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F. ZAGELMEYER CAMPING OUTFIT Filed Jane 16 Feb. 17. 1925.
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Urrea STAT FRANK ZAGELMEYER, 0F BAY CIBTY, MICHIGAN.
CAMPING Y oUTrr'r.
Application led January 16, 1922. Serial No. 529,567.
T0 all 'whom 'it may concern.'
Be it known kthat l, FRANK ZAGELMEYER, a citizen of the United States of America, and a resident of ABay City, in the county of Bay and Statel of Michigan, have invented certain new and useful lmprove ments in Camping Outfits, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to camping outlits, and particularly to a camping outfit which can be mounted on the commercially named Ford coupe or similar vehicle.
One object of the invention is to provide a simple and practical camping outfit which will belight in weight, which can be easily and Aquickly opened and arranged for use, and which can also be readily collapsed for travel on the road.
Another object of the invention is to so arrange the camping outfit that it will have fample sleeping space to comfortably accommodate two grown people, together vwith two children when necessary. K A still further object of the invention is to provide a camping outfit which can be applied to and carriedlby the ordinary Ford automobile coup, which willbe .properly balanced thereon, and have ample length to properly accommodate the berth occupants.
The above and other objects will appear as the specification progresses, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, in which l have shown the preferred embodiment of my invention, it being Ahowever understood thatchanges may be Imade in the form, size, proportion and minor details of construction without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages of the invention.
In the drawings u Y u Fg. l is a side view ofthe well known Ford coupe` the camping outfit being shown mounted ,in place thereon, 'the full lines illustrating it collapsed for travel, and the dotted -lines illustrating it raised and ready for use. n
Fig. 2 is a rear view of Figure l, the :full lines illustrating lthe outfit collapsed for travel, and the ldotted lines illustrating it unfoldedand raised for use.
Fig. 3 vis an enlarged transverse sectional view illustrating the folding berths, drawers and other accommodations, the dotted lines illustrating the table raised,
Fig. 4f is an enlarged fragmentary ,detail of one top cornerof the 'structure showing how` it is centered and held in position on the body when the outfit is collapsed.
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary end view of the outer section of one of the berths, illustrating the means for holding the canvas sides so that the entire width ofthe berths can be utilized. m
Fig. 6 is an enlarged top plan View of the interior of the outfit, the top being removed and the berths being shown in open extended Y position. y
Fig. 7 is an enlarged end view of.one of the berths, the dotted lines illustrating it folded and the arrows illustrating the arc of travel when folding. y
Fig. 8 is an enlarged detail of the frame illustrating how the springs are secured in place. l
Fig.4 9 is a side view illustrating the stays for holding the roof in raised position.
As above stated the camping outfit is designed to be attached toa Ford coup, these coup bodies are built to accommodate and have seating capacity for but two people, consequently, it will be understood that space is necessarily limited, the chassis is also very short and the entire machine is of very light construction. In designing and building an outlit to suit a vehicle of the type described there are several very important points to be considered, first, it must be of light and durable construction, and must lbe properly balanced on the vehicle so that the riding qualities of the coupeJ body will not be destroyed, second, it must be sutliciently low when collapsed so that the drivers vision may not be obstructed as he must be able to see back over the top in order that he may know when to signal for turning, backing up, etc., and it must also be 'fitted to the top of the rear-.deck and serves as a top therefor, the legs 13 thereof lyingadjacent the rear-deck walls which are provided with clips 14 having openings therein adapted tor register with similar openings provided in the table legs, these are adapted to receive a small .rod V15 for locking the -table securely in Lplace when traveling, but it will be understood that :the table can be entirely removed or :raised as clearly shown in dotted lines in Fig. 3 of the drawings.
The `front wall of the outfit embraces the coup body proper, and both front andrear walls are provided with angle strips 16, one flange of which is rigidly Sefuled thereto,
the other leg having openings provided therein for receiving the ends of the wires which form the springs 162L as clearly shown in Fig. 8 of the drawings, and this forms the rigid noirfoldable section of the berth, the opposite folding section comprises a tubing frame 17, the ends of the tubing being pivotally secured to the front and rear walls at the points 18 and 18EL so thatit'c'an be swung upwardly and inwardly as clearly shown in Fig. 7, this frame is also provided with springs similar to the rigid section, and these sections of springs are secured together to form one complete berth. Clamps 19 are secured to the ends of the outer frames 17 and a yoke or tent support 20 is pivoted thereto, and when the two berths are in open extended position, this member 20 holds the canvas so that it extends vertically, forming a straight side wall for the berth, thereby allowing the entire width of the berth to be utilized, if this were not provided the canvas would extend at any angle inwardly directly fromrthe frame, as illustrated by the dotted lines in Figure 5 of the drawings, consequently the berth occupant would be unable to sleep near the outer edge as there would not be sufficient height at this point. Then the berth is folded this support is swung inwardly as illustrated in dotted lines in Figure 5, so that when` the outer section is folded inwardly this support will retain the mattress and bed clothing 22 in their proper position.
