Pivotally Supported Patents (Class 296/26.11)
  • Patent number: 10919421
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a cargo box and a seat device located on the front side of the cargo box. The seat device includes a seat bottom and a seat back that includes a first lateral swinging shaft that extends in a lateral direction, a seat back frame that swings about the first lateral swinging shaft between an upright position and a horizontal position at which the seat back frame overlaps with the seat bottom, and a seat back main body that is attached to the seat back frame. The seat back frame in the horizontal position defines an expansion floor by which the floor of the cargo box is expanded in a forward direction. The seat back main body swings to a hanging orientation with respect to the seat back frame in the horizontal position and is located in front of the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott Keziah, Aubrey Jarvis, David Spitz
  • Patent number: 10829166
    Abstract: A vehicle bed extender for increasing cargo capacity of a storage area is presented. The vehicle bed extender includes a flexible member, a bracket, and at least one stiffener. The flexible member defines a back wall disposed between a pair of extension walls. The back wall and the extension walls have an upper end and a lower end. Each extension wall is separately and removably attachable to a side wall of a vehicle. The bracket is secured to a top end of a tailgate at two or more mount points. The bracket and the tailgate define a slot between each adjacent pair of mount points. At least one tab extends at the lower end along the back wall. The tab slidingly engages the slot to secure the flexible member to the tailgate. The stiffener is removably attached to the flexible member at the upper end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Xtendabed, LLC
    Inventor: Raymond J. McMeans
  • Patent number: 10710646
    Abstract: A tailgate assembly capable of extending the volume of a truck bed having a first panel with a first end and a second end, with the first end rotatably connected to a truck bed, a second panel with a first end, a second end, and at least one side end, with the first end of the second panel rotatably connected to the second end of the first panel, and at least one folding panel rotatable connected to a side end of the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Joshua Reyna
  • Patent number: 10543789
    Abstract: A tailgate includes an opening through a rear end of the tailgate when in a tailgate open position. The tailgate also includes a tailgate extender having support tubes extending through the opening and telescopically slidable outward from the tailgate, a laterally extending support beam supported by the support tubes, and a cargo-assist step pivotally mounted to the support beam, the cargo-assist step configured to pivot downwardly when the support tubes are pivoted downwardly to define a step and to pivot upwardly into a vertical position when the support tubes extend horizontally to define a cargo stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua R. Hemphill, Brian K. Sullivan, Craig A. Moccio
  • Patent number: 10343579
    Abstract: A combination loading system and hose bed for a firefighting vehicle includes a platform and an actuating mechanism configured to pivot the platform between a substantially vertical stowed position, a substantially horizontal position, and a downwardly angled position. The platform includes a bottom wall and a pair of side walls extending substantially perpendicular to the bottom wall. When in the stowed position, the platform closes the substantially open rear end of the firefighting vehicle, and when in the substantially horizontal position, the platform can serve as a hose bed allowing firefighters to easily grab hose from a standing position. When in the downwardly angled position, the platform can serve as a ramp allowing the firefighters to wheel equipment on and off the vehicle. The platform may also be provided with a crane extension for lifting heavy objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: John E. McLoughlin
  • Patent number: 10328860
    Abstract: A rear door shelf assembly having a mounting base portion and a shelf rotatably connected to the mounting base portion for moving between an open position and a closed position. A spring-loaded prop rod is rotatably connected to the assembly. Storage features are connectable to the prop rod to provide multi-functionality of the assembly as a utility table and a storage unit. A one-touch latching mechanism holds the shelf in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Bestop, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Lewis, Jonathon Moore, Charles C. Turney
  • Patent number: 10131384
