Loading By Haulage Cable Imparting Principally Horizontal Movement To Load Or Load Holder Patents (Class 414/559)
  • Publication number: 20130084152
    Abstract: A container loading system has a hoist frame with a movable carriage. A pair of single stage cylinders moves the carriage between positions. The carriage includes at least two rotatable sheave to receive a cable. The cable has a free end to attach with a container. The movement of the cylinders moves the carriage between positions to load or unload a container onto or from the container loading system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: THE HEIL CO.
    Inventor: The Heil Co.
  • Publication number: 20120107076
    Abstract: A boat and boat trailer loading system used to place a boat trailer with the boat mounted thereon, onto a rack centered above a towing vehicle such as a pickup. The system comprises a winch, a head frame, a tail frame, and a ramp system comprising an upper ramp system and a lower ramp system. The winch cable and hook is routed through the head frame and hooked to a mid-point on the boat trailer frame, then pulled up the ramp system until the wheels of the boat trailer are positioned onto a left and a right wheel cradle atop the tail frame and the boat trailer tongue will rest on a pad atop the head-frame. The vehicle's trailer hitch is then left unobstructed for towing a second trailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventor: Paul Lieber
  • Publication number: 20110318148
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted lift and cable reeving system attachable to a vehicle for loading, tilting and unloading containers is disclosed. A carriage assembly adapted to connect to the container is moved forward and rearward on a tilting frame by a cable reeving system. The cable reeving system includes a force actuator (e.g., hydraulic cylinder) that presses against the middle portion of a cable assembly attached to the frame and the carriage using, for example, pulleys. The cable assembly pulls the carriage assembly a greater distance than the force actuator travels and is capable of moving the carriage from the front to the rear of the frame. Other embodiments enhance stability during loading, unloading and dumping by including a rear hinge assembly that moves the rear end of the tilting frame downward to contact the support surface as the front end of the tilting frame is raised.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventor: James H. Obermeyer
  • Publication number: 20110250042
    Abstract: A loader and carrier apparatus for recreational vehicles such as boats, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, all terrain vehicles. The loader and carrier apparatus includes a rack assembly mountable on a vehicle, such as a pickup truck, as well as a wheeled trailer assembly with an upwardly slanted front end. A winch is connected to the rack assembly and functions to pull the slanted front end of the trailer assembly into engagement with a lower horizontal crossbar of the rack assembly so as to guide the frame in an upward direction and thereafter pulls the frame of the trailer assembly over a middle horizontal crossbar until the trailer assembly is caused to rotate to a substantially horizontal position on the rack assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: Pedro A. Juarez-Ortega
  • Patent number: 7874568
    Abstract: A boat trailer modified to include a dolly and dolly track, the dolly including a hook triggering mechanism, a bow cradle and a slidable hooking mechanism for engaging a watercraft bow ring at a wide range misalignment with the centerline of the trailer. The trailer further including a remote controlled power winch with an automatic shut off for stopping the power winch when a watercraft is fully loaded. The invention providing a means for a single user to launch a securely retrieve a watercraft to and from a watercraft trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Pages, LLC
    Inventor: Paul A. Pelligrino
  • Publication number: 20100111660
    Abstract: A self-propelled water craft launch and retrieve vehicle which comprises a central chassis which includes a cradle for carrying a boat and from which the boat may be launched and retrieved, forward wheels or rear wheels steerable under remote control, hydraulic motors for driving the wheels, elevated above the chassis a prime mover or electric motor and hydraulic pump(s) for powering the wheel hydraulic motors, and a hand held remote control unit operable by an operator standing beside or near the vehicle to cause the vehicle to move forward or to reverse and to steer the launch vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Kevin Michael Mathews
  • Patent number: 7614635
    Abstract: A boat trailer modified to include a dolly and dolly track, the dolly including a hook triggering mechanism, a bow cradle and a slidable hooking mechanism for engaging a watercraft bow ring at a wide range misalignment with the centerline of the trailer. The trailer further including a remote controlled power winch with an automatic shut off for stopping the power winch when a watercraft is fully loaded. The invention enabling a single user to launch a securely retrieve a watercraft to and from a watercraft trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Pages, LLC
    Inventor: Paul A Pelligrino
  • Patent number: 7611320
