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Caleb S

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  1. Boot Suggestions

    I am in the market for a new pair of cold weather boots. I can only afford one pair of boots so they will be multi-use. I do a lot of ice fishing so they must be warm when sitting on the ice for long periods. All suggestions are appreciated. I would like to stay around the $100 if possible, but would consider going higher for the right pair. Thanks for the suggestions.
  2. Crash?

    Two years ago I bought my first bike and crashed it the first day I owned it. I had logged about 14 miles when 2 deer ran out in front of me, missed one but got the other. I hit it at an angle with the front end which caused me to go over the bars and land on my head/shoulder. Luckily I had on a helmet and leather jacket, both of which were pretty tore up. Ended up with a dislocated shoulder and some torn ligaments. Who knows what the outcome would have been without a helmet, but after looking at the damage my helmet incurred, it would have been bad. I know a lot of guys won't wear a helmet but I won't ride without one. Way too many people die of head injuries that would have been prevented with a helmet.
  3. Gps

    The XOG battery will last a long time if you adjust the settings. There is a setting that will allow you to adjust the screen to stay on at all times or to go off after a determined amount of time. If you do this the battery is fine. If I am fishing the unit is only on long enough to find my spot(s). Correct me if I am wrong but I think all GPS units will eat through the batteries quickly. With the H20 you can of course keep changing the batteries when a power source is not available. They do make very small and slim battery packs that hook to the XOG and run/recharge the unit. The cost of the battery pack is about the same price as AA rechargeable batteries and a charger.
  4. Gps

    elkrivermn, I could be wrong but I don't think any of the models you described has voice command turn by turn directions. Take a look at the XOG, it has the voice command and has been great for me so far. It does everything I have wanted it to and more. I think the XOG is one of the best bang for your buck models out there.
  5. Gps

    I have the XOG and for my uses I like it much better than the H20. The touch screen is the way to go.
  6. -nofisherman, you have many good points throughout this post. If an offer is made to settle a claim such this (total loss vehicle) there is a specific state approved way all vehicles are valued with the company. If a total loss offer is made and it doesn't seem right you should ask your adjuster to review/explain how it was valued. Many times people receive an offer which meets or exceeds what they even think the vehicle is worth but they will still demand more. Some people think an insurance claim is a way to make money. The purpose of insurance is to put you in the same place you were before the loss occured, not put you in a better situation. As for treatment of the adjusters, you are right on. Most times the adjuster will be happy to listen to you and discuss the claim if you are civil and have valid points. If you are agressive and demanding you have successfully made your goal of negotiating the claim more difficult. Be calm, civil and reasonable. The person on the other end of the phone is not out to cheat anyone and is probably someone you would be happy to share a boat with and catch some walters.
  7. Go out today?

    Not until the roads are cleaned off. Perfect weather for fishing anyways.
  8. MarCum VX-1

    VX-1 has the zoom and the FL8 does not. I think the VX is the best bang for your buck out there.
  9. Looking for advice on a starting point

    Either bike would work great for your intended uses. The magna is really a muscle cruiser and is very fast for it's engine displacement. It will run toe to toe with a VTX 1800 in the quarter mile and is faster than most stock V-Twins out there. The only draw back is that to put out that kind of power it does run higher rpms and will have less low end torque than a twin. It will cruise nicely but also provide some serious fun if you get a wild hair while riding solo. The C50 is also a great bike and has some advantages over the magna, ie: shaft drive and EFI (some might debate whether EFI is a plus). I don't think you could go wrong with either bike but the magna has a lot more power on tap and can be picked up a little cheaper than the C50. For your purposes (shorter trips)a big twin is not necessary.
  10. I just bought a new deep cycle and did some reading online before buying. There were of course varying views on what brand and price point but the majority of people thought the batteries from Wally's provided the best bang for your buck. Also mentioned were Duralast from Autozone. I ended up going with Wally's. 115 amp hours for $62, this was regular price but was still $11 cheaper than the comparable from FF.
  11. Bald eagle irruption?

    Nice pics. I was in the boat fishing pool 2 of the Miss this weekend and there were tons of eagles along the river. Counted 7 sitting in one tree. I am not sure how many total there were in this one area but it was impressive.
  12. Need advice on hard starting Honda

    If it won't start with the starter motor but fires right up with the rope start I don't think it's the carb. Sounds like your starter isn't turning the engine over fast enough. Weak battery, bad connection with cables or weak starter. My motorcycle wouldn't start last year but would turn over. I cranked on it for quite awhile with no luck. Hooked the charger to the battery, barely hit the starter switch and it fired right up.
  13. Looking for advice