    Abstract: An apparatus is for extending a vehicle bed. A tailgate is provided for lowering to provide a tailgate opening for providing access to the vehicle bed. The tailgate includes a retractable member adapted for extending vertically from the tailgate when lowered. A retractable webbing is provided for associating with the retractable member and adapted for moving to a deployed position to at least partially span the tailgate opening in a lowered condition. A ladder for use in climbing into the vehicle bed may form the retractable member, or may be provided in addition to it. Plural webbings may also be provided for spanning multiple retractable members associated with the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Travis Justin Raines, Pattrick Loew
  • Patent number: 10077083
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tailgate, and in particular to an improved tailgate having a support plate that is movable to a raised position. The tailgate has a body that mounts to a truck bed in a conventional manner. The body has a cavity. When in a storage position, an extension plate, a first side plate, a second side plate and a support plate are contained within in the cavity. When in a deployed or extended position, the extension plate is rotated relative to the body, the side plates are pivoted up and the support plate is raised within the cavity. The support plate can be raised and lowered automatically as the side plates are swung open and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Michael A. and Sandra M. Survis
    Inventors: Michael Albert Survis, Adam Michael Survis
  • Patent number: 9969444
    Abstract: A work surface apparatus for a vehicle includes a tailgate having at least two panel-supporting posts adapted for translating between a stowed position and a substantially horizontal deployed position. A panel is included, configured to be supported in a substantially horizontal orientation by the deployed at least two panel-supporting posts. The panel may be a cargo area divider defined by hingedly connected sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Pattrick Loew, Brian Robert Spahn
  • Patent number: 9878671
    Abstract: A motor vehicle having a stowable storage apparatus is disclosed having a large deployed-to-stowed volume ratio thereby providing a useful carry capacity while being easy to package. The stowable storage apparatus includes a rigid first end wall and two flexible vertically disposed spaced apart side walls. The first end wall and the two side walls define, when the stowable storage apparatus is in a deployed state, three sides of an enclosure for storing one or more small objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew John Murray, Bruce Southey, Niall Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9809142
    Abstract: An add-on extender for a pickup truck having a bed and a tailgate with a pair of sides and a top. The extender selectively extends both the bed and the tailgate of the pickup truck, and permanently mounts onto the tailgate of the pickup truck so as not to have to be removed when not in use. The extender includes a pair of side panels and a rear panel. The pair of side panels pivotally attach to the pair of sides of the tailgate of the pickup truck, respectively, so as to have a non-operational folded position and an operational unfolded position that extends the bed of the pickup truck. The rear panel pivotally attaches to the top of the tailgate of the pickup truck so as to have a non-operational folded position and an operational unfolded position that extends the bed and the tailgate of the pickup truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Ernest S. White
  • Patent number: 9688312
    Abstract: A system for adjusting a size of an access into a vehicle is provided. The system may include a pillar, which may be substantially vertical, and a track allowing the pillar to be moved. A latch may be attached to the pillar securing the pillar along the track. The pillar may be secured at one or multiple locations along the track. Multiple rolling mechanisms may be part of the pillar. These mechanisms may allow the pillar to glide back and forth enlarging or reducing the entrance into the vehicle from the front or rear entrances. The track may be interior to a front and rear door of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Maeshiro, James Hsin Yao Lee
  • Patent number: 9592860
    Abstract: A replacement tailgate for the purpose of elongating the pickup truck may be installed on a truck bed wherein the replacement tailgate can be unfolded in order to elongate a length of the truck bed. The replacement tailgate may have front and rear shells that are used to support objects placed in the truck bed as well as act as the new tailgate when the truck bed length is elongated. Various panels may be unfolded in order to trap objects within the truck bed when the replacement tailgate is unfolded in order to elongate the truck bed length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Singer
  • Patent number: 9586514
    Abstract: In a vehicle with a load-carrying platform, an elastic band is provided so a rear portion of a tailgate and a rear portion of a bed extender enter a tensioned state. A rotation regulation mechanism is provided to the tailgate and the bed extender that regulates further rotational movement by the tailgate and the bed extender making contact when the tailgate is rotated towards a closed position. The bed extender and the tailgate are prevented from rotating in the same direction by the rotation regulation mechanism, and the load on the elastic band is mitigated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kosuke Asao, Takeshi Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Nishimori, Makoto Hotozuka, Yuji Maki, Takeyuki Kariyasu, Hiroyuki Shinmura, Masanori Aoki
