Having Sleeping Accommodation (e.g., Sleeper) Patents (Class 296/190.02)
  • Patent number: 9315220
    Abstract: Provided is a cab for construction machine, having an excellent operator protection effect against a lateral load. Provided is a cab disposed on an upper frame of a construction machine, including a pair of rear pillars and a rear panel disposed therebetween. The rear panel includes an outer panel and an inner panel including a plurality of panel portions vertically arranged and a bridge portion partly bridging the panel portions vertically adjacent to each other at a position offset from a lateral center position of the rear panel. The bridge portion forms a low-strength portion having lower strength than that of the panel portions so as to make the low-strength portion include a bending point at which the rear panel is bent when a lateral load acts thereon through an outer rear pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Kinoshita, Keiji Yamamoto, Masakazu Ozaki
  • Patent number: 9308948
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a semi-tractor living quarters. The living quarters includes a roof, floor, rear wall, and first and second side walls. The walls of the livings quarters are connected to actuation members that allow any combination of the first side wall, second side wall, and the rear wall to extend outward from the cab to increase the available space within the cab. Positioned within the cab are a plurality of appliances and a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: William Junior Habhab
  • Patent number: 8950021
    Abstract: A retractable bunk or bed is disclosed. The retractable bunk can be used in a sleeper compartment so as to optimize space within the cab. The innovation can include a shaft around which a suitably strong, yet flexible, material bunk can be wound. Thus, in a closed or “hidden” state, the material can be rolled up around the shaft and stowed, for example behind a door or within a compartment as desired. In an open position, the material is extended in a horizontal manner and affixed to retain the “bunk” position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: CVG Management Corporation
    Inventor: William E. Stimel, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150028628
    Abstract: A truck tractor (1) having, in addition to the driver and passenger seats (27, 29) in the driver cabin, a kitchenette (39) with a sink (43) and a stove (41) as well as a refrigerator (45) in an upper level. A bench (23) serves for dining, which is arranged behind a table (38). The living area is accessed via stairs (26) from a lower level, in which a half bath and a shower stall as well as a sleeping area with a bed and the appropriate infrastructure are located for the living area and the engine (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Marco Stutz
  • Patent number: 8919850
    Abstract: An equipped living, compartment for transport vehicles, the equipped compartment being provided with a multipurpose kitchen unit defined by a cabinet having a top closing lid and provided with a cooking surface, which is mounted underneath the lid and can be turned up or down, at least in part, between a lowered operative position and a raised inoperative position, and with a basin or sink set in a fixed position underneath the cooking surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: C.R.F. Società Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Silvia Quattrocolo, Angelo Storgato
  • Patent number: 8700274
    Abstract: A method implemented by a programmable controller in a hauling machine having an engine, moveable ground engaging elements, and a bed actuable by at least one hoist cylinder controlled by an operator hoist control device, determines whether the bed is empty by determining a position of the operator hoist control device, applying a gain dependent upon the position, applying an integrator over time to provide a resultant hoist figure, comparing the resultant hoist figure to a hoist minimum constant, and, if the hoist figure is less than or equal to the hoist maximum constant, concluding that the bed is empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Balmes Tejeda, James W. Landes
  • Patent number: 8657340
    Abstract: A rollover safety system for truck cab sleeper berths and other sleeper berths in moving vehicles. The system includes a rollover sensor which generates a signal in response to a rollover condition. The signal is used by a controller to tension a tether which is attached to a load bearing harness worn by a sleeper berth occupant. The tether is tensioned to prevent the occupant from injuriously contacting the roof and or walls of the berth The system moves the occupant away from the potentially injurious surfaces while allowing freedom of movement when there is no crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Keith Friedman
  • Publication number: 20130221696
    Abstract: An equipped living compartment for transport vehicles, the equipped compartment being provided with a multipurpose kitchen unit defined by a cabinet having a top closing lid and provided with a cooking surface, which is mounted underneath the lid and can be turned up or down, at least in part, between a lowered operative position and a raised inoperative position, and with a basin or sink set in a fixed position underneath the cooking surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: C.R.F. Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Silvia Quattrocolo, Angelo Storgato
