Combined Loading Chute Patents (Class 296/61)
  • Patent number: 11117507
    Abstract: A multi-configurable load ramp for a vehicle includes an outer ramp member, an inner ramp member pivotably coupled to the outer ramp member and movable between a deployed position extending from the outer ramp member, and a folded position where the inner ramp member is disposed nestingly within outer ramp member, and a vehicle attachment device coupled to one of the inner and outer ramp members. The vehicle attachment device includes a plate member and a hook member extending therefrom, the hook member having an upper jaw and a lower jaw at least partially defining a receiving slot to receive a portion of a tailgate. In the deployed position, one of the inner and outer ramp members is configured to couple to the tailgate via the vehicle attachment device to provide a ramp surface to load and/or unload objects from a cargo area of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Teodorof, Andrew Partin, Bryan J Macek, Paul A Gardiner, Chad J Vermeulen, Kushal Pradhan, Kyle Neighbors, Jeffery E Long, James B Hunter, James J Metcalf, Charles R Kaiser, Jacob L Carpenter, Jereme A Berube
  • Patent number: 10730372
    Abstract: A ramp door and door frame include a rail kit that deploys automatically when the door is opened and collapses automatically when the door is closed. The door is supported by a cable mechanism when the door is opened. The cable mechanism causes an end rail to pivot up and away from the door when the door is opened and down and toward the door when the door is closed. The end rail cooperates with a door frame to deploy flexible side barriers when the door is opened and to collapse the side barriers when the door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: LIPPERT COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Bryan J. Roth, Kevin Peachey, Jeremiah Otto, Jeremiah R. Bradley
  • Patent number: 10710647
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a motor vehicle, and more specifically relates to a motor vehicle including a device for the delimitation of an extended loading area. This disclosure also relates to a corresponding method of using the subject device. In particular, the disclosed device comprises a plurality of braces (or, posts). Each of the braces comprises a longitudinal axis. The braces are connected to one another such that the spacing is variable. In one example, adjacent braces are connected by a connection element that can be deformed perpendicularly relative to the longitudinal axes. In particular, the connection elements can be elastically deformed such that they are capable of returning to their original shape after deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Friedrich Peter Wolf-Monheim
  • Patent number: 10654418
    Abstract: A vehicle step for a vehicle is provided. The vehicle step includes a bracket, a first step member, a second step member, a first power mechanism and a second power mechanism. The first step member and the second step member are separately mounted on the bracket. The first power mechanism is electrically connected to the first step member and configured to drive the first step member to rotate from a first position to a second position. The second power mechanism is electrically connected to the second step member and configured to drive the second step member to rotate from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: WINBO-Dongjian Automotive Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Weiting He, Guodong Luo, Jie Yang, Yongbo Chen, Qian Chen
  • Patent number: 10538207
    Abstract: A vehicle tailgate includes an internal panel, a pair of side panels, and a tie-down bracket. The internal panel extends between the pair of side panels. The pair of side panels are rotatably secured to a cargo bed. The tie-down bracket is secured to an exterior of the internal panel. The tie-down bracket defines first and second C-channels that extend in a direction from a first to a second of the side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dragan B. Stojkovic, Jack Marchlewski, Joshua Robert Hemphill, Stephen William Gallagher, Colleen Marie Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10457221
    Abstract: A mount for receiving and retaining at least one ramp. The mount includes a first side and a second side. The first side includes a body portion, at least one engagement finger extending in a first direction and at least one engagement finger extending in a second direction. The second side includes a body portion, at least one engagement finger extending in the first direction and at least one engagement finger extending in a second direction. At least one spacer member can be coupled to the body portion of the first and second sides so as to provide at least some spacing between the first side and the second side. The mount can be attached to a wheeled vehicle for removable attachment of one or more ramps thereto. The wheeled vehicle can be a lawn mower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Derrick Roberts
  • Patent number: 10377291
