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  1. 2017 Fish House rv Build

    I have not. I need to.
  2. 2017 Fish House rv Build

    Excellent job! Where did you get your bait/livewell from?
  3. Wheel House build

    Looking good! Thanks for sharing!
  4. I have Lindells, Ultimates, and Catch Cover rattle reels and would rank them in that order. The Ultimates work fine but the Lindells are just as good for less money. Not a deal breaker but I actually prefer the bigger spool when bringing lines in to move etc.
  5. Hydraulic Frames

    Looks great! I've been procrastinating on a few things I'd like to do to ours before summer. I did something similar for a livewell and I'm glad I did. It was a hit with the kids. ...on the table bases. I'm considering skipping the bases all together and making a table that folds. Haven't drawn it out yet but I'm picturing something like a glorified TV tray. Just a thought....
  6. Fish House rv Build

    I have been building my 22' wheelhouse and figured I would share since I got a lot of ideas and information from following others builds on here (namely Mr. LipRipperGuy). So here it is: My wife and I looked at countless houses from all the brands and never found quite what we were after. The Yetti Legend came closest to what we wanted but farthest from our budget. So, glutton for punishment that I am, I sketched out some plans and made a very detailed material list as best I could. Finding sources for a lot of the parts that go into one of these was one of my biggest hurdles. The house is a 22' +V with a bump out in the back for the bay window. The trailer is aluminum. A few pieces needed to be made of steel and they are galvanized. It will have most of the RV type features offered now. The toilet will be a cassette type that I think will be much more convenient for winter use. Finding a dump station, rinsing and winterizing tanks after every use was a concern. I wanted to be able to use the plumbing in the winter with as little hassle as possible and I hope that will be the case. All water lines will be run inside the house and with a constant slope to them so that they can be "winterized" after use by just opening a valve at the low point before packing up to head home. The tankless water heater and fresh water tank will be drained the same way. The cassette from the toilet can either be dumped in a bucket to freeze or in a toilet on shore. Rinse with a little RV antifreeze and you're good to go. Maybe I overthought it and maybe it won't even work but this was my best guess at it. The roof is a single piece of aluminum sheeting. It's lightweight, seamless and easy to install. Seemed like the way to go. The subfloor is a fiberglass reinforced foam. Its slightly lighter than wood and will never rot. Kind of pricey stuff but seemed like a good place to splurge. I've been using Google Sketchup for several years now and can't imagine trying to take on a project like this without it. A few things changed slightly since this drawing but this is pretty close. ....and some of my wall layouts The frame and all the aluminum tubing for the walls and roof... The walls are 1"x2"x1/8" and the roof is 1"x3"x1/8". I had the diamond plate for the wheel wells bent by the supplier. I then cut them to size and welded the top to the sides/back. Its sitting upside down in this picture. I also had the siding pieces bent ahead of time by the supplier. To mark the windows I propped the piece on a straight edge clamped to the frame and then traced the window opening from the inside. The first few I cut out with "slicer" wheels in an angle grinder which worked fine but I ended up using a carbide tipped circular saw blade for the rest. Much faster and seemed to be a bit easier to hold the line. After the window opening was marked I installed the window and then the sheeting covered the window flange. The siding is of course held on with VHB type double sided tape. I let all the siding sheets run tall and then ran the saw along the top to trim them. This cut was not critical because the roof sheeting folded over the siding and was then covered by trim. Rolling the roof out. The graphics. The roof trim isn't completely installed in this picture. You can see the way the roof overlaps the siding. The wife insisted on an awning. I didn't think we needed it but was glad to have it working outside a few rainy days. I was losing warm weather and decided to get the first coat of spray foam on the walls before wiring. This worked out alright but I have to say, spray foaming it myself is the only thing so far that I would definitely think twice before doing again. Because of the outside temperatures I didn't get nearly the yield out of the kits that I should have. I ended up having to buy extra. The bathroom with pocket door. Wiring The "help" We decided to go with cedar planks to cover the walls and ceiling. And the start of the cabinets This is where I'm at so far. There's a lot of finishing work left but I'm still hoping to get out in it before the end season. Quite possible some things will end up getting finished up in the spring. I'll update as things progress.
  7. Fish House rv Build

    I sprayed in place and sanded with 200 grit random orbit between coats. Sanding sealer as the first coat isn't necessary but in my experience saves sanding time and usually ends up smoother. I didn't worry about sanding in the grooves.
  8. Changing onboard 3bank charger

    Have seen this on some larger capacity chargers at work. Never have been completely clear on why it's needed either. Similar purpose to the temp sense on most cordless power tool chargers is my best guess. If the battery temp is above or below a set temp range it won't charge.
  9. Diamond plate

    Bought my diamond plate from McNeilus. They sheared and bent it for a very reasonable price. I had some pieces that were an afterthought. Since I had lots of drops leftover I attempted to bend some myself with surprisingly good results. Clamped the work piece between two stout straight edges and slowly made the bend with a deadblow hammer. Sounds crude I know but it really did turn out. Made several bends this way up to about 3' long and every one looks good. I wouldn't plan to do things this way but for things you forget or add, it's an option.
  10. What heater are you using

    Natural gas? Do you convert it to propane then?
  11. Horizontal aluminum panels

    Unless you have a source for 14' sheets you would end up with vertical and horizontal seams. No real problem with that, that I can think of.
  12. Lake Winnibigoshish questions

