Cargo Carrier Patents (Class 296/182.1)
  • Patent number: 10773757
    Abstract: A vehicle body assembly includes a frame having a forward frame part defining a passenger cabin and a rear frame part defining a load carrying bed. A separate rear fender is removably fastened to the rear frame part, wherein a gap is provided between the forward frame part and the rear fender. A separate rear fender fairing is mounted to an inside surface of the rear fender. The rear fender fairing includes a seal located in the gap and sealingly engaging both the forward frame part and the rear fender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Adam J. Rompage, Edward W. Bach, Kevin D. Helton, Steven U. Behm
  • Patent number: 10538382
    Abstract: A transport container is provided including a frame including a front frame and a rear frame, each including two vertical corner posts interconnected by lower and upper crossmembers. The frame also includes a set of lower rails and a set of upper rails extending between the front and rear frames defining upper and lower longitudinal corner edges of the container. The transport container also includes a body comprising a plurality of container walls defining a cargo receiving space, each of the container walls being supported by the frame. The plurality of container walls includes a bottom, first and second longitudinal walls, and first and second end walls. The first longitudinal wall and the second longitudinal wall are flared, such that distance between the first longitudinal wall the second longitudinal wall is widest proximate to an opening disposed at the first end wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Wastequip LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Daniel Petzitillo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10384726
    Abstract: A side-by-side vehicle includes a vehicle body frame; a driving power unit supported by the vehicle body frame; and a cargo carrier which is disposed above the driving power unit and has a loading space. The cargo carrier includes a bottom wall defining a bottom surface of the loading space. The bottom wall includes a center bottom wall portion, a rear bottom wall portion provided rearward of the center bottom wall portion and configured to be higher than the center bottom wall portion, and a protruding wall portion protruding upward from a rear end of the center bottom wall portion and connected to a front end of the rear bottom wall portion. The protruding wall portion is provided with a drain hole through which a space formed above the center bottom wall portion is in communication with a space formed under the rear bottom wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenta Nakamura, Itsuo Takegami
  • Patent number: 10106209
    Abstract: Two-piece rail assemblies for truck trailers are provided. The two piece rail assemblies may include: a first rail configured with a first straight edge, and a second rail configured with a second straight edge coupled to the first straight edge of the first rail and configured with a curved edge to receive a cambered roof panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI TRANSLEAD
    Inventors: Leszek Jaworski, Alvaro Frausto, Humberto Benitez
  • Patent number: 10063815
    Abstract: A communication vehicle system or platform that provides for the integration of multiple audio, visual, telecommunications, thermal, radiological, chemical and biological data detection and/or communication devices. The communication vehicle can be configured for providing mobile communications and surveillance in an environment in which the surrounding communications and/or power infrastructure has been damaged or is non-existent. For example, the vehicle can be deployed to the scene of a disaster or emergency. Accordingly, the mobility of the preferred communication vehicle can enhance and extend the reach of any emergency operations center. Other possible applications include law enforcement surveillance; tactical military command and control; weather and storm chasing; homeland security search and rescue; forward deployment monitoring, news agencies and border patrol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Jenesia1, Inc.
