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    Harlan, IA
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  1. It was a flooded camper to start. $400 basically I paid for a rolling shell. Here is Iowa not much ice yet, Okoboji should cap tonight. So hopefully in a couple weeks we will be fishing. Im wiring it tonight and insulation late this week. Hopefully we will be done before the 1st of the year or so.
  2. Wheel Wells are in and framed and fenders are welded on. Next step is put on the spray on bed liner in the wheel wells and drop framing. Then trim the wheel wells and on to the interior. Everything is coming together quite well.
  3. Its open layout now, but planning on having bunks in back, entertainment center, stove, furnace, electrical panel etc. all up front. I was thinking 10 holes just for options but only plan on fishing 3-4 guys max.
  4. We used 8000lbs jacks, I took out the handle and used a bolt so we can use a drill to lower and raise the Wheel House. With 2 guys it takes 2 minutes to lower the house down.
  5. Here was my setup we finished up. The camper drops down nicely.
  6. Im converting a 8x16 camper into a drop down Wheel House. This weekend we finished up the drop down axles and its sitting on the ground. How many holes do you have in your 8x16. I was thinking more is better as it allows to move around a little and change things up. Just getting others thoughts. Thanks Brian
  7. My thought was building an axle similar to this. Then instead of using cranks I was going to use some 5000lb Square Bullydog jacks. Then making a handle I could put my impact on to lift and lower the Ice House. With having the camper, I already have the axle, electric brakes and springs. Its just the matter of welding it up and making it work. This is an example of the Clipper Ice, which Im trying to duplicate, just trying to find the dimensions.
  8. I got the floor and walls ripped out. Im starting fresh, down to studs on everything. Im at the stage where I will get the wheel wells cut out and the drop axles built. Then the fun stuff begins, hopefully all done before the ice sets in.
  9. So Im starting my second Ice House build. Last years worked but wanted to improve. This year I bought a 2010 8x16 camper that was flooded to start out with. I couldnt pass it up at $400. I completely gutted the camper down to the studs. My next step is to cut out the wheel wells to get ready to take to the machine shop to build the drop axles. My question is what is the dimensions of the wheel wells on a Ice Castle or similar brand? I live in SW Iowa and we don't have many Ice Houses around for me to compare to. Id like to get the wheel wells rough cut out before I take it to the f
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