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#867065 - 10/11/06 01:14 PM
Drop Axle fish house trailer
Deep_Sinker Offline
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Registered: 04/15/02
Posts: 496
Loc: Duluth,MN
Can anyone advise me on where a good place to purchase a trailer to build a fish house on? Any good prices out there? Places close to Duluth would be great!

Thanks!
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#867066 - 10/11/06 01:23 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: Deep_Sinker]
GRAND DAD Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
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Loc: Underwood/Rosemount
If you look in the Mineaplois star&trubune under icefishing there is one for sale in the classfides!
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#867067 - 10/11/06 01:30 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: Deep_Sinker]
deepportage01 Offline
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Registered: 03/08/06
Posts: 668
Sportsman fish houses, Ed will gladly help you out they build one hell of a frame,They have a link on the ice fishing forum
Here is there phone # 320-360-0081
I bought my house/frame from them and I'm very happy with it! There prices are very good also.
You really can't go wrong with them, he is an active member of this forum and stands behind there work.


Edited by deepportage01 (10/11/06 02:28 PM)
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#867068 - 10/11/06 02:13 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: deepportage01]
McGurk Offline
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Registered: 01/29/04
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I have to concur; sportsman fishhouse frames are solid, and have the best designed dropdown system I've ever seen. Call Ed and Give them a look!

Good Luck! McGurk ---R.I.P. Quint---

"I'm not talkin' 'bout pleasure boatin' or day sailin'. I'm talkin' 'bout workin' for a livin'. I'm talkin' 'bout sharkin'!"
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#867069 - 10/11/06 03:41 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: McGurk]
End of the Line Offline
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Registered: 03/04/03
Posts: 1109
Loc: Esko, MN USA
What size are you looking for and what is your price range? I had one built for me to my specs, but it cost more to get more if you know what I mean. Mine is hydraulic lift with torsion axles that extend all the way across the frame. In other words, tire to tire, which allows the axles to be aligned in the future if they were ever to get out of alignment and more ridgid in terms of durability too. Lot harder to do on others with the short spring and other short torsion axle frames. Some people say that the angle iron frames are weaker too, I would generally tend to agree, but not necessarily. There are many factors to consider. Here's some pics from my trailer I had built. There are many good and bad ones to choose from. Your more than welcome to come look at mine here in the Duluth area as I am about 80% finished building it to discuss some ideas and look.


Why couldn't Wile E. Coyote ever catch the Roadrunner? Roadrunners can reach speeds of 20 mph, while a coyote can reach speeds of 40 mph. Clearly, in an all out foot race, the roadrunner would be dinner. Food for thought!
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#867070 - 10/11/06 04:50 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: End of the Line]
aczr2k Offline
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Registered: 02/21/06
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Loc: On a lake
Could you take a couple more pics of your wheel setup? I like the looks of that. What would prevent the house from dropping if a hose blew? braidy(at)charter.net Thanks
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#867071 - 10/11/06 05:21 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: aczr2k]
End of the Line Offline
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Registered: 03/04/03
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Loc: Esko, MN USA
The hoses are rated at 1500 psi. I am guessing there is alot less than that since its a simple hand pump. I have an electric pump here that I might put on later. There is a mechanical lock once its up in travel mode to prevent a hwy disaster. IF it blew while jacking it up, you could simply use your car jack. Jack it up and then set the mechanical lock. No hydraulic pressure is used on the way down. I also had them build the hoses so they are all protected inside tubing through the frame so they will never be in contact with things that could allow them to wear or get caught on something. This is the only other picture I have on my computer that gives you a look at the axles from a short distance.
The best part is that you can sit over the wheels inside, which allows for more interior options.
I have said this at least 50 times to people attempting to build there own. Decide your floor plan first, then try to find/build a frame around that. People build houses all the time then try to cut the holes in the floor near the end of the project only to find out that some wont fit/work in that area and are forced to use less holes or move them to undesireable positions. I hope to be at a few of the get togethers this winter for some show and tell! I'll try to let people know in advance since there has been alot of interest. Hope this helps.

