CA1290219C - Collapsible and expandable tent - Google Patents

Collapsible and expandable tent

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CA1290219C
CA1290219C CA000549347A CA549347A CA1290219C CA 1290219 C CA1290219 C CA 1290219C CA 000549347 A CA000549347 A CA 000549347A CA 549347 A CA549347 A CA 549347A CA 1290219 C CA1290219 C CA 1290219C
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tent
rods
collapsible
expandable
corner
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William J. Ii Maloney
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Fisher Price Inc
Quaker Oats Co
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Quaker Oats Co
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    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E04BUILDING
    • E04HBUILDINGS OR LIKE STRUCTURES FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSES; SWIMMING OR SPLASH BATHS OR POOLS; MASTS; FENCING; TENTS OR CANOPIES, IN GENERAL
    • E04H15/00Tents or canopies, in general
    • E04H15/32Parts, components, construction details, accessories, interior equipment, specially adapted for tents, e.g. guy-line equipment, skirts, thresholds
    • E04H15/34Supporting means, e.g. frames
    • E04H15/44Supporting means, e.g. frames collapsible, e.g. breakdown type having connecting nodes
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E04BUILDING
    • E04HBUILDINGS OR LIKE STRUCTURES FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSES; SWIMMING OR SPLASH BATHS OR POOLS; MASTS; FENCING; TENTS OR CANOPIES, IN GENERAL
    • E04H15/00Tents or canopies, in general
    • E04H15/32Parts, components, construction details, accessories, interior equipment, specially adapted for tents, e.g. guy-line equipment, skirts, thresholds
    • E04H15/34Supporting means, e.g. frames
    • E04H15/44Supporting means, e.g. frames collapsible, e.g. breakdown type having connecting nodes
    • E04H15/48Supporting means, e.g. frames collapsible, e.g. breakdown type having connecting nodes foldable, i.e. having pivoted or hinged means
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E04BUILDING
    • E04HBUILDINGS OR LIKE STRUCTURES FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSES; SWIMMING OR SPLASH BATHS OR POOLS; MASTS; FENCING; TENTS OR CANOPIES, IN GENERAL
    • E04H15/00Tents or canopies, in general
    • E04H15/32Parts, components, construction details, accessories, interior equipment, specially adapted for tents, e.g. guy-line equipment, skirts, thresholds
    • E04H15/34Supporting means, e.g. frames
    • E04H15/36Supporting means, e.g. frames arch-shaped type
    • E04H15/40Supporting means, e.g. frames arch-shaped type flexible

Abstract

A COLLAPSIBLE AND EXPANDABLE TENT
Abstract A tent is disclosed that is readily collapsible into a unitary flat package which can be readily stored on a hanger in a closet. When it is desired to "set up" the tent, a pair of latches are released and the tent automatically assumes or expands into a fully "set up" or erect condition. The tent comprises a fabric or canvas body mounted on corner posts secured to the ends of a pair of flexible bent rods arranged in criss-crossed relation. The inherent tension in the bent rods automatically expands the tent body into its fully erect position. The tent can be readily collapsed into a flat package by manually moving the front and back corner posts and rods together so that they lie in intersecting planes that define a small acute angle therebetween.
Latches are provided on the rods for latching the two rods and tent in its collapsed condition.

Description

lX90~.9 Background of the Invention .___________________________ Field of the Invention _____________ ________ This invention relates generally to tents, and more particularly to a readily collapsible and expandable tent.
Description of the prior art .____________________________ One of the most enjoyable and relatively inexpensive recreational pursuits indulged in by families is camping.
In addition to family camping, children generally love to indulge in organizational camp outings arranged, for example, by scout groups. When not indulging in the real thing, children love to act out camping in the home. One problem is that to date no tents are known that can be automatically "set up" in seconds to enable the children to enter and leave the tent with ease, and when they are through camping for real, or playing, to collapse and store the tent quickly without the loss of any parts.
Summary of the Invention .________________________ An object of the present invention is to provide a collapsible and expandable tent comprising a tent body of fabric or canvas having four corners; a first flexible bent rod having one end portion secured to a first corner and its opposite end portion secured to a second corner diagonally across from the first corner; a second flexible bent rod having one end portion secured to a third corner and its opposite end portion secured to a fourth corner diagonally across from the third corner whereby the first and second rods are arranged in criss-crossed relation; and means for coupling the first and second bent rods for releasably holding the first and second rods substantially parallel to each other with the tent body in a collapsed condition and the first and second rods in a more tensioned condition, the first and second rods automatically moving to a less tensioned condition and thereby automatically fully expanding the tent body when the coupling means is released.
The invention also relates to a method for collapslng and expanding a tent for children having a tent ,.~ 3#