  • Patent number: 8424132
    Abstract: A retractable bunk or bed is disclosed. The retractable bunk can be used in a sleeper compartment so as to optimize space within the cab. The innovation can include a shaft around which a suitably strong, yet flexible, material bunk can be wound. Thus, in a closed or “hidden” state, the material can be rolled up around the shaft and stowed, for example behind a door or within a compartment as desired. In an open position, the material is extended in a horizontal manner and affixed to retain the “bunk” position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: CVG Management Corporation
    Inventor: William E. Stimel
  • Patent number: 8256712
    Abstract: A crew rest unit for an aircraft fuselage may be formed as a monocoque shell (10) having curved walls (10b) complementary to and fitting within an available space (20a, 20b) in the aircraft fuselage. The monocoque shell (10) provides an enclosure for at least one sleep area (14a, 14b) therein. The curved walls (10b) of the monocoque shell (10) have load-bearing mounting members (12) on their outer surfaces for attachment of fasteners (22) to an adjacent wall or frame for the pre-determined available space (20a, 20b) in the aircraft fuselage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Shawn H. Sorensen
  • Patent number: 8117691
    Abstract: An adjustable suspension sleep device is provided to suspend and individual while sleeping. The adjustable suspension sleep device has a body support assembly having a first and second longitudinally extending sides spaced apart by first and second ends. A first adjustable tensioning assembly is in communication with the first side of the body support assembly and a second adjustable tensioning assembly is in communication with the second side of the body support assembly. Further, a first suspension support assembly is in communication with the first end of the body support assembly and a second suspension support assembly in communication with the second end of the body support assembly. The first and second adjustable tensioning assemblies each include a tension adjustment device. A method of use for the adjustable suspension sleep device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Louis L. Bishop
  • Publication number: 20110309656
    Abstract: A modular roof assembly has a front outer panel, a rear outer panel and a top outer panel connected to and extending between said front outer panel and said rear outer panel. At least two side outer panels extend between and connect to front outer panel, rear outer panel and the top outer panel to form at least two closed sides of said modular roof assembly. A channel is formed by a gap between portions of the top outer panel and the rear outer panel for proving a support to the modular roof assembly. The modular roof assembly is made of composite material and is configured to be connected to a sleeper cab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Brian Buda, Robert Moore
  • Patent number: 7971918
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to extendable sleepers for a tractor and methods of operating such a sleeper. In one embodiment, the tractor is connectable with a trailer. The trailer has a front surface. The extendable sleeper comprises a fixed portion disposed on the tractor, an extendable portion attached to the fixed portion, the extendable portion being movable between a retracted position and an extended position, and a mover operatively connected with the extendable portion for moving the extendable portion between a retracted position and an extended position. A control system is operatively connected with the mover for controlling operation of the mover. The control system operates in an extension mode where position of the extendable member is adjustable, a teach mode where a significant location of the extendable member is programmed into the control system, and an automatic mode where position of the extendable member is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Navistar Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo P. Oriet, Andre Bocancea
  • Patent number: 7832794
    Abstract: A vehicle may have a load floor with a load receiving surface that is supported to the frame and a panel having first and second sides, the second side having a storage cavity. The panel may be adjustable between: (1) a first position where the first side defines at least a portion of the load receiving surface and the second side defines no portion of the load receiving surface; and, (2) a second position where the first side defines no portion of the load receiving surface and the second side defines at least a portion of the load receiving surface. When the panel is in the first position, a pillow may be at least partially received within the storage cavity and it may be hidden. When the panel is in the second position, the pillow may not be hidden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Travis Reel
  • Patent number: 7823962
    Abstract: A bunk arrangement including a partition device is providing which is especially suitable for use as a sleeping or storing compartment in a vehicle, especially a truck or a bus. In one alternative, the bunk arrangement includes a partition device with a partition wall with a plurality of wall elements, which are provided for folding together and defolding the wall, for retracting and extending it, respectively, and holding and guiding means for holding the partition wall and for guiding the same between a retracted and an extended state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Tomas Ekberg, Ulf Torgilsman
