Used hot tubs

My wife and I have been thinking of getting a hot tub. But new ones are very expensive. Are used ones that are not running easy to repair?
I have found several on craigs list. One said it needed one new jet and a pump impeller.
I have never opened one up and just wondered if anyone has had experience with these.
Thanks,
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If it is sunny and warm where's my plane ticket?
I know more than a body should, I use to liken it to working on sports cars and never being able to drive one. I even have NSPI T-shirts/ the water industry. Can also design whoopie jets,.
What do you want to know? I'm guessing it's maybe like trying to write a paragraph on how to buy a used car...
The jet involves a bit, broke the impeller getting to the shaft seal. Running without a filter, impeller chews up kiddy toy, gets stuck in the jet, screw driver gets involved and now they can't get the guts for the jet, so the whole thing needs replacing.
Swimming pools and spas are like ahhh, what was it? Airplanes! Cost like $80+ hr. Or sports cars, or Bose sound systems. Never tryed to get parts on line. EEE Len Gordon, im getting a headache.
The wife made me toss off a spa that was already on the trailer. Was a rovell too. Rovell good, swirly plastic and gel coat bad, but do-able. Look for cracks vertically and or see if the floor gets contact with the floor, if not the tub will settle and hang on the lip, thus cracking. Toss the electronics and dream up the wiring to an air switch cammed mirco switch set up and never see it again. The way I do it is pretend that most of the equipment is shot. Thus ya need a new 2-speed pump one hp plus or two pumps. Hmmm, wonder if I still have that blower.
I give up, this could go on forever. You could do the electronics like wall switches tied together. All depends if it is 110 or 220. Lots of jets bad, Hayward and Jacuzzi jets best. Can tell just by the look.
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http://www.spadepot.com/shop/EasyPak-500-Top-Mount-Air-Spa-Control-System-P680C285.aspx
This looks like a deal. Comes with the heater !
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What is a "whoopie jet"????
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Its for making females scream WHOOPIE.
Gave up on the used spa already?
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I've been thinking of getting a car. But new ones are very expensive. Are used ones that are not running easy to repair?
Same answer: it depends on what's wrong with it, and how good you are at fixing things.
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I have two now at my vacation rentals. Would like one for my current residence. Have had good luck with Catalina, although I know there are higher end brands available. They are not rocket surgery to fix, but can get spendy. I have a good spa guy, and he talks me through a lot of the repairs, then comes and fixes what I can't or the big stuff. They do run (operate) quite a bit, even when not used, and anything like that is bound to have wear issues. But the upside is worth it IMHO. I'd buy another in a heartbeat if I could find the right one locally. BTW, I like the 7 footers for two people. The 8 footers are better for more people, just more water to keep hot and maintain.
Educate yourself, and know what to look for. My spa friend gets them for free from people who just want them gone. Or he gives them a couple of hundred on trade ins. Ask local dealers for trade-ins. Usually they've been gone through, and at least you know they're running and have some usually short guarantee period on them.
You can find deals, but some of the off brands and even big brands have lots of problems. Like the man said, it depends on what's wrong with it, and how much you want to spend on it. And don't forget moving costs. They are a booger to move for us old farts. AND the cost to run a proper electric line to it. And covers are about $250, too.
If you know pumps and mechanics, it's all parts. They're all available on the Internet. Most pumps and hoses are held in place with common unions and spa hose connectors, so are easy to exchange, except for the ones they put in the most Gawd awful tight spaces, which is most of them.
Steve
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