  • Patent number: 9487247
    Abstract: A cargo bed extender includes a pair of side mounting plates attached to a cargo bed sidewall, a center structure having a plurality of cross bars between a pair of end plates, and a pair of side structures with a plurality of cross bars between a front plate and a mast. Each side structure has a pivot rod engaging the side mounting plate, and a pair of spring biased feet, one of the feet extending from each end of the mast. Locking pins may be inserted through the front plate to engage the side mounting plate and hold the spring biased feet in a position where they exert forces against the tailgate or cargo bed floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Ryan Glover, Danney Dendy
  • Patent number: 9487152
    Abstract: A utility rack assembly including a first rack and a second rack that may be converted from an extended position to a stowed position. Each rack may include a base attachable to the bed of a pickup truck. The racks may further include a bottom member attached to the base and a top member pivotally connected to the bottom member. A main rack holder may also be pivotally connected to the top member. In the extended position, the base, bottom member, top member, and main rack holder form a rack to support equipment. In stowed position, the top member may pivot relative to the bottom member and the main rack holder may pivot relative to the top member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventors: Michael Gregory Scott, David Cianni
  • Patent number: 9452793
    Abstract: A truck bed extension apparatus is useful in extending the bed of a truck having a primary tailgate pivotally movable between open and closed configurations. The apparatus includes a hinge assembly having a hinge plate coupled to the primary tailgate. An auxiliary tailgate includes a lower edge pivotally coupled to a front edge of the hinge plate, the auxiliary tailgate being pivotally movable between a stowed configuration co-planar with and adjacent to the hinge plate and a deployed configuration extending upwardly from the hinge plate. A pair of side panels is pivotally coupled to opposed side edges of the auxiliary tailgate and selectively movable between retracted and extended configurations. The truck bed is extended and enclosed when the primary tailgate is at an open configuration, the auxiliary tailgate is at the deployed configuration, and the pair of side panels is at the extended configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Larry A. Quick
  • Patent number: 9452782
    Abstract: A replacement tailgate for the purpose of elongating the pickup truck may be installed on a truck bed wherein the replacement tailgate can be unfolded in order to elongate a length of the truck bed. The replacement tailgate may have front and rear shells that are used to support objects placed in the truck bed as well as act as the new tailgate when the truck bed length is elongated. Various panels may be unfolded in order to trap objects within the truck bed when the replacement tailgate is unfolded in order to elongate the truck bed length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Singer
  • Patent number: 9409608
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a box extender for a pickup truck that has a box with a bed and a tailgate, where the tailgate extends the bed's length in a longitudinal direction when open. The box extender may have access doors. First and second side walls may be mounted to the box to pivot between a forward, stowed position along opposite walls of the box and a rearward, extended position above the tailgate. An end wall may be disposed above the tailgate between the first and second side walls and may include a first section that is hinged to the first side wall and a second section that is hinged to the second side wall. The side walls and the end wall may enclose a volume above the tailgate for cargo storage. The first and second sections of the end wall may be opened to access the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David B. Waskie, Edward L. Schulte
  • Patent number: 9387806
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a truck bed extender for use with a pickup truck. The truck bed extender is configurable in three states: (i) a first state provides for extending a size the enclosed truck bed, (ii) a second state provides a horizontal work surface, and (iii) a third state provides a collapsed storage about the tailgate portion of the pickup truck. Measuring gauges may be embedded or disposed on a surface of the truck bed extender. Additionally, a rectangular cover panel can be implemented for covering a gap disposed between a horizontal surface of the truck bed and the tailgate when extended outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Russell John Bzoza
