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    Having a ridgeline that long has drawbacks. It means you can't pitch it taught unless the trees are farther than 12" apart. Additionally, you end up having to carry extra weight not just with the tarp itself but with the suspension of the hammock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    24" on either end.

    And if your hammock is 8' flat, its going to be less when strung up.

    I had a 12x10 tarp covering my hammocks that were up side by side. I even pitched the sides up with PVC pipe. Rained all night... and hard. The next morning everything was still dry.

    Are there any closeup pics floating around of the hammock hanging rig attached to your trailer hitch. I'd really like to buy one or have one made.

    Thanks, Miguel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miguel View Post
    Are there any closeup pics floating around of the hammock hanging rig attached to your trailer hitch. I'd really like to buy one or have one made.

    Thanks, Miguel
    Thats something I made.

    Id be willing to make one for ya... But I bet shipping would be cost prohibitive.

    Heres something similar with free shipping.

    http://www.realtruck.com/extend-a-tr...611P1C1T.html#

    There are some closeer-ups here...

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=7817
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    Miguel, if opening your tailgate is not an issue, just get a length of pipe that is just big enough to drop down over your hitch ball. Run two ratchet straps from the top of the pipe to hard points in the bed of your truck, and you should be good to go. Easy peezy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Miguel, if opening your tailgate is not an issue, just get a length of pipe that is just big enough to drop down over your hitch ball. Run two ratchet straps from the top of the pipe to hard points in the bed of your truck, and you should be good to go. Easy peezy.
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    Old Gringo and Opie
    Thanks for the info and suggestions. This would be going on the back of a Honda Element. I'm in CA right now and the Element is in NY. I'll see if I can rig up that pipe somehow. That seems like a great idea! Thanks to you both. And special thanks for offering to make one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miguel View Post
    Old Gringo and Opie
    Thanks for the info and suggestions. This would be going on the back of a Honda Element. I'm in CA right now and the Element is in NY. I'll see if I can rig up that pipe somehow. That seems like a great idea! Thanks to you both. And special thanks for offering to make one.

    Miguel
    If the Element has a receiver hitch, it should work.

    I would resist the impulse to attach supports to the roof rack, which is most likely held on with sheet metal screws. Instead, try running your strapping through the doors, so that the load is on the door pillars. You can still open and close the doors normally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    If the Element has a receiver hitch, it should work.

    I would resist the impulse to attach supports to the roof rack, which is most likely held on with sheet metal screws. Instead, try running your strapping through the doors, so that the load is on the door pillars. You can still open and close the doors normally.
    Excellent idea Dave as always. I'll just add a suggestion ... when you run those straps over the door pillars, I'd add a piece of soft cloth when it contacts the edge of the painted surface as it comes out of the door crack. Webbing can be abrasive to paint ... don't ask how I know

    If you do get a little abrasion ... some good compound and a little muscle will take it out ... again ... don't ask!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk-eye View Post
    Excellent idea Dave as always. I'll just add a suggestion ... when you run those straps over the door pillars, I'd add a piece of soft cloth when it contacts the edge of the painted surface as it comes out of the door crack. Webbing can be abrasive to paint ... don't ask how I know

    If you do get a little abrasion ... some good compound and a little muscle will take it out ... again ... don't ask!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PKT View Post

    My big question is straight vs Cat-cut - I understand that the cat-cut is
    better in the wind but looks like it would be at the price of LESS coverage.

    Straight looks like it would do better in a heavy rain. Opinions?
    I was out last night and it snowed, blew, then turned to a wintery mix of both rain and snow. In my side yard I just have an old truck tarp strung up and sleep under that most the time. This truck tarp is probably 12 x 12 straight cut of course.

    Anyway, 2 am middle of the night, I realized I was getting wet! I was able to stake the ends of the tarp across each other and make some good doors. Just thinking, I wouldn't have been able to do that with a MacCat deluxe or Ultra. I never thought much about the straight cut tarp cause I began with a cat cut, but the straight tarp of the same size does offer a door/partial door, option. A little tight inside, but did the job!
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