  • Patent number: 7802840
    Abstract: A tractor cab bed apparatus includes a tractor cab that has a roof with a bottom surface. A housing includes a bottom wall and a peripheral wall that is attached to and extends upwardly from the bottom wall. A mattress is positioned in the housing. The peripheral wall extends around the mattress. A support assembly is attached to the housing and secures the housing to the bottom surface of the roof. The support assembly is collapsible to position the housing in a stored position adjacent to the roof or in a deployed position has the housing spaced from the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: Christopher R. Shea
  • Publication number: 20100207427
    Abstract: A vehicle may have a load floor with a load receiving surface that is supported to the frame and a panel having first and second sides, the second side having a storage cavity. The panel may be adjustable between: (1) a first position where the first side defines at least a portion of the load receiving surface and the second side defines no portion of the load receiving surface; and, (2) a second position where the first side defines no portion of the load receiving surface and the second side defines at least a portion of the load receiving surface. When the panel is in the first position, a pillow may be at least partially received within the storage cavity and it may be hidden. When the panel is in the second position, the pillow may not be hidden.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Travis Reel
  • Patent number: 7735904
    Abstract: A system for supporting individuals or objects is disclosed that can be used, e.g., as a bunk for sleeping upon within a vehicle, such as, e.g., a truck or commercial vehicle. The system preferably includes a support platform, a pivot mechanism, and at least one flowable-medium spring. The support platform is provided with an upper surface to support at least one individual or object within a vehicle. The pivot mechanism is connected to the support platform so as to pivot the support platform around a pivot axis to move between a stored position and a deployed position in which the support platform supports the at least one individual or object. The at least one flowable-medium spring is provided with a first end fixed relative to the vehicle and a second end fixed relative to the support platform at a location displaced from the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Volvo Group North America, LLC
    Inventors: William Mahoney, Richard Langhoff
  • Patent number: 7703803
    Abstract: A safety restraint system for a vehicle includes a safety net stored in a wall mounted cartridge wherein a guiding bar, securable in a locking mechanism, steers the safety net away from the wall and provides a secured space around a bunk. The safety net is secured adjacent to the bunk using a locking bar. The safety net may be provided with one or several safety belts at least partly attached to the safety net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Tomas Ekberg, Niklas Thuresson
  • Patent number: 7631896
    Abstract: A sleeper bunk restraint system comprises a sleeper bunk configured to be carried by a vehicle, a curtain extendable over an occupant-supporting top surface of the bunk, and a curtain support member configured to support the curtain away from the top surface of the bunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris P. Jessup, Douglas W. Bittner
  • Patent number: 7610636
    Abstract: The invention provides a vertical lift mechanism (10) for a bunk bed within a recreational vehicle. The mechanism includes a lateral support assembly (14) that travels up and down in an upright frame assembly (34). The lifting force is provided by a drive unit (12) mounted to the support assembly (14) that winds and unwinds a flexible member (18) through a guide arrangement (68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82) mounted to the support assembly (14). The flexible member (18) is preferably an assembly of cables, more preferably four primary cables (52, 54, 56, 58) each having one end attached to the ceiling of the vehicle and their opposite ends coupled together and linked to a leader cable (50) which is wound about the drive spindle (44). The primary cables (52, 54, 56, 58) travel around the guides (68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82), which can be an arrangement of single and double sheaves or pulleys, to translate the winding force to vertical forces that raise or lower the support assembly (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Actuant Corporation
    Inventors: James K. Holmes, Douglas J. Yoder, Gary D. Peter
  • Publication number: 20090256392
    Abstract: A sleeper cab assembly for a vehicle includes a frame configured to provide a support structure for at least a portion of the sleeper cab assembly. The frame includes a plurality of frame members coupled together. Each of the frame members are formed of a reinforced polymeric material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventors: Brian Buda, Robert Moore, Jeffrey Robbins, John Muglia, Bradley R. Hamlin, Kenneth R. Schmidt, Michael Ray Elliott, Robert Cleland
  • Publication number: 20090236874