    Inventors: Kervin R. Spivey, Jevon L. Spivey
  • Patent number: 10029597
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container assembly comprising a container, and a load bearing exoskeleton for the container, the exoskeleton comprising a space frame construction. Also disclosed are a vehicle trailer, a rail wagon, and dump body for a dump truck comprising the container assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: MIS.CARBONART PTY LTD
    Inventor: Grant Christopher Reynolds
  • Patent number: 9783245
    Abstract: A pickup truck box assembly includes a pair of longitudinal frame rails, an extruded cross-member, and a truck bed. The cross-member has a uniform longitudinal cross-section assembled perpendicular to the rails and defines a rectilinear profile with a front flange extending from a cross-member upper portion on a front side and a rear flange extending from the upper portion on a rear side. The truck bed is secured on top of the flanges and the cross-member upper portion. The cross-member may include a first end adjacent a first wheel well defined by the truck bed and a second end adjacent a second wheel well defined by the truck bed such that the cross-member spans between the wheel wells. The ends may be spaced from their respective wheel wells a distance selected to provide space for a truck box inner panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Robert Reiners, Dragan B. Stojkovic, Joshua R. Hemphill
  • Patent number: 9145176
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a frame having a pair of longitudinal rails and a box. The box includes a bed supported by the rails and a pair of opposing sidewalls connected to the bed outboard of the rails. A pair of braces provide additional support between the bed and the frame rails. Each may be attached between respective rails and a bottom portion of the bed outboard the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Philip Van Wyk, Jeffrey Alan Firzlaff, Vincent Chimento, Jack Marchlewski
  • Patent number: 8960771
    Abstract: The invention is a vehicle for ground transportation that is an aerodynamic shell attached to wheels. The aerodynamic shell is shaped according to airship technology and is elevated such that air flow around the shell is like air flow would be for that shell in flight. The elevation is accomplished with attached structure and attached wheels. Wheels at each side of the vehicle are arranged in wheel trains that are filled in and streamlined to form secondary aerodynamic units, with space between wheels used for equipment. The invention requires changing the position of the engine from its usual place that is low and at the front of the vehicle to a very different position that is high and at the rear of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: James Kenneth Bullis
  • Publication number: 20140361580
    Abstract: A collapsible truck trailer comprises an upper container that houses, and is slidably engaged with, a primary container via a lifting mechanism and vertical guide rails. The lifting mechanism changes trailer between a collapsed configuration wherein the upper container completely houses the primary container, and an extended configuration wherein the upper container is completely above the primary container. The vertical guide rails comprise a vertical c-channel fixed to the upper container that is slidably engaged with a complementary vertical rail fixed to the primary container. The lifting mechanism includes a series of intersecting lift arms driving by a motor and actuator. An automatically adjusting wind guard covers the front side of the upper container to reduce wind drag. The wind guard has a base portion connected to the truck roof and a flat portion having a terminal end that rests upon the upper container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Patrick Flynn
  • Patent number: 8851521
    Abstract: A travel trailer configured to be coupled to and towed by a vehicle is provided. The travel trailer has a compartment that is attached to a chassis which includes a front end and a rear end. A plurality of wheels are attached to the chassis adjacent the rear end, and a hitch assembly is attached to the chassis adjacent the front end. The compartment at the front end of the chassis forms first and second corners. A recess, directed inwardly toward the interior of the compartment, is located at each corner of the compartment. Cavities formed by each recess may receive a portion of the vehicle while the vehicle is engaged in a turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Rhymer, Scott J. Tuttle
  • Publication number: 20140130657
    Abstract: A composite structure (10) includes a first outer skin (12); a second outer skin (14); and a core (16) sandwiched between the first outer skin (12) and the second outer skin (14). The core (16) includes a plurality of spaced apart ridges (18) between the first outer skin (12) and the second outer skin (14), each of the spaced apart ridges (18) extending from one end (20) of the composite structure (10) to an opposite end (22); and a plurality of connecting elements (24) between the first outer skin (12) and the second outer skin (14) configured to intersect with the ridges (18) to form open channels (26) within the core (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: GORDON HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Edward D. Pilpel, D. Michael Gordon, Benjamin D. Pilpel, Jonathan Spiegel
  • Publication number: 20140015278
    Abstract: A travel trailer has a trailer body, including a front cap. The cap defines a recess in the front portion thereof. A recess cover is pivotally secured to said front cap for covering said recess. The cover is movable between a closed position, in which said recess is covered, and an open position, in which said recess is accessible. One or more liquid propane tanks are provided in the recess. The liquid propane tanks are covered when the recess cover is in the closed position and accessible when said recess cover is in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Thor Tech, Inc.