129~)~19 body made of fabric or canvas having four corners, first and second flexible bent rods, each rod having its end portion secured to diagonally opposed corners of the tent body, comprising: moving said rods to a position adjacent to each other with the ends of each rod positioned more closely to each other than when the tent is expanded, and the rods are in an increased tensioned condition two sides of the tent are collapsed and the tent is reduced to a substantially flat state; retaining said rods in said increased tensioned position; and expanding said tent ~o an erected condition by releasing said rods so that said rods are moved to a less tensioned condition in which the ends of each rod are at a greater distance from each other and the rods assume a non-adjacent criss-crossed configuration whereby the tent is expanded to a useable position.
In a more specific object of the invention, each corner of the tent body has a pocket or sleeve for receiving the free end of one of the bent rods. The latch means that couples the rods comprises a hook member having one end secured to one of the rods, and a hook at its opposite end for engaging the other rod.
The problem of the unavailability of tents that may be erected quickly and automatically, merely by releasing a couple of latches, for both real or imaginary camping, is solved by this invention. When real or play camping is concluded, the tent can be quickly collapsed and latched into a substantially flat package and can be readily stored in a closet or the like.
The invention and its advantages will become more apparent from the detailed description of the invention presented below.
Brief Description of the Drawings _________________________________ In the detailed description of the invention presented below, reference is made ~o the accompanying drawings, in which:
Fig. 1 is an exploded perspective view of : . j; ..

1290~9 a preferred embodiment of the collapsible and expandable tent of this invention;
Fig. 2 is a side elevation view of the toy tent in its collapsed condition;
Fig. 3 is a top plan view of the collapsed tent of Fig. 2; and Fig. 4 is a segmented exploded view showing one way of connecting the end of a rod to the end of a corner tube.
Detailed Description of the Invention With reference to Fig. 1, a preferred embodiment of the collapsible and expandable tent 10 of this invention is disclosed in exploded form. The tent 10 comprises a tent body 12 formed from any suitable fabric material, canvas, or the like. The tent body has pockets or sleeves 14 along each corner thereof for receiving rigid corner posts or tubes 16 of aluminum or plastic. Flexible fiberglass rods 18 that are normally straight have one end of one rod inserted into one of the corner tubes 14 and the opposite end thereof inserted into a corner tube diagonally across from the other tube. Each free end 20 of the rods is inserted into and secured to a blind bore 22 in a coupling 24. The coupling has a pair of longitudinally extending fingers 26 spaced apart with at least one of the fingers being flexible and being provided with a laterally extending lug 28. The complementary end of the tube 16 has a radially extending opening 30 for receiving lug 28 when coupling 24 at the end of the rod is inserted into the open end of the tube. The lug 28 and opening 30 form a detent means for releasably securing each end of rod 20 to the complementary end of corner tube 16. Each ~;~90~.9 rod 20 may be formed of a plurality of small rods, having aligned, opposite ends secured together by any suitable connectors 32. The tension of the flexed or bent rods 20 when the couplings at the ends thereof are inserted into corner tube 16 forces sleeves 14 of tent body 12 outwardly expanding the tent into its erect position.
The tent body further has a front end 34, a rear end, two sides 36 and a gabled roof 38 provided with a sleeve 40 along the ridge for receiving a ridge pole 42. The ridge pole is secured to the criss-crossed portion 44 of the rods by a tie lace 46 passing underneath ridge pole 42 and tied above the rods after the tie lace is pulled fairly snug.
The tent 10 is provided with latch means for coupling mid-portions of rod 18 for releasably holding tent body 12 in a collapsed condition against the natural tendence of the rods to straighten out. The latch means comprise a pair of hook members 48, each having an opening at one end 50, through which one end of each of the rods 18 extends. The hook members 48 are slidably mounted on the rod ends that are on the same side of the tent to facilitate relasing both hooks from that side. To collapse the tent, the corners of the tent at one of the front or rear ends are pulled together and the hook end 52 of hook member 48 adjacent that end is placed over the other rod 18. The corners of the tent at the other of the front and rear ends are then pulled together while stuffing the excess fabric towards the opposite end of the tent. The hook end 52 of hook member 48 is placed over the adjacent complementary rod 18 for holding the tent in its collapsed condition 1~:902~.9 for storage or transporting. In this collapsed condition, the rods 18 lie in interesting plans that define a small acute angle therebetween, as best seen in Fig. 3. Any suitable hanger 54 can be connected to the criss-crossed portion 44 of rods 18 for hanging the collapsed tent 10 in any suitable storage area, such as a closet. When it is desired to set up the tent, the collapsed tent is transported to the area where it is to be erected and the hooks 52 of hook members 48 are unsnapped, preferably from one side of the tent, whereupon the tensioned rods 18 automatically pop the tent into its erected or expanded position.
While a preferrred embodiment of the invention has been shown and described with particularity, it will be appreciated that various changes and modifications may suggest themselves to one having ordinary skill in the art upon being apprised of the present invention. It is intended to encompass all such changes and modifications as fall within the scope and spirit of the appended claims.

