Loading shelters in trucks

11/27/15 @ 7:29 PM
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Sturgis Rider
Sturgis Rider
USER since 12/26/07
I just sold my Frabill Trekker DLX (85 lbs) and updated to a Frabill Guardian Thermal (120 lbs). Loading my old one in the back of my truck by myself was not to bad, but the new one just may be a little more of a struggle. Just wondering if anyone has any tricks they use for loading their shelters solo.
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12/14/15 @ 9:40 AM
JamesD
JamesD
USER since 2/16/04
The solutions here are good ones but the best is to buy a shelter small enough for one person to handle without a bunch of hassle. I've seen buddies on the brink of cardiac events trying to lug the roomy shelter they got sucked into buying because they never thought lifting it in the store is a lot easier than pulling it full of stuff thru deep snow. Keeping it simple means you'll get out fishing more.

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12/3/15 @ 11:47 AM
Sturgis Rider
Sturgis Rider
USER since 12/26/07
Thanks to all of you that gave great input on this topic. Hopefully the weather starts to cooperates and gives us some ice so we can get out there!

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12/2/15 @ 11:43 AM
Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12
I like the the pulley idea, pretty easy to do, and hte pulley will make it quite simple

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12/2/15 @ 11:13 AM
crappieguy
crappieguy
USER since 2/11/02
I'm going to mount a spare 12V battery and a winch in the back of my truck. That and a set of wood 2X6 ramps and set to go.

Check this link with pictures, I plan on doing something very similar.

http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=279125.msg2889608#msg2889608

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12/2/15 @ 9:41 AM
drummer boy
drummer boy
USER since 3/14/08
I built a ramp out of 2x4's and pull mine up with a rope.Have used it for over 15 years.

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11/30/15 @ 8:33 AM
PimplySwede
PimplySwede
USER since 1/6/09
If you have a set of ATV loading ramps, mount a pulley on the front of your box, fashion a sturdy clip on the front of your shack.

Set up the ramps, attach the clip, and pull.

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11/29/15 @ 5:15 PM
Madgill
Madgill
MEMBER since 12/26/01
Now I converted an old deer cart to load/unload the shanty from the pickup bed into the garage a while back. Works pretty slick, just slide on/off. Yikes, 120 lbs for a shanty? Power lift gate?

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11/29/15 @ 9:31 AM
BAK922
BAK922
USER since 11/19/14
I second the load empty by getting front on tailgate the shoving from the back. Holding it with bucket helps, I've had mine slide off.

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11/27/15 @ 7:33 PM
Team Crap Eye
Team Crap Eye
USER since 1/24/09
Try to load it empty, then fill it with gear after its in the truck. Set one end on the tailgate then walk behind it and push it in. Or get a buddy to help. I'm in the same boat. Some days if its nice out I leave it behind when fishing solo just to avoid the loading hassle.

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