Had made one previously, but didn't like the way the ridge pole and hammock connected to the tee pees. Went to the local hardware store to investigate options. Ended up using two eye bolts per side; one top and bottom. Connected inside the ridge pole using a 3/8" coupling nut.
With eye bolts connects to ridge pole:
Attached and ready:
BTW: The zinc coated steel eye bolts I'm using are each rated for 225lbs.
Last edited by bdaabat; 06-16-2013 at 22:21.
interesting... I'm the weird case, but I don't like using the eyebolts in the poles. Seems to hamper the ability to be interchangeable and to travel simply. I connect my pole using a prusik knot of zing-it onto quick links. However, I meet trouble attaching the hammock and getting in. It wants to slide on the top rail. I was using a galvanized steel pipe and wasn't having this trouble, but now that I've switched to the chain link top rail, it wants to slide. I tried the inner tube rubber as suggested in the turtle lady stand, but had no luck there either. I've gotta figure this one out. May have to bite the bullet and use the eyebolts.
@ hppyfngy: Dop! Wish I'd seen that picture and post!
Careful with those non rated biners loaded like they would be on the tip of the opening. You may want to take two loops closer together than the two most distant. This would allow for swivelling of the accessory and more proper loading. Subbing in a couple of rated biners would be good insurance too.
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I plan on taking my hammock with me in my new purchased tent camper that I pick up tomorrow. Alot of the sites lately have been treeless, or not suitable for a hammock at the very least.
I wanted something lightweight and somewhat portable. The turtledog seems pretty good, just wish I could do without a chain link ridgepole. I like PappyAmos' fiberglass ridgepole and I have a few questions regarding it.
Firstly, is this still being used? Any issues or concerns with it? I'm looking to hang with my girlfriend bringing us in on the 300lb total mark. Think fiberglass will be sufficent? I LOVE how the sections break down, and fit back together. A bit costly...but should also be lighter.
I found these...are they the same thing that was used? If I go to an Army Navy Surplus...do I just ask for fiberglass Ham Antenna poles?
Additionally, I do end up at some sites with one tree. Has anyone fashioned a way to use ONE stand and a tree? I think this would be impossible because of the ridge pole...but you never know.
Once I pick up the camper tomorrow, I will measure out my storage trunk so that I know my max wood length and then I'll get building!
I find my narrower Hppyfngy style stands are far more stable with a guy rope staked on each side of the stand. I also have limiter ropes about half way down - Additional insurance that the legs will not spread wider than intended. One the legs are fully extended and the guy ropes are tightened, the stand isn't going anywhere. Also stands up pretty well to some wind.
The poles in your linked site appear to be the same ones - about 1 1/2" in diameter and about 4' long. Our surplus store sold them individually for around $4 each, if I remember right. Look at the description on your linked site - it mentions their original military use.
As far as 1 stand and a tree goes. The pole has to be there and you must hang from the exact point the pole is supported from on both ends. That will be difficult using a tree on one end. I am uncomfortable with that idea although it is possible.