    Abstract: A bunk arrangement including a partition device is providing which is especially suitable for use as a sleeping or storing compartment in a vehicle, especially a truck or a bus. In one alternative, the bunk arrangement includes a partition device with a partition wall with a plurality of wall elements, which are provided for folding together and defolding the wall, for retracting and extending it, respectively, and holding and guiding means for holding the partition wall and for guiding the same between a retracted arid an extended state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: VOLVO LASTVAGNAR AB
    Inventors: Tomas Ekberg, Ulf Torgilsman
  • Patent number: 7552488
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safety restraint device for a bed for a motor vehicle to protect the bed's occupant during a crash situation without damaging the frame of the bed. The restraint device attaches to the bed with a pivot bolt. The pivot bolt also pivotally connects the side slat of the bed frame and a pivot bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Martin, Robert C. Kittelson, Matthew A. Hoffman, Seth Rouse
  • Publication number: 20090058138
    Abstract: A sleeper bed for use in a vehicle comprises a frame comprising a base plate, a plurality of mounting members configured to be secured to the floor of a vehicle and coupled to the base plate, at least one longitudinal front member coupled to a plurality of the mounting members, and at least one longitudinal back member coupled to a plurality of the mounting members and a mattress configured to be supported by the base plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Paul G. Cech, Jerry Miller
  • Patent number: 7472466
    Abstract: A modular cab/sleeper/roof structural assembly for a truck-tractor vehicle according to the present invention provides greater manufacturing flexibility and unrestricted access between a cab/sleeper unit. The structural assembly includes a top-free cab unit having a front wall, opposing side walls, and a bottom portion. A top-free sleeper unit positioned behind the cab unit has a rear wall, opposing side walls, and a bottom portion. Fasteners couple the cab unit and the sleeper unit such that an upwardly opened carriage assembly is formed. A unitary roof member fixedly encloses the opened carriage assembly and forms an integral modular unit. The unitary roof member has a front portion connected to the front wall of the cab unit, a rear portion connected to the rear wall of the sleeper unit, and opposing side portions connected to the opposing side walls of the cab and sleeper units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Mack Trucks, Inc.
    Inventors: Linton David Myers, David Scott Adams, Roland Pierre Moriaux, Bernard Nigay
  • Patent number: 7448576
    Abstract: A mobile platform personnel berth unit and a method for creating the mobile platform personnel berth unit are provided. A male mandrel is created defining an inner mold line surface of the berth unit. The male mandrel is overlayed with one or more layers of filament strips. The filament layers are thermally cured to create an integrated structural member. The male mandrel is then removed from the structural member. The structural member is profile shaped to create a semi-finished berth unit having a top, a bottom and a pair of integral side panels. Additional entrance and back panels as well as access panels and connecting hardware are then added to complete the berth unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ralph D Druckman, Karen L Hills, Susan L Robinson
  • Patent number: 7445271
    Abstract: A truck cab and sleeper unit are extended using a preferred stepped aerodynamic roof which at a first ceiling level corresponds to the original sleeper unit ceiling height, and which at a second ceiling level corresponds to the original sleeper unit ceiling height plus the height difference between the truck cab height and the original sleeper unit ceiling height. The original sleeper roof may be used, or a new unitary roof may be fabricated. The apparatus and method of the invention preserve all or most of the components of an original sleeper unit, while enabling rapid conversion comparable to the full replacement of the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventor: David J. Henry
  • Patent number: 7444691
    Abstract: A stow-away bed is disclosed that includes a flat rectangular deck pivotally mounted between opposed vehicle end walls by a pair of parallel swing arms. The parallel swing arms allow the bed deck to remain horizontal as the deck is manually swung between the storage and sleep positions. The stow-away bed is pivotally mounted between opposed vehicle end walls for movement between a sleep position where the bed deck is suspended adjacent the vehicle ceiling and a sleep position, where the bed deck is suspended from the vehicle ceiling. In one embodiment, a pair of elastic cords connect the bed deck to the vehicle side wall. The elastic cords pull the bed deck toward the vehicle sidewall and help hold the bed deck in the sleep position. In another embodiment, a chain drive and piston prop are incorporated to assist in moving the bed between the storage and sleep positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: R-N-R International, Inc.
    Inventor: Stewart E. Gardner
  • Publication number: 20080191515
    Abstract: A truck includes a cab and a bunk disposed in the cab. The bunk has a head and a foot at opposite ends of the bunk and a longitudinal axis between the head and the foot, the longitudinal axis extending parallel to a longitudinal axis of the truck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: MACK TRUCKS, INC.
