Vehicle Attached Patents (Class 5/118)
  • Patent number: 9237739
    Abstract: A pet console seat system for bridging a gap between a front seat and a back seat in a vehicle has a pet console seat forming a pet console seat assembly having a Tee-shaped cushion including a first end, a second end, a top side, a bottom side, a left side, and a right side; a bottom-board insert; and a protective cover coupled to the Tee-shaped cushion. The pet console seat bridges a gap between the front seat and the back seat of the vehicle by creating the seat and a planar path for the pet to travel between the front seat to the back seat. The pet console seat protects a console of the vehicle from damage caused by nails scratching and chewing with sharp incisors of the pet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Inventors: Barbara Tomlin, Verceena Brown-Coody
  • Patent number: 8950021
    Abstract: A retractable bunk or bed is disclosed. The retractable bunk can be used in a sleeper compartment so as to optimize space within the cab. The innovation can include a shaft around which a suitably strong, yet flexible, material bunk can be wound. Thus, in a closed or “hidden” state, the material can be rolled up around the shaft and stowed, for example behind a door or within a compartment as desired. In an open position, the material is extended in a horizontal manner and affixed to retain the “bunk” position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: CVG Management Corporation
    Inventor: William E. Stimel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8935816
    Abstract: A bed that allows a user to easily slide the mattress away from the wall for making the bed or changing the sheets without having to reach around the nightstand or other furniture and then slide the mattress back into place for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Frank Sweet
  • Publication number: 20140259394
    Abstract: A portable baby changing station fabricated from a soft, flexible material for changing diapers in automobiles. When fully extended, it provides a soft surface to rest a baby while changing a diaper. In this mode, the head end is affixed to the rear portion of the back seat by a fastener such as Velcro. One or more netted pockets are positioned at the head end to hold diapers and changing supplies. Once the baby has a new diaper, the changing station folds up into a compact shape while remaining fastened to the back seat. It is held in the closed position by fasteners such as Velcro or snaps. It is always affixed to the automobile, and always ready to unfold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Rose Marie Iskowitz
  • Patent number: 8776284
    Abstract: A bed moveable from a lowered position to a raised position includes two pairs of guides. In each pair, one guide is oriented so as to be substantially vertical and the other guide is disposed at an angle to the first guide. A lift assembly is located in each guide. A support including a frame is coupled to the lift assemblies. A drive system moves the lift assemblies in two directions, thereby lowering and raising the support. As the support is raised, it moves from a substantially horizontal orientation to a non-horizontal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Allied Recreation Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas G. Jones
  • Patent number: 8763178
    Abstract: An examination table is shown that is capable of being lowered to a relatively low height. The examination table includes a base, a lifting mechanism, an upper frame structure, and a patient support disposed on or supported directly or indirectly by the upper frame. The lifting mechanism interconnects the base with the upper frame structure. In order to reduce the height of the examination table when it assumes the lower position, the lifting mechanism is projected upwardly through a lower portion of the upper frame such that an upper portion of the lifting mechanism assumes a position in an open area of the upper frame. Once the upper portion of the lifting mechanism is projected into the upper frame, the lifting mechanism is attached to the upper frame such that the upper frame moves up and down as the lifting mechanism moves up and down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Martin Manufacturing Co., LLC
    Inventors: Willis E. Martin, Rodney Barr
  • Patent number: 8746771
    Abstract: A removable litter support assembly for installation on a interior wall of a transport vehicle. The removable litter support assembly includes a plurality of wall supports and a plurality of straps. Each of the plurality of wall supports are generally oriented vertical and parallel to each other and in a linear orientation and each of the plurality of straps are generally oriented vertical and parallel to each other and in a linear orientation. The linear orientation of the plurality of wall supports being parallel to the linear orientation of the plurality of straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Farber Specialty Vehicles, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Farber
  • Patent number: 8732873
    Abstract: A portable baby changing station fabricated from a soft, flexible material for changing diapers in automobiles. When fully extended, it provides a soft surface to rest a baby while changing a diaper. In this mode, the head end is affixed to the rear portion of the back seat by a fastener such as Velcro. One or more netted pockets are positioned at the head end to hold diapers and changing supplies. Once the baby has a new diaper, the changing station folds up into a compact shape while remaining fastened to the back seat. It is held in the closed position by fasteners such as Velcro or snaps. It is always affixed to the automobile, and always ready to unfold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Rose Marie Iskowitz
  • Patent number: 8584276
