Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 17 of 17
  1. #11
    LowTech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2020
    Location
    Nomadic, US SW at moment
    Hammock
    one wind 11' wide
    Tarp
    one wind 12'
    Insulation
    UQ-20°SLD/30°bag
    Suspension
    Straps w/ BB's
    Posts
    96
    I get better cheese and park by rivers when we're around them, the rest of the time it's wilderness dry camping. Though I'm not sure it's still "camping" when you live that way.

  2. #12
    OlTrailDog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Corvallis/Stevensville, MT
    Hammock
    Hammocktent 90*, Sparrow, WBBB XLC
    Tarp
    light & waterproof
    Insulation
    Ongoing experiment
    Suspension
    Ongoing experiment
    Posts
    1,568
    Quote Originally Posted by SteelPlayer View Post
    ....way to small for a stand on the inside.....
    The stand I'm using with the Sparrow is 10'4" across the top and 3'x4' where it sits on the floor. I have another ReStore score that is 15' across the top and is perfect for the 12' SLD Trail Lair.

  3. #13
    SteelPlayer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Location
    Willow Springs, NC
    Hammock
    Netless DIY
    Tarp
    12' Winterdream
    Insulation
    DIY
    Suspension
    Beetle Buckles
    Posts
    195
    Quote Originally Posted by nanok View Post
    hmm. that front anchor point seems a bit sketchy.
    I agree and it's probably not a great idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by nanok View Post
    a tensa style stand seems like it might be worth considering
    I have a Tensa4 and there is no way it would fit in the van. The Promaster City is the size of a mini van. The cargo area is only 87" X 60" and 52" high. There's no way a full Tensa setup will work in there. And it would take up the entire cargo area.

    Quote Originally Posted by nanok View Post
    i would at least avoid using the front mounting point (maybe replace that one with half a tensa stand?
    I'm going to look into some sort of Tensa Solo type stand for the front. The concern I have is how to anchor it. The stand would need to be placed so far forward the only anchor point is going to be the same anchor point in question. The pole may help transfer some of the force to the floor but I wouldn't think much.

    When I bought the van the fleet salesman suggested I do some sort of bolt through the roof and reinforce with a metal plate. I think reinforcing the front anchor point might be worth it. From my inspection it looks just as solid as anywhere in the van. I may try finding a body shop I can trust and consult with them as to whether that anchor point will work. If not how I can reinforce it so it does.

    This is my daily driver so I don't want to start making "ugly" modifications to it. If all else fails I'll just build out a slat style bed or maybe just a tri-fold mattress on the floor.
    Got time to breath, you got time for music - Brisco Darlin

  4. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2018
    Location
    old dirt
    Posts
    130
    hmm. i understand space is tight there, but here's what i was thinking/what i meant with the "half tensa": if you have identified a long enough ridgeline for a hammock going across diagonally (which you have), and you have verified that the path for the hammock while in use, with that ridgeline, is not obstructed (so you can hang the hammock between those two points, and if you put some light dummy load in the hammock, it will not cause the fabric to touch anything in the car) -- which i don't know if you have tested -- if these criteria are fulfilled, then a tensa (or half a tensa in this case), will take very little space extra compared to the hammock itself while in use, anywhere up to say half way from the attachement point going towards the ground (as you continue towards the ground, the extra space it needs compared to the hammock increases). but your space is most limited at the attachement point i think, not at the floor level, so if hanging a hammock with a load in it will work, there's a chance that half a tensa might be convinced to fit too. half a tensa will need very little anchoring, which the existing attachement point will be able to handle easily, most of the load will be on the tensa struts as you know from your tensa4, unlike the tensa solo which would need significant anchoring power.

    another problem is that, if i understand your dimensions correctly, you need to use an offset hanging scheme (which most hang calculators cannot help with, but it's simple to understand if you draw it on a piece of paper). in short, as you want to be a bit further from the front attachement point (because that's in the front cabin, and you don't have any space there), it would mean the attachement point in the cabin should be higher than in the back, which might be difficult with so little height (i guess dropping the rear attachement would be the only way, but that might leave you with too little space to hang.

    regarding the roof: in general the roof is sheet metal, so imho it won't help much to add strength. you want to bolt on to something which was meant to be structural (the roof is almost never so, in general it will have anti roll struts inside it which will be quite strong, but the roof itself, especially for bolting something through it, is likely to disappoint you). if you want to go that route, i strongly recommend you talk to an engineer that understands how these vehicles are put together, the dealership salesman is likely not such person (and i mean that with no disrespect, this is no trivial topic, i make no claim myself that i'm able to do anything but scratch the surface of what it implies).
    Last edited by nanok; 01-13-2021 at 09:07.

