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
coombia21

wheel house vs skid house

11 posts in this topic

i am going to build a fish house this summer that i will use around the metro mostly and go to ML a couple of the weekends of the season would i be better off with bigger skid house or a smaller wheel house i already have a trailer that i can use for the skid house but if i got a wheel house i would just buy one in your opinion what would you do and that pros and cons of each

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If it were me I'd go wheel house. I'm all about how easy and convienient things are, and I don't like to mess around setting up and packing up.

With a wheel house, get on the lake, crank it down, drill holes, and you're fishing. When it's time to leave just crank it up and drive away.

If it's on skids now you have to introduce the loading onto a trailer factor to bring it down the road. To me, it's too much of a hassle unless you live on a lake and will just drag it out onto that lake.

I've had both. I started out with a couple different skid houses and yes, they worked well for me. Then I built my wheel house and I love the fact that I can easily drive it to various lakes around me pretty much hassle free.

Just my opinion. Good luck to ya whichever way you go.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree, wheel house will be more easily managed, Ive had both fish all over the country, wheel house is the way to go.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

unless you're going to leave it on the lake, definetly wheel house. you'll get pretty sick of loading and unloading a skid house every trip.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would definitly go with a wheel house. The hassle of bringing a trailer and loading and unloading the shack is just an added waste of time for you. I am thinking about building one myself this summer and am thinking about ways to build the frame and axle to work the most efficient...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

would a wheel house be very hard to built and how much would it cost to built a 6.5x12

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You should be able to get a frame for less than $2,000. Depending on how extravagant you get on the inside, you should be able to build it for less than $4,000. DO NOT SKIMP ON THE QUALITY OF FRAME! The key is to keep the weight under the 3,000# mark, or it can get expensive. If you are over 3,000#, you will need brakes. More to add to the expense.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

its not hard to build if you got the right tools and knowledge. 6.5x12 shouldnt be that expensive depending on how far you want to take the inside. my advice would be try to keep it as light as possible. take your time and do it right the first time. also if you want to do it right i would definetly consider spray foaming the floor and walls holds the heat very well thats the only way to go IMO

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

where can you get the spray foam done at? What is the cost of spraying a 6.5x12 house?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are a lot of company's in the yellow pages that will be able to do it for you. Back a while ago there was the FM Ultimate Fish House forum. He got his done in Mankato for $1,000($250 for floor,$750 walls a ceiling). That house was a 8' by 16' with v. Would think that yours shouldn't be that much.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

just look in the yellow pages i am not exactly sure what the name is that my buddy got his done at. i would thinks urs would only be around $500?

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

    • D2E has a little Comet Ping Pong bouncing bouncing around in his head.   #pizzagateislikerealman
    • Except for the fact that to Hillary Minneapolis/ St Paul is rural fly over territory. Outstate doesn't even exist and I would rather that rural areas are left to make their own choices rather than have what they do be dictated by the Capital.    If you ever ran a small city hall and saw the additional dollars it takes to do an infrastructure project with the USDA involved you might think a bit differently about all the " help" big government provides. 
    • Looks like we have at least 1 faithless elector so far.
    • Of the 2 candidates that had a chance at winning, Hillary was the only one that had anything resembling a plan to help rural America. Hillary's plan just didn't resonate because it basically was modernizing rural America, and rural America wants to relive a past that is no longer achievable.    Unfortunately a libertarian is probably an even worse choice for rural areas. While a libertarian would cut federal taxes, they also would significantly cut spending to things like infrastructure where rural areas have a disproportionate maintenance cost to local tax revenue ratio. The Libertarian "privatize everything" or "leave it to the states" mentality would likely lead to many roads becoming toll roads in order to pay for maintenance. And those tolls are by and large paid by locals, increasing costs of local goods and making area businesses less competitive.
    • Well, OSU is going to the playoff, and Wisconsin and Michigan are getting at large bowls. That leaves Minnesota as the #4 remaining team.
    • +1 on striker ice love mine    
    • I know of which you speak and they were full when I stopped by for my new fav Ghost Pepper beef sticks on the last weekend. Well I stopped by on the 1st-2nd and last weekend for the beef sticks! I use to cut up all my Deer until I and the wife wanted some of those more fancy brat's and sausage I just couldn't do.
    • My FXR sled jacket and bibs have the F.A.S.T Flotation Assistance system Technology in them so I get dlb duty out of the suit sledding and Ice fishing. Right now Cab's up in Rogers has the FXR outdoor suits but they aren't cheap. Love mine.    
    • Those look Great. Most of the time just crock potted them to death! 
    • Glad to hear it isn't the local 172 processor people complained about last year.    I was happy to have the needed "facilities" back this year.  Set up, skinned, sliced, diced, vacuum packed and cleaned up in 3.5 hours.  No, that doesn't include the grind, but we do take that in.
  • Our Sponsors