    Abstract: Hammocks attachable to motorcycles, kits for assembling hammocks on motorcycles, and methods of utilization. The hammock includes two support members attachable to one of a front portion and a rear portion of the motorcycle, a safety support member attachable to the front portion or the rear portion of the motorcycle, and a flexible structure for supporting a person. The flexible structure has opposing ends which are attachable to support members such that the flexible structure is suspended in between the support members. The kit includes a front mounting structure attachable to a front portion of the motorcycle, a rear mounting structure attachable to a rear portion of the motorcycle, two flexible structure support members attachable to the front mounting structure and the rear mounting structure, a safety support member attachable the front portion or the rear portion of the motorcycle, and a flexible structure for supporting a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Wiskybilt, LLC
    Inventor: Mark C. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8561232
    Abstract: A configurable cushion device is provided that protects from injury or discomfort caused by items in contact with a person. In one embodiment, the device includes a cushioned pillow wrapped in a protective case that includes a plurality of fastener straps for attaching the device to an object such as a seat belt. The protective case may include an internal or external pocket and may be made of a frictional material or include one or more grippers that provide additional friction against the object to keep the cushion device in a desired location with respect to the object or the person. The cushion device may also include a strap with a connector to allow the device to be secured around a larger object such as the waist of a person. The device may also include a drape cloth that is secured to the interior of the protective case and can be taken out and draped around an object or a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: The Owie Pillow, LLC
    Inventor: Kristine Elizabeth Currier
  • Patent number: 8550538
    Abstract: The pickup truck bed camping tent with air mattress is an accessory that installs inside of a pickup truck bed, and which deploys to inflate a tent and air mattress in order to provide an enclosure with sleeping surface for at least one person. The inflatable tent and air mattress are inflated via an electric pump, which when operating shall inflate both the tent and mattress from a forward portion of the pickup truck bed forwardly. The inflatable tent is comprised of a plurality of inflatable ribs that attach to a cover that encloses and forms the outer shape of the inflatable tent. The accessory, when inflated, anchors itself to holes located on a top surface of opposing sides of the truck bed, and which requires the tailgate to be in a lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Kyle Brandenburg
  • Publication number: 20130212805
    Abstract: A retractable bunk or bed is disclosed. The retractable bunk can be used in a sleeper compartment so as to optimize space within the cab. The innovation can include a shaft around which a suitably strong, yet flexible, material bunk can be wound. Thus, in a closed or “hidden” state, the material can be rolled up around the shaft and stowed, for example behind a door or within a compartment as desired. In an open position, the material is extended in a horizontal manner and affixed to retain the “bunk” position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: CVG MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: William E. Stimel, JR.
  • Patent number: 8468624
    Abstract: A multi-purpose air mattress apparatus is disclosed for use in at least a bed of a vehicle having an opposing pair of inwardly protruding wheel wells. The apparatus comprises, in one embodiment, an inflatable air mattress having a pair of opposing sidewalls, each defining a lateral recess sized for accepting at least a portion of the wheel wells therewithin and further defining recess ledges that selectively sit atop the wheel wells. With the apparatus positioned within the vehicle bed and the wheel wells positioned at least partially within the lateral recesses, the recess ledges in combination with a perimeter ledge cover substantially any exposed portions of the wheel wells, while a set of upper and lower perimeter chambers further maintain a stable structure of the apparatus during use both within a vehicle bed as well as on any other relatively flat surface in otherwise conventional fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: James J. Pittman
  • Patent number: 8424132
    Abstract: A retractable bunk or bed is disclosed. The retractable bunk can be used in a sleeper compartment so as to optimize space within the cab. The innovation can include a shaft around which a suitably strong, yet flexible, material bunk can be wound. Thus, in a closed or “hidden” state, the material can be rolled up around the shaft and stowed, for example behind a door or within a compartment as desired. In an open position, the material is extended in a horizontal manner and affixed to retain the “bunk” position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: CVG Management Corporation
    Inventor: William E. Stimel
  • Patent number: 8424138
    Abstract: A portable infant seat that rests between opposing sides of a shopping cart includes a sling made of flexible material and shaped to cradle an infant or an infant car seat. The ends of the sling cover a top rail portion of the shopping cart and stiffening means prevent the sling from folding over on itself when in use. The sling also includes attachment means that easily and releaseably secure the sling to the top rail the cart without any need for adjustment. The attachment means may be a J-style hook extending the entire length of each end. A safety strap may be provided at each end of the sling to provide a redundant or secondary level of safety should one or both of the attachment means fail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Lisa A. Pinnell
