Title:
Inflatable tent
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An inflatable tent includes an inflatable main body having a tent floor, an inner tent wall, an outer tent wall, and a tent roof, the inner and outer tent walls together defining an inflatable space therebetween and constituting a tent wall, and the tent floor, the inner tent wall, and the tent roof together enclosing a interior space. An inflation valve is provided on the outer tent wall, so that air is supplied into the inflatable space via the inflation valve. The inflatable tent also includes at least one entrance formed on the tent wall, a bathroom arranged in the interior space at a selected position, and a utility cabinet located outside the inflatable main body and including at least one water tank, which communicates with the bathroom via an inlet pipeline and a drain pipeline.



Inventors:
Wang, Jen-chang (Dongshan Township, TW)
Application Number:
11/878670
Publication Date:
01/29/2009
Filing Date:
07/26/2007
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E04H15/20
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Primary Examiner:
GITLIN, MATTHEW J
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ROSENBERG, KLEIN & LEE (ELLICOTT CITY, MD, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. An inflatable tent, comprising: an inflatable main body including a tent floor, an inner tent wall, an outer tent wall, and a tent roof; the inner and the outer tent wall together defining an inflatable space therebetween and constituting a tent wall; whereby when the inflatable main body is fully inflated, the tent floor, the inner tent wall, and the tent roof together enclose an interior space; an inflation valve mounted on the outer tent wall, so that air is supplied into the inflatable space between the inner and the outer tent wall via the inflation valve; at least one entrance formed on the tent wall of the inflatable main body, so that the interior space is accessible via the entrance; a bathroom arranged in the interior space at a selected position, and communicable with the inflatable space between the inner and the outer tent wall; and a utility cabinet located outside the inflatable main body, and including at least one water tank, which is communicable with the bathroom via an inlet pipeline and a drain pipeline.

2. The inflatable tent as claimed in claim 1, wherein the bathroom includes partitions communicable with the inflatable space.

3. The inflatable tent as claimed in claim 1, wherein the inlet pipeline includes a water inlet and a clean water tank communicating with the water inlet; and the drain pipeline includes a drain port and a wastewater tank communicating with the drain port.

4. The inflatable tent as claimed in claim 1, wherein the bathroom is equipped with a bathroom pipeline, via which water is supplied to and drained from the bathroom.

5. The inflatable tent as claimed in claim 1, wherein the utility cabinet further includes a power generator and a distribution panel for supplying sufficient electric power needed for normal water and power supply to the inflatable tent.

6. An inflatable tent, comprising: an inflatable main body including a tent floor, an inner tent wall, an outer tent wall, and a tent roof; the inner and the outer tent wall together defining an inflatable space therebetween and constituting a tent wall; whereby when the inflatable main body has been fully inflated, the tent floor, the inner tent wall, and the tent roof together enclose an interior space; an inflation valve mounted on the outer tent wall, so that air is supplied into the inflatable space between the inner and the outer tent wall via the inflation valve; at least one entrance formed on the tent wall of the inflatable main body, so that the interior space is accessible via the entrance; and a bed and sofa set being arranged in the interior space at a selected position and communicable with the inflatable space, such that when the inflatable main body is fully inflated, the bed and sofa set is also inflated into shape for use.

7. The inflatable tent as claimed in claim 6, wherein the bed and sofa set includes a bed, a sofa, and a TV set table.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to an inflatable tent, and more particularly to an inflatable tent equipped with inlet and drain pipelines.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Generally, a traveler would stay over in a hotel. However, for some special sightseeing places, such as high on mountains or far away from cities, it is possible that the traveler fails to find a hotel. As a solution to this problem, camping tent has been developed, so that a traveler is not necessarily bound to a fixed place for staying.

Taiwan Utility Model No. M255884 discloses a leisure tent, which includes a supporting frame consisting of four flexible spring strips, and a tent cover externally covered on the supporting frame. The four spring strips together define a space therein, which is enclosed in the tent cover, so that the leisure tent has substantially rectangular roof, front and rear walls connected at upper edges to the front and rear edges of the roof, and left and right walls connected at upper edges to the left and right edges of the roof. The tent cover is sewed at joints of the left, right, front, and rear walls and the roof to form two sleeve-like pockets each, so that the spring strips are extended through these sleeve-like pockets and thereby connected to one another. A door is provided on the front wall of the tent cover. With the flexibility of the spring strips, the leisure tent can be conveniently bent and folded into a predetermined shape for storage. Similarly, with the spring force of the spring strips, the leisure tent can be easily extended for use.

While the above-structured leisure tent can be conveniently folded for storage and extended for use, a user has to assemble the supporting frame consisting of the four spring strips and the tent cover by following the predetermined procedures. Therefore, the leisure tent is not in readiness for use and does not meet the demands of people in the modern society. Moreover, when any part of the leisure tent is damaged, the user has to replace the damaged part before the supporting frame can be assembled for use. This would also bring confusions to the user. Further, the spring strips, the tent cover, and the door of the tent are quite heavy and are a burden to the user for carrying out.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A primary object of the present invention is to provide an inflatable tent having an inflation valve, via which a user may easily inflate the tent into shape using an inflator.

Another object of the present invention is to provide an inflatable tent equipped with a utility cabinet, in which inlet and drain pipelines, a power generator and a distribution panel are provided to enable water and power supply to and water draining from the inflatable tent.

