While it may sound a bit ambitious to some, assuming there’s no restrictions or site rules against hot tubs there’s no reason why not, assuming of course you have a suitable water supply to fill and maintain it.
So, yes, caravans can have hot tubs. It just comes down to if the site you’re on actually permits it.
Now let’s explore the idea of a caravan hot tub a little deeper…
Benefits Of Adding A Hot Tub To Your Caravan
On top of being relaxing and a sight for sore eyes, hot tubs can add extra value to your caravan if you decide to sell or rent your holiday lodge or static caravan for some extra cash while you are not inhabiting it.
Many manufacturers are aware of the demand for including hot tubs in caravans. The range of hot tubs now available can get overwhelming. There are hot tubs in all shapes and sizes, all makes, inflatable, acrylic, etc.
Needless to say, but we have to say it. Unfortunately, you cannot accommodate hot tubs in a touring caravan, understandably so. Neither should you just make the assumption that any old camp site is going to be okay with you putting up a big fat hot tub right next to your caravan, on someone else’s private property.
Nope. You need to ask your park site managers permission on whether or not hot tubs are even allowed on that particular site. You should also get insurable hot tubs. And do not forgo the importance of maintaining a hot tub, and the dent it will make in your budget to run it efficiently.
What To Consider Before Buying A Hot Tub
Great question. I am glad you are thinking ahead. Read on to help your future self.
Ask yourself a few questions:
Where will I be setting up the hot tub?
Do I have enough space?
The answer should be clear as day. Hot tubs require a fairly large amount of area. If you know exactly where and how you want to set up your hot tub, hallelujah. But before you rush ahead, keep reading.
Will My Caravan Site Allow Me To Set Up A Hot Tub?
Some places will, some won’t. Ask your camp manager and keep privacy in mind.
Where Can I Buy A Hot Tub?
If your caravan or camping site allows for hot tubs, it is likely that there will be someone who can direct you to a recommended supplier. If they do not have one, you can still check suppliers online and visit them to seal the deal.
What Hot Tub Is Best?
Do I need an acrylic hot tub that is permanently fixed, or an inflatable, portable one?
A google search will do you good in order to make up your mind.
Where Can I Store An Inflatable Hot Tub?
How well insulated should the tub be? The more frequent heating it requires, the higher your bill is going to be.
How Many People Can Fit In A Hot Tub?
Knowing how many people you’re likely to have around to soak in the tub will influence your buying decisions. This will help you decide how big it should be, the number of seats it should have, and the best possible layout. Modern tubs come with bench seating, low or high seating or lounge-style seating.
What Do I Need To Power A Hot Tub?
Think along the lines of whether you have access to a reliable and safe electric supply close to where you want your tub to be. Do you have a water supply point nearby? A garden hose, perhaps? Is there enough solid levelled area that can support the weight of the tub, the water, and any and all people in it in a safe way?
Do I Need Outdoor Caravan Lighting?
Yes. If you intend to use your hot tub after the sun sets it’s worth investing in some outdoor caravan lighting, the ambience would be spooky without lights. Perhaps you might want to include a music station someplace nearby, as well? The options are endless.
Is It Expensive To Run A Hot Tub?
Your electric bill can get considerably higher if you get a decent hot tub. It is common to leave your hot tub on if you intend to use it on a regular basis.
Is A Hot Tub Easy To Maintain?
Ah, the joy of cleaning and maintaining. Nothing like enjoying a good time in a nice, clean hot tub with your friends or family.
No one likes a gross hot tub. Trust us. Your investment will go down the drain if you fail to maintain it adequately.
You need to educate yourself on how to clean the filters, how soon they get filthy, how much chemicals you are going to have to add to the water to maintain the pH, the chlorination, and the oxidation levels. If you need to hire someone to maintain your tub, the cost of running it will go even higher.
The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association recommend testing your water daily for pH and sanitiser levels using some tablets or strips that turn a certain colour. BISHTA also recommends changing the water every three months, if not sooner.
At the end of the day, to each their own.
If you have carefully considered all of the questions and points above and are fairly certain you can deal with all the responsibilities that come with a hot tub, you should certainly get a hot tub for your caravan and enjoy the hours of fun it’ll bring.