Questions and answers

Size: How big should a garden trampoline be?

As big as it gets! Area means firstly safety and secondly fun and you can never have enough of both. For teenagers and adults 420 cm diameter is the absolute minimum!

Quality: What distinguishes an affordable from a cheap trampoline?

Affordable is what lasts long. Cheap causes follow-up costs, trouble and inconvenience.

Springs: Cheap trampolines have shorter, thinner and harder springs -> unhealthy for joints and back, less jumping dynamics

Safety pads: In cheap products, the padding is often very sparse and the material is not UV-resistant, which means that the edge covers often have to be replaced after just one season. In addition, the fixation is very poor, so the pads slip constantly and do not cover the springs securely.

Frame: The frame of a cheap trampoline is assembled from more individual parts (up to 30 parts) = less stability. In the joints, the trampoline moves and causes squeaking noises. In addition, the tube thickness is much smaller and does not withstand greater loads.

Jumping mat: Cheap jumping mats have weaker stitching around the edges and are less resilient.

Safety nets: These are usually not UV-resistant and brittle after just one season. There is then a risk that the net will tear in the event of a fall.

The same applies to trampolines: "Poor quality continues to hurt long after the pleasant feeling of a cheap price has faded."

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Storm protection: Is storm protection necessary?

Storm damage is the most common cause of damage to garden trampolines!

In principle, we always recommend securing the trampoline. In very exposed locations (especially foehn areas) the trampoline should be secured with a duckbill or spiral anchor. For hard surfaces there are also concrete blocks for securing. It is possible that the trampoline will be blown away by strong winds. If high winds are predicted, the trampoline must be moved to a protected location, disassembled, or anchored to the ground at the top pole with tie-down straps and pegs. At least three anchorages are required. It is not enough to anchor the uprights to the ground, as they can tear out of the connectors.

Safety net: Is a "safety net" necessary?

Not necessarily. But there are very good arguments in favor of it:

  • Obvious danger spots, such as walls and fences in the immediate vicinity of the trampoline, must always be secured with a safety net.
    The Superfun/Crocodile trampolines can be equipped with partial nets of 4m and 8m for such situations.
  • If people with limited motor skills are to bounce, a safety net on the trampoline is necessary.
  • Many games can be played only with a safety net on the trampoline (all ball games such as football, basketball).

But there are also arguments against it.

  • It is very easy to observe that on a trampoline with a safety net, the action is much wilder and more uncontrolled than on a trampoline without a safety net.
  • The apparent security of the safety nets can become disastrous.
  • Statistically, more accidents occur on garden trampolines with safety nets than on trampolines without nets.
  • A safety net is not a guarantee! A net must never replace respectful handling! Read the detailed explanations in the safety section.

Ladder: Is a ladder necessary?

Ladders are optimal ascending and descending aids. Jumping down from the trampoline to the hard ground should be avoided! Because this otherwise leads to blows to the knee joints and back after jumping on a soft surface.

Spare parts: Are spare parts available?

This question is justified, because with many discount offers it is difficult to impossible to get spare parts. All our suppliers are long-term partners, some of whom have been producing trampolines for over 30 years. So spare parts are still available many years after purchase.

From the spring, to the jumping mat, net, etc., almost all parts are available individually from us from stock.

Assembling: How difficult is the construction of a garden trampoline?

Set up a garden trampoline is not very difficult. Tools are not necessary. For the Crocodile trampolines, it is recommended that a strong person takes over the tensioning of the springs and for the Crocodile Quadro 465, two strong people should set up the frame together.

The first time it is set up, it will take about 2 hours to set up, with practice it will be faster later.

For the installation of the safety net, an additional 1 to 2 hours should be expected and in some cases an open-end wrench is necessary.

Covering: Does a trampoline need to be covered?

No. Quality trampolines are absolutely weatherproof and do not need a cover. Save yourself the money and the trouble. The worse the quality of a trampoline the more worth the work of covering it, because then the trampoline will be protected from the sun's rays. The UV radiation of the sun is the only thing that damages the material of a trampoline.