    Abstract: A carrier system and method for assisting in handling cargo of a vehicle. A carrier container includes an interior storage space surrounded by a front side facing the rear of the vehicle, rear, left, right, and bottom sides, and an open top that allows access to the interior storage space with a lid that closes and opens the top. A carrier support structure mounted to the carrier container is inserted into the hitch of the vehicle and holds the top surface of the container flush with the cargo bed of the vehicle. The lid is opened to deploy a ramp stored inside which is anchored to the container so that it is flush with the top surface of the container and reaches the ground. The lid is closed and a bridge plate commonly hinged with the lid is deployed over any gap between the cargo bed and the container top, providing a continuous surface between the cargo bed and the ground for use by pets for ingress and egress of the vehicle and for handling cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Theodore J. Keck
  • Patent number: 10351039
    Abstract: A ramp member is disclosed that cooperates with a connection member mounted to a portion of a vehicle, such as a tailgate. The ramp member comprises a first ramp section defining a connection end and a connector element fixedly secured to the connection end. The connector element defines a mounting channel that is configured to engage the connection member mounted to the vehicle. An opening to the mounting channel that has a width smaller than a width of the mounting channel to selectively secure the ramp member to the connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Russell Shaffer, Danny Wilyard, Mark Higgins, Kurt John Jaeckle, Morris Hadden, Matthew Naumann, Matthew Guerdet, Timothy George, Jeffrey Gerard Fortin, John Robert Dryden, John Jeffrey Steslicki
  • Patent number: 10246137
    Abstract: An exemplary tailgate assembly includes, among other things, a first gate pivotably coupled to a vehicle body, and a second gate pivotably coupled to the first gate. The second gate has an inner surface that faces a vehicle cargo bed when the second gate is in a closed position. The first and second gates are moveable to a step position where the inner surface is a step surface to the vehicle cargo bed. An exemplary method includes, among other things, pivoting a first and a second gate to a step position where an inner surface of the second gate is a step surface to a vehicle cargo bed. The inner surface faces the vehicle cargo bed when the second gate is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Tom Thanh Ngo
  • Patent number: 10118777
    Abstract: A server rack ramp includes an upper ramp section, a lower ramp section and a linkage assembly. The linkage assembly may include a body and arms. The lower ramp section may be pivotally connected to the body of the linkage assembly by a first hinge. The body of the linkage assembly may be connected to the arms by a second hinge. The arms of the linkage assembly may be connected to the upper ramp section by a third hinge. The lower and upper ramp sections may be movable between a folded position and an unfolded position via the linkage assembly. When the upper ramp section is unfolded, the lower and upper ramp sections are moveable longitudinally relative to one another via rotation of the arms relative to the main body of the linkage assembly and relative to the upper ramp section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Daniel W Tower, Paul E Westphall
  • Patent number: 10106208
    Abstract: A tailgate assembly includes a tailgate having an internal storage compartment. A table and seating subassembly is displaceable between a stowed position held in that internal storage compartment and a use position deployed from that internal storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jorge Guillermo Barrios Albert, Ana Magdalena Dominguez Cuevas
  • Patent number: 10023248
    Abstract: The sliding tailgate is adapted for use with an automobile. The automobile is further defined with a working space. The working space is an interior space within which the load carried by the automobile is stored. The sliding tailgate is an apparatus upon which the tailgate of the automobile is attached such that: 1) the tailgate can be opened and closed to provide access into the working space of the automobile; and, 2) the tailgate can be retracted to a location underneath the working space to provide less restricted access to the working space of the automobile. The sliding tailgate comprises a storage slot, a mounting structure, a track system, and a locking system. The track system is contained within the storage slot. The mounting structure attaches the tailgate to the track system. The locking system locks the tailgate in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Michael Harlan
  • Patent number: 9902306
    Abstract: A tailgate assembly includes a tailgate and a telescoping ramp movably coupled to the tailgate. The telescoping ramp is movable relative to the tailgate between a fully retracted position and a fully extended position. In the fully retracted position, the telescoping ramp is entirely disposed inside the tailgate. In the fully extended position, the telescoping ramp is at least partly disposed outside the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: John Foss, David T. Renke