    Abstract: An accessory is mounted on the rear end of an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to pull logs and the like out of areas that are not accessible to trucks or other such vehicles. The accessory is a winch that is mounted on the ATV via the hitch attachment of the ATV. A brace extends from the rear end of the ATV to support the winch. A pulley system is attached to the winch whereby a log or the like is attached to the ATV. A counterweight is also mounted on the ATV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventor: Scott D. Bell
  • Publication number: 20040037686
    Abstract: A boat trailer modified to include a load-bearing trolley and a track; the trolley is movable along the track along a direction parallel to the length of the trailer, and the ends of the track correspond to the fully launched and fully loaded positions of the boat on the trailer. A belt with ends attached to the ends of the trolley is moved by a sprocket connected to a hand crank, through a set of sprockets and idler rollers. Rotating the hand crank causes the belt to move, thereby causing the trolley to move along the track, resulting in movement of the boat to either launch it into the water or load it onto the trailer. A latch mounted on a docking plate on the trolley automatically latches or releases the tow ring depending upon the position of the trolley along the track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2003
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Inventors: Ross Zietlow, Randy Somers
  • Publication number: 20030099532
    Abstract: This invention is an improved vehicle body that allows development of a large storage compartment having a chassis mounted deck to assist in loading and unloading an auxiliary load to ground level in less space while maintaining proper vehicle ground clearance. The invention can have body walls in combination with a drop deck and a ceiling to define the storage compartment, at least one hatch hingedly attached to the body having means to raise, lower, and retain the drop deck in a closed position. The invention can add gas shocks on the hatch and line the storage compartment with reinforcements such as firewall rated materials. A winch device, cable and dolly can be added to assist in loading or unloading the auxiliary load. A means to prevent the vehicle from driving off when the drop deck is in a lowered position can also be included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2001
    Publication date: May 29, 2003
    Inventor: Timothy R. Williams
  • Patent number: 6382898
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading and retaining for transport, an article, such as a boat, onto a vehicle, particularly a pickup truck. The apparatus comprises a pivoting rear frame member and a forward supporting frame member attached to the truck. The rear frame member has a laterally spaced pair of arms which are pivotally attached to the vehicle, such as onto the trailer hitch of the vehicle, and an upper interconnecting portion for supporting a rear portion of the boat. The rear frame member raises the boat as it is pivoted from a near horizontal position to a vertical position, by suitable means such as a winch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Leon Mason
  • Publication number: 20010016158
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading and retaining for transport, an article, such as a boat, onto a vehicle, particularly a pickup truck. The apparatus comprises a pivoting rear frame member and a forward supporting frame member attached to the truck. The rear frame member has a laterally spaced pair of arms which are pivotally attached to the vehicle, such as onto the trailer hitch of the vehicle, and an upper interconnecting portion for supporting a rear portion of the boat. The rear frame member raises the boat as it is pivoted from a near horizontal position to a vertical position, by suitable means such as a winch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Publication date: August 23, 2001
    Inventor: Leon Mason
  • Patent number: 6261046
    Abstract: A refuse collection vehicle comprising a vehicle body supported by wheels and a hopper secured to the vehicle body. The hopper has a bumper lip at the rear thereof of a fixed height to which are secured at least two safety hooks. The safety hooks help prevent a pivot bar of a refuse container from moving rearwardly while the refuse container is being emptied. The safety hooks also help prevent accidental spillage of the contents of the container during the emptying procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Scott Fryman
  • Patent number: 6200085
    Abstract: A transport system for farm combines and other large wheel and track mounted equipment. A trailer for the equipment is constructed by a lightweight manner by providing its frame with narrowly spaced side rails separated by a distance less than the width of the equipment that is carried on the trailer. The axles of the transported equipment are each provided with detachable rollers that slide along the side rails as the equipment is pulled on and off of the trailer by a winch driven pulley and cable system. The narrow width of the trailer minimizes its weight so that the trailer can carry two combines at the same time without the weight exceeding highway weight regulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventor: Stuart Gee
  • Patent number: 6126378
