Pivotally Supported Patents (Class 296/26.15)
  • Patent number: 10940380
    Abstract: A training apparatus for fast-rope training includes a platform-supporting structure having one or more containers and at least one platform configured for use in fast-rope training. At least one attachment is provided for attaching a fast-rope. The platform-supporting structure is supportable by a surface. The at least one attachment Is located higher than the platform and spaced laterally from the platform-supporting structure such that the at least one attachment overhangs the surface so a fast rope can hang from the at least one attachment, past the platform and toward the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Beaverfit Limited
    Inventors: Richard James Beaver, Thomas Edward Beaver
  • Patent number: 10364587
    Abstract: A rapidly deployable building adaptable between a first normal configuration and a second wind-resistant configuration by relative movement of at least two space enclosing elements of the building provides readily assembled, cost-effective but robust shelters to disaster zones capable of withstanding severe weather events such as hurricanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Extremis Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: David Maurice Watson
  • Patent number: 10161147
    Abstract: A method and a connector unit for connecting two or more structures wherein at least one of the two or more structures being connected is a mobile structure validatable for pharmaceutical manufacturing or patient care. The connector unit comprises of an alignment system, a sealing, and a fixation system. The method for using the connector unit comprises of aligning the two or more structures to dock the two or more structures together, sealing the two or more structures, or one or more structures and an environment air tight with a seal or a sealing system, and affixing the two or more structures together to prevent relative movement of the two or more structures, or breakage of the seal or seal system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: G-CON MANUFACTURING INC.
    Inventor: Maik Wolfgang Jornitz
  • Patent number: 9193291
    Abstract: A slide-out or retractable room for a mobile living quarters, such as a recreational vehicle, is provided with actuating assemblies mounted on opposite side walls of the slide-out room and the adjacent wall of the main living area. The actuating assemblies include a pair of parallel gear racks mounted on the side wall, which are engaged by pinions rotated by torque shafts mounted on the main living quarters. Each torque shaft is rotated by a separate motor. A roller engages a bearing surface on the lower portion of the gear racks. Accordingly, the slide-out room is extended and retracted by rotating the torque shafts to cause the gear racks and the attached slide-out room to extend and retract. The weight of the slide-out room is supported by the rollers, thereby supporting the slide-out room off of the floor of the main living quarters as it extends and retracts. A synchronizing control operates the motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: LIPPERT COMPONENTS MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Schwindaman, Thomas J. Rogers, Michael W. Howard
  • Publication number: 20150084359
    Abstract: An expandable vehicle chassis, said chassis comprising: a frame; at least two opposing support arms movably attached to said frame; a drive shaft attached to said frame and operably attached to each of said at least two opposing support arms; a linear actuator mechanically attached to said drive shaft; and at least one jack-like linkage system generally disposed along an axis parallel to said drive shaft, said linkage operably attached to said drive shaft such that said actuator engages said drive shaft and said drive shaft engages said linkage to simultaneously move apart said at least two support arms in opposing directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Frost
  • Patent number: 8851546
    Abstract: A lateral extension (1), for road and rail vehicles, comprising a multitude of individual shafts (5) assembled so as to pivot freely, at each of their extremities, firstly, with regard to the interior extremity secured to the vehicle, on a longitudinal structure (11) that is fixed in relation to the load-carrying platform and, secondly, as regards the exterior extremity, on an edge and connecting rigid longitudinal member (10). The shafts bear, over a portion of their length, on an adjacent flat support surface (13) that is fixed in relation to the load-carrying platform, and are cantilevered towards the exterior over the remainder of their length. The extension can be moved to a deployed position, so that the supporting surface (14) provides a passageway, and, a retracted position of lesser width, and incorporates a railing. A changeover from one position to the other is accomplished by pivoting in a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Lohr Industrie
    Inventor: Martin Klotz
  • Publication number: 20140197655
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods a rotatable slide-out room for a motor homes, recreational vehicles, campers, or trailers. The slide-out room is configured to rotate about a rotational axis into and out an aperture in the sidewall of the vehicle. When the slide-out room is in the closed position, it is positioned within the vehicle forming a continuous sidewall for the vehicle. When the slide-out room is opened, it extends out from the sidewall at the rotational axis and creates additional space for the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Kent Stichter
  • Patent number: 8702119
