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Eric Wettschreck

Buying a new fish house????

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I think the most important thing would be the trailer frame. Make sure it's strong and not cheaply built. 3x2 steel tubing, 3000 lb (minimum) springs and hubs. If it were me I'd stay away from anything angle iron.

The second most important thing in my book is the heater. VENTED if you plan on spending the night.

Everything else is candy. It's what ever you want.

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I'm looking for a portable fish house as well. Can anyone tell me, is a 15,000 BTU furnance good enough for a 6.5 x 12 fish house? I'm planning on spending nights out on the lake fishing, so "warmth" will be necessary. I'm planning on going with an insulated floor as well.

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Duke

I stayed in a 6.5 x 12 that had a 10,000 BTU and it was plenty warm, the coldest night was -20 with a strong wind.

So 15,000 will be more than enough..

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With a name like Waskawood, I assume you are from the Glenwood Area?
Look at the link above for the Road King houses. Also depends what kind of money you want to spend.

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Thanks guys. I have looked at many different kinds and my main hangup is the floor. Some guys use two pieces of green treated plywood and others say that is a no-no that you have to use tmarine grade plywood. I was also interested in hearing from guys who have boughten and if the are happy or not with their purchase. Dberg, I am from Starbuck and don't want to wait until the icefishing show to buy. Thanks again for the input.

Dave

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My knowledge on permanent/mobile permanent ice houses is limited since I've only been in a few different models and really haven't done a whole lot of research on them. Road King is definitely worth checking out in my opinion though. Very comfortable and its a snap to pack and move from spot to spot. I spent some time in one during some of the ICE Series events this past winter and wow are they nice!

I've seen other models at different sport shows and they are all nice as well. It all comes down to how much you are willing to spend and what you want (bells/whistles) in a fish house. They can get pretty spendy but I'm sure if you put it to use it will pay for its self pretty quick smile.gif

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Hey guys, I need your input. I am looking at buying a ready made fish house. A permanent with crank up wheels. What should I be looking out for as far as construction materials and practices? Anybody have an honest opinion on what's good and bad out there? Thanks, any info would be very much appreciated

Dave

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10,000 btu is adequate up to 16 foot in a insulated house with good windows & insulated.

Shop around and test out as many trailers with houses on them as you can. I thought my dad was nuts taking two years to do so but I can assure you there is differences night & day.
Various options out there like cable,bar,strap, hydraulics as well.
Pros and cons to each you must weigh out and the ease of the operation to lower (commpletely) side at a time is critical.

Drop tongues as mention above are sweet, but a candy type option. Pay attention to that option from one to another as well.

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