  • Patent number: 8413268
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a rest arrangement is provided, comprising a first support element and a lying-down facility. The lying-down facility comprises a first fastening region which in turn comprises a first fastening element and a second fastening element. The lying-down facility is affixed to the support element with the use of the first and the second fastening elements. The lying-down facility is slidable or pivotable between a first state in which the lying-down facility is arranged so as to be essentially horizontal, and a second state, wherein the transition between the first state and the second state takes place as a combined rotational movement and translational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Amstutz, Holger Warner
  • Patent number: 8366165
    Abstract: The frame comprises a base (32), two telescopic siderails (33) and mounting means (35, 46) for pivotally mounting each longitudinal member (33) to said base. This frame can be placed in a stowed position, in which said siderails (33) are, on said base (32), in a retracted and transversal position, and into a position of use, in which the siderails (33) are in an extended and longitudinal position. The frame also comprises means for holding the siderails (33) in an extended and longitudinal position opposite said base. The bed comprises the frame and a number of slats (36). The method comprises the step of providing a bed of this type and a step for putting the base (32) in place on first elements fixed to the vehicle as well as steps for moving the bed from a stowed position and into a position of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventors: Richard Maximilien, Marc Legrand
  • Patent number: 8316484
    Abstract: An inflatable mattress for use on a truck bed is disclosed and claimed. The inflatable mattress includes a lower mattress layer with left and right recessions dimensioned to substantially surround the wheel well sides. The inflatable mattress includes an upper mattress layer dimensioned to substantially cover the lower mattress layer and the wheel well tops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Terrence Michael Hanrahan
  • Patent number: 8276962
    Abstract: A litter support system for a vehicle including a support framework connectable to a wall of the vehicle, an upper litter support arm for holding a litter, the upper litter support arm connected to the support framework, a lower litter support arm for holding a litter, the lower litter support arm connected to the support framework, wherein the upper and lower litter support arms are connected to the support framework such that the upper and lower litter support arms are rotatable between a store position and a first support position and movable substantially horizontally between the first support position substantially adjacent to and near the support framework and a second support position substantially extended outwardly from the support framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Chinn
  • Patent number: 8234728
    Abstract: A multi-purpose air mattress apparatus is disclosed for use in at least a bed of a vehicle having an opposing pair of inwardly protruding wheel wells. The apparatus comprises, in one embodiment, an inflatable air mattress having a pair of opposing sidewalls, each defining a lateral recess sized for accepting at least a portion of the wheel wells therewithin and further defining recess ledges that selectively sit atop the wheel wells. With the apparatus positioned within the vehicle bed and the wheel wells positioned at least partially within the lateral recesses, the recess ledges in combination with a perimeter ledge cover substantially any exposed portions of the wheel wells, while a set of upper and lower perimeter chambers further maintain a stable structure of the apparatus during use both within a vehicle bed as well as on any other relatively flat surface in otherwise conventional fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: James J. Pittman
  • Patent number: 8136182
    Abstract: An inflatable air mattress assembly for use with a vehicle is provided. The vehicle includes a bed having protruding wheel well compartments, opposed sidewalls, a tailgate and a headboard. The air mattress assembly comprises and inflatable base, an inflatable first support and an inflatable second support. The inflatable base includes a top surface and a bottom surface. The base has lateral recesses formed therein which extend from the bottom surface towards the top surface and define a ledge over the recesses. The base is dimensioned and configured for placement in the vehicle bed with the recesses being disposed over the wheel well compartments protruding into the bed. A front portion of the base is adjacent the headboard. A rear portion of the base is adjacent a tailgate. The inflatable first support is releasable attached to the front portion of the base. The first support includes an inflatable backrest and at least one inflatable armrest connected to the backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: John M. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8117691
    Abstract: An adjustable suspension sleep device is provided to suspend and individual while sleeping. The adjustable suspension sleep device has a body support assembly having a first and second longitudinally extending sides spaced apart by first and second ends. A first adjustable tensioning assembly is in communication with the first side of the body support assembly and a second adjustable tensioning assembly is in communication with the second side of the body support assembly. Further, a first suspension support assembly is in communication with the first end of the body support assembly and a second suspension support assembly in communication with the second end of the body support assembly. The first and second adjustable tensioning assemblies each include a tension adjustment device. A method of use for the adjustable suspension sleep device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Louis L. Bishop
