5 Stars By Jumpy Joey Trampolines & More on 2017-12-04
Buyer Beware. Internet's most popular trampoline, but some things to be made aware of. Jumpy Joey - Trampoline Expert
December 4th 2017 - I'm Joey and I run Jumpy Joey Trampolines & More out of the (Rockwall) Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex. I have been in business since 2011 assembling trampolines.....not wooden forts, basketball goals, bicycles, or anything else.....just Trampolines! A simple web search and you'll find us online. I've handwritten (and published on AlumiGogo) a Trampoline Advice Buyer's Guide for free on my site. I talk about this particular unit on there as well.
Skywalker makes a ton of trampolines to fit every budget, shape, and size. This 15' Round trampoline is a very popular size by them, and honestly the one that I believe has the most bounce available by their brand as well. The 12' and 15' round models are identical other than size. The assembly of this unit requirea usually 2 people, although it can be done with 1 person. You'll want to inventory the pieces first before beginning the assembly. Make sure the pole caps are there, as well as all the screws and other hardware you'll need. Often times the shipping on these items are pretty rough, and a lot of times when I arrive to assemble it, they are sometimes missing the smaller pieces. This isn't as common on the round sizes Skywalker makes, but fairly common on the squares and rectangles that they make.
Skywalker is a budget brand, so be aware of this before hand. The springs are not large, the frame is not thick, and the padding is fairly thin as well. There are definitely some higher priced units available online that'll outlive these, but you get what you pay for.
Once all the pieces are laid out, begin by assembling the feet of the unit. There will be 6 feet on this one in particular. Once all feet are made, lay them out in a circle with the holes for screws facing in side of the frame circle. Alternate between a frame piece that has a brass buckle with a square notch for a pole and then one without. Do these all the way around to make the frame. Once the frame is standing on it's own, go around the inside and screw the frame together. Now double check to ensure that you have every other frame piece with a notch for a tube pole to go vertical to hold the enclosure in place before proceeding. Next you'll grab the jumping mat, which should have the enclosure net already attached to speed things up. Some do, and some do not. Assuming yours came pre-attached, try your best to keep it attached during the next step. Lay out the mat in the center of the frame with the net on top of it. Find the doorway (the zippered area). Line up the middle of the doorway between a frame piece that DOES NOT have a notch for the vertical pole of the enclosure. Once you've attached a spring to hold it in place there, start counting every 12 locations for the next spring (It's vital to use a pattern, or you'll never get the mat attached no matter how strong you are). After going around to every 12 springs, now go every 6 springs, then every 3, then every remaining spring. If you do this properly, then attaching the springs are a snap, and there is a tool sent along with the unit that will help do this as well. If you're missing the tool, then just use another spring to pull the others with (it works the same). Now you should have a frame, springs, and mat assembled. Now you will grab the padding and line it up so that the notches of the padding will allow for the vertical enclosure poles to go through them. This will be self explanatory once you get to this point. Go around and tie the padding down. I don't ever do this too tightly, I just make sure that it's snug and resting in place without looking like it's pulling too much. The last step is assembling the enclosure poles. There will be 6 poles to assemble. There will be a top and bottom of each set of 6. The bottom is the part with the square head, so face that towards the ground. Now find the tube with the angle in it and attach it to the bottom pole. You'll notice the tube with the angle has a spot for the top cap (the hole which goes through the front and back of the tube) and another hole that is made for the screw. Use the screw hole when attaching these. Once you're done assembling the poles, place the foam covering on each one. Go slow doing this, or they're likely to rip on you. Also heads up.....these foam covers will not survive many seasons, so be prepared to purchase more down the road. Lay out your assembled poles for the enclosure on the trampoline in their appropriate spots. Go around to each section on the net and attach the pole cap to the net along with the top of the pole. Do this from the ground, and attach all 6 before attempting to erect any of them. Once they're all done, go around and lift up each pole to erect the enclosure netting. You're not done yet, although you're getting really close. Now at the bottom of each pole where it connected to the frame you should have 6 black plastic caps that need to be hammered into place to secure the pole from below. And then the last step is to climb on top of the outside of the frame (on the padding) and tie off the straps around the pole caps to get the slack out of the netting. These may come undone over time, just simply hop back up and re tie them. Your trampoline is now complete and you're either satisfied with the work, or wishing you would have called an expert to come and save your marriage! LOL
If you're in the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex, I'd love to assist your family - Joey Staton of Jumpy Joey Trampoline Company
5 Stars By EwokianSunshine on 2017-04-30
You won't regret it!
After a terrible storm lifted our old trampoline and wrapped it around a tree, I knew I needed to purchase a new one. This trampoline is amazing, it's very spacious, and the kids love the basketball hoop. The basketball hoop is easy to install, uses Velcro, and your kids will be able to take it apart and put it back together. The trampoline itself has clear instructions for putting together but you will need at least two adults. In my case, it was one adult and two teenaged boys! We had it completely set up within about 3 hours.
I highly recommend buying high quality stakes that twist into the ground to ensure that strong winds will not pick it up!
