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Publication numberUS2841803 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 8, 1958
Filing dateAug 17, 1955
Priority dateAug 17, 1955
Publication numberUS 2841803 A, US 2841803A, US-A-2841803, US2841803 A, US2841803A
InventorsWalter G Bodling
Original AssigneeWalter G Bodling
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cot tents
US 2841803 A
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July 8, 1958 w. G. BODLING Q 2,841,803

- COT TENTS Filed Aug. 1'7, 1955 United States Patent COT TENTS Walter G. Bodling, Austin, Tex.

Application August 17, 1955, Serial No. 528,907 1 Claim. (Cl. -113) This invention relates to improvements in outdoor sleeping devices and is particularly directed to a novel cot tent of the type which includes a cot having a protective coverage for protecting a sleeper from the elements, insects and the like.

A primary object of the present invention is to provide simple and easily attached and detached means for erecting a combination mesh netting and canvas tent coverage over a cot and for securing such coverage to the frame of the cot.

Another important object of this invention is to provide a foldable ridge pole, which horizontally overlies the longitudinal center line of the cot and is composed of hinged sections that are held in rigid alignment by a novel and simple means, and which is secured to the end bars of the cot frame by easily attached uprights.

A further important object of this invention is to provide a novel combination mesh netting and canvas cover arrangement which is disposed over the ridge pole and is so constructed that the canvas cover can be folded onto itself at one end to expose the netting, thereby providing for greater ventilation, while still protecting the occupant from insects and the like.

A still further object of this invention is to provide such a cover arrangement with ties for anchoring it to the side and end bars of the cot frame, such ties being so provided and the cover being so formed as to overhang the bars and be secured by the ties against the outer sides thereof.

The foregoing and ancillary objects are attained by this invention, the preferred form of which is set forth in the following description and illustrated in the accompanying drawing, wherein;

Figure 1 is a perspective view of the cot tent of this invention;

Figure 2 is a transverse, cross-sectional view taken on line 2-2 of Figure 1.

Figure 3 is a detail, perspective view of the hinge arrangement for the ridge pole.

Figure 4 is a side elevational view of the hinge pole in a folded condition, and,

Fig. 5 is a fragmentary perspective view partly in section of the juncture between the uprights and the ridge pole.

Referring now more particularly to the accompanying drawing, the numeral generally designates the cot tent, which includes a cot 12 of conventional construction and including side rails or bars 14 and end rails or bars 16. A body supporting sheet of canvas or similar material 15 is stretched between such rails to support an occupant. End and center pairs of hinged, cross legs 18 support the end rails and the side rails.

The present invention relates more specifically to a novel tent cover and mounting means therefor, such being indicated generally by the reference numeral 20 and including a frame 22. The frame includes uprights 24 and 26 which have pins 28 extending axially from their lower ends and adapted to be socketed in vertical holes 30 formed medially in the end rails. The upper ends of the uprights terminate in axially extending pins 32 which fit in holes 34 in the ends of the ridge pole 36, such hole 34, as shown in Figure 5, being formed only through the bottom of the ridge pole.

The ridge pole 36 includes sections 36a and 36b which are hinged together by a hinge means 38, shown in Figure 3. As shown therein, the juxtaposed ends of the pole sections are pivoted by pins 40 between parallel, confronting bars 42 and 44. The bars are held in fixed spaced relationship by a transverse Web or bridge portion 46 which connects the bottom edges of the bars at the centers of the bars. The pole sections are pivoted between the confronting end portions of the bars by the pins 40 which extend transversely therethrough. The free ends of the pole sections are spaced slightly apart, when the sections are in alignment and are held by the web or bridge portion. The pole sections are pivotable from such end to end alignment into parallel positions, as shown in Figure 4. The weight of the covering on the ridge pole is supported by the ridge pole sections, resting on the bridge portion and supported on the uprights.

The covering 48 includes an underneath mesh netting 50 and an outer canvas or duck cover 52. The netting has side flaps 54 and end flaps 56 which fit on the outer sides of the side and end rails 14 and 16 of the cot frame. The end flaps are arranged, when the netting is laid flat, at right angles to the side flaps so that the projecting ends of the end rails 16 of the cot frame extend between the ends of the flaps, which have complementary tie strings 58 that tie around such ends. The side flaps 54 have ties 60 that tie around the side rails 14 at the centers thereof, where the canvas 15 is slightly out back to accommodate the center pair of legs 18. By such construction, the side and end flaps 56 and 54 of the netting overhang the cot frame and prevent insects from gaining access to the interior of the covering.

The outer canvas cover 52 is a separate member from the netting and overlies the netting and is cut identically to the cut of the netting. Both of the ends of the netting and canvas are triangular and are centrally bisected into two flaps which have spearate ties so that either or both can be folded over onto the sides of the cover or netting.

Thus, both the mesh netting inner cover 50 and the outer cover 52 of canvas or similar material are formed so that the bottom edges of the side and end sections terminate in flaps which lie along the outsides of the side and end rails 14 and 16 and which have ties 58 and 60 that can be looped around the extending ends of the end rails.

The canvas outer cover 52 is separate from the inner netting cover 50 so that it can be folded over onto itself, from either end.

The cot 12 is erected by spreading the legs apart and securing the end rails 16 on pins extending from the side rails, thereby securing the side and end rails in rectangular frame formation. The uprights 24 and 26 are socketed by the pins 28 in the holes 30 and the ridge pole is unfolded and the sections 36a and 36b and disposed in end to end alignment and the holes 34 in the outer ends of the sections receive the pins 32 on the upper ends of the uprights. The netting cover 5%) and the canvas outer cover 52 are placed thereover and tied to the cot frame. The netting cover 50 is stitched to the under side of the canvas outer cover 52, midway its length as at 53, as shown in Figure 1 whereby the transverse stitching 53 affixes the cover 52 to the netting cover 50 so that they are joined together, but permits the ends of the cover 52 to be folded back thereby selectively exposing the netting cover at either end from the center of the cot tent.

While the best known form of this invention has been shown in the accompanying drawing and described herein, other forms may be commercially realized as coming within the scope of the invention, defined in the appended claim.

I claim:

A cot tent comprising a cot frame including longitudinal, parallel side rails and transverse end rails connecting the ends of the side rails and having projecting ends that project beyond the side rails, uprights socketed in holes in the end rails, a hinged ridge pole horizontally extending between the end rails, means removably securing the ridge pole to the upper ends of the uprights, a mesh netting covered draped over the ridge pole and having sides and ends with the ends being in two complementary sections, said sides and ends having edge flaps that overlie the outer side faces of the rails, tie strings on the flaps to secure the flaps to the rails, a canvas cover of a shape identical to the shape of the netting cover and overlying the netting cover and being joined midway its ends to the netting cover by transverse stitching so that it can be folded back from the netting cover at either end, said canvas cover having sides and sectional ends, said sides and ends of the canvas cover having edge flaps that overlie the edge flaps on the netting cover, said edge flaps of the canvas cover having tie strings to secure them to the rails, and said tie strings for both covers being secured to the projecting ends of the end rails.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,255,224 Purcell Feb. 5, 1918 1,411,272 Eaton Apr. 4, 1922 1,433,457 Hunter Oct. 24, 1922 1,509,881 Severin Sept. 30, 1924 1,633,820 Long et al. June 28, 1927 2,266,405 Bodling Dec. 16, 1941

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U.S. Classification5/113, D06/392, 5/415
International ClassificationE04H15/32
Cooperative ClassificationA47C29/006, E04H15/324
European ClassificationA47C29/00D, E04H15/32C