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WO2006041315A1
WO2006041315A1 PCT/NZ2005/000261 NZ2005000261W WO2006041315A1 WO 2006041315 A1 WO2006041315 A1 WO 2006041315A1 NZ 2005000261 W NZ2005000261 W NZ 2005000261W WO 2006041315 A1 WO2006041315 A1 WO 2006041315A1
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floor
frame
carrier
foldable carrier
mounting frame
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Paul Alexander Gale
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Priority claimed from US11/793,780 external-priority patent/US20090020576A1/en
Publication of WO2006041315A1 publication Critical patent/WO2006041315A1/en

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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47FSPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS
    • A47F5/00Show stands, hangers, or shelves characterised by their constructional features
    • A47F5/08Show stands, hangers, or shelves characterised by their constructional features secured to the wall, ceiling, or the like; Wall-bracket display devices
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47FSPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS
    • A47F5/00Show stands, hangers, or shelves characterised by their constructional features
    • A47F5/01Show stands, hangers, or shelves characterised by their constructional features made of tubes or wire
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60R9/00Supplementary fittings on vehicle exterior for carrying loads, e.g. luggage, sports gear or the like
    • B60R9/06Supplementary fittings on vehicle exterior for carrying loads, e.g. luggage, sports gear or the like at vehicle front or rear

Abstract

A foldable carrier (10) including a mounting frame (11), a floor (14) movably coupled to the mounting frame (11), side frames (12) movably coupled to the mounting frame (11) and connecting means (20, 21) for connecting the side frames (12) to the floor (14) for retaining the floor (14) in an in-use position, the floor (14) and side frames being moveable to a compacted state and held therein by retention means.

Description

Title of the Invention

FOLDABLE CARRIER

Background to the Invention

This invention relates to a foldable carrier.

The foldable carrier according to the present invention is of a type that can be a

structural part, fitting, or an accessory on all vehicles by land, air and water. It can

also be adapted as a system for racking, stacking, and shelving units in warehousing,

expos, exhibitions, trade shows, retailing, indoor/outdoor markets and other similar

activities.

The all terrain vehicle (commonly referred to as an ATV) has become a widely used

utility vehicle especially in the farming sector. Not only is the ATV commonly used

for transportation of a farm worker but it is also used for carrying equipment such as

spray tanks, tool or utility boxes, spray booms and the like, as well as being a vehicle

for carrying loads of a wide range of types. ATVs are also widely used for towing

another vehicle such as a trailer.

ATVs are commonly supplied with carriers (usually flatbed) both front and rear.

However, the carrying capacity of such carriers may not be sufficient especially if

carrier space is already occupied by equipment such as spray tanks, tool/utility

boxes and the like. Safety issues can also arise. In hilly and rugged terrain a heavy load, either on the

ATV or on a trailer, can give rise to dangerous situations especially when going down

hill in slippery conditions. Furthermore, an ATV carrying a heavy load on its rear

carrier can become unbalanced or unstable when traversing upward slopes.

While the present invention relates to a foldable carrier that has particular

application to vehicles and more particularly ATVs, the invention also has

application in static situations such as racking, stacking and shelving in all manner

of locations. Therefore, while the following description of the invention, according

to one preferred embodiment, will describe the foldable carrier in its application with

a vehicle, more particularly a farm ATV, this is by way of example only and the

invention is not limited to such end use applications.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

An object of the invention is to provide a robust, foldable, easily assembled and

disassembled carrier that can be mounted onto a vehicle as a fitting, accessory or as

a structural part and to fixing points on structures such as walls for use as shelving,

baskets and racking in warehousing, retailing, indoor/outdoor markets and other

similar activities. A particular attribute of the invention is its utility wherever space saving, compact

format of shelving, carrying and displaying capability is required.

Broadly according to one aspect of the invention there is provided a foldable carrier

including a mounting frame, a floor movably coupled to the mounting frame, side

members movably coupled to the mounting frame and connecting means for

connecting the side members to the floor for retaining the floor in an in-use

position, the floor and side members being moveable to a compacted state and held

therein by retention means.

In a preferred form of the invention the floor, when an in-use position, slopes

upwardly from the mounting frame to a wall member. In the preferred embodiment

the wall member is located, in the in-use position, spaced from but substantially

parallel to the mounting frame.

