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Old 11-07-2014, 09:28 AM
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Whats a good tub? Been thinking about getting a tub but don't know a good brand to look at.
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:41 AM
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My Island Spa is 10 years old and I have only had to replace the heater coil, which my BIL turned the breaker on when the tub was drained!
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:55 AM
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Hotspring has been good for us. one bad computer board fixed under warranty. heats efficiently.

my only advice is really look at depth. so many "affordable" ones are actually shallow and you cant get a good soak.
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I have a VitaSpa, but I don't believe they're made anymore.
My wife and I never use the lounge seat. If I were to buy another one, I'd get one without the lounge(s).
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Waiting for my kids to move out. Will get rid of the pool and get a hot tub.
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Old 11-07-2014, 10:29 AM
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I've been looking as well
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I went through this process 1 1/2 years ago. I ended up getting a "leftover" HotSpring tub. All the research I did shows that while it is one of the more expensive tubs to buy, it is one of the more economical tubs to own and run. It has a separate circulation pump instead of relying on the main pump, it has good insulation as well as local dealer support.

We still use it 1-2 times a week...
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Strong.............I'm going on 5 years and not a single issue. Insulated like crazy and built like a tank. I think our electric bill went up 5 bucks a month. I went to the manufacture here in PA to look at a few of the tubs and wound up getting a 90 minute tour of the factory. I was shown how they were made from start to finish, pretty cool and sold me on the product

http://www.strongspas.com

I have this one and use it 4-5 nights a week http://www.strongspas.com/milan-46

The fold out steps and towel warm work out very well


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Originally Posted by dlevitt View Post
I went through this process 1 1/2 years ago. I ended up getting a "leftover" HotSpring tub. All the research I did shows that while it is one of the more expensive tubs to buy, it is one of the more economical tubs to own and run. It has a separate circulation pump instead of relying on the main pump, it has good insulation as well as local dealer support.

We still use it 1-2 times a week...


Just got out about 5 minutes ago - cigars and a few beers with friends.

The advantage of a hotspring is that when something dies on it 7 years later, you can easily get parts. We are on our second cover and had to replace the control board - not bad for 13 years.
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Beachcomber or Arctic Spa

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Please Google "Hot Tub Lung" we made the mistake of installing one in our Conservatory ( Glass Room) and with out proper ventilation my wife got this. It put her in the hospital for several days. I know you're putting yours outside, but don't braethe in the vapors while sitting low in it.
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Originally Posted by rick3452 View Post
Please Google "Hot Tub Lung" we made the mistake of installing one in our Conservatory ( Glass Room) and with out proper ventilation my wife got this. It put her in the hospital for several days. I know you're putting yours outside, but don't braethe in the vapors while sitting low in it.
That can happen in any pool or hot tub kept inside and inadequately maintained.

If you keep in outside and maintain it, the risk is very very low. When they are inside, the whole room is often very humid, and the water vapor doesn't have chlorine in it like the water in the tub does.
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Any advice on looking at a used tub? There is a hotsprings on Craigslist down the road from me for $3900
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Old 11-09-2014, 02:21 PM
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Any used tub should be filled with water and running.Look for moisture or leaks around perimeter and equipment. if possible access equipment compartment and check pumps,heater,controls etc. Look for about Half off original sale price for tub in good condition. If used call local dealers to see what they have for sale that was traded in or refurbished.
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I would be very careful with used.

Have heard horror stories about pipes cracking during transport, and unable to be fixed because they were embedded in insulation foam.
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Hot springs and caldera both made by Watkins are offering 36 month at 0 percent financing. My wife and I are thinking about doing this deal on the Tahitian caldera has. We have a hotsprings now and leaks terribly time to upgrade.
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Originally Posted by Xterra3109 View Post
I would be very careful with used.

Have heard horror stories about pipes cracking during transport, and unable to be fixed because they were embedded in insulation foam.
You do NOT want to buy any hot tub which has had the plumbing sprayed down in foam. You want to look for a well insulated cabinet.
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Originally Posted by rick3452 View Post
Please Google "Hot Tub Lung" we made the mistake of installing one in our Conservatory ( Glass Room) and with out proper ventilation my wife got this. It put her in the hospital for several days. I know you're putting yours outside, but don't braethe in the vapors while sitting low in it.

two houses ago we had one in the basement in a cool room with windows on two sides of the room. Had a TV and stereo in there and my ex and I spent almost every night before bed. Even though I thought the ventilation was good I got hot tub lung. What was scary is I got congested and a cough and so to "treat" my symptoms I would use the hot tub MORE thinking the warm moist air would help.
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Hot springs. Never had hot tub lung. Would not recommend the lounge seat. Get a big one unless you are truly a swinger. Everyone thinks having a hot tub will turn them into a swinger but the reality is bumping toes with your buddies wife will probably be uncomfortable.
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