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Wheelhouse First Timer
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Joined:
11/01/2014
From Cloquet, MN
Posts: 34
Hi all,

My wife and I were fortunate enough to purchase our first ice house this past week, a very lightly use 2014 8x16 Grey Wolf. Even though I have fished out of them quite a bit, this is my first time owning one. We will be using it quite a bit during the summer camping at the lake as well, so I will have all summer to decide what gear/supplies to stock it with for the winter.

However, I do have a couple questions. Aside from greasing the axles, what do you guys do to maintain/lube the cables and cranks? Also, what type of fan does everyone prefer to maintain airflow during the winter? Lastly, are there any tips/tricks or gear recommendations to keep stocked or have with during the winter?

Thanks for any input! I'm looking forward to putting this to good use!

Posted on: 2017/3/17 17:36
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Re: Wheelhouse First Timer
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Immediately put a package of pens and some note pads in there. Then you will always have something to take notes and make a list of the things you want in there. Some of the best ideas are forgotten when i walk out of the door of mine.

Posted on: 2017/3/18 13:50
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Re: Wheelhouse First Timer
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12/27/2009
From South Metro
Posts: 120
since you'll likely be running a generator anyhow, a small oscillating desk fan mounted on the ceiling will work as far as pushing heat down. Someone I fish with regularly uses the fan on his AC unit - you can barely talk over it...

Posted on: 2017/3/24 7:02
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Re: Wheelhouse First Timer
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07/01/2010
From Wahkon,MN
Posts: 833
I use chain saw oil and a paint brush on my cables and rollers.

I remove my entire drop unit from the spindle ever 2-3 years and clean ad re lube in addition to greasing the axle spindle every few trips.

Keep a tool set for every fastener in the house.
- sockets, wrenches, allen, torx, drivers, pry bar, hammer
oil and carb cleaner.
fuses
spare pins, cables, clamps and springs
spare tire, jack, wrench,
tools and supplies to do a wheel bearing
spare regulator and thermostat if ya want
oil for generator

Posted on: 2/16 15:11:11
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Re: Wheelhouse First Timer
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01/03/2010
From glencoe
Posts: 157
chain lube like you use on an atv should work good. once dry, it really doesn't attract dirt and gives it a nice protective coat.

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Re: Wheelhouse First Timer
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07/22/2015
From Park Rapids
Posts: 209
spend the money on some stainless steel cables. no rust and should last a lot longer.

Posted on: 2/17 13:05:59
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Re: Wheelhouse First Timer
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10/24/2013
Posts: 450
At about 4-6 times more in cost and less or equal load strength, how long do you go before changing them? Life is about the same in my experience.

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