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NavyFishin

Shappell Houses

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Just bought a S2000 for me and my son. I really dont know much about them and would welcome any bit of info (i.e. reviews, tips, etc). Thanks.

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For the money, they are a good suitcase style house. I just got a DX3000 this weekend so I could fish with my 4 1/2 year old this winter. I looked at the flip overs for the ease of moving but I realized - how much am I going to move around with a 4 1/2 year old? I saved the extra money to use for other gear. I wanted something that would be comfortable for the kid and the Shappell's will meet that requirement. They setup very easy and quickly. I got my DX3000 at Cabela's for $180 after they price matched a Fleet Farm price, the $50 of coupon and a $25 gift certificate.

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thats my favorite too! but mostly because i dont have A truck. it fits right in the trunk of my intrepid. the zippers have broken off in the cold at times though.

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I got my DX3000 at Cabela's for $180 after they price matched a Fleet Farm price, the $50 of coupon and a $25 gift certificate.

Great price! Yea, I went to the Fleet for the 3000 but left with the 2000. I have a 4 year old myself so I hope the 2000 will be enough. I dont have a truck so I was looking for something small and easy for quick trips out to the lake. Like I said, I have a 4 year old so I dont figure to spend more than a few hours at a time out on the lake wink

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i've had one for a few years and have been very happy with it(s3000). other than ice getting down the back of my neck when taking it down on really cold days. open up the hem on the bottom of the door and put a dowell in it if you want to make it a little more wind proof. and try to knock as much snow off your boots before entering. it freezes into the carpet and makes it alot heavier.

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Thanks. I will do that. I have heard from some research that putting a heater in with two people is rather complicated. Any ideas on arrangement?

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I have had one for years also.One tip I will share is put Clam Corp straight quick connects on the ends of the cross poles. Much easier to set up alone as the clip will hold onto the end bows. I start them diagionally then slide the end to the straight position. Much easier than getting the pole on the small nut.You mat have to shorten the cross poles a little as the quick connects will add some length. I put the buddy heater in the middle with two people and on the end when alone.

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I have a 3000 I think it great couple of things I found that may help it last a little longer. The carpet will probably come up the plastic rivets they use pop out pretty easy but i replaced them in the off season with small bolts and washers. Also the poles that hold it up tend to get moisture in them and can freeze shut and it can be really hard to take the house down. I try and spray a little wd-40 in them I just keep the can in the house and spray it once I get everything set up. Finally watch the rivets that hold the main poles to the floor if they freeze up try to step on the metal plate on the bottom as you are pulling up or you may rip the whole thing out of the floor. (that should make sense when you set it up and look down at where the outer poles meet the floor.)

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I have the same house. On "most" days a lantern keeps you plenty warm. small houses dont need as much heat smile

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I was thinking about just using a latern and hoped that would provide enough heat. I have the carpetless model so I guess I dont have to worry about that. I will definitely watch the rivets. Thats why I started this little topic, so I can learn little things like that to make this house last longer. Thanks to all for the advice!

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I just put the lantern in between the two holes. Plenty of light, and its out of the way.

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I just got one of these last year and I got a hose for my Mr. Buddy cooker that was long enough to leave the tank outside. I run the hose under the canvas in the middle of the house and set the heater between the hole sections and it seems to work great. It's out of the way for the most part and it does a great job keeping the holes ice free.

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i fish alot of small shallow ponds near my house. i have found that a lantern scares the fish away. i either put a glow bobber on, or i use a small headlamp and tie it to the support pole above. then i face the light at the wall. the light reflects enough to see without scaring fish.

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