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  1. If you have an air lock, (and it sounds like you do) I found the easiest way to purge the air is to take off the circulation pump filter and post. Then stick a hose down the hole, then wrap a small towel around the opening, hold the towel tightly to seal off around the hose, and turn on the water full. This will force any air locked in the system out. You will start to see large bubbles escaping the jets and floor drain. It may take several minutes to purge all the air, but this has worked for me every time. I just automatically do this every time I refill now just to make sure no air is trapp
  2. Just an update - swapped heater and both sensors yesterday, and all went well, actually a pretty straightforward procedure. Only suggestion I can give others is when removing the hoses, I heated up the ends with a heat gun on low for a few minutes. Really made them come off easily. I was concerned that after 12 years they would be stuck on their connections, but that was not the case at all. Tub is working perfectly, but since my error was so intermittent, it's impossible to say for sure right now I fixed the problem.
  3. Just an update, I swapped the motor connections, and as I suspected, (and hoped) all worked fine. FYI - Hot Springs do not use a bypass valve (hence the 5 filters) so neither pump is unfiltered.
  4. Hi, When I built my base, over 12 years ago, I did something very similar. I just used 4x4's on a bed of gravel topped with 6' treated decking, (I would use Trex today) . Been absolutely fine with no issues or shifting at all. Still perfectly level today. I figure, as long as the wood is 100 percent supported underneath, the thickness should not make a difference. Be sure to space them no more than 12 inches apart, for support, and intensely pack the gravel before hand. I included a couple pics, too. Randy
  5. Hi, Have had a several incidents over the last six months on my 2008 HS Vanguard, where I get a flashing red light on the control panel. Circulation pump is still running, but rest of tub and control panel goes dead. I pulled the cover and saw a D17 led light on on the system board. Resetting the circuit breaker always brings it back, and it can go months before it happens again. Diagnostics on this tub are pretty crude, so I called several service people, and they all suggested it is the heater going bad. It is the original heater. Since we are leaving the area soon for an extended
  6. Hi, Been a while since I posted here, but was wondering if, on a 2008 HS Vanguard, you can swap the connectors between pump motor 1 and 2? I am having no problems, but when you hit the clean button, it runs motor 1 for a few minutes. Motor 1 runs the neck jets of the two corner seats, and if the water is a bit low, it can send a big spray across the top of the water. Swapping these connectors would now run pump 2 when you hit the clean button instead, which has all of it's jets much lower in the water. I will be away for awhile and I'm having a neighbor check my tub periodically, an
  7. OK, no replies yet...I was hoping that some other reader has had this type of experience and could lend some advice.... I will update this post with what I find when I discover the cause.
  8. Hello, and Help! After 11 mostly trouble-free years, my 2008 Hot Springs Vanguard has a major problem I need some advice on. We are currently on a 6-week trip and have a neighbor checking on our house and tub weekly. Yesterday, when doing her weekly check, she said a red light was blinking on my tub and when she checked inside, there was no water in it all! Since I live in the frozen North, trying to minimize any damages I had a friend come over to check it out and drain any remaining water out. The neighbor said the tub was full just the week prior, and temps have been relatively wa
  9. Keith, Thanks for your update and compliments. Glad to hear my effort helped others. FYI - My replacement tubing is still working well after almost 2 years now....also a couple pics of my setup. Randy
  10. Hmmm, mine is a 2008, but I would think they should be the same.....it's been a while so I can't remember exactly what it looks like now. However I did find this video that explains it better than I can in words. It may be slightly different than yours, but It verifies you need to remove that actual valve after removing the knob, too. You should then be able to see an opening in the plastic that runs below each knob. Each opening has several other holes that are actually fittings that have hoses (that you can't see, cuz they are within the shell) that run to the various air jets. I am not at
  11. Hi, I did find the issue, and it was a simple fix. I popped off the air adj. valve dials (on top of tub, they just pry off) that went to the problem Moto-Massage and using an air compressor with an air blower end, blew air into each one. Bubbles came out if each air jet except for the problem MM. Assuming it was plugged somehow, I then took the air hose off the MM, and stuck the air valve into the jet, holding a towel to help seal around the air hose. This would reverse the usual air flow, and hopefully clear the line. When I released the air, it took a few seconds, but a piece of fuzzy g
  12. Hi, You were right I did not see your request for an update until today. Sorry for my delay, hopefully you still read this forum and get my update...... So the original "beer" tubing lasted almost 2 years. Not as long as the HS tubing perhaps, but considering the cost savings, I consider it a success. However, as I mentioned in my earlier post, when I replaced the tubing again, I reordered and used thinner tubing. This was much more pliable and worked perfectly without any modifications. However, since the O.D. of this thinner tubing was too small for the press on collars on each en
  13. Hi, I was wondering of you ever found an answer to your problem? I discovered the exact same issue with my single moto massage today. My neck jets (along with everything else that uses air) in that seat work fine, did yours? I was suspecting, since the neck jets worked, it was the air hose from the valve to the MM may have split or came off. I have not opened the covers to check this out at all, (it's too cold out there today!) However, it would seem to make sense, that a single air hose would feed both of the dials that control that seat's MM, then individual hoses would go from each
  14. Hi, Ok here are a few pics, I used your suggested free site, since this forum has such a small max pic size. Since this question was originally about the tub base, I started with that. Next pic is the build process, then the finished deck, many years ago. Then a night pic, and finally a recent pic from this spring, about 6 years later. No flowers planted yet, but note the outdoor shower (love that!, used every day) and the privacy fence, (neighbor cleared some trees and wife felt a little exposed! (). Hope this helps.... Thanks, Randy <-Images removed by Webmaster
  15. Wow, I have not logged onto this site in over a year, only to have a few moments tonight, and found this request from over 6 years ago! I am on a road trip currently, but if you're still interested, will repost soon. I tried to update my photobucket account to enable 3rd party posting, but it wanted cash! Any photos that you are specifically interested in? Thanks, Randy
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