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Moe Szyslak

Suggestions getting 8X12 ice house on to trailer?

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Looking for ideas on ways to get a 8X12 ice house on two 4X4 skids onto a sled trailer(non-tilt). Anyone come up with any good ideas other than 20 people lifting?

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Get one end jacked up with blocking 4 ft back. Use a track jack, you'll find out your blocking will need to be cribbed.

Back your trailer under it. You'll be putting a lot of strain on the trailer till the load is even so use some blocking under the back of the trailer. Remove the blocking under the shack, putting the weight on the trailer. Use a com'along to pull it up the trailer. Once the shack reaches a balance point get some rollers under the skids. Continue to winch into place. Remove rollers for the trip to the lake. Remove the blocking under the trailer. To off load repeat the process in reverse order. The idea here is to use your brain and not your back. Yes its a pain, that is why they invented wheel houses.

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Call a flat be tow truck, and pay to have it moved from storage to the landing at the lake. That is how my younger brother does his. I am not sure what the cost is, but it works. Once at the landing he drags it from there.

Good luck

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You could get a couple 12 foot 6x6's and jack it up from the outer sides put blocks under the outer sides and roll the trailer under it. Sounds a bit dangerous though. I like the flat bed idea.

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Like the come-along idea, here's another - ATV or truck winch. detach the trailer, pull forward up to the trailer tongue, put a 3/4 inch ply section between you and the hitch as contact surface, and winch up a ramp. This is kinda the same as calling a flatbed wrecker with winch on the bed, but sweat equity and buddies gear instead of Mr. Slick's Towing Co. for a price.

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You could always make more friends! Beer might help! We used to have an 8 x 8 house that we always had to get up on to a trailer to haul to the lake. Always took 5 guys, 4 to lift it and 1 to back the truck up then all 5 to push it the rest of the way on to the trailer.

Is your house on the heavy side or light side for an 8 x 12? That sounds like a lot of weight for a snowmobile trailer. Ours was a heavy beast so we usually used a car trailer.

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Me and 2 buddies just built a 8x12 and we're having the same trouble,we're gunna try come alongs,but we're using a tilt 2 place snowmobile trailer.At first I was thinking it might be to heavy for the trailer,but if you think about what 2 sleds loaded up with snow weigh,thats upward of 1000 pounds...Im not sure what ours weighs,but Id say less than 1500.

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If you have a ditch handy back the trailer into ditch and pull or push the house on. No different than using ditch to load wheeler. Or the Jack and blocks

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I also back up to a ditch and pull the house straight on. The easiest way I have found to do this is to back the atv into the bed of the truck(and secure it into the bed), run the winch to the fish house and pull the fish house on the trailer with the winch. I also do this when it is time to take the house off of the lake with a trailer that has a ramp gate. This trick works excellent with little to no back strain, but it does require an atv with a good winch.

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jack the house up a few inches and block it up. have the trailer off the truck and tilt the trailer by hand and walk it under the edge of the house. use 2 come-alongs, 1 on either side of the trailer. pull the house up, 2 guys, 1 on either side, at one point the trailer will start to get balanced and the rear of the house will be almost on the trailer. Hook the trailer to the truck. finish winching the house on the trailer, use the come-alongs to secure the house on the way to the lake. Have done it many times, very safe and no damage to the house as everything is moving slow, at first the trailer is pulled under the house. It helps to lube the trailer with a couple shovelsfull of snow.

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