Papa Bear

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  1. Papa Bear

    T&G Cedar install

    I did 5/16" cedar and installed tight. Is there any finish on the cedar?
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    6 x 10 Aluminum skid house build

    What did you use for trim on the corners and roof? Looks really nice!
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    Do Grease Zerts Even Work?

    Friend of mine learned the expensive way this season that grease is really cheap and easy maintenance compared to frame/axle repairs. At minimum grease after season to push out water, salt, etc that's made its way in throughout the winter.
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    Fish House rv Build

    I have been building my 22' wheelhouse and figured I would share since I got a lot of ideas and information from following others builds on here (namely Mr. LipRipperGuy). So here it is: My wife and I looked at countless houses from all the brands and never found quite what we were after. The Yetti Legend came closest to what we wanted but farthest from our budget. So, glutton for punishment that I am, I sketched out some plans and made a very detailed material list as best I could. Finding sources for a lot of the parts that go into one of these was one of my biggest hurdles. The house is a 22' +V with a bump out in the back for the bay window. The trailer is aluminum. A few pieces needed to be made of steel and they are galvanized. It will have most of the RV type features offered now. The toilet will be a cassette type that I think will be much more convenient for winter use. Finding a dump station, rinsing and winterizing tanks after every use was a concern. I wanted to be able to use the plumbing in the winter with as little hassle as possible and I hope that will be the case. All water lines will be run inside the house and with a constant slope to them so that they can be "winterized" after use by just opening a valve at the low point before packing up to head home. The tankless water heater and fresh water tank will be drained the same way. The cassette from the toilet can either be dumped in a bucket to freeze or in a toilet on shore. Rinse with a little RV antifreeze and you're good to go. Maybe I overthought it and maybe it won't even work but this was my best guess at it. The roof is a single piece of aluminum sheeting. It's lightweight, seamless and easy to install. Seemed like the way to go. The subfloor is a fiberglass reinforced foam. Its slightly lighter than wood and will never rot. Kind of pricey stuff but seemed like a good place to splurge. I've been using Google Sketchup for several years now and can't imagine trying to take on a project like this without it. A few things changed slightly since this drawing but this is pretty close. ....and some of my wall layouts The frame and all the aluminum tubing for the walls and roof... The walls are 1"x2"x1/8" and the roof is 1"x3"x1/8". I had the diamond plate for the wheel wells bent by the supplier. I then cut them to size and welded the top to the sides/back. Its sitting upside down in this picture. I also had the siding pieces bent ahead of time by the supplier. To mark the windows I propped the piece on a straight edge clamped to the frame and then traced the window opening from the inside. The first few I cut out with "slicer" wheels in an angle grinder which worked fine but I ended up using a carbide tipped circular saw blade for the rest. Much faster and seemed to be a bit easier to hold the line. After the window opening was marked I installed the window and then the sheeting covered the window flange. The siding is of course held on with VHB type double sided tape. I let all the siding sheets run tall and then ran the saw along the top to trim them. This cut was not critical because the roof sheeting folded over the siding and was then covered by trim. Rolling the roof out. The graphics. The roof trim isn't completely installed in this picture. You can see the way the roof overlaps the siding. The wife insisted on an awning. I didn't think we needed it but was glad to have it working outside a few rainy days. I was losing warm weather and decided to get the first coat of spray foam on the walls before wiring. This worked out alright but I have to say, spray foaming it myself is the only thing so far that I would definitely think twice before doing again. Because of the outside temperatures I didn't get nearly the yield out of the kits that I should have. I ended up having to buy extra. The bathroom with pocket door. Wiring The "help" We decided to go with cedar planks to cover the walls and ceiling. And the start of the cabinets This is where I'm at so far. There's a lot of finishing work left but I'm still hoping to get out in it before the end season. Quite possible some things will end up getting finished up in the spring. I'll update as things progress.
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    Fish House rv Build
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    Fish House rv Build

    Finally took some time to take some finished (almost) pics. We've gotten a ton of use out of it in the last year and are very happy with how it turned out. After sleeping almost 50 nights on the jackknife couches, I just added a lift bed which is a huge improvement. The electric fireplace wasn't in the plans but we're so glad we have it now. It's so much quieter than the furnace. The generator sucks more gas to run it but the furnace hardly ever runs when temps are above 0. Thankless water heater and cassette toilet are both working very well. Picked up one of these fish cleaning tables on sale and mounted it to the side of the house with some interlocking rail strips I found on amazon. A faucet came with it that I hook water to with one of those really fexible 1/4" air hoses that I run around the front of the house where it hooks in to the rest of my water. I used the folding legs that came on the fish cleaning table to make our dinette table. The stubby legs were added so that when its folded down, it supports the couches that fold out onto it. When we're fishing the table goes in the back of the truck or gets left at home. We're really happy with how the lift been turned out. The tracks on the wall are 1x2 aluminum that were ripped on the table saw to make a channel for the slides to run in. The bed is raised and lowered with a winch type system that is designed for lifting things in your garage. I replaced the steel cable that came on the winch with synthetic winch line. The weak link is the winch itself which is only rated for 250 lbs. This is more than enough to lift the bed itself. 3/8" pins are put through the rails to support our weight. This is one of the slides. May seem a little crude but they are really working well. Zero binding. The brown piece is aluminum and the black layers are HDPE. The bolts are 1/2" grade 8's. You can see I cut all but about 1/8" of the heads off to improve clearance/slop. Sorry the video is so poor but you should at least get the idea of how it works. Thankfully I'm better at building stuff than videography. IMG_3024.MOV
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    Fish House rv Build

