You've seen our backyard before - we love it! We spend a lot of time out there. The trampoline gets daily use, but we were hiding a little secret:
When we dug down, we hit ground water. My husband put a couple of drains down there, but basically it was a swamp.
Another secret: our trampoline was falling apart. We were so disappointed in it. Parts of it were disintegrating before our eyes. By the end of last summer, it was pretty much unusable.
We waited until the bad weather was gone, sold the frame to our last trampoline, bit the bullet, and bought another one. We have high hopes for this one and I wanted to give an honest review.
We purchased the Alleyoop Sport VariableBounce 10x17ft Rectangular Trampoline.
We expected set up to take about 4 hours and we way underestimated the time it would take. That seems to be very common for us. It took us about eight hours.
We had to dig out the water and properly place the drains. We then got a truck full of gravel and placed that on top. Next, we will place landscape rock on top of the gravel, but the kids were getting anxious and we just needed to get it in.
It took both of us to put the frame together and then even more adults to help us put it in place. Of course, Tom got out the level and made sure it was level. This was as far as we got at the end of the day:
Tom left putting up the net up to me. I think I put everything on wrong the first time and then had to re-do it. It became a bit comical, actually. At the end of the week, though, we were ready to roll:
The kids are pretty excited, especially little J. They feel as if this trampoline has a tighter bounce than our previous one. I can assure that it is pretty safe, as far as trampolines can be. That net isn't going anywhere! I don't like the big kids to bounce on it at the same time as little J., but he is learning to take turns and wait outside. G. is working on his back flip and can almost land it.
We are extremely happy with this right now and the kids run out here every day. Time will tell how it holds up and I fully expect to review it!