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#2224348 - 03/20/10 07:25 PM
King Crow Fish Houses
JacobMHD Offline
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Registered: 08/28/07
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Loc: Moorhead, MN
I am looking for some insight on King Crow fish houses. How do you feel about them overall? Is there something I should be on the look out for with if I am buying a used house? Is the trailer frame sound? I noticed a lot of their houses have the axel running underneath the frame, this means that the base of the house is further off the ice. Is this something to be concerned of?


Edited by JacobMHD (03/20/10 07:25 PM)

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#2224578 - 03/20/10 11:59 PM
Re: King Crow Fish Houses [Re: JacobMHD]
BehindtheHead Offline
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Registered: 12/02/08
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Loc: Waterville, Minnesota
a quality frame is a must. i know the ice castles have a angle iron frame that seams a bit cheep to me, but i guess if they dont have any problems with them tweeking its ok. alot of houses have a tubular frame around the outside and a tube from the axel to the hitch and the rest is angles.

i have never presonally looked at a king crow frame but i see alot of there houses on the lake.

the axel underneath the frame is a bad thing in my book, i want to be as close to the ice as posible. its just not as far to reach for a fish.

thats my 2 cents.


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#2225083 - 03/21/10 06:09 PM
Re: King Crow Fish Houses [Re: BehindtheHead]
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Registered: 04/09/04
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Loc: Andover, MN
We had a King Crow for 8 years until it got stolen last winter. It was a 6.5'x12'.

Overall, I liked the house. The frame did get a little bit twisted, but that could've been our fault (letting one side down all the way, instead of 1/2 way, 1/2 way). Also had to replace the winches once. They are pre-wired for 12 volt, and come with the plug outside to run 12V off of a generator. You had to make sure you had all of the weight up front in ours, otherwise it was like a sidewinder going down the road. We made the mistake of leaving a battery in the back and got about 2 miles before we couldn't take it anymore.
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#2225602 - 03/22/10 09:33 AM
Re: King Crow Fish Houses [Re: hoggs222]
tjz123 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/00
Posts: 114
Loc: south haven mn usa
Rich was one of the first to built retractable-wheeled houses and always uses the best parts available. That's why it is so hard to find used King Crow houses.
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#2227260 - 03/23/10 05:27 PM
Re: King Crow Fish Houses [Re: tjz123]
dougger222 Offline
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Registered: 01/19/04
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Loc: May Township, MN/Crooked Lake,...
I would buy a King Crow before the "castle". Seem to be a lot of older King Crows on the market so think that shows how long they can last. Fished in one once but the tenderloins and king crab legs had me distracted.
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#2227788 - 03/24/10 07:39 AM
Re: King Crow Fish Houses [Re: dougger222]
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Loc: wright county
I have a 6.5 x 12 king crow and like it. It does sit a little higher off the ice than some but not too high. The frame is light and easy to clean the salt off with a pressure washer. It has the angle iron frame. I like this better as the last house I had had a square tube frame and it rusted out from the inside. At least with the angle iron I can wash it to help prevent this.

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#2230231 - 03/26/10 08:17 AM
Re: King Crow Fish Houses [Re: eyebjim]
mrmanners Offline
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Registered: 12/28/06
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Loc: Coon Rapids, MN
Going on my fourth year with a 6.5 X 12 King crow. It is a light weight easy to use house, one mistake I made was not getting the drop down hitch. Also I don't like the Square removable hole covers, would rather have the catch a covers in the house. Nothing is really cheap and for the buck it has been a tank. We take it to LOW and Red a quite a bit and everything appears to be as it was frame wise when we picked it up. I would also suggest spray foam under the treated floor as it can get cool when on the ice.

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#2230897 - 03/26/10 06:21 PM
Re: King Crow Fish Houses [Re: mrmanners]
Rigger1 Offline
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Registered: 02/01/10
Posts: 25
Loc: Southern MN
Ice Castle no longer sell the angle Iron frames. Tubed frames are their only option now.
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