  • Patent number: 9216776
    Abstract: A foldable vehicle which has a vehicle body divided into two sections of a front section and a rear section and has a size reduced by rotating the rear section of the divided vehicle body to be folded with respect to the front section thereof. The foldable vehicle includes a front vehicle body having a front wheel; a rear vehicle body having a rear wheel and having a lower front end rotatably connected to a lower rear end of the front vehicle body through a rotating shaft to rotate around the rotating shaft in a vertical direction, thereby being folded to overlap with the front vehicle body or unfolded; a folding drive unit for folding or unfolding the vehicle bodies by rotating the rear vehicle body with respect to the front vehicle body; and a control unit for controlling the operation of the folding drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: In Soo Suh, Ka Ram Hwang
  • Patent number: 9199672
    Abstract: A link unit for a foldable vehicle includes: a windshield part having a lower end hinge-coupled with a floor to rotate in a front and rear direction of a vehicle; a rear cabin part forming a dome-shaped cabin having a lower end hinge-coupled with the floor to rotate in the front and rear direction of the vehicle; a roof part having a rear end hinge-coupled with the rear cabin part and a front end provided with a slot in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle; a linear driver including a motor at an end of the slot, a ball screw extended along the slot, and a ball nut fastened with the ball screw to be slid along the slot; and a connection link having a front end hinge-coupled with an upper end of the windshield part and a rear end connected with the ball nut by a hinge pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Gwang Hyun Ahn, Yong Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 9199671
    Abstract: A folding unit for a foldable vehicle comprises a floor part configured including a front floor provided with a front wheel and a rear floor provided with a rear wheel. The front floor and the rear floor overlap each other or extend by being slid to each other to extend or contract a wheelbase of the vehicle. A rear cabin part is disposed at a rear side of the vehicle to form a dome shaped cabin and has a lower end hinge-coupled with the floor part to rotate in a front and rear direction of the vehicle. A folding driver includes a linear motor rotating while being hinge-coupled with the floor part. An operating rod is extended or contracted from the linear motor and has an end hinge-coupled with a lower end of the rear cabin part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Gwang Hyun Ahn, Yong Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 9097045
    Abstract: A tailgate hinge is part of a tailgate assembly and is attached to the rear sill of a pick-up truck bed. The tailgate hinge includes a stationary hinge bracket and a pivotal hinge bracket that are connected by a hinge pin. The pivotal hinge bracket includes a detachment slot. The hinge pin has a pair of flats that permit the hinge pin to pass through the detachment slot when the tailgate is at a predetermined angular orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Henry W. Hausler, Andrew Kammerzell, John Comiez, Daniel Clatterbuck
  • Patent number: 9056576
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a front seat, a rear seat at a rear side of the front seat, and a cargo bed at a rear side of the rear seat, and a screen for partitioning the cargo bed and a riding space at a front side of the cargo bed. The cargo bed includes left and right fixed side walls, a front wall movable into the riding space, and left and right expansion side walls expandable into the riding space. The cargo bed is changeable between an expanded state in which the cargo bed is expanded forward into the riding space and a non-expanded state in which the cargo bed is not expanded into the riding space. The screen is attached to the front wall, and each expansion side wall is foldably attached to the front wall and a corresponding one of the fixed side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Teruaki Yamamoto, Itsuo Takegami, Yoshiyuki Kuroyanagi
  • Patent number: 8939490
    Abstract: An off-road utility vehicle with a reconfigurable cargo bed with fore and aft sections joined to the vehicle. Each section has three walls and a floor. The fore section pivots with respect to the aft section between an open position and a closed position with the fore section on top of the aft section. In the closed position, the reconfigurable cargo bed is a container with an opening in the foremost side of the container. A movable bulkhead is provided that is adapted to close the opening of the foremost side of the container, as well as being repositionable to serve as an extended surface for hauling cargo, a work bench that extends from a side of the cargo bed, or as a divider in the center of the cargo bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Centro, Inc.
