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    Senior Member Perkolady's Avatar
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    Longer Travel Hammock Suspension Lines

    Hi,
    I recently purchased an UL Travel Hammock. I find the lines that come with it are kinda short, so, I made new suspension lines using 4mm (same size) rope, and made them a little over a foot longer than the original. I also added a couple more knots for more tree diameter/ distance options. It worked out to add only around 1.5 to the whole set up.

    I like the simplicity of this suspension system! Sure makes for a FAST set up!

    Once I get the ropes tightened up around the trees, there is NO movement against the tree bark, which was a pleasant surprise. I've only used tree huggers in the past, and I find with the TH system, the way the ropes are wrapped around the trees seemed to actually do less damage than my tree huggers! They just don't move once they are up and tightened.

    Perkolady

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perkolady View Post
    Hi,
    I recently purchased an UL Travel Hammock. I find the lines that come with it are kinda short, so, I made new suspension lines using 4mm (same size) rope, and made them a little over a foot longer than the original. I also added a couple more knots for more tree diameter/ distance options. It worked out to add only around 1.5 to the whole set up.

    I like the simplicity of this suspension system! Sure makes for a FAST set up!

    Once I get the ropes tightened up around the trees, there is NO movement against the tree bark, which was a pleasant surprise. I've only used tree huggers in the past, and I find with the TH system, the way the ropes are wrapped around the trees seemed to actually do less damage than my tree huggers! They just don't move once they are up and tightened.

    Perkolady
    The reason webbing or tree-huggers are better for trees is not so much that they keep cord from moving, but that they distribute the weight force over a wider area, so at any given point on the tree the pressure on that point due to weight is less. To a first approximation...the force at any point of contact on a tree using a 1" bit of webbing is about 6 times less than if a 5mm rope is used. You'll notice the difference on a tree with soft bark.

    Grizz

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    Think Snow Shoes

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    Senior Member Perkolady's Avatar
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    Thanks for the logical input. Straps it is!

    (Thanks again, Grizz, for your help!)

    Perkolady

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