    Abstract: A self-loading trailer has a flat deck that can be raised and lowered between a horizontal transport position and a downwardly and rearwardly inclined loading position. A pair of winches adjacent the front end of the deck are normally maintained in a stowed position slightly inboard from opposite sides from the deck but can be shifted outwardly into extended positions outboard of the lateral confines of the deck. In such extended positions, the winches may be used to draw a first container up onto the deck as the inclined deck is moved rearwardly under the container, and then a second container behind the first container, without interfering with the first container. When both containers are fully loaded, the winches are retracted back into their stored positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Landoll Corporation
    Inventors: Donald R. Landoll, Loren F. Wassenberg, David J. Kongs
  • Patent number: 5863173
    Abstract: A vehicle for supporting cargo in two tiers includes a lower frame for supporting cargo at a lower level and an upper frame for supporting cargo in an elevated position above the lower frame. The vehicle includes a forward support tower and a rear support tower. The forward support tower is pivotally connected to and supports the forward portion of the upper frame. The rear support tower is pivotally connected to and supports the rear portion of the upper frame. The support provided to the rear portion of the upper frame by the rear support tower is longitudinally displaceable, relative to the rear support tower. The lower portion of the rear support tower is pivotally connected to and supported by the rear portion of the lower frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Arman Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Ray A. Bremner
  • Patent number: 5853185
    Abstract: A pontoon boat loader to assist in the loading of a pontoon boat onto a trailer. The pontoon boat loader includes a pair of upwardly extending guide posts which may be pulled apart to engage the interior side of each pontoon in order to induce alignment of the boat with the trailer. Each guide post is carried by a slide mount which is received within a slide channel. The slide channel is mounted on a conventional pontoon boat trailer in a conventional manner. The two slide mounts are biased toward each other by way of a tension spring connected at each end to each of the slide mounts. In order to separate the two slide mounts, a cable is provided for each slide mount, with a first end of the cable being secured to the outboard end of the slide mount. The second end of both cables are then secured to each other. A winch is provided to facilitate engagement of the guide posts with the interior side of each pontoon. A winch cable is connected at its distal end to the second ends of the slide mount cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: Rosa A. Marshburn
    Inventors: Rosa A. Marshburn, Ernest L. Marshburn
  • Patent number: 5820328
    Abstract: A system for removing and replacing heat exchange baskets for radially loaded air preheaters. The system includes a platform having a horizontal upper surface for supporting the heat exchange baskets. The upper surface is substantially alignable with each basket support level such that a single platform may be used to remove or replace all of the heat exchange baskets. A tugger and tugger line are provided for providing the motive force required to move the heat exchange baskets. An engagement apparatus engages and applies the motive force to the heat exchange basket. At least one pulley is used to control the direction of movement of the tugger line and thereby direct the motive force to either push or pull the heat exchange basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: ABB Air Preheater, Inc.
    Inventor: Harlan E. Finnemore
  • Patent number: 5607279
    Abstract: A boom accessory for a flatbed tow truck includes a frame that is lockable onto a power underlift hoist of the truck by retraction of a ram of the hoist against the frame. The frame includes a base for engagement on the ram, an upwardly and rearwardly extending boom member, and optionally, a rearwardly facing trailer hitch socket for permitting trailers to be towed with the boom accessory in place. A sheave assembly is pivotally mountable atop the boom member for engaging a hook cable extending from a winch unit of the truck, the accessory extending the utility of the tow truck by enabling retrieval of disabled vehicles from relatively remote locations, the accessory having a particularly robust attachment to the tow truck without significant modification of the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Inventors: Richard W. Hill, Mary A. Hill
  • Patent number: 5562400
    Abstract: A self propelled tube bundle extractor includes a mainframe which has four hydraulically actuated wheel assemblies for propulsion and steering. An extraction frame is mounted on the main frame and is operable to translate in three directions, up and down, forward and backward, and side to side, independent of the movement of the main frame. The vertical movement of the extraction frame is established by at least two telescoping lifting columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Inventor: Bobby J. Travis
  • Patent number: 5549438
    Abstract: A universal covered trailer comprising a frame with a tongue having retractable extension sections and comprises a housing having a top wall, two side walls, a bottom with a removable floor mountable therein, and a door attached to the top wall and adapted to close over the back of the housing member to enclose the trailer. The trailer also includes a first remote radio control unit comprising a first radio transmitter, first radio receiver, power supply, first switch, first motor, and reel with a first cable wound thereabout to take up the boat in the trailer and to launch the boat from the trailer easily and conveniently without the user having to do so manually. Further, the trailer has another second radio control unit to retract the extension sections of the tongue when they are in an extended position without the user having to do so manually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Inventors: Benjamin T. Dwyer, Karen K. Dwyer, Aaron P. Dwyer
