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The Tub!
  • Seriously tough insulated plastic.
  • It fits up to six people.
  • Readily lifted, rolled, or floated.
  • Can be faced with wood for the traditional look.
The tub is made of double-walled polyethylene plastic with 93mm (nearly 4") of insulation between the walls. This is the same type of very tough plastic used for whitewater kayaks and water tanks, so it's a material that will withstand impact and abrasion and also resist ultraviolet light for decades.

We have rolled it along river boulders and rock shelves, surfed it in to the beach, dropped it half a metre onto concrete, and crash tested it off a moving vehicle onto the road (that wasn't intentional!) and it just bounced, unharmed except from some external scratches. You can put it on a light car trailer, ute or pick-up truck, boat or large river raft, or in a big SUV.

The plastic skin forms one unbroken surface. So the tub is water impermeable, which means it can be paddled, or towed behind a boat or canoe. Plastic screw-in plugs are provided to seal off the two hose outlets. It forms its own waterproof storage container: the burner and flue etc. will pack inside, plus about 10 large tramping (hiking) packs.

The tub is 1.5m (5') in diameter x 0.75m (2'6") high: it fits sideways through a standard door and all its corners and edges are rounded and smooth. It fills with 800L (180 gal.) of fresh water or sea water and holds up to six friendly adults. Its empty weight is 64kg (140lb).

There are six moulded lifting handgrips around the base which can also be used as tie-down anchor points. Six inset lid handles also form further tie-down points.

The lid is rigid and made of double-skinned insulated plastic. It has stainless steel fittings for padlocking onto the tub: two keyed-alike marine grade padlocks are provided. We feel padlocks are the only truly childproof locking devices. The lid sets into the tub and weighs 16kg (35lb): a toddler couldn't lift it off anyway.

If you're staying home the tub can be easily faced with wooden palings to give the traditional hot tub look. Contact us for a kit or do it yourself from the directions in the manual.

Cleaning: Just run around the inside with any non-scouring disinfectant cleanser and sluice or hose clean with water.
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