To fulfill the above objects, in accordance with the present invention, there is provided an inflatable tent which includes an inflatable main body having a tent floor, an inner tent wall, an outer tent wall, and a tent roof, the inner and outer tent walls together defining an inflatable space therebetween and constituting a tent wall, and the tent floor, the inner tent wall, and the tent roof together enclosing a interior space. An inflation valve is provided on the outer tent wall, so that air is supplied into the inflatable space via the inflation valve. The inflatable tent also includes at least one entrance formed on the tent wall, a bathroom arranged in the interior space at a selected position, and a utility cabinet located outside the inflatable main body and including at least one water tank, which communicates with the bathroom via an inlet pipeline and a drain pipeline.

The inflatable tent of the present invention is superior to the conventional tents in that it can be easily inflated into shape for use to eliminate the trouble of carrying a heavy supporting frame and simplify the complicated assembling procedures.

Moreover, to enhance the comfort of the inflatable tent, a bathroom as well as a bed and sofa set is arranged in an interior space of the inflatable tent. The bathroom is connected to the water inlet and the drain pipeline in the utility cabinet to ensure good water supply and draining from the inflatable tent.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The structure and the technical means adopted by the present invention to achieve the above and other objects can be best understood by referring to the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments and the accompanying drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 is an elevation view of an inflatable tent according to an embodiment of the present invention in a deflated state;

FIG. 2 is an elevation view of the inflatable tent of FIG. 1 in an inflated state;

FIG. 3 is a top plan view showing an interior space of the inflatable tent of FIG. 1; and

FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken along line 4-4 of FIG. 3.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Please refer to FIGS. 1 and 2 that are elevation views of an inflatable tent 100 according to an embodiment of the present invention in a deflated and an inflated state, respectively; and to FIG. 3 that is a top plan view showing an interior space of the inflatable tent 100. As shown, to enable convenient use by users, the inflatable tent 100 is integrally formed to include an inflatable main body 1, an inflation valve 2, at least one entrance 3, a bathroom 4, a bed and sofa set 5, and a utility cabinet 6.

The inflatable main body 1 includes a tent floor 11, a tent wall 12 consisting of an outer tent wall 121 and an inner tent wall 122, and a tent roof 13. The tent floor 11 may be fixed to the ground using a plurality of floor fixing elements 111, such as pegs, so that the inflatable tent 100 may more stably stand on the ground. The outer and the inner tent wall 121, 122 of the tent wall 12 together define an inflatable space 123 between them. The inflation valve 2 is mounted on the outer tent wall 121 at a suitable position, so that air may be supplied into the inflatable space 123 via the inflation valve 2 to inflate the inflatable tent 100. The entrance 3 is provided at the tent wall 12. To use the inflatable tent 100, a selected inflating tool, such as a manual inflator or a powered inflator, is used to pump air to the inflatable space 123 via the inflation valve 2 to transform the inflatable tent 100 into a predetermined shape, as shown in FIGS. 2 and 3.

The bathroom 4 and the bed and sofa set 5 are provided inside the inflatable tent 100. Two partitions 401, 402 are provided between the bathroom 4 and the bed and sofa set 5. The bathroom 4, the bed and sofa set 5, and the two partitions 401, 402 are communicable with the inflatable space 123, as shown in FIG. 4. The bathroom 4 internally includes a bathroom pipeline 41, a shower head 42, a sink 43, and a flush toilet 44. The shower head 42, the sink 43, and the flush toilet 44 are communicable with the bathroom pipeline 41.

The bed and sofa set 5 includes a bed 51, a sofa 52, and a TV set table 53. When the inflatable tent 100 is inflated, the bathroom 4 and the bed and sofa set 5 are also inflated into shape for use. FIG. 4 is a fragmentary sectional view taken on line 4-4 of FIG. 3 showing the inflatable tent 100 in an inflated state. The tent floor 11, the inner tent wall 122, and the tent roof 13 together enclose an interior space 14, which is accessible via the entrance 3. With these arrangements, the inflatable tent 100 may be easily inflated and various facilities therein are readily for use as soon as the tent 100 is inflated.

The utility cabinet 6 is externally connected to the main body 1 of the inflatable tent 100, and equipped with an inlet pipeline 61 and a drain pipeline 62. The inlet pipeline 61 includes a water inlet 611 and a clean water tank 612 communicable with the water inlet 611. The drain pipeline 62 includes a drain port 621 and a wastewater tank 622 communicable with the drain port 621. The inlet pipeline 61 and the drain pipeline 62 are separately led to the bathroom pipeline 41 of the bathroom 4 via an external pipeline 7, so that clean water is supplied to the bathroom 4 from the inlet pipeline 61 and used water is discharged from the bathroom 4 via the drain pipeline 62.

The utility cabinet 6 may further include a power generator 63 and a distribution panel 64 to supply sufficient electric power needed for normal water and power supply to the inflatable tent 100, making the inflatable tent 100 more convenient for use.

To ensure good ventilation in the interior space 14, a plurality of windows 8 may be opened on the tent wall 12 of the inflatable main body 1 to communicate the interior space 14 with external environment and ambient air.

Although the present invention has been described with reference to the preferred embodiment thereof, it is apparent to those skilled in the art that a variety of modifications and changes may be made without departing from the scope of the present invention which is intended to be defined by the appended claims.