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MULTI-LEVEL SLIDING CARGO TRAY

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031584D
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-29
Document File: 7 page(s) / 2M

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Abstract

A multi-level sliding cargo tray is disclosed. The multi-level sliding cargo tray is configured to travel fore/aft and can move to multiple levels without removing the tray from the vehicle and comprises two or more sets of sidewall-mounted tracks placed at different elevations for multiple tray heights, a releasable locking mechanism provided to prevent unwanted tray movement, and rollers mounted at the sides of the cargo tray to travel in the tracks.

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MULTI-LEVEL SLIDING CARGO TRAY Abstract

         A multi-level sliding cargo tray is disclosed. The multi-level sliding cargo tray is configured to travel fore/aft and can move to multiple levels without removing the tray from the vehicle and comprises two or more sets of sidewall-mounted tracks placed at different elevations for multiple tray heights, a releasable locking mechanism provided to prevent unwanted tray movement, and rollers mounted at the sides of the cargo tray to travel in the tracks.

Background

         It is generally known to provide for a tray in the cargo area of a vehicle (e.g., automobile, SUV, etc.). Such trays typically require that they be detached from the vehicle (e.g., the trim in the cargo area) to be repositioned or reconfigured. For example, known multi-tiered cargo systems may consist of a one-piece panel that must be completely disengaged from the vehicle to be moved to a different position. The performance provided by this design is less than desirable because the full weight of the panel must be borne by the user during handling, and because the panel is completely loose, it is difficult to align the panel mounting details with the corresponding vehicle mounting details. However, such detachment has several disadvantages including misalignment, fit issues, loss of the cargo tray, and the like.

Description

         As shown in the drawings, a multi-level sliding cargo tray system remains or stays in contact with the vehicle, bearing the majority of the tray weight as well as guiding the tray into the vehicle's tracking.

         Two or more sets of sidewall-mounted tracks are placed at different elevations, providing multiple tray heights. A releasable locking mechanism is provided to prevent undesired tray movement.

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         Rollers mounted at the sides of the cargo tray travel in the vehicle-mounted tracks, allowing fore-aft movement of the tray. One set of rollers is mounted near the front (in vehicle) of the tray, and another set approximately 2/3rds of the way back of the track.

To move the tray from, for example, the bottom tracks to the upper tracks:
1. The locking mechanism is released, allowing the tray to be rolled rearward in vehicle. The tray is moved until the rear set of rollers is aligned with a cutout in the bottom flange of the upper track.

    2. Using the front set of rollers as a pivot, the rear of the tray is tipped up until the rear set of rollers passes through the cutout and contacts the upper flange of the track. At this point, the front se...