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    Hanging in a pickup bed ?!?

    I did a search to see if this might have been covered before but came up empty-handed, so I'll apologize in advance if this is an old topic . . .

    I'm wondering if anyone has rigged a setup to hang their hammock in the back of their truck? I got to looking at the bed of my full-size Chevy the other day (you know the talk about scoping out trees - always looking for the next hang spot) and realized that it's about 10' measured corner to corner diagonally. Yeah, its kinda short, but could still work if hung in a way that eliminated the suspension length.

    I'm picturing a post at the two corners, just high enough to keep you from dragging tail when sleeping. Maybe some way to utilize the stake pockets found around the bed? Do newer trucks still have these? (Or even 8' beds?!?)

    Just curious if it's been done or discussed before - if not, I may have to step up and innovate!

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    Don't own a truck, but you should definitely do it. My next vehicle will be a truck, and you can bet your pennies I am already designing my stand for the bed of it.
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    That would be killer... I've thought about it but I have a 5.5' bed. You could also think about something that slides into the hitch receiver (thinking about a bed extender or something)... just needs to be tall enough. Then figure out the front support. If you could use a bed extender you might be able to hang two hammocks from it and go to each of the front corners.


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    I don't recall seeing anyone hang IN a pick up bed. Are you talking about a truck with a camper shell enclosing the bed or are you thinking of some kind of stand in an open bed?

    Silverlion hangs in his Suburban. Click HERE to see thread.

    Let us know what you come up with. Cool idea!
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    Rip something (knot free) to fit in the stake pockets, 'bout 5' long, add an overhead beam (critical), and hang. Couldn't be easier.

    My math comes out well under 10', though...
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    Sorry I don't have photos,

    but seen hammocks in VW micro buses, Jeeps, etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradley View Post
    Sorry I don't have photos,

    but seen hammocks in VW micro buses, Jeeps, etc
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    Hah ha, yeah I've got a '73 bus and there really isn't room to hang inside with the camper setup its got . . .
    I'm looking for a way to quickly set up in the back of my open-bed pickup, say, maybe over lunch break or sometime like that.

    Scooterbrown, Neat idea about the hitch mount extender for short beds. Probably could hang two this way -- COOL!

    Oldgringo
    , I agree about normally needing an overhead spreader bar to handle the compressive forces. But I'm wondering if there's a slick way to attach to the bed so that wasn't needed. I know the bed could take it, it's just a matter of figuring out the connections... maybe if the vertical post had two horizontal pcs about 2' long that would rest on the top of the bed sides, then anchor the post into the stake pocket to resist uplift --- hmmmmm ?

    -Klauss

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    You can make a hitch style adapter then a tripod stand for the other end of the hammock. This is what I am thinking of doing.

    Jeremy

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    Still can't figure out how to post pics here using the iPad. Click link for hanging in the bed set up.

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    If you got one of those racks around your truck, i've thoght about doing that for a while now, if you do it post a picture pleaseI realy want to see my dream made real.
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