    Inventor: Thor Tech, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8538637
    Abstract: In a vehicle that features a luggage compartment with a cargo opening that can be closed, as well as an operating element that can be actuated in order to open the luggage compartment, an auxiliary function is provided for a function other than the function of opening the luggage compartment and assigned to the operating element while the cargo opening is open such that no additional operating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Robert Girschick
  • Patent number: 8534747
    Abstract: A convertible cargo bed for a utility vehicle can be easily converted, without tools, between passenger-seating, cargo-storage, and cargo-loading configurations. The hinged cargo bed floor and tailgate convert to a folding seat assembly that can be latched and carry passengers when not hauling cargo. A seat cushion is secured to the seating surface of the hinged floor panel and is not cargo-facing when the bed is storing cargo. The fully-functioning tailgate secures cargo in the interior of the cargo bed and can be unlatched to provide an open-bed. The convertible cargo bed can be tilted to dump cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Donald Wayne Thurmon
  • Publication number: 20130207413
    Abstract: A thermal insulated composite wall panel for use in insulated trailers, containers and insulated compartments, including a first liner panel, a second liner panel having a layer of fibers and at least one structural polymer resin layer disposed coplanar to and bonded with the layer of fibers, thereby forming a laminate liner panel, and an insulated core layer disposed intermediate to and bonded with the first and the second liner panels. The layer of fibers is adjacent the insulated core layer and is lofted prior to being bonded to the insulated core layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Cory R. Lookebill, Richard B. Mullininx
  • Patent number: 8505974
    Abstract: A travel trailer configured to be coupled to and towed by a vehicle is provided. The travel trailer has a compartment that is attached to a chassis which includes a front end and a rear end. A plurality of wheels are attached to the chassis adjacent the rear end, and a hitch assembly is attached to the chassis adjacent the front end. The compartment at the front end of the chassis forms first and second corners. A recess, directed inwardly toward the interior of the compartment, is located at each corner of the compartment. Cavities formed by each recess may receive a portion of the vehicle while the vehicle is engaged in a turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Rhymer, Douglas M. Lantz, Scott J. Tuttle
  • Patent number: 8506221
    Abstract: A logistics strip defining at least one opening therethrough may be bonded to an inner surface of a storage container side wall. At least one channel may be formed in the inner surface of the side wall. A bonding medium may be applied to an underside of the logistics strip along opposite sides thereof with the at least one opening positioned therebetween. The at least one opening may then be aligned over the at least one channel. The underside of the logistics strip may then be contacted with the inner surface of the side wall such that the bonding medium contacts and bonds to the inner surface of the side wall on both sides of the at least one channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventors: David A. Pattison, Zach Millikan
  • Patent number: 8464460
    Abstract: A trailer mounted shooting bench with a storage container and a detachable target apparatus provides a portable shooting station which is placed in a safe shooting area, with the target apparatus detached from the shooting bench and placed in a selected location prior to the placement of the shooting bench at a selected shooting location. The trailer mounted shooting bench and storage container may also be used while hunting, with the target apparatus remaining attached or set aside. The shooting bench has a storage container built within and upon which the shooting platform is hingeably attached, the shooting bench having one or more seats available for a right handed or left handed shooter to sit while the shooting platform provides a flat level surface, including an arm rest, for a shooter to position themself while shooting at the target apparatus. The storage compartment provides transport storage for firearms, target accessories, ammunition, camping supplies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Clayton Chance Runyan
  • Patent number: 8459725
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an improved top rail for a container body, e.g. a truck body, are disclosed. In exemplary embodiments, a support structure is disposed at least partially within a channel of the top rail to provide increased strength to the top rail and to protect the top rail and container body from damage. Examples of support structures include support blocks, such as composite blocks, and support rails, such as metal rails. In an exemplary embodiment, a low-profile light source can be installed on the top rail and/or the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Ralph Haire, Russell Evan Cayse
  • Publication number: 20130062909
    Abstract: A multifunctional inventive flatbed system is described for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and in particular light tactical all-terrain vehicles (LTATVs) for special operations units of the military, where the flatbed system is specially adapted for improved transport of patients in litters, personnel and cargo on such vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Chris B. Harris, Terry Lee Wilmeth
  • Publication number: 20130038087
    Abstract: A cargo bed of a utility vehicle includes an extruded wall panel with an integrally-formed track and an attachment assembly that can be positioned on the track and secured without the use of tools. The attachment assembly includes a first piece that is inserted into the track and a second piece that abuts an outer surface of the track. The attachment assembly also includes a clamping mechanism that draws the first and second pieces together to clamp a portion of the track between them. The attachment assembly may include a spring that biases the first and second pieces together, such that insertion of the first piece into the track includes a push-and-twist action to overcome the spring bias, properly insert the first piece through a slot, and locate the first piece within the track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: CLUB CAR, INC.
