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JBMasterAngler

Frabill R2-Tech Ice Shelter?

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JBMasterAngler

I've been seeing these on fishing shows lately and hearing about how great they are...upon looking them up on the net I know everything about them BUT the price. There is a 200 and 300 model, I am interested in the 200. How much are they? Has anyone fished in one yet?

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MOBY RICHARD*

They are very warm but a bit spendy. Gander has them and others on sale right now about as low as you will get, and another 10% off if you open a card account.

The two man was about $899, can't remember what they are down to now, I think around $750-799???

The only thing is if they are made the same asthe Anoka Canvas ones the needle holes from the quilting are big enough to let water drip in during a rain. If so then you would want to seal them.

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JBMasterAngler

That's kinda' what I expected as far as a price. I wasn't planning on buying one until next year. I'll check them out at the ice fishing show next year. I see that they are 138 pounds, could be a tough pull across ice. eek.gif

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lekanoff

Just remember what happens to a sleeping bag when not properly aired out and/or dried out, P-U! Propane isn't that expensive.

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MOBY RICHARD*

I think the stated weight includes the two seats and their frames, and I think a travel cover is also in the package, so that may be in the weight also...

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harvey lee

If the roof leaks by the seams, they make a little kit that seals all the seams.

Mine had a few small leaks in the roof with very wet, slushy snow and after I sealed it up, no problems. The fix took approx 10 minutes.

I will continue to use these insulated portables as it heats so easy and is very quiet inside. I fished in 40+ mph winds and you couuld place your hand on the inside of the wall and it was warm to thje touch with -50 wind chills.

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There was a thread in the mille lacs forum about little buddy heaters...the little portable buddy overall wasn't too favored among anglers (of course that's the one I bought). Sounds like it would work very well in the R2?

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