I think I'm qualified to write a review for this trampoline, considering I've assembled it 20+ times. I run Jumpy Joey Trampoline Company out of the Dallas area, and we specialize in Trampoline Assembly, and a simple Google search will find us. Back to the review of this trampoline. I love this trampoline and have recommended it several times, as well as I've been asked to pick this trampoline up for customers from Walmart as well. It's big and heavy duty, and has a ton of pieces. This is not a trampoline that is easy to assemble if you're a beginner, and certainly has more nuts and bolts than a standard circle trampoline. Pay close attention as the nuts and bolts are different sizes and it's really hard to tell, but it's very crucial in assembling this unit properly. The lengths of the bolts vary slightly. The enclosure netting is already attached to the jumping mat, and although that makes assembly quicker, don't expect to have this assembled in less than 2 hours minimum. It's pretty common some of the metal tubing is bent from shipping (9 out of 10 units I've come across), and a simple crescent wrench can fix the bend. Be sure and tie the straps once the enclosure is put up as well, and you'll have to stand on the trampoline to accomplish this, or use a ladder. Also it's important to note that the trampoline is actually a blue frame, but the green padding covers that up. This is not a perfect rectangle shape as it's actually curved on each side going outwards (to allow a better bounce), and the springs used for the curves are different than those used for the straight sections. You can't beat the price of this rectangle trampoline, but if you want a larger one, then search for the 9'x15' rectangle also from Skywalker. It assembles completely different, but I won't go into all of that on this review. The longevity you should expect from this product varies by your demographics. If the item is shaded expect it to last much longer than one that isn't, as the sun is a trampolines worst enemy. You most likely won't have to stake this particular trampoline down as it does weigh more than a standard trampoline, but just to be sure if you're concerned, then stake it down. The padding on these is average, but the bungees on the padding will eventually give out......luckily you can buy parts separately. Keep in mind that 8'x14' is the size of the frame and not the jumping mat. The only complaint I hear of customers with this trampoline is that they wish it was larger. The mat is approximately 6'x12' which is not a lot of room for more than 1 jumper simultaneously. Skywalker makes square units that provide a lot more room, but once again at this price this one is hard to beat.
I hope you've found my review helpful and if you're in the Dallas Fort Worth area I'd love to assist you as well.
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