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Old 10-02-2013, 08:55 AM   #41
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What fun is there in being sane?

We are toying with the idea of getting some custom bathing suits made up. Guys shorts that say "Get Wet" on the waistband. Bikini's that say "Get Wet" on the cups . We figure a lot of people wont have bathing suits when we show up and some of them might be willing to pay for one to jump in and remember the experience. We wont make much money but it will all go to the diesel fund.

If we actually get this thing done in time, and they actually let us into the tailgate lot at the college, there will be plenty of pictures to post
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:55 AM   #42
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remember pics of chicks in hot tub required
Forget the pics, we want a live feed web cam.
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:24 PM   #43
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We started framing the hot tub last night. Got about half way done with it. It should be finished within two days.

Also just picked up all the audio equipment. We are going to rewire the entire system tomorrow.

5 days and counting. I'll post pics when the frame is done and the system is in!
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I just found this thread....i am currently reading all the posts....i'm sure i'll have a few cents of worthless advice after i'm done reading.....
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how very exciting!

here are my thoughts......

i never replaced the floors in any of my buses. Having a jacuzzi means that water will spill all over the floor on occasion. Sometimes, when a light turns red at the wrong time and the jacuzzi is full, it can cause a tsunami that reaches the driver. Good times!

I think that regular pink insulation around the bottom of the jacuzzi is a terrible idea. fiberglass insulation looses most of it's value when it gets wet. plus, i would worry about it creating mold. Insulation is not so important around the jacuzzi.

Heat:
The simplest, most dangerous, least expensive, and very hillbilly method of heating the water is to take the heater core from the rear bus heater and drop it in the jacuzzi while you are driving around. You will heat 400 gallons of water 50 degrees in about an hour. The problem is that it has sharp edges, you have to remove it when the water is up to temperature and it's boiling hot. I tried several variations of heater core jacuzzi heating before i got wise and purchased a plate heat exchanger. Amazon has decent sized ones for under $150.00 You probably want one that's rated for about 150K btu.

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Having a top on the jacuzzi is the best way to trap heat inside. depending on the size of the jacuzzi, a s olid insulated cover may not work well because of space constraints. Anything that keeps the steam inside works. A poly tarp works ok, if you want to spend a few dollars then you can have a custom cover made from vinyl that snaps or otherwise secures in place. In the summer months i did not use a cover. In the winter, i needed a cover because the water vapor produced by the jacuzzi would fog my windshield up so much that i really needed windshield wipers on the inside. Alternatively, i had a full time squeegy girl when/if i used the jacuzzi while driving during the winter.

A cover also significantly reduces the amount of water that sloshes out of the jacuzzi. which brings me to the second problem you will likely face: Water sloshing out of the jacuzzi while driving.

I tried several methods, including various covers, removable baffles, etc. I ended up deciding that the only solution that made sense for me was to remove about half the water before driving. I plumbed in 55 gallon drums behind the jacuzzi to hold this water. I used a small 110 volt pump and a few valves to transfer the water back and forth. For hoses, i have used 1 1/4 ? cheap plastic flexible hose designed for sump pumps and sold at home depot. Later, I used the more expensive flexible pvc hose like the ones your jacuzzi is built from. This type of hose is available at pool stores. I used the same 110 volt pump to run the jacuzzi water through the stock filter, as well as through the heat exchanger.

Over the years, i utilized several pumps. I started with stock jacuzzi pump, but decided it took too much power and forced me to use a big noisy generator. Then i tried 12 volt bilge pumps.



They move a decent amount of water with very little current, but with almost no pressure. Then i began using cheap harbor freight clear water 110 volt pumps.



These worked quite well, but if i were to build another bus, i would use a pump from a boiler like this:

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power:

I ultimately decided that fancy high power jets and electric heat were overrated. For me, a cheap 2,000 watt inverter from harbor freight provided all the power i needed to run small jacuzzi pumps and 110 volt florescent blacklights. These are even cheaper today then they were when i was doing buses. I just saw one at harbor freight for about $130.00.



Maybe a generator and high power jacuzzi pumps work well for your application. Another problem i had was the stock pumps loosing their prime when i removed half the water and put it back in. IT was a big pain trying to bleed the air out.

FYI, most jacuzzi's have flexible pvc plumbing going to the jets. This is usually standard pvc sizes and you can use standard pvc glue and fittings if you modify or need to repair things.



That's all i can think of for now.......
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just remember, if you do an inverter, mount it near as you can get to the batteries, but up off the floor so it doesn't get wet. I like to screw mine to the side wall just behind the driver. It is also important to use the proper cables to power it. I had the guy at the alternator shop make me cables from 00 welding cable.

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We figure a lot of people wont have bathing suits when we show up
I had this issue often.......but it usually wasn't a problem! alcohol may have been a factor.....

Towels: people do appreciate dry towels. I often thought about either building a heated towel cabinet, or using one of those large fancy 12 volt plug in coolers for keeping heated towels. But it's just one of many ideas i never actually incorporated into the bus project.

note: if you reverse the polarity on any of these "coolers", they make a heat instead of cold.....although you may have to also swap the negative/positive wires for the little computer sized fan inside, because some fans do not run with reversed polarity.
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how very exciting!


Heat:
The simplest, most dangerous, least expensive, and very hillbilly method of heating the water is to take the heater core from the rear bus heater and drop it in the jacuzzi while you are driving around. You will heat 400 gallons of water 50 degrees in about an hour. The problem is that it has sharp edges, you have to remove it when the water is up to temperature and it's boiling hot.

coffee out of nose.....thank you
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