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    spreader bars for Claytor

    what do you use for spreader bars on the Claytor?

    is there an after-market solution that can easily be packed in with the hammock?

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    I think the majority of folks just find sticks on the ground near where they are camping. This is my plan with my new Claytor.

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    I don't have a claytor but when I needed to make spreader bars I cannibalized an old set of tent poles. works fine and all the fittings for collapsing were right there.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Ramblinrev, unless the OP is asking to do something wicked custom, the only purpose of spreaders on a Claytor is to stretch out the bug netting and make it more square. The lengths are quite short.


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    I made them for the skeeter-beeter... also very short. Mine collapse into three 6" pieces. I made them so my daughter can put her hammock up without having to mess around. I attached a couple of alligator clips to the shock cord so they will clip onto the webbing loops. I carry them in a stake bag. So far they have worked great.
    I got rid of the tent long ago and just cut them with a hack saw to the length I needed. But this way my daughter is foolproof. or as close as she can get... :?)
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    I think it was Neo who gave me this idea. bought two cheap arrows (camo of course) from walmart. cut to length and stuck rubber tips on the ends.

    The only improvement I can think of would be if they were collapsible. I wonder if they still make those kitchen curtin rods that extended and tightened by twisting like many of the hiking poles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    Mine collapse into three 6" pieces
    I think 18" is very long in the case of the Claytor. I just put my new Jungle away so I can't check but it didn't look like it needed much more than 12" of spreader.

    Here's another good shot, can't beat the stick approach. Heck if you want to always have the same stick with you, probably just get a wooden dowel from Homo Depot and you're set.


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    Go to archery dept in Wally world, Dicks, etc. Arrow shafts in aluminum or graphite.
    Mike

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    You don't know my daughter.... hehehe :?)

    Plus I hate looking around for sticks after dark and I usually end up setting up after dark. but anyway... whatever works.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    I was thinking of something like this - but 3/4's may be too thick.

    jc penny curtin rods

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