Originally Posted by NavyCorpsman
How about leaving the AS at its original ride height. Cut the hole where you want it and build the cover for it so it will support weight when not in use. (Hinged to floor or a pull out plug)
When you get it on the ice you can use large inner tubes lashed loosely together , then, slide it under the trailer, open the hatch and air them up as a stack until a good seal is made.
Dad made a knock down, stick built shack on skids. The 2 open ends were boarded
up and snow rammed up to seal everything.
I would like to see your finished product!
I really like the inner tube idea, thats brilliant. That'll be plan B if I can't figure out how to work out the hydraulic torsion axle. I have a pop up camper converted to a fish house right now, It does the job but the distance to the ice bothers me, and its about a foot.
Originally Posted by Ray Eklund
Remove the axles. Add wide sleds to support weight and ease of pulling on the ice. Some anchoring rods to drive into the ice for keep from blowing into Michigan.
Haul on a long flat bed with an electric winch to pull back onto the flat bed. Pull off with the tow vehicle. An ATV can pull the Fish Shed onto the ice. Use large diameter metal/pvc sleeves that will slide through the floor with a lip so they drop through the ice and keep the surface from icing up. PVC lids when not in use.
A good propane stove, or firewood heat source.
Don't need a refrigerator. Comfortable stools. LED lighting.
If this does not work. I am working up an idea for your making a Jet Ski out of yours for Summer fun in the water.
See thats a good idea too, but I plan on using it for hunting trips to the Dakota's and northern MN. I have problems with my current shack holes freezing over with the foot distance from the ice, even when its tropical temps in the shack and sleeves down to the ice. also have a wood burner in that one, but i'm going to make this one nice so the wife will actually want to come out and be comfy.
I plan on gutting it, putting in nice cabinets and the following features. a small bathroom with a removable toilet, propane furnace, small propane fridge, small stove top, conventional oven, sink, a small heated fresh water tank, a bait live well if i can work that out, small dinette if i can fit it, 4 bunks, maybe even heated floors if i can work out a closed loop system from my water heater. Top it off with a couple solar panels.
Originally Posted by Panama Red
If you check some of the vintage trailer sites, guys are bagging the old canned ham trailers all the time. Not sure what the suspension geometry they use is... Seems the torsion axle with some mods would be perfect for that type of thing. Leave the center section of the belly pan off so the frame sits right on the ice. I believe pre '74 nothing extended beneath the frame (black water tank) but I could be wrong there.
-Red, like a Florida boy should be commenting on ice shacks...
I've been trolling the classifieds for a couple weeks, seems like the people selling right now are off their rockers, I saw a globetrotter "As Found" put up for 12K, maybe just maybe if it was polished. Is it me or is that pretty nuts? Every time I see "original" and "everything works" I just laugh to myself. I bought my 72 sovereign
and "everything works",
Water heater $500
Pex plumbing $200
Poop, Shower, Shave, Breakfast- Priceless.