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Re: Building a fish house
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Obviously it's been awhile lol

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Posted on: 2016/11/14 9:36
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Re: Building a fish house
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Just an update since the last post. I towed it home (Pelican Lake area in OTC) from the cabin near Sunburg, I want to say close to 140 miles? Averaged about 50mph maybe a little faster, it was fairly windy. I have to say it towed very well. I was especially nervous about negative tongue weight, but there was very little sway except the open spots along hwy 59 south of Fergus Falls where the cross wind gusts hit me. This was without a battery and propane tank on the front as well. Otherwise it was totally fine. Jeep did not do well fuel mileage wise I think because of the height of the house. But I'm sure the roof slope helped a little. Climbed inside once at home, heater stayed put, doesn't look like anything flexed at all. Totally satisfied and I'm probably going to build another one as soon as I find another trailer!

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Re: Building a fish house
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So. Now that this thing is home. I have run into a very legit question. How do I stabilize it while it's on the ice and I'm trying to fish?? The suspension is pretty spongy and of course if I walk to the back of the house the whole thing tips back.

It has the fold down camper feet - rusted and bent so I'm not even going to try.

Thought about cutting some 6X6 to put under the corners but then they're a fixed height and I can't account for weird spots in ice, I'll just have to move to where the ice formed evenly.

Trailer jacks on all 4 corners? bottle jacks on plywood?

Didn't really think about this all too seriously before. I know others out there have done this type of build. Any advice or ideas from anyone?

Posted on: 2016/11/28 8:37
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Re: Building a fish house
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Look into those cruddy X jacks that come standard in every vehicle today. They have very little lifting power when low but the longer they are extended work more efficiently. Im not sure what height you need but going to a junkyard may be the answer over buying new. Weld them on to your frame.

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Re: Building a fish house
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I could do that. I see a lot of the newer campers being towed down the highway have them attached to their frame. Only concern I might have is the popup doesn't sit very high, and if I tow it onto chunky plowed ice roads I'd be worried about ripping them right off. i could still use them if I didn't attach them though so that could work.

Posted on: 2016/11/29 9:35
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Re: Building a fish house
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Seems like more people are doing this so here's more pictures to help.

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Posted on: 2016/12/10 9:58
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Re: Building a fish house
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Some finishing touches with curtains and swing out rattle reels.

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Posted on: 2016/12/27 8:09
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Re: Building a fish house
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love the houses and pictures guys very nice

I got one thing is like to throw out for everyone to consider that's building a house or has one.
heat rises obviously, so we use fans to push the air back down. it just mixes the air, creates a breeze and takes a while. rather than mixing air move the hot air from the ceiling to the floor and at the same time create a vacuum that will bring your house to a more constant temp
take a pvc pipe (I used 2 inch) and some 12volt fans ( I used xbox fans). run the pvc pipe to about 2 inches short of the ceiling and use one fan to pull the air into the pvc. use a second fan at the bottom to pull/push the warm air back out to the floor.
less breeze, less noise and much more effiecnt. I like to think I use my heat twice now. worth the couple dollars in supplies and with a little thought you can easily build it out of the way of everything.

happy holidays and better fishing!

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Re: Building a fish house
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Just a few more photos as I continue to add touches here and there. I built a bunk. It is completely removable with no tools required. I added 2X4 around the wall edge, then took a piece of simple BCX plywood with a 2X4 front that slides into metal hangers to keep it from sliding anywhere. I can lay on it, 250+lbs and it doesn't bow a bit. Then I can remove it, slide it on the bench with the 2X4 to the back and it's like it's not even there. Pretty simple. Got a free TV from a coworker (actually cost a few beers but I got some too, so it's still free lol) and build a pine box for it. I already had an outlet up there so I basically just finished up my plan. The TV can be removed by taking off the lighter colored front pieces of the box. It is secured to studs and rock solid. The other picture is just some action shots with the hole lights on while fishing crappies. Not much going on.

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Re: Building a fish house
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Nice work Arneb04, hope you enjoy it.

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