TODAY’S PATENT – SPARE WHEEL CARRIER FOR VEHICLES
The SPARE WHEEL CARRIER FOR VEHICLES was invented by Raywood C. Weiler (Fontana, CA) on 20th February 1979, bearing the patent number US4140255A.
The present invention relates to spare wheel carriers for vehicles and more particularly to such carriers adapted to be mounted on the rear bumper of a vehicle, such as a travel trailer or motor home.
A bumper mounted spare wheel carrier for a vehicle is foldable downwardly to afford access to a trunk or door of the vehicle. The carrier includes a spring biased latch element which secures the carrier in vertical position. A resilient operating lever secured to the latch element is deformable under stress and when maintained in stressed condition provides a positive safety lock for the latch element independent of the spring biasing means. Novel wheel retaining means cooperating with the carrier selectively secure different sizes of wheels on the carrier.