    Inventor: David G. Surridge
  • Publication number: 20150008694
    Abstract: A vehicle bed extender adapted for simultaneous adjustment of both length and width. The extender includes a first side wall, a second side wall, and a connecting wall. The first and second side walls can attach to the vehicle storage bed, while the connecting wall attaches to the side walls in a sliding configuration along a direction nonparallel to the length and width of the bed extender. The connecting wall can also be composed of multiple cross members with middle portions of varying length such that the middle portions of the cross members are not vertically oriented. The vehicle bed extender can also be supported by a mount at the front end of the vehicle bed that supports the connecting wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony Smith
  • Patent number: 8894123
    Abstract: A pick-up truck cargo bed material transport support system for the transportation of large panel material and the like within the cargo bed of a pick-up truck. An adjustable support rack is removably positioned within the cargo bed of a pick-up truck rearwardly of the rear wheel wells having multiple pivoted linkage arm support assembly extending onto the lowered tailgate of the cargo bed when in use. The support rack is collapsible when not in deployed use and combined with a secondary cross bed support beam positioned forward of the rear wheel wells provides a unique support material engagement system within the cargo bed for large panel-like or associated loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: James C. Ori
  • Publication number: 20140333082
    Abstract: A configurable pickup bed utility management system features a segmented panel assembly pivotally mounted to a pickup bed. The panel assembly features a first panel, a second panel pivotally located on the first panel, a third panel pivotally located on the second panel, and a fourth panel pivotally located on the third panel. A plurality of curved linear extrusions with ridges are located on the panels. The panel assembly can be fully extended over the pickup bed forming a bed cover structure, fully extended posterior to the pickup bed forming a work surface structure, fully extended posterior to the pickup bed forming a ramp structure, partially extended posterior to the pickup bed forming a sun shade structure, folded into the pickup bed forming a lockable toolbox, or folded into the pickup bed forming a bed extender.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Cortney Smith
  • Publication number: 20140333083
    Abstract: A truck bed extender of rigid material and attached to the tailgate of a pick-up truck, having a rectangular back panel (20) with embedded measuring gages (28), (30), having a lower hinge (12) which is mounted to the upper edge of the extended tailgate (36) and side panels (22A) (22B) adjoined by hinged means to said rectangular back panel and having the ability to extend outward and retract inward to a folded position through pivotal rotation. The locking holes (24A), (24B) located on the uppermost of the side panels align to existing latch pins on the rear sidewalls of the truck bed in order to secure sidewalls in an extended position by use of independent means. The embodiment further includes the secondary function of providing a sturdy multi-use work platform for standing work when the extended embodiment is pivotally rotated into an upright position with the tailgate closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Russell John Bzoza
  • Publication number: 20140183894
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a front seat, a rear seat at a rear side of the front seat, and a cargo bed at a rear side of the rear seat, and a screen for partitioning the cargo bed and a riding space at a front side of the cargo bed. The cargo bed includes left and right fixed side walls, a front wall movable into the riding space, and left and right expansion side walls expandable into the riding space. The cargo bed is changeable between an expanded state in which the cargo bed is expanded forward into the riding space and a non-expanded state in which the cargo bed is not expanded into the riding space. The screen is attached to the front wall, and each expansion side wall is foldably attached to the front wall and a corresponding one of the fixed side walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Teruaki Yamamoto, Itsuo Takegami, Yoshiyuki Kuroyanagi
  • Patent number: 8764088
    Abstract: The invention relates to a combination ramp and gate that is releasably securable to a truck bed using a three point adjustable attachment system with carabineers, with two of the three carabineers being partially concealed. The combination ramp and gate is lightweight and when collapsed into a closed position, the sections of the combination ramp and gate are coplanar for easy storage and portability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Tracy Hutch Jobe
