Universal folding carrier

  • US 4,709,840 A
  • Filed: 10/18/1985
  • Issued: 12/01/1987
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/18/1985
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A folding carrier mountable on a tailgate, trunk lid or the like, said carrier configured to carry objects such as bicycles and the like, said carrier comprising:

  • (a) a frame;

    (b) a carrying member pivotally mounted to said frame said carrying member movable between an extended position and a collapsed position, said carrying member and said frame being in a substantially side-by-side relationship when said carrying member is in its collapsed position;

    (c) clamping means associated with said carrying member for mounting the carrier to a tailgate;

    (d) bracing means mounted to said frame and configured to engage and disengage said carrying member, said carrying member fixed in its extended position when said bracing means is in engagement with said carrying member; and

    (e) a supporting member pivotally mounted to said frame and constrained for limited rotational movement relative thereto between an extended position and a collapsed position, when said supporting member is in its extended position, a portion of said supporting member is pressed against said frame and prevents further movement of said supporting member relative to said frame said supporting member and said frame substantially in perpendicular relationship to one another when said supporting member is in its extended position, said supporting member and said frame being in a substantially side-by-side relationship when said carrying member is in its collapsed position.

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