Patent Number: 6,168,359

Title: Apparatus and method for securing a load in the flat bed area of a vehicle

Abstract: The present invention is a device for securing a load on the flat bed of a truck having sidewalls or other vehicle having a like cargo area. One exemplary embodiment of the present invention comprises a base member having rods extending substantially vertically therefrom. Adjustable side connectors are coupled to the base member at one or both sides of the base member in order to secure the base member to the side walls of the flat bed. A slide bar is adjustably displaced along the length of the rods to adapt to loads of varying height. The slide bar serves to secure and to stabilize the load. A fastener directs the slide bar against the load and toward the base member. Thus, the slide bar acts in a clamp-like manner to secure a load within the flat bed area of a vehicle. The present invention further comprises extension elements which enable the side connectors to be engaged to the sidewalls of the flat bed at varying heights depending on the construction of the vehicle. A lower end of each extension element is secured to the end of the base member and the side connectors couple with an upper end of the extension element at one or more locations so that the base member may engage the sidewalls of the flat bed at varying heights. In another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a system is disclosed including a double base member and slide bar arrangement which form a dual clamp assembly. This system is implemented by placing a pair base member/slide bar assemblies on the flat bed of a truck at a given distance apart to accommodate for the length of a load. The double assembly acts to secure both ends of a load, such as lumber. When used in this manner, the invention prevents a load from shifting while the vehicle is in motion.

Inventors: Smith; Jeff (Hamburg, PA)


International Classification: B60P 7/08 (20060101); B60P 7/06 (20060101); B60P 7/15 (20060101); B60P 007/08 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018