  • Patent number: 9616795
    Abstract: A universal tailgate ramp assembly for quick ramp attachment and detachment from a tailgate for all truck types. The universal tailgate ramp assembly includes a bracket assembly adapted to latch to a tailgate of truck; a ramp support assembly adjustably and removably fastened to the bracket assembly; and a ramp assembly removably mounted to the ramp support assembly for moving an object onto a box of the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: David A. Vick
  • Patent number: 9557145
    Abstract: A vehicle including a door and a ballistic protection device for a door having a ballistic protection element connected to the door via a device for automatically bringing closer and spacing apart the protection element when opening and closing the door, the device for bringing closer and spacing apart include at least one upper connecting arm and at least one lower connecting arm of the same length and hinged to the protection element and the door, so that the protection element and the door can be brought closer to and spaced apart from each other, while remaining parallel to each other, and at least one actuating arm, hinged to the at least one lower connecting arm and to a fixed part of the vehicle, so as to control, by action on the at least one lower connecting arm, the displacement of the protection element with respect to the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: NEXTER SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Jérôme Belloche, Patrick Dersoir, Christophe Vandenberg
  • Patent number: 9440808
    Abstract: A sliding ramp can include at least two platforms. The platforms of the sliding ramp can be slidably connected to provide a storage position and an operational position. The platforms can include male and female members. The male and female members can facilitate the slidable relationship between the two platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Randall Manufacturing
    Inventors: Adam Giemza, Fred Jevaney
  • Patent number: 9050229
    Abstract: A ramp assembly provides a transition surface between a vehicle floor and an alighting surface. The ramp assembly is moveable between a stowed position, a first deployed position, and a second deployed position. The ramp assembly includes a ramp portion coupled for rotational movement and a panel rotatable about a first end. The ramp portion supportingly engages a second end of the panel to elevate the second end of the panel as the ramp portion moves toward the second deployed position. A method of deploying the ramp portion includes the step of rotating the ramp portion until the ramp portion contacts the alighting surface. The method further includes the steps of rotating the ramp portion until the ramp assembly reaches the first deployed position, in which the ramp portion forms a predetermined angle with the panel, and selectively rotating the ramp portion to the second deployment position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Lift-U, Division of Hogan Mfg., Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Morris, David Johnson
  • Patent number: 8991894
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Cortney Smith
  • Patent number: 8944743
    Abstract: An apparatus for wheeling a vehicle onto a truck or trailer includes a ramp. The apparatus includes a mounting portion attached to the ramp that mounts to the truck or trailer. The apparatus includes a transition piece the pivotally attaches to the ramp and contacts ground when the mounting portion is mounted to the truck or trailer. A method for placing a vehicle onto a truck or trailer includes the steps of attaching a mounting portion of a ramp to the truck or trailer. There is the step of moving a transition piece attached to the ramp so the transition piece contacts ground. There is the step of wheeling the vehicle across the transition piece, up the ramp and onto the truck or trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Werner Co.
    Inventors: Kyle G. Astor, Brett A. Latimer, Robert D. Beggs
  • Patent number: 8870269
    Abstract: A system to access a passenger compartment, said system having a door hinged to a chassis frame by a first horizontal articulated joint and forming an inclined ramp, wherein said system comprises an actuator to move said door, linked to said door and said chassis frame, a step plate at least partially covering the outside of said door and hinged to said chassis frame by a second articulated joint parallel to said first articulated joint and with a hinge pin offset to the first articulated joint, said step plate linked to said door by a drive element connected to said door by a third articulated joint and to said step plate by a fourth articulated joint, the pins of said first through fourth articulated joints being parallel to one another and form the four summits of a parallelogram deformable between open and closed positions of said door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Nexter Systems
    Inventor: Jerome Serpeault
  • Patent number: 8827343
