Outside Patents (Class 5/119)
  • Patent number: 9296096
    Abstract: An impeller remover with four main components: two legs, a leg holder and a latch. The latch has a locking notch that engages with a locking bolt on one leg to hold the legs parallel when removing an impeller. The impeller remover removes impellers quickly, easily, and without damage to the impeller or pump. In addition, the impeller remover is easy to use and repair, and relatively inexpensive to replace and fabricate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Andrzej Pecherzewski
  • Patent number: 9273818
    Abstract: A jack stand for a vehicle includes a plurality of walls joined together to form a body, the body being hollow. A base is formed by lower edges of the walls and a top surface joins top edges of the walls. One of the walls includes a wall opening and the top includes a top opening, the wall opening and the top opening extending towards one another, meeting proximate the top edge of one of the walls, thereby forming a single, continuous opening extending from the top into one of the walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Jackpoint Jackstands LLC
    Inventor: John A. Walton
  • Publication number: 20140345048
    Abstract: This document provides hammock systems and methods for using a hammock system. For example, a hammock support system can suspend a hammock over a vehicle by attaching first and second end connectors of a hammock to a pair of support structures, respectively, which are mated with corresponding receiving structures of a vehicle, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: John H. Mueller
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20120272450
    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: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: James J. Pittman
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20100235988
    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: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: James J. Pittman
  • Publication number: 20090019638
    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: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventor: John M. Ellis
  • Patent number: 6227217
    Abstract: A golf bag canopy adapted to be mounted to a golf cart roof, and particularly to the rear edge of a golf cart roof. The canopy assembly essentially includes an elongated awning track, a pair of J-bar frame members, one of which is attached to either end of the awning track, a U-shaped bow frame member attached to the ends of each J-bar for pivotal movement with respect thereto, and a pliable cover having a leading edge securely attached to the awning track and a body draped over and supported by the U-shaped bow. By pivotally moving the U-shaped bow between its terminal positions, the cover correspondingly moves between covered and uncovered relation to the golf bag compartment of a golf cart. The cover may be positioned in covered relation relative to the golf bag cover during times of inclement weather, or may be positioned in uncovered relation relative to the golf bag compartment when accessing a club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: J. G. Peta, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph G. Peta
  • Patent number: 6217106
    Abstract: A folding trailer having at least one expandable bed assembly includes a trailer body having sidewalls, end walls and a guide rail attached to each of the sidewalls. The sidewalls and end walls of the trailer body define an internal space. The folding trailer further includes a first mattress frame having extension rails slidably received in the guide rails attached to the sidewalls of the trailer body. The first mattress frame is movable between a retracted position in which the first mattress frame at least partially encloses the internal space defined by the trailer body and an open position in which the first mattress frame extends outward from an end wall of the trailer body leaving an external space between a leading edge of the first mattress frame and the end wall. The leading edge of the first mattress frame includes a support member extending into the external space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Fleetwood Folding Trailers, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles R. Reckner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6203097
    Abstract: A folding camping trailer includes a trailer body having an end wall. An expandable bed is movable between a closed position retracted within the trailer body and an opened position extended outward from the end wall. The expandable bed includes a bed support mechanism attached to an underside of the expandable bed. The bed support mechanism is configured to connect to the end wall of the trailer body or to a towing frame of the folding trailer for supporting the expandable bed in a vertical direction when the expandable bed is in the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Fleetwood Folding Trailers, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Podgorney
  • Patent number: 5921614
    Abstract: A van-tent camping system, designed to enlarge sleeping and storage arrangements, is adapted for use with and to provide a tent-like covered extension to the rear of van-type vehicles and sport utility vehicles with upward opening rear doors. When the present invention is combined with a vehicle, it forms a single dwelling structure that provides capabilities for camping, storage, picnics and other recreational activities. The invention includes a sectional platform with a retractable and extendable frame and a tent-like cover that attaches around the extended frame. The tent-like cover is held up by the vehicle and the upward opening rear door of the vehicle. The tent-like structure uses no stakes or poles. A sectional platform is provided inside the vehicle and is a base for a bed. Underneath the platform is provided storage space. The rear most section of the platform is designed to stay in the vehicle to be used for storage shelving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventors: Keith Biedermann, Thuy Biedermann
  • Patent number: 5755479
    Abstract: An umbilicus system includes a mobile medical unit and interior and exterior treatment platforms connected to the mobile medical unit with respective umbilici that include bundles of lines for conveying medical and electrical utilities from the mobile medical unit to the treatment platforms. The umbilici are supported within the treatment platforms on trays that have openings for extending free ends of the umbilici from either end of the treatment platforms. The utilities conveyed by the umbilici are made available from medical action boards located at a front end of the treatment platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Theradynamics Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory C. Lavin, Craig A. Young
  • Patent number: 5170521
    Abstract: A portable sleeper is provided for a truck and comprises at least four anchors connected to the posts at the four corners of the cab or to the bed of a pickup truck. A flexible generally rectangular flat, webbed support surface is connected at its four corners to the anchors by means of a belt buckle coupling so that the portable sleeper can be selectively tensioned into a taut support surface on which the user of the vehicle may recline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: Robert W. Light
  • Patent number: 5040467
