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 .
Adam NWI

Hydraulic Frames

Recommended Posts

59 minutes ago, Moon Lake Refuge said:

I've seen them switch three times now.  Its usually always some kind of reversible plank though that is beaded on one side and flat on the other.

The reversible plank is what they were carrying when I picked it up.  I've just been calling it carsiding because it's what most people are more familiar with. 

 

I have that all stained and polyurethaned on the smooth side.  To me the bead side looks kind of dated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Since it's been pretty slow on here and I haven't posted an update in a while so I thought I'd give you guys an update on my build.  I've had a couple trips out on the ice with pretty much just the shell done.  Now I'm working on getting it ready for camping trips this summer with my wife and daughters.IMG_2007.thumb.JPG.d41d490124d5313438097a08a8382123.JPGIMG_2006.thumb.JPG.741fcc34fe5efc25dfefa52118874f1a.JPG

 

I was on the fence about adding a livewell or a 4th drawer and ended up going with a livewell.  I don't know how much I'll actually use it, but I'm hoping it'll keep the girls' attention long enough to let me fish a little.  It's made of 1/4" plexiglass and aquarium glue.  I tested it out on my patio before putting it in to test for leaks.  After it passed the test I siliconed all the joints just to make sure.  It's got a water pump to pump fresh water in from the lake on a timer and a drain to dump it back after the water level gets so high.  Probably too small for walleyes, but I think it will work well on our South Dakota perch trips.IMG_1974.thumb.JPG.8a9957adb25e0bf141295aa86a028a5f.JPG

 

The main things I have left are the dinette table and top bunks and cabinets.  The dinette table is more of a struggle than I thought it would be because I used flush mount Springfield taper lock bases to mount the poles.  I thought I could just buy a couple of the bottom bushings and use steel tubing from work for the legs.  Turns out I can't find the taper lock bushings anywhere.  West Marine has them on their page, but they cancelled my order saying they are unavailable.  Unless someone has another idea, I'm going to have to pull out the springfield bases and use the ones that fishhousesupply.com sells. 

 

Any recommendations would be appreciated on the table or anything else you see!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the reply Papa Bear.  I was beginning to think this site was deserted for the Summer!

 

That's something I hadn't thought of.  Not using the bases would make it a lot easier to move out of the way when I need to use the ramp door.  I could just make 4 telescoping legs that can change from table to bed height, or fold up to move it out of the way. 

 

If I go that route though, I'll need to figure a way to patch the holes in my floor where I have the flush mounts now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Those pedestal bases are the most glorious pain in the __________ I've ever seen.  Menards has some folding table legs that work really well.  I'm not seeing them on their page, but Amazon shows Waddell FTL100 Folding Banquet Table Legs that look identical.  The nice thing about this setup is that one person can pretty easily handle the table/bed setup on their own.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Last weekend I switched out my ramp door for a bay window.  I'd like to spray foam it, but I'm sure I won't be able to find anyone willing to do it professionally in my area, at least not at a reasonable price.  Last winter I had to drive an hour and a half to get the rest of it spray foamed for about $2000.  One company told me they wouldn't fire up their equipment for less than 1800.

For this small of an area I'm thinking I would be just fine with the foam boards @ 2-3/4" thick with the furring.  Otherwise, does anyone know how well those Menards Froth Packs work?  $360 still seems kind of spendy to spray foam that little area myself.

 

IMG_2407.JPG

IMG_2408.JPG

IMG_2413.JPG

IMG_2415.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks like a great project.  A DYI froth pak for $500 or so will do 12 sq ft at 1" thick.  Most home improvement stores carry these.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Hoey.  At that price I think I will just go with the foam board insulation.  It's such a small area left to insulate and that way I can avoid the mess and the headaches.  Plus I will be able to get it a full 2-3/4" thick throughout.

My next project I think may be to replace the dinette table with a jackknife couch.  Any idea how long those come?  The longest I've seen so far is 72" which to me sounds too short for me to sleep on comfortably since I'm over 6' tall.  Does anyone carry bigger sizes, or do most people build them so they sleep with their head on the armrests?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, Adam NWI said:

Thanks Hoey.  At that price I think I will just go with the foam board insulation.  It's such a small area left to insulate and that way I can avoid the mess and the headaches.  Plus I will be able to get it a full 2-3/4" thick throughout.

