How to Keep Your Trampoline From Blowing Away? – Detailed Guide

Are you worried about your expensive trampoline being carried away by the wind? Worry not because here in this article are a few ways to get your trampoline to stay in one place. 

How to Keep Your Trampoline From Blowing Away

Moderate outdoor exercises are necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Jumping exercise is also very beneficial in keeping one’s body fit and building strength. Trampoline is not only for children to play with but also for young people as jumping regularly has a positive effect on your health as you age.

It not only improves balance and coordination but also improves heart, and respiratory health, weight loss, and increases longevity.  

Since you’re already here, I’m sure your number one concern is keeping your trampoline intact in your backyard/lawn. Keep reading the article below to discover some of the most effective ways to keep a trampoline from blowing away

3 Ways To Secure Your Trampoline

In this article, I have mentioned three ways by which you can protect your trampoline from being carried away by the wind. 

You may;

  1. Use Anchors.
  2. Weigh down the trampoline legs.
  3. Take it down or shift it temporarily. 

Using Anchors To Support Your Trampoline

Using Anchors To Support Your Trampoline

Always make sure that your trampoline is anchored into the ground before use. Trampoline anchors are made to secure and hold down the trampoline in place. Because when a trampoline is not properly anchored, it is not only in danger of being blown away by the wind, but it could also damage the trampoline, or worse, hurt the people on it. 

There are generally two ways to anchor your trampoline;

1. Anchor Kits

Many trampolines come with an anchor kit included with them, but they are generally not the best quality. The quality or the type of anchor you are looking for is strong and galvanized heavy-duty anchor kit.

The reason for recommending a galvanized high-quality anchor kit is that even if years go by, they won’t rust and stay strong. Depending on the type of trampoline you own, you can purchase different types of anchor kits.

2. U-shaped Anchors

These U-shaped anchors are also called trampolines spikes or wind skates. Just like their name, they come in the shape of a U and are generally cheaper as compared to anchor kits. They are also much easier to use, just hammer and go! 

Although this may not be the most reliable method to secure our trampoline in case of a storm or thunder. 

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Anchor

  • They are generally the most reliable way of keeping the trampolines intact. 
  • They tend to be more on the expensive side and require effort while installing.
  • But it’s a permanent method of getting the trampoline secured. 

How To Anchor A Trampoline?

  1. First and foremost, you will need to purchase a trampoline anchor kit. Generally, this kit consists of 4 straps and 4 steel augers. These kits cost around $40-50 on amazon. 
  2. Next measure and screw the augers to the ground by twisting them in a clockwise direction. 
  3. In case you’re facing resistance against the ground, wetting the soil will help soften it and lessen the resistance. 
  4. Now loop the straps over the top of the trampoline legs. Pull the straps up and around the circular bar over each auger. There are 4 straps included for 4 augers. 
  5. Guide the other end of the strap through the auger making sure there are no knots or twists in the straps before pulling it through. 
  6. Buckle up the ends of the straps.
  7. Work your way around the trampoline and make sure each and every strap is tightened in place. 
  8. Consider using both, wind stakes and augers if you live in areas that are super windy. 

Using Sandbags

Using Sandbags To Support Your Trampoline

A simple and budget-friendly way to secure your trampoline is by using sandbags. You just have to place the sandbags on the legs of the trampoline to hold them down and not get blown away by strong wind or storm.

Also the more the merrier, so if your trampoline is on slippery surfaces like concrete, then anchor kits and wind skates might not do the job. The more sandbags you put, your trampoline will be just as secure.

When buying Sandbags, make sure to look thoroughly at the material they are made of, and whether or not they are waterproof and reusable. 

Other Methods

Get creative! Use old car tires for weighing down your trampoline when faced with high wind velocities. Or any other heavy objects for that matter, just make sure they don’t harm the legs of the trampoline for example, or attach the legs with a rope and tie the rope with some heavy object when there is a storm incoming. 

Take It Down

The best way to not lose your trampoline is to keep it tucked away safely in a place where the wind can’t reach them. Or if you have a shed you can move it over there.

If the predicted wind velocity is more than 60mph then anchors may or may not be able to hold down your trampoline, so taking it down would be a better option. Better safe than sorry, right?

Although it might sound exhausting and taking it down every time there is a wind threat, or if you’re away from home is a pretty big job.

So, we recommend going for the more permanent methods such as anchoring it down into the ground firmly or using sandbags to weigh it down properly as mentioned above. 

How To Take Down A Trampoline?

At first glance, you might think it’s a hard job to break down a trampoline but actually, it’s not that hard. To safely disassemble a trampoline, you will need the following tools;

  • Spanner
  • Spring puller/trampoline hook
  • Screwdriver
  • Power drill
  • Gloves

 Steps To Take Down A Trampoline

  1. Start by removing the trampoline nets.
  2. You’ll need to remove the safety net from the poles with the help of a power drill or a screwdriver to unscrew the poles. 
  3. Remove the safety pads which are under the trampoline. 
  4. With the help of a spring puller/trampoline hook, remove the springs. 
  5. Hook your spring tool to the spring, and remove the spring. Make sure to leave a difference of three springs to distribute the spring force evenly.
  6. Now unhook the end of one spring to get the other springs out. 
  7. Fold the trampoline net and store it in a dry place
  8. Using a screwdriver, disassemble the trampoline frame the same way you assembled it, just reverse the process. 

What Wind Velocity Will Blow A Trampoline?

What Wind Velocity Will Blow A Trampoline

An unