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Ice House Wheel Well Question

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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 fabricator.

 

Thanks in advance

 

This is the camper Im starting with.

 

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Welcome to the forum.

 

Wow for $400 bucks it looks like you have a good foundation for a nice house.  Not sure if you pulled the walls apart but if it was flooded the insulation in the walls may also be pretty wet. You may want to remove that so it doesn't mold or freeze in the winter if still wet.

Good luck and keep posting pictures of your progress.

 

Sorry, not much help on your question.

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32 minutes ago, leech~~ said:

Welcome to the forum.

 

Wow for $400 bucks it looks like you have a good foundation for a nice house.  Not sure if you pulled the walls apart but if it was flooded the insulation in the walls may also be pretty wet. You may want to remove that so it doesn't mold or freeze in the winter if still wet.

Good luck and keep posting pictures of your progress.

 

Sorry, not much help on your question.

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.

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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.

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To bad your not up here in Minnesota.  There are Ice houses on lots for sale all over this state.  You could stop in with a tape and get the dimensions you need.  

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If you decide not to move forward w/ building your own axle setup, you may want to check w/  CW welding in Vesta, MN. They are liquidating a lot of their fish house stuff, I assume since they no longer have the contract w/ Ice Castle. You might be able to pick up a set cheap. The new "cool thing" on the block is composite bushings.... check out this link.

 

 

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