My Portable Hammock Stands
2018-03-28 As I mentioned on my 2018 Backpacking/Camping page earlier today, I decided to modify my rejuvenated hammock stand to make it so it can be taken in a car. The legs of the stand can be taken apart so they are approximately four feet long. The ten foot ridgepole section was the problem. I ended up cutting that ten foot section into two parts, each four feet and nine inches long. The ridgepole is made from 1-3/8 inch chain link top rail which has a roughly six inch long reduction on the end of each ten foot piece so they can be joined together by just slipping that smaller part into the adjacent pipe. The nested joint is a bit loose letting the pole sag more than I am comfortable with. So I cut a twenty inch piece of 1-1/4 id Rigid PVC schedule 40 electrical conduit to fit over the joint. That doesn't add much to the weight while strengthening it considerably. the final result is a ridge pole thirteen and one half feet long with two joints roughly equal spaced.
The final portable package is about four and a half feet long weighing just under 30 lbs. total. Each leg package weighs 13 lbs. So it is manageable. The legs are approximately 1-1/2 inches square. One minor concern, I think its minor, is that a rope keeps the legs from spreading apart (spread about 45 inches at the ground) but nothing keeps them from moving together. I can envision a collapse if something happened to start tipping one over. Once you're set up and in the hammock it seems very stable and solid. So I'm not terribly concerned.