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US6334456: Multi-level portable housing structure

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Christopher Nevak ·
Assignee(s) None listed in document.
Attorney/Agent(s) Michael J. Tavella ·
Primary Examiner Winnie Yip ·
Application Number US9502416
Filing date 02/10/2000
Issue date 01/01/2002
Predicted expiration date 02/10/2020
U.S. Classifications 135/135  · 52/219  · 135/115  · 52/82  · 52/218  · 135/96  · 52/3  · 522/63  · 108/147.12  · 135/87  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB1
International Classifications 135114-115 · 52 82- 83 · 10814712-14715 · 135 87 · 135 96 · 135124 · 135135 · 135121 · 135137 · 1351203 · 52 211 · 52 213 · 52 216 · 52 218 · 52 219 · 52 222 · 52 223 · 52 224 · 52 225 · 52 3 · 521261 · 521266 · 52263 · 108187 ·
13 Claims, 11 Drawings


Abstract

A large multi-level tent that has an interior divided into two levels. The tent is a ¾ sphere that is supported by shaped tubes, a set of braces, and a top band. The platform has polyvinylchloride (PVC) posts to secure the platform to the ground. Each post extends upward to the full desired height for a two level living space. Metal brackets are secured to the vertical posts at each floor location. These brackets hold 2×4 horizontal wooden frame members. The frame members are reinforced with additional wood framing, similar to deck construction. Each deck is then covered with plywood sheathing to form a “floor” surface. After the platform is built, the tent is constructed around it. The tent has frame, which is covered by a canvas outer covering that is attached to all the tent frame elements.

Independent Claims | See all claims (13)

  1. 1. A two-level platform tent comprising: a) a platform, having a lower level and an upper level; b) a tent, removably constructed around said platform; c) wherein said tent comprises an outer covering having a bottom; a lower frame; and an internal frame; and further wherein the internal frame includes: a plurality of vertical frame members, wherein each of said plurality of vertical members comprise a piece of tubing, removably attached to said lower frame; and a top ring, removably attached to upper ends of said plurality of vertical members; and d) wherein said lower frame includes a plurality of frame members, and further wherein each of said plurality of frame members comprises: a) a body, having two ends and a front face; b) a first eye, being installed in one of said two ends of said body; c) a second eye, being installed in the second of said two ends of said body; and d) the first eye of one frame member being aligned with the second eye of an adjacent second frame member to receive and secure a lower end of one respective vertical member.
  2. 12. A method of construction of a two-level platform tent comprising the steps of: a) assembling a first level of a platform; b) assembling a second level of a platform, thereby forming a two-level platform; c) assembling a plurality of frame members around said two-level platform, thereby creating a lower frame around said two level platform, wherein the lower frame comprises a plurality of frame members, and further wherein each of said plurality of frame members comprises: a body, having two ends and a front face; a first eye, being installed in one of said two ends of said body a second eye, being installed in the second of said two ends of said body; and a means for securing the bottom of said outer covering to said lower frame, said assembly including the steps of: i) placing the second eye of one of said plurality of frame members over the first eye of a second of said plurality of frame members; ii) securing said second eye of one of said plurality of frame members to the first eye of a second of said plurality of frame members; and iii) repeating steps i and ii until all of said plurality of frame members are secured together; d) attaching a plurality of vertical members to said eyes of said frame members of said lower frame; e) attaching a top ring to said plurality of vertical members, thereby creating a tent frame; f) attaching one end of an outer covering, having a plurality of sections to one of said plurality of rigid vertical members and to a frame member; g) unrolling said outer covering around said tent frame, securing said tent to said lower frame; h) securing a last outer covering panel to one of said plurality of rigid vertical members and to a frame member, thereby completing a tent structure around said two level platform.

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