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    Lightbulb Need to make a hammock into my van

    As my username may suggest I live in my van full time. Freedom camping all the time. I guess it is called boondocking in US?
    I have some health issues after a spinal injury doing paragliding. I have recovered enough to walk with canes so life is not too bad
    When I am sleeping in a normal bed, I do not turn often enough so I often wake up with sore arm if I slept on that side. When I sleep in my HennessyHammock in the bush I get a really good sleep and I have used the hammock inside my vans.
    So I would like to make a customised hammock which I could hang up diagonally in my van. I have a Mercedes Sprinter 2002 medium wheelbase van and the diagonal distance to hang up my hammock is about 3500mm. So I think I can make my own hammock o fit the space.
    I do not need a mosquito net as i would be inside my van. I used my HH inside the van but I want to keep it for guests when I travel with somebody.
    Another advantage of using a hammock in my van is that it makes stealth camping possible in cities. Parking on uphill or tilted sideways makes it look like nobody could sleep inside on that angle and hopefully i will be left alone by the officials?
    So any suggestions how to make my first DIY hammock. Should I just use a bed sheet fabric?

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    I totally get that you're seeking information, but if you don't mind, how are you hanging that inside the van??

    (04 Sprinter here I'd like to "hang in"...)

    Also, would you mind sharing your weight?? (kg is fine....there are plenty of options to convert!!)

    Thanks!

    P.S - Are ENO hammocks available to you over there? Ready built and would work well for what you're describing...worth a try at least...??

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    I have a $20 Stansport hanging in my Suburban.

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=30521

    It's just short enough for me to hang it. I nap in it daily at lunchtime when I'm at work.
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    That's 11'6"...more than enough room for just about anything. I second the ENO Doublenest recommendation. I hang in my van in a Grand Trunk double, which is essentially the same thing.
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    Impossible to hang with 3500 mm however if you had 11.5 foot well.......

    What they said.
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    Everything you need to know about Hammocks in vids and reading:
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    The Ultimate Hang D. Hansen - now read about everything
    JustJeff's Hammock tutorial - more reference
    TableclothFactoryBlanks - shorter lengths available on sidebar
    The TurtleDog Stand thread - Hang anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrClean417 View Post
    Impossible to hang with 3500 mm however if you had 11.5 foot well.......

    What they said.
    Not impossible as I have done it before on my short wheelbase Hiace. I had a shorter model of Hennessy Hammock (HH) then, do not remember which one but it was a tight fit. I had high roof on that Hiace so there was one place inside I could stand straight.

    Now on my MB Sprinter I have a platform bed on the windowsill level 800 mm above the floor plus 100 mm thickness for the latex mattress squabs. So with this setup I have not enough space under the hammock.
    I trialled my HH Ultralite Explorer Asym on my Sprinter a few days ago. I hung it between the door pillar of passenger door and sliding door and other end on the corner diagonally across on the top of the back door there are holes on the panels where I can hook a climbing carabiner.
    The result was that midsection was resting on top of the matress so I could not use it.
    The length was perfect but not enough space below.
    On the Hennessy Hammock there are holes on the end of the hammock fabric to tie the ropes into. Holes are big enough for to put the carabiner through and strong enough as the holes are melted on the fabric.
    I am ordering a new Hennessy Hammock but that is not going to be used inside my van as it is going to be slightly longer than my current model which I have already sold to my mate.

    So I could use a simpler hammock providing I could sleep on it reasonably level.
    On HH I can sleep diagonally allowing me to sleep more straight than on a cheap hammock. So I could copy the pattern of HH and get a friend of me to make me a copy of HH using her industrial sewing machine. I think there was a thread how to make one on this forum

    In any case I am changing the layout of my van and opt for more traditional sofa bed which has space for hammock over it.

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    So how much room is there above the mattress, or whatever surface you're hanging above and the points you want to hang from? Because that's really the issue isn't it?

    3500mm (138") is plenty long for a typical hammock of 100" ridge line, but that's with a 3' sag or so. I take it you don't have that much room.

    Sounds like it all depends on your height, the way you hang and what you can fit in the space.

    That's where I'd start. Just drape a line across from the points of your attachment and see that you can get away with, then make a hammock! You can start with tying up a bed sheet until you get the size right. Or just use a sheet!
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    Find yourself 4m of a nice polyester or nylon fabric, the wider the better. Tie knots in the end... Tie it up in the van...

    Done...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSawyer View Post
    Find yourself 4m of a nice polyester or nylon fabric, the wider the better. Tie knots in the end... Tie it up in the van...

    Done...
    Thanks for the metric measurements, coming from Finland I am illiterate on imperial measurements

    I had my old HH rigged diagonally as I did a bit of a remodelling of my furniture. So I took the platform bed out and now have more of an usual sofa which turns into a bed.
    I did some damage to the HH so I can not use it anyway and need to get that repaired for outdoor use only. I ripped open the velcro at the center seam but not too badly so it can be repaired.

    I got myself a nylon car cover from recycling center. If was pretty much unused and has enough fabric to make an indoor hammock. Blue in colour so it is not camo but does not need to be.
    I just need to visit my friend as she is into her fashion and has a sewing machine.

    In the mean time I am waiting for the weather to warm up so I can sleep outdoors. I would be OK until 3 am when it gets colder on HH and DIY underquilt.

    I read the DIY guide for HH style hammock so that would be good guide.

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