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Modifications to Flip-overs
« on: Sep 23, 2010, 10:13 AM »
Does anyone do any simple modification to their flip-over portables? I have a Frabill Recon DLX and was wondering what I should do to make it "better."   8)

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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #1 on: Sep 23, 2010, 10:21 AM »
Here's my recommendations (in no particular order) all of which are either done or about to be done to my Fish Trap Pro:

- Runners underneath for easy pulling
- Reflectix roof insulation if you don't have a "Thermal" model to cut down condensation
- Built in LED lighting
- Built in or removable rod holders
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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #2 on: Sep 23, 2010, 10:27 AM »
I realized my post is useless without pictures, so:

Runners:



Reflectix:



Rod Holder (second one on the way for this season):



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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #3 on: Sep 23, 2010, 06:58 PM »
Yes it's time to get mods going so they are done for this season.
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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #4 on: Sep 28, 2010, 11:31 PM »
I jacked mine up like this ,pulls a lot better by hand,Add LED lighting, 1 strip on each tube ran wires up the tube insides. each has its own switch so I can turn on 1 or all 4. 12 volt accy. plug, rod storage compartment,changed out clam seat to old boat seat, rod holders. Got to get it out of storage and will post photos later.

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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #5 on: Sep 29, 2010, 05:14 PM »
Going to get my portable out of storage this evening. I will be:
- Wiring two LED light strips. Running the wires thru the poles (hopefully).
- Attaching the new Clam battery bracket for an accessory battery.
- Attaching a computer fan to the top support to circulate the air and reduce condensation.
- Installing toggle switches between the seats for the lights and fan, and running the wires to the battery.
- Installing hyfax runners.

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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #6 on: Sep 29, 2010, 05:32 PM »
CMMahy,
The reflectix is a great idea. How exactly did you attach that to your ice house fabric? Does it stay pretty tight and not too bulky? Would like more info like where you bought it, how you applied it, etc. also, some pics of the built in lighting would be appreciated. Thanks for sharing


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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #7 on: Sep 29, 2010, 07:23 PM »
I also installed Reflectix in my Yukon.  I just trimmed it to the width of the ceiling and starting in the front, cut slots for the velcro pole wraps and just sandwiched the foil between pole hoops and fabric.  No adhesives necessary and never moves when folded.  I did the ceiling only and it has made a tremendous difference in condensation drips and heating efficiency. I purchased it from our local ProBuild Hardware store.
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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #8 on: Sep 29, 2010, 11:48 PM »
Here's my recommendations (in no particular order) all of which are either done or about to be done to my Fish Trap Pro:

- Runners underneath for easy pulling
- Reflectix roof insulation if you don't have a "Thermal" model to cut down condensation
- Built in LED lighting
- Built in or removable rod holders

                                      That about sums up the mods I did last year to my flipovers. I wouldn't mind making a battery compartment or getting one of the battery holders that clam has come out with this year. I would like to add some more rod holders for the extra rods that are pre-rigged for changing-up the presentation. I just gotta get to work on 'em I guess.
                           

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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #9 on: Sep 29, 2010, 11:51 PM »
copperjohn, thanks for the info. I'm new to the site and noticed the search option at the top of the page and searched reflectix and some installation methods popped up. Thanks for the info.

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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #10 on: Oct 01, 2010, 09:41 AM »
I installed my reflectix the same way as copperjohn, and have been super happy with the results with eliminating overhead condensation. The tent is slightly bulkier when folded up, but not so much as to be a problem. I bought mine from Home Depot, I bought the 2' wide x 10' long roll, cut it to 2, 5' long pieces and taped them together with the special foil tape to form the roof piece. It cost about $30 if I remember correctly. I reinforced around the holes with tape as well to prevent any tearing.

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I wouldn't mind making a battery compartment or getting one of the battery holders that clam has come out with this year.

I'm most likely going to try and make one from thin plywood, and mount the fuses and switches right to it, but we'll have to see where I can find room. Though the Clam Power Center looks really slick, and reasonably priced. I really want to get the LED light's installed for this season, should make a big difference in night fishing.
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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #11 on: Oct 02, 2010, 08:14 AM »
i made rod holders for my shanty. just stuff from the hardware store. it took some work though. theyre small, effective, and dont need to be taken off and put away. they stay right where they are all the time, so theyre pretty convenient.


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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #12 on: Oct 02, 2010, 08:18 AM »
here they are in use. theyre mounted to the front lip of my shanty, which is a trap pro. you can see in the pic my entire seat assembly is moved to the left. one rod holder is between my legs and the other one is to my right. one other mod to the seat assembly, i took the "swivel" off. i dont miss it.


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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #13 on: Oct 02, 2010, 08:20 AM »
here is my night-fishing lighting...well, part of it...the best part.

note: this is looking through the back of the shanty. (through the rear trap-link door)


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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #14 on: Oct 02, 2010, 08:25 AM »
i have four LED ropes attached to two of my overhead shanty support frame bars. the ropes are attached with "crystal clear packing tape". the LED bulbs are "aimed" down onto the fishing area (very important!) i custom-made the power cord. see how the "cord" is an almost perfect fit to the ends of the four light strings. (keeps it taut, which keeps it out of the way)


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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #15 on: Oct 02, 2010, 08:29 AM »
this is the "power" end of the cord. that is a 5.5 ah battery. the blue you see is a bungee that i custom made to hold this battery (i have two of the same battery...sometimes i bring the spare) one end of the bungee is attached to the black shanty pole bracket. the bungee keeps it from getting banged around too much but it will not keep it in place during transport to/from the lake. the power cord wraps up pretty small and i have a wire twisty built on it (you can see it in the above pic) so that i can tie it up, and it stays under my seat in the hammock. so all i need to do is remember to bring the 5.5 battery and im good to go for night fishing!


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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #16 on: Oct 02, 2010, 08:55 AM »
Wow hard. That is awesome! Bet its lit up like noon in there at night. How much did that run you to put in?

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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #17 on: Oct 02, 2010, 09:43 AM »
thanks man. it isnt quite that bright but its acceptable. i put a lot of thought into it and it took me a couple of seasons to perfect it. at first i only had two strings, but then in the spring i found some more on sale and thought about doubling up. i think to buy all the stuff cost me about $95. ill bet some of that relfective material posted above would help "catch" some of the light wasted into the shanty fabric.  8)

here is what i use to anchor my shanty for windy days. i rarely use it, but its nice to have. when you need it you really need it. this is another thing that stays under my seat in the hammock, its feather-light (aluminum) and nothing special is required other than drilling an anchor hole.

if its easy, helpful, and convenient, the mod is a good mod.


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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #18 on: Oct 02, 2010, 09:47 AM »
the rope runs through it, from rope hole to rope hole is about 7", because i use an 8" auger. one other thing i did was wrapped the aluminum with teflon tape to keep a bond from forming between the ice and the aluminum. i did that because when i first posted this people said it might freeze to the ice. the teflon wont "stick" to ice....i tested it in my freezer ;D


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Re: Modifications to Flip-overs
« Reply #19 on: Oct 02, 2010, 09:53 AM »
this is how the shanty anchor attaches to the shanty....these are in the two pre-existing holes for the original location of the seat assembly.

to actually use this, the shanty anchor hole should be drilled first, then the anchor is set up and the shanty is pulled snug against the anchor. then the fishing holes are drilled. thats the best way anyhow.

im not saying this is the best anchor set-up, but this is what i do.


 

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