US 9,809,170 B2
Vehicle side mirror protector
Michael Johnson, Henderson, NV (US)
Assigned to U-Haul International, Inc., Phoenix, AZ (US)
Filed by Michael Johnson, Henderson, NV (US)
Filed on Jun. 18, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/743,067.
Prior Publication US 2016/0368421 A1, Dec. 22, 2016
Int. Cl. B60R 1/06 (2006.01); B60R 1/076 (2006.01)
CPC B60R 1/076 (2013.01) [B60R 1/0605 (2013.01); B60R 1/0617 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus for protecting a side mirror of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:
a side mirror support frame pivotally mounted to the vehicle and having an outer end disposed outwardly from the vehicle;
a side mirror mounted to the support frame and having an outer side; and
a wheel mounted to the support frame or the side mirror so that the wheel can rotate in a generally horizontal plane;
wherein the wheel includes a peripheral contact surface having a portion that extends outwardly beyond the support frame outer end and beyond the side mirror outer side; and
wherein the wheel contact surface includes a portion that extends forward beyond the support frame and the side mirror;
whereby when a surface of an obstacle contacts the wheel contact surface, the wheel can rotate and the side mirror support frame can pivot to minimize damage to the side mirror.