    Looks like they call it Ice Cap. The only reason I ended up with that was bc they had lots of blem sheets of that stuff that were $50 each instead of $200/sheet full price for the other stuff. 1"x4'x8' is 55 lbs/sheet. I believe most 3/4" x 4'x8' plywood is around 70 lbs.
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    Recovery Gear

    With all the snow we got this winter, I got myself stuck on the lake a few times. After the first time, I bought tire chains which helped a lot but didn't do me any good when trying to get off of Mille Lacs a couple weeks ago. There was a lot of blowing and drifting. I got off my path and ended up high centered on a drift. About 3 hours of digging and failed attempts later one of the resort plows made it out to give us a pull. I usually carry a high lift jack and tow straps. I've read that by dropping a chunk of 6x6 in an auger hole a guy can use this as an anchor point to winch against with the high lift. Anyone ever done this? I'm curious if the 5000 lb winching capacity of the jack would be enough to pull my truck and wheelhouse. I prefer to be as self reliant as possible and would like to carry the gear needed to get myself out next time if possible. Anyone else carry some form of recovery gear?
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    Recovery Gear

    Really like this idea. Thank you!
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    Recovery Gear

    I guess I’ve never owned a come along that works well and certainly not one with 5000+ lb capacity. Idk? Is that what works for you?
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    Jackknife sofa recommendations

    I bought directly from Firebrand/Fish n Style in Shakopee. Not sure of the brand but they do/did have 72".
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    Ice Castle vs Firebrand vs Yetti

    My shack is a 22' aluminum and my weight savings is in the ballpark of 1000lbs vs a similarity equipped IC. As others have mentioned, weight savings was not the reason for choosing aluminum but is a definite bonus. I'd ignore the truck size discussion but several things have been mentioned that I can relate to. A year ago I had a 1/2 ton but upgraded to a 3/4 gasser over the summer. No regrets about doing that. Today's 1/2 tons are built to be mileage machines not pullers. Yes they CAN pull but for my dollar, my precious cargo and my usage (>90% pulling) there is no debate. If you don't have the right tool for the job, you are setting yourself up for failure before you even start. I could have have welded my shack together with JB weld....
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    Fish House rv Build

    Company called space age synthetics out of Fargo. No issues. Good stuff. Need to get some finished pics up here.
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    2017 Fish House rv Build

    I have not. I need to.
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    2017 Fish House rv Build

    Excellent job! Where did you get your bait/livewell from?
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    Wheel House build

    Looking good! Thanks for sharing!
  17. I have Lindells, Ultimates, and Catch Cover rattle reels and would rank them in that order. The Ultimates work fine but the Lindells are just as good for less money. Not a deal breaker but I actually prefer the bigger spool when bringing lines in to move etc.
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    Hydraulic Frames

    Looks great! I've been procrastinating on a few things I'd like to do to ours before summer. I did something similar for a livewell and I'm glad I did. It was a hit with the kids. ...on the table bases. I'm considering skipping the bases all together and making a table that folds. Haven't drawn it out yet but I'm picturing something like a glorified TV tray. Just a thought....
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    Fish House rv Build

    I sprayed in place and sanded with 200 grit random orbit between coats. Sanding sealer as the first coat isn't necessary but in my experience saves sanding time and usually ends up smoother. I didn't worry about sanding in the grooves.
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    Diamond plate

    Bought my diamond plate from McNeilus. They sheared and bent it for a very reasonable price. I had some pieces that were an afterthought. Since I had lots of drops leftover I attempted to bend some myself with surprisingly good results. Clamped the work piece between two stout straight edges and slowly made the bend with a deadblow hammer. Sounds crude I know but it really did turn out. Made several bends this way up to about 3' long and every one looks good. I wouldn't plan to do things this way but for things you forget or add, it's an option.
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    What heater are you using

    Natural gas? Do you convert it to propane then?
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    Horizontal aluminum panels

    Unless you have a source for 14' sheets you would end up with vertical and horizontal seams. No real problem with that, that I can think of.
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    Lake Winnibigoshish questions

    Thanks! I do have navionics, just didn't see any of those spots listed.
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    Lake Winnibigoshish questions

    We're planning to visit Lake Winnie for the first time. I've found several fishing reports listing off some areas of the lake but can't find a map that actually shows where these spots are. Snaghole Bar, Hunter’s Hump, River Bar Horseshoe Bar, Moses Bar, and North Moses Bar. Anyone familiar with the lake that could help me out? Also, looks like High Banks and Nodak Lodge may be good places to head out from with a wheel house? Is there a preference? With the Mississippi running through the lake does a guy need to avoid that channel with the vehicle? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you very much in advance!
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    Toy hauler build

    Was thinking the same about the foam. Looking great!