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Ice Castle Fish house

by , Posted to on 10/02/2012 6:13 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/01/2008
Location: ND
Looking into getting an ice castle fish house for this winter. Just wondering what model some of you guys have and what you like and don't like about certain models?
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by on 10/02/2012 6:30 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/01/2008
Location: ND
Also, if someone is looking to get rid of theirs I might be interested
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by on 10/02/2012 7:16 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/26/2010
Location: nd
08 V14. Size wise I'm happy with length, but the 8 wide would be nice. I'm not real wild about how the tires wear on the inside so much quicker, but maybe thats common on fish houses. Heater, oven and stove work great. I added 4 holes to make 8 which I don't regret. At the time I bought mine, they didn't offer a ramp toy hauler door, so I have the double with a custom tarp which does keep the cold air out nice. I'm just not wild about driving my wheeler in over the door jam. It's also not wide enough to accomodate the tracks when I have them on.

I'm not real familiar with the new ones, but if they offer a floor other than wood, I would go with that. Any time you don't have to worry about floor rot, that's a good thing.

Just a few thoughts.....I may come up with a few more. Overall, I've been very happy with mine.



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by on 10/02/2012 8:22 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/18/2006
Location: ND
Here is a webpage to check out. My dad bought a used on thru here and was very happy.

http://fishhouseforsale.com/
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by on 10/03/2012 04:32 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/30/2005
Location: ND
I have the Lake of the wood edition, the only thing i would change is make more leg room in the biffy room, and i wouldnt have put the back holes so close to the bench you sit on at the back table.  other then that these are great units, mine also has air condition which works great if you use it in summer for camping
 
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by on 10/03/2012 08:09 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/12/2009
Location: ND
i built a v-front ice house, not as sharp as an ice castle but same kinda concept and shape but i made the inside 7 foot high. i pimped it out in the inside so it felt pretty homey. If you are interested in doing that i could send ya some pics and plans.
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by on 10/03/2012 08:23 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/05/2012
Location: N.
I have a 16 x 61/2 Rapshak, I also would like to go bigger 18x8, with a toy hauler door, 110 electrical a must, bathroom in the nose, not a must but, very nice for the females, on a crowded lake, and not to mention in the morning after a long night of ice drinkin!!! 12 volt lighting for backup, plenty of 110 outlets, forced air furnace, and as much counter space as you can get, put your T.V. up out of the way, and install small fans, and A.C. summer months!               
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by on 10/03/2012 08:29 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/27/2009
Location: ND
mathews18 Said:
Looking into getting an ice castle fish house for this winter. Just wondering what model some of you guys have and what you like and don't like about certain models?

The main input I have for you is to make sure you have an extra bunk, extra blanket and pillow, and some extra beer for me. Try to get something really nice too so I feel right at home.

Everybody wants to be Hank Williams, but no one wants to die.

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by on 10/03/2012 09:56 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/05/2012
Location: N.
P.S   Save an extra grand back for a good quality, low noise, honda or yamaha generator, a must!!   
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by on 10/03/2012 10:21 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/18/2009
Location: MN
8x20 V-Front, 8' wide (92" inside) with room for 6 to sleep.  Foam insulation is night and day compared to the fiberglass insulation a friend of mine has.  Make sure you know what you are getting, much cheaper craftsmanship compared to a Grand Lodge, but the for price it was worth it to me.  I put the A/C unit on with a 1 piece roof to minimize the chance of it leaking later in life.  Get as many holes has you can as you can always throw the covers over them.  110/12V converter is a must.  I kept the inside simple and skipped the tongue and groove interior which saved 1100 lbs according to Dave when I ordered the house.  One last thing, If the 30 lb propane tanks are still $53/ea, buy them, they come filled!
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by on 10/03/2012 10:31 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/01/2008
Location: ND
I looked long and hard for a good, used Grand Lodge because they make an Ice Castle look like its slapped together.  I ended up finding a like new 2009 model for less than a new Ice Castle and less than half price of buying a new Grand Lodge.  I made many visits to random fish houses and discussed what the owners liked and disliked about their purchase.  The Lodge and Yeti are the best ones out there right now, IMHO.  Actually, if I was to buy brand new right now it would probably be a Yeti.  All aluminum construction is a big plus.

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

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by on 10/03/2012 10:34 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/12/2005
Location: ND
I have an 09 6 1/2 X 14 Ice Castle I would sell.
Black in color, forced air heat, bunks in the back, also has a dinette, 3 burner cook top with oven. 
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by on 10/03/2012 10:36 AM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/23/2004
Location: ND
bought a new ice castle last year; ended up with a trophy hunter 8x20 plus v on tandems

here is a post right after i got it http://www.fishingbuddy.com/impressions_of_a_new_ice_castle

here is another thread which goes into detail on features / adds http://www.fishingbuddy.com/ice_castle_7  see the 3rd post; i still agree with those thoughts

summary
Last winter we spent 15 nights on the ice; had a complete blast.  This house stays at whatever temp you set the tstat; it rocks.  Absolutely get a genset if you are planning on staying in it; pony up and get a honda; they are awesome and worth the extra $'s imho.  You will want the extended run kit (~$100 at acme) with the kit you can go the entire weekend on a single fill.

