Remember how happy the kids were when they got their new trampoline?
Remember what a hassle it was setting it up?
The little ones may not use it as much as they used to, but if you’re moving to a new location, you’ll have to figure out how to disassemble, move and reassemble your trampoline safely, efficiently, and affordably.
These tasks can be tedious, time-consuming, and even dangerous depending on its size and complexity.
That said, if you have a large backyard trampoline with 200 parts, it may be best left to professionals.
Whatever the case, rest assured that trampoline moving doesn’t have to be a time-consuming headache.
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Does your trampoline require disassembly?
Whether or not you need to take your trampoline apart before moving it depends on these factors –
Whether you’re making a DIY or full-service move
On a DIY move, You can often move a small trampoline in one piece safely.
However, if you’re hiring professional movers, they may require that you disassemble your trampoline, especially if you’re Moving long-distance.
The size and complexity of your trampoline
Most full-size trampolines won’t fit inside moving vans without being disassembled.
Though small and medium-sized ones may, loading them in one piece often results in irreparable damage, so plan on taking yours apart.
The weight of your trampoline
Full-size trampolines can weigh between 200 and 400 pounds.
Though this isn’t any heavier than an oak desk or a high-end refrigerator, trampoline’s size and bulkiness make them more difficult to handle and transport.
The distance between your old and new homes
Moving an assembled trampoline a few blocks down the street is definitely doable, but disassembly is the way to go when relocating to another state.
Not only is your trampoline much less likely to get damaged, but when broken down into its component parts, it’ll be easier to carry and will take up less truck space.
Options for getting your trampoline disassembled and moved
The company you bought it from
Especially with large and complex trampolines, it’s worth calling the company you bought it from to see if they’ll move it for you.
Though most retail outlets won’t, many specialized trampoline companies offer this service.
When hiring professional movers, they may take your trampoline apart and reassemble it at your new house.
If so, on a short-distance local move, you’ll probably just pay for their time.
When you’re moving out of state, however, you’ll pay for the weight of the trampoline plus extra labor charges for disassembly and reassembly.
If your movers don’t have the right equipment to take your trampoline apart and reassemble it later, they may contract these services to a specialty company.
Taking a trampoline apart yourself on a DIY move
You should take trampolines over 6 or 8 feet in diameter apart before moving, but if they’re light enough to be carried and won’t take up too much space in the moving truck, you can leave them in one piece.
Assuming yours needs to come apart, it’s important not to leave this task until move day because it almost always takes longer than expected.
Tools you’ll need to disassemble and reassemble your trampoline
- Eye protection (safety glasses)
- Pliers, Phillips head screwdrivers, and wrenches
- Heavy-duty gloves
- A spring puller
- Ziplock-style bag(s) for parts
- A box to pack everything in
- At least one strong helper
- WD-40 for losing up rusty hardware
If you purchased your trampoline new, it should’ve come with a spring puller, but if it’s long gone, you can buy one on Amazon or at a local home improvement center.
Break out the instructions
If they’re nowhere to be found.
Before removing the hardware, take a few minutes to inspect your trampoline.
See how it’s put together, and if necessary, take a few photos or make a quick sketch.
Having a general idea of how the parts fit together and where the hardware goes will pay huge dividends later when it’s time to put everything back together.
Step-by-step instructions for disassembling your trampoline
1. Remove accessories like safety padding and nets
Moving trampolines are all about breaking them down in a logical fashion.
Accessories like ladders, safety nets, pads, and basketball hoops are easy to remove and should be taken care of first.
Pack these items and their associated hardware into clearly marked bags and boxes.
2. Unfasten the trampoline springs
Before starting, don your gloves and eye protection.
Since they’re under tension, one slip could send a jagged and rusty spring flying into an eye.
First, inspect the springs for corrosion and wear, and remember that missing springs will increase tension on the others.
Once you’ve done your walk-around, grab your spring puller and get to work removing each spring.
Slip the spring puller under the spring’s hook, which will be attached to the trampoline frame with a V or D-ring.
Then pull the hook away from the center of the trampoline.
Once you release the tension, you’ll be able to slip it off the frame easily.
Store the springs together in one box, and plan on replacing damaged ones before reassembling the trampoline.
3. Pack the jumping mat
With the springs removed, inspect the mat for mold and mildew common on outdoor trampolines.
Clean soiled areas with soapy water and allow the mat to dry before rolling or folding it into a neat bundle.
If it’ll fit, pack it in a large box, or wrap it in a moving blanket before loading it onto the truck.
4. Disassemble the frame
Taking the frame apart is usually as easy as removing screws and bolts from the top of each leg of the trampoline.
This is easier to do in some cases after you flip the trampoline over on its top.
Again, pack all of this hardware in a plastic bag and label it appropriately.
The poles and trampoline wheels (if there are any) can be bundled together and wrapped in a moving pad, tarp, or old comforter.
Our take on moving trampolines
When it comes to convenience, safety, and preventing damage, we almost always recommend disassembling your trampoline before moving it.
There are exceptions, but the extra effort is usually worth it.
Additional tips for taking apart and moving your trampoline
Unless you don’t mind ending up on someone’s YouTube “fail” video, you’ll want to avoid moving your large trampoline on a flatbed truck or trailer.
One stiff wind gust and your trampoline could fly off and cause an accident, even if you’ve “secured” it with ratchet straps.
With smaller trampolines that’ll fit inside a truck or trailer, load them near the top, so none of the structural elements get damaged.
And lastly, if you’re moving out of state, your mover may require you to check and certify that your outdoor trampoline is free of gypsy moths.
Frequently asked questions (faqs)
How do you use a spring puller?
Check out this helpful YouTube video to see how to use a spring puller. This guy has a cool Australian accent, but he’s not wearing gloves or safety glasses, which you should always do.
Should I take my trampoline down for winter?
Snow, ice, cold temperatures, and moisture can ruin a trampoline in no time, so if your kids won’t be using it during the winter, it’s best to stow it someplace warm and dry.
How long do trampolines last?
Depending on various factors like quality, use, and the climate you live in, well-maintained trampolines can last between 2 and 10 years.
Where is the best place to put a trampoline?
Place trampolines on relatively firm (not too firm) and level ground away from hazards like rocks, fences, trees, and clotheslines. Never put a trampoline on blacktop or concrete, and if possible, put absorbent material like sand or mulch beneath it in case of falls.
What is the benefit of a Springless trampoline?
The major benefit of Springfree trampolines is that they provide more impact absorption to reduce ankle, knee, and back injuries. On the downside, they may not be as springy as traditional trampolines.
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