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    Spreader Bar for Two Hammocks

    I'm looking for ways to attach a spreader bar to two hammocks hanging from the same two trees. It would be ideal to use hiking poles for the spreader bar. I'm also not sure where the bar attaches to the suspension and how long the bar should be.

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    If you're hanging head to head, I'd start with 32"...experiment with branches before you make a permanent bar.

    Depending on the size of the trees, if you hang head to foot, you might pull it off without a spreader.
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    Bump! There's gotta be somebody out there that's done this.

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    Akers, the problem is see is when one person exits. The other occupant will get jostled around.
    And keeping the spreader attached. Theres going to be alot of stress/compression on that spreader. Double the stress of a normal bridge hammock, since there are two peeps.
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    I think it could.be done but in the end... heavy heavy.
    look at those cheap lantern hangers that use a chain to hold the hanger.
    with that concept, but bigger and OH YES heavier. Usimg one set for each hammock.
    Just thinking out loud.
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    My experience has been that 16" is a good distance between two hammocks. That was also the British Navy regulation spec. I haven't used spreader bars myself, but I'm pretty sure that Ed Speer has.
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    I've heard tzbrown and his wife hang with spreader bars. I'm still waiting on him to catch this thread. I do see everybodys point though. I think a three tree hang is ideal but I was looking for backup plans. I think instead of using a spreader, finding two trees with a larger diameter might be more feasible. I'm currently using 5' straps. Would these be long enough for a large diameter tree and setting them 90 degrees off the hammock suspension to set the gap for two hammocks?

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    somewhat related idea - instead of a spreader bar use some line to pull the hammocks apart sideways - doesn't have to be particularly heavy line but one does need to have somewhere to tie it off that will handle the pull - usually not a problem if camping where some smaller trees/shrubs can be used as tie points but can be an issue in more open environments - technique has advantage of less disturbance of other hammock when getting out of the hammock one is in

    I used this technique once at Laurel Gap Shelter in the Smokys - I hung from the main beam in the shelter then pulled myself sideways away from the upper platform edge with some small Spyderline (my bear rope) attached to the cage in front of the shelter

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    TZBrown and his wife used trekking pole as spreader bars at both end of the hammocks.... Trekking poles were CF if that makes a difference and he had sewn "baskets" that attached to the whoopie sling at the hammock for the poles to be inserted into....IIRC they placed the hammocks about 30" center to center.... SLICK system, I'll be using a similair system the spring with the GF...
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    If you go with hanging two hammocks from only two trees:
    Instead of putting your suspension attachment point dead center of each tree, put one hammock suspension attachment point on the right side of the tree and the other one the left.
    Another trick is to hang one hammock 6 inches higher than the other. It keeps hips from bumping.

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