Using an electric auger to drill the holes inside the house is the bomb; mine is wired so i can pull of the house battery's via a 7 pin; also works via my truck.  The slush bucket should be a required item :)

If I were to order it today I'd get it 1 ft taller and I'd probably go with a 24 footer.  Our last house was a toy hauler; this one isn't; it hasn't been an issue.
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by on 10/03/2012 10:38 AM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/01/2008
Location: ND
Captain Ahab Said:
I looked long and hard for a good, used Grand Lodge because they make an Ice Castle look like its slapped together.  I ended up finding a like new 2009 model for less than a new Ice Castle and less than half price of buying a new Grand Lodge.  I made many visits to random fish houses and discussed what the owners liked and disliked about their purchase.  The Lodge and Yeti are the best ones out there right now, IMHO.  Actually, if I was to buy brand new right now it would probably be a Yeti.  All aluminum construction is a big plus.


***Yetti

This guy finishes off the Yetti shells to whatever you want.  His name is Matt and he is easy to talk to if you have questions.

http://www.fishnstyle.com/our-custom-fishing-house-products.html

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach

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by on 10/03/2012 12:38 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/13/2003
Location: ND

Question for the guys with 20' + houses, how the heck do you get those on or off the lake? The lakes I go to do not have nice plowed access points, I would think a 20' would bottom out or at the very least end up stuck to the point of needing a payloader to get out.

I don't know if I will ever have another permanent or semi-permanent house again. Yeah, they are nice and comfortable if you have a somewhat open winter, but too much of a PITA or waste of money if there is alot of snow. If I ever did get one it would have to be multi-use: toy hauler, camper, decoy trailer, fish house, etc. Just can't justify the expense for maybe 4 months of use.

 
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by on 10/03/2012 12:40 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/25/2011
Location: ND
I'm in the market for a new fish house also. I'm looking for a fish house that can double as my goose decoy trailer in the fall. I sold my 6x12 enclosed trailer in the hopes of finding a decent fish house that can handle being used as both. My question is: Would the Ice Castle 6.5x14 toy hauler handle going across a dirt field. I really would like to get Team Lodge's mini toy hauler but its hard to justify spending 14k on a fish house/trailer.

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by on 10/03/2012 2:12 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/23/2004
Location: ND
HUNTNFISHND Said:

Question for the guys with 20' + houses, how the heck do you get those on or off the lake? The lakes I go to do not have nice plowed access points, I would think a 20' would bottom out or at the very least end up stuck to the point of needing a payloader to get out.

I don't know if I will ever have another permanent or semi-permanent house again. Yeah, they are nice and comfortable if you have a somewhat open winter, but too much of a PITA or waste of money if there is alot of snow. If I ever did get one it would have to be multi-use: toy hauler, camper, decoy trailer, fish house, etc. Just can't justify the expense for maybe 4 months of use.

exactly the concern i had when we bought this house, but when we are using it we've found that its ground clearance is the same/better then most pickups

normally i move the house around with a 2500hd pickup; slightly larger then stock tires but not to crazy; if the snow gets really deep we use a piston bully 200 series (think groomer used by an apline ski resort); last two years we didn't need the piston bully at all

I've found that if i can get a trail to the house with my pickup then i get move the house; the heavy tongue seems to compensate for the towing load.  But when we are moving the house around we'll take a pair of trucks.
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by on 10/03/2012 2:15 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/23/2004
Location: ND
Budders Said:
I'm in the market for a new fish house also. I'm looking for a fish house that can double as my goose decoy trailer in the fall. I sold my 6x12 enclosed trailer in the hopes of finding a decent fish house that can handle being used as both. My question is: Would the Ice Castle 6.5x14 toy hauler handle going across a dirt field. I really would like to get Team Lodge's mini toy hauler but its hard to justify spending 14k on a fish house/trailer.

thats were we started
if i was going todo it again and had that requirement i'd consider going with an insulated enclosed trailer with solid axles; then using the long catch covers to reach the ice; i think if you did that you could skip the drop axles and have a signficantly stronger axle setup

regarding drop axles i think the ice castles are some of the best; but they aren't the same as a solid axle
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by on 12/02/2012 09:09 AM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/12/2011
Location: ND
one problem with regular trailer and drop sleeves...you still get the wind under the trailer. That makes a huge difference when trying to heat it. Took my old house hunting in the badlands, first night we didn't drop it and second night we did...huge difference!! Heater ran all night 1st night. Only off and on second.
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