    I am looking to get set up for catfishing. I purchased a cat rod a few years ago that has just been sitting in the basement. After reading through a bunch of the posts I have an idea of what to buy but still have some questions. I will be fishing for both Flats and channels with the same rod as I'm on a budget. 1) If I buy an Okuma Avenger series and plan to use mono line, which model reel should I get>? 2) What size mono to use? 3) I see people mentioning they purchased over 7 different size/styled hooks. I suppose it has to do with live bait vs cut bait and the actual size of the bait. If I was going to order just a few sets of hooks, what is a good "average" size to start with? 4) Does anyone have pics of their weight, swivel, hook set up they would be willing to share? Thanks in advance!
  14. Check out the link....60 ton house move on WBL

    Sounds like a lot of weight but if it's spread out over 64 wheels that's not much different than the per tire weight of a diesel truck being on the ice.
  15. Lowrance XOG

    I have one and really like. Here is a recent post on this unit. http://www.fishingminnesota.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1720276/1
  16. The top of my radiator has a small area (size of a 50 cent piece) that is green and hard when the radiator is cold. When hot the green material gets soft and there is coolant leaking out. I'v owned the car for over 10 yrs and never noticed the "green" spot or never paid attention since it wasn't leaking. Maybe someone repaired it before? Can I clean the area up and use some type of JB Weld or what is recommended? It's not a huge leak but I have had to add coolant recently and don't want to get stranded. Thanks in advance!
  17. Lowrance XOG question

    I really like mine. I was debating between the H20 and the XOG. Went with the XOG because of the because of the turn by turn directions and touch screen operation. It was also a lot less than the H20C as well. The only thing I was concerned about was that it is not WAAS enabled like the H20 is. Some people said it would not be accurate enough without the WAAS. After doing a bunch of reading on WAAS I determined it is not really needed. I marked a spot ice fishing where I was catching fish. The last two times out I was able to find the exact hole I had been fishing. When standing on top of the hole it said I was 6' from the hole. That is close enough for me. I purchased a 1GB SD card and downloaded a bunch of music onto it. I take it in the fish house and listen to my music. The only downside is you can only use one SD card at a time. If you want to listen to music you have to take out your Lakemaster chip. If you are going to use it for music in the house you can turn off the GPS and set the screen to shut off after a specified amount of time. This helps save on the batteries big time. I was able to listen to music for about 4 hours and the battery still wasn't dead. After shopping around I determined it was about the best unit out there for the money.
  18. Froze down flooded wheel house

    No easy way out here. It's just going to take a lot of elbow grease and some serious chopping with a chisel. Chop all around the outside, inside around the holes, anywhere you can access the frame. If you do that and get a few jacks it will pop loose. Worse case scenario you have to destroy some of the floor to get at the frame but leaving it there's no option so...
  19. Perm Shack Floors

    mnhunter, I am curious as to what you mean by not building your floor into the skids. I have thought about it and cannot picture what you are saying. If you use treated lumber for the skids they should last longer than the rest of the shack does.
  20. Spark Plug Questions - Lazer Mag

    Higher the number, hotter the plug for Champions. Just the opposite for NGK. There's no reason you should need to use a hotter plug if you are mixing the fuel correctly. I would agree with changing over to an NGK plug. Bosch also makes good plugs, not sure if they make one for this application.
  21. Reducing trolling speeds

    How much do those trolling plates slow the boat down?
  22. Heaters for Wheelhouses

    Unless it's a direct vent heater that exhausts to the outside and also draws air in from outside to use in the cumbustion chamber, they are not recommended for sleeping. The direct vents only burn oxygen they draw in from outside the house, not the oxygen inside the house. I have seen where people drill a hole in the side of the house and have a small piece of PVC pipe come inside under the stove. This will draw air in from outside. I personally would be hesitant to sleep in a house that does not have a direct vent heater. I have an old Nuway kerosene burner in one of my houses. It works great and there's just something cool about the smoke billowing out the chimney. Although, the kerosene isn't as convenient as the propane.
  23. Perm Shack Floors

    I used 2X8's for the skids and 2x4's for the floor joists. This makes the bottom of the joists sit 4 inches off the ice. I used green treat for the joists and white wood for the joists. The whitewood will last quite a while if they are not directly in contact with the ground when being stored. Green treat is better but I was using what I had around the garage and was trying to build on a budge. I put a chunk of 2x4 under each corner of the skids when on the ice so it doesn't freeze down. The only issue with getting froze down is when the snow used for banking melts and freezes on the sides of the skis. A few chops with the chisel and its loose. Like Ron said, be sure your holes are large enough that you have enough clearance to get your auger in the holes, especially the corner ones. If your not going to be sleeping in the house I wouldn't bother with insulating the floor. Definately screw the flooring down rather than using nails. Just a tip, if you are builing this in a garage be sure it's going to fit out under the door when you are done! Mine was VERY close.
  24. Painting the body on a wheeler

    If you take it to a body shop the cost will be very high. You could try and find someone that does painting on the side. Try posting an add on c-list.