  • Patent number: 5507514
    Abstract: A dockable container chassis has a slidable bunk for carrying the container between transport and docking positions. This chassis may be used as the lead trailer of a "B train" or as a single semi-trailer. When the chassis is the lead trailer, a fifth wheel is mounted at the rear thereof between the chassis sides. The tail trailer is then equipped with a kingpin mounted to connect with the fifth wheel on the rear of the lead trailer, without interference between the chassis of the two units. The bunk on the lead trailer rides over the fifth wheel of the lead trailer which is located between the sides of its chassis. Locking mechanisms are provided to restrain the bunk from movement unless unlocked and the bunk is being moved from the docking to a transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Manac, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles H. Jacques
  • Patent number: 5447408
    Abstract: A boat carrying device comprising two outside ramps and a center ramp attachable to two outside support rails and a center rail, respectively. A winch located at the front bumper of a vehicle is attached to a boat on a trailer and pulled up the ramps and rails. The trailer hitch is attached to the boat trailer support ball on the A-support for fixably positioning the boat and trailer when travelling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Inventor: Hank Smith
  • Patent number: 5417447
    Abstract: A boat trailer having a wheel and axle supported frame including a pair of V-shaped cross members supporting a pair of elongated, laterally spaced bunks for supporting a single personal watercraft, a tongue unit longitudinally adjustably attached to the front of the frame, and a winch mounting assembly including a winch post longitudinally adjustably mounted on the tongue in a plurality of vertically adjustable positions for carrying a bow stop and a ratchet-action winch mounted intermediate the ends of the post for strap engagement with the watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Inventor: Byron L. Godbersen
  • Patent number: 5273391
    Abstract: A bow stand for a boat trailer has a swingable bow arm assembly pivotally mounted on the bow stand post or column. A base plate permits mounting on the trailer tongue and a winch plate on the top of the post positions the boat winch above the base plate. The bow arm assembly is mounted on a transverse pivot to the post and carries a bow stop, e.g. a bow roller, at its free end. A spring yieldably urges the bow arm assembly to its normal raised position where the stop limits forward movement of the boat on the trailer. The spring permits the bow stop to deflect downward during boat launch to prevent the boat from hanging up on the bow stop when the boat is released from the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Assignee: EZ Loader Boat Trailers, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald O. White
  • Patent number: 5261778
    Abstract: An aircraft tug assembly is provided for moving an aircraft on the ground. The tug assembly includes a self-propelled chassis responsive to operator control. A cradle assembly is pivotally attached to a front portion of the chassis. The cradle assembly has an adjustable nosewheel receiving apparatus comprising two lateral arms adjustably engaged with a rear gate to define a nosewheel receiving corral therebetween, with the corral sizable to accommodate varying sized aircraft nosewheels. The chassis has a winch for pulling an aircraft nosewheel onto the cradle assembly and into the corral. An optional front gate may be used to enclose the nosewheel within the corral. Hydraulic actuators lift the cradle assembly with the nosewheel thereon so the tug assembly may move the aircraft without starting the aircraft engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: Eric W. Paulson
    Inventor: Robert A. Zschoche
  • Patent number: 5213466
    Abstract: An improved multi-function loading and recovery apparatus for pallets, containers and the like having simple, effective design which enables efficient operation in a wide variety of recovery and loading operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Assignee: Vulcan International, Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie Bubik
  • Patent number: 5154564
    Abstract: A portable device for launching-unloading a boat (24) from a boat trailer (10) wherein a winch rope snap (46) is snapped in to a boat bow eye (26) and a winch rope (36) is extended through a swivel pulley (38) attached to the rear trailer frame cross member (16) and continued forward to the launching winch (28). Upon activation of the launching winch (28) a rearward directional thrust is developed causing the boat (24) to move off of the trailer (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Inventor: Edward J. Koch
  • Patent number: 5123799