    Abstract: A stowable patio for use with an RV having a pair of spaced-apart support members, each member carrying an inclined roller track, a platform disposed between the support members which carries rollers disposed adjacent the roller tracks, whereby its patio may be moved between a stored position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Inventor: Lanora G. King
  • Patent number: 4942948
    Abstract: The present invention is an elongated, canvas-like article having sleeves at each end, the article providing basically the bottom and front and back sides of a bag to which are attachable, in various forms, side portions which complete the formation of the bag. The side portions contain pockets on the outer sides which are divided so as to provide separate receptacles for individual items. The inner side of each side portion is an elastic net-like covering which allows the insertion of items which do not require separate pockets. The invention also includes means for carrying the bag to the beach which means can also be utilized to provide a support for the reclining aspect of the invention in which the means for carrying the beach bag provide both a support against the sand as well as for the upper portion of the rectangular segment. The basic embodiment and the other two embodiments disclosed herein are substantially identical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Inventor: Donna M. Vickers
  • Patent number: 4918772
    Abstract: A sleeping facility of greatly improved operational simplicity and esthetically pleasing design for attachment to or incorporation in the side of a pickup truck topper, van, motor home or mobile home, which takes up no internal space in the vehicle, yet provides a comfortable bed protected from the elements which can be quickly and effortlessly deployed for use or stowed for travel in a matter of seconds and requires no power source for operation. The sleeper shell leaves all internal vehicle space unobstructed and obviates the necessity of unloading cargo in order to provide sleeping space. The top 22 and bottom 24, which contains the bed 26, fold into a vertical latched position parallel to each other for travel. Deployment is of extreme simplicity and consists of raising the top 22 with the help of pneumatic spring cylinders 40, dropping the bottom 24 with the bed 26 to the horizontal position and fixing that position with folding supports 38 and 39.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1990
    Inventor: Hudson C. Haile
  • Patent number: 4787670
    Abstract: A floor subframe construction for a sleeper cab of the type used in a tractor/trailer rig and adapted to be located behind the driver's cab and supported on the tractor frame. The sleeper cab has vertical exterior wall sections and a floor panel formed of metal sheet. The floor panel is supported on an exterior metal floor subframe that includes parallel front and rear main beams, a plurality of interior cross members extending perpendicular to and between the main beams, and exterior side members connected between the outer ends of the main beams. The main beams, cross members, and side members define coplanar supporting surfaces for the floor panel. Each of the beams has upper and lower horizontal flanges spaced apart and joined by a vertical web at the outer ends thereof to define an inwardly facing open channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1988
    Assignee: Bentz Metal Products Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Bentz
  • Patent number: 4739528
    Abstract: A tie-down system for securing articles in the bed of a pick-up truck includes a set of C-shaped channels fixedly secured proximate the upper, inner edges of the side walls, the front wall and the tail gate of the pick-up bed. A plurality of eye bolts is demountably and movably received in the channel members, so that a rope or ropes may be fastened to the eye bolts for holding down articles. The tie-down system may also be used in combination with a sleeping surface having plurality of eyelets, simply by extending a plurality of hooked tension springs between the eye bolts and the eyelets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1988
    Inventor: Dennis M. Allen
  • Patent number: 4236461
    Abstract: A foldable and removable table for use with vehicles of the type having a hinged panel permitting entry into the vehicle includes a corner table member having a flat supporting surface and a pair of hooks, each hook removably engaging the vehicle panel in a corresponding hole, each hook being coupled with the table member at spaced corners thereof. The table includes a leg foldably fastened to the table member on a side opposite the supporting surface foldable to a storage position flush with that side. The hooks are dimensioned such that rotation of the table member about one corner and one hook permits the table to be moved from a storage position flush with the panel to an open position for use as a table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1980
    Inventor: Lester T. Barksdale
  • Patent number: 4099534
    Abstract: A tent and storage compartment therefor are mounted on the top of a van or similar vehicle. The storage compartment comprises a shallow box of approximately the same width as the van but with a length somewhat less than the length thereof and includes a base and a top hinged to the base. A pair of poles having a length approximately equal to the width of the compartment are pivotally connected to the top adjacent each front corner and rest in the front corners of the base to hold the top open. Right and left side support poles are pivotally connected to the front corners of the base and extend outwardly away from the van. The side support poles are jointed together at the other ends thereof by a connecting pole. Cables are connected between the top and the remote ends of the side poles to support the side poles in a horizontal position. Appropriately shaped tent material covers and is suspended from the cables and poles to complete the tent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1977
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1978
    Inventor: John R. Corbin
  • Patent number: 4089276
    Abstract: A pair of braces releasably maintain a pair of support members in horizontal position extending beyond the bumper of a truck, bus, or the like vehicle. The support members support a platform horizontally between them for a mechanic to facilitate work on the engine of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1978
    Inventor: Ernest S. Enos
  • Patent number: 3934924
    Abstract: A skeletal structure is assembled to the side of a van-type vehicle which structure comprises a pair of parallel, spaced main supporting members which are connected by means of a clamp arrangement to the roof rain gutter of the vehicle and those members include claws as their bottom terminal portions which are adapted to grasp the lower body part of the vehicle. Each of the main supporting members includes horizontal sleeves into which are fit horizontal supporting members which are utilized to support a series of cabinets, a dressing table and an awning. Each of the horizontal supporting members includes a female channel into which are fit compatible or mating channels which are connected to each of the table, cabinets and awning. The apparatus is transported in an unassembled condition and assembled when a camping site has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1974
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1976
    Inventor: Joseph Diliberti