    Abstract: The tailgate storage case assembly is made of an elongated hollow storage compartment having a closed front end and an open rear end. A pivot bracket is mounted to the storage compartment near the front end for supporting the front end to the sidewall of a pickup truck box. The pivot bracket has a pivot joint therein for allowing an angular displacement of the hollow storage compartment about the pivot joint. The storage case assembly also includes a latch bracket mounted to the storage compartment near the rear end thereof for supporting the rear end to the sidewall. The latch bracket has a slide surface thereon for allowing the rear end of the hollow storage compartment to be displaced toward and away from the sidewall to define a clearance between a ramp being stowed in the storage case assembly and the tailgate post of the pickup truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Darcy Peters
  • Patent number: 8561549
    Abstract: A foldable ramp for evacuation of a vehicle, the ramp including hingedly connected primary and secondary side members, a primary fixed panel fixedly attached the primary side members, a primary flipping panel extending between the primary side members adjacent the primary fixed panel and having a first end pivotally connected to the primary side members and a second end free from the side members, and a secondary flipping panel extending between the secondary side members and having a first end free from the side members and hingedly connected to the second end of the primary flipping panel and a second end pivotally connected to the secondary side members. The ramp is configurable between a folded and a deployed position, with the panels in the deployed position forming a ramp surface and the panels in the folded position being stacked one against the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Bombardier Transportation
    Inventors: Mathieu Charbonneau, Olivier Leclerc, Jean-Bernard Landry
  • Patent number: 8511734
    Abstract: A ramp or staircase that may be stowed within a hollow interior of a tailgate. The ramp may be deployed from the tailgate in a telescoping or folding manner. Alternatively, the ramp may be deployed from the tailgate in the form of a staircase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: F Peter Hutchins, Jr., Michael S. McComas
  • Publication number: 20130074686
    Abstract: A system to access a passenger compartment, said system having a door hinged to a chassis frame by a first horizontal articulated joint and forming an inclined ramp, wherein said system comprises an actuator to move said door, linked to said door and said chassis frame, a step plate at least partially covering the outside of said door and hinged to said chassis frame by a second articulated joint parallel to said first articulated joint and with a hinge pin offset to the first articulated joint, said step plate linked to said door by a drive element connected to said door by a third articulated joint and to said step plate by a fourth articulated joint, the pins of said first through fourth articulated joints being parallel to one another and form the four summits of a parallelogram deformable between open and closed positions of said door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: NEXTER SYSTEMS
    Inventor: NEXTER SYSTEMS
  • Patent number: 8276965
    Abstract: A space saving automobile loading ramp system is disclosed. The present invention attaches to the hitch of a truck or similar automobile to allow the user to load cargo. The present invention does not require any alteration of the automobile. Additionally, the present invention does not take up any space in a truck bed or require components be stored in the cab, and can be disassembled for transport while the tailgate of the truck remains down even if cargo has been loaded onto the tailgate using the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Howard M. Turnbow
  • Publication number: 20120139281
    Abstract: A modular ramp assembly is provided for use in connection with a pickup truck cargo box. The ramp assembly has a ramp connector assembly provided on the vehicle tailgate and a ramp having a connector for connecting to the ramp connector to serve as a loading ramp. The ramp connector has a pivoting clevis bracket and tangs that connects into a channel on the tailgate. Additional connectors are provided in the vehicle cargo box for connecting to the ramp such that the ramp is configured to operate as a cross-member such as a shelf or divider in the cargo box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel P. Cousino, Henry W. Hausler
  • Patent number: 8123455
    Abstract: An apparatus that can function as a ramp in one position and as a trailer in another position is provided. When the apparatus is in the ramp position, vehicles can be loaded on to or unloaded off of a truck associated with the apparatus. When the apparatus is in a trailer position, the apparatus can transport vehicles secured thereon. The apparatus can be associated with a truck and transported therewith even when the apparatus is in neither the ramp position nor the trailer position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: T.C. Development & Design, Inc.
