I'm considering making my Turtledog stand out of 1" square aluminum tubing. At Home Depot they give the wall thickness of the tubing at 1/20".
(also gave me a good excuse for sleeping in it tonight since it is all set up any who
With your hammock suspension out at the end, and the strap for the ridgepole in, your going to have the bending. My hammock suspension is right next to the ridgepole suspension and there is no bending in the pole. I think most folks have abandoned the idea of using those end caps to hang from, for this very reason. Personally, I didn't like the looks of them, and didn't trust the strength. I do have them on my stand, but use them for the tarp tie outs.....RR
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Ok, I get what roadrunner72 is saying. As long as all the force is dead centered on the suspensions ends, and centered inside the triangle, then you should be pretty good to go. Even for us larger framed gals. Man, can you believe I haven't gotten around to mine yet. I have everything sitting here for 3 full set ups. I was sort-of hoping it would have evolved a bit more by now, but it looks to be solid as all get out still. (I like that one that Papa smurf had made though too).
Or, and I agree with RR on this, abandon the end caps for suspension of the hammock and use another method. I've gotten a lot of mileage lately out of this arrangement, but there are other ways to skin this critter.
I have not had problems with the end caps, but I agree with others that the pot metal they're made of isn't the most reliable thing you could be hanging from.
RR's arrangement is very slick and efficient too.
Looks great overall though. Looks like you opened up the angles on the tripods too. Lots of people might be interested in how you did yours.