Wow! I thought maybe on the floor, but never expected that kind of load rating on the pillars. Is this documented somewhere?Considering that the tie-downs are rated for, IIRC, 1,000 lb each, how much do you weigh???
Thanks, I would have thought lower would be better than higher? I'm not really looking to build anything for my hammock. I'll probably just build a platform for the bed if I have to motivate to do any real work It would be a sweet setup if the load points worked out of the box.... If anywhere,attach at the top of vertical pillars, nowhere on the bend or horizontal cross bars. ...
Hat tip, jetmelt. Many thanks for this info. Let's me get started using the van BEFORE the build.I'd think an attachment point near where the main supports curve into roof supports would be strongest. Somewhere near the middle of that curve/corner, whether its concave or formed in a convex shape, would carry the stress in two or more directions pretty evenly. The main supports are spot-welded together. I wouldn't use any of the intermediate supports as they are basically just glued to the outer sheet metal. At the rear upper corners of the van there's a mounting hole just above the little triangular cover panel (just above the tail lights, etc.) and a cutaway next to it. This might make a good attachment point. Depending on the length/wheelbase of your van, you might attach the other end at the top of the mid-body support, again near the center of where it curves to meet the roof. These areas don't curve in but are shaped ballooning outward a bit, but you can see how it would transfer the stress in multiple directions.
My back goes into spasm at the very thought of sleeping overnight in a hammock. But your back may be much younger and more accommodating. Sweet dreams.
had that problem on the porch of my beach house. a few knots in the cord bundle solved that.OK, so the loading points seemed to work fine, but my hammock is too long and barely rises above the floor surface. I used the load points at half wall just behind the drivers seat and on the far rear and opposite midwall.
Thanks for all of your thoughts.