    Inventor: Teffy R. Chamoun
  • Patent number: 8104128
    Abstract: A vehicular slope apparatus (1) includes a first slope section (10) that is rotatably connected to a body of a vehicle, and a second slope section (20) that is slidably connected to an extension side of the first slope section (10), the first slope section (10) including assistance mechanism (50) that applies an assistance force (Mf) in a direction in which the first slope section (10) rotates upwardly and, the assistance force (Mf) being larger than a downward moment that occurs at a center of gravity (M1) of the entire apparatus (1) when the entire apparatus (1) is horizontalized in a state in which the second slope section (20) is received within the first slope section (10), and is smaller than a downward moment that occurs at a center of gravity (M2) of the entire apparatus (1) when the second slope section (20) is extended from the first slope section (10) to a maximum extent, and the first slope section (10) rotating when the second slope section (20) has been extended to a predetermined extent so that
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Aisin Keikinzoku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 8091942
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention includes a ramp mechanism configured for use in a recreational vehicle including a ramp portion and an actuation mechanism. The ramp portion is movable between a closed position and an open position. The actuation mechanism is configured to move the ramp portion between the closed position and the open position. The actuation mechanism includes a first mounting assembly, a second mounting assembly and an actuator connecting the first mounting assembly to the second mounting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Gumbo Product Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Watts, William G. Guerrant, Renard G. Tubergen
  • 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: 8079798
    Abstract: A tiltable loading ramp for loading and unloading a first vehicle onto and from a second vehicle, comprises at least two ramp sections which are abuttable or substantially abuttable to form a ramp surface, and at least one support member forming a fulcrum for the ramp surface. The in use at least one support member is provided partway between ends of the ramp surface and spaces the ramp surface away from a loading surface of the second vehicle, so that as the first vehicle passes the fulcrum, the ramp surface tilts towards the loading surface of the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventors: Robert Clifford Smith, John David Owen
  • Patent number: 8061754
    Abstract: The present invention provides an assembly for extending the bed of a pickup truck, having a hitch receiver and a down folded tailgate past the end of tailgate and providing a ramp function. By supporting the assembly by both an attachment to the hitch receiver and supporting the assembly on the down folded tailgate the assembly can support more weight and at greater distances and angles the previous bed extenders and ramp combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Terry K. Webb
  • Publication number: 20110193366
    Abstract: A space saving automobile loading ramp system is disclosed. The present invention attaches to the hitch of a truck or similar automobile to allow the user to load cargo. The present invention does not require any alteration of the automobile. Additionally, the present invention does not take up any space in a truck bed or require components be stored in the cab, and can be disassembled for transport while the tailgate of the truck remains down even if cargo has been loaded onto the tailgate using the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Howard M. Turnbow
  • Publication number: 20110188979
    Abstract: A vehicle can include a chassis, a combination body pivotally secured to the chassis, a conveyor assembly disposed within the body and adapted to convey materials stored within the body out therefrom, and a tailgate attached to the body. The body includes a front end, an open rear end, and first and second side walls extending therebetween. A rear body superstructure extends around the rear end of the body to reinforce and strengthen the rear end of the body. The conveyor assembly includes a conveyor shaft assembly that allows for easy removal and installation of conveyor shafts and accompanying parts. A tailgate chute is removably mounted to the tailgate via a pair of mounting hooks and a mounting bar extending across an opening of the tailgate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: HENDERSON PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Ketels, Mark S. Hollinrake, Daniel J. Banyas, Glenn L. Ungerer, Mart E. Ward
  • Publication number: 20110072596
    Abstract: An extendable ramp system extending a ramp from a storage position on a vehicle tailgate or flatbed is provided. A collection box is shown having a collection box channel with a sliding member slidingly engaged and moving within the collection box channel and coupling an end of the ramp to the collection box, the sliding member being coupled to the end of the ramp closest to the collection box when the ramp is extended. An at least two folding structural members are provided having an at least one coupling member coupling the at least two folding structural members and the at least two folding structural members coupling to the at least one sliding member. An at least one horizontal structural member is coupled to the at least two folding structural members and being oriented parallel and horizontal relative to the collection box. An at least two folding support members are provided along with an extension member coupled to the at least two folding support members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Mark Kenny
  • Patent number: 7870631
    Abstract: A ramp assembly is suitable for use with a vehicle having a floor. The ramp assembly includes a ramp rotatably coupled within the vehicle, and a moving floor having an inboard panel and an outboard panel. The outboard panel has an outboard end hingedly coupled to the inboard end of the ramp to define an outboard hinge line that moves between a raised position when the ramp is in a stowed position and a lowered position when the ramp is in a deployed position. An outboard end of the inboard panel is hingedly coupled to an inboard end of the outboard panel. A reciprocating mechanism reciprocates an inboard end of the inboard panel between a lowered position and a raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Lift-U, division of Hogan Mfg., Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Morris, David Johnson