    Inventor: Roy Linwood Woodard, JR.
  • Patent number: 8360506
    Abstract: A travel trailer has a trailer body, including a front cap. The cap defines a recess in the front portion thereof. A recess cover is pivotally secured to said front cap for covering said recess. The cover is movable between a closed position, in which said recess is covered, and an open position, in which said recess is accessible. One or more liquid propane tanks are provided in the recess. The liquid propane tanks are covered when the recess cover is in the closed position and accessible when said recess cover is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Thor Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Allen Bullock, Jeffrey Mark Snyder, Eric John Johanson
  • Patent number: 8333419
    Abstract: An inner top corner connector for a container body includes an angled fitting of elastic material. An inner roof sheet connecting portion of the angled fitting has a first end portion bending toward the inner roof sheet and includes an outer seal blade inclining toward the inner roof sheet and the first end portion of the inner roof sheet connecting portion. An inner side panel connecting portion of the angled fitting is provided with a connecting plate for connecting to a top end portion of the inner side panel of the container body. The connecting plate is provided with a guide blade. An inserting groove is defined by the guide blade, the inner side panel connecting portion and a part of the connecting plate, wherein an angle of the angled fitting defined by the inner roof sheet connection portion and the inner side panel connecting portion is 95°-105°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignees: China International Marine Containers (Group) Ltd., Qingdao CIMC Reefer Trailer Co., Ltd., Qingdao CIMC Reefer Container Manufacture Co., Ltd., Qingdao CIMC Special Reefer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tianhua Huang, Robert Wang, Ryan Xu, Jack Zhang
  • Publication number: 20120263552
    Abstract: A vehicle body includes structure that defines a first surface, a second surface, a third surface, and an opening between the first and third surfaces. The first surface and the second surface at least partially define lateral boundaries of a vehicle cargo area. The third surface at least partially defines a compartment separate from the cargo area. A first fastening element is mounted with respect to a flexible member. A second fastening element is mounted with respect to the second wall and is releasably engageable with the first fastening element. The flexible member is selectively movable through the opening from a stowed configuration to a deployed configuration. In the stowed configuration, the flexible member is substantially entirely outside the cargo area. In the deployed configuration, the flexible member extends sufficiently across the cargo area such that the first fastening element is engaged with the second fastening element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Joel S. Hooton
  • Publication number: 20120256444
    Abstract: A convertible cargo bed for a utility vehicle can be easily converted, without tools, between passenger-seating, cargo-storage, and cargo-loading configurations. The hinged cargo bed floor and tailgate convert to a folding seat assembly that can be latched and carry passengers when not hauling cargo. A seat cushion is secured to the seating surface of the hinged floor panel and is not cargo-facing when the bed is storing cargo. The fully-functioning tailgate secures cargo in the interior of the cargo bed and can be unlatched to provide an open-bed. The convertible cargo bed can be tilted to dump cargo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: Stealth Manufacturing LLC
    Inventor: Donald Wayne Thurmon
  • Patent number: 8276831
