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A Cozy Home on the Ice.

A fish house RV, also known as an ice fishing shanty or portable fishing shelter, is a small, wheeled recreational vehicle designed for use on frozen lakes and rivers. Fish house RVs typically have insulated walls and floors, and are equipped with basic amenities such as a heat source, seating, and fishing holes. They are used as temporary shelters for ice fishing, providing a comfortable and protected space for anglers to fish in cold weather conditions.

Fish house RVs come in a variety of sizes and designs, from simple, one-room structures to multi-room units with full kitchens and bathrooms. They can be pulled by a truck or other vehicle and can be set up on a lake or river for the winter fishing season, then taken down and stored for the rest of the year.

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How thick does the ice have to be for a Fish House?

The thickness of ice needed for a fish house to be safely used can vary depending on the weight of the fish house and the number of people using it. Generally, a minimum of 4 inches of clear, solid ice is recommended for a single angler, while up to 8-12 inches may be needed for a fully equipped fish house RV.

The average price of a fish house can range anywhere from $5,000 for a small, basic model to upwards of $30,000 for large, multi-function models. Typically the more features and amenities the model has, the higher its price tag will be. Features such as climate control, onboard bathrooms, multiple beds, slide-outs, high-end appliances, and additional storage will all impact the final cost.

The number of people who can sleep in a fish house RV depends on the size and features of the model. Most basic models will usually have beds for two to four people. However, some larger luxury models may offer multiple bunk beds or convertible couches that can accommodate up to eight people comfortably.

Since 2017, anglers are now required to purchase a license to place a Shelter/Fish House/ Wheel House on the ice, even when occupying it.

Fish houses can range from simple tents to more permanent structures with insulation and amenities such as heating, lighting, and cooking facilities. The size of a fish house can vary greatly, from small portable shelters that can be carried on a sled or pulled on skis, to larger, permanent structures that can measure up to 8 feet wide and 20 feet long. The size of a fish house depends on the intended use and personal preference of the angler, and can range from small, single-person shanties to larger, multi-person lodges.

Fish houses can be made of a variety of materials, including;
Wood: Traditional fish houses were made of wood, often using tongue-and-groove paneling and insulation.
Aluminum: Some modern fish houses use metal frames and siding, which provide durability and are easier to maintain.
Plastic: Lightweight and portable fish houses are often made of plastic, with clear or tinted windows and insulation to keep anglers warm.
Fabric: Some smaller, more portable fish houses are made of fabric, such as canvas or polyester, with metal or plastic frames.

The choice of material often depends on factors such as the climate in the region, the intended use of the fish house, and personal preference. Regardless of the material, the goal is to provide a warm and comfortable environment for the angler.

The weight of a fish house is an important factor to consider when transporting it to and from a fishing location, as well as when setting it up on the ice. Some models can be towed behind a snowmobile or ATV, while others require a larger vehicle, such as a truck or trailer. It's important to choose a fish house that is appropriately sized and lightweight enough to be moved and set up easily, while still providing the necessary insulation, warmth, and comfort for the angler.