The CORE difference lives in a mindset that a product with wheels should be designed and manufactured like a vehicle and not like a house. From pot holes to road chemicals, subzero temperatures to the peak heat of summer, an ice house sees it all. It is a tough life, so the materials and techniques used to build a durable and easy to maintain product need to be made carefully.
At CORE we utilize over a half century of experience designing and manufacturing vehicles from automotive to powersports to commercial turf. The result is a product that embodies many attributes new to the Ice House industry, but not to transportation. Our products are designed to be lightweight, durable and extremely easy to use and maintain. They are designed and manufactured to withstand the rigors of the road and trail while withstanding the assault of the elements during the extremes of winter. No, this product is not built like a house because a house is not designed to survive this type of punishment.
We were the first to bring you a complete composite panel constructed ice house. Our INTELLI-CORE Panel technology used in our walls, floors and roof provides incredible strength, industry leading thermal efficiency and low weight. It is easy to clean and maintain and will not absorb water. We do not use wood in our construction. Wood is prone to water absorption, mold, mildew, and rot in the extreme ice fishing environment. There is no way around this. No other manufacturer offers anything close when you consider all the advantages of the INTELLI-CORE panel construction. All our cabinetry is built from exterior grade PVC sheet to provide decades of use and eliminate mold and mildew common with wood products. Yes, we all like the look of wood in our homes, but in a product built for the rigors of the road it simply does not stand the test of time. There is a reason you do not find real wood in your pick-up or SUV. These are the same reasons you will not find wood in a CORE.
A CORE subframe is built from high strength aluminum alloy. We chose aluminum for lightweight and corrosion resistance. Properly designed aluminum frames will be more expensive, but they provide overall lower weight and have an advantage that once they oxidize, the corrosion process stops. With steel the rust will fall off and corrosion will continue. In an attempt to solve this issue, all steel frames are painted. A major flaw in this plan is the fact that the corrosive winter road chemicals and abrasion of lowering the units on the ice or ground will damage the paint requiring continual touch-ups to keep the corrosion under control. Too much work in our opinion. Therefore, we believe the investment for an all-aluminum subframe construction is one worth making.
We spend a lot of time trying to make the experience better for all customers. Design elements like our interior LED perimeter lighting which virtually eliminates shadows and dark spots. The exterior LED perimeter lighting standard on all units. The winter days are short, so the exterior lighting is important for ease of use and safety. Our lifting systems utilize standard lift jack technology that is tried and true and do not include cables or straps which require careful maintenance and inspection. Another innovation is our standard CORE Rail system included in every unit allowing you to easily accessorize and reconfigure the unit as you desire. Our floor system combines an industry exclusive tractive surface that is waterproof and well insulated. We believe our surface is the best in the industry and the insulation under the floor is sealed and protected with a full fiberglass surface to stand the test of time. When comparing brands look underneath and you decide which will last longer.
Speaking of insulation, our INTELLI-CORE panels have a real R-value rating of 9 in the walls and floor and 15 in the roof. We say real as we do not require studs in our construction which are direct leak paths for hot and cold energy to pass through which reduces the overall R rating of the wall. We do not create moisture on or in our wall systems as a result of the panel construction. You may have seen or experienced other products that have moisture lines or ice forming along the studs in the walls. That is the heat from your interior taking a direct route out of your ice house.
Yet another difference is our choices in furniture. With every CORE you can choose matching custom upholstered furniture made of marine grade vinyl. We have numerous options including Attwood Centric boat seats. These are likely the same seats you use in your open water fishing boat. They are comfortable and provide the freedom to move and turn easily while fishing.
Finally, we give you the same freedoms to roam the frozen lake as you do open water fishing by combining the right powersports product with the right CORE ICE adventure trailer. No longer do you have to rely on plowed roads or fear moving beyond the path already taken. With the right combination, getting to the fishing hole can be as fun as the fishing itself. This is a feeling only known to those who previously fished from portables, but in doing so they faced all the challenges of the cold and wind. With a CORE, you can be on the fish in comfort!
At CORE, we live every day to find new ways to make your experience better, give you more time to do what you love and minimize the need for maintenance and repairs.
We hope you will give us consideration on your next purchase. We encourage you to visit one of our awesome dealers and to take a look. We are confident you will see the CORE difference.
The CORE Team