  • Patent number: 8757694
    Abstract: A truck bed extension includes two portions of a base pivotally attached to each other and a side wall pivotally attached to one of each base portion. An attachment combines the base portions to truck bed and a tailgate attachment pivotally combines the tail gate to the base portions. I this manner, a removable truck bed extension is provided that can be collapsed and stored in the truck bed for selective use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Arlyn Kuhnle
  • Publication number: 20140167439
    Abstract: A vehicle cargo bed extension device useable to increase the load size capacity of a vehicle cargo bed. The vehicle cargo bed extension device includes a hinge to allow for support frame rotation. Additionally, the support frame can be adjusted horizontally and vertically in relation to a vehicle cargo bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Kris Sorensen
  • Patent number: 8752878
    Abstract: A utility vehicle according to the present invention includes a front seat, a rear seat, and a cargo bed in order from the front side, wherein the cargo bed is changeable between an expanded state in which the cargo bed is expanded forward into a rear riding space on the front side of the cargo bed and a non-expanded state in which the cargo bed is not expanded in the rear riding space, a pair of left and right rear doors partitioning the rear riding space and left and right exteriors of a vehicle body in the non-expanded state is provided, and the rear doors serve as expansion side walls partitioning an expanded part of the cargo bed and the left and right exteriors of the vehicle body in the expanded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Teruaki Yamamoto, Itsuo Takegami
  • Patent number: 8727415
    Abstract: A vehicle bed extender adapted for simultaneous adjustment of both length and width. The extender includes a first side wall, a second side wall, and a connecting wall. The first and second side walls can attach to the vehicle storage bed, while the connecting wall attaches to the side walls in a sliding configuration along a direction nonparallel to the length and width of the bed extender. The connecting wall can also be composed of multiple cross members with middle portions of varying length such that the middle portions of the cross members are not vertically oriented. The vehicle bed extender can also be supported by a mount at the front end of the vehicle bed that supports the connecting wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Lund Motion Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Smith
  • Publication number: 20140117696
    Abstract: An apparatus for multi-positional tailgate extender includes a first mounting bracket, a second mounting bracket, and a pivotable frame. The pivotable frame is hingedly connected with the first mounting bracket and the second mounting bracket, where the first mounting bracket and the second mounting bracket are connected to a cargo bed of a vehicle. The pivotable frame extends beyond the cargo bed about a rotation axis, where the pivotable frame positions in place with the second mounting bracket by a frame positioning mechanism and locks in place with the first mounting bracket by a frame locking mechanism so that object that are longer than the cargo bed can be safely transported.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Laverne RICH, Judith Ann Rich
  • Publication number: 20140076643
    Abstract: An extendable frame work vehicle offering enhanced versatility, safety and effectiveness. The vehicle includes an adjustable frame with front and rear portions that extend or retract with respect to each other. The front portion is supported by a first pair of wheels and said rear portion is supported by a second pair of wheels. Each wheel is independently driven and steered. The vehicle also includes an engine mounted on the rear portion of the frame. Incorporated into the vehicle is an electro-hydraulic assembly which enables extension and retraction of the adjustable frame. The assembly includes a sensor-responsive microprocessor controller, at least one hydraulic pump, at least one hydraulic drive motor, and at least one valve network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: EXTENDQUIP, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Osswald, Walter A. Osswald, Marcus F. Dack, Kenneth Buelt, Thomas E. Price, JR., Alan Severns, Jeffrey A. Wierschke, Joe A. Racz, David R. Bauer, Justin D. Gasal
  • Patent number: 8668236
