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I have seen many conversations about sleep options in a van. Mostly the question is whether to put a bed along the back from side to side or whether to put it along one side from the back toward the front. To platform or not to platform, that is the question. Err sorry, went into dork mode for a second there.
Well, I remember a post on a forum about sleeping in a hammock, inside the van. Yeah, I never would have thought of it either. This woman set up an eye bolt on one corner in the back of her vehicle and another on the opposite corner at the front end of her vehicle. At night she hangs her hammock up with carabiners and viola, a hanging bed.
I thought this was brilliant and what a space saver. Imagine what you could do with all that space that isn’t taken up with a big ol bed! Now I’m not sure I could actually sleep in a hammock but she said it was very comfortable.
Normally when I think of hammocks I always picture the typical rope hammock that we had in our back yard growing up that hung on a big metal stand. I had no idea there are all sorts of hammocks out there now that are super light, pack up to the size of a grapefruit and are made of very durable parachute material.
I did my research because I wanted to invest in a good quality hammock. I am from the school of you get what you pay for. But at the same time I didn’t want to spend a small fortune. So I ended up purchasing an Eno DoubleNest Hammock and the Eno Atlas Hammock Suspension System (that I heard was better than the slap straps). I spent about $120 for the set up and I am confident it’s going to be worth it.
I am soooooo excited to try this out and it just so happens that I have a camping trip coming up. I might even set this up before setting up my tent.
I will definitely try sleeping in it and see how it works and who knows, this may be my option for van dwelling.
I’ll let you know how it works out.