Why couldn't Wile E. Coyote ever catch the Roadrunner? Roadrunners can reach speeds of 20 mph, while a coyote can reach speeds of 40 mph. Clearly, in an all out foot race, the roadrunner would be dinner. Food for thought!
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#867072 - 10/12/06 04:31 AM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: End of the Line]
fishinalot Offline
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Registered: 10/10/05
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I have a 6000# Tundra from Fish House supply (they are also a sponsor of Fishing Minnesota). I have had it for 2 seasons now and love it! It has close to 15,000 miles on it because we also use it for Elk Hunting. With the 4-wheeler inside it and gear the rig weighs in around 4500lbs. Not many trailers out there can hold up to that much abuse. It also pulls strait as an arrow @ 75 MPH. There not the cheapest frame out there, but worth every dollar! They also have 10% off all parts if you buy a frame from them. It all adds up in the end! Good Luck!
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#867073 - 10/12/06 11:04 AM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: fishinalot]
Biggerfish Offline
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Loc: Up North
Fishinalot,
I also bought the 6000# from the same place. I also love it. I do although have one question? It is my understanding any traler weight over 3500# must have trailer brakes? Did you add them to yours? I like know that my axles will never break but, haven't went over 3500# to not break any laws? Am I just being to cautious? I wish these tundra frame would have came with them as we did pay a little extra for them?
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#867074 - 10/12/06 11:06 AM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: End of the Line]
Biggerfish Offline
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Loc: Up North
End of the line,
Nice trailer....Are you going to post finished pictures?
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#867075 - 10/12/06 11:09 AM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: Biggerfish]
love to hunt Offline
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Registered: 07/17/06
Posts: 448
Loc: Randall, MN
Biggerfish

MN state law says over 3000# requires brakes. FYI

Fishing is cheaper then therapy
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#867076 - 10/12/06 03:43 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: love to hunt]
End of the Line Offline
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Registered: 03/04/03
Posts: 1109
Loc: Esko, MN USA
I can post lots of pics if you'd like. I must say though that all the stuff this one has is probably going to be beyond most people's budget and imagination. Also the time, effort, and type of construction is not the normal everyday stuff you'd see on another house. I dont mean to affend anyone or sound rude, but I am sticking alot of money in this one and I feel its top of the line construction with lots of time spent on the importatnt details to make it last forever. This is my second house building project. Here's a couple more pics for today as requested. If you want more ask and I'll post them. Thanks- Joel



Why couldn't Wile E. Coyote ever catch the Roadrunner? Roadrunners can reach speeds of 20 mph, while a coyote can reach speeds of 40 mph. Clearly, in an all out foot race, the roadrunner would be dinner. Food for thought!
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#867077 - 10/12/06 09:08 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: End of the Line]
Deep_Sinker Offline
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Registered: 04/15/02
Posts: 496
Loc: Duluth,MN
That is a heck of a trailer End of the Line!!! You definetly look like a pro and a good planner. Since it is your second house, I'm assuming your taking good ideas and making them better. I am looking a basic trailer and I guess I better consider a floor plan now. I would like to spend a max of $1500 for 6.5 x 14. Any suggestions? I will call the above guys to see what they have.
Thanks!
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#867078 - 10/12/06 11:56 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: Deep_Sinker]
Walleye Slayer Offline
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Registered: 10/12/06
Posts: 6
Loc: Renville, MN
What a nice way of doing a trailer! Can you send me info on where a guy might get a trailer like that made? Or at least where I could get the axles. If you could email me the info it would be great. wkheartland(at)hotmail.com
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#867079 - 10/13/06 06:12 AM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: End of the Line]
LODFFB Offline
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Registered: 01/12/05
Posts: 281
Loc: Willmar
I'm curious too where did you get the frame and what did it cost? Just a question why are you giong with steel for walls and what size is your house?
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#867080 - 10/13/06 07:22 AM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: End of the Line]
Loogie Offline
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Registered: 01/28/02
Posts: 199
Loc: Forest Lake, MN
Quote:

I must say though that all the stuff this one has is probably going to be beyond most people's budget and imagination.




And by the looks of it, beyond most trucks towing capacity.
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#867081 - 10/13/06 12:55 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: Loogie]
Walleye Slayer Offline
Hello I'm New

Registered: 10/12/06
Posts: 6
Loc: Renville, MN
Forget about the budget, if the fish house has what you want and 'need', thats all thats important. I'm in need of a tandem axle like this and can't find anyone who builds one that would suit my needs. Looks like End of the Line really knows what he is doing when it comes to designing his house. Good job with that!
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#867082 - 10/13/06 01:02 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: Walleye Slayer]
Loogie Offline
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Registered: 01/28/02
Posts: 199
Loc: Forest Lake, MN
Shack rack and Truk-mate both make trailers exactly like that.
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#867083 - 10/13/06 01:30 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: Loogie]
Walleye Slayer Offline
Hello I'm New

Registered: 10/12/06
Posts: 6
Loc: Renville, MN
Loogie, I was just about to put in my order for a Shack Rack frame when a coworker showed me the pics of End of the Lines frame, but I have never heard of Truk-mate. Do you have the contact info on them?