Preferably the connecting means includes the wall member. The connecting means

can include individual releasable connectors whereby each side member is

releaseably coupled to a part of the wall member.

In a preferred form of the invention that releasable connector is a pin projecting

from one of the side member or wall member and engageable through an opening in

the wall member or side member as the case may be, there being clip means

engageable with the distal end of the pin. In a preferred form of the invention the clip is an "R" clip a leg of which is engagable

through a bore in the distal end of the pin.

Preferably the floor is moveably coupled to the mounting frame by a hinge

arrangement whereby the floor can be folded back onto the mounting frame to form

the compacted state of the carrier

In the preferred form of the invention each side member is coupled to the mounting

frame by hinges, the hinges being arranged such that the side member when moved

to the compacted state overlie the floor after the floor has been folded back onto the

mounting frame.

Preferably the wall member is pivotally coupled to the floor and capable of folding

onto the floor.

Preferably the retention means includes a releasable clip engageable between the

side member and the mounting frame.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In the following more detailed description of the invention according to one

preferred embodiment reference will be made to the accompanying drawings in

which:- Figure 1 is a perspective view of the foldable carrier in its in use

configuration when mounted to the front safety rail, frame or the like of an

ATV,

Figure 2 is an elevation view looking toward the frame that is attachable to

the ATV,

Figure 3 is an elevation view in the direction opposite to Figure 2,

Figure 4 is a view similar to Figure 3 but showing the carrier in an unfolded

configuration,

Figure 5 is a side perspective view,

Figure 6 is a side elevation view of the carrier in its folded configuration,

Figure 7 is a front perspective view of the carrier in its folded configuration

and

Figure 8 is a view similar to Figure 1 but showing the foldable carrier in a

configuration to facilitate easier loading or unloading of a load. DESCRIPTION OF A PREFERRED EMBODIMENT OF THE INVENTION

The invention provides a foldable carrier for transportation by being mountable on a

vehicle or in static applications such as a racking and stacking system.

The carrier can be constructed from any manmade materials eg steel, plastic or

space age composite material, including wood and is a structure that when folded

out and locked into place using e.g. two "R" clips becomes a carrier for all types of

vehicles but especially ATVs, and as shelving, racking and stacking units when

applied to: warehousing, expos, exhibitions, trade shows, retailing, indoor/outdoor

markets and other similar activities.

The carrier can be disassembled quickly by pulling out the "R" clips, or the like,

swinging back two side-wings of the unit that are attached on hinges past 90° to

allow the front of the carrier to then fold onto the bottom of the unit which then

folds up square with the back of the unit and is finally resecured when the two side-

wings are refolded back 1 80° and locked back into place using the same two "R" clips

for the now folded up carrier.

The carrier is designed so that it is compact, unobtrusive on space utilisation when

closed, but provides useable volume of storage and carrying capacity when

assembled. The only requirement to secure the unit when assembled and or

disassembled is via the two "R" clips. The carrier is mounted on vehicles, walls or railings by using adjustable sliding

brackets (or screws when mounted on walls) that are attached to the top and bottom

rails on the back of the carrier. This ensures a multitude of fit for different vehicles

or positioning of the unit.

In the accompanying drawings the foldable carrier according to its preferred

embodiment is shown attached to the front safety rails or bars R of an ATV. This is

by way of example, as it will be appreciated by those skilled in the art that the

foidable carrier can be mounted to any vehicle in an appropriate position e.g. it could

be the front bull bars of a four wheel drive vehicle or utility, or some other frame or

chassis part of the vehicle, or it could be a static structure such as a wall, framework

or even a fence, or part of a farm race if the carrier is to be used simply for providing

a platform for retaining a small animal such as a sheep so that veterinary or other

animal healthcare work can be carried out on the animal.

The carrier 10 is made up of a number of elements including, a back or mounting

frame 1 1 and side frames 12 that are hingedly mounted via hinges or pivots 1 3 to

the back frame 1 .

Pivotally mounted to a lower end of the back frame 1 1 is a bottom or floor frame 14.

This bottom frame 14 is pivotally coupled by pivots 1 5 to an upright or side member 1 6 of the back frame 1 1 . It is to this upright member 1 6 that hinges 1 3 of the side

frames 1 2 are attached.

