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  1. Was wondering what people are using for a safety rail on their top bunks. I want to install something on mine to keep the kids from accidently rolling out of bed during the night. It needs to setup quickly and removable as when I flip up the bunch there is not room for any type of rail. Was thinking about making something with PVC that was be lite and small to put away in storage during the day. Would probably have it covering maybe up to half of the bunch length. Any pictures would be much appreciated of your setup.
  2. thanks all for the replies - how does this Aqua Vu HD 700i display show up outside? So from the replies I'm sure I narrowed my search down for either the Marcum VS825SD or Aqua Vu HD 700i. Not just have to see if I can find some year end ice specials.
  3. So what is the difference between the 825C and 825SD? is the C just color and SD take a SD card ? If so I really don't need the SD and I don't see myself recording anything. I see some used ones online for around $450-500 range. Is this a good price and should I really just look at new ones for a little more money and get a warranty ? Are the newer ones the same technology as one 2-3 years old (like camera lens, lights...)
  4. thanks for all the replies, maybe I can find some end of season discounts. For the Marcum, the 625 will be fine for screen size being it is same as the 825. I think I really would want the direction indicator from people I talked to. But I won't rule out the Aqua Vu HD700I as picture quality I hear is great on them.
  5. Was looking at underwater cameras and thinking about either the Aqua Vu HD700i or the Marcum VS825SD. Looking to see if anyone has experience with either and if you can see the screen outside in daylight. From what I can tell the Aqua Vu doesn't have any direction indicator which I think would be very useful. Think both can be run with a pod to turn the camera. In general just looking for Pro's/Con's for each. I don't need any recording features and will be use primarily for ice fishing in both portable and permanent house (TV hookup of course....).
  6. In my prior posts I mentioned the issues I had with my ION X. I will say that ION stood behind their product and had address both of my issues (auger ice up and switch not working). In each case they sent me replacements that I received within 2-3 days. They sent me a new 8" auger - so far no freeze up on mine. But in fairness I haven't been doing a lot of hole hopping and putting it to a real hard test with cold temps. But so far I've seen no noticeable ice build up. As far as the switch on the handle not work - they sent me a new switch kit - however taking it apart there are several springs in there that are not easy to get back together and went flying when taking it apart. It did it on removal of the existing one and taking apart the new one they sent me so it was quite frustrating. I call ION and said I had enough - they sent me a new power head to replace my old one and I just returned mine with the broken switch in their box. ION also paid for all shipping as well. That is great customer service and am quite happy with them. So for about the past month I have not had any more issues. In my perm house I drilled six - 10" holes and with the reverse feature pushing all the slush back down the holes. I would say I barely had a half pail full. That is nice considering how much slush there is from a 10" hole. (note: I have both the 8" and 10" auger bit).
  7. my old house was a 6.5 x 12' (No V front) with an outside 2x4' in front for bathroom. I really didn't notice any difference in towing it. I know a guy who had his house built with about 2' wide V in front which opens the entire area up quite a bit and he wishes now he would have went 3' wide. And this still gives you plenty of space on the V to put your LP tanks. Wish I would have done that on my new 8x16'. The little gas the V front may save you, to me is not worth the value of that extra space.
  8. I did something similar to this as well. But I think I will add another row near the top of the rod tips to keep them separated a little better. Then just slide the rod tip through the top row and drop handle into bottom holder. Depending on the eyelet size on your rods you might be able to use a smaller diameter PVC for the top. You may also want to make the top row PVC a little longer to really hold the rods in place.
  9. So is the ice castle mini different then the ice castle scout? I too was thinking about the ice castle scout toy hauler (6.5x8') model and was concerned about weight.
  10. The new one is black and appears to have some finish on it but I already had the old one boxed up so I really couldn't compare. I know I should looked at them side by side but I didn't. I did run into another issue when trying out the new auger they sent me with the correct finish. I drilled about 4 holes and did not notice any real ice built up and then after one hole the auger would keep on spinning. I noticed that the top switch on the handle was stuck down so I had to tap the handle to release it. It did this for the next 3-4 holes and then finally it just quite working altogether. So I sent ION another email - got a call this morning and they are sending me out a new switch that I can install. I sure hope this is an isolated occurrence. Their customer support is very understanding and willing to make this right. Just hope this is my last issue.
  11. Update: I heard back from ION and they just sent me a new auger. They claimed they had a batch of augers that did not have the correct finish on them. I haven't used the new one yet as I just got it so I hope that resolves the issue. I will try it out this week and report back on how it works. Here is ION's quote: A limited batch of Ion X augers have a finishing treatment that may cause ice buildup on the bottom of the auger under certain conditions.
  12. I used a hard sided case for arrows (bow hunting). I can fit up to eight rods in it and depending on the size of your reel you may have to fold the handle down. They cost about $20 bucks - but I haven't bought one in a long time.
  13. So how long do they actually glow ? Can they last many hours on set lines at night ? I know some brands to glow much longer but never really test them to see if they glow for many hours.
  14. Update: I spoke with ION support this morning about the auger tip freezing up. They wanted more info (temps, ice thickness, snow depth...) which I provided and pictures that I had taken. They are currently going over this with their engineers to see it they can recreate it. I was very happy about their customer service - friendly and completely understanding of my issues and willing to send me a old auger bit style so I could use it until they get this resolved. At this time I'm still concerned but I really do feel that they will make this right - just have to give them the time to address it.
  15. I agree it might be on the small side - did you test it this weekend when it was minus 25F ? I have a new 8x16 and they put in a 15K BTU Empire but put in an 18K orifice. I haven't really tested it yet in cold weather to see how long it takes to warm it up. Not sure if you can put in a larger one as well? Some models you can add an fan to it which might help blow more hot air off of it. I'm thinking about adding a fan to mine as well.