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Portable Soaking Tubs Let You Take Baths Anywhere
Denise Rousslang of Wadena, Minn., has developed a range of lightweight, portable bathtubs based on products from the past. These Victorian-style soaking tubs are ideal for condos, apartments, tiny homes, and other places where a traditional bathtub isnít feasible.
Rousslang was inspired to develop the tubs after retirement piqued her interest in moving to a smaller space. Bathtubs are hard to come by in condos and senior living facilities due to liability concerns, but she didnít want to give up the indulgence. Searching online, the only soaking tubs available appeared to be heavy built-ins or unreliable blow-up tubs. Failing to find a solution, she decided to build her own.
She found an authentic Victorian brothel tub on eBay in 2020. Rousslang used the tub as a prototype for a fiberglass model that would be more durable, incapable of rusting, and lighter in weight.
Rousslang sells three models: a Victorian bathtub ($595), a fiberglass soaking tub ($895), and a plastic soaking tub ($395). Each tub is manufactured locally in Minnesota.
The Victorian bathtub is a portable replica of her beloved brothel tub that measures 40 in. by 25 in. and weighs 20 lbs. when empty. Itís sturdy enough for children and adults and will fit most showers or bedrooms. The streamlined design allows you to take a comfortable bath with just five to ten gallons of water, and itís easily cleaned and stored when not in use.
The portable fiberglass soaking tub comes with a molded comfort seat that allows you to soak up to your neck. As delivered, itís free of electrical devices, moving parts, and places prone to leakage. The tub also works for post-workout ice therapy. Itís 29 in. tall with a 30 in. top diameter and weighs 40 lbs. empty. At total capacity, it contains 58 gals. The tubís upright shape minimizes surface area, meaning the temperature will stay constant for many hours. It can be filled in 17 mins. with a garden hose, and a simple siphon method will drain the tub in approximately 25 mins.
The portable plastic tub has the same dimensions as the fiberglass model but weighs just 20 lbs. It includes a hose drain plug below the seat. Like the fiberglass tub, it can hold heat for hours longer than a regular tub and fits in most showers.
Today, Rousslang advertises her portable tubs around her hometown in a specially modified van. Sheís donated many to school athletic departments to aid recovery from sports injuries. For now, it remains a cottage business as she develops a system for nationwide shipping.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Victorian Bathtubs, PO Box 266, Wadena, Minn. 56482 (ph 218-398-2077; deniserealestate1@gmail.com).


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