I used mine for the first time this weekend as well. A couple of lessons learned...
1) The ultimate ice anchors I bought at the ice show are the bomb! Wish I had bought 4 instead of two! They are so much easier and faster to install than the Clam anchors that come with the house.
2) I used the interlocking foam mats for the floor. They take up space in the sled but are easy to put down and work well if you are spending the night. For day trips, though, I probably wouldn't bother with them.
3) The coat hooks are a must! You will get warm in the shelter and you will need a place to hang your coat!
4) I really like the Clam chairs I bought (with the cooler underneath) and the round table works well also.
5) I used two rechargeable clam "wands". One tucked in each one of the nets on the ceiling. Worked well and no need to attach them to anything.
6) Big buddy with a 20lb LP tank and a quick connect hose was more than adequate, but the 20lb tank adds a lot of weight if you are trying to stay portable and pulling a sled. I will likely go with the 1 lb tanks in those situations in the future.
7) I fished in the rain on Saturday. Left the house set-up all day on Sunday in the heated garage to dry it out. Would have done that with any portable I used though as I don't want to run into mildew issues.
Overall, it was a great maiden voyage and the limit of walleyes made it even better! I can see this quickly becoming my go-to house. I love my Thermal
flip, but the ability to walk around in my house and the weight of it (not to mention the price) are all very appealing considerations for me.