Everyone has questions about Ice Castle Fish Houses. From weights to how they lower to the ice and everything in between. Here we hope to answer many of your questions. If you have more questions, just contact us!
Are Ice Castle’s RVIA certified?
RV Edition Ice Castles are built to RVIA standards for construction, safety, and required features. This means that they are required to have items like egress windows, smoke, CO, and propane detectors, fire extinguishers, and must be built using RVIA standards for construction, wiring, and plumbing, among other things. These Ice Castles will have an RVIA certification sticker and number affixed to them next to the entry door. This also helps when financing an Ice Castle as well as many Ice Castle models qualify for Recreational Vehicle rates and terms.
Do I need a generator? What runs off of 12 volt versus 110 volt versus propane?
The tough answer is, it depends. All Ice Castles (except the Scout) have deep cycle marine batteries with a 110v converter and charger built in. Lights, 12v outlets, CO, propane, and smoke detectors, and other small items in each Ice Castle can run on the 12v battery system. Items such as furnaces, cooktops, and water heaters will run off of the propane tanks. Some Ice Castles are equipped with refrigerators that can run off of propane or 110v. Generator hookups are installed on each Ice Castle and would power items such as air conditioning, microwaves, 110v refrigerators, and 110v convenience outlets. So while a generator is not required, if you will be staying in your Ice Castle for an extended period, it is recommended.
What does each Ice Castle weigh? What is the tongue weight?
This is a common question. Due to the many configurations and options available, weights of the Ice Castles will differ from model to model. For example: Wood interiors or ceilings add weight over paneled interiors. For that reason, we do have some basic weights available for popular models, but be aware that these will change as options are added to the Ice Castle. The gross vehicle weight is listed on the manufacturing plate on each Ice Castle and contains the weight of the Ice Castle along with an allowance for gear and accessories (propane tanks, full water tanks, supplies, etc.). Contact us and we can share the information we have.
How does the winch or hydraulic system work to lower the Ice Castle to the ice?
Ice Castle's have a unique system which allow the entire trailer frame to be lowered directly to the ice. This allow you to be just inches above the ice for your fishing. It also keeps wind from coming up and into the Ice Castle. For slushy and other situations, it's recommended that you put some 4x4 or other blocking under the frame before you lower it, to keep the steel frame from freezing to the ice.
On each wheel, there is a pin and either a manual winch, power winch, or hydraulic mechanism. Simply crank or power the winch or hydraulics to take pressure off of the pin, remove the pin, and then lower the winch or hydraulics. The wheel and leaf spring will pivot up and out of the way as the frame lowers to the ice.
The tongue is similar, with the tongue jack pivoting upwards as the frame is lowered.