    Abstract: A vehicle including a support bed mounts a framework to include a winch assembly, wherein the winch assembly is operative through spaced pivot legs pivotally mounted to the support bed to direct a trailer positioned rearwardly from the framework in a first position to a second position mounted above the framework, with the framework supporting the trailer. The winch including a primary cable mounted to the trailer to project the trailer along a track directed medially of the framework, wherein the primary cable is withdrawn from the trailer in a subsequent operation and mounted to a pivot leg cable to thereafter pivot the trailer and pivot legs to position overlying the support framework when the trailer is securedly mounted to the pivot legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Inventor: Lloyd E. Breazeale
  • Patent number: 5069595
    Abstract: The loader and carrier apparatus for boat and trailer includes a support framework having two side rail members with stake pocket engaging stubs and a front lower cross member, formed to lay atop and be supported only by the side and front walls of the pickup box. A front top cross member is supported above the front lower cross member. Two rear cross members extend across the pickup box between the side rail members. A guide rail is centrally attached to the rearmost cross member, and extends upward and forward to a central attachment at the front top cross member. A forward support platform is attached to the front end of the guide rail and extends horizontally forward a limited distance to provide for transition between trailer tongue supporting rollers. A first horizontal roller assembly is mounted on, and extends downward from, the trailer tongue, to engage the guide rail and forward support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Inventors: Douglas J. Smith, Paul D. Thompson
  • Patent number: 5066188
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading and unloading open top railroad cars (46) utilizing a conventional material handling equipment item attached to a slidable structure (20). The material handling equipment item is equipped with a boom structure (64) and material handling device (66). During railcar loading and unloading operations, the operator positions and attaches the material handling equipment item onto the slidable structure (20) which is positioned adjacent to an end of the railcar (46). The front of the structure is engaged with the top surface of the railcar endwall (72) and the material handling device is positioned on the railroad bed (52) adjacent to the rear of the slidable structure (20). The boom structure (64) is then extended to position the apparatus atop the railcar (46). The apparatus (18) is then supported on the sidewall (76) upper surface of the railcar by support members (22) which are hydraulically extendable from the structure ends (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Assignee: David E. Bush
    Inventor: David E. Bush
  • Patent number: 5064336
    Abstract: A winch assembly for mounting on a boat trailer having a casing substantially enclosing the conventional winch apparatus, and including adjustable mounting provisions for maintaining the winch strap in alignment with and close proximity to a bow stop for proper securement to the bow eye of the boat for loading purposes, regardless of the position of the winch assembly on the boat trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Inventor: Byron L. Godbersen
  • Patent number: 5040937
    Abstract: A boat trailer having a frame with a tongue section at the front end, a pair of transversely spaced frame members at the rear end, a wheel and axle unit supporting the trailer rear end, a unit mounted on the frame for supporting a boat thereon, fore and aft and the improvement comprising a bracket mounted on the tongue section, a winch mounted on the bracket for detachable connection to the bow of the boat, and a jack stand also mounted on the bracket and movable between a position supporting the trailer front end over a ground surface, and a position aligned with and longitudinal of the tongue section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Inventor: Byron L. Godbersen
  • Patent number: 5022809
    Abstract: A dump truck or trailer has a side hinged rear door and longitudinal rails for wheeled pallets in order that it may be used, alternatively, for hauling comminuted or palletized cargo. A winch and cable system is provided to assist in movement of the palletized cargo on the rails. A storage rack for pallets is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Assignee: Solite Corporation
    Inventor: Teddy P. Hinson
  • Patent number: 5010933
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided for skidding timber. Conventional skidders are generally large tracked or rubber tired vehicles having a fixed frame to which a towing cable is attached. The cable load applied to such skidders is rearward of the rear wheels tending to reduce the load on the front wheels and increase the load on the rear wheels. A vehicle in accordance with the invention includes a frame pivotally mounted upon the vehicle's chassis. A cable sheave is mounted upon the outer end of the frame and a towing cable reeved over the sheave with a cable winch attached to the forward end of the cable. Attachment means secure logs to the end of the cable. Abutment means connected to the outer end of the frame engage the attachment means as the cable and log are drawn forwardly by the winch. When the attachment and abutment means engage further winching in of the cable rotates the frame from a rearward position to a forward position. In the rearward position, the cable sheave is rearward of the vehicle's rear wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Inventor: James R. Doyle
