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    Hanging a hammock

    I am contemplating for camping to use a hammock attached to the Supercub instead of carrying a tent and all. I have seen pictures and videos of guys doing it with their carbon cubs and such, but was curious on if anyone knows what could be the weight limit for the Supercub 135hp. I was planning on attaching it to the tiedown wing ring and have the other point attached to the cross tube inside the cockpit. It would only need to support about 165 lbs.
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    I backpack with my son-in-law who uses a hammock. He sews most of his gear and is very precise - maybe it’s his engineering degree!
    So of course I shared this question with him and he sent me the following info. Maybe it will be useful or at least entertaining.

    The forces around hammocks can be deceiving and can cause a lot of
    damage if not careful. Here is a link to a calculator that can show
    all the various forces with the various variables associated with
    hanging in hammocks.

    https://theultimatehang.com/hammock-hang-calculator/

    If the suspension angle is too small, the shear force is very large
    and could cause bending and damage to things not meant to see forces
    in those angles. One strategy to get around the strong shear forces is
    to use a solid ridgeline suspended from fixed points allowing the
    object holding the hammock only to have forces in a vertical
    direction. See the attached picture of me in my hammock stand. The
    ridge line is made from a chain link fence pole that keeps the shape
    of the hammock by seeing the compression load from the hammock and
    only requires it to be supported by being hung vertically from fixed
    points. This makes it ok to be hung by more things that can easily
    support vertical forces such as home made tripods in my case. The pole
    was cut in half and reassembled with the male and female ends being in
    the middle and is held together with only the compression from the
    hammock.

    This is my prefered sleep system when visiting relatives when all beds
    are being occupied. Just add a lightweight underquilt and you're good
    to go!


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    I use a "ENO" hammock from REI. I suspend it from the x-brace and the wing tie-down ring using a couple of appropriate length lines and a caribiner on each end. I have a PA-12, but this set-up should work just as well on a PA-18.
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    I could never get good sleep in a hammock. It tends to overextend my knees and torque my lower back. How do you guys do it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RVBottomly View Post
    I could never get good sleep in a hammock. It tends to overextend my knees and torque my lower back. How do you guys do it?
    My son-in-law figured out how to lie diagonally which works for side or belly sleepers. That's what I am and he's trying to convince me to give it a try. There are some advantages over sleeping on the ground.
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    Yep..., lie diagonally for a long sleep. I also like to throw a therm a rest in there as well.
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    I slept in a hammock for years when we lived in Brazil. The one pictured in h20av8r's post is similar to the ones we used in Brazil. You definitely sleep diagonally, which makes for a pretty flat surface.

    The so-called "hammocks" you often find in US big box stores (the ones with the wooden bar across each end, and a metal frame) are an abomination. There is no way to be comfortable (and stable) in those contraptions.
    Jim Parker
    2007 Rans S-6ES
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    Thanks for the replies guys!
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