My next project I think may be to replace the dinette table with a jackknife couch.  Any idea how long those come?  The longest I've seen so far is 72" which to me sounds too short for me to sleep on comfortably since I'm over 6' tall.  Does anyone carry bigger sizes, or do most people build them so they sleep with their head on the armrests?

You can get longer but at a premium, and I'm not a huge fan because of the different firmness from back to bottom along with the groove makes sleeping awkward.  You could make one easy enough or modify a futon.  Find a used one and gut the hardware out to make your own that will blend in better.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Why did you switch from a toy hauler door to a bay window? I kind of wish I would have done a toy hauler now. Also how is your lift bed working? Is it a one man job to raise and lower?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I originally built it as a toy hauler because I have a half ton truck and didn't want to overload my suspension with both the tongue weight and the 4-wheeler in the back of my truck.  It was sagging pretty bad with just the trailer.  I have since added air bags to my suspension that have taken out the sagging and I would be comfortable putting a 4-wheeler in there if I ever decide to. 

Beyond that, the table is a pain in the butt to raise and lower.  I should have taken the advice of others on the board not to use the removable legs, but I already had the mounts put in the floor.  The bench is much more comfortable and I was able to add another fishing hole.  The main point is it turned the worst seat in the house to the best seat.

IMG_2483.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like the trolley system, but I can't take credit for it.  I stole the idea from LipRipper.  He's got much better details on how to build one on his latest build blog.  It only takes one person to raise and lower it.  I planned to use linear actuators on a pulley system to raise and lower it, but I realized that would be completely unnecessary with how easy it is to do manually with one person. I have since used the wires I ran for that for another outside yard light in the back of the house.

The last time I weighed the house it was around 5500#.  I would estimate it at around 6200# or so right now.  Whenever I get a chance to have it weighed I'll post it.

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




  • Posts

    • Way cool. Do you have some kind of protective cover to put over the panels when you going down the road?  Lot's of ice chunks and other road debris flying around in the winter. Even the road salt build up over time may not be good on them.
    • Bet there weren't any leftovers.....
    • jmercil......... In your last pic, are those PC fans up near the  ceiling?  If so, tell me a little more about your setup.  Fans only at the top, or top and bottom?  Some type of pvc flange where they wall mount?  PVC pipe in the walls? etc, etc.  
    • Most wheelers start hitting the ice at 6" do you plan to pull it out with a wheeler or yourself?
    • It is really beautiful! Awesome pics.
    • slice, grill, garlic,salt pepper, eat. 
    • Who's "They"???
    • Now you are catching on! BTW, if you haven't heard, they finally figured out that eating cholesterol in food doesn't raise blood cholesterol. 
    • Juneau4  won with 353 for 6th win of season 2--BlackLudProV        343 3--Swiveldigger           299 4--huckfin                   279 5--88fan                     266 6--Catzman               259 7--fishingstar            237 8--Henry's Heroes    231 9--Musky999             230 10-jar jar                    227 11-mnwildman         211 12-gregg52               120 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FINAL LUCKY DOG STANDINGS 1--Juneau4                     9634 2--mnwildman               9412 3--Swiveldigger              9402 4--Catzman                     9389 5--huckfin                        9328 6--fishingstar                   9216 7--Musky999                   9134 8--BlackLundProV           9071 9--88fan                            9052 10-Henry's Heroes          8994 11-jar jar                           8898 12-gregg52                      8788 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NO LUCKY DOG STANDINGS 1--Juneau4                          10216 2--Swiveldigger                   9981 3--Catzman                         9864 4--mnwildman                    9797* 5--fishingstar                      9772 6--huckfin                            9726* 7--Musky999                       9614 8--BlackLundProV              9592 9--88fan                                9479 10-Henry"s Heroes              9455 11-jar jar                               9266* 12-gregg52                           9093* *    These competitors were not entered the first week.  I only put  the NO LUCKY DOG SCORES  up so you could see how they would compare. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Week high scores   Both were at Dover week 29 1--  huckfin            388 2--BlackLundProV    383 LOWEST WEEKLY WINNING SCORES Swiveldigger and Juneau4               200       Daytona     week 1  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most wins for year Swiveldigger    6 Juneauu4         6          They both had the lowest winning scores though too! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Those of you that played the game --Thankyou I can only say as the CHAMPION it was more Luck than Brains! Next year if I set it up again I wish to have those who participate to say whether Lucky Dog or not -Have a good winter and Happy Holidays to all.           
    • Bag 'em up and souse 'em!!!  
  • Our Sponsors