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    Inflatable hot tubs

    A friend of mine bought an inflatable hot tub and he loves it, says he couldn't recommend it more. They seem to cost around $400 which is a huge cost saver compared to an actual hot tub. Maybe a good option for us who aren't able to afford an actual hot tub. Also is semi-mobile if you're a renter. Anyone have experience with these?

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    When an above ground pool is just too damn classy.

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    I'm pretty sure our last small hot tub cost about $1,100. It lasted about 10 years but went through three pump/heat units in that span. Heck, the heat/pump unit was over $300. So, I guess it's cool to get a $400 hot tub that probably will last 3 years instead of paying $1,200 for a better one that lasts 10 with some upkeep? Meh, IDK..
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    I have one I got for almost nothing and it's functional at best without a few mods. If outside temp is below 65/70 good luck getting it to heat up beyond 101/102. HOWEVER if you are a true ghetto hack specialist you can put a inline propane water heater paired with a RV water pump and fire it up as hot as you want. It's the portability that I like, mine only gets used in the winter.

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    For around $30 you can make a "hillbilly hot tub" also. Use a cheap inflatable kiddie pool and pump water through a copper coil sitting in a bonfire. Someone has to tend to the fire, but did this on a grand canyon river trip a couple of years ago and it worked pretty well until our pool blew away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatnslow View Post
    I have one I got for almost nothing and it's functional at best without a few mods. If outside temp is below 65/70 good luck getting it to heat up beyond 101/102. HOWEVER if you are a true ghetto hack specialist you can put a inline propane water heater paired with a RV water pump and fire it up as hot as you want. It's the portability that I like, mine only gets used in the winter.
    Additional confirmation on temperature issues, my brother deflates his in the winter as it just doesn’t get hot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toast2266 View Post
    When an above ground pool is just too damn classy.
    Why not just dig a hole in the backyard in suitable dimensions and shape, backfill,shape/compact soil just right to support the contours of a reclined human body, drop a big piece of greenhouse poly into it, fill it with hot water through a hose connected to a faucet in the house, leave it on slow hot trickle, submerge body and recline in custom molded comfort? Coupla boxed wine inflated bladders for pillows, a transverse plywood sheet to support the laptop for netflix watching. To drain; garden hose as a siphon to lower elevation part of the yard. When drained, scrub the poly with bleach/water mix and rinse it. Drape over top of the hole, throw a big plywood sheet on it and weigh it down to seal it so cats don't use the hole as a litterbox.
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    Haha yes I understand it's a little ghetto but this ski bum isn't made of money and semi-portable would be ideal. Anyone have experience with new ones?

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    I have one of these and it works just fine as long as you don't need it to heat up much. You can add one of these driven by a pump and timer to heat the thing up pretty easily.

    https://www.amazon.com/Intex-PureSpa.../dp/B00HHO0IEU

    https://www.amazon.com/VEVOR-Stainle...NrPXRydWU&th=1

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    To be honest I looked at one of these for my condo but decided against it as it does not compare to my Calspa.

    The other issue is they are only recommended to be used out side above 50F. In winter with below freezing temps it would be required to have an external heater such as the outdoor shower heater above.
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    Just talked with the friend who "couldn't recommend it more" and he said he had just brought it to the dump hahah, motor went out is what he said. Sounds like it lasted about a year and half. Pretty spendy at that rate

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    A good friend of mine had one of those $400 inflatable Coleman hot tubs. Barely fit 2 people. Lasted maybe 18mos of weekly use before it got a small leak. Spent more than $400 on electricity and chemicals.

    They work. They are cheap. A solution for temporary use, if your renting, or if you want to try out hot tub ownership.

    Better deal for cheap long term use would be to buy one of the many old used tubs you can find on local Craigslist; then deep clean and fix whatever is broken.


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    get wot u pay four
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    I bought a coleman saluspa and had it for two years. Loved it while it worked, had no problem keeping 104 degrees while in my unheated garage. There are no jets and the spa action is provided by bubbles only. Eventually the pump’s low flow warnings came sooner and sooner until it wouldn’t turn on at all. The pump is finicky and I found myself changing the filters rather frequently before it shit the bed.

    I recently replaced it with a rotomolded aquarest 5 person tub. Digging the real tub a lot more than the inflatable...

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