    Abstract: A trailer is disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the trailer has an extension platform having a first side and a second side. The first side of the extension platform is pivotally connected to at least a portion of a side of the trailer. The extension platform is movable by way of the pivotal connection between a position that is substantially perpendicular to the trailer and a position that is substantially parallel to the trailer. A secondary platform is pivotally connected to the second side of the extension platform. The secondary platform is movable by way of the pivotal connection between a first position that is substantially perpendicular to the extension platform and a second position that is substantially parallel to the extension platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Martin Silz
  • Patent number: 8534746
    Abstract: An aerodynamic nose cone front trailer that uses a topographical view for reference extending the trailer front all the way to the hitch. The trailer design reduces wind resistance while improving the fuel economy and improving the handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Edward John Smith
  • Publication number: 20130180428
    Abstract: A lateral extension (1), for road and rail vehicles, comprising a multitude of individual shafts (5) assembled so as to pivot freely, at each of their extremities, firstly, with regard to the interior extremity secured to the vehicle, on a longitudinal structure (11) that is fixed in relation to the load-carrying platform and, secondly, as regards the exterior extremity, on an edge and connecting rigid longitudinal member (10). The shafts bear, over a portion of their length, on an adjacent flat support surface (13) that is fixed in relation to the load-carrying platform, and are cantilevered towards the exterior over the remainder of their length. The extension can be moved to a deployed position, so that the supporting surface (14) provides a passageway, and, a retracted position of lesser width, and incorporates a railing. A changeover from one position to the other is accomplished by pivoting in a horizontal plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: LOHR INDUSTRIE
    Inventor: Martin Klotz
  • Patent number: 8328497
    Abstract: A grain cart includes a wheel supported frame supporting a container having front and rear walls connected by an inclined left side wall and an inclined right side wall. An auger conveyor has a lower section having an inlet to receive grain from the container and an upper section pivotable between a storage position adjacent the container and an extended discharge position projecting laterally outwardly from the cart. A side wall extension panel is pivotally connected to the inclined right side wall of the container and is movable from a retracted position projecting above the right side wall and an inclined extended position projecting laterally outwardly from the right side wall beyond a right support wheel. A set of inclined brace members are pivotally connected to the extension panel and are adjustably connected to a corresponding set of horizontal tie members rigidly connecting the side walls of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: J. & M. Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Wood
  • Patent number: 8317249
    Abstract: This invention relates to load bed for a vehicle, and in particular to a load bed adapted to carry elongate articles upon the public roads. The load bed could for example be the trailer of an articulated vehicle, or it could be part of a rigid truck, as desired. The load bed (214) has a set of retaining posts along the longitudinal sides of the bed, and at least one platform (224) is mounted upon the load bed and is movable between a stowed condition and an in use condition, the retaining posts being between the load bed and the platform in its in use condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventors: Robert William Slater, Stephen Render
  • Publication number: 20120223510
    Abstract: A trailer is disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the trailer has an extension platform having a first side and a second side. The first side of the extension platform is pivotally connected to at least a portion of a side of the trailer. The extension platform is movable by way of the pivotal connection between a position that is substantially perpendicular to the trailer and a position that is substantially parallel to the trailer. A secondary platform is pivotally connected to the second side of the extension platform. The secondary platform is movable by way of the pivotal connection between a first position that is substantially perpendicular to the extension platform and a second position that is substantially parallel to the extension platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: Martin Silz
  • Patent number: 8079633
    Abstract: A cabin of a mobile home or other transport vehicle is provided with an internal living space adapted to minimize the space of furniture and beds during transport such that a small automobile may be received within the living space. In a set-up configuration and the automobile removed, beds can be deployed externally to the living space by a system of hinged panels attached to the side of the cabin. Furniture may also be rearranged within the interior of the cabin or mobile home on floor tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Paul Michael Freeman & Phillip Graeme Fisher
    Inventor: Raymond Bruce Cunningham
  • Patent number: 8061752
    Abstract: A mobile transform structure having an openable/closeable trailer body which is reversibly transformable between a closed, transportable, tractor-trailer mode and an open, ground-stabilized, spray-booth mode for receiving, and armor spray-coating, a selected surface in a subject wheeled vehicle at the location of that vehicle. The transform structure includes, in addition to the trailer body, a deployable canopy structure useable, with the trailer body open, to form a canopied spray enclosure for receiving a subject vehicle, and a trailer-self-contained, armor spray-coating system operable, when a wheeled vehicle is received in the enclosure, to armor spray-coat a selected surface in that vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: High Impact Technology, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Thomas S. Ohnstad, Russell A. Monk