The wife insisted on a bigger fish house!
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#867084 - 10/13/06 03:34 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: Walleye Slayer]
End of the Line Offline
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Registered: 03/04/03
Posts: 1109
Loc: Esko, MN USA
Neither one of those companies built mine and are not like this one. And you cant just buy the axles either Walleye Slayer (replied to your email). I believe if you look at the Shack Rack you will find there frame system alot higher off the ground (mine is only 4") and much heavier. I am going with steel because I did it before and it has lots of advantages and only a few disadvantages. In some cases if built right a steel house is lighter than a wood one. There are many factors that go into building one for weight. For instance, if you don't need to support all the weight of the house by just the trailer frame you can lighten the framing. To replace its strength you can build the walls from light gauge tubing as I did and use the walls to help support the frame as well, like a truss or bridge construction. In turn this allows more room for hole placement in the floor for your convienence which is what I did. My last house was 8x22 all steel and with two full 100# propane tanks and all the extra stuff like pots, pans, fishing gear, auger etc.. Weighed in at 3230#, my friend had one the same size out of wood with a single axle from a trailer house and was over 400# heavier. This one will be around 2700# is my guess.
The frame is 8'x16' with a 3' V-nose so 19' to the point, but the house will be 8'4" wide when done. As you can see by the picture I welded the studs on the side of the frame. This allows regular 8' wide products on the inside so your not adding cost for longer pieces and keeps the house wider for more interior room. As well as strength to the whole design.
Deep Sinker, thanks for the compliment. You are right I am a planner, when I built my last one I had everything weighed out to the last pound on paper. When I built it, we added here and there, I was able to keep my design to within 20 lbs. of my calculations when completed because the axles where rated for 3500# I had to make sure I had enough room to spare. I am building a better mouse trap as they say. My suggestion to you is check out the frame built in Georgia that they sell at Northern Tool right in Duluth, Very nice for the price and within you budget and size I believe. If anyone wants these guy's number that built mine and cost just call me, I have a running side bet with the guys that built mine that as soon as everyone sees mine they'll want one too as well as a few of the other manufacturers! Be glad to talk! 218-879-6237 Hope this helps.

Why couldn't Wile E. Coyote ever catch the Roadrunner? Roadrunners can reach speeds of 20 mph, while a coyote can reach speeds of 40 mph. Clearly, in an all out foot race, the roadrunner would be dinner. Food for thought!
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#867085 - 10/13/06 04:27 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: End of the Line]
fishinalot Offline
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Registered: 10/10/05
Posts: 663
Biggerfish

My fish house weighs 4500# only after I load all the gear and 4-wheeler in it. My fish house does not weigh over 3000 lbs and your probably does not either. Therfore you do not need brakes and are perfectly legal on the road!! I bought the "Tundra" from Fish House Supply only because it is a trailer that is built strong enough to hold 5200 lb. I have put many miles on that frame and you will to.
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#867086 - 10/13/06 09:11 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: End of the Line]
LODFFB Offline
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Registered: 01/12/05
Posts: 281
Loc: Willmar
EOTL could you send me the info you shot to Walleye Slayer. I looked at my wheel wellsand I think I'm 6" or so short If I wanted to put 2 wheels like that in my wells. I did make use of my space though. There is a smaller cabinet on the back side of the wheel well.


toutges1@charter.net
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#867087 - 10/14/06 07:13 AM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: LODFFB]
End of the Line Offline
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Registered: 03/04/03
Posts: 1109
Loc: Esko, MN USA
LODFFB,
What I am talking about is that my height over the tire is low enough to sit on top of the wheels since there is no spring or lever above the tires itself. I only replied to an email to call me to Walleye Slayer and he did. He has done alot of research like I did.
THIS WHEEL WELL WILL BE COVERED UP BY PUTTING CUSTOM CABINETS OVER IT FOR THE KITCHENETTE.

THIS ONE WILL HAVE A COUCH THAT PULLS OUT TO A DOUBLE BED AT NIGHT.

Why couldn't Wile E. Coyote ever catch the Roadrunner? Roadrunners can reach speeds of 20 mph, while a coyote can reach speeds of 40 mph. Clearly, in an all out foot race, the roadrunner would be dinner. Food for thought!
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#867088 - 10/14/06 12:49 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: End of the Line]
fishinalot Offline
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Registered: 10/10/05
Posts: 663
End of the line-

Looking good! How many gas lights are you putting in?
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#867089 - 10/14/06 05:00 PM
Re: Drop Axle fish house trailer [Re: fishinalot]
End of the Line Offline
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Registered: 03/04/03
Posts: 1109
Loc: Esko, MN USA
Just 2 gas lights. There is 4 double 12 Volt lights in the fishing area. Another one under the upper kitchen cabinets and one in the bathroom.

Why couldn't Wile E. Coyote ever catch the Roadrunner? Roadrunners can reach speeds of 20 mph, while a coyote can reach speeds of 40 mph. Clearly, in an all out foot race, the roadrunner would be dinner. Food for thought!
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