    Inventor: Bruce P. Hollenbeck
  • Publication number: 20080174149
    Abstract: A structural insulation panel is provided for use with a truck or similar vehicle to provide structural support and thermal, acoustic, and vibration insulation. The structural insulation panel includes two fiberglass layers sandwiching and bonded to a foam core. The structural insulation panel may be used in the construction of truck cabs, sleeper boxes, roof caps, cab extenders, and other vehicle components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventors: Adrian R. Simms, Keith Overton
  • Publication number: 20080164724
    Abstract: A truck (136) has a sleeper cab (138) in which a bunk (140) is elevated from a floor (72) of the cab. A cabinet (110) is adjacent an end of the bunk. A track (146, 148) runs on the cab floor from inside the cabinet to outside the cabinet. A set of stairs (42; 242) are movable along the track from a non-deployed position inside the cabinet to a deployed position that allows a person to ascend and descend the stairs for climbing up into and climbing down from the bunk. A releasable locking system (150) locks the stairs in the deployed and non-deployed positions. A handle (158) can be pulled to unlock the stairs from non-deployed position and move them to deployed position. The handle can be pushed to unlock the stairs from deployed position and move them to non-deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: International Truck Intellectual Property Company,
    Inventors: Bruce B. Burnett, Andrew Chang, Neal Johnston, Raymond Terza
  • Publication number: 20080129086
    Abstract: The invention provides a vertical lift mechanism (10) for a bunk bed within a recreational vehicle. The mechanism includes a lateral support assembly (14) that travels up and down in an upright frame assembly (34). The lifting force is provided by a drive unit (12) mounted to the support assembly (14) that winds and unwinds a flexible member (18) through a guide arrangement (68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82) mounted to the support assembly (14). The flexible member (18) is preferably an assembly of cables, more preferably four primary cables (52, 54, 56, 58) each having one end attached to the ceiling of the vehicle and their opposite ends coupled together and linked to a leader cable (50) which is wound about the drive spindle (44). The primary cables (52, 54, 56, 58) travel around the guides (68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82), which can be an arrangement of single and double sheaves or pulleys, to translate the winding force to vertical forces that raise or lower the support assembly (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: James K. Holmes, Douglas J. Yoder, Gary D. Peter
  • Patent number: 7380295
    Abstract: A bed for use with two adjacent seats separated from each other so that a gap is defined therebetween, which may include adjacent seats within or outside of a vehicle. The bed comprises a body comprising a first end disposed on one of the passenger seats and a second end disposed on the other seat. The body bridges the gap defined between the seats. The bed may further include means for securing the body into a position relative to the seats, and/or means for securing the body about the back of at least one seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Richardson
  • Publication number: 20080040853
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safety restraint device for a bed for a motor vehicle to protect the bed's occupant during a crash situation without damaging the frame of the bed. The restraint device attaches to the bed with a pivot bolt. The pivot bolt also pivotally connects the side slat of the bed frame and a pivot bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL TRUCK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Martin, Robert C. Kittelson, Matthew A. Hoffman, Seth Rouse
  • Patent number: 7263754
    Abstract: A truck cab and sleeper unit are extended using a preferred stepped aerodynamic roof which at a first ceiling level corresponds to the original sleeper unit ceiling height, and which at a second ceiling level corresponds to the original sleeper unit ceiling height plus the height difference between the truck cab height and the original sleeper unit ceiling height. The original sleeper roof may be used, or a new unitary roof may be fabricated. The apparatus and method of the invention preserve all or most of the components of an original sleeper unit, while enabling rapid conversion comparable to the full replacement of the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventor: David J. Henry
  • Patent number: 7232179
    Abstract: Method and arrangement for providing a modular tractor assembly including a driver compartment having a rearward connecting edge configured to slidably receive a complementary forward connecting edge of one of a day compartment module, a sleeper compartment module, or an inter-modular fairing connector assembly. A portion of the rearward connecting edge of the driver compartment has a flange portion disposed at an acute angle relative to a long axis of the tractor for complementarily receiving a forward connecting edge of one of the day compartment module, the sleeper compartment module and the inter-modular fairing connector assembly. The interface between the driver compartment and the day compartment module, a sleeper compartment module, or an inter-modular fairing connector assembly is substantially hidden by the doors of the vehicle to provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Volvo Trucks North America