These outer'berth sections are supported in their extended open positions by means of chains 13, one end of the chains being anchored to the frame in any suitable manner, while the opposite ends are anchored to eyes extending through plates secured to the end walls. It will of course be obvious that one end of the bert-hs will be wider than the other, but this will be immaterial, as the occupants will sleep with their heads to the rear of the machine, their feet occupying the restricted end of the berth, and should children be accompanying the travelers, they will naturally sleep on the restricted side which will be of ample length to accommodate them. The springs 16 can be made up in any desired form and it will be obvious that they must be taut and considerable tension exerted thereon, consequently I find it advisable to reinforce the frame by providing a brace 24 which is in the form of a truss being bent at both ends and secured to the angles by means of bolts or the like.
The top 25 is of rigid construction being made up of a plurality of ribs having'a suitable weatherproof1 covering. A frame 26 is provided around the outer edge of the roof, canvas connecting the roof to the walls of the camping outfit proper, when the outfit is collapsed the roof will of course rest on the front and rear walls and I therefore provide.
a short angle section 27 at each corner which l secure to the frame, and which is formed with a downwardly projecting pin A similar angle section 29 is secured to the frontend rear wall corners and these sections are provided with an opening therein in direct vertical alinement with the pin 2S so that when thetop is lowered these pins will enter the openings in the angles 29 and will hold the roof in proper centered position on the walls when the outfit is collapsed.
The roof is held in its raised position by means of stays 30 which are hinged to the ridge pole of the roof, these being folded in position against the ridge pole when traveling, and being swung downwardly to rest on the front and rear walls to support the roof when the outfitis arranged for use as shown in Fig. 9.
The side walls and that portion of the ends between the top of the walls and the roof are of canvas which is tacked to the roof frame, frame and end walls making it tight and mosquito proof, the canvas folding inwardly when the structure is collapsed, the canvas above the wheels also serving as a mud guard.
When arranging the outlit for use the occupant enters through the door in the rear wall and standing in the center of the structure, raises the roof to dotted position as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, placing the stays in position on the end walls, the folding sections of the berths are then swung outwardly and the outlit is ready for use.
I also wish to direct attention to the fact that the forward end of the structure is built at an angle away from the body proper of the coup, so that any tortional twisting of the forward end of the frame which might, be transmitted to the coup body proper and not to the camping outfit, would not cause the coup body to be scratched or marred by contact with the camping outfit, at-iron bars can be bolted to the front end wall as shown for reinforcing and holding it in proper position and angle braces or` thelike are used on the rear wall for properly bracing it to withstand the rack and strains and support theberths, etc.
From the foregoing description it will be obvious that l have perfecteda very light, compact and durable camping outfit, which can be readily attached, and which is very comfortable and convenient for` use in travcling.
lhat I claim is i 1. A camping outfit adapted to be mounted on the rear end of an automobile, one end of the camping outfit embracing the auto mobile body. Y Y
2.v A camping outfit adapted to be mounted on an automobile one end thereof embracing the automobile body and a pair of foldable berths in the camping outfit,
3. A camping outt designed to be mounted on the rear end of an automobile body, laterally fold able berths in the camping outfit, the ends of the foldable sections of the berths extending alongside of the automobile body.
4l. A camping outfit designed to be mounted on an automobile, and comprising front and rear end walls, a frame connecting said walls, the front wall embracing the automobile body, foldable berths between said walls, a roof centered on the walls and adapted to be raised when the outfit is arranged for use, and means for holding t-he rootI in raised position.
5. A camping outfit designed to be mounted on an automobile, the front Wall of the camping outfit embracing' the automobile body, sectional foldable berths in the outfit, one end of the foldable section extending alongside of the automobile body, means for supporting` said section and means for rein forcing the berth.
6. A camping outi'it comprising a structure adapted to be mounted on an automobile, the front end embracing and partially surrounding the body, sectional berths carried in said camping outt, the outer section of the berths being pivoted to the end walls and adapted to fold upwardly and against the front wall, means for centering the top on the end walls when the structure is collapsed, and means for holding the roofI in raised position when the outfit is arranged for use.
7. A camping outfit designed to be mounted on an automobile, sectional foldable berths in the camping outfit, the outer section being foldable upwardly, a longitudinally extending yoke pivotally secured to the outer section in spaced relation to the pivoting point for holding the side wall of the structure straight for a distance above t-he berth when in open extended position, and adapted to retain the mattress and bed clothing when in its closed folded position.
8. A camping outfit designed to be mounted on an automobile, sectional berths mount ed in the camping outfit, the outer section of each berth being foldable upwardly and extending alongside of the automobile body, a longitudinally extending yoke pivoted to the outer berth section in spaced relation to the said pivoting point, adapted in one position to hold the side wall of the structure straight for a distance above the berth, and adapted when the berth is folded to retain the mattress and bed clothing in proper position.
9. A camping outfit comprising a structure designed to be mounted on the rear end of an automobile, the front end embracing the automobile body, a. door in the rear end, sectional foldable berths in the camp ing outfit, the outer section extending alongside the body and being 'l'oldable upwardly, flexible means for supporting the outer section, a longitudinally extending yoke pivoted thereto, and hinged stays for holding the top in its raised position when the outtis arranged for use.
l0. A camping outfit constructed as a separate unit and designed to be mounted on an automobile, one end of the unit embracing the body of the automobile and the fioor of the unit being in the rear and below the rear end of the automobile.
In testimony whereof I affix my signature.