  • Patent number: 8042854
    Abstract: An expandable trailer for transporting and using exercise equipment on the expanded trailer platform, comprising a boxcar shaped trailer mounted on wheels with a hitch for connecting to a motor vehicle. The boxcar walls are hingedly connected to the floor and pivotally open, extending the boxcar platform. Preferred embodiments include truss systems mounted to the platform equipped with cylinder type braces or pulleys that facilitate manually or automatically opening and closing the boxcar walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Inventor: David J Braswell
  • Patent number: 7950728
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of vehicles having table assemblies. One embodiment of a vehicle comprises a vehicle body structure, a support member, and a table member. The vehicle body structure defines at least a portion of a compartment and has an opening permitting access to the compartment. The support member is coupled to the vehicle body structure to move from an interior position in which the support member is substantially inboard of the compartment, to an exterior position in which at least a portion of the support member moves through the opening to a location outboard of the vehicle body structure. The table member is coupled to the support member to move from a first position in which the table member is located inboard of the vehicle body structure, to a second position in which the table member is located outboard of the vehicle body structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Plavetich
  • Patent number: 7828367
    Abstract: A mobile facility has a fixed frame, an expandable roof section, an expandable floor section, and an expandable side section. Interior space within the mobile facility is expanded by expanding the expandable roof section, the expandable floor section and the expandable side section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Pathfinder Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lavern Hickam, Victor Lee Wisdom, Ivan J. Jaszlics
  • Patent number: 7794001
    Abstract: A mobile medical facility capable of treating a plurality of patients and being transported over the roadways without requiring extensive transporting means. In general the mobile medical facility includes a trailer. The trailer defines a floor area and has at least a first and second configuration. In the first configuration, the floor area is reduced to allow for transporting of the trailer over the public highways. In the second configuration, the floor area of the trailer is expanded and large enough to support a plurality of beds for treating patients. In some embodiments, the floor area in the second configuration may be at least twice as large as the floor area in the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority d/b/a Carolinas Medical Center
    Inventors: Thomas H. Blackwell, Kevin T. Staley
  • Publication number: 20100109381
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of vehicles having table assemblies. One embodiment of a vehicle comprises a vehicle body structure, a support member, and a table member. The vehicle body structure defines at least a portion of a compartment and has an opening permitting access to the compartment. The support member is coupled to the vehicle body structure to move from an interior position in which the support member is substantially inboard of the compartment, to an exterior position in which at least a portion of the support member moves through the opening to a location outboard of the vehicle body structure. The table member is coupled to the support member to move from a first position in which the table member is located inboard of the vehicle body structure, to a second position in which the table member is located outboard of the vehicle body structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: NISSAN DESIGN AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Richard Plavetich
  • Patent number: 7686381
    Abstract: A trailer deck system includes a housing that includes a bottom wall, a top wall and a perimeter wall extending between the top and bottom walls. The perimeter wall includes at least one door to access an interior of the housing. The perimeter wall includes a lateral wall. A panel has a rear edge, a front edge, a first side edge, a second side edge, a top side and a bottom side. The rear edge is hingedly coupled to the perimeter wall to allow the panel to be moved between a stored position vertically orientated with the top side facing the lateral wall and an extended position extending outwardly from the lateral wall and is horizontally orientated. A motor assembly is mechanically coupled to the panel. The motor assembly moves the panel to the extended position or the stored position when the motor assembly is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Dianne M. Leonard
  • Patent number: 7681941
    Abstract: A camper trailer or caravan (10) includes a chassis (12) adapted to be attached to, and towed behind a motor vehicle (11). A housing (21) is mounted on the chassis (12) and defines a main chamber including a peripheral wall. The chassis (12) is short in length and about the same width as the towing vehicle (11) with the wheels (19) located adjacent the rear end of the chassis (12), and the housing (21) is adapted be opened such that panels (41) folded inside the housing when in the closed configuration are adapted to form annex chambers (42, 43) when in the open configuration when the camper trailer (10) is being used for camping and the like. A sleeping chamber (23) associated with the main chamber extends outside the peripheral walls of said camper trailer when required. Preferably there is a kitchen chamber and a bedding chamber within the housing of the camper trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventors: Paul M. Freeman, Philip G. Fisher
  • Patent number: 7591497