    Abstract: A box truck for supplying sufficient electrical power and compressed air flow to enable spray foam contractors to use specialized equipment to foam insulate buildings. Such a truck has the necessary generator and air compressor systems mounted within the chassis of the vehicle and said systems do not take up valuable cargo space within the truck box, while utilizing components present in normal box truck designs to assist in their operation. The generator system is hydraulically powered and utilizes a PTO (Power Take-Off) mechanism to use power from the truck power train to drive the hydraulic system. The air compressor is a screw type compression system and is belt driven off the truck engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Keith D. Rutherford
  • Patent number: 8177289
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an improved top rail for a container body, e.g. a truck body, are disclosed. In exemplary embodiments, a support structure is disposed at least partially within a channel of the top rail to provide increased strength to the top rail and to protect the top rail and container body from damage. Examples of support structures include support blocks, such as composite blocks, and support rails, such as metal rails. In an exemplary embodiment, a low-profile light source can be installed on the top rail and/or the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Ralph Haire, Russell Evan Cayse
  • Patent number: 8177387
    Abstract: An illumination device is installed in a box body of a toolbox of a construction machine, and is protected by a protective cover. Water that flows into the box body through a weep hole formed in a lid is received by the protective cover and is guided to a water drain hole formed in a bottom plate of the box body. Then, the water is drained to the outside of the box body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Konelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Noda, Hiroshi Kanamaru
  • Patent number: 8162352
    Abstract: A travel trailer configured to be coupled to and towed by a vehicle is provided. The travel trailer has a compartment that is attached to a chassis which includes a front end and a rear end. A plurality of wheels are attached to the chassis adjacent the rear end, and a hitch assembly is attached to the chassis adjacent the front end. The compartment at the front end of the chassis forms first and second corners. A recess, directed inwardly toward the interior of the compartment, is located at each corner of the compartment. Cavities formed by each recess may receive a portion of the vehicle while the vehicle is engaged in a turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Rhymer, Douglas M. Lantz, Scott J. Tuttle
  • Patent number: 8141928
    Abstract: A cover made of an elastomer material to act as protection for a steel hopper of very heavy-duty trucks and train cars. The cover protects the metallic hopper or cars from shocks from boulders and material of varied granulometry, in addition to providing protection against abrasion, unloading and corrosion. Fastening elements prevent the cover from loosing as a result of the dragging generated by the unloading of materials from the hopper. The protection provided by the cover increases equipment availability and decreases stopping time during repairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Cauchos Industriales S.A.
    Inventor: Claudio Devon Zamorano Jones
  • Publication number: 20120019024
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a composite panel and a method of manufacturing the composite panel. The composite panel includes first and second fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) layers. The composite panel also includes a core layer disposed between the first and second FRP layers. The core layer includes one of: a honeycomb material and a foam material. The composite panel further includes an exterior layer disposed on a surface of the first FRP layer opposite the core layer and an interior layer disposed on a surface of the second FRP layer opposite the core layer. The layers are cured together in one processing step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: Crane Composites, Inc.
