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  1. Contact Eskimo, you may have a pop up with older hubs that need a change order. I had the larger 949I, 2013 version, where the poles failed to rotate in the hub during set-up or take-down causing the poles to break. Got worse in really cold temps. Eskimo sent hub update kits and new poles at no cost.
  2. On a future light weight build you could include a power winch lift for another $175. A bit of wiring but really sweet to have in -15 temp & 30 mph snowy wind.
  3. I'm puzzled about your arguement comment we both said the same thing, Ice Castle side marker lights are attached to the side of the wheel house and not the fender (ScreenShot). I was just giving you a heads up on what I observed on your build. Your totally entitled to do whatever you desire.
  4. Side marker lights AKA fender lights are required (federal law) on all trailers 80" and larger in width. As tires and fenders are part of the trailer they count in the width so the side marker lights are required. Because wheel house fenders are attached to the wheel lift side marker lights are allowed attached to the side of the trailer/house near the center, as the bouncing wheel cause the lights to fail. Reflectors are also required one red at back and one amber at front each side. And yes, 6.5 Ice Castles and all other manufactured wheel houses have side markers. Top pic is an ice castle side marker light circled. Bottom pic my DIY wheel house. Where I had the lights on the fender and moved them to the side last fall after total fail due to short circuit. Link to light and reflector federal requirement. https://one.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/standards/conspicuity/Trlrpstr.html
  5. On lights. You appear to be missing Fender lights. Amber forward/red back. Also the 3 rear top center lights.
  6. Couple of things to consider. Ventless or vent free heaters produce carbon monoxide. I don't see any vents in your build so you may need to crack your windows. Also propane produces .85 gallons of moisture for every gallon of propane burned. A 20# tank of propane holds 4.7 gallons of propane. You will put 4 gallons of moisture in your house for every 20# tank burned. Make sure you have a working CO detector.
  7. Hinges found at both Menards & Home Depot. I used #8 x 3/8 flat screws from Ace & Hardware Hank 3 box of 50 (48 Per hinge). Still going strong after 4 years. Use on early ice. Have DIY wheel house for later ice. Store vertical in garage after each use to drain dry any water. Lay it on ice, mark holes, remove to drill & Slush replace over holes to fish.
  8. I.have the Eskimo 949i, 8x8 hub. Used 2 sheets of Luan 1/8" cut in half & formed my 8x8' floor that folds to 4x4'. Serves as base for my smutty sled. Only drill 6 holes max. Floor only way to go.
  9. USB cords and source are 5v at max 1.4A. Vex runs on 12v. Most LEDs are also 12v. May have extreme dificaulty to to get USB to 12v.
  10. Lots of ways to share battery power. Most ice fishing Electronics run on 12 VDC so in many cases you only need a specific cable from source to equipment or run direct as with my camera compas panner. If going to higher voltage batteries 24v, 40v etc. you need a regulator or converter to reduce voltage to 12 VDC. Cables are often hard to find so I build mine. I use the base LM317 regulator with a couple capacitors & resistors to get desired output volts from 1.25v to 37v. The 3.2v regulator bottom right runs my my camera
  11. Sounds like you might have difficulty Googeling. Thought I would help
  12. Built mine multi purpose. Nephew broke a winch, bit heavy on Fire Ball. I had a 1 1/4" pipe that bent lifting the side of house to get a Jack under to raise broken side. Got a 60" 1 1/4 solid steel shaft, welded a 1/4" thick chisel bit and a bull nose ring to attach rope. Lifted a greatfull guy's Ice Castle that broke a cable last year. Bit heavy at 26# so don't chip too much ice with it but it's a great Crowbar.
  13. Real decision is how much space is needed. Frabill is 6'6"x 6'6", Shappell is 7'6"x 7'6", Eskimo 949i ($289 Amazon & L&M free ship) is 8' x 8'. Find a spot in your home to tape off each hub size than cut 6ea paper circles to hole size and place on floor 3 people fishing. Mark door area on tape put all the gear the 3 people will use fishing, chairs, heater, rod case, coolers, minnow bucket tackle boxes coats etc and place inside marked floor. You will soon answer the question of which one to buy.
  14. The shappell 6500 doesn't appear to be insulated. Non insulated are cold <0 deg and will collect a lot of water & frost on walls and ceiling. My Eskimo 949i is 96x96" 3 is crouded 4 impossible no room for gear. I also use a full floor which makes a world of difference in comfort and heating. Clam insulated 6pack also a good hub with room. My floor 2 fishing
  15. Yes cold drains cell phone batteries. As I use a Milwaukee drill and pull the battery to keep it warm allows putting a 12v adapter with USB charge port to keep my phone and tablet charged on early ice. Wheel house safe ice Its warm inside with a lot of 12v available.
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