Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Moe Szyslak

Will 2x4 3/16" steel tubing be strong enough for the tongue?

Recommended Posts

I'm sure Bigbuckbuster will give you his imput soon. He really knows his stuff when it comes to metal working, and he'll send you down the right path.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have built a few houses and have had my hands in a few other guys houses and I have found the 3 by 3 square tube at 3/16 thick has worked out best for strength. I was a witness to a toung failure a few years back on the way upto lake of the woods. I was somewhere by Redlake and my buddies toung folded over on his wheel house and came off the hitch at around 60mph hit the ditch and fliped 20ft in the air came back down and blew into a million pieces.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm sure Bigbuckbuster will give you his imput soon. He really knows his stuff when it comes to metal working, and he'll send you down the right path.

OK, I will chime in. grin

3/16" would be a little overkill. I would use 2"x4"-1/8" around perimeter, and 2"x3"-1/8" for cross bracing. For the tongue, use 3"x3"-1/4" half way back with 3"x3"-1/4" cross brace for the tongue.

If you were to use 3/16" all around, the frame alone will weigh more than 1,800#'s. Little heavy in my book. The first frame I built was 2"x3"-3/16" all around with the 3"x3"-1/4" tongue, and it weighed just over 1,800#'s. Frame was 8'x16' with 4' v-front.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

3x3 3/16"thick down the center tongue.

Outside 2x3 or 2x4 1/8" thick and inside supports 2x3 1/8" thick is all you need.

My 8' x 16' frame weighed 925 lbs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks guys. I have gone back and forth several times on the frame layout, in regards to how far back the center tongue goes. I originally only wanted to go back till the V front stopped (5' total length) but now I am contemplating changing that.

Any advantage to having the tongue span the entire length of the house as opposed to only going back 5' to where the V front connects to the box portion of the frame?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks guys. I have gone back and forth several times on the frame layout, in regards to how far back the center tongue goes. I originally only wanted to go back till the V front stopped (5' total length) but now I am contemplating changing that.

Any advantage to having the tongue span the entire length of the house as opposed to only going back 5' to where the V front connects to the box portion of the frame?

If you only have the tongue back to end of the v-front, you will have a real good chance of the frame snapping off. It will flex too much at that point.

I wouldn't go all the way back, waste of material, and doesn't add any strength. Just back as far as the main axles, with the same thickness for cross brace as the tongue.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • who's the old guy sitting on the sled in the second picture?
    • Might want to give us some more info on the model/year of that thing.   Might also want to check with minnkota directly.  Just because they discontinued the product doesn't mean they don't have a crate full of these things in a warehouse somewhere.
    • I thought my buddy might be interested, but it's not in his budget right now. Good luck on the sale.
    • I agree. They also work well in deep water. I can get back down noticeably faster with the 6061 black betty than my best spinning reels.
    • I will say having the freespool feature when your on top of a school a perch moving through has put more fish in the bucket for me. Way quicker than hand lining a spinning reel. Once you get the freespool dialed in and running smooth,  you  can get your bait right back in front of the fish effortlessly. It makes a world of difference when your in a hurry. I run and gun on the ice and most lakes and sloughs here in SD are not that deep so works great for me.
    • I live right outside of Moorhead and see a few in the winter now days. About 8 yrs ago they moved into the shelterbelt around our place and there were about 50. It was nice to see them. I grew up in Harvey N.D. and we would go out and shoot a pickup box full in a night. That 250 - 300 jacks in a night. We would sell them to a guy that had a Mink and Fox ranch and get 50 cents each. The amount of jacks we would see in a night would be in the 1000's.   I think all the chemicals and pesticides are killing them off. We dont see the Meadow Larks like we use to either.
    • They work great on a super limp rod in 10 ft or so for tiny jigs on panfish, eliminating spin. Worthless after that. For this purpose expensive ones are a waste. 
    • I actually have one but it is up north and I won't be in a position to get it until next spring.   So PM me if you still need it then and you can have it.   Been a few years since I used it, but it worked when I stashed it in the attic.   They are not too hard to take apart and clean, and that might help.  Let me know in May if you still are in need.  
    • Another solution is to get Handheld radios (FRS/GMRS) especially if there's weak cell signal.
  • Our Sponsors