  • Patent number: 8065761
    Abstract: An inflatable mattress for use on a truck bed is disclosed and claimed. The inflatable mattress includes left and right lateral sides. Each lateral side includes a recession dimensioned to receive a respective one of the wheel wells. The inflatable mattress also includes left and right side cushions disposed above and in contact with an upper surface of the mattress adjacent the left and right lateral sides, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Terrence Michael Hanrahan
  • Patent number: 8038193
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a lifting mechanism that may be used to lift one or more objects between a lowered or use position and a raised or stowed position. The lifting mechanism includes a strap to lift the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Lippert Components, Inc.
    Inventor: C. Martin Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20110225731
    Abstract: An inflatable mattress for use on a truck bed is disclosed and claimed. The inflatable mattress includes left and right lateral sides. Each lateral side includes a recession dimensioned to receive a respective one of the wheel wells. The inflatable mattress also includes left and right side cushions disposed above and in contact with an upper surface of the mattress adjacent the left and right lateral sides, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Terrence M. Hanrahan
  • Patent number: 8015635
    Abstract: A structural bunk system for a sleeper cab or other confined space is provided. The bunk system includes first and second shells that are made by injection molding and are then bonded together. The structural bunk system is secured to the wall of the sleeper cab or other confined space and is adapted to be moved between and upright stowed position and a lowered sleeping or storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Consolidated Metco, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Miga, Graham Wildey
  • Patent number: 7883133
    Abstract: A litter support system for a vehicle including a support framework connectable to a wall of the vehicle, an upper litter support arm for holding a litter, the upper litter support arm connected to the support framework, a lower litter support arm for holding a litter, the lower litter support arm connected to the support framework, wherein the upper and lower litter support arms are connected to the support framework such that the upper and lower litter support arms are rotatable between a store position and a first support position and movable substantially horizontally between the first support position substantially adjacent to and near the support framework and a second support position substantially extended outwardly from the support framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Chinn
  • Patent number: 7837262
    Abstract: A seating and lying arrangement for the passenger region of aircraft. The arrangement can be brought into a seating state and a lying state. In the seating state, the arrangement has a seating surface and a backrest. In the lying state, the arrangement provides a lying surface. The arrangement comprises a seating device and a lying device which is separate therefrom. In the seating state, the lying device is arranged next to the seating device. In the lying state, the lying device is arranged above the seating device. A change can be made between the seating state and the lying state of the arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Lufthansa Technik AG
    Inventor: Harald Merensky
  • Patent number: 7823962
    Abstract: A bunk arrangement including a partition device is providing which is especially suitable for use as a sleeping or storing compartment in a vehicle, especially a truck or a bus. In one alternative, the bunk arrangement includes a partition device with a partition wall with a plurality of wall elements, which are provided for folding together and defolding the wall, for retracting and extending it, respectively, and holding and guiding means for holding the partition wall and for guiding the same between a retracted and an extended state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Tomas Ekberg, Ulf Torgilsman
  • Patent number: 7770845
    Abstract: A module for aircraft passenger(s) is provided with two seats disposed beside one another and oriented in the same direction, each of these seats being a seat that can be converted to a berth. The module also includes a side wall surrounding the two seats, at least partly, an opening provided in the side wall to permit access to the module, and a partition intended to achieve separation between the two seats. The partition is displaceable from a first position, in which it achieves separation of the two seats, to a second stored position, in which it does not form a barrier between the two seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Airbus
    Inventors: Bruno Saint-Jalmes, Andre Rezag, Jason Zaneboni
  • Patent number: 7744142
    Abstract: A vehicle includes at least two items that move vertically between a lowered position and a raised position. In one embodiment, one of the items is a seating unit having a seat back and a seat base such as a couch or a dinette. The seating unit may convert into a bed. In another embodiment, one of the items may be a bed. The vehicle may also include a cargo area which is configured to receive an off-road vehicle. One or more of the items may be lifted in the cargo area to provide additional cargo space in the vehicle. The vehicle may also include other items that move vertically such as a desk, a table, a workbench, an entertainment center, an appliance, a television, a sink, a cupboard, a cabinet, a shelf, and/or a counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Lippert Components, Inc.
