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Old 11-26-2023, 08:33 PM   #1
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Hanging a hammock inside an RV?

I love the idea of putting up some hardware to hang a hammock or two from the walls or ceilings of my travel trailer, but I also know that most RVs these days aren't built for anything but the Bare Minimum. Has anyone tried this before? If so, how did it go/how would you recommend going about it?
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Old 11-26-2023, 08:55 PM   #2
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I don't know of any trailer that I would attempt that in. The walls and roof rafters can barely support whatever is installed at the factory.
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Old 11-26-2023, 09:29 PM   #3
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Might check out one of these hammock stands. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=hammock+s...s_ts-doa-p_4_7
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Old 11-27-2023, 07:30 AM   #4
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I wouldn't hang a flyswatter off the walls and ceilings much less a hammock OR the person that was going to be in it. There are self supported ones like Bob linked. I'm thinking a hammock is much more fun outside where you can enjoy it vs the cooped up inside??
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Old 11-27-2023, 10:28 AM   #5
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Might check out one of these hammock stands. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=hammock+s...s_ts-doa-p_4_7
The cheepest hammock shown has a 400 lb rating. This means get your phone out and start recording when someone gets in that thing (even if 125 lb) and get the address for America's Funniest Videos.
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Old 11-27-2023, 10:48 AM   #6
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I'll take a different approach form the nay-sayers above .... with caution!

First, it can be done ..... IF (yes, a big IF) you are willing to do some construction work rebuilding. If you build a frame going up each wall, opposite each other, then a cross member on the top along the ceiling and a cross member on the floor, making a framed box it might work. Attach hooks to the fame on each end and you can hang a hammock.

BUT, if you are just wanting to run a hook in your existing wall, hang the hammock, and call it a day .... nope! You'll end up doing nothing but damaging the wall. Your walls are built with either very narrow wood framing, or very light weight aluminum framing. (that is, the older RV are made that way).

More contemporary campers are built with aluminum frame walls, built on a flat table. The aluminum for the wall is welded together, then styrofoam sheets are inserted between the aluminum studs and supports. Then a very, very thin luna panel in attached to one side with staples into the aluminum framing, and the outside of the wall is nothing but a fiberglass skin. Then the wall is simply put into an upright position, and stapled to the floor. Adjoining walls, cabinets, and such are what actually hold the walls in position and give the walls any strength at all.

So, your idea is doable, only, only IF you build a self-standing support stand and simply use the walls themselves to hold the frame in place from moving around.

Think of building an A-frame porch swing frame, only bigger, attached to the walls. Then attach the hammock to the frame. That would work.

Sleeping on the floor on an air mattress would be much easier though.
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Old 11-27-2023, 11:46 AM   #7
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Old 11-27-2023, 12:34 PM   #8
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I'll take a different approach form the nay-sayers above .... with caution!

First, it can be done ..... IF (yes, a big IF) you are willing to do some construction work rebuilding. If you build a frame going up each wall, opposite each other, then a cross member on the top along the ceiling and a cross member on the floor, making a framed box it might work. Attach hooks to the fame on each end and you can hang a hammock.

BUT, if you are just wanting to run a hook in your existing wall, hang the hammock, and call it a day .... nope! You'll end up doing nothing but damaging the wall. Your walls are built with either very narrow wood framing, or very light weight aluminum framing. (that is, the older RV are made that way).

More contemporary campers are built with aluminum frame walls, built on a flat table. The aluminum for the wall is welded together, then styrofoam sheets are inserted between the aluminum studs and supports. Then a very, very thin luna panel in attached to one side with staples into the aluminum framing, and the outside of the wall is nothing but a fiberglass skin. Then the wall is simply put into an upright position, and stapled to the floor. Adjoining walls, cabinets, and such are what actually hold the walls in position and give the walls any strength at all.

So, your idea is doable, only, only IF you build a self-standing support stand and simply use the walls themselves to hold the frame in place from moving around.

Think of building an A-frame porch swing frame, only bigger, attached to the walls. Then attach the hammock to the frame. That would work.

Sleeping on the floor on an air mattress would be much easier though.
Slight correction: interior and exterior walls on an aluminum frame are “vacuum bonded” no staples.
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Old 11-27-2023, 06:06 PM   #9
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Honestly? That's about what I was expecting. It's like my park manager says—these things are built by kids on drugs on Friday nights (and I'm sure the need to be lightweight plays a big part in it too). Alas, my dreams of criscrossing hammocks across the ceilings have to wait until I'm stupid rich and can afford a custom rig Thanks everyone!
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Honestly? That's about what I was expecting. It's like my park manager says—these things are built by kids on drugs on Friday nights (and I'm sure the need to be lightweight plays a big part in it too). Alas, my dreams of criscrossing hammocks across the ceilings have to wait until I'm stupid rich and can afford a custom rig Thanks everyone!

I have a custom built home built to the Nth degree of "solid". I would never entertain the idea of "hanging" hammocks off the ceilings and walls - just like an RV..they're meant for outside and inside walls, materials etc. just aren't meant for them
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Old 11-28-2023, 08:06 AM   #11
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Most "full weight" RV's (before the era of ultra-lite or XLite or Feather-lite) were built with either 1x2 and 2x2 (on the corners) whitewood (usually spruce) or with aluminum square tubing. The tubing was 1/16" thick (1.57mm)and was 1.5" square.

When the "light weight models" came into being, the wall thickness on the aluminum square tubing was reduced significantly. It's not uncommon to see 1/32" square aluminum tubing wall thickness (0.79mm) on today's trailers and there are some models with even thinner tubing wall thickness.

When you consider that Reynolds Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil is roughly 0.022mm thick, then roughly 30 layers of HD aluminum foil is the same thickness as today's square tubing on most light weight trailers...

There's not enough aluminum there to hold anything substantial, certainly not a hammock hook !!!!!
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Old 11-28-2023, 09:35 AM   #12
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If you go with the stand-alone hammock rack as suggested previously, you have the added advantage of taking it outside when you want to loaf in fresh air.

A further aside: I asked a fellow camper about his outdoor hammock rack. He told me he bought it when a park ranger reminded him of the park’s policy prohibiting hanging hammocks, etc., from trees.
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Old 11-28-2023, 11:49 AM   #13
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This thread brought back a memory.

Many years ago the travel trailer was all buttoned up and there was about 6 inches of snow on the ground. We were having camping withdraw being stuck inside the house. The kids were about 8 and 10 years old. We had a fairly large living room.

On a flim, I came up with a brilliant idea! I slid all the furniture back, went out to the camper and brought in our 10x10 quick shade and set it up in the middle of the living room. We had a hammock with a frame. I set it up. I brought in our reclining lawn chairs, put the television on a different stand and slid it up near the quick shade, got a bunch of blankets and pillows out and we all hung out under the quick shade for the next couple days. We also had a fire place in the house, so we ate a mountain of hot dogs over the fire on sticks and smores. I think we left the quick shade up for a month before we decided it was time to vacuum the carpet again!

So.... a hammock with its own frame is really a good idea! You can set it up, almost anywhere.
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Old 12-04-2023, 08:54 AM   #14
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This falls in the category of, “even if you could, you shouldn’t”.
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