Hi everyone, I was hoping to get some help. I'm looking to purchase a pool soon for an early install in the spring. I've been looking at www.sunenterprises.com and also at www.royalswimmingpools.com. I want to purchase a 30 footer. I've already been in contact with an installer who has years of experience and that I'm comfortable with. I love the styling of the Diamond Star at sunenterprises, but essentially I think it's the same pool as the Tahitian at royalswimminpools. Both are made by Wilbar and as far as I can tell and from research I've done, they're the same pool in a different design. Like I said I prefer the design of the Diamond Star, but so far I've noticed the customer service and prices are better at Royal. That being said, I think I'm leaning towards the Tahitian. Rather than go with their generic equipment package I was hoping you people could help me out. I'm thinking of going with a Hayward 200lb sand filter (since I'm a newbie and sand seems easiest). They bundle it with a 1.5HP pump. Should I request a smaller pump? If so, which one?
I also want to make sure I order everything I need for winter such as cover, air pillows, plugs, skimmer winter plate, etc.
Next, automatic chlorinator. Do I need one? Am I better off with the cheap little floaty chlorinator? The upgrade to auto is only $45 so not a big deal, just not sure if it's recommended or not.
Lastly, do I need to order hoses, fittings, clamps, etc. or will that be included?
Anything else I'm not thinking of would be greatly appreciated. I'll worry about chemicals when setup time nears. Thanks for any info you can provide.