    Inventors: Nikolaus G. Racz, David S. Adams, Martin Luckhaus, John M. Martin, Linton D. Myers
  • Patent number: 7210722
    Abstract: A pull-out desk unit for a mobile vehicle. The pull-out desk unit has a cantilevered dual surface table component. The cantilevered dual surface table offers truckers a legless table for eating and general tasks, as well as desk area that keeps their belongings as they leave them eliminating the need to clean up or put things away. The innovation in this product lies in the memory foam lid. Once the table is pulled out, the lid (top surface for eating/general table) can be unlatched and fold back revealing a desk area lower than the surface of the eating/general table. On the under side of the lid is relatively thin low density memory foam. This foam can compress easily inch allowing it to conform to anything left on the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: William M. Bernstein, Derek Blitz, Andrew Kilb, Megan M. Stanton, David M. Wynne, Deepshikha B. Antes, Edwin K. Chan, Benjamin G. Morris, Scott Raven
  • Patent number: 7210724
    Abstract: A raised floor sleeper for an over the road tractor for pulling a trailer. In order to effectively utilize the upper space in a sky-rise sleeper cab, one must first be able to reach it, which is the fundamental reason for the raised floor. Beyond bringing the upper space to the driver, raising the floor offers many other advantages. A combination stool and coffee table provides options that are enabled by the raised floor. The stool offers additional seating for socializing. The stool also functions as a freestanding table leg for the coffee table. The coffee table has a female indent on the bottom that mate with the stool. Two legs fold out supporting the other side of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: William M. Bernstein, Derek Blitz, Andrew Kilb, Megan M. Stanton, David M. Wynne, Deepshikha B. Antes, Edwin K. Chan, Benjamin G. Morris, Scott Raven
  • Patent number: 7178180
    Abstract: A stow-away bed is disclosed that includes a flat rectangular deck pivotally mounted between opposed vehicle end walls by a pair of parallel swing arms. The parallel swing arms allow the bed deck to remain horizontal as the deck is manually swung between the storage and sleep positions. The stow-away bed is pivotally mounted between opposed vehicle end walls for movement between a sleep position where the bed deck is suspended adjacent the vehicle ceiling and a sleep position, where the bed deck is suspended from the vehicle ceiling. A pair of elastic cords connect the bed deck to the vehicle side wall. The elastic cords pull the bed deck toward the vehicle sidewall and help hold the bed deck in the sleep position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: R-N-R International, Inc.
    Inventor: Stewart E. Gardner
  • Patent number: 7152913
    Abstract: A sleeping compartment (10) for a truck is made up of a plurality of pre-assembled sections or modules including a first type (14, 14?, 14?) having one or more seats and a second type (16, 86, 86?, 86?) having a bed. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, a seat (60) is mounted on a sidewall (22, 22?, 22?) of the first type of module and includes a seat bottom (66) moveable from a substantially vertical stowed position against the side wall and a substantially horizontal deployed position. A seat support (34) mounted on the floor (20) is moveable from a stowed position substantially flush with the floor of the first type of module to a deployed position protruding upwardly from the floor to support the seat bottom in the deployed position. The seat support is preferably a door panel covering a storage space (32) beneath the floor which is accessible from outside the sleeping compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Mack Trucks, Inc.
    Inventor: Milan Milenovich
  • Patent number: 7104593
    Abstract: A reconfigurable lower bunk apparatus for a vehicle having a sleeping compartment with a rear wall and first and second side walls is described. In one form, a mattress receiving receptacle or tray is moveably mounted to a rear wall of the vehicle to permit raising and lowering of the tray between raised and lowered positions. A storage compartment is overlaid by the tray when the tray is in the lowered position. The storage compartment may have first and second sections with one of the sections being longer than the other and desirably greater than one-half the width between the side walls of the sleeping compartment. Removable dividers may subdivide the storage compartment into respective storage sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Freightliner LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Hungerford, Corry R. Cooper
  • Patent number: 7073216
    Abstract: A multi-purpose recliner is provided having a recliner surface on which a person may recline and deployable for use inside and outside a vehicle, especially a military vehicle. The multi-purpose recliner includes a recliner surface material that can be rolled out, the recliner surface material forming the recliner surface and having a pair of receipt devices each extending along a respective length edge of the recliner surface material, and a disassembly-capable mount. The disassembly-capable mount includes a pair of stringers each being removably disposable in a respective one of the receipt devices of the recliner surface material and a pair of spacers releasably securable with the stringers. The multi-purpose recliner also includes a suspension structure for alternately retaining the recliner surface material in a rolled up condition and suspending the recliner surface material in a rolled out condition within the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Man Nutzfahrzeuge Osterreich AG