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a front seat, a rear seat, and a cargo bed provided in order from the front side. The cargo bed is changeable between an expanded state in which the cargo bed is expanded forward into the riding space and a non-expanded state in which the cargo bed is not expanded. Lock devices for fixing the front wall to a vehicle body at a position in the expanded state and at a position in the non-expanded state are provided on the left and right sides of the front wall. The lock devices are displaceable between a fixing position where the lock devices are placed on the outer side of the cargo bed for fixing the front wall, and a non-fixing position where the lock devices are placed on the inner side of the cargo bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Teruaki Yamamoto, Itsuo Takegami, Yoshiyuki Kuroyanagi
  • Publication number: 20140064895
    Abstract: The foldable truck bed extension deck and ramp assembly are mountable in a short-box pickup truck. The bed extension deck and ramp assembly have a comparable length to a full-size pickup truck box when deployed for use, and are jointly foldable to fit into a short-bed pickup truck with its tailgate closed when not used. The bed extension deck has a strong upper surface to resist deformation in rough use. The ramp member can be deployed with its front end matching the surface of the extension deck so that a vehicle can be driven along the ramp member and onto the deck surface without encountering any transition step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Michel Michaud
  • Patent number: 8556324
    Abstract: A utility vehicle according to the present invention includes a front seat, a rear seat, a cargo bed, a screen, and seat belt systems, the cargo bed is changeable between an expanded state and a non-expanded state, the screen has a movable mount in a lower end, the screen is movable between a first position and a second position, each of the seat belt systems has a three-point seat belt structure, a bottom anchor, a retractor, and a buckle are provided in the movable mount, and a top anchor is provided in the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Teruaki Yamamoto, Itsuo Takegami
  • Publication number: 20130119693
    Abstract: An improved truck bed extender particularly adapted for ease of installation and removal. When not being used to extend the truck bed, the extender is advantageously adapted to quickly and easily create a secondary storage area. In one embodiment, the extender includes a first side wall, a second side wall, a connecting wall, a first mount and a second mount. The connecting wall extends between the first side wall and the second side wall, and cooperates with the first side wall and second side wall to form a frame. The first mount is secured to the first side wall and includes a first interlocking member. The second mount is secured to the second side wall and comprises a second interlocking member. The first interlocking member and a first mounting station on the vehicle and the second interlocking member and a second mounting station on the vehicle cooperate to secure the truck bed extender to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: 89908, INC. D/B/A AMP RESEARCH
    Inventor: 89908,INC. D/B/A AMP RESEARCH
  • Patent number: 8408626
    Abstract: An aerodynamic stowable bed extender for pickup trucks meant to be mounted upon the lowered tailgate of the truck bed and utilized in conjunction with either an aerodynamic truck bed cap or tonneau cover. The aerodynamic bed extender is positioned in either a deployed configuration, upon the lowered tailgate, or a stowed configuration within the bed of the pickup truck. Deployed, the bed extender increases the fuel efficiency of the truck while also increasing usable cargo space within the truck bed. The aerodynamic bed extender comprises a cover and two side panels. The cover can be raised to an open position allowing access to the truck bed or detached from the side panels and stowed within the truck bed. The side panels can be repositioned from a deployed position to a stowed position within the bed of the pickup truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Brett Stuart Herndon
  • Patent number: 8376441
    Abstract: A pick-up style work vehicle includes a rollover protection structure (ROPS), a seat section including a forward driver's seat and a rear seat, and a rear seat posture changing mechanism for changing the rear seat in its position between a first posture where the rear seat is in a non-use condition and a second posture where the rear seat is in a use condition. A fore/aft length of the rear seat in the first posture is shorter than the fore/aft length of the rear seat in the second posture. The work vehicle also includes a partitioning member for partitioning the seat section from a space behind the seat section with the partitioning member being supported by the ROPS. The partitioning member is movable with being supported by the ROPS between a rearwardly displaced position immediately behind the rear seat and a forwardly displaced position moved forward from the rearwardly displaced position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Norimi Nakamura, Ryouzou Imanishi, Koji Fujiwara, Mitsugu Kobayashi, Yoshimi Hirooka, Taro Nakamura, Teruo Shimamura
