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  1. Computer power supplies are just as cheap and easier to install. In my opinion, relying on just a generator for power is risky if you have a furnace. Yes, Honda and Yamahas are fairly reliable but ice fishing is rarely ideal conditions for stuff to always work properly. Having a battery backup of some sort just to run your furnace and a few lights is well worth the $100 in materials. Even just a lawn mower battery to make it through the night would only cost you $35. You may never use it but I'd rather be safe then cold and sorry.
  2. What will you be using to heat your shack?
  3. Like Papa Bear said, unless you have 14' sheets you will have more seams. Not only will you have to deal with the vertical seams on the studs but you will also have to deal with the horizontal seams. More seams = more money and more chance for a leak. VHB tape is not cheap so the less you have to buy the better.
  4. Not sure what ice castle uses or even feels like. The super soft is similar to the HD36 just lest dense and softer (density and firmness are two different things). Having a thin topper on top helps with the firmness of the HD36. You get the initial soft/sinking feeling from the topper but then the support from the HD36. I haven't had any really large guys in my shack yet no one yet has even gotten close to bottoming out the 3" of HD36-HQ with the 1" super soft on top.
  5. I would suggest not just getting one foam density/firmness. For my cushions I went with 3" of the HD36-HQ and glued 1" Super Soft Foam on top. Everyone who sleeps on the beds in my shack always comment how comfortable my beds are. For a 82x76" bed it costs $150 for the foam and another $10 for the good glue which can be cut into 2-3 beds. I tried the LUX foam for my couch cushions and while the foam is nice for cushions, it is too firm for me to sleep on even with the 1" topper. I recently switched out the LUX foam to the HD36-HQ and am extremely happy.
  6. It is recommended to never discharge a battery less than 50% capacity to lengthen to life of a battery. With that in mind, you would last for about 15 hours with one 100AH battery. Also, your biggest draw appears to be coming from your XM radio and speakers. Now, the nameplate may say 1.5A but that doesn't mean the it will constantly draw 1.5 amps. Put a multimeter on it to see what it really draws. 65% of your power draw in your calculations is for music, maybe you could figure out something different. Maybe like a Dewalt/Milwaukee boom box and a newer receiver? Just a quick search of the SiriusXM Onyx shows that their MAX draw is only 0.5 amps. Here is the battery curve for an AGM battery for the depth of discharge vs cycles in a batteries life. AGM batteries are far superior to most other technologies on the market right now so a regular lead-acid deep cell will even have worse performance than this.
  7. 625 is exactly the same, just a smaller screen. Has the direction arrow, depth, temp, ect.. Personally, I like the 625 over the 825 because of the smaller screen. Smaller screen is easier to shade in the sun and in the shack you don't really need a bigger screen if you're just going to hook it up to a TV anyways.
  8. I have the Marcum VS625SD, same thing as the 825 but with just a 6" screen instead of an 8" screen. The video is great and looks awesome on the 50" TV in my shack. I have about $2k in Marcum electronics but I would still consider the new Aqua Vu HD700i. I've seen one in action for a brief amount of time this year and the clarity was awesome. Unfortunately I wasn't able to see the low light/dark performance of the unit but I would be very intrigued by the IR lights. You can't go wrong with the 825sd but the Aqua Vu HD700i is pretty legit.
  9. I always put mine in the back of my truck and tuck it into one of the corners (no topper or tonneau cover). I do it mostly to keep it out of the wind/snow so the breather tube doesn't freeze up.
  10. +1 on the slush copter. I don't even use my catch cover slush bucket anymore. Just drill the holes, sweep the slush down the hole, and run the slush copter for about 10 seconds. I can clean about 6 holes with my slush copter in the same amount of time it would take me to clean one hole using the slush bucket and using a scoop to clean the holes. Plus lifting a 40lb bucket full of slush is never very much fun.
  11. Whoops sorry, wrong link. Here is how to lower your shack. The second one is how to raise it back up. Link 1: Link 2: If you want to be disconnected from your truck then you will need to raise your shack up off your truck with the jack and lower it with the jack, no winch.
  12. From what I understand I think your problem is that you're not raising/lowering your shack correctly. The front winch is really only suppose to be used when your ice shack is still connected to your truck and the tongue jack is all the way up. If you're raising your shack up off your truck with the jack and then lowering it to the ice with the winch you are doing it wrong. Here is a link to a video showing how to correctly raise/lower an ice castle. If you don't want to have your shack connected to your truck then you have to raise it up off your truck with the jack and lower it to the ice with the jack, NOT the winch.
  13. Your wording makes it very hard to comprehend what you're actually looking for. I'm not very familiar with the Ice Castle tongues but if you have a jack you could probably swap it out with an electric one as long as the mount is the same. There is also a few other options to improve your current setup. First would be getting some ICNuts and installing them on all your winches (2 side winches and 1 tongue winch). I have the mega-kit on my Yetti and it makes picking up the shack 10 times faster and 1000 times easier. $60 for the kit and a good drill. Another way you could cheaply do it is to cut off the handle a weld a nut onto your tongue jack. Like in the picture below. Takes 10 seconds to raise/lower the tongue and very little manual labor.
  14. Oh I was good too but for some reason I was able to easily talk myself into a new Milwaukee 18V set, Dewalt DWS780 with a stand, and a 120V welder. Helps I'm young and not married.
  15. ...and then add another couple thousand to the budget for new tools that you just have to have