Winter: Does the trampoline have to be cleared away in winter?

In principle, no. Quality trampolines are all-weather and protected against rust. Cold, ice and rain do not harm a trampoline. However, in places where a lot of snow falls, the jumping mat should be braced before the snow falls. In very rare cases, the load of snow can overstretch the springs. If there is snow on the trampoline, it should be wiped away with a broom to prevent overloading.

Of course, if the trampoline is not used, it will stay beautiful a little longer if it is stored away in a dry place during the winter months.

Dangers: How dangerous is trampolining?

Trampolining is an exercise sport and dangers cannot be 100% excluded. However, trampolining is no more dangerous than any other recreational activity. The frequency of accidents on a trampoline is not higher than on a swing, scooter, skateboard, playing football, etc. As with other sports, the cause of accidents is mostly due to carelessness. With a conscious start into trampolining and a considerate handling, actually all accidents can be avoided.

Toddlers: Is trampolining unhealthy for toddlers?

No, as long as they move alone aon the trampoline. Even crawling children love to move on the slightly springy surface. Their motor skills and balance are positively promoted.

BUT! Infants must not jump together with larger children or adults! If small children are moved on the trampoline by the forces of larger persons, they can quickly come to harm. Massive overloads on the back and joints are the result! The trampoline-typical tibia fracture in toddlers in the growth phase is also well known.

Repair: Can a hole in a trampoline jumping mat be repaired?

AMost often, holes are created by embers from cigarettes and fireworks. These holes are fused at the edge and can be left that way up to a size of a 10-centime piece. Larger holes and cuts up to about 10 cm long can be sewn with an industrial sewing machine (not with a household sewing machine). A piece of fabric is placed under the damaged area (similar to a car seat belt) and sewn tightly to the mat.

Soil condition: If the soil is not quite flat?

A flat meadow/lawn is certainly optimal. A very slight slope is no problem, even if the ground is somewhat uneven, you can usually align the trampoline. In case of larger unevenness, you can easily let individual foot parts into the ground. But if it is to stand on a slope, terrain work (by a gardener) can not be avoided.

Flatground: What is important if the trampoline is to be completely buried?

Burying trampolines completely is a tempting idea at first. But in detail it is accompanied by some disadvantages:

  • expensive and big effort
  • small children (or pets) can enter the trampoline unnoticed. This is especially dangerous when larger people are jumping.
  • fallen objects (even small animals, such as mice or hedgehogs) or leaves must somehow be able to be brought up again.
  • Drainage: Rainwater can accumulate under the trampoline.
  • Venting: The air that is pushed away during the jump seeks the path of least resistance. As a result, with each jump, the edge cover lifts off the air and lowers again with a slapping sound. This is one of the main problems with buried trampolines.
  • unclamping the mat (for example in winter when a lot of snow falls) is extremely tedious
  • the natural respect that a raised trampoline conveys is eliminated

These questions must be clarified well. You have to ask yourself whether the enormous effort is really worth it.

More explanations about how to bury a garden trampoline

Inground: If I want to bury the trampoline only partially?

In contrast to burying the trampoline at ground level, partial burying (approx. 20-30 cm height) eliminates almost all negative points.

  • considerably less effort
  • technically easier to implement
  • Excavated material can be used as a small embankment
  • Drainage problem is small
  • The air can escape sideways
  • Animals can crawl out of the trough themselves
  • Items can be retrieved easily
  • clamping and unclamping is easier
  • The slight increase maintains respect
  • Partially bury the trampoline, so wird's richtig gemacht

Slope: Can a trampoline be placed in a slope?

Slope: Can a trampoline be placed in a slope?

In principle, a trampoline can be placed on a slope. This requires a special assembly with adapted frame. However, not every trampoline is suitable for a slope. We will be happy to advise you personally in this regard. Some examples, which we have realized, you can see under this link.

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