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Ron Vroom

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  • Birthday 03/14/1940

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    Bemidji, MN, United States
  1. Ice Carousel

    Here is a project for you when fishing gets slow.
  2. Super Glue Repair on Clam Fish House

    I suggest you pick up some fabric glue at a sewing store such as “Jo Ann Fabrics” I just got done putting on a couple patches on my Otter, and man that stuff stuck! There are a few choices available, I chose the one marked super, and it lived up to its name.
  3. Inline reel reviews

    I agree with Surface Tension, and I quit using whatever kind I was using. I have a few of those old small baitcasters like “Southbend” “ “Pfluger”, etc. which I pickup at garage sales, flea markets. As long as they freely spool, they operate the same as an in-line at a fraction of the cost. Now for my lake trout rod I use a small bait caster with a line counter that I feel is essential for deep water so I know where I am at, especially when they are chasing.
  4. 3,000 BTUs, Excellent condition. $30 call or text 218-760-0687
  5. This single swivel seat is adjustable to fit all Otter sled sizes. In excellent condition, very comfortable. $50 Call or text 218-760-0687
  6. HT one man shelter with built in seat. No rips or tears. Sets p in seconds. 27lbs. This shelter is no loner offered for sale. $75 call or text 218-760-0687
  7. Using a boat's graph in winter on an atv or sled?

    I think the market for crossovers has disappeared with the advent of cell phones and navigation apps. This is fine for users on metropolitan lakes, but when you get out into the bush on remote lakes and in Canada, your cellphone is useless. My mention of Garmin being the most versatile is based upon what lake and snowmobile cards are out there. The free Mn DNR snowmobile map is limited to Garmin as is Red Pine Maps. There is more available when it comes to lake and fishing maps, but it seems most of the newer units use micro cards, so if you are looking at these, your old SD cards won't work, and that is my reason for sticking with the old unit because I don't want to have to pay for all new cards despite the fact I would love a larger display.
  8. Using a boat's graph in winter on an atv or sled?

    I have used a Lowrance XOG (no longer available) on my boat and on my snowmobile for years now with no problems with cold or speed of tracking. I use a Lakemaster card for Minnesota lake for fishing, a Navionics card for coverage in Canada and LOW for winter and summer fishing, and a Red Pine snowmobile trail map for riding. Have ridden at 30 below without any problem with the touchscreen, it is hooked up to sled power, so it probably is getting some heat, and I put it inside my jacket when I get off. I recommend that you do a little research on the available chips for where you are going because different manufacturers use different chips. My use pretty much limits me to Garmin, and expect to pay couple to $300+ for chips for where I travel.
  9. Unfortunately I have had similar experiences. Barry and Carol are no longer taking care of their customers and I have done many trips there. Last spring, I finally decided it was my last one and not worth traveling that distance for mediocre fishing and service at a premium price. We don't get any exchange for our US dollars which is not true of some other Canadian resorts. I have found much closer and better fishing.
  10. Snowmobile helmets Would be hard to beat the price of the above Modular helmet with amber sunshield at $70 sale price for the yellow one. I recently paid $92 for same helmet and I like it, comes with a nice bag and travel case and has a quick release chin strap. An electric shield can be added.
  11. Today (first day of standard time) reminded me to exercise my spare tire. A year ago I bought a 2003 Suburban which was my first with a spare tire underneath. After listening to a friend's horror story about getting a flat in Canada on a fishing trip and being unable to lower his spare, I decided I should check mine out and sure enough, it would not lower. After some internet research about this common problem, I was able to release the safety catch and lower the tire in the convenience of my driveway without an emergency, it was not all that easy. The catch was very corroded with rust. I cleaned it up with muriatic acid and then soaked it in transmission fluid. So today, a year later, the tire lowered fine and the catch looked good, so I soaked it for 5 minutes or so in transmission fluid and cranked her back. Also checked the tire pressure. I am sure power steering oil or any other lubricant would do as well. Just a happened I had of transmission oil hand. So my advice to anyone with a spare underneath, is to exercise it at least once a year. Spares are frequently neglected until you need them.
  12. Slush copter ?

    I was talking about the paint mixer. After I lost mine, I bought the slush copter made up north with the foam sleeve, and I would not be without it in my shack when I am drilling new holes with my gas auger. When I reopen holes with my electric, which runs slowly, I simply reverse the bit to throw the slush down under the ice. I don't have the money for an Ion electric with reverse which would be the clear ticket.
  13. Slush copter ?

    Works great until it falls out of your drill bit, I've got one sitting on the bottom of Lake Bemidji. Now use the commercial one which can't sink, and it is the only way to go in a permanent house unless you have an electric auger which reverses.
  14. Spare tire Warning

    That is interesting because that situation, (the cable breaking), is exactly what the secondary safety latch is supposed to prevent. The latch must have corroded keeping it from spreading the hook open when the tension on the cable released. Had there been a serious injury, I think GM or whoever the Mfg. was, would be looking at a good lawsuit because this problem is well known.
  15. There seems to be a problem with the secondary locking mechanism on all GM trucks that have the spare tire under the vehicle. You do not find this out until you need to access the tire in an emergency. This problem is documented in all GM forum sites but there is no recall or notice. People find this out when they really need the tire to fix a flat and no amount of forcing it will release it. The fix is a new winch assembly for $175.00-$250.00 to get the tire off and fix the problem after the frustration at the side of the road. This happens on Excalades, Yukons, Silverados, GMC, Chevrolets equally. If you never have to change a flat you would never know. My friend had a blow out on his Tahoe during a fishing trip in remote Canada and he was unable to lower his spare. He was rescued by another fisherman who had a spare. I recently purchased a 2003 Suburban with an underbody spare, so I decided to check the spare out, and likewise I could not lower it. After looking at some YouTube videos about this problem, I was able to get the secondary safety latch released using a floor jack and lower the tire. I did not have to buy a new winch and cable because I soaked the latch mechanism in muriatic acid to remove the corrosion and I then soaked it in transmission fluid and sprayed it with lithium grease. It works fine now and releases to lower the tire but you can be sure I will exercise this thing every year and before a trip as well as check the tire pressure.