one of the aforementioned mobilization means via attachable height-adjustable legs, hoist, crane, or forklift with locking turnbuckles, bolts, or other hold-downs. The module is built of a rigid exoskeleton designed for enclosure habitat and for utility as a base for attaching items or equipment. It has various end cap options such as doors, windows, or solid panels, as a user dictates. The interior of a module has modular panels that form many configurations for functional use and/or storage. The interior also has a useful endoskeleton or useful interior storage structure for attaching useful items such as soft stowage and electrical wires thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: TAXA, INC.
    Inventor: Garrett Stevens Finney
  • Patent number: 8708397
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick Lynn Daylong
  • Patent number: 8196988
    Abstract: A portable multi-functional sleeping system comprising a sleeping platform for one (1) to two (2) people for use while camping or performing a similar activity is herein disclosed. The sleeping system is provided with a trailer for movement or for towing behind a smaller vehicle or motorcycle. A lid folds open and exposes a mattress capable of holding up to two (2) people. The lower portion of the system provides three (3) storage compartments. A first compartment is provided with insulated sidewalls to serve as a cooler to keep food cool. A second compartment is for general storage for clothing and similar items. A third compartment is provided with collapsible poles and hooks for attaching a shower curtain and water bag thereto shower. A cooking grill section is also provided on the back portion of the system that folds up for compact storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Roxann Malleck
  • Patent number: 8152228
    Abstract: A collar system for a connecting the cab of a vehicle to the cargo bed cover or similar boxed attachment, the vehicle mounting collar including a webbed collar frame designed to mount to a standard driver's compartment or cab, without modification to the vehicle. The collar and attachment method are extremely flexible and accommodates any vehicle tolerance variation. The collar mounts to the rear flange on the cab of the vehicle, and the bulkhead of the collar has slots to receive the shell of the cargo bed cover. Shell bolts within the bulkhead slots allow the shell to be adjustably repositionable on the bulkhead of the collar by slippage of the shell bolts within the bulkhead slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: AMTECH, LLC
    Inventor: Brandon W. Bushbaum
  • Publication number: 20110109120
    Abstract: Improvements in the device and method of equipping the roof area of a vehicle with a lightweight and collapsible platform that can be used with or without the vehicle attached for general living purposes. It is a lightweight, removable and collapsible platform that can be easily and quickly converted to a the invention is made of lightweight materials and designed with a low profile, aerodynamic design so that the roof of a typical car or truck can support the load while on the road, as well as operate safely and efficiently. The invention is equipped with support legs (3, 18) that extend to the ground to protect the vehicle's roof from damage resulting from overloading as well as allowing the invention to be used as a stand-alone platform without the vehicle parked underneath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventor: Tim Bonerb
  • Patent number: 7866740
    Abstract: An RV roof frame and cover system protects an RV during storage. The system comprises a roof frame and a cover. The frame has a ridge pole member having two sets of rafter members extending downwardly therefrom. The rafter members are attached at their lower ends to one of two horizontal members which can be moved towards and apart from one another to adjust the width of the frame. The rafter members are rotatably attached to both the ridge pole member and the lower horizontal member. The horizontal members are tied to one another by tie beam members which have an adjustable length to accommodate the movement of the horizontal members towards and away from one another. The tie beam members may be provided on legs which extend downwardly from the horizontal members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Easy RV Storage Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Harold A. Daumont, Wade H. Muchowski
  • Patent number: 7866733
    Abstract: This is a one piece molded raised second tier floor with lockable horizontal doors made for a pickup truck cargo bed. In particular, it is a one piece molded insert that increases the storage area of a crowded pickup truck cargo bed camper. It also, gives the user 100% access to the storage area below while increasing the sleeping area above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Edward J. Smith
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20090079229
    Abstract: The Tonneau Pop-up Camper is a fully functional pickup truck pop-up camper. When traveling, the camper fits under a tonneau style cover and does not affect the truck's safety, visibility, aerodynamics or economics. When camping, the tonneau camper is equal or superior to a “Low Profile, Bed over Cab, Pop-Up, Truck Camper.” Changeovers between camping and travel configurations, by one person, are completed in less than a couple of minutes. The sleeping quarters are located on top of the truck bed. The living quarters are at ground level in an attached tent, supported by one frame extension from the camper's base module. Attached steps provide easy access between the sleeping and living quarters. Cabinets, counters and storage bins located under the sleeping area are easily accessed from the living area. Utilities are integrated into one utility module under the front of the camper, and two controllers located at the back of the base module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: Kenneth Henry Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20090008960