    Inventor: C. Martin Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20100101020
    Abstract: A folding bunk with ladder is to save space and be easy to use in a motor vehicle. The design layout therefore constitutes a folding bunk with a support frame for placement of a mattress, a folding axis that is arranged on a first side of the support frame for pivoting the folding bunk, and a ladder mounted on the second side of the support frame opposite the first side. The ladder is mounted on the support frame in such a way that it can only pivot on a pivot axis parallel to the folding axis and has no other degrees of freedom. In this way, the ladder can be moved into the useable position in one single operation. If required, the ladder can be combined with a safety element to protect the person lying on the folding bunk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Jochen BISINGER, Dieter Reckels, Holger Schleife, Kai Sieber
  • Patent number: 7703803
    Abstract: A safety restraint system for a vehicle includes a safety net stored in a wall mounted cartridge wherein a guiding bar, securable in a locking mechanism, steers the safety net away from the wall and provides a secured space around a bunk. The safety net is secured adjacent to the bunk using a locking bar. The safety net may be provided with one or several safety belts at least partly attached to the safety net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Tomas Ekberg, Niklas Thuresson
  • Publication number: 20100050338
    Abstract: A stowable baby changing system including a housing having a mount connectable to a first automobile seat, a sheet extendable from the housing over and above a seating surface of a second automobile seat, a locking mechanism for fixing the sheet in an extended position, and one or more attachments on a distal end of the sheet to secure the sheet over the seating surface, wherein the sheet is suspended above the seating surface in the extended position providing a clearance between the sheet and the seating surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Rachel G. Overtone
  • Patent number: 7610636
    Abstract: The invention provides a vertical lift mechanism (10) for a bunk bed within a recreational vehicle. The mechanism includes a lateral support assembly (14) that travels up and down in an upright frame assembly (34). The lifting force is provided by a drive unit (12) mounted to the support assembly (14) that winds and unwinds a flexible member (18) through a guide arrangement (68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82) mounted to the support assembly (14). The flexible member (18) is preferably an assembly of cables, more preferably four primary cables (52, 54, 56, 58) each having one end attached to the ceiling of the vehicle and their opposite ends coupled together and linked to a leader cable (50) which is wound about the drive spindle (44). The primary cables (52, 54, 56, 58) travel around the guides (68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82), which can be an arrangement of single and double sheaves or pulleys, to translate the winding force to vertical forces that raise or lower the support assembly (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Actuant Corporation
    Inventors: James K. Holmes, Douglas J. Yoder, Gary D. Peter
  • Publication number: 20090255058
    Abstract: A litter support system for a vehicle including a support framework connectable to a wall of the vehicle, an upper litter support arm for holding a litter, the upper litter support arm connected to the support framework, a lower litter support arm for holding a litter, the lower litter support arm connected to the support framework, wherein the upper and lower litter support arms are connected to the support framework such that the upper and lower litter support arms are rotatable between a store position and a first support position and movable substantially horizontally between the first support position substantially adjacent to and near the support framework and a second support position substantially extended outwardly from the support framework.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: FERNO-WASHINGTON, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Chinn
  • Publication number: 20090236874
    Abstract: A bunk arrangement including a partition device is providing which is especially suitable for use as a sleeping or storing compartment in a vehicle, especially a truck or a bus. In one alternative, the bunk arrangement includes a partition device with a partition wall with a plurality of wall elements, which are provided for folding together and defolding the wall, for retracting and extending it, respectively, and holding and guiding means for holding the partition wall and for guiding the same between a retracted arid an extended state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: VOLVO LASTVAGNAR AB
    Inventors: Tomas Ekberg, Ulf Torgilsman
  • Publication number: 20090205131