Claims (13)

1. A collapsible and expandable tent comprising a tent body of fabric or canvas having four corners;
a first flexible bent rod having one end portion secured to a first corner and its opposite end portion secured to a second corner diagonally across from the first corner;
a second flexible bent rod having one end portion secured to a third corner and its opposite end portion secured to a fourth corner diagonally across from the third corner whereby the first and second rods are arranged in criss-crossed relation; and means for coupling the first and second bent rods for releasably holding the first and second rods substantially parallel to each other with the tent body in a collapsed condition and the first and second rods in a more tensioned condition, the first and second rods automatically moving to a less tensioned condition and thereby automatically fully expanding the tent body when the coupling means is released.
2. A collapsible and expandable tent according to claim 1, wherein said coupling means comprise releasable latch means on said rods, said releasable latch means being mounted on one of said rods and engageable with the other rod for releasably holding the first and second rods adjacent to each other along their length when the tent body is in its collapsed condition.
3. A collapsible and expandable tent according to claim 2 wherein the latch means comprises a hook member having one end secured to one of the first and second rods and a hook at its opposite end for engaging the other of the first and second rods.
4. A collapsible and expandable tent according to claim 3, wherein a pair of hook members are provided, one hook member on each side of a point approximately half way between the end portions of the first and second rods.
5. A collapsible and expandable tent according to claim 4, wherein the one end of each hook member is slidably mounted on one of the first and second rods.
6. A collapsible and expandable tent according to claim 1 wherein each corner has a pocket for receiving the free end of one of the first and second rods.
7. A collapsible and expandable tent according to claim 6, wherein the tent body has a ridge pole, and a flexible lace secures the ridge pole to the criss-crossed first and second rods.
8. A collapsible and expandable tent according to claim 1, wherein each of the first and second rods is of one diameter, and has a cylindrical portion at each end thereof of a greater diameter than the one diameter.
9. A collapsible and expandable tent according to claim 8, wherein the cylindrical portion comprises a tubular member, and further comprising means for coupling each end of the first and second rods to an end of a complementary tubular member.
10. A collapsible and expandable tent according to claim 8, comprising a coupling member having a flexible finger attached at each end of the first and second rods, said finger having a laterally extending lug, and a radially extending opening at an end of each tubular member for receiving the lug.
11. A collapsible and expandable tent according to claim 8, and further comprising hang means connected to the first and second rods for hanging the collapsed tent on a hook.
12. A method for collapsing and expanding a tent for children having a tent body made of fabric or canvas having four corners, first and second flexible bent rods, each rod having its end portion secured to diagonally opposed corners of the tent body, comprising:
moving said rods to a position adjacent to each other with the ends of each rod positioned more closely to each other than when the tent is expanded, and the rods are in an increased tensioned condition two sides of the tent are collapsed and the tent is reduced to a substantially flat state;
retaining said rods in said increased tensioned position; and expanding said tent to an erected condition by releasing said rods so that said rods are moved to a less tensioned condition in which the ends of each rod are at a greater distance from each other and the rods assume a non-adjacent criss-crossed configuration whereby the tent is expanded to a useable position.
13. The method of claim 12 further comprising supporting an upper portion of said tent body from an intermediate portion of said bent rods when said tent is in said expanded position.
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