Hot Tub Base – Whats under your hot tub??

Hot Tub Base – Whats under your hot tub??
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The Base of a hot tub is what it sits on and there are a lot of options from basic vapor barrier to ABS bottom pans and Fiberglass trays. Scare tactics like telling you your hot tub will fall apart without a good base and that rats and cats and elephants will nest in your hot tub if you don’t have one are all used to pull more money out of your pocket.

There are lots of what I like to call spin topics in the world, These are things that are spun up to be important usually to detract us from what is really important and in my opinion the base of your hot tub is one of those spin issues.

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Hi Chris, can you use EZ Pad after prepping the ground to be level for Master Twilight 7.2?


Anthony Moriglioni

I drained my 2004 hotsprings vista… with the plug that is under the shell.. somehow.. when pushing the plug in.. it broke. There is nowhere for me to get to it.. it wont turn.. go in or put… i got the outside plastic nut off… but how do i replace the internal parts? Do i have to lift it up?

CHRIS. I’ve never in all my time seen a person respond to so many people’s inquiries, and lots of times having to be repeating yourself time and time again, always seem to do it with a smile.. Your truly unbelievable .. I have been scanning your web site reading lots of information. I need to ask, Did I make a huge mistake by purchasing a 2016 Hot Springs Spa model called The Sovereign? I paid $9500 total cost installed,delivered, including running the 220 power from my basement electric panel about 70 feet to the spa.. The included warranty is 5… Read more »


Hi Chris,

I am in Northern California and need help finding a dealer. We are looking to purchase a quality hot tub. Would you please recommend a dealer in our area (95709)? Thanks!


Chris I have two options…both used tubs because I’m not looking at spending thousands of dollars. 1st option is a 2014 Viking Heritage 1 tub that boasts 61 jets 2 pumps (they claim 12 HP but I think they are really (2) 4 HP motors with breaking power of 12HP) one 2 speed the other single stage that boosts jet power. Internals made by balboa and waterway pumps. The 2 speed pump is bad and that’s the reason he’s selling. Cover is toast so that will need replaced as well. Option 2 is a 2002 Marquis Leisure series. Only has… Read more »

Yvonne Long

Hi Chris– I love your blog. I take many notes since I am looking to buy a hot tub. I cannot find any information about the Costco hot tubs that they are pushing : Aquaterra Spas, Evoution Spas or Divine Spas. I’m not sure of the parts (are they made in China?) or quality. Do you have any info on those brands. thanks so much!–or-7-person-Spa.product.100239358.html

Adrian Thornycroft

Hey Chris,

Two things:
a) I am battling to get quote for Twilight 8.2 or 8.3 out of UK distributor. Have sent two follow up emails and a call and not getting much response. Anything you can do to nudge them along?

b) I know Twilight 8.2 is your favourite. How close is Marquis Signature Epic? (Following your advice on going basics, have been offered pretty significant discount of RRP).


eric purvis

Hey Chris,

I just bought the Hydromaster DLX – 7 person 65 jet tub. Please tell me I didn’t buy a dud?! The price was just too good to pass up as I guess they have now replaced this model with a newer version. I did buy the extended (additional 5 years) coverage of parts and labor. Any insight would be much appreciated!