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    Tandem Hanging with Beetle Buckles and Spreader Bar

    Hey all! I am wondering if anyone here has experience hanging two gathered-end hammocks side-by-side with a spreader bar? I am considering trying this with my young son. It will be easier setting up only one tarp for both of us, and I think he would prefer hanging close to me.

    Considerations: 1) My hammock is 12-feet long, and my son's is only about 9.5-feet long. It seems like this shouldn't be a problem as along as the head ends are in line. 2) I have a 112-inch wide rain tarp, so I think we will have plenty of coverage. 3) I am planning on trying Dutch Beetle Buckles with a 32-inch 0.582 spreader bar, but have not purchased either of these yet.

    Any thoughts and advice from someone who has experience tandem hanging would be greatly appreciated!

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    I could swear this thread has been started before. You don't need the spreader bar - just use the diameter of the trees. Bring one hammock off the left side of the tree and the other hammock off the right side. If you use a spreader bar, you will "couple" the two hammocks so any motion in one hammock will be transferred to the other. It doesn't seem like much until you discover that one person is more restless than thought - or has to get up in the middle of the night.

    There is Dutchware hardware that provides clips with holes for a spreader bar - if you want to go that route.

    Sometimes our brain isn't our best friend. When we lose too much heat, it tells us we "just need to lie down and take a nap.", instead of taking some nourishment. When we set up a tarp, something says the ridgeline needs to be level but a slight angle from one end to the other might be better. When we set up a hammock, it seems natural that the tree-end of the suspension comes off at the middle of the tree - while it's easier on your rigging to come off the side of the tree.
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    That makes sense that using the diameter of the trees would be a better solution than a spreader bar if the trees are large enough. I can see how connecting the hammocks would transfer movement between them, and hanging directly to the tree would be more solid. Thanks for the advice!
    Many of the places where I like to backpack the trees are smallish, and I think the diameter of the trees might not provide for enough room in between the hammocks. I'm still kicking around the idea of the Dutchware Beetle Buckles and Spreader Bar. If I do try that out I will report back on my experience here. Thanks all!

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    My son and a friend used the spreader bar on a trip, they were fine (sleeping like teenagers); their hammocks were pretty different, so the bar wasnít really at a right angle to their ridgelines. You can sort see the bar at top right of the frame.


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    i’ve done this exact thing: 12’ and 9.5’ using spreader bar and beetle buckles. works just fine. got a Superfly that covers both hammocks nicely. the trick is getting the straps in the right spot so that nobody touches the ground at any point. it’s fun and cozy.

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    A Half-way idea is to use three trees - assuming they cooperate in the location. Even if it's a skinny tree, you can share the head end tree and separate them at the foot end.

    Nothing wrong with spreader bars if that's what you want/need. Just mentioning some alternatives.
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    I really appreciate all of the helpful input and feedback. Thanks, all!

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    My wife and I have been using Dutch's spreader bar and beetle buckles for years and love it. Certainly, if there are two perfectly spaced trees or one rather large tree, that is a great alternative. However, more times than not, we use the spreader bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshuastar View Post
    the trick is getting the straps in the right spot so that nobody touches the ground at any point. itís fun and cozy.
    Any tips on this setup to make things balance and hang correctly? Or mostly just a process of trial and error?

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    Thanks everyone for the input! I went ahead and ordered Beetle Buckles and a spreader bar and I am looking forward to trying it out!

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