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.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Fazerfish

Help - how much is this portable worth?

21 posts in this topic

My co-worker is borrowing is old pop-up portable to me this weekend and wants to know if I'm interested in buying it. We both have no idea how much its worth. Could anyone tell whats a fair price for it? The inside tag says ICE Blinds, I'm guessing its 20 to 30 years old, supposedly been used only a couple times. No rips, nothing wrong with it I can see. Measures 5 x 5 x 6'3" tall.

Also it took me about 20 minutes to figure out how to get it up, and another 20 to get it back in the bag, and I know there has to be a system or order of dis-assembly to make this process much easier. If anyone has something similar, I could sure use some tips on quick assembly and dis-assembly.

Thanks

icetent.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is pretty old, pretty small, I don't see a floor. 50 bucks max.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree $50.

This time of year, I would think hard about using that $50 towards something else that might be a little more user friendly. There will be some good deals on houses in the near future, probably even now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks guys, I am new to ice fishing looking to get my young ones interested at the same time. So I need something that will fit in the trunk of a car or back of an SUV with-out putting the seats down, so I can keep the booster seats in there for the kids. This co-worker also has a small suitcase style protable that might work also, but I doubt it would fit in the trunk of a car, maybe the SUV though.

Would a suitcase style be a better option? I'm sure he is willing to sell me that one if it would be better suited for my needs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do you have a rack on the top of your suv? Or could you put a rack on? If so, then you have more options.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Unless it can be set up and taken doen more quickly, I'd pass entirely. You'll lose your kids interest if it takes too long to get ready to fish. There's too many good choices available to waste your money on the wrong choice. Borrow it for a few days to see how well you really like it, and if you can figure out how to set it up in under 5 minutes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have the clam suitcase style portable. They sell new for about $180, and i haven't had many issues with it. It also fit in the back of my contour with the back seats down. It would easily fit you and one other adult. Or maybe you and one of your children.

I agree that you need to have something that sets up quick, and is taken down just as quickly to keep kids interested. I know when i was younger, if i was out with dad and wasn't getting fish in the boat i just wanted to go home and build a snow fort.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm looking for something that will fit 1 adult and 2 small kids under 6 years old.

As for setting this thing up, if I figure it out, I'm sure it could be popped together in a minute or 2 and taken down just as easy. One thing I like is the tent poles are all attached and secured in place permenantly. No need to fit and match poles together, just pull the strings and the sides just pop out.

One thing is that there is no vent, I guess you have to leave the zipper open a little to get fresh air in.

Thanks for the replies....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How will you keep it anchored on the ice? No floor will allow it to shift all over every time the wind puffs. With two kids and tackle in there with you it might be a hassle.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

People are telling me to buy some Ice anchors?? or ice screws??? and tie it down or else it will blow away.

Not sure what these are, but I can guess....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A cheap alternative to the ice anchors is to drill a hole on the up wind side of the house put a 2x4 down the hole and tie a rope to the end that is out of the hole and tie that rope to the fish house.

<$40

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i would pass if i was you i tried to use ice anchors with one of my houses and dont like them

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I did the 4x4 down the hole a couple of times and when the hole frezees over you can't use an auger to open it or you'll cut your ropes. Too much fiddling around for my taste.

There are enough things to tinker with setting up...LOL!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would go about $40 on it. No floor is no big deal, the quick fish doesn't have one and neither does the new clams. Get some ice anchors to anchor it down. If it's hard to setup and take down though I would pass. Save up and get a newer flip house that comes with the ice screws. Can get a new Clam for around $170 if you can find them anymore and would suit your needs fine.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

40 sounds about right to me for that one. Those ice anchors are pretty easy to use and arent to expensive. I would also look at those new Eskimos if you got the money. The quickfish 6 is huge and will fit in the trunk of a car. You would have a little more room for the kids to move around in there. I watched the guys in the store set it up and it only took a minute or two.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

GM has all houses %20 off, might find something you like better. Infact most all stores should be having good deals

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

20 minutes of not fishing!!!!!! Whats your time worth??

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If i were you, with yourself and two youngsters under six, and no truck bed or such, i would definatley look into getting a pak shack 3 man. It weighs only 18 pounds, wear it on your back and set it up and take it down in a minute or so at the most. Best part is it fits (with plenty of room to spare) inside the trunk of a smaller car. $150 well spent.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For you and your 2 little ones, look at a Clam 5600. You can get them used for around $150 in great shape, and its easy to setup and take down. Plenty of room inside as well

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
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • U have to keep telling us.......
    • duurrrr whats a heat exchanger I sold my trail sled and only have my f/c ice fishing sled now.   I was thinking about buying a new trail sled beginning of this year but glad I didn't I just don't have time for both ice fishing and sledding oh the hardships I have   I wish I lived in the mountains I think snowmobiling would win over fishing
    • Have the 8" k-drill. Bought it at the fishing show. Had it out about 8 different times and love it. No complaints. Very light weight, drill about 20-25 holes out each time. Only on Monday did I have to use a second battery, had about 21 inches of ice. I have two 5ah batteries for it.
    • It was awesome.....it is not exactly a new thing for presidents to lie, but the guy actually brought in clappers to clap for his lies about pee and crowd gate.....as this means somehow he wasn't lying his a$$ off?  Watching Spicer later in the day trying to provide cover for the boss was almost painful. ....if it wasn't so funny. No clappers there    #sidetrackedfromallthefirstdaypromises
    • Looks like great sub-flooring but not sure how well chip board products would hold up for a trailer top? Even if it's a covered trailer the slush and salt will do a number on the bottom side I would think? For the cost I would just put some 5/8th treated plywood down.
    • I used to sip cognac with a beer and I didn't even get in to whiskeys or bourbons until 8 or 10 years ago, so as a novice I started with the Canadian blends like Crown, Tangle Ridge and Pendleton and I'm more of a sipper using the old fashioned glasses.  I can't give recommendations on any of the really good brands, but if you ever see some of this... run screaming from the bar.  
    • Catfish is right up there with walleye, perch, trout, steelhead, salmon, flounder, grouper.....
    • What does it matter what Bernie Sanders had figured out considering the DNC blatantly rigged the primary against him? And then they tried with all their might to do it again and were exposed.   Face it, you party is fueled by people who are showing that they are the very ones they claim to be fighting against.    Immoral, intolerant, violent, judgemental and full of hate. 
    • hope to have my nills by next weekend to do some testing. 6 incher. putting it with a ryobi 600 pound torque drill with 4 amp batteries. sold the clam plate and auger. friend also use it with the milwaukee drill and same hang up issue. used an 8 inch k drill on bowstring last week with the milwaukee fuel.  opened holes nice and drilled nice. 
    • Trump totally destroyed by hundreds of thousands the numbers that were in attendance for the inaugurations of LBJ and Gerald Ford. Trump again wins. Just win, win, win, win, if not pretend you did.   He may just do the same thing to the country, so don't get to excited.
  • Our Sponsors