    Abstract: This is a one piece molded raised second tier floor with lockable horizontal doors made for a pickup truck cargo bed. In particular, it is a one piece molded insert that increases the storage area of a crowded pickup truck cargo bed camper. It also, gives the user 100% access to the storage area below while increasing the sleeping area above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: Edward J. Smith
  • Patent number: 7438342
    Abstract: A pickup truck topper is provided that has a retractable rear door that can be stored in a closed position and an open position. In the open position the topper rear door is stored in a horizontal position just under the roof of the topper. In the closed position the topper rear door is fastened on the rear of the pickup topper above the tailgate of the pickup. The topper has two horizontal tracks mounted on the inside of topper near the roof. The topper rear door has two rollers fasten thereon. The rollers glide in the tracks when the door moves between the closed and the open position. The topper rear door can be locked in closed position and the topper door can be locked in the fully open and retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Peter Greenwood
  • Patent number: 7404591
    Abstract: A utilities connecting unit for connecting motor vans and house trailers with networks or sources of electricity, gas, water, antenna voltage and the like, is inserted into an opening in the floor of the motor van or house trailer. The connecting unit includes a rotatable and/or pivotable arm with integrated utility leads and pipelines, which can be moved between a retracted position and an extended position in such a manner, that, in the extended position, it protrudes laterally from the outline of the motor van or house trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Reich KG
    Inventor: Steffen Bender
  • Publication number: 20080174146
    Abstract: The wheel-less camper comprises at least one jack mounted to the camper, the first jack being disposed inside the first sidewall. The camper may include a second jack, the second jack being disposed inside the second sidewall. Each wall of the camper may have an inner wall and an outer wall, the first jack being disposed between the inner and outer wall of the first sidewall and the second jack being disposed between the inner wall and outer wall of the second sidewall. The camper may also include third jack and a fourth jack. In one embodiment, the inner walls are omitted. In another embodiment, the inner wall includes a bulged area or an unevenness to accommodate one or more of the jacks. In another embodiment, the first jack may be a pull-out jack that is movable between a first position in which it is disposed inside the first sidewall and a second position in which it extends out from the first sidewall. The camper may include a second pull-out jack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: Rieco-Titan Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. McCarthy, John L. Verre, Douglas A. Bakker
  • Publication number: 20080106118
    Abstract: Pickup Camper Loading Guides is a right side and left side alignment device designed to allow a driver to quickly and easily pre-position a pickup truck for loading a camper. The invention consisting of two thin guide rails that are manually extracted from within a case or cavity that defines and runs the length of a camper's lower right side and left side. The extended guide rails create the same dimensions as that of a camper's frame that fits into the bed of a pickup truck thus providing visual alignment instruments for a driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Inventor: Steve Norman Smeltzer
  • Patent number: 7338109
    Abstract: A vehicle frame with a low profile is designed to be suitable for attaching directly to an incomplete, preassembled motorized chassis to construct a motorhome. The vehicle frame includes planar bulkheads and a storage area floor that are attached to the frame and to the chassis so as to create a three-dimensional space frame that is highly resistant to bending and twisting forces as well as storage areas that extend the width of the motorhome. The motorhome with the frame mounts a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as heavy holding tanks within or below the plane of the vehicle frame so as to lower the center of mass of the motorhome to thereby improve vehicle handling and safety. Placement of the HVAC system within and/or below the vehicle frame obviates the need to position HVAC components on the roof of the motorhome thereby further lowering the center of mass and eliminating a source of liquid water condensation above the living space of the motorhome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Alfa Leisure, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie Robert Crean
  • Patent number: 7325860
    Abstract: A recreational vehicle is disclosed, comprising a plurality of wheels configured to enable the recreational vehicle to roll along the ground, an interior living space enclosed by a plurality of walls, and a generally U-shaped seating area. In some embodiments, the generally U-shaped seating area may comprise two side couches and an interior couch that utilizes a lower mattress as a seat cushion. An exterior couch may face opposite the interior couch and also utilize the lower mattress as a seat cushion. In some embodiments, the recreational vehicle also comprises tracks for elevating the lower mattress and an upper mattress, and elevated table mounts attached to the bottom of the upper mattress that may be used to store one or more table tops below the upper mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Extreme RV's, LLC
