Patent Number: 6,305,409

Title: Conestoga combat hose reel and rapid inland petroleum and water distribution system

Abstract: A portable deployment and retrieval hose reel for deploying and retrieving a continuous hose is disclosed. The hose reel includes an independently rotatable drum member disposed between two flange members, which are preferably in the form of wheels. The wheels are similar to conestoga type wagon wheels. The wheels and drum member define a conduit storage area. Preferably, the spokes of the wheels are canted at least slightly outward from their attachment at one end to a central wheel hub and at their opposite end to the outer peripheral rim of the wheel. The use of the conestoga type wheels allows the hose reel to be transported over non-developed topography and rough surfaces, often unaccessible by land vehicles. The outer peripheral surface of the wheels can be provided with an anti-abrasive surface, such as a rubber coating or urethane. The attachment of the wheels by an axle extending through the drum, allows the drum part of the hose reel to rotate freely or independently of the rotation or turning of the wheels. A yoke assembly is provided for moving and transporting the hose reel. To attach the yoke assembly to the wheels of the hose reel, a pair of shackle plate assemblies are provided. A is stacked around the drum preferably in a flat position.

Inventors: Furness; Robert L. (Pompano Beach, FL)


International Classification: A62C 33/04 (20060101); A62C 33/00 (20060101); B65H 75/38 (20060101); B65H 75/40 (20060101); B65H 75/34 (20060101); A62C 035/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018