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Robert A. Barney
  • Publication number: 20110304114
    Abstract: A convertible and configurable cargo system for integration with pick up bed (or truck chassis): a bed rail assembly, support joists, jacks, and cargo deck. The cargo assembly frame consists of longitudinal supports and transverse joists. It has attachable wheels for rolling cargo in and out of the truck bed. With trailer tongue attachment it also serves as a utility trailer. The cargo deck is comprised of removable panels that are installed on the support joists that also may provide channels for carrying water away from the truck bed below. The removable panels are further covered with an elastomeric material to provide weather protection. For the removal of items in the bed of the truck, the panels have lift up doors with waterproof seals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: JAY ANTON SPANJERS
  • Patent number: 8075033
    Abstract: A livestock trailer providing a dual level livestock loading entrance with a first loading area at a level for loading and unloading livestock or other animals at a dock height and a built-in chute within a second loading area at a level for ground loading and unloading livestock at or near ground level, the trailer further providing a combination interior wall and floor panel with a central rotating mechanism providing either an interior wall separating the first and second loading areas or lying securely flat over the recessed floor in the second ground loading area to prevent access to the recessed floor of the ground loading area during loading and unloading in the first loading area and also providing a ramp in the recessed floor of the second loading area, the ramp being adjustable at a front end to be raised or lowered, the raised position utilized during the loading and unloading operation forming a ramp between the principle trailer floor and the recessed floor of the second loading area, and a lower
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: John McElroy
  • Patent number: 8056960
    Abstract: A sidewall assembly for a trailer or van having a plurality of composite panels interconnected along the length of the trailer. The composite panels have a polyurethane core sandwiched between inner and outer metal panels in bonded relationship. The composite panels are affixed to a respective hat-shaped inner side post between adjacent vertical ends of the composite panels. A plurality of vertically arranged rivets affixes the composite panel to inner post and to an outer sidepost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Manac Trailer USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Brown
  • Patent number: 8016527
    Abstract: A logistics strip defining at least one opening therethrough may be bonded to an inner surface of a storage container side wall. At least one channel may be formed in the inner surface of the side wall. A bonding medium may be applied to an underside of the logistics strip along opposite sides thereof with the at least one opening positioned therebetween. The at least one opening may then be aligned over the at least one channel. The underside of the logistics strip may then be contacted with the inner surface of the side wall such that the bonding medium contacts and bonds to the inner surface of the side wall on both sides of the at least one channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventors: David A. Pattison, Zach Millikan
  • Publication number: 20110156440
    Abstract: A pick-up style utility vehicle according to the present invention has a front seat, a rear seat, a cargo bed expandable forward, and a screen shield arranged at the front end of the cargo bed. The cargo bed is position changeable between an expanded state and a non-expanded state. A winding device for the screen shield is provided on a front panel. The screen shield is made of a net material having flexibility, for example. One end of the screen shield is windably supported by the winding device. The other end of the screen shield has an engaging portion. A first engaged portion for a non-expanded position and a second engaged portion for an expanded position are provided in the cabin frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: YOSHIHIRO MASUDA, MASAKI TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20110156439
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pick-up style utility vehicle having a front seat, a rear seat, and a cargo bed in this order from front, and a screen shield partitioning the cargo bed and a riding space in front of the cargo bed. The cargo bed is changeable between an expanded state and a non-expanded state. The screen shield is shiftable between an expanded position corresponding to the expanded state of the cargo bed and a non-expanded position corresponding to the non-expanded state of the cargo bed. Screen shield fixing means are provided to fix the screen shield in each of the expanded position and the non-expanded position. The screen shield fixing means have pin insertion holes of the screen shield, pin insertion holes at the upper ends of side panels, and pins provided so as to be separated from the screen shield and a front panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Masashi Sakata, Yuuki Iwamoto, Yaoki Hayashi, Shigeto Nakamura, Yoshiya Takehara, Hirokazu Morita
  • Publication number: 20110148144
