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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver View Post
    I've gone to cookouts with the "new people", so I'm not worried.
    On the other hand, I AM pissed off about the new solar controller. I just tested it today and I'm not getting any better charge with it than I did with the cheap PWM controller. When I'm done writing this, I'm going to Amazon to write a review, throwing it under a bus.
    Which controller is the new one (linky)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Joe View Post
    Which controller is the new one (linky)?
    https://www.amazon.com/EPEVER-Contro...ews/B01GMUPH0O

    It's really a generic version of who-knows-what-company-actually-makes-it, but they had the best price at the moment.
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    Raging Buddhist:-) That name sounds familiar, almost as if I had heard it before, or something like it.
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    2017: Oklahoma bound!

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    I took my first trip with my Grand Trunk Double two weeks ago. I was meeting a guy at Chemin-au-Haut Bayou to collect a certain fish that occurs there. The water was very high and we got skunked. Anyway, it took me about 5 minutes to find the right trees, and maybe 3 minutes to hang and adjust the hammock. I was maybe 20 feet from the bayou itself. Now, there is a noise you don't want to hear when you are miles from the nearest house, off a road with no discernible traffic, where you do NOT expect to run into another human. And that noise is THUMPING BASS. It dark and I was relaxing in my camp chair when I heard what sounded like a 20lb piece of rip rap being thrown into the water. It was that loud. Now that, combined with the thumping b**** was unsettling. I shone a flashlight around but could not spot anything, not even ripples in the water, A few minutes later it happened again. I looked harder this time but still could spot nothing. I heard the normal sounds of fishes jumping too, but that did not disturb me. I read for a couple of hours (Anne Rule's book about the Green River killer, talk about appropriate reading!) before turning in and enjoying the best sleep I have ever had. I am telling you guys, a properly set up hammock beats a sleeping bag on the ground all to hell. So the next morning I was just sitting in my chair watching nature and stuff, and a beaver made an appearance. So the mystery of the loud splash was solved.

    One thing I determined is that I won't get another double hammock. My thinking was that I would be able to get a flatter lay by using the extra width. Instead it makes sitting up in the hammock more problematic and it doesn't lay any flatter. I am glad I brought a camping chair with me. I didn't use my tarp or bug netting because it turned too cool for mosquitoes and there was no chance of rain.

    I have used my son's Warbonnet Blackbird (aka "the blackbird of happiness") and although it is very comfortable indeed, I was very happy with my Grand Trunk at about 1/4 the price of a Blackbird. I ditched the heavy carabiners that came with it and also the clunky suspension, which I replaced with a dyneema whoopie suspension and two "toggles" made of small sections of carbon fiber arrows. This reduced the weight considerably and also simplified setup. One thing I do need is some 10' tree straps...the ones I have will not wrap around a large tree, which is one reason it took so long to find two good trees. Plus a number of trees had "widowmakers" (dead branches) overhanging where I would have hung my hammock. Yeah, there's always an excuse to buy more gear!
    2017: Oklahoma bound!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irate Mormon View Post
    Raging Buddhist:-) That name sounds familiar, almost as if I had heard it before, or something like it.
    I was surprised to find that I'm not the only one to use that nick - it was already taken when I tried to set up new email addresses at Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail - but I've used it on more than a few online sites. I started using it when WinMX was still a hot file sharing site. I guess we both have the same contradiction in terms going with our online personas.
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    My nick is an anagram of my actual name :-) It was bestowed upon me by a fellow phish-head, after visiting Inge's Anagram Generator. I liked it so much that I adopted it permanently.
    2017: Oklahoma bound!

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