    Inventor: Donald B. Day
  • Patent number: 7249794
    Abstract: A drawer assembly for vehicles, and more particularly to a system of opposed drawers for use in a vehicle or trailer. The drawers integrate into the structure of a vehicle for storage or concealment of the retractable features, and can cantilever out and away from the storage compartment, when the drawers extend. The drawer assembly includes an upper drawer and a lower drawer, the bottom or pan of the upper drawer bottom located in substantially the same horizontal plane as the bottom of the lower drawer. An upper drawer rail mounts to the upper drawer and a lower drawer rail mounts to the lower drawer. The upper and lower drawer rails have a rail length greater than the drawer length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Western Recreational Vehicles, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald A. Doyle
  • Patent number: 7243965
    Abstract: A truck bed camper shell and hard tonneau cover device is provided which is activated for movement between a raised truck bed camper shell position and a lowered hard tonneau cover position by remote activation of actuators such as pneumatics or hydraulic cylinders or a screw drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Woodworth Investment Group LLC
    Inventors: James King, James Skocy
  • Patent number: 7147268
    Abstract: A motorized recreational vehicle of unibody construction having at least one expandable living compartment with flush floor and full ceiling and an disposed within the body of the vehicle, a storage area or garage disposed within the vehicle body between the bottom and the floor and accessible through the openable rear end, an integral heat exchanging climate control system, a retractable exterior entrance stair, pneumatically actuated components, and deformable members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Appropriate Combined Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Amos G Winter
  • Patent number: 7118163
    Abstract: A hatch back construction (10) for the bed (101) of a pick-up truck (100) equipped with a camper shell (200) wherein, the construction (10) includes a hatch back member (20) provided with a step shouldered continuous peripheral skirt (21) having an outer portion (21?) with a minimum width of 3? and further having an outwardly extending portal sleeve (22) equipped with a door element (30) wherein, the hatch back construction (10) expands the effective length of the bed (101) of the pick-up truck (100) by a minimum of 5?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: Duane K. Overcash
  • Patent number: 7021699
    Abstract: A vehicle frame with a low profile is designed to be suitable for attaching directly to an incomplete, preassembled motorized chassis to construct a motorhome. The vehicle frame includes planar bulkheads and a storage area floor that are attached to the frame and to the chassis so as to create a three-dimensional space frame that is highly resistant to bending and twisting forces as well as storage areas that extend the width of the motorhome. The motorhome with the frame mounts a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as heavy holding tanks within or below the plane of the vehicle frame so as to lower the center of mass of the motorhome to thereby improve vehicle handling and safety. Placement of the HVAC system within and/or below the vehicle frame obviates the need to position HVAC components on the roof of the motorhome thereby further lowering the center of mass and eliminating a source of liquid water condensation above the living space of the motorhome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Alfa Leisure, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie Robert Crean
  • 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: 7014250
    Abstract: A portable structure for use in ice fishing. A two-piece structure that generally includes a lower shell and a separate removable hard cover shell that is installed onto the lower shell is provided. Further, the lower shell is formed as a hull, having a floor surrounded by exterior sidewalls to define an interior well within the lower shell. The cover unit is interfittingly received onto the walls of the sidewalls of the lower shell to complete the enclosure. The separability of the lower shell and the cover allow easy removal of the cover. When being transported, the cover of the shelter is removed, inverted and placed within the lower shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: Daniel Blair
  • Patent number: 6988760
    Abstract: A structure is described which includes a bed which is moved vertically using one or more chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Happijac Company
    Inventor: C. Martin Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 6945589
    Abstract: A truck bed cap assembly having a rigid truck bed cap and a truck bed cap retention device having two generally vertical sections and a cross section connecting the vertical sections wherein the two generally vertical sections protrude through holes in the roof of the cap and are adapted to be attached to a truck to provide positive retention of the truck bed cap to the truck in at least one direction, and wherein the cross section alone or in combination with the vertical sections substantially spans the lateral direction of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Nissan Technical Center North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Quesenberry
  • Patent number: 6913815
