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  1. I agree with the wheel wells. I don't know how thick the plastic is but I do know that cold plastic and hard objects don't necessarily agree with each other. Personally I don't even like the look of the new wheel wells. To me they look cheesy with the large flare.
  2. Thanks for the hydro warning. Only way I'd upgrade shacks is to get an 8x21' with tandem hydro axles. I'm totally content right now with my 8x16 but just been kicking the idea lately. Going to need a little more confidence/reviews in the hydro's and the new glass roof before I drop over $18k on just a shell...
  3. Well Yetti just announced their 2018 model changes and they seem have listened to customers and are stepping it up in some ways. The biggest change I noticed was the shift to a fiberglass roof. We get at least one good hailstorm every year where I live and just trying to get a feel for how well a fiberglass roof would hold up versus a plywood/rubber roof like on my current shack?
  4. Buddy of mine bought a used Ice Castle over the winter and the roof is getting soft in some spots. Not sure if there is a problem with the current rubber membrane leaking or if there is some framing/plywood issues in the ceiling. If the reason for the soft spots isn't due to punctures to the membrane is it possible to salvage it and re-use it? How hard is it to tear it off it Ice Castle used glue? If reusing the membrane is a lost cause what do you guys recommend for a new membrane? Thanks!
  5. I'm not building a shack right now but just throwing this out there. Menards is having a sale on their pine planking plus 11% off rebate. Menards Sale!
  6. The real question I have, is that an actual bear skin rug?
  7. No way I'd own an ION for my wheelhouse. I prefer a 10" hole and am not about to spend $800 for an auger when I can buy almost two Eskimo HC40's for that price. I emailed Ion about this and asked if they would be willing to swap out a 10″ blade for an 8″ combo for the price difference and increase in shipping. They were unwilling to do so, so I took my money elsewhere. I don’t believe that there isn’t enough interest in a 10″ Ion combo. Electric is the perfect drill for wheelhouses as there is no exhaust. Most wheelhouse owners I know, including myself, prefer a 10″ hole in their shack. Heck, even before I had my wheelhouse I preferred 10″ holes (not needed but personal preference). $800 is steep for an auger but the main reason I won't own a 10" ION is because I honestly believe the electric motor and system isn’t built to drive a 10″ bit. A 10″ bit has a lot more ice to remove than an 8″ bit (50sq in vs 79sq in) and torque to spin a larger diameter auger. All that increase in motor load requires much more amperage which could lead to premature failure if the motor and electrical system (wiring/circuit boards) was not designed for such a load. I also asked Ion about this concern of mine and their only reply was quote - “The 10″ will not be sold with the powerhead. The 10″ is an accessory only and does have to be purchased separately”. To me, that sounds a little fishy…
  8. 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.
  9. What will you be using to heat your shack?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.