A wall or so-called front frame 1 7 is located opposite but spaced from the back

frame 1 1 . This front frame 1 7 is pivotally coupled by pivots 1 8 to the floor frame

14.

As is evident from the drawings, the bottom frame 14 when the carrier 10 is in the

use configuration slopes upwardly away from the back frame 1 1 . This is a preferred

arrangement intended for ATV application as it ensures that the front ground

clearance of the ATV is retained when the ATV is in a nose down attitude such as

proceeding down a ramp toward a surface at an angle thereto or when negotiating

the bottom of say a hill or incline.

Each of the hinged side frames 1 2 incorporates a locking arrangement whereby the

distal end of the side frame 12 can be locked, latched or otherwise detachable

connected to the front frame 1 7. In the preferred form of the invention the distal

vertical member 19 of each of the side frames 1 2 is provided with a projecting pin

20. This engages through an opening 21 in the vertical member 22 of the front

frame 1 7. The aforementioned "R" clip 23 has one leg thereof engaged through an

opening toward the distal end of the pin 20 so as to retain the pin 20 in the opening

21 . Figure 1 , shows one of the hinged side frames 1 2 in the position where it is retained

with the front frame 1 7. The other side frame 1 2 is shown with the "R" clip 23

removed and, therefore, the side frame 1 2 hinged away from the front frame 1 7 and

bottom frame 14. Accordingly, with both "R" clips 23 removed, the front frame 1 7

and the bottom frame 14 can be hinged downwardly into the position shown in

Figure 8.

As shown in Figure 8 the bottom frame 14 is presented in a manner such that a load

can be engaged thereon. Thus, if for example a small animal such as a sheep is to

be transported, the sheep can be laid on its back on the bottom frame 14 and then,

via force applied to the front frame 1 7, the whole arrangement can be lifted upwardly

to couple the front frame 1 7 to the side frames 12. This thereby overcomes the

need for a farm worker having to lift the sheep up over the front frame 1 7 when it is

in the fully raised position i.e. the position shown in Figure 1.

The carrier 10 is mounted to the vehicle via mounting brackets 24. These mounting

brackets can be of any type suitable for the particular application. In the

arrangement as shown, the mounting brackets 24 can be a pair of inverted U-shaped

elements 25 which engage over a tubular element T of the safety rail, carrier or the

like of the ATV. As can be seen there are a pair of mounting brackets top and

bottom of frame 1 1 . Each of the upper U-shaped elements 25 is coupled to plate 26 which is located to

one side of top member 27 of frame 1 1 . A similar plate 28 is located to the other

side of top member 27. Bolts are engaged through aligned openings in the plates 26

and 28. With nuts threaded onto the threaded ends of the bolts the whole

arrangement can be tightened up so as to clamp the U-shaped element to the rear

frame 1 1 at the required location point.

In the preferred form of the invention there are four mounting brackets, two at the

top and two at the lower end of the back frame 1 1 . The mounting brackets, by being

movable in position on the back frame 1 1 , provides the degree of adjustability

necessary to enable the carrier to be fitted to the most popular ATV brands. Long

bolts are inserted through aligned openings in the two upper U-shaped element

mounting brackets 25 which go under the tubular element T of the top safety rail to

ensure that the carrier is properly secured to the safety rail T and will not bounce off

when traversing rough terrain.

According to the illustrated form of the invention, each frame is made of metal.

Thus, each frame can include a peripheral frame with a plurality of bars spaced apart

and substantially parallel, mounted between opposing parts of the peripheral frame.

The peripheral frame can be hollow tube of angular cross-section. The bars can be

of solid circular cross-section form. With the carrier 10 in the configuration shown in Figure 1 , the carrier can be used for

transportation of a wide variety of loads such as gear required by a farm worker,

liquids in containers, farm equipment, animals, hay bales, fencing componentry to

name but a few of the typical loads which would be carried in a farm application. As

noted above the carrier can be used in a wide range of applications and, therefore,

the type of loads that could be carried by the carrier will be apparent to the users of

ATVs in the wide range of uses to which such vehicles are put.