    We're planning to visit Lake Winnie for the first time. I've found several fishing reports listing off some areas of the lake but can't find a map that actually shows where these spots are. Snaghole Bar, Hunter’s Hump, River Bar Horseshoe Bar, Moses Bar, and North Moses Bar. Anyone familiar with the lake that could help me out? Also, looks like High Banks and Nodak Lodge may be good places to head out from with a wheel house? Is there a preference? With the Mississippi running through the lake does a guy need to avoid that channel with the vehicle? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you very much in advance!
  13. Lake Winnibigoshish questions

    Thanks! I do have navionics, just didn't see any of those spots listed.
  14. Toy hauler build

    Was thinking the same about the foam. Looking great!
  15. Fish House rv Build

    Thanks for the info guys! Haven't pinned down the light problem yet but it's looking like a vehicle issue. Trailer tail and left turn fuses blow when hooked to my truck but not when hooked to the wife's. More fun tonight
  16. Fish House rv Build

    No, don't want to charge from the truck harness, just wondering if not having everything at the same potential would cause any issue. I didn't wire it that way, just questioning myself. All connections were soldered to prevent issues down the road and here I am troubleshooting the darn lights after the first time out. You might be surprised at the aluminum trailer cost, no finishing cost involved. Also forgot to mention...was a little disappointed after stopping at the scale. Fully loaded 5400lbs on the axles 6200lbs total. Does 800 seem like too much tongue weight to you guys? There is a lot of stuff build into this house but comparing it to the Yetti with similar features and rubber/wood roof I'm questioning what I was told they weigh. Wondering if tongue weight wasn't added. Oh well, it is what it is.
  17. Fish House rv Build

    Made it out this weekend for the maiden voyage. Went well other than some trailer light issues that developed after leaving home. I'll have to pick away at that along with more of the finishing work before the weekend. Do you guys bond your + from the truck harness to the house batteries? Yesterday afternoon the wife looked out and saw this unfolding... We were roughly 300 yards from this. 18" of ice where we were sitting. Too bad this happened but hopefully it can be learned from.
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  19. Fish House rv Build

    Thank you, yes, the door has a 5/16 groove cut around the inside that the planks slip into and the rails then have a matching tongue. I used the same adjustable T&G cutter set for the cabinet doors, bath door, and to cut the groove for the drawer bottoms. The accent pieces on the front are just fitted between the frame, glued and brad nailed from the back. I believe the frame pieces were ~1 1/8" thick. I'll take a couple pics of the side and back of the door tonight if I remember.
  20. Fish House rv Build

    Still pluggin away on our shack. This part of the process has seemed painfully slow, I'm sure mostly because I'm anxious to get it out on the ice. Was up till 1 last night laminating the counters and spraying the last of the doors and drawer fronts. The cabinets were sprayed in place along with the walls and ceiling with sanding sealer and then 2 coats of lacquer. Not a fun process when all the windows are taped off and the door is closed to keep the heat in! Respirator couldn't quite keep up. Either way, it's done now and turned out. Pile o' drawers. I built these a little different than I've done in the past. Instead of plywood, the sides are made of pine planed down to 1/2" and biscuited. The bottoms are leftover cedar planking. I ended up finding some "push-to-open" type drawer slides that latch like the door catches fishnfan shared above. Bathroom pocket door. Pine frame and the same cedar planks used on everything else. Not a very good picture but wanted to kind of show how the bathroom/shower went together. The walls were covered with GoBoard which is a tile backer board with a waterproof skin and a foam core. The raised floor is the same 1" polyurethane that I used in the rest of the house. I gave the pan a slight taper towards the drain with a belt sander. If the shack isn't perfectly level some squeegeeing might be involved after use. I don't expect the shower to get much use but wanted one available if needed. The shower curb and toilet platform is raised another inch. All the joints and seams were then liberally sealed and then the pan got 3 coats of Redgard which is used for shower membranes. Then that got a coat of liquid rubber over the top. Lastly the walls are covered with thin plastic paneling. The toilet tucks back in there and the waste tank cassette pulls out the side of the house. The hole for the access door wasn't cut in yet in this picture. I didn't want to eat up a lot of space with a big bathroom but wanted to be able to S&S if nothing else was available. Hopefully this will work out. The counters; edged, sanded and ready for contact cement. I've never used contact cement before. I glued these up in our attached garage last night. Stunk up the whole house. I wasn't very popular this morning. The laminate still needs to be trimmed but I think it turned out pretty good for my first stab at laminating counters Also made a little rod rack with some of the trim scraps. I swear the pink one's not mine. That's pretty much where I'm at. I'm optimistically hoping to get enough done before the weekend to take it out for a night and have some BL smoothies!
  21. I bought Touch n Seal 600 bf kits @ about $1/bf online which is slightly more cost effective than the Menards froth paks. The process is very easy. Everything needs to be 70+ degrees.
  22. Drop down tandem toy hauler

    If height is the issue couldn't you just order it with taller side walls?
  23. 2017 Fish House Build

    Strut is $15 per 10' at Menards. I've bought the trolleys from Mcmaster Carr before. Looks like they are $25 each on there for the doubles.
  24. Hydraulic Frames

    Just to clarify, the Berkon trailer will have brakes on the axles but it will not come with the breakaway controller or least mine didn't. I looked for the pine at menards and ran into the same trouble as you. They stopped carrying the type they used to have. The link that was posted is what they now have but it just looks different. Each plank has a "bead board" type profile. Just thought I'd mention it since it will look like bead board not carsiding in case you care. Ooops...didn't read far enough, nevermind
  25. 2017 Fish House Build