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How to Move a Hot Tub

Posted on May 11th, 2011 by

How to Move a Hot TubAs one of the bulkiest items on our list of things to move, transporting and loading a hot tub onto a moving truck is not without it’s fair share of hassles. Due the tremendous weight of a hot tub, the technical skill needed to safely drain it and disconnect it from electric sources, plus it’s extreme sensitivity to jostling movements, moving a hot tub is best left to the experts. Not only is special equipment needed to transport the spa, but the sheer cost you initially paid for the hot tub should be enough to convince you to hire experts.

If you’re curious about the hot tub moving process, MovingCost.com reveals how the experts move a hot tub in this post. But first, you may be wondering what the difference is between hot tubs, spas and Jacuzzis. Here’s a brief overview:

  • Hot tubs: A hot tub is basically a tub filled with hot water for people to relax and lounge in. It’s made of wood on the outer layer, with a heater and water pump inside that keeps the hot tub’s water circulating and hot.
  • Spas: Spas are hot tubs made out of an acrylic outer layer. They sport additional features from a standard hot tub, like jet streams and different settings for those streams.
  • Jacuzzi: Jacuzzis are merely a brand of spa and tubs that became popular during the 1970s and ’80s. Their aggressive marketing campaign made them synonymous with spas and hot tubs – just like they wanted.

All three are considered interchangeable, even though one is a brand, one is made out of wood and one is acrylic-based. Whether you choose us to find professional hot tub movers or opt for a spa company near you to provide you with hot tub moving service, here’s what you can expect to see the spa movers doing the day you move your hot tub.

Water drained according to manufacturer’s instructions.

How to Move a Hot TubAs soon as the hot tub movers arrive (usually two), have the manufacturer’s instructions on hand for them. They may not need it, depending on their level of expertise with different brands of hot tubs, but it’s better to have the instructions at the ready for their reference (and yours) anyway. The movers will disconnect the hot tub from its water source, usually your garden hose, and drain the water out as per the manufacturer’s guidelines. Once the water is drained, the hot tub is disconnected from its electrical source and dried up with towels.

Spa Karts or heavy-duty dollies transport the hot tub.

How to Move a Hot TubAfter a thorough towel drying, the hot tub is maneuvered onto a dolly specifically made for moving hot tubs, with Spa Kart being one of the more popular choices in hot tub moving dollies. The hot tub is hoisted onto its side, placed on the dolly and secured at a diagonal angle with rope, bungee cords or any other sturdy binding material. In some cases, spas may be too large for transport on a Spa Kart, generally if the hot tub is more than 8-feet long. If that’s the case for you, a crane may have to be booked in order to move your hot tub.

Hot tub is carefully loaded onto the back of the moving van.

How to Move a Hot TubBefore the hot tub is even secured on the dolly, make sure the path from the hot tub to the back of the moving truck is cleared. Pets should be kept in their crates or a safe room away from the action while the hot tub is in transport. Once the movers are ready to move the hot tub to the moving truck, stay a safe distance away from them. The hot tub movers will then have the path clear to carefully roll up and load your spa into the moving van. From there, the hot tub may be padded with cardboard on the bottom or layers of blanket wrap to protect sensitive parts and then secured in the back of the moving truck with more sturdy rope.

Once your hot tub makes it to the other end of your move, the process will unfold itself backwards. Remember to stay a safe distance from the hot tub and to book the movers early, so the hot tub can be one of the first things loaded on the truck. Because of the size of the tub, keep in mind that it may be necessary to book two moving trucks if you have a large moving project. Many thanks to Almost Heaven for offering expert advice for us to share with you on moving a hot tub.

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6 Responses to “How to Move a Hot Tub”

  1. Hello mate, awesome site!! Thanks for writing your knowledge :) I found it very useful… I’ll be back for more in the future!

  2. Why are you taking it apart? Once you remove the pack, there isn’t much left to disassemble, and unless you can move a piano, it will be no easier to move an acrylic shell without a skirt. If you remove the shell from the skirt, then you still have one component weighing hundreds of lbs. (the shell), and then you risk damaging the plumbing by having it exposed like that during the transport.

  3. Jessica Thompson

    I don’t know but I think that it needs to be taken apart. That is how you buy it don’t you? What I always do, in case I move later on or just want to sell it, is keep the original boxes and put everything as it came. Good writing. I always look for good tips from professionals.

  4. Hi Jessica. I know this post is relatively old, but I just came across your comment and thought I’d respond. Acrylic spa shells are delivered in one piece. There’s no way to take the shell apart. The only thing you can take apart is the skirting around the shell, and the support equipment. The support equipment (the pack) can be removed, but if you remove the shell you leave the pipes running to the jets exposed. Removing the skirting does nothing to alleviate the weight or maneuverability of the shell. If you can’t lift/move the shell with the skirt on, you won’t be able to once you remove it.

    This is why many people opt for a wooden hot tub. Wooden hot tubs are delivered in a knocked down nature (in pieces), but can be moved to their final destination and assembled without special tools or skills. This also means they can be moved to a new home much, much easier than their acrylic counterparts.

    • a friend gave me her (2006) hot tub.
      I don’t know the first thing about moving/transporting it!
      I have a flat bed trailer, so I have that covered, but actually getting it on is what is troubling me. I have to get it through a door way, which means I have to flip it on it’s side somehow. The back side panels & molding are roughted out little bit, but other than that, it is in great condition! Shell & pack!
      Little murphys oil and will look new again!
      Anyway, after reading this post, I’m still unclear whether I need to take apart the pack and skirt? I have 4-5 guys to help. I’m hoping I can just flip on it’s side and put on a 4 wheel dollytruck? Please help, any advice would be much appreciated!
      Thanks! (I’m only traveling appx 15-20 miles)

  5. Should I take parts, plumbing & skirt off?
    Thanks!

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