    Abstract: An adjustable suspension sleep device is provided to suspend and individual while sleeping. The adjustable suspension sleep device has a body support assembly having a first and second longitudinally extending sides spaced apart by first and second ends. A first adjustable tensioning assembly is in communication with the first side of the body support assembly and a second adjustable tensioning assembly is in communication with the second side of the body support assembly. Further, a first suspension support assembly is in communication with the first end of the body support assembly and a second suspension support assembly in communication with the second end of the body support assembly. The first and second adjustable tensioning assemblies each include a tension adjustment device. A method of use for the adjustable suspension sleep device is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventor: Louis L. Bishop
  • Patent number: 7562408
    Abstract: The sleeper storage apparatus is partially made of a pliable rectangular panel substantially sized to match a length and width dimension of a bunk in a sleeper cab. The first round rigid spine is removably affixed within the panel top, with a plurality of spaced apart upper straps removably affixed to the first rigid spine. The second rigid spine is removably affixed within the panel bottom with a plurality of spaced apart lower straps removably affixed to the second spine. Each of the upper straps is selectively hooked to one of each of the lower straps, each attached upper and lower strap forming a strap pair. Each strap pair is removably wrapped around the bunk. A plurality of pliable pockets is affixed to the panel, including a hamper pocket with lower opening and trap door to ease in emptying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Inventors: Kenneth Johnson, Kenneth Johnson
  • Patent number: 7552488
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safety restraint device for a bed for a motor vehicle to protect the bed's occupant during a crash situation without damaging the frame of the bed. The restraint device attaches to the bed with a pivot bolt. The pivot bolt also pivotally connects the side slat of the bed frame and a pivot bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Martin, Robert C. Kittelson, Matthew A. Hoffman, Seth Rouse
  • Publication number: 20090151070
    Abstract: A bunk (10) in a cab of a truck comprises a profile and a bottom. The profile is substantially L-shaped and has a base member (12) for supporting the bottom. The base member (12) has tongues (23) with punctured holes (24), which are arranged in parallel along the base member (12) and are spaced apart by equal intervals. The bottom can be a net (11) that is arranged over the tongues (23) before bending them over the base member (12). The bottom can alternatively be a board (40) or be a set of transversal ribs (50) or a set of extruded rubber rods (60) that is arranged over the tongues (23) and are fastened to the base member (12) by fastening means (41, 52, 62) through the holes (24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: FSP Management AB
    Inventor: Ulf Bengtsson
  • Patent number: 7543340
    Abstract: A dual berth bunk (20) for a sleeper cab (10) or other confined space includes a bunk frame (22) mounted for pivoting or rotating inversion. Berths (25a, 25b), or sleeping surfaces, are provided on the opposite sides of the bunk frame and a berth may be selectively positioned for use by pivoting or rotation of the bunk frame. A latch (56) or other device may be used to secure the bunk frame in the selected position. Retaining devices (104, 106) retain bedding in the berths when the berth in a downward inverted orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Volvo Trucks North America
    Inventors: Alan James Kenny, Brian David Balicki
  • Publication number: 20090134648
    Abstract: The frame comprises a base (32), two telescopic siderails (33) and mounting means (35, 46) for pivotally mounting each longitudinal member (33) to said base. This frame can be placed in a stowed position, in which said siderails (33) are, on said base (32), in a retracted and transversal position, and into a position of use, in which the siderails (33) are in an extended and longitudinal position. The frame also comprises means for holding the siderails (33) in an extended and longitudinal position opposite said base. The bed comprises the frame and a number of slats (36). The method comprises the step of providing a bed of this type and a step for putting the base (32) in place on first elements fixed to the vehicle as well as steps for moving the bed from a stowed position and into a position of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Richard Maximilien, Marc Legrand
  • Publication number: 20090106896
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a bed framework is described which includes an upper bed frame and a lower bed frame that can fold between a usable position and a stowed position. The upper bed frame is connected to a stationary support frame so as to pivot and slide, minimizing the height of the upper bed frame in the stored position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Tibor Olah