    Abstract: A utility trailer for transporting and processing lumber, pipe and other materials. The utility trailer includes a trailer frame for carrying the materials and a workstation is pivotally mounted on the trailer frame for processing the materials. The workstation is pivotal between a folded configuration adjacent to the trailer frame for storage and/or transport and a deployed, functional configuration extending from the trailer frame. One or more lockers or cabinets may be provided, with both interior and exterior access. A removable gate may also close the rear end of the utility trailer and a pair of ramps are stored in ramp housings on both sides of the utility trailer for deployment at the rear of the utility trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Inventor: Bradley W. Johns
  • Patent number: 7588278
    Abstract: The trailer workshop includes a trailer, a work bench, a power tool and at least two pivot bases. The trailer includes at two wheels, hitch extension, a floor, a front wall, a rear wall, two side walls and a roof. A side door is created in one of the two side walls. A rear door is preferably created in the rear wall. The at least two pivot bases are mounted to the floor, adjacent the side door. The work bench is pivotally retained by the at least two pivot bases, such that when the work bench is in a substantially horizontal position, thereof extends outside the trailer. The side door is held above the work bench in a substantially horizontal position. The work bench includes a work piece support and a power tool support. The power tool is mounted to a top of the power tool support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventor: Richard M. Luneack
  • Publication number: 20090195008
    Abstract: An expandable trailer for transporting and using exercise equipment on the expanded trailer platform, comprising a boxcar shaped trailer mounted on wheels with a hitch for connecting to a motor vehicle. The boxcar walls are hingedly connected to the floor and pivotally open, extending the boxcar platform. Preferred embodiments include truss systems mounted to the platform equipped with cylinder type braces or pulleys that facilitate manually or automatically opening and closing the boxcar walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: David J. Braswell
  • Publication number: 20090134650
    Abstract: A slideout room leveling device for supporting and leveling a slideout room floor of a recreation vehicle. The device may have a base mounted to a threshold of the trailer frame and a support arm that has a friction reducing member mounted to the support arm. A spring member may be mounted on the base to assist in supporting and leveling the slideout room floor. The support arm of the slideout room supporting and leveling device may remain in continuous contact with the floor of a slideout room during extension and retraction in order to support and level the slideout room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: NORCO INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Bernard F. Garceau
  • Patent number: 7464978
    Abstract: A toolbox including an enclosure for positioning upon the bed of a pickup truck. The enclosure has a movable lid at its top. A platform is hingedly attached to one of the opposed ends of the movable lid such that the platform can be pivoted outwardly from the side of the pickup truck in a cantilevered manner. The platform has a rigid frame and a perforated panel that is affixed to the top of the frame and a socket member that is affixed to the bottom of the frame. A support rod is releasably attached to the platform for transmitting cantilevered loads to the ground. The top of the support rod is slidably positioned within the socket member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Carl D. Meeks
  • Patent number: 7360813
    Abstract: A mobile first aid post comprising a road vehicle having a compartment of an openable enclosure for housing medical supplies and equipment, the compartment including a fixed structure and at least one rigid panel pivotally movable relative to the fixed structure between a closing condition where the panel defines at least part of a side wall of the enclosure and an erected condition where the panel is in a substantially or near horizontal condition creating an opening and providing a region covered overhead for a person positioned adjacent the side of the vehicle, and wherein medical utilities selected from one or more of compressed air, suction, water, and oxygen are provided accessible by a user from the downwardly facing major surface of the panel aiding in the treatment of patients positioned below the panel. The panel may also be of an extendable type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventors: Choon Meng Ting, Koon Hou Mak
  • Publication number: 20080088146
    Abstract: A mobile tent trailer includes a frame and wheels to allow the trailer to be pulled along a road surface. The frame can have a first floor surface. Side walls can be coupled to the frame and can be moved between a stored position facilitating movement of the trailer along the roadway and an open position wherein the side walls form a second floor surface. A handrail can be secured to the side walls and can move with the side walls between the stored and open positions. The first floor surface can align with the second floor surface to form an elevated platform upon which people may engage in activities when the side walls are in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventor: David Ruben Newman
  • Publication number: 20070284900
    Abstract: The invention relates to a foldable wagon having a base and side panels around the base to define an open top enclosure. The side panels being a left side panel, a right side panel, a front panel, and a back panel all placed on the base and all are approximately perpendicular to the base. The front panel is hingedly attached to the left side panel while the back panel is hingedly attached to the right side panel. A safety lock is located at a junction between two adjacent panels for securing the adjacent panels together. A locking bar is attached to the base for securing the wagon in a folded or unfolded position, wherein the foldable wagon folds and unfolds without a fastener and wherein the foldable wagon folds and unfolds without removing or adding any of the panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventor: Wally Sze
