Buying a Trampoline
Trampolines provide fun(and excellent exercise for the entire family. This guide contains everything you need to know about purchasing a trampoline, including assembly, safety, and maintenance.
Before You Buy
Before you decide on a trampoline, make sure you have adequate space.
- A minimum of 24 feet of overhead clearance is required.
- Horizontal clearance of 6 feet from objects like fences, bushes, and houses should be maintained around the trampoline, even with an enclosure installed.
- The trampoline should be placed on level ground, preferably grass. Hard surfaces add stress to the frame and cause damage over time.
- Never place any objects under the trampoline.
Additional Thing To Consider
- Trampolines over 1 1/2 feet in height are not recommended for children under 6 years of age.
- The maximum recommended user weight for trampoline use is 331 pounds.
- Overloading the trampoline may cause damage to the structure.
Trampoline Parts and Assembly
Trampoline assembly requires at least two adults. Never set up a trampoline in rainy or stormy conditions, especially if lightning is active or in the forecast. Before you begin, read all the assembly instructions carefully.
There are three types of trampoline support structures.
- Poles: The more poles a trampoline has, the greater the stability it will have.
- Arches: Link poles together for added strength.
Fiberglass: With a ring on top, this structure ties all the poles together for a clean look.
Look for a frame coated in rust- and corrosion-preventing paint.
Trampoline parts should be replaced as they age (see the instructions and manufacturers' specifications) Keeping the trampoline in the shade or using a cover will prevent sun and weather damage. Watch for rusting parts, malfunctioning springs and worn fabrics with every use.
If you need to order replacement parts, measure carefully to order the right size and type.
• Frame size: Measure from edge to edge, horizontal and vertical. This is the most important part to measure, as all parts attach to the frame and are related to the frame size.
• Jumping Mat: Measure the frame, spring size, and quantity of springs.
• Spring: Measure the spring size from edge to edge.
• Enclosure Net: The type of net depends on the type and amount of poles your trampoline has.
• Enclosure Set: Consider how many footing legs your trampoline has.
• Caps/Sleeves: Check the diameter and length of your poles and the type of pole caps.
• Weather Cover: A cover offers years of protection from the elements. Covers come in a variety of sizes, so check the exact measurements of your trampoline before ordering.