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Wheelbarrow01
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  #1579104 23-Jun-2016 16:56
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I have an Australian made Heritage Riverside 750 litre spa which comfortably fits 3 people, but I have had 6 people in it at times. It's definitely one of the smaller ones out there but the benefit is that it's cheap as chips to run. When I first got it I noticed no discernible difference on my power bill - If I had to put a figure on it I'd honestly say it's probably no more than around $20 a month.

 

Having said that, I took a tip from a pro and laid a 2 inch thick piece of polystyrene on the ground underneath it - this provides a superior amount of insulation as I am not losing heat to the ground underneath. I can't recommend this tip highly enough. The polystryrene was free - I just approached a packaging manufacturer who directed me to their rubbish pile. I found two perfectly sized pieces which I just taped together, then once the spa was placed on top I trimmed the edges to around one inch larger than the spa's base all around.


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  #1579183 23-Jun-2016 18:49
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I am thinking of packing some spare insulation around ours, obviously not around the electricals, hopefully this will help with insulating and retaining heat. We are also wanting to get a new cover as the old one seems wuite thin, we also want a lockable one.

 
 
 
 


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  #1579218 23-Jun-2016 19:24
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Just went to set up my inflatable spa today, after it being in storage for 4 years -bloody mice have decided to eat into it. There's a $1000 down the drain :/


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  #1579229 23-Jun-2016 20:03
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Wheelbarrow01:

 

I have an Australian made Heritage Riverside 750 litre spa which comfortably fits 3 people, but I have had 6 people in it at times. It's definitely one of the smaller ones out there but the benefit is that it's cheap as chips to run. When I first got it I noticed no discernible difference on my power bill - If I had to put a figure on it I'd honestly say it's probably no more than around $20 a month.

 

Having said that, I took a tip from a pro and laid a 2 inch thick piece of polystyrene on the ground underneath it - this provides a superior amount of insulation as I am not losing heat to the ground underneath. I can't recommend this tip highly enough. The polystryrene was free - I just approached a packaging manufacturer who directed me to their rubbish pile. I found two perfectly sized pieces which I just taped together, then once the spa was placed on top I trimmed the edges to around one inch larger than the spa's base all around.

 

 

 

 

Great tip. Thank you :)


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  #1579531 24-Jun-2016 13:34
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Does anyone know anything about Alpine Spa's? They look quite good and reasonably priced.

stone2

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  #1581907 28-Jun-2016 13:16
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Bump!


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  #1581916 28-Jun-2016 13:26
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There is a Spa show on this weekend in Auck

 
 
 
 


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  #1582401 29-Jun-2016 05:33
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Yes I will be going but will still have no better idea whether alpine spa's are any good. Will get marketing bs from the exhibiters I expect.

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  #1662395 2-Nov-2016 06:29
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Jaxson:

 

Pro's: Dude, it's a spa, your very own spa.

 

 

Exactly!

 

I finally got my spa in and wired up, since Sunday I have spent around 6 hours in it and love it!

 

We were very fortunate as we were given the spa, and the install has only cost us less than $1000

 

The cover we had for the spa was old and ripped so we purchased a cover from the importer of the spa, Big Brand Leisure, we had seen prices up to $1000 for the cover but they were $650, the cover was made locally by a company in Takanini and fits perfectly, it appers to do a really good job of keeping the heat in.

 

The rest of the cost was wiring, some paving sand and framing for the pad I built, we have friends who have 4 pallets of pavers that were all too happy for us to take some off their hands!

 

All in all, I am loving owning a spa, I am not looking forward to the electricity bill next month but that is the price of a little bit of luxury!

 

 


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  #1662420 2-Nov-2016 07:51
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dickytim:

 

Jaxson:

 

Pro's: Dude, it's a spa, your very own spa.

 

 

Exactly!

 

I finally got my spa in and wired up, since Sunday I have spent around 6 hours in it and love it!

 

We were very fortunate as we were given the spa, and the install has only cost us less than $1000

 

The cover we had for the spa was old and ripped so we purchased a cover from the importer of the spa, Big Brand Leisure, we had seen prices up to $1000 for the cover but they were $650, the cover was made locally by a company in Takanini and fits perfectly, it appers to do a really good job of keeping the heat in.

 

The rest of the cost was wiring, some paving sand and framing for the pad I built, we have friends who have 4 pallets of pavers that were all too happy for us to take some off their hands!

 

All in all, I am loving owning a spa, I am not looking forward to the electricity bill next month but that is the price of a little bit of luxury!

 

 

 

 

the company in takanini is where my mum works, I got a spa cover and pool cover for free from them :P


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Hi all

 

We're considering a Spa (3 of us so a 4 person is ideal) and was keen to hear other experiences on

 

1. What to expect to pay fitted less any paving, decking etc

 

2. How often to you use it so I can understand the 'pay back' or value for money

 

3. Did you feel the cost would also add value to your house 

 

4. What to pay attention too e.g. pumping, power use, what determines a good one

 

5. Any recommendations on brand and installers

 

Thx in advance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  #2504652 14-Jun-2020 20:40
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hsvhel
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  #2504654 14-Jun-2020 20:48
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stone2: Does anyone know anything about Alpine Spa's? They look quite good and reasonably priced.

 

 

 

I have an Alpine Spa - McKinley model

 

What would you like to know?


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  #2504657 14-Jun-2020 21:00
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hsvhel:

 

stone2: Does anyone know anything about Alpine Spa's? They look quite good and reasonably priced.

 

I have an Alpine Spa - McKinley model

 

What would you like to know?

 

 

If you could answer any of my 5 questions above would be welcome :)

 

 


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xlinknz:

 

Hi all

 

We're considering a Spa (3 of us so a 4 person is ideal) and was keen to hear other experiences on

 

1. What to expect to pay fitted less any paving, decking etc

 

go bigger than 4 person if you can, mines technically 6 people and 2 adults and 2 kids fills that up quick

 

2. How often to you use it so I can understand the 'pay back' or value for money

 

daily in summer, nightly in clear winter.  its not under an enclosure so weather dependent really

 

3. Did you feel the cost would also add value to your house 

 

Not really, we got it for the kids. might take it with us when we move unless the new owners want it

 

4. What to pay attention too e.g. pumping, power use, what determines a good one

 

filter/chemical replacements, check the costs.  25Amp would be recommended, will require individual power to it, but will heat quicker/pump easier and you get better options to heat and use the jets at the same time, with most 10Amp supplies, they will either heat only and you cant use the jets or pump some jet zones depending on load.

 

With a  25A, i can heat constantly and run both jet zones and the air blower

 

5. Any recommendations on brand and installers

 

for brands, insulation is the biggest thing to check for.  and you get what you pay for in the end

 

 

 

Thx in advance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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