  • Patent number: 7267392
    Abstract: A utility trailer transport system is disclosed, wherein the utility trailer in the form of a pop-up camper is rotatably mounted via one of a plurality of structures on a transport trailer. The camper is positioned in one orientation for transport and a second orientation for use. A bed on the transport trailer serves to transport equipment and as a deck when the camper is in the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventor: Michael Rounds
  • Patent number: 7204536
    Abstract: A recreational vehicle has pivot out rooms across the hallway from one another, at least partially overlapping from side to side along the length of the vehicle and arranged so that when they are retracted they create a hallway that has generally parallel sides. A thrust bearing supports the weight of each pivot out room and the hinge axis is inside of the vehicle so as to move the seal flange of the pivot out room out away from the recreational vehicle wall so as not to destroy the seals upon opening and to create a seal upon opening. A cog drive can be used to drive the room in and out and bear some of the room weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Actuant Corporation
    Inventor: James R. Kunz
  • Patent number: 7066517
    Abstract: A recreational vehicle having a slide-out housing, wherein the slide-out housing may be positioned in either a retracted or deployed configuration. In the deployed configuration, the slide-out housing extends outwardly from a main housing of the recreational vehicle so as to enlarge the living space within the main housing. In the retracted configuration, the slide-out housing extends inwardly into the main housing so as to reduce the living space within the main housing. In various embodiments, the slide-out housing is lifted prior to retraction and lowered after deployment so that the floor of the slide-out housing aligns with the floor of the main housing. In other various embodiments, vertical movement of the slide-out housing may occur during retraction and deployment. Moreover, the recreational vehicle may utilize a vertical actuating assembly, as disclosed herein, that is adapted to engage with the slide-out housing to thereby lift and lower the slide-out housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Alfa Leisure, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie R. Crean
  • Patent number: 7059666
    Abstract: A cargo bed with multiple access points. The cargo bed comprises a front member, a back member, a cargo floor, and a pair of side members that move to allow access to the cargo floor from nearly all sides so as to allow a member access to the cargo floor from the sides of the cargo bed. The side members may rotate about an axis horizontal to the cargo floor, roll on a set of rails with an axis vertical to the cargo floor, open about an axis vertical to the cargo floor, or be removable. The cargo bed may further comprise receiving beams for receiving the side members and holding them in a closed position, or the receiving beams may be integrally built into the front, back, or side members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventor: Joel Harrison
  • Patent number: 6997495
    Abstract: A trailer, such as a conventional full trailer or semi trailer used for hauling freight, is convertible into an assembly hall by folding its sidewalls upwardly to define ceiling extensions extending from the trailer roof. Additional floor extensions which are pivotally affixed to the sides of the trailer floor may then be folded downwardly in substantially parallel relation to the trailer floor to define an assembly hall floor. The floor extensions fold in nested relation between the folding trailer sidewalls/ceiling extensions such that the entire arrangement fits within the same space envelope as the conventional trailer. Once unfolded, the trailer may be used as a shelter/assembly hall for meetings and other events, and may be provided with interior seating, safety railings, and other enhancements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventor: Marlo Groezinger
  • Patent number: 6866317
    Abstract: A vehicle providing a variable interior volume comprises a primary outer structure and an expansion module (17) pivotably connected to the primary structure. A hinged coupling (26) facilitates pivoting movement of the expansion module between a retracted configuration, in which the expansion module is predominantly contained within the primary structure, and a deployed configuration, in which the expansion module is predominantly outside the primary structure. The total interior volume is thus increased as the module is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Inventor: Bran Ferren
  • Patent number: 6779833
    Abstract: A recreational vehicle foldable deck includes supports adapted for attachment to a structural frame of a recreational vehicle. “L” shaped members are provided. A first end of each of the “L” shaped members is fixedly secured in spaced relation to the platform. A second end of the “L” shaped members is pivotally secured to one of the supports. This enables the platform to be pivotally movable from a substantially vertical stored position parallel to the one side of the recreational vehicle to a substantially horizontal operative position resting at a ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventors: Dennis Claude Benz, Maurice Arthur Fortin, Yvan Aime Fortin
  • Patent number: 6758514
