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
jgillesby

Fishhouse Trailer

24 posts in this topic

I am looking to build a fishhouse and need to find a trailer to build it on. Anyone have any ideas as to where a guy could find a realitively inexpensive fishhouse trailer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

inexpensive is in the eye of the beholder...

In my opinion, you get what you pay for.

I have seen some trailers listed on C's list, but nothing I would feel is "inexpensive" ..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm with Big A, don't skimp on the trailer, save your money on the rest of it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

give miltona black smith in miltona a call he makes some of the best frames at a good price

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i agree!! the miltona blacksmith builds good frame for the money. i know a few people them and but they cant tell u anything bad about em.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is actually a framed house on one of their trailers for sale on c list

7 X 14 I believe framed/tyvek for $2,200 Need to finish yourself.

Might want to check it out.

Up in Alexandria.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've bought 2 from him and wouldn't even look anywhere else is I ever need another

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

He makes a good frame, but they don't paint any of them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Note from admin, please read forum policy before posting again, Thank you.

I think you'll all be impressed. They don't have their prices posted on the site, but I'll explain the one I've got. He's building me a 8'x14' frame with a single axle and a single hand winch operation. The frame was around $2400.

He is going to "shell" it out for me too though. This includes all steel studs and smooth aluminum siding with diomond plate on the front. The whole package will cost around $5000.

He's got some pretty good pics on his site, but you need to see his system in person...it's really impressive.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ice it 06,

No. Primer or paint is not a option. They are not set up for that. Now add the $300 for a paint job, and its not that inexpensive anymore!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Brinkman's Trailer in Forest Lake has nice tubular steel crank downs that are 6.5 x 12 for around $1550. They are really nice frames already wired with tail lights and all. I picked one up to build a wheel house for next winter. Design time...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Check out C-List. There is a nice frame on there for a great price. whistle

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ice it 06,

No. Primer or paint is not a option. They are not set up for that. Now add the $300 for a paint job, and its not that inexpensive anymore!

300 bucks for a paint job??? i primed and painted my buddys frame with a cheap spray gun with a total for a gallon of rustolem that was 2 coats of each, 2qts primer and 2 qts gloss black.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Those Shack Rack trailers are sure different. Looks like they only have inside frame models though. Sent e-mail yesterday and heard nothing back.

Paint Job:

I was quoted by two people $190 - $230 for a 6 X 9 to be sprayed so I don't think $300 is out of line compared to the small one I had estimated.

Note from admin, please read forum policy before posting again. Thank you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah he's not very good with the email. Call the number on their HSOforum and he'll answer for sure. He's a good guy and he'll convince you why his system is the best.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

He got back to me last night.

$1,680 for a 6 X 8

$1,838 for a 6 X 12

I assume the 6' wide trailers have the wheels outside the frame.

He didn't explain anything, just forwarded quotes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You're correct. The 6'6" frames do have the wheels outside complete with leaf springs and stirdy fenders. All materials are brand new. I just sold a house that I built on one of his 6.5x12 frames. That frame sold the house for me! It was an excellent frame with all tubing, and no angle iron. His price DOES INCLUDE a quality paint job as well.

This guys quality and attention to detail is like no one else out there. I speak so highly of him because he is all about pleasing the customer and keeping them for life. I would't buy a frame from anyone else.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is a big price difference in paint. Rustolem does not last very long. A good industrial or auto paint has Hardener you mix in with the paint, it makes it way more durable, and long lasting. $300 is a good deal. Powder Coating is even better, its baked on.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Anyone whos willing to paint a frame with a good quality primer/paint for 300bucks is giving a good deal. You need to consider the fact that a high quality paint thats going to last the use and abuse that comes with the conditions of pulling and setting a fish house on the ice for extended periods, etc. is probably going to run somewhere in the $100 a gallon range for both paint and primer. Trust me its not cheap when you get the good stuff.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i would have them spray the frame with either rhino lining, or line-x. that stuff will never come off. but personally i like my fish house made out of aluminum. wayy lighter and you dont have to deal with the rust problem. i will be building a aluminum one this summer 5x7 v nose for when the ice isnt to thick, personally i dont really like the portables so i will make a small light weight one.

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

    • It has either a nickle or chrome plating, I am thinking it is probably nickle. 
    • THAT ladies and gentlemen.......or gentlemen ladies is how you set the hook.   Look at the size of those hands!!!!!!!!!        
    • very very nice!!  good for you!!
    • Well, I want a president that Hollywood DOESNT want
    • Different Strokes for different folks. Ewwww
    • Team Lodge Extreme is a brand that makes what you're looking for and has for a few years now. I think Big Bite also builds one with that functionality and purpose in mind as well. Both are very nice houses.
    • I wanted to share my recent find, I was searching the items on a local online auction and saw what I thought was a Pimple (or Pimpl) spear (it was only labeled as a stainless spear). I stopped by the auction house to take better pictures and compare it to others and I was convinced it was a Pimple, I even had a spear collector I know agree that it was a Pimple. I started bidding on it at the very end of the auction and unfortunately someone else also knew what it was since I found myself in an intense bidding war with one other bidder. We battled back and forth for what seemed like forever, it almost got a little personal and just when i told myself I'd only place one more bid the other person stopped bidding. I was the winner of the spear at $340 (I've heard of other selling for $600 on auction)   When I went to pick up the spear I was given a dumbfounded look and asked "why did you spend so much on this spear???" I explained the history of the spear and the spear maker who was born in the 1860's or 70's depending on where you read the history and immigrated here from Austria.  While I was explaining this a group of people gathered around to listen to the story and they had no clue what they had and were amazed the small spear was that old and that desirable.    It will be a family heirloom that will be passed down in my family for generations to come. Just to even hold this piece of history is awesome. 
    • Well, there went my bfast...thanks a lot!! Maybe I should use my "Delete" button...hmmm...   And I always used to think highly of Duffman. 
  • Our Sponsors