Vehicle cargo bed extender

  • US 7,681,935 B2
  • Filed: 06/30/2008
  • Issued: 03/23/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/21/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A vehicle bed extender for use with a vehicle having an open storage bed having a front end and a rear end, a first upstanding side panel to one side of said bed, a second upstanding side panel to an opposite side of said bed, a front upstanding panel and a tailgate, said bed extender mountable in a first position and a second position, said bed extender comprising:

  • a first side wall;

    a second side wall;

    wherein the first and second side walls are positioned between said first side panel and said second side panel and a first mount attaches said first side wall to said vehicle and a second mount attaches said second side wall to said vehicle in said first position; and

    a connecting wall which connects said first side wall and said second side wall; and

    a first L-shaped section comprising said first side wall and a first portion of said connecting wall and a second L-shaped section comprising said second side wall and a second portion of said connecting wall;

    wherein in said first position said connecting wall is in a substantially vertical position over said tailgate rearward of said rear end of said bed and said extender provides access from above to a space between said first side wall and said second side wall, and wherein said first side wall is connected to said vehicle and said second side wall is connected to said vehicle in said second position with said first side wall and second side wall extending forward of said connecting wall and said connecting wall being in an upright position spaced rearward from said front panel and forward of said rear end of said bed;

    wherein said connecting wall defines a horizontal span; and

    wherein said connecting wall comprises a plurality of tubular members.

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