    Abstract: A pickup truck modification includes opposing, hingedly attached sidewalls for effectively extending the width of a truck bed. The sidewalls may be selectively positioned vertically or horizontally, and, when positioned horizontally, allow for positioning relatively wide loads. The truck bed is effectively widened as the sidewalls are laterally positioned in weight bearing relation by abutment members which depend from the sidewalls. Loads wider than the truck bed, but not substantially exceeding the additional width created by the laterally extended sidewalls, may be placed on the truck bed with the excess portion of the load supported by the sidewalls. When used in combination with an extendable ramp assembly, loading and unloading of bulky loads is greatly facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Inventor: Charles D. Walkden
  • Patent number: 6644708
    Abstract: A vehicle cargo bed has reconfigurable drop side and tail panels. Tail lights are incorporated within the reconfigurable panels. Each side panel is hinged with respect to the cargo bed so that the side panel can pivot downwardly to a cargo bed widening horizontal position or upwardly to a vertical or horizontal position spaced from the cargo bed. The cargo bed includes a storage box accessible through the side entrance. The side panel may also be hinged with respect to itself to form a lip or small restraining wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce M Grzegorzewski, Randy C Curtis, Mark R Moore
  • Patent number: 6533338
    Abstract: A cammed vertical arm support system is described for the support and control of an expandable room that may be moved between a retracted position within a vehicle to an expanded position outward from the vehicle. The cammed relationship allows the room floor to lie above and generally parallel with the vehicle floor when the room is retracted and beside and generally flush with the vehicle floor when the room is extended. A moveable housing to conceal vertical arms is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: HWH Corporation
    Inventors: Marc Edward Frerichs, Paul Edmund Hanser
  • Publication number: 20020149220
    Abstract: A vehicle, when equipped with the “Vehicle, collapsible room extensions” system, is provided with additional living or working space. The increased size now available allows the never before possible, addition of totally independent room(s). The room(s) panels, i.e., floor, walls and ceiling, are all substantially hinged to each other at the edges. When hinged opened, a standard looking ridged material room is created. When folded, collapsed in to each other, the panels are reduced to a very thin flat stack, facilitating compact storage for traveling. This stack is attached and transported on the exterior of the vehicle. No part of the “Vehicle, collapsible room extensions” unit is projected in to the vehicle, this allows unobstructed full use of the original vehicles inside space while traveling. Traditional slide outs, do obstruct, restrict and hamper the original vehicles usable interior space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Inventor: Randell J. Wishart
  • Patent number: 6446997
    Abstract: An inflated raft trailer adapted for transporting an inflated raft to and from a river, a lake and other water recreation areas. The trailer is designed to be pulled behind a vehicle and to quickly discharge the raft from the top of the trailer into the water and quickly return the raft to the top of the trailer at the completion of a trip. The inflated raft trailer includes a trailer bed mounted on a wheeled axle. The trailer bed includes front and rear portions, first side portion and second side portions and a center portion. A vertical front frame is mounted along a length of the front portion. A movable tail gate frame, with an elongated roller mounted thereon, is hinged along a length of the rear portion of the trailer bed. The tail gate frame can be raised from a lowered position to a raised vertical position. A vertical first side frame is mounted along a length of the first side portion and a vertical second side frame is mounted along a length of the second side portion of the trailer bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Inventors: Walter F. Bergman, Darrell J. McKay
  • Patent number: 6402216
    Abstract: Transportable living quarters includes a main frame supporting a main living area and a slide-out room that slides between an extended and retracted position relative to the main living area. The actuation mechanism for extending and retracting the slide-out room includes a curved slider arm that causes the slide-out room to tilt slightly when moving into the fully extended or retracted positions. Upon extension, the slide-out room tilts outwardly to compress an inner compressible seal between sealing surfaces on the main living area and the slide-out room inner flange. Upon retraction, the slide-out room tilts in the opposite direction to compress an outer compressible seal between sealing surfaces on the outside of the main living area and the outer flange of the slide-out room. This tilting of the room results in a tighter seal at the top of the slide-out room that better isolates the living area from the outside elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: VT Holdings II, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick W. McManus, James E. Dewald, Jr., Martin P. McManus
  • Patent number: 6393769
    Abstract: A portable stage having at least a transport configuration and a deployed configuration is disclosed. The portable stage includes a chassis having wheels rotatably attached thereto and a main floor panel attached to the chassis. First and second deployable floor panels are pivotally attached to the main floor panel, and a deployable canopy is attached to the chassis. The deployable canopy is stored between the first and second floor panels when the portable stage is in its transport configuration. When the stage is deployed, the main floor panel, first floor panel and second floor panel form a main stage, and the canopy is large enough to cover the main stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Marshall Austin Productions
    Inventors: Roy M. Mertik, Donald R. McCallum, Donald J. McCallum