Anyone Else Use A Hammock In The Truck?

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Cwc's Comment
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Just wanted to know if anyone else is using a hammock vs a hard mattress? I'm currently solo and I'm not sure I'll be able to use it with a codriver but I'm gearing up to make a company change to be solo.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I think you may be hard-pressed to find secure points to hang it from. The inside is all plastic walls and such with no good hangers. And with maybe a maximum 8 feet, you won't have much slack! (An\d the owner - your company - won't take kindly to driver modifications.)

Also, a DOT requirement: securing the sleeping person. Can't use the installed net-tie down. Maybe rig a climbing harness and secure that to the sleeping harness attachment.

In other words, more trouble than it's worth.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Cwc's Comment
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I can assure you a 10ft two person or xxl hammock fits quite nicely and comfortably in a Frieghtliner Evolution. With a bit of creativity that is. Just haven't tried to put my net up yet. But as I said not sure about someone else driving while I'm hanging out. Just wanting to see if I'm the only one doing this? Very comfortable and when the opti idle kicks the truck on and off you don't feel it.

Skywalker's Comment
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Send a pic! I got to see this setup. I love hammocks

Pianoman's Comment
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I can assure you a 10ft two person or xxl hammock fits quite nicely and comfortably in a Frieghtliner Evolution. With a bit of creativity that is. Just haven't tried to put my net up yet. But as I said not sure about someone else driving while I'm hanging out. Just wanting to see if I'm the only one doing this? Very comfortable and when the opti idle kicks the truck on and off you don't feel it.

Try it and put up pics. But like Errol said, it's a DOT requirement to be "strapped in" with the safety net when the truck is moving, so you'd only be able to use your hammock when the truck isn't moving.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Cwc's Comment
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I would but not to sure how. But it's an ENO xxl urban camo and it's from the drivers side rear of the upper bunk to the passenger side forward upper bunk. Several ways you can hook up rigging for it from a pair of tree hugger straps or the more frowned upon eye bolts . I'm 6ft 175 maybe 180 after nearly a year of driving. And comfortable. My only complaint if you can call it that is that if the airconditioning is on for very long and your not wearing a blanket your going to freeze because of the material it's made of. I also got the xxl or two person because I tend to sleep on my side and this allows that. Honestly I bet with a little playing around with it I could sleep on my stomach comfortably in this thing.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Honestly I bet with a little playing around with it I could sleep on my stomach comfortably in this thing.

Either the hammock will be stretched pretty tight, or you are very flexible to be comfortable with your back bent backwards!

If you've used a hammock before, you know you do need at least 50% of your height additional between supports (If you're 6' you'll need 9'). I don't think you have nine feet straight line you can use in a truck, even if you hang it front to back.

Cwc's Comment
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It's a 10ft hammock.

Roger H.( aka Sinapu)'s Comment
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This is such a great question, I sleep in a hammock every night and was wondering how I'd make the transition.

Cwc's Comment
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It's a first for me but I'm a convert now. I just kept waking up when the opti idle would kick the truck on and off but I don't have that problem now. Either tree hugger straps for premade way to strap it to the upper bunk or 3/8ths by 2inch eyebolts. Eye on the inside of the the upper bunk seems to work well but as stated earlier your company may not like you drilling holes in their truck.

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