United States Patent 7,017,975

7,017,975

Equipment-hauling expandable shelter

Issued:  March 28, 2006

Inventors:  Parmer; James D. (Phoenix, AZ)

Abstract:  A versatile equipment-hauling expandable shelter is disclosed configured to both provide shelter and store, transport, and launch equipment, such as motorized toys, military equipment, tools, and the like. The equipment-hauling expandable shelter includes a chassis and a shelter attached to the chassis, such as one of a tent, a container, and a cover. The shelter is configured to be stowed on the chassis at a small exterior profile size with a maximum equipment/storage volume and erected on or around the chassis into a spacious shelter with more than double the volume of the equipment/storage volume. The center roof section rises automatically by lift assemblies to provide adequate head room for standing. Drop assemblies allow for solid/sealed wheel fenders and solid inner side panel extensions which in turn provide for a continuous floor and ramps. Portable interior components provide changeable/versatile interior configurations.