When the carrier is not required it can easily and quickly folded into a compacted

form as shown in Figures 6 and 7. By removing the "R" clips 23 the front frame 1 7

can be folded back onto the upper surface of the bottom frame 14 and then the two

frames hinged back as a unit up against the rear frame 1 1 . The side frames 1 2 can

then be hinged to the position over the bottom frame 14. By use of the "R" clips 23

engaged through suitable lugs positioned on the back frame and engagable with

pins 20 the whole construction is held in the folded/compacted configuration.

With the carrier folded back into itself it only protrudes, in its preferred form, about

90mm from the front of the safety rail of the ATV. Therefore, the additional

protrusion on the front of the ATV is minimal. This permits the ATV to still be

loaded onto its towing trailer or fit into a tight garaging or storage space without the

need to fully dismantle the carrier. The folded carrier also provides increased frontal

protection for the ATV. The foldable carrier according to the present invention is, therefore, easily

mountable to a vehicle so as to increase the load carrying capacity of the vehicle. It

can equally be easily and readily reconfigured from stowed to in-use positions.

Additionally, in the preferred form of the invention, part of the carrier can be lowered

for facilitating the loading and unloading of the carrier. The carrier, therefore,

provides a versatile piece of equipment for vehicles, particularly ATV's but equally

can, as stated above, have applications in fixed locations as described above.

Claims

CLAIMS:-
1 . A foldable carrier including a mounting frame, a floor movably coupled to
the mounting frame, side members movably coupled to the mounting frame
and connecting means for connecting the side members to the floor for
retaining the floor in an in-use position, the floor and side members being
moveable to a compacted state and held therein by retention means.
2. A foldable carrier as claimed in claim 1 wherein in an in-use position the
floor slopes upwardly from the mounting frame to a wall member.
3. A foldable carrier as claimed in claim 2 wherein the wall member is located,
in the in-use position, spaced from but substantially parallel to the
mounting frame.
4. A foldable carrier as claimed in claim 2 or 3 wherein the connecting means
includes said wall member.
5. A foldable carrier as claimed in claim 4 wherein the connecting means
includes individual releasable connectors whereby each side member is
releaseably coupled to a part of the wall member.
6. A foldable carrier as claimed in claim 5 wherein the releasable connector is a
pin projecting from one of the side member or wall member and engageable through an opening in the wall member or side member as the case may be,
there being clip means engageable with the distal end of the pin.
7. A foldable carrier as claimed in claim 6 wherein the the invention the clip is
an "R" clip a leg of which is engagable through a bore in the distal end of
the pin.
8. A foldable carrier as claimed in any one of claims 2 to 7 wherein the floor is
moveably coupled to the mounting frame by a hinge arrangement whereby
the floor can be folded back onto the mounting frame to form the
compacted state of the carrier
9. A foldable carrier as claimed in claim 8 wherein each side member is
coupled to the mounting frame by hinges, the hinges being arranged such
that the side member when moved to the compacted state overlie the floor
after the floor has been folded back onto the mounting frame.
10. A foldable carrier as claimed in claim 8 or 9 wherein the wall member is
pivotally coupled to the floor and capable of folding onto the floor.
1 1 . A foldable carrier as claimed in any one of claims 2 to 10 wherein the
mounting frame includes a peripheral frame with a plurality of bars
extending between a pair of opposing sides of the peripheral frame.
1 2. A foldable carrier as claimed in claim 1 1 wherein the plurality of adjustable
clamps are coupled to the peripheral frame for mounting of the mounting
frame for mounting of the mounting frame to a fixture.
13. A foldable carrier as claimed in claim 1 1 or 12 wherein each of the side
members and the floor each includes a peripheral frame mounting a series
of spaced apart substantially parallel bars.
14. A foldable carrier as claimed in claim 1 3 wherein the wall member includes
a peripheral frame having a plurality of spaced apart substantially parallel
bars extending between a pair of opposed parts of the peripheral frame of
the wall member.
1 5. A foldable carrier as claimed in any one of the claims 1 to 14 wherein the
retention means includes a releasable clip engageable between the side
member and the mounting frame.
1 6. A foldable carrier substantially as herein described with reference to the
accompany drawings.
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NZ53587904A NZ535879A (en) 2004-10-12 2004-10-12 Foldable Carrier having floor and side wall members movably connected to a mounting frame
NZ53855805 2005-03-02
NZ538558 2005-03-02
NZ535879 2005-05-19
NZ53587905 2005-05-19

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