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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Lightening up!.. Maybe!

I've pulled a small camper for many miles over the last few years. It has it's advantages and disadvantages. for one you can carry more stuff in a camper and you have a more comfortable place to sleep. The only real drawback that I've found is that you have that 350lbs or more thing behind you everywhere you go unless you set up a base camp. I was on a trip across the south about a month ago and ended up camping when I really didn't expect too. I stopped by a local sporting goods store and picked up a ENO Double Nest Hammock set up including the rain-fly and a bug net. I set it up the first night right out of the box, which in most cases is not a good thing to do. But it worked out OK. I didn't get it real tight in the trees so I was sleeping in a slumped position. Maybe it just takes some practice setting it up right. I could see where the ENO wouldn't work if I was in an area lacking trees... But I like the fact that it' easy to set up and take down. It's light wight and packs away in the saddlebags. No trailer behind me all day!

Anybody else have a hammock system and want to share lessons learned?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 03:13 PM
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OTHERS WILL CHIME IN. THINK MISTERK USES ?? HAVE SEEN USED AND PEOPLE LIKE THEM ALOT !!! ALL YA NEED IS 1 TREE AND HOOK ROPE TO TO HITCH N "PULL IT TITE "

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avid hammock camper here. to really make a hammock setup versatile, at the very least you're going to need to install a hammock ridgeline to maintain curvature of the hammock when hung. Also, you'll need top and bottom quilts to stay warm, and a tarp for poor weather conditions.
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also, most camping hammocks are designed to lay asymmetric to get the flattest possible lay. the wife and I use dutchware hammocks with whoopie sling suspension. https://dutchwaregear.com/
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Love Hammock camping been hanging for the last few years now.
The wife and I are hooked. Sleep so much better off the ground. We
have three hammocks now wife has a Amok, she love it. https://www.amokequipment.com/
I have Hennessey and a Dream.
A good book to get is the Ultimate Hang and check out their web site.
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Remember you do not lay like a banana in a hammock, you across it on a diagonal. Also many hammocks have a right lay and a left lay. If not laying the correct way it will not be comfortable.

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MAN NOT FOR ME !!!!! OK FOR A POWER NAP .. I CANT SLEEP IN A MUMMY BAG ...BODY NEEDS "TO ROAM "
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MAN NOT FOR ME !!!!! OK FOR A POWER NAP .. I CANT SLEEP IN A MUMMY BAG ...BODY NEEDS "TO ROAM "
Also where do you plug in the CPAP machine?? Actually I enjoy camping on trips and really like what I see here. It looks like fun and with much less gear than lugging around a tent, sleeping bag, etc.


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How easy and fast is it to pack up all those trees?
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My back is complete junk . Thank goodness my chiropractor is a miracle worker . I used to think the hammock idea would be the worse thing for it . After lengthy discussions with Biker2v ' a chat with Doc Crackin Back , a chat with my Doc, and the fact of I sleep on a te pure pedicure old man be that elvates my feet and upper body I essentially am sleeping in a hammock . I am seriously considering buying a hammock for adventure riding solo trips . I will never ever sell my Leesure lite , but hauling it with KLR or little China Girl is impossible . I have all the other light weight camping stuff already. Where I plan on riding will always be trees to support hammock , or pipeline if I ver get to Alaska and ride the way I want to up there in back country an advnture bike . So I have changed my mind about folding up like a banana to sleep . BTW I hate fruit , so it's even more evident I am serious .

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I'm becoming a big fan of hammocks. I really like the Kammock Python straps and strongly recommend using a ridgeline (google it). The two together make it very simple to get a good pitch.

It stuns me how cold your butt can get. Nice in the high summer, a bit of a downside in March in most places.

On this year's to do list is: 1) experimenting with a bug net (I've got the tarp bit down, but don't have one of those complete system rigs and I'm netless at the moment).; 2) maybe tinkering with different insulating layers for under the body when it isn't high summer, though the Thermarest pad I've been using is OK.

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