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I am planning on building a permanent this summer to put on one of the closer lakes to my house. I have fished out of hub styles and flipovers, and while I like the mobility, it would be very nice to have a house ready to go and lots of space and comfort. I am looking for some suggestions, as I will be building the house myself. Majority of the time, it will be just me, or me and one other person. I would definitely like the house to be big enough to fish 3 or 4, and sleep at least 2. It will be pulled out with either an ATV or my 1/2 ton truck.

1. Skid or Wheel house? I am leaning towards wheel but I don't really know the pros and cons of each.

2. How big? It will be towed about 35-40 miles.

3. I plan on keeping it in one spot, maybe move it 2 or 3 times over the season.

4. I am in college so cost is fairly important.

Those are my most important questions, details will be sorted out later.


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Where are you going to store it, and how will you transport it (if not wheel house)? If you have a wide and strong enough trailer, build it to those specs. Remember you need to get it up on the trailer as well. Skid works great and is cheaper, but tougher to store and get to the lake.

Rubber roof works great, 2x2 walls fits 1.5" foam just about perfect, but heavier where your bunks might be. But build the frame and corners strong. Also make sure to have jacking points at each corner, as a floor jack works great to lift it, but 4x material doesn't allow the jack to slide under, so you need to lift those points a bit. Put your window low so you can see tipups, and old used windows are fine.

We built our 12x14 lightweight for pulling but it still weighs in pretty good. Good luck, half the fun is building it smile

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I'd go wheelhouse if you can swing it. Something along the lines of a 6 1/2 x 14' for size, should do the job. Go with LED lights and a forced air furnace. Make sure to insulate the floor.

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I would only own a skid house if I lived on a lake and could simply pull on/off via my shoreline. Wheel houses will start to show up for sale pretty cheap in a month or so as owners looking to upgrade next season try to unload their current house so they don't have to store it over the summer...

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