For the 6 weeks we were able to enjoy the trampoline, we really liked it. Although we do not live in a high wind area, we decided to stake it down with industrial size solid steel stakes (1 was 1 inch and the other 3 were 3/4 inch). The problem is this trampoline has a design flaw--the lower bars that go around the ground are NOT screwed into the upper (vertical) pole (they only fit into the sleeve) so even though we took extra steps in securing the trampoline, we had a wind storm and it simply lifted the trampoline out of the secured poles. Of course it didn't occur to us at the time of set up that this could happen. It damaged our block wall and the trampoline is a total loss. I contacted the manufacture about this design flaw and they tried to tell me that having screws that secured the horizontal lower pole to the vertical pole wouldn't have helped. Huh? They also said that if I purchased ANOTHER trampoline from them, they would send a recommended strap/steak that secured to the upper horizontal ring. Hmmm...so they want me to secure it to the ring that actually DOES have screws, and THAT will help (but the lower bar with no screws wouldn't have helped even if the screws were there??). I have no idea why a trampoline would not be sold with these straps in the first place. Nothing in the set up manual mentioned anything about using straps that really should be mandatory, wind area or not--we took it upon ourselves to secure the trampoline and it was all for nothing. I will not purchase another Sportspower Trampoline.
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