Well, that was one royal PITA, but I went back out tonight after some pizza and got er done at least to a usable level. My 1st plan was to use the extender, but somewhat shorter hoping to avoid so much leverage and hoping not to flex the center bar so much that it contacts the ground and lifts the feet. So I shortened things a bit, still using the extender bar to increase length some. But it still wasn't enough - boy this thing is long! So I would loosen up the suspension and get under there and lengthen a few inches at a time until it was finally just barely long enough for the hammock to fit and also to apply a little tension to the uprights. And the stand's feet more or less stayed on the ground, a good thing!
Very nice! All the usual bridge benefits, but with obviously more shoulder room than either my old JRB bridge or the newer JRB UL, which has a little more shoulder room than the original. ( that's comparing with the full width WB head end bar in place EDIT: I mean with the 4" segment removed and not used so far)
I may change my mind as I use it more and especially when I get it attached to some trees with no flex, but right now I am not sure I am going to find it all that superior to my two JRBs. ( but again, time may change my mind on that, probably will, we will see)
Some might be thinking I am crazy to be saying that. But here is the thing: I have really got used to the lack of apparent shoulder room in even my older, most restrictive JRB. In fact, some people felt that the JRB UL was a good bit more comfy than the original, due to that extra shoulder room. And yes, it does have a bit more room - and is noticeably more shallow ( WB also more shallow ). But I had never come to the conclusion that I preferred the UL to the old model. Because on my back I am laying there in the old JRB and my shoulders are in a curve, but it just didn't bother me anymore. It was comfy regardless, and of course NO shoulder room problems if on my side or using a wide Neoair pad. With that pad, that is even more room than the WB. Plus, when I am in the JRB with the MWUQ wrapping up around my shoulders and a TQ funneling down into the "V" ( or something between a "V" and a "U" ), it is a mighty snug experience. And I love to lean back into that deep side on the old JRB. So I don't really have any complaints with the JRBs.
But the good news is that I am finally hanging out back with the stand ~ behaving. Now to see if I end up finding it to be actually more comfy. It is going to have to be at least a bit more comfy in order for me to put up with the wider bars and the length. Maybe it will be!
Has any one used a RL? If so, what is the correct length? My 1st JRB was 9 ft 6" between the outer rings, the UL is 8.75 ft recommended ( but maybe a little more feels better). I'm thinking this is going to be a good bit more than those!
Originally Posted by gmcttr
That it does, and can be setup/taken down in a few minutes...
Yes, that looks great! Got a link for the plans? I had plans in my head for a similar one, with the same top post as my other one had and like this one had, but I like the looks of this better than what I was planning. No significant flex with the top post designs in my experience!
Originally Posted by Floridahanger
Well, nothing wrong with this stand. Just put some swings on it and it's multipurpose, I mean it's for the kids.
That's how I felt about it! What's not to like? What is it with wives?