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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Deep hot tubs for 2
« Last post by castletonia on Today at 12:20:33 pm »
I would not place Maax in the same category as Caldera and Marquis.  I consider the following to be premium brands: Arctic, Artesian, Bullfrog, Caldera, D1, Hot Spring, Jacuzzi, Marquis, and Sundance.  I donít care for the frame or insulation Maax uses, but other than that they are a fine middle of the road brand.  In my experience, Maax is difficult to deal with so Iíd that is the route you go, make sure your dealer is stellar.
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Deep hot tubs for 2
« Last post by bigshotbantam on Today at 10:57:58 am »
Also, the same dealer who has Nordic in my area also has Maax.  I haven't heard them talked about in any of the forums, etc.  They are way pricier than the Nordics.  Is Maax competitive with Marquis, Caldera, etc.?
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Hot Tub Forum / Sundance Optima - Lights won't turn off.
« Last post by nhungthientai on Today at 06:38:27 am »
I have a 2012 Sundance Optima and half of the lights will not turn off.  They are stuck on blue, but the rest of the lights work normally; they cycle as expected through the various colors and dimmer settings.  I've tried cutting the power and resetting the tub.  Any ideas?  Thanks!
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Only one side of suction fittings working?
« Last post by Tman122 on February 16, 2019, 08:13:39 pm »
Great!  "Nothing to worry about" is an answer I like!  Thanks,

Yes nothing to worry about. They are designed to work mostly when the filter is clogged.
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Expectations for Monthly Cost with BullFrog X7L
« Last post by Tman122 on February 16, 2019, 08:11:56 pm »
Tman, it's not a pitch.  It's experience with 1000's of customers in a mountain climate.  I'm tired of arguing with you about bullfrog.  You've seen a total of 3 in your life so clearly i'm wrong and you are right.

My post was 100% accurate, read it again. Give me the amp draw on the motor/s and wattage of heater and hours of usage along with climate and I can estimate it better but giving a range of 15 to 50 and asking for more info is accurate even if you don't want it to be. I never even considered the brand into the equation. Somehow you see it as a cut on BF but you always do.

If your tired of arguing give facts and not sales pitch. Meter one. I've metered hundreds. Even a small HS circ pump and heater can run over 50 here where I live. And a 30 dollar average is pretty close for most higher end brands. And I've seen BF's insulation, meh. The OP's salesman lied to him.
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Deep hot tubs for 2
« Last post by castletonia on February 16, 2019, 04:51:35 pm »
I would personally look into some slightly larger tubs in order to gain the depth necessary.  A few that come to mind for me are Caldera Martinique and Marquis Spirit. 
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Only one side of suction fittings working?
« Last post by jamiho on February 16, 2019, 04:02:51 pm »
Great!  "Nothing to worry about" is an answer I like!  Thanks,
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Deep hot tubs for 2
« Last post by bigshotbantam on February 16, 2019, 03:15:52 pm »
I did wonder if that might be the best solution with bullfrog in particular if it was worth the difference in price and operation cost to move up in size. Do you folks think an R6L would be the better way to go.  It still has 3 jetpacks, like the A5L, but is 34 inches deep.  By going down a collection-level I might recoup some of the size-increase cost, but I don't have any numbers to back that up with since there's no local dealer.  Just trying to guess my way toward a game plan.
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Expectations for Monthly Cost with BullFrog X7L
« Last post by bachman on February 16, 2019, 03:13:33 pm »
Hot tub use cost wasn't the shocker as it turned out. 
People spending fifteen grand or more for a spa and posting worries of monthly cost was though !!  lol  That's truly what got my attention and rattled my cage. ;)

Last fall, we were considering a hot tub and planning to shop them to get preliminary ideas of size and footprint for soon-to-be landscaping projects that would ultimately include a spa. It was a longer range plan likely beyond 3-5 months before purchase.
Within a day or maybe even the same day we were going to one of the stores with 'solid' brands to get measurements and enjoy the eye appeal of the glossy upscale yard ornaments, my wife's boss discovered our interest and offered his tub he wasn't using much anymore.

The ramped up timing was exciting, as much so as the 'savings' but as I read more of hot tubs learning as I perused forums and sites, I realized folks that were willing to or had spent upward of $15,000 and well beyond that were asking , worrying or posting about monthly costs. That's the thing that triggered my interest in use cost.
I'm not suggesting everyone that spends 15 to 20 large is RICH yet at the same time, what's the actual worry or number on a monthly basis that would cause THEM concern ?  ???
Happy to say I didn't see any evidence of real-world horror stories ref monthly bills. Just in general perusal, seen info that I considered pretty consistent within climate variables that $30 to $45 was the higher tier per wintering months although not extreme as some states to the extreme north and Canada.

I'll also say again that a lower than national average bill before tub might be based near 600 or 750 kWh a month and 300 to 450 more kWh per day sounds like a lot whereas more average homeowner use is upward of 900 or 1000 before tub.  With just my wife and I, we experienced that "bigger percentage" too with previous month/s around  570 kWh. Just the same, 35 to 50 bucks may be the expected range (at .11 to .12 cents rate) no matter what your pre tub kWh use was or is.
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Deep hot tubs for 2
« Last post by Sam on February 16, 2019, 02:47:16 pm »
Most small spas are shallow compared to larger ones.  You may just need to get a bigger spa since your husband is so tall.  The south seas 533DL by Artesian is a two person spa but isn't necessarily very deep. But it does have 2 loungers and one of them fits my 6'5" sales guy perfectly.
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