  • Publication number: 20080282467
    Abstract: An upper horizontal surface 9, 10, 11, comprising an access-ladder 7 with step-landing-platform 52, the upper horizontal surface 9, 10, 11, defining at least one surface for use as any or all, a surface for sleeping on, a surface for sitting on, a surface for leaning on, wherein at least part of either or both the access-ladder 7 and the step-landing-platform 52, is positioned on or adjacent the upper horizontal surface 9, 10, 11, and the step-landing platform 52 facilitates access between the access-ladder 7 and the upper horizontal surface 9, 10, 11. The invention relates to improvements in accessing at least one upper bed for either or both domestic and commercial use within a room of a building, or within a passenger space; said passenger space defining a passenger cabin, either motorised or towable, and comprising any of, a motorised caravan, a trailer, a trailer caravan, a fifth-wheel trailer, a fifth-wheel trailer caravan, a boat, a ship, a bus, a coach, an aircraft, and a railway carriage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: John Anthony Edwards
  • Patent number: 7444691
    Abstract: A stow-away bed is disclosed that includes a flat rectangular deck pivotally mounted between opposed vehicle end walls by a pair of parallel swing arms. The parallel swing arms allow the bed deck to remain horizontal as the deck is manually swung between the storage and sleep positions. The stow-away bed is pivotally mounted between opposed vehicle end walls for movement between a sleep position where the bed deck is suspended adjacent the vehicle ceiling and a sleep position, where the bed deck is suspended from the vehicle ceiling. In one embodiment, a pair of elastic cords connect the bed deck to the vehicle side wall. The elastic cords pull the bed deck toward the vehicle sidewall and help hold the bed deck in the sleep position. In another embodiment, a chain drive and piston prop are incorporated to assist in moving the bed between the storage and sleep positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: R-N-R International, Inc.
    Inventor: Stewart E. Gardner
  • Patent number: 7427106
    Abstract: A curved tracking platform that can be employed on a dynamic seat or divan such as those used in a business jet aircraft so that the seat can be comfortably used as a seat or in an extended bed position. When in the unextended seat position, the tracking platform allows the horizontal portion of the seat to support an occupant pitched back toward the vertical seat cushion at or about an angle of 6° to the horizontal. However, when the tracking platform is extended so that the seat can be used as a bed, the tracking platform travels along a curved frame rail profile which allows the platform to lay flat or substantially flat, thus allowing the vertical cushion to be placed next to the horizontal seat cushion so that they lie substantially flat to provide optimized comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: John Williamson, Pawan Gaikwad
  • Patent number: 7401368
    Abstract: A tractor bed system for allowing a driver to sleep while another driver drives a tractor includes the present invention meets the needs presented above by generally comprising a base being coupled to a floor of a sleeper cab. A frame is attached to the base and is positioned in a spaced relationship above the base. The frame receives a mattress and is configured to support a person in a prone position when the person is sleeping. A plurality of shock absorbers is coupled between the base and the frame. Each of the shock absorbers absorbs shocks passing from the base to the frame to inhibit disturbing the person on the mattress when the tractor is traveling over a rough surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Inventor: Alberto Saucedo
  • Patent number: 7380295
    Abstract: A bed for use with two adjacent seats separated from each other so that a gap is defined therebetween, which may include adjacent seats within or outside of a vehicle. The bed comprises a body comprising a first end disposed on one of the passenger seats and a second end disposed on the other seat. The body bridges the gap defined between the seats. The bed may further include means for securing the body into a position relative to the seats, and/or means for securing the body about the back of at least one seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Richardson
  • Patent number: 7377362
    Abstract: An improved RV lift mechanism according to the present invention. In one embodiment, the lift functions by way of an elongated, rotatably mounted acme screw. A bracket slides parallel to the acme screw, securing to an acme screw and an object to be lifted. The acme nut is threaded onto the acme screw and further held from rotation by the bracket. Thus, as the acme screw turns, it presses against the bracket, lifting or lowering both it and its payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: RBW Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond W. Blodgett, Jr., Benjamin J. Fletes