    Abstract: A pick-up style utility vehicle according to the present invention has a front seat, a rear seat, a cargo bed expandable in a front direction, and a screen shield arranged at a front end of the cargo bed. The cargo bed has at least a stationary bottom plate, right and left stationary side panels, a front panel, expandable side panels, and an expandable bottom plate and can be changed between an expanded state in which the cargo bed is expanded in a front direction to a rear portion riding space and a non-expanded state not occupying the space. Each of the expandable side panels and the screen shield are supported by a vehicle body configuring portion so as to be integrally shifted between an expanded position and a non-expanded position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Hideyoshi KOSUGE, Tokishin Nishinaka, Geoffrey Ewing, Yoji Onishi, Takao Hamano, Naohisa Masuda, Kenji Oda, Takeshi Orio, Michael John Boyle, Tatsunori Shimizu, Eiji Sakurada, Mitsuhiro Yazaki, Yui Nishizaki, Hiroyuki Kishi, Naoto Nakagawa
  • Publication number: 20110148145
    Abstract: The present invention is a pick-up style utility vehicle including a front seat, a rear seat and a cargo bed in order from the front side to the rear side, and a screen for partitioning the cargo bed and ride space on the front side of the cargo bed, in which the cargo bed has at least a stationary bottom plate and an expansion bottom plate, and is changeable between an expanded state where the cargo bed is expanded forward to the ride space and a non-expanded state where the cargo bed does not occupy the ride space, and the expansion bottom plate is pivotable on a horizontal shaft in the right and left direction relative to the stationary bottom plate and the screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Masashi NISHIIKE, Itsuo Takegami, Masashi Sakata, Takafumi Hisamori, Tooru Ogino, Kazuma Waida, Dustin Meyer, Eizou Sakai, Shigeru Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20110139031
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for connecting a rail bogie to a bimodal hauling vehicle and converting the vehicle for use over either a railway or roadway are disclosed. An illustrative system for connecting a rail bogie to a bimodal hauling vehicle includes a receiver unit coupled to the vehicle. A king pin and bogie locking mechanism on the receiver unit can be used to releasably secure the rail bogie to the receiver unit during transitioning of the vehicle from a highway mode of operation to a railway mode of operation. The bogie locking mechanism can include a number of lock jaw members and a lock jaw actuator, which can be engaged to actuate the lock jaw members between an unlocked position and a locked position about a number of locking pins on the rail bogie frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Ernest J. Larson, JR., Roger D. Sims, Daniel R. Schneider, Daniel J. Schuller, Anthony J. Davis, Wyatt Compton
  • Patent number: 7959215
    Abstract: The invention generally concerns a semi-trailer to be trailed by a tractor. The semi-trailer comprises a wheeled deck having two lateral sides, proximate and distal longitudinal end sides. The semi-trailer also comprises two wall structures so pivotably mounted to the deck along a respective lateral side thereof as to be movable between an upright position, where the semi-trailer is in a dry-box configuration, and a lay down position wherein the semi-trailer is in a flatbed configuration. The two pivotable wall structures allow the semi-trailer to be moved between the dry-box configuration and the flatbed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Transnat Express Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Boutin, Jean-Robert Fontaine, Dominique Marcoux, Julien Nadeau, Elis Parent
  • Publication number: 20110094811
    Abstract: In an all terrain vehicle, a radiator is disposed forward of a front panel in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle. The radiator is also disposed in a transverse center of the vehicle. A fan is configured to blow air from the front to an area behind the radiator. An engine unit is disposed rearward of the front panel. A cargo bed is disposed rearward of a seat. An exhaust device is disposed under the cargo bed. The exhaust device is disposed in the transverse center of the vehicle. A communication path is positioned in the transverse center of the vehicle. The communication path connects a space positioned behind the radiator and a space that the exhaust device is disposed. The communication path at least partially overlaps with the fan in a front view of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro SUZUKI, Motoyuki HARA
  • Publication number: 20110049931
    Abstract: An off-road vehicle has a frame, at least four wheels, each including a tire, a seat, a steering assembly, an engine, and a cargo box (28, 50) pivotally mounted to the frame rearwardly of the seat. The cargo box includes a cargo box body (52) having a front wall (54), a pair of side walls (56) extending from the front wall, a first floor (58) connected to a lower end of the front and the pair of side walls, and an at least partially opened rear side. A second floor (72) is supported inside the cargo box body above the first floor. At least one tailgate (68) selectively closes the at least partially opened rear side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Claude Gagnon, Daniel Nadeau, David Belzile, Stephane Sanschagrin
  • Patent number: 7882659
