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Old 12-09-2013, 11:48 AM   #1
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Portable Hot Tub?

I couldn't find any discussion on this. Does anyone use a portable hot tub or spa?

I'm looking for a 2-person one, probably inflatable, that we can set up at a site and tear down to take with us. I see some online, but they seem really cheap.

Anyone have experience with this?

Also, all the portable ones are 20-amp. Does anyone have a 30-amp or 50-amp plug in?

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Although I haven't had one for RV-ing, the problem with the inflatable ones is they're subject to easily being punctured or torn in the setup/teardown process. They're just not durable enough for multiple handlings. Done that with a couple different models I purchased from HSN for home use & ended up returning them (at a loss of substantial return shipping charges). Plus they're not cheap - they start out in the $500 range & go up from there. We ended up with a SofTub (which, ironically, we purchased at an RV rally), as it is portable although wouldn't fit in an RV storage bay.

Any that are 30a/50a will definitely not be portable.

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i don't believe most rv parks or campgrounds are going to allow a hot tub ruining the grass or the extra electricity that it will consume
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i don't believe most rv parks or campgrounds are going to allow a hot tub ruining the grass or the extra electricity that it will consume
Maybe they would meter electric for the stay - like a monthly rental?
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Maybe they would meter electric for the stay - like a monthly rental?
I would guess most CGs would not know what to think.
If they can meter the stay, they may charge an extra fee for the unique effort?
And most places that meter have hot tubs already, so.....
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I found this picture on a thread on air tabs a while back. Not sure how or where they used it - or even how they moved it. They probably enjoyed as much or more than the one one at a RV park - no waiting for availability either.
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I found this picture on a thread on air tabs a while back. Not sure how or where they used it - or even how they moved it. They probably enjoyed as much or more than the one one at a RV park - no waiting for availability either.
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Looking at the picture I bet it lays flat on the Tommy lift.
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Looking at the picture I bet it lays flat on the Tommy lift.
Just shows to go ya... Where there's a will, there's a way. Hard to see on my iPhone how it is held in place. Does look like it could indeed sit flat on the lift and that would eliminate concerns about grass. Just get a long pull through!
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And there are also kits to modify/install one person saunas inside RV's
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Smile redneck hot tub

We use blow up two person kids pool and put a bucket heater in it will heat to around 100 over night
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Much as I'd like one, Many of the places I park do not like them (Violate park rules) due to the amount of water and such they consume.
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I couldn't find any discussion on this. Does anyone use a portable hot tub or spa?

I'm looking for a 2-person one, probably inflatable, that we can set up at a site and tear down to take with us. I see some online, but they seem really cheap.

Anyone have experience with this?

Also, all the portable ones are 20-amp. Does anyone have a 30-amp or 50-amp plug in?

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We have one of these small Spa's. It is at the studs and stucco house and we have plans to take it on the road, and having a Toy hauler will make it very easy to haul along.

The one pictured in the previous post on the lift behind the RV is the 2 person model that proceeded the "Dream Maker" Fantasy model, 2 person, 256lb empty, 185gal to fill:
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Ours is the smaller 4 person model that proceeded the Ez Spa:
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I have seen the inflatables and the SofTub's at shows. They look like they are a nice portable option, but the hard-side Dream Maker models are much more like a real spa. The only problem is portability...requires a cargo trailer on tow or Toy Hauler RV.

What makes Dream Maker spa's very different over most hard side spa's is that they only use a 15Amp-120VAC power supply (vs. 240 for most spa motors/heaters) AND they can be moved around when empty by 1 man with a "hand truck" dolly.

I can tell you that taking a private spa is wonderful and SO good for an aching back...very worth it.

Hope that helps
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