  • Patent number: 7832975
    Abstract: A ramp system for a delivery vehicle for bridging a cargo bed of the vehicle and a ground surface. A series of ramps of the system are easily moved between a use orientation and a stowed orientation with the assistance of torsion springs of the system. The ramps are moveable for placement at various locations across the width of the vehicle and the selected location for use is locked so as to prevent widthwise movement of the ramps during use. No cargo area is used for stowing the ramps when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Eagle Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Donald J. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 7771154
    Abstract: A vehicle payload conveyance system located inside the hollow of a vehicle gate which provides ramps which deploy from the hollow by rotation about the axis of a ball slidly engaged in a track to allow the ramps to be positioned for the loading and unloading of a payload into or out of the vehicle, and further provides a line deployed from the hollow of the vehicle gate which can be attached to the payload and adjustably tensioned to facilitate transfer of a payload into or out of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Bradley Dean Ehler
  • Patent number: 7758094
    Abstract: The invention is a two part wheeled vehicle that has an upper part that is an aerodynamic shell and a lower part that is a wheel system. This vehicle is constructed to hold the shell at a height above the road that allows significant air flow under the shell, thus causing improved aerodynamic performance. This elevated shell is built to eliminate side door openings to allow uninterrupted protective side structure. Access involves opening the shell to allow entry to a sitting position that is protected by the side structure. Closure restores the aerodynamic properties of the shell. Seats are movable such that a walkway is made clear for motorists to walk to a position ahead of their respective seats. A car roof top can be opened to enable motorists to walk, nearly erect, into the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: James K. Bullis
  • Publication number: 20100123330
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention includes a ramp mechanism configured for use in a recreational vehicle including a ramp portion and an actuation mechanism. The ramp portion is movable between a closed position and an open position. The actuation mechanism is configured to move the ramp portion between the closed position and the open position. The actuation mechanism includes a first mounting assembly, a second mounting assembly and an actuator connecting the first mounting assembly to the second mounting assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Applicant: Gumbo Product Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Watts, William G. Guerrant, Renard G. Tubergen
  • Patent number: 7677626
    Abstract: A deployable multi-functional tailgate apparatus forms a ramp platform and bulkhead piece, and is stowable against and deployable from an inner surface of a dual-action tailgate door which is usable as a swinging or a drop-style tailgate door. A damping mechanism controls the rate of descent of the platform. The bulkhead piece seals against the vehicle body when deployed to form a barrier, and secures a piece of cargo. A door assembly has a dual-action tailgate door and a multi-functional tailgate apparatus, with the apparatus being deployable as a ramp platform for accessing the rear cargo area when the tailgate door is used as a swinging-style tailgate door, and to form a bulkhead piece for transporting a piece of cargo external to the rear cargo area when the tailgate door is used as a drop-style tailgate door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J. Hanzel
  • Publication number: 20100037528
    Abstract: A lift assist system for cargo door ramps of trucks and trailers or other pivotal closures which includes a spring assembly containing a compressible spring element which is compressed when a cargo door is moved into an open position. As the compressible spring is compressed it stores up kinetic energy that is released to assist in lifting the cargo door is moved into a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Lambright
  • Patent number: 7661171
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ramp. The ramp includes at least two stiles. Each stile has a top, a bottom and four sides. A plurality of shoulders are equally spaced apart and mounted on one side of each stile. A plurality of rungs are aligned with the shoulders. Each rung has a right end, a left end and four sides. A plurality of notches are located on the right end and left end of each rung. The number of shoulders equals the number of the notches and the shoulders and notches are tightly fitted together to form the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Central Purchasing LLC
    Inventor: Wang Gang
  • Patent number: 7637518
    Abstract: A utility ramp having a latching feature to attach the utility ramp to steps mounted on the side of a vehicle. The latching feature provides a means for securing the utility ramp to the steps and allows the utility ramp to be used as a vehicle running board. Further, the utility ramp may include one or more jointed segments to allow the utility ramp to approximate a curved ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Inventor: John T. Adair
  • Patent number: 7635248
    Abstract: A sliding deck for carrying loads in transit and both lifting or lowering the loads includes a spaced pair of pivoting outer tubular tower members having hydraulically operated cylinders interior to a pair of telescoping tubular inner members located interior to the outer tubular tower member in which the pivoting of the tower members is controlled about a pivot by a supporting hydraulically-operated cylinder. A friction-relieving feature for accommodating movement of the interior telescoping member may include a Teflon brand wear pad fixed on the inner surface of the fixed outer tubular tower member. Together, the fixed outer tubular member and the sliding interior tubular member form a pivoting tower-like support member at an incline relative to the truck bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Sidney Slide L.P.