  • Patent number: 4984961
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for handling and transporting logs from felling site to consumer, the logs being loaded at the felling site on a cross-country vehicle (1) which carries the logs to a landing where they are unloaded and loaded anew, viz. on a road vehicle which tranports the logs to the consumer. The logs loaded on the road vehicle (1) are bundled, preferably already at the felling site, by means of chains (17) to form a bundle of logs which is maintained intact or unbroken during reloading from the cross-country vehicle (1) to the road vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1991
    Assignee: OSA AB
    Inventor: Olof Herolf
  • Patent number: 4979865
    Abstract: Apparatus for loading and unloading materials onto and from a truck bed includes a corner-mounted swivel hoist mechanism which is releasably clamped to the walls of the truck bed and includes an upper swivel boom member and a lower winch assembly having a cable which can be passed either upwardly over the boom member or rearwardly along the truck bed; and a dump body can be placed on the truck bed and lifted at its front end by the hoist in dumping materials contained in the body. The dump body has an open frame and an inner flexible liner with a rear flap portion of the liner being releasable to an open or lowered position to facilitate removeal of the contents from the body when tilted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Inventor: Jerome R. Strickland
  • Patent number: 4946333
    Abstract: A control assembly for moving and guiding a vehicle onto and off of a bed of a towing vehicle includes a plurality of anchors affixed to the bed at various spaced apart locations and pin mounted pulleys releasably received in selected ones of those anchors. A cable from a winch that is located in the forward end of the bed is guided by the pulleys so that a vehicle can be moved onto or off of that bed using the most effective and efficient angles and directions of force that can be altered as necessary to meet the exact conditions encountered by the towing vehicle based on the orientation and position of the towing vehicle relative to the towed vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Inventor: Derrell W. Boatwright
  • Patent number: 4932830
    Abstract: An automobile/boat trailer for transporting an automobile with a boat supported above the automobile. Four corner vertical support columns are mounted on a trailer having standard rails for supporting an automobile. A boat trailer cradle is mounted so as to be vertically slidable along the support columns. Cables are attached to the trailer cradle and pass over pulleys secured to the top of each column. The cables are secured at their other ends to a winch for raising and lowering the boat cradle. Safety locks are provided for preventing the lowering of the boat cradle if the cables fail to support the cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Inventor: Clarence A. Woodburn
  • Patent number: 4802685
    Abstract: A boat trailer having a frame, wheel unit, an adjustably mounted winch unit including a keel engaging member, an elongated second keel engaging member pivotally mounted on the frame rearwardly of the winch unit and self-centering to engage a longitudinal length of the keel, a pair of fender units each of which is reversibly mountable on either side of the frame for projecting a wheel, a pair of unitary post load guide brackets slidably engaged with the rear of the frame members and each supporting both a post guide and a rear taillight, a cross member pivotally and longitudinally adjustably mounted at each end to a frame member, and a pair of bunks and a pair of aligned, resiliently mounted roller units interchangeably mounted on said cross member for providing an automatic, full line engagement of either the bunks or the roller units with the bottom of the hull, when loaded, in combination with the second keel engaging member, forming a self-adjusting three point support of the boat hull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Inventor: Byron L. Godbersen
  • Patent number: 4790713
    Abstract: A motorcycle carrier is conformed to extend on an incline from the back of a vehicle in its first position and to articulate to a vertical alignment at the back of the vehicle in its second position. This articulation is achieved by translating one end of a motorcycle supporting track within a vertically aligned channel, the track being linked to the other end of the channel by a pivotal link having a length selected to define the foregoing articulation. The ends of the track may include pivotal segments between which the wheels of the motorcycle may be clamped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1988
    Inventor: Robert W. Miller
  • Patent number: 4754825
    Abstract: The game sled of the instant invention includes an elongate, game carrying box which has spaced apart, substantially parallel sides and a planar base. The forward end of the box is streamlined for easy movement over and around obstructions. The game sled is drawn over a surface by a powered winch which is mounted in the box and which includes a spool having a length of cable wound thereon. The cable is played off of the spool and attached to a fixed object. The winch is then used to draw the sled towards the fixed object. A cable is trained from the spool through a cable guide, located in a substantially V-shaped fairlead located at the front end of the box. The free ends of the fairlead are attached at the sides of the box such that the apex of the V, containing the cable guide, is vertically swingable to assist clearance of the box over and around obstacles as the sled is drawn over the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1988