  • Publication number: 20120319423
    Abstract: An improved vehicle cargo tailgate enclosure particularly adapted for ease of installation and removal. The tailgate enclosure comprises two side walls and a rear wall. The rear wall is configured to slope upwardly and rearwardly to provide additional storage space to a cargo bed of a vehicle. The cargo tailgate enclosure further comprises tubular members which comprise a non-circular cross section which provide exceptional strength a structural stability to the cargo tailgate enclosure. The cargo tailgate enclosure further comprises a plurality of upright members. Some of the upright members are configured to attach the cargo tailgate enclosure to a vehicle and to cap the tubular members. Other upright members are configured to support the tailgate enclosure against the surface cargo bed or a tailgate of a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: 89908, INC. DBA AMP RESEARCH
    Inventor: Anthony Smith
  • Patent number: 8313136
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicular frame, a utility bed, and a locking device. The utility bed is pivotally coupled with the vehicular frame and is pivotable between a hauling position and a dumping position. The locking device is operable between a locked position and an unlocked position and is configured to prevent the utility bed from pivoting to the dumping position when the locking device is in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: David W. Arnold, Michael Bury
  • Patent number: 8303013
    Abstract: A pick-up style utility vehicle with an expandable cargo bed. The vehicle includes a chassis supporting a front seat, a rear seat, a screen formation, and a bottom plate of the cargo bed. The pick-up style utility vehicle is capable of being changed between a normal state in which the rear seat is situated on the bottom plate and an expanded state in which the rear seat is moved from the top of the bottom plate. A screen formation is positioned between the cargo bed in the normal state and the rear seat, and includes two screen formation divisions as a double door, and each of the screen formation divisions is supported rotatably around a vertical shaft by the chassis. In the normal state, the two screen formation divisions close the front of the cargo bed. In the expanded state, the two screen formation divisions open the front of the cargo bed and form side plates in the cargo bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Horiuchi, Yuichi Kawamoto, Masahiro Kawahara, Teruaki Yamamoto, Yoshiya Takehara, Steave Leach
  • Patent number: 8297677
    Abstract: An improved truck bed extender particularly adapted for ease of installation and removal. When not being used to extend the truck bed, the extender is advantageously adapted to quickly and easily create a secondary storage area. In one embodiment, the extender includes a first side wall, a second side wall, a connecting wall, a first mount and a second mount. The connecting wall extends between the first side wall and the second side wall, and cooperates with the first side wall and second side wall to form a frame. The first mount is secured to the first side wall and includes a first interlocking member. The second mount is secured to the second side wall and comprises a second interlocking member. The first interlocking member and a first mounting station on the vehicle and the second interlocking member and a second mounting station on the vehicle cooperate to secure the truck bed extender to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: 89908, Inc.
    Inventors: Horst Leitner, Jonathan Weisel
  • Patent number: 8267454
    Abstract: A pick-up style utility vehicle with an expandable cargo bed, including a stationary cargo bed part serving as a bottom face and a side face of the cargo bed, a movable cargo bed part serving as the bottom face and the side face of the expanded cargo bed, and a cargo bed support mechanism for supporting the movable cargo bed part at a normal position and an expansion position set on the rear side of the normal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyohito Takano, Satoshi Takaya, Kiyoaki Maeda, Kousei Hokari, Geoffrey Ewing, Junhei Asahi, Naoki Tamai, Kenji Oda
  • Publication number: 20120228893
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bed extender for extending and enlarging the carrying capacity of the bed of a pickup truck and some SUV pick-up style vehicles. The extender comprises of a tailgate containing two lateral side panels and a foldable bottom panel. The tailgate is pivotally attached on a U-shape frame which is fixed on supporting beams. The supporting beams are connected to the vehicles main beams underneath the vehicle bed through brackets and can horizontally move out and move in when needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Kewang Lu, Rodney Erbe, Dazhi Lu, Wei Hai Kong