    Inventors: Klaus Schwingeler, Peter Hinze
  • Patent number: 7021701
    Abstract: In order to provide a comfortable rest zone with an easy chair and reclining surface for a driver, even in a confined space, provision is made for a driver's cab for an individual driver to have an easy chair which can be converted into a bed. In this arrangement, a mattress runs over the armrest having an armrest cushion of the easy chair. The armrest cushion cushions the reclining surface, so that the mattress is of as space-saving a design as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Frank Hoernle, Bernd Kohlbecker, Rainer Konzmann, Markus Mattedi, Andreas Zygan
  • Patent number: 6983979
    Abstract: A structure is described which may include a bed, a cargo area which is used to receive an off-road vehicle, and superposed beds which move vertically between a first configuration where the beds are spaced apart in the cargo area and a second configuration where the beds are stowed adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Happijac Company
    Inventor: C. Martin Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 6957847
    Abstract: A commercial truck has a cab, a flatbed, and provides a space between the cab and flatbed, wherein an auxiliary fuel tank is mounted on a frame of the truck. A sleeper unit is positioned on, and supported by, the auxiliary fuel tank, the sleeper unit adapted for being accessed directly from the cab. A picker crane is mounted on the frame of the truck behind the auxiliary fuel tank and the sleeper unit and within the space between the cab and the flatbed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Inventor: Randy Lee Rigel
  • Patent number: 6935679
    Abstract: A modular cab/sleeper/roof structural assembly for a truck-tractor vehicle according to the present invention provides greater manufacturing flexibility and unrestricted access between a cab/sleeper unit. The structural assembly includes a top-free cab unit having a front wall, opposing side walls, and a bottom portion. A top-free sleeper unit positioned behind the cab unit has a rear wall, opposing side walls, and a bottom portion. Fasteners couple the cab unit and the sleeper unit such that an upwardly opened carriage assembly is formed. A unitary roof member fixedly encloses the opened carriage assembly and forms an integral modular unit. The unitary roof member has a front portion connected to the front wall of the cab unit, a rear portion connected to the rear wall of the sleeper unit, and opposing side portions connected to the opposing side walls of the cab and sleeper units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Mack Trucks, Inc.
    Inventors: Linton David Myers, David Scott Adams, Roland Pierre Moriaux, Bernard Nigay
  • Patent number: 6935680
    Abstract: Plastic-metal hybrid materials are included in the construction of highway tractor sleeper sides and back panel assemblies. Sleeper panels are traditionally constructed of two elements, the panel assemblies and the interior trim. A molded panel becomes both the interior of the structure and the decorative interior surface. This allows interior components to be directly mounted to the integral structural panels. The resulting sleeper will have stronger engagement to the mounted components such as cabinetry as well as part number reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew C. Scott, Joel D. Reed
  • Patent number: 6929306
    Abstract: A rear seat assembly of a passenger cabin of a pick-up truck includes a rear seat cushion and a rear seat back, each rotatable such that a bottom surface of the rotated rear seat back can rest upon a rear end of the rotated seat cushion to provide a storage space beneath the rotated seat back and between the rotated seat cushion and a rear wall of the passenger cabin. The cargo bed of the truck may be extended into the storage space by providing an access door thereto in a front wall of the cargo bed in communication with a corresponding opening in the rear wall of the passenger cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth S Mack, Thomas S Moore, Russell C Fielding
  • Patent number: 6899379
    Abstract: A sleeping compartment (10) for a truck is made up of a plurality of pre-assembled sections or modules including a first type (14, 14?, 14?) having one or more seats and a second type (16, 86, 86? , 86?) having a bed. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, a seat (60) is mounted on a sidewall (22, 22?, 22?) of the first type of module and includes a seat bottom (66) moveable from a substantially vertical stowed position against the side wall and a substantially horizontal deployed position. A seat support (34) mounted on the floor (20) is movable from a stowed position substantially flush with the floor of the first type of module to a deployed position protruding upwardly from the floor to support the seat bottom in the deployed position. The seat support is preferably a door panel covering a storage space (32) beneath the floor which is accessible from outside the sleeping compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Mack Trucks, Inc.
    Inventor: Milen Milenovich