    Inventor: Darrell J. Scheffer
  • Patent number: 4743158
    Abstract: A portable vehicle towing trailer is small enough and light enough for one person to put it in and take it out of a pickup truck. A winch is mounted for slidable movement along a beam supported by a wheeled axle, and the axle is connected to the mounting for the winch and to the beam to selectively lower the rear end of the beam to attach one end of a disabled vehicle and to raise the rear end of the beam to elevate the attached end above the ground and tow the disabled vehicle, all while the front end of the beam is connected to a tow vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1988
    Inventor: Edward A. Hodges
  • Patent number: 4697976
    Abstract: A boat trailer including a triangular frame comprised of a pair of identical, integrally formed frame sections connected by threaded fasteners. The running gear assembly and boat supporting structure is attached to the frame by fasteners to form a durable, inexpensive boat trailer that can easily be assembled and maintained by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Inventor: Byron L. Godbersen
  • Patent number: 4673328
    Abstract: A lift/tilt-bed trailer. Apparatus is described for either raising from or lowering to the ground a trailer bed in a single step while maintaining a substantially horizontal attitude relative thereto, or for tilting the trailer bed which is normally positioned parallel to the ground when the trailer is in its traveling mode for the purpose of loading or unloading the bed without substantial change in the orientation of the trailer "U"-frame in which the bed is located. Four pivotable tracks attached to the frame and corresponding roller wheels attached to the bed cooperate to achieve the desired motion. Since the trailer need not be detached from whatever device is used to move it about when it is to be loaded or unloaded, increased stability results with consequent reduction in risk to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Inventor: J. Michael Shiels
  • Patent number: 4636130
    Abstract: A railroad track trailer for carrying replacement rail sections along a railroad track, which reduces the problems of having a trailer which will tend to jump off the track, when going around curves, and which includes support systems that ease the ability of workers to load and unload rail sections from the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Assignee: Western States Company
    Inventors: John I. Lenertz, Dennis J. Tessenske, Ricky J. Ferrari
  • Patent number: 4553897
    Abstract: A boat trailer having a winch at its forward end, and a pivotal rod at its rearward end with a float on the rod for raising it from a generally horizontal position toward an upright position as the trailer is backed into the water. The rod has an eye for engaging a hook on the winch line to support it for a user in a boat to connect the line to the bow of the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1985
    Inventor: Thomas V. Briggs
  • Patent number: 4435115
    Abstract: A dolly for lifting and carrying dead sows and the like from and in confined spaces, respectively. A platform on castors with a vertical back has a removable pulley, at their adjoinment, through which a cable first pulls the sow horizontally onto the platform and then vertically, after the pulley is removed, along the vertical back. The cable is pulled by a winch attached to the rear side of the vertical back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1984
    Inventors: Russell D. Orstad, Durwood D. Orstad
  • Patent number: 4396166
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting a roll of carpet or the like wherein the roll is adapted to be supported above the floor of a vehicle by a spindle extending through the roll and having its ends received in a bracket suspended from the ceiling of the vehicle. The roll is lifted onto the vehicle floor through a rear opening in the vehicle, and is raised into and lowered from supported position, by lines adapted to connect with the ends of the spindle. The end of the roll may be pulled through a side opening in the vehicle, and a closure for the opening may be arranged in a position adjacent the opening to provide a work surface for the end of the carpet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1983
    Inventor: Calvin Kollman
  • Patent number: 4376611
    Abstract: A car top wheelchair carrier includes a carrier case mounted on the top of a car and open to one side of the car. A moving platform inside of the case is movable between a loaded position entirely within the case and an unloading position where an outer edge portion of it is downwardly hinged at an acute angle to overhang the side of the car. A wheelchair cage is provided for encompassing a folded wheelchair to be stored, and the cage includes a rectangular angle iron back frame member. A top edge of this back frame member is connected by a pair of cables to a pair of winches mounted with respect to the moving platform. The wheelchair cage, whether it encompasses and retains a wheelchair or not, is lifted up onto the platform by the winch means and the platform is then moved to its retracted position inside of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1983
    Inventor: Bruce H. Koop