If you are researching trampolines because you're wondering if it will be worth the money, if it will be safe for your children, I highly recommend this trampoline. The enclosure is great, and the springs are strong (I've not ever had to replace a Spring yet). None of my children have ever been injured playing on it, and they play on it nearly every day.
Parents, you will also find it is an enjoyable experience to use for yourself. Put your ear buds on, and your favorite music, and spend a few minutes jumping to your "jams". It is also a peaceful place to lay down and look at the stars with your kids. It keeps the bugs out in the Summer months and is quite comfortable to lay on and discuss the constellations!
5 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2015-11-05
Comes with the spring puller tool.
Awesome, all around quality. Easy to assemble done in 2 and a half hours. It comes with a spring puller no need to buy the one they advertise on the side.
5 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2016-06-29
Easy set up. Safe for the kids.
Kids love it. Set up with the aid of YouTube videos which helped and made it a pretty easy process.
5 Stars By DNelson on 2015-07-18
Best grandma toy!
Purchased for my grandkids. They love it and would rather be on it than the video games.
4 Stars By Michael G. Jennings on 2017-07-11
Good trampoline if you're <200 lbs. Manual is inadequate though.
Bought this Prime Day 2016 but had trouble finding a good place for it on my property. I hadn't paid enough attention to the vertical clearance requirements.
Got it set up recently. The manual was deficient in two ways, one very key that caused me to have to disassemble and reassemble it, which was heartbreaking. (There's like 90 springs on this thing and they don't come off or go on easily. ) the video wasn't helpful if you get the ones that don't have the net preattatched to the jump pad, and some of the user setup videos are dangerously incorrect.
Now that it's set up I'm happy with it. It feels super safe; it's hard to bang into the poles and impossible to jump directly on the springs. The boys (4 and 15) love it.
A couple disappointments: foremost is that it's only rated for 200 pounds, which I somehow missed when I bought it. I <ahem> exceed that, so I don't get to play on it myself. They say the net could degrade in the sun and recommend removing it during long periods of disuse, but removing the net necessitates removing all of the springs from the jump pad, which is a significant undertaking. Lastly The basketball hoop is only good for slam dunks; otherwise it's too easy to throw the ball outside the trampoline.
Just so no one else runs into the same problems I did, I will post here the manual's oversights that cost this review the one star. If your net is not preattached to the jump pad, be sure the ugly warning labels on the net are facing the outside. If you install it inside out like I did, you will discover that you cannot attach the net to the poles -- the last step. And you will have to disassemble everything but the frame to fix it.
I saw a guy on YouTube install his jump pad upside down, with the net hanging down below. Don't do that. The net should be above the jump pad at every stage. At the end that net will be taught and completely secure. If (after you zip the net up) there is any way to get even a golf ball under the net, you've done something catastrophically wrong and if you love your kids you'll start over.
Also, be sure the riser tubes are connected to the ends of the curved tubes that have ONE hole. You'll need the end of the pole that has two holes to be at the top. The manual did not specify this.
Finally, the black shoelace is for attaching the net. The white rope is to reinforce the backboard. (In the manual both cords are represented as a squiggly black line, so it's not clear which is which.)
5 Stars By birdiebrain06 on 2017-06-13
Worth every penny
We LOVE this! We got the purple one, it came about 9 or 10 days after ordering. I am a 30 year old lady. My 9 year old son helped me build it today and it took about 2.5 hours. We used a power drill, I highly recommend that. Instructions were very clear and we only made one mistake which customer service promptly helped us correct with a quick phone call. It came with all the tools needed. We wrapped a hand towel around the spring hook tool and our hands were just fine. We also have 2 girls ages 6 and 4 and they are in heaven!
5 Stars By RK on 2017-04-08
Make sure you give yourself a minimum of 2 hours and someone STRONG to pull it all in place. Follow the directions. We didn't and had to do it all over again because we didn't line up the entry to the net. Sturdy and looks nice. Recommended!
5 Stars By John D on 2017-05-03
My wife and I decided on a Skywalker Trampoline after a great deal of research and are very glad we did
If you are looking to buy a trampoline, this is the one to buy. My wife and I decided on a Skywalker Trampoline after a great deal of research and are very glad we did. This trampoline is well constructed and I found the assembly to be easier than expected. The directions were easy to follow and all of the parts fit together just the way they should. The take-down for winter should be easy also because many of the frame tubes fit together without screws and special fasteners allowing for easy disassembly. The enclosure net and spring pad seems durable and the opening has a strong zipper and also has latch clips for when not in use. We are very happy with this trampoline and would highly recommend it.
5 Stars By jen3 on 2017-05-16
Great so far! We got the 15' and I think we could have gone smaller but my son loves it. Don't forget to buy tie-down stakes and a ladder! It's not fun to run around town during a wind storm trying to find something to anchor it with. I bought giant plastic garden stakes at Lowe's but they are huge and leave a big hole in lawn when we move it for mowing. I later bought the orange steel coils (short ones) on AlumiGogo and they work great.