: Zach shack?


guest123
02-25-2011, 06:24 PM
Anyone using a Zach Shack? Wondering if they are as good as people say? They are sparse with ammenities but look like they should be durable. Interested in using one as a trailer, ice house and bunk house in summer.

dw 185
02-25-2011, 06:38 PM
excellent fishhouse Hold heat well, mine has been to 4 different states on hunting trips it makes a great pace to stay, they pull very well, mine is a 8x10, now they make 8x12 the little extra more would be nice. the also make an excellent deer blind. the new ones the windows are lower in them.

went522
02-25-2011, 07:46 PM
I had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time using one this ice season, as well as several ice castles. The zach shacks hold heat extremely well, doesn't take much to heat them...many days we lit and heated them with candles!! Really!! That said, they're insulated so well that the doors and windows tend to freeze up as that's where you get your cold drafts. Every few trips we would have to chip ice from the door frame as they wouldn't close right and started to tweak the doors. We also found the door lock froze up quicker than other houses.

They fish well but don't have much room...get 2 guys with vex/minnows/heater/radio, etc. and your pretty much finished on space. Although we have squeezed 4 in but it wasn't enjoyable with zero room to move around. So, I'd say 2, 3 guys max.

They are super light weight, go up and down in seconds with ease. That said if you tow it with no weight in it the tongue jumps up and down like crazy...constant clank of the reciever going down the highway.

Really a no nonsene house, light, fishable, well insulated house. I think if your going to use it as a travelable house, early/late ice with 2 guys/wheeler it's great. But as far as spending your winter ice fishing I'd opt for something with more comforts...tv/furnace/comfortable seating/stove...etc. I had the opportunity to use and fish out of several different houses this winter from zach shack to ice castle dual axle, single and hydraulic. I certainly wasn't requesting the zach shack to use. I think the zach shack is expensive for what your getting...not much to them...frame, siding and insulation.

BIRDDOG

guest123
02-25-2011, 08:45 PM
Great info, keep it coming. I know it is not a Ice Castle, but I am betting that if the two were left out in the elements for years you would have less problems with the Zach Shack (less wood, no winches or cables or hydraulics, less likely to leak) Overall, much less to worry about and do maintenance to?

went522
02-25-2011, 09:06 PM
Great info, keep it coming. I know it is not a Ice Castle, but I am betting that if the two were left out in the elements for years you would have less problems with the Zach Shack (less wood, no winches or cables or hydraulics, less likely to leak) Overall, much less to worry about and do maintenance to?

No question, less to maintain as there's not much to them. If a guy wants a no nonsense, zero frills, little maintenence, light house they're great.

To be honest, a year ago I was shopping houses and absolutely sold on Zach shack. Thought they were great after seeing all the houses at the ice shows. I thought, "how perfect, light, well insulated, use as a trailer for my atv, I don't need the frills the other houses have"...etc...But, after spending time in the formentioned houses I've taken the zach shack off my list and wouldn't consider one. I'm not in any way saying ice castle is the answer! Lots of other houses on the market.
Maybe I got spoiled by being in nicer houses! But, if I'm going to spend 5-8K for a zach...I'll spend 7-10K for a much nicer house, get more house for my money. The aluminum Yeti comes to mind. That's just me. Everyone has to choose what's right for them.


BIRDDOG

Ristorapper
02-25-2011, 09:24 PM
They are manufactured right in my back door; less than a mile or two away. I've fished out of one; neighbors, but I have nothing else to compare them to. I don't do a lot of ice fishing.

The neighbor and I went out once on early ice. Put his atv in the back end and hauled it out to the lake. Unhooked the Pickup and hooked up the atv. Away we went.

Like was said, 2 is comfortable. Think on one other trip we had 4 adults in there playing cards/fishing. Too small for that. I'd rather be outside setting rigs/drilling holes/ sleeping in the truck!!!!!!

If anyone needs pics or info, I'm only minutes away from where they manufacture them. Just give me a shout.

guest123
02-26-2011, 04:58 PM
Looked at 3 new Zack Shacks today. Pretty sparse for the money. We liked the 6 x 12 Ultimate model the best. You could buy a heck of alot more shack used for the same as new for the Zack Shack. I really like the no maintenance idea alot and told the dealer I may make a offer on Monday, need the cooling off period. If anyone can think of a reason not to buy one other than high cost post up.

teamlund
02-26-2011, 06:02 PM
I am not sure what the zach shacks go for as I did not see a price on the website. BUT there might be other options. The year I bought a brand new 6x10 encloses trailer and put 3 catch covers in it, insulated the roof and walls, put rhino bedliner onthe floor, 12v electrical system with fan and lights, 18K btu mr heater.... I alread had the heater so that is not included into my total cost but I ended up with just over 2600 into this project....3000lb axel and it looks good too. While insulating it I manged to get myself a trip to the ER and 5 stitches (cut the tendon in half)...here are some picks.

PS- I mounted the plastic shelves to the wall by screwing pieces of velcro to the walls so they can be pulled off easily. The heater, battery, shelves, LP tanks ect all come out VERY fast and easy so I still have the full 6x10 trailer to haul stuff with.

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guest1234
02-26-2011, 07:38 PM
Nice job! The Zack Shack 6 x 10 is 2 times what you have invested. I have found a closeout and a used one that is just under the 2 times price.

teamlund
02-26-2011, 08:17 PM
Nice job! The Zack Shack 6 x 10 is 2 times what you have invested. I have found a closeout and a used one that is just under the 2 times price.


I was able to cutomize my trailer exactly how I wanted it also... I like fishing off the ice (18") in my shack rather than in the drop downs.... I move every 20 mins or so unless I find fish...I leave it hooked up to my truck/atv when ever I fish in it and when its time to move i just step out and start the truck and go. I leave all the gear in it and go, dont have to crank anything up. I put a total of about 8-12 hrs into this project.... The trailer came with plywood walls (3/8") so I took those down and installed pink insulation, ran electreical, and re installed the plywood...painted, cut holes, installed catch covers, mounted heater and ran LP line from heater to tank, inculated the ceiling, and was basically done.....Any questions just let me know. I didnt put windows in the trailer as I dont fish with tip ups... I did install the crank up vent in the roof to allow the exhaust from the auger to escape faster and it allows just enough light in....

Ifish through the catch cover tubes and I am appox 18" off the ice so I use a "fish elevator" to get my fish up from the water to the shack. I can pick up the transducer from my flasher and my fish all at once without worring about losing the fish...It works awesome!!!Here is a link for the elevator..
http://www.thefishelevator.com/