Do you have one? Do you like it? Was it worth the money? Has anybody sunk theirs into the ground? How did you do it? Did it work? I am thinking about purchasing a large (14 or 15') tampoline for the summer and want to get feedback from others about brands, quality, shape (round versus rectangle), how long they lasted, who used it most, etc.
I am aware of the safety concerns, both in regards to falling off(impact with ground) and incorrect landings on the tramp itself (neck and back injuries). I feel comfortable with those risks, since I have spent a great deal of time on trampolines as a high school and college athlete. We also spend time at a local gym with numerous tramps and runways.
Any help would be appreciated. This would be a major purchase for us and I'm trying to get feedback from owners/users everywhere so that I can "invest" properly. Thanks,
Good luck. I am sure there are alot of mothers on MDC that can help you choose an appropriate one for your family.
So, besides the dangers involved, I'd recommend that you check on how it will effect your insurance and what kind of extra fences/locks you might need to protect yourself.
I allow my kids on it together but we have a rule absolutely no touching. No bouncing into each other, no "accidently" bumping into another person.
I originally thought that I would only let them on one at a time but I noticed after we got it that they wanted to be together, so I do allow it. I stay outside (set up a nice sitting area next to it) and read or whatever.
When they have friends over, only two at a time. That way kids with similar weights are together and not one kid who weighs 70 lbs with someone who barely weighs 40 lbs.
My kids LOVE it. I have ds#2 who bounces around on anything so it was a natural that we get the trampoline. Every kid who comes over loves it. It is a great outdoor activity and burns tons of energy. I think they used every day last spring/summer/fall. They even used a few times before it snowed.
I would reccomend though as with a pool you moniter it. I did know of a kid who broke her arms on one when she was bouncing with some friends. But I do think the hype is overrated esp. if you have the enclosure to prevent small people form bouncing off.
On a side note we looked at gym quality tramps (on the web) and the warehouse kind. Since ours would be outside in all sorts of weather (esp. in New England), we felt that cost was prohibitive in getting a gym quality one ($600+) Ours cost about $180 and we figure that we will have to replace it every few years which made it more feasible to get the cheaper model.
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They are great fun. Most all of my immediate friends and family with children have them.
Here in TX HOI is very expensive and I don't need to add to that.
Not to mention I would be a nervous wreck.