    Abstract: The present invention provides a plastics-covered metal plate excellent in chipping resistance, corrosion resistance etc. made by covering one surface or both surfaces of a metal plate with at least two kinds of plastics layers whose rates of elongation are different and a process of covering a car body by using said covered metal plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Kansai Paint Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Watanabe, Tadayoshi Hiraki, Akira Tominaga, Takeshi Yawata
  • Patent number: 6899375
    Abstract: This invention relates to Recreational Vehicles (RVs) such as motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth-wheel type camper trailers. The invention provides for a Recreational Vehicle configured with an integrated open-top cargo bed or pickup bed for carrying a wide variety of external loads, located in a portion of the aft end of the RV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: RSV Invention Enterprises
    Inventors: Mithra M. K. V. Sankrithi, Śiva U. M. Sankrithi
  • Patent number: 6863337
    Abstract: A molded truck shell having side walls hinged along the top of the shell, allowing the entire side wall to pivot upwardly and outwardly, providing increased access to cargo stored in a truck bed. Additional lateral seams between the side wall and shell are located on the front and rear of the shell rather than on the side of the shell thereby further increasing the opening into the truck bed and creating a visually clean appearance. Water penetrating through the side wall hinge line is directed away from the interior of the truck bed by a moisture flange that conducts the water to the exterior of the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Inventor: David C. Block
  • Patent number: 6860545
    Abstract: A travel trailer having a two-level chassis supporting at least two discrete floor sections at at least two different heights above the ground with at least one of those floors having a bathroom portion being supported by an upper chassis beam is disclosed. In a preferred embodiment, the chassis has a substantially horizontal forward upper portion and a substantially horizontal rearward lower portion, and an upper floor is secured to the upper portion and a lower floor is secured to the lower portion with an intermediate floor positioned below the upper edge of the upper portion of the chassis to a height intermediate that of the upper and lower floors. In an alternative preferred embodiment, the intermediate floor is suspended below the upper chassis portion. The area underneath the intermediate section and above the bottom of the trailer defines a storage area that is not blocked or limited in size by the width of the chassis beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: B & B Homes Corp.
    Inventors: Anthony G. Ingram, Marion B. Johnson, Terry L. Harkins
  • Publication number: 20040262949
    Abstract: A structure is described which includes a system having a support member and a toothed wheel which cooperate with each other to vertically move a bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Applicant: Happijac Company
    Inventor: C. Martin Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 6782623
    Abstract: A motor home recreational vehicle having a unitary body structure and method of mounting the vehicle in which the body structure is provided with mounting members that are bonded to the interior of the body with an adhesive to eliminate fasteners exposed at the exterior of the vehicle. The mounting members are attached to vehicle frame portions at the interior of the body structure to securely fasten the body structure and vehicle portion together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Coach House, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Gerzeny, Steven B. Gerzeny, Matt L. Gerzeny, Ronald R. Frank
  • Publication number: 20040155484
    Abstract: An attaching system for a lift-roof cover pivoting substantially about a fixed forward wall upper edge via application of rear hatch technology of the prior art for conventional cab high covers together with attachment means in the form of linkages. The attaching system for mounting to a load bed supports multiple functions providing convenience in distribution and installation processes; in particular facilitating unmodified use of processes employed for conventional caps with respect to shipping and storage. The system includes unique draw latches incorporating alternate methods for adding reliable function supporting levels of operating convenience demanded for lift-roof applications. Simplified manufacturing adaptation of a conventional cap is supported by pre-assembly of key subassemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Inventor: William Henry Russell Lake
  • Patent number: 6749251
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a vehicle body having sides, a floor, and a roof defining an interior. The motor vehicle also includes a passageway located adjacent the floor and extending between the interior and an exterior of the motor vehicle for loading and unloading items on the floor. The motor vehicle further includes a door connected to the vehicle body between the interior and the exterior to open and close the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Inventor: John Papsdorf
  • Patent number: 6712422
    Abstract: A combination truck-box cover and collapsible tent-like shelter generally comprising a tonneau-type box cover adapted to contain generally all components of a tent shelter while allowing generally full access to the truck box, and especially that the shelter is adapted to extend to the end of an opened tail-gate and further so as to also be fitted to a short-box pickup truck. The bed portions thereby provide ample bed length even on a truck box of less than adequate length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: David E. Vaillancourt