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Portable Ice-Shack Mods?

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hey guys i am just curious of what you guys have done with your shacks to add more storage, lights, etc.. if youve got pics that would be great!

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Welcome to Fishing Minnesota!

There are a lot of threads dedicated to portable modification in this ice fishing forum section of the HSOforum. Feel free to search around and you'll have hours of reading. There has been some really ingenious things done to make fishing out of a portable much more efficient and comfortable too.

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I'm a long time lurker to this site, but It's my first post here and I want everyone to know... I blame all of you grin

Because of posts like this I now feel I cannot show up on the ice without a tricked out shack. I've got a new ATV this year, so weight won't be an issue - the only reason I've held out up until now Since I'm just about handy enough with tools to be dangerous, I thought I'd run my idea past a couple of you so you can shoot holes in it before I waste my time and money. I'm looking to do a mod much like the one in this link:

http://www.fishingminnesota.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1434170/1

I've got an Eskimo QuickFlip II (Green one,) and the sled on it is much smaller than the one's in most of the mod links. It's only about 8" deep, and measures 30x60. I'd like one a little deeper for more storage and to bring the seat height up a bit. No problem, I'll just swap out the sled with a new one. The only one I can find with similar dimensions is the Med Otter (32"x64") that I'm sure I can make work - but let's say I get really crazy and buy a bigger one (more storage, right??) It's 74"x38"x12". Since it's wider (38" compared to 32") i'm guessing the house might be a little shorter, since the angle of the back bar will be smaller. My solution for the length is to make a 2x2 frame 64" wide in the back of the sled for the flip over shack to sit on. I'll close off the remaining front of the sled flush with the top of the sled, and have access from inside the shack.

I hope this makes sense. If not,let me know and I'll try to explain my plan better. I can't think of a reason why it wouldn't work - but given my past project attempts that doesn't mean it will. I'm especially concerned because I haven't seen a similar mod posted here.

Ok... Tell me where I'm messing up

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I do understand what you want to do and it sounds good except for one thing. The otter sled is much tall than your eskimo which means you canvas would more than likely not go all the way to the ice, right next to the sled. I really think that you should go with the 32x64 rather than the 74x38 if you do go with an otter sled. But like I said the major problem would be the canvas going all the way to the ice, unless you have a idea for that.

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I'm ahead of you on that one! Took my current sled setup and put it on 6" blocks in the garage to make sure I didn't have any gaps. There still was enough excess material around the shack sides and front to touch the ground.

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Good point guys. The fabric touched the ground and had about 2-3 inches extra laying flat, but on a windy day it might blow up. If I decide to continue, I might have to make an extra skirt to attach to the ground rung of the flip over.

I'm just ready to get out there and fish

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