    Inventor: Michael H. Nolan
  • Patent number: 7574764
    Abstract: A trailer hitch ramp assembly has a first ramp member secured to the trailer hitch and a second ramp member pivotally secured to the first. The second ramp member is foldable onto the first member to define a traveling position. When unfolded, the second ramp member can be positioned in an incline attitude along a side of the vehicle providing a ramp bridging the ground surface and the boat trailer so that a boater does not have to wade through water when launching a boat from a trailer. The ramp assembly includes a detachable wheel at the end of the second ramp assembly and a platform mounted to the boat trailer effective for supporting a human.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Inventor: Don Irving
  • Patent number: 7549692
    Abstract: A compact ramp and tailgate system for a vehicle tailgate includes a tailgate having an interior hollow cavity for collapsible storage therein of a pair of ramps that are also telescopically extendable therefrom for loading and unloading heavy equipment into and off the bed of the vehicle such as a pickup truck with each ramp mounted to a locking hinge that allows the ramps to pivot up to ninety degrees and each ramp composed of at least three ramp members of decreasing size starting from the largest ramp members that are pivotally interconnected to the locking hinges. The ramps are independently pivotable and slidably adjustable left and right relative to the tailgate and the longitudinal extension of the vehicle for properly aligning the ramps with respect to the wheels, rollers, casters, etc., of the equipment to be on loaded and off loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventor: DerRon K. Washington
  • Patent number: 7533923
    Abstract: A tailgate ramp system includes a truck bed having a bottom wall, a front wall, a first lateral wall and second lateral wall. A tailgate is hingedly coupled to the rear edge of the bottom wall. A liner is positioned in and covers an inner surface of the truck bed. The liner includes a base wall that is positioned on the bottom wall. The base wall has a back edge that is aligned with the rear edge and which has a pair of elongated wells extending therein. A pair of ramps is provided. Each of the ramps has a first end and a second end. Each of the ramps is removably positioned in one of the wells to define a stored position. The first ends are attached in the tailgate and the second ends abut a ground surface to define a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Inventor: Christopher A. Caldwell
  • Publication number: 20090108614
    Abstract: A compact ramp and tailgate system for a vehicle tailgate includes a tailgate having an interior hollow cavity for collapsible storage therein of a pair of ramps that are also telescopically extendable therefrom for loading and unloading heavy equipment into and off the bed of the vehicle such as a pickup truck with each ramp mounted to a locking hinge that allows the ramps to pivot up to ninety degrees and each ramp composed of at least three ramp members of decreasing size starting from the largest ramp members that are pivotally interconnected to the locking hinges. The ramps are independently pivotable and slidably adjustable left and right relative to the tailgate and the longitudinal extension of the vehicle for properly aligning the ramps with respect to the wheels, rollers, casters, etc., of the equipment to be on loaded and off loaded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: DerRon K. Washington
  • Publication number: 20090102216
    Abstract: A deployable multi-functional tailgate apparatus forms a ramp platform and bulkhead piece, and is stowable against and deployable from an inner surface of a dual-action tailgate door which is usable as a swinging or a drop-style tailgate door. A damping mechanism controls the rate of descent of the platform. The bulkhead piece seals against the vehicle body when deployed to form a barrier, and secures a piece of cargo. A door assembly has a dual-action tailgate door and a multi-functional tailgate apparatus, with the apparatus being deployable as a ramp platform for accessing the rear cargo area when the tailgate door is used as a swinging-style tailgate door, and to form a bulkhead piece for transporting a piece of cargo external to the rear cargo area when the tailgate door is used as a drop-style tailgate door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew J. Hanzel