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Best Trampoline for Children

Updated on October 23, 2012

Orbounder 14 Feet Trampoline With Safety Enclosure

I bought my kids an Orbounder trampoline. We had a used trampoline from a generous neighbor that served us well for a few years until a wind picked it up and demolished it. It wasn't pretty. Twisted metal. I'm not even sure that it would have made it that day even if we had staked the trampoline down. with the enclosure it makes the thing into a weighty kite. Crazy.

So after hearing from the youngest for months that she would sure love a new trampoline, I finally relinquished and bought her one...after exhausting Craigslist and the few people who jerked us around trying to buy a good used one. people are just not very reliable anymore. I'd had enough and bought them the Orbounder 14' Trampoline and Enclosure.

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I'll talk little more about the set up below but overall it's a fine trampoline for the money and easy to set up. I don't have future gymnasts using the trampoline. They simply like to go out and jump and horse around. It's perfect for getting them out of the house and doing something outside. The trampoline is sturdy and well built. 14 feet is perfect for a couple of kids jumping. I can easily recommend purchasing one.

Trampoline Pipes
Trampoline Pipes

Installing Trampoline Top Rails and Legs

Installing the Orbounder 14 feet trampoline is pretty easy. There is no screwing or hammering. You begin by laying out the pipes...the skeleton. The top rails either connect with a standard T-connector or a T-connector with an additional round slot. This round slot is where the safety web poles go. So to connect you basically attach the top rail to a T- connector then attach another one to the other side. Every couple of T-connector you have a T with an extra round slot. To install the legs you ad the extension to the bottom and slide the legs into the bottom hole.

Once you are done you are have a metal skeleton like the photo below. After you get the poles installed it's time to move on to the placing the mat on the pipes.

Photo Credit: Chris Morris

Tampoline with mat installed
Tampoline with mat installed

Installing the Trampoline Mat

Adding Springs to the Mat and Frame

Installing the mat is simple. They give you a tool that allows you to stretch the springs to the slot on the top of the metal pipes. You start by adding a couple on one side then follow that up by adding a couple on the other side. Then go half way between these two and add a few, then go to the other side and do the same. Just keep going around the circle until all the springs are installed.

I would caution to ensure that you have the springs lined up to the right slot. If you find yourself missing a slot with a spring, you will be in a world of hurt trying to rectify the error. The spring will be pulled at an angle as well as firmly entered into the slot making it virtually impossible to pull out. Just make sure to be careful to keep everything in line and it will be a simple install.

Photo Credit: Chris Morris

Safety pad on trampoline springs and top rail
Safety pad on trampoline springs and top rail

Installing Safety Mat

Adding the padding over the springs and pipes

The next step is to install the green safety padded mat over the top rail and springs. It is an easy process. Simply lay out the pad...making sure you put the holes in the pad over the safety bar holes. There are four holes that should line up with the location where the safety bar will go.

To install you simply wrap the strap from the pad around the top rail and secure with the D-rings. Just go around the trampoline and cinch it tight. You will also have two ties that connects the other side of the pad (closets to the mat) to the springs. Simply reach under and tie them off where the spring attaches to the mat.

Photo Credit: Chris Morris

Trampline safety netting installed
Trampline safety netting installed

Trampoline Safety Enclosure

Adding the bars and safety netting

The safety netting is attached by two bars per T-Connector hole. A straight tube connects to the top tube. The top tube has the plastic connector on top. The tubes are connected together by a single screw at the joint. Simply go around to each location and fasten the bars.

Once the bars are attached, lay out the safety netting. If you've ever put together a tent you'll understand how the next part rolls as you put together the pole and joint sections. You slide this long section into one end of the netting until it come out the other end. Then slide the other pole and joint section through the other side. These attach together with an easy connector. You will have a large netting circle that you simply attach to the top of the poles.

The last thing to do is "sew" the bottom of the net to the trampoline mat.

Your Orbounder Trampoline and Enclosure Combo (14-Feet) is installed and ready for jumping.

Photo Credit: Chris Morris

A Word About American Safety Protocols

Nanny state and sue happy lawyers ensure safety

The safety procedures and protocols for this trampoline are laugh out loud funny. The nanny state has firmly ensured that you are in no way in danger using this thing. There are seven pages of safety precautions in the user's manual. On the trampoline mat there are two warning decals on each side. There is also a warning label on the outside of the safety netting. And once complete there are two safety placard that you are encouraged to place on the netting as well. We did not and will not.

There are 5 safety warning labels for 14 feet of trampoline. Over doing it much?

Safety protocols said only one person can jump at a time. We will not, and did not, follow this warning. The kids happily jumped together on the trampoline and I am happy to say they overcame the dangers of executing this most egregious activity.

Life in America is bizarre.

Does your family have a trampoline?

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