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    Modified Elephant Trunk

    Inspired by This Video and This Thread I modified a set of Elephant Trunks. I'm a big fan of the ET's but like I said in the video they are a little time consuming to adjust especially if you hook directly to your hammock and don't use whoopies. I've only recently started using whoopies and my wife still doesn't... Anywho, it seems to be very secure. I didn't try to use a trail stick to see how it would hold up in place of the bar. The aluminum bar is just a tent peg cut in half.

    I would also like to apologize for the focus and framing on some of the video, its a new camera and my first time making a video with it. Please bear with me as I work thru these technical difficulties.

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    Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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    Pretty neat set-up there, Red. I guess one thing that I noticed was that the ET would no longer be on the strap so there might be a great chance of losing it. But I sure could see where it would be lots quicker to adjust.
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    Nice Idea. I like it!

    I wonder about sewing the ET into a loop at the end of the webbing with the remaining bar. One could still make the loop and double it through. Better yet put the webbing through and then fold over and sew the webbing so it cannot come back. That does not invade the space where the double sloop goes through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waalkes View Post
    Love it! Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks, and you're welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by Les Rust View Post
    Pretty neat set-up there, Red. I guess one thing that I noticed was that the ET would no longer be on the strap so there might be a great chance of losing it. But I sure could see where it would be lots quicker to adjust.
    I'm a little worried about the loseability of these too, but there are options: leave them in place until the next hang, larks head them to the strap after removal from tree, if you use a biner on your straps clip them on the biner etc. etc. Haven't figured out just what I'll do yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by nothermark View Post
    Nice Idea. I like it!

    I wonder about sewing the ET into a loop at the end of the webbing with the remaining bar. One could still make the loop and double it through. Better yet put the webbing through and then fold over and sew the webbing so it cannot come back. That does not invade the space where the double sloop goes through.
    I'll have to mock that up and see what happens, the problem is that I have a couple different sets of straps so I don't really want them permanently installed. Its still a work in progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redoleary View Post
    Thanks, and you're welcome.


    I'm a little worried about the loseability of these too, but there are options: leave them in place until the next hang, larks head them to the strap after removal from tree, if you use a biner on your straps clip them on the biner etc. etc. Haven't figured out just what I'll do yet?



    I'll have to mock that up and see what happens, the problem is that I have a couple different sets of straps so I don't really want them permanently installed. Its still a work in progress.
    A single overhand knot in the end would keep the ET on the strap but be easy to untie as it is not under load.
    YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by nothermark View Post
    A single overhand knot in the end would keep the ET on the strap but be easy to untie as it is not under load.
    If I had to guess I'd say I'll probably leave them right on the strap as tho' I were about to hang from them for two reasons:
    1. I'm lazy
    2. I'll know right where to find them.

    I keep my straps in a separate stuff sack, so if I just unhook the hammock from the ET I think they'll stay put long enough for me to get them in the sack especially after being under a load....time will tell.
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    I love my ET's..great video and idea

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    That's pretty ingenious Red. You've never been one to leave "well enough" alone. I love it!
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    I just wonder how much of the stregnth is lost by this MOD
    The forces at work are changed considerably with this MOD

    I would think it will be OK ,but just wondering if the maker would have in-sight on the derating

    I love my ET's and I have the same issue I just went to Whoopies and it is a little hard to make adjustments to my straps also, but I would like to see more testing and an answer from the maker before I will MOD mine
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