  5. #15
    Senior Member Two Tents's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Hadley, Pa.
    Hammock
    Wilderness Logic Night OWL
    Tarp
    WL Tadpole
    Insulation
    Pheonix 3s, te-wa
    Suspension
    Whoopies
    Posts
    1,204
    I didnt read all the replies. I'm hanging in a Dodge Caravan. I went without a ridgeline. I anchor off the gathered end knots and into an amstel loop mounted through the van frame front and rear. I have 4 inches or so clearance of my underquilt from the floor when I'm in it.
    I like refried beans. That's why I wanna try fried beans, because maybe they're just as good and we're just wasting time. You don't have to fry them again after all.

  6. #16
    New Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Western Oregon
    Posts
    3
    3881DC3E-63F5-42AB-AC47-991143338C77.jpeg

    If this picture isn’t big enough to show the detail I’ll follow up with a larger version.

    Heres how I hung a gathered end hammock in a Toyota previa minivan for three years with no problems. This is the rear door. There’s a bolt where the seatbelt attaches. I found a broken leaf spring in my garden, looked at it and had an inspiration. I drilled a 3/8 inch hole in the leaf spring and bolted it on where the seat belt would attach. I ran a second bolt thru the end of the leaf spring and hung the hammock off of that.

    For the front I removed the passenger side visor. The two mounting screws were exactly right for the D ring I had. I wasn’t sure at all about it but it held me just fine for 3 years with no signs of stress. I did remove the passenger seat to make room for the hammock.

    9C426793-6F5D-475B-96C1-35952078FF7F.jpeg

    6E1D993D-4430-4F37-9B64-28A456F3BA0B.jpeg

    I did have to shorten the hammock. I did it by tying a knot in the fabric. My underquilt just barely cleared the floor.

    Very comfortable though and I loved how packing the hammock and bedding opened up space in the van.

    C645CF4D-130E-4DA5-BBA7-6FCB4093BB15.jpeg
    Last edited by nancybee; 01-22-2021 at 00:45. Reason: Added better picture

  7. #17
    SteelPlayer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Location
    Willow Springs, NC
    Hammock
    Netless DIY
    Tarp
    12' Winterdream
    Insulation
    DIY
    Suspension
    Beetle Buckles
    Posts
    195
    Quote Originally Posted by nancybee View Post
    very comfortable though and I loved how packing the hammock and bedding opened up space in the van.
    My plan exactly. Thank you for posting. Your solution is quite innovative. Seeing at least two people attach a mount to the front visor gives me confidence I can do the same without structural damage.
    I'm on the larger side 235-240 depending on the season. So that's my biggest concern. I have the M6 35mm eyebolts now. I need to find the time to get in the van and rig everything. I'm thinking I still want to put some sort of metal plate behind all the attachment points to reinforce and not rely on the threaded metal to hold me.
    Got time to breath, you got time for music - Brisco Darlin

  • + New Posts
  • Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

    Similar Threads

    1. Hammock Hanging Competition? Competive Hanging?
      By SnugAsaBugInaRug in forum General Hammock Talk
      Replies: 49
      Last Post: 01-18-2019, 09:11
    2. Hanging at Hanging Rock
      By Bonepile in forum General Hammock Talk
      Replies: 4
      Last Post: 09-03-2012, 14:07
    3. new to hanging
      By poppaj4 in forum Introduce Yourself
      Replies: 7
      Last Post: 08-10-2012, 16:39
    4. New to hanging
      By FireLion in forum Introduce Yourself
      Replies: 7
      Last Post: 05-06-2012, 14:44
    5. Just hanging around.
      By dmrichm in forum Introduce Yourself
      Replies: 2
      Last Post: 06-09-2010, 09:30

    Bookmarks

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •