I vasilated for weeks of whether of not to purchase this very expensive "toy" with so many customers complaining about it. I finally caved when 2 other families in the neighborhood purchased similar slides and my kids begged to go to their homes every day. I received it 7/2/08. We have used it at least 10 times since. I have 4 of my own kids 5, 7, 9, and 12 using it plus one or more neighbor kids on it (one day their were 12 kids here on it)--as well as my husband and myself and so far it it holding up very well. One reviewer was right in that there is not enough water pressure to fire all spayers at the same time, although we have not tried using a shorter garden hose as recommended. We found a few things: 1) the slide needs very little water to enable one to slide down, 2) if you kink off one of the cannons, the remaining cannon fires just like in the picture (put the sprayer on the working cannon sideways and it really sprays!) and the side slide has 2 spayers and you can kink those off to a drip since they need very little water. I have found that where the kids come out of the pool and step onto the ladder platform the stitching is coming undone. This is not causing a problem yet, and I intend to sew it up with fishing line or carper thread. It is easier to set up if initially if you blow it up 1st, then you can easily see where all the hoses go. It has NOT been difficult to clean or drain. If this holds up all summer I will be thrilled. Also, I am making all users follow the rules: it is not a trampoline! It is a slide. We don't let them hang on the sides of the slide or walk up the slide, or jump on it. Maybe this is why we haven't had to get the patch kit out yet. This slide is really for older kids --4 and up, as the ladder rungs are far apart and difficult for toddlers to manage--but not impossible as our 2 year old neighbor proved--but the slide is wide and doesn't hug the little ones in, but no one has been hurt. Oh, lastly, the girls complained about the seems hurting their tush when sliding. We remedied this by having them wear shorts or a bathing skirt.
Was this review helpful? (5) (0)
Thank you! You have successfully submitted feedback for this review.