    Abstract: A modular assembly structured to assume either a shipping container configuration or a building unit configuration including a frame comprising a plurality of support members and defining both a part of the building unit configuration and shipping unit configuration. A plurality of frame panels are movably connected to the frame and disposable in either a closed position or an opened position so as to respectively and at least partially define either the shipping unit configuration or the building unit configuration. The plurality of unit panels are movably connected to the frame and disposable outwardly therefrom to collectively define end wall portions and ceiling portions of the building unit configuration wherein the unit panels may be stored within the interior of the frame. An erection assembly is selectively disposable in an assembled position exteriorly of the frame and supported thereon so as to facilitate the assembly of at least some of the frame panels and/or unit panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Modular Container Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Janos B. Gyory, Istvan Gyory
  • Patent number: 7874606
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a vehicle body frame, a pair of left and right front wheels and at least a pair of left and right rear wheels that are supported on the vehicle frame, a front seat that is provided to the rear of the front wheels, and a rear seat that is provided to the rear of the front seat and including an in-use position, a transition position, and a non-use position. A cargo bed, disposed to the rear of the front seat includes a bottom wall portion whereon the seat cushion portion of the rear seat is provided movably; a left side wall portion and a right side wall portion that are provided on the left and right side portions of the bottom wall portion, wherein the left side wall portion and the right side wall portion extend forward to the rear seat in its non-use position; and a rear wall portion that is provided at the rear end portion of the bottom wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignees: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha, Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America
    Inventors: Takashi Yamamura, Craig Smith
  • Patent number: 7819464
    Abstract: A trailer includes a bed with a floor structure and a superstructure mounted on the bed. The superstructure includes a wall construction of wall sections with interconnected tongue-and-groove edges and wall section ends. Corner posts include channels receiving the wall section ends for forming corners of the superstructure. A top rail forms a rim of the superstructure and receives the top-most wall sections. A rub rail connects the walls to the floor structure and receives the bottom-most wall sections. A method of manufacturing a trailer includes the steps of providing a bed with a floor structure and forming a superstructure from wall sections by interconnecting their tongue-and-groove edges. The trailer can be configured for a moving floor, a tipping mechanism or an ejector mechanism for discharging and/or loading materials and cargo in an interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Blue Tee Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory D. Haub, Brian S Hinrichs, Chris D. Bartel, Jesse K. Davis
  • Publication number: 20100237653
    Abstract: The disclosure includes, among other things, a trailer including a base, a plurality of walls extending upwardly from the base, a cargo door displaceable between an open position and a closed position, a motorized spool, and a cable having a first end attached proximate the spool and a second end attached to the cargo door, wherein the door can be moved between the open position and the closed position by operating the motorized spool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: James D. Rydberg
  • Patent number: 7766416
    Abstract: A vehicle frame having a cab portion and a load-carrying bed includes sidewall structures opposed and spaced from one another forming sides of the cab portion and sides of the load-carrying bed. A wall structure extends between the spaced sidewall structures and separates the cab portion and the load-carrying bed. The wall structure forms a rear wall of the cab portion and a forward wall of the load-carrying bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kerry S. McClure, Anthony Ordonio, Jr., John K. Bertoli, Ryan M. Mahn
  • Patent number: RE42964
    Abstract: An improved truck bed toolbox lid and a method of producing the same. The truck bed toolbox lid includes an outer metallic sheet layer comprising a generally rectangular top sheet member, a longitudinal front edge member, two lateral edge members and a longitudinal rear edge member. A metallic liner sheet member is disposed inside the top sheet member in edge contact abutment with beveled inside edges of the front and rear longitudinal edge members and the lateral edge members to create an internal cavity in which the liner is by stitch welding. One or more injection ports are provided through the liner sheet member through which a self-expanding and self-curing, relatively high-density, foam is injected. The stitch welded edge contacts leave non-welded, gas permeable junctions along the wedged cavity periphery at a funneled apex of the edge contacted boundary which facilitate expansion of the foam toward the outermost edges of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Larry K. Jones, Jimmy Giddens, Neil Ottavi