Bored under lockdown: This couple built a ‘hot tub trailer’ on wheels during COVID-19

Elliot Roberts (left) and his spouse Sammi Miller (right) built a towable hot tub from scratch during the coronavirus lockdown.

People have really gotten crafty under lockdown.

Sammi Miller, 29, and her spouse, Elliot Roberts, 31, planned to tour Europe in their campervan this spring, but the coronavirus pandemic forced them to reconsider. To curb their boredom, the Edinburgh, Scotland, couple spent six weeks working on a homemade hot tub on wheels that they can tow around once restrictions lift.

Countless hours and $630 later, they've finished it.

The couple calls their towable whirlpool "Trailer Hot Tub," Miller said on Facebook. And almost the entire project was built from recycled materials.

"We tried to build this for as little as possible," the couple said in a blog post. They cobbled together used materials leftover from other projects, accepted donations from friends and pulled pieces from other people's trash.

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They made it happen while adhering to social distancing orders, they said. But it was difficult to acquire materials via delivery due to the lockdown.

"None of it was very planned, we had a basic idea and just ran with it," the couple said in a blog post outlining how the did it. Still, lots of things didn't go as planned or didn't really work.

The portable hot tub runs independently of their campervan using a 12v battery and gas boiler. They installed a water pump and the tub is large enough to seat four. It also comes with LED lights and bubbles.

"We plan on taking it around Scotland when travel restrictions are relaxed," Sammi said. "And enjoying a home-made hot tub in the most beautiful locations we can find."

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