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    How many members use a hammock while moto camping?

    Trying to get an idea how many members use a tent vs a hammock here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie0486 View Post
    Trying to get an idea how many members use a tent vs a hammock here.

    thanks
    I have attended 34 BMW MOA national rallies and a few hundred local rallies. I recall seeing maybe 4 or 5 folks sleeping overnight in a hammock in all that time. It might have been the same guy for all I know. JJ used to sleep in his Kayak. Tom Dean just rolled up in his tent the yeaar he forgot his poles. I've seen several folks beside their bikes on the ground, but very few hammocks. I tried one when I was a kid. It killed my back since I normally sleep on my side.
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    Being assured of available, properly spaced trees is probably the biggest deterent.




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    Iíve used a hammock for several years now and love it. My son got me started after hammock camping with the Scouts. I donít think it is the best for rallies as you need plenty of trees and you tend to be isolated from the group. But the sleep in a hammock is far better for me than a tent or the ground. I love mine for solo camping and when I want to get a little further off the beaten path. Seems to fit well with the motorcycle.
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    I used one for years when canoe camping. The model I used was a Hennessy (https://hennessyhammock.com). I sold it to a guy with a Hexhead a few years ago, and he thought it was great. The big problem (as noted above) is getting trees properly placed.
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    I took a nap in a hammock once; found it quite uncomfortable; have not repeated my error.
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    It’s not what you think. You sleep diagonally acros the hammock. My Hennessy had complete insect netting, full tent coverage and no hard ground.
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    Followup question for hammock sleepers: on back? side? stomach?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Followup question for hammock sleepers: on back? side? stomach?
    All 3, I toss and turn all night, hammocks won't do for me.
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    I love an afternoon nap in a hammock, but I'm also a side sleeper so they don't work for me at night. There are some that are advertised to work for side sleepers by sleeping at an angle, but the pictures don't look very comfortable to me for the way I sleep.
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    You might be surprised at the comfort with a good hammock. I sleep on my
    stomach in a bed and assumed I would never get a good nights rest in a hammock. But, as John suggests, you sleep diagonally in the hammock with your feet somewhat elevated above your head. The slow rocking motion and even support across your entire body and Iíve never slept better. Very rarely do I wake up in the hammock or need to roll over, unlike a night in a tent where I constantly reposition.

    The previously mentioned son sleeps in nothing but a hammock - he doesnít own a bed. I had to put eye bolts in the wall for him and when he left for college, he bought a stand. Iím curious to find out what happens when a wife shows up.

    I was doubtful when I first started, but getting the proper equipment, including bug net and under quilt, makes a big difference. I still tent camp because the tent is actually a little easier to erect, but on a cool night with some solid trees and you canít beat the hammock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t2moyer View Post
    You might be surprised at the comfort with a good hammock. I sleep on my
    stomach in a bed and assumed I would never get a good nights rest in a hammock. But, as John suggests, you sleep diagonally in the hammock with your feet somewhat elevated above your head. The slow rocking motion and even support across your entire body and Iíve never slept better. Very rarely do I wake up in the hammock or need to roll over, unlike a night in a tent where I constantly reposition.

    The previously mentioned son sleeps in nothing but a hammock - he doesnít own a bed. I had to put eye bolts in the wall for him and when he left for college, he bought a stand. Iím curious to find out what happens when a wife shows up.

    I was doubtful when I first started, but getting the proper equipment, including bug net and under quilt, makes a big difference. I still tent camp because the tent is actually a little easier to erect, but on a cool night with some solid trees and you canít beat the hammock.
    Ted, with a decade of experience under my belt running university dormitories, I can assure you that your son has been rehearsing for having a wife and auditioning candidates with great vigor and enthusiasm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Ted, with a decade of experience under my belt running university dormitories, I can assure you that your son has been rehearsing for having a wife and auditioning candidates with great vigor and enthusiasm.
    As a former Res Lifer myself, I have to agree with your observation
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    I have the ENO that packs up so small I take it everywhere...even on a day ride when I want to take a break....I pull off the road, usually somewhere in a national forest and relax for a bit. I also have the whole netting system and I find it quite nice to be suspended and not on the ground.


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    I've never actually tried any of the new style of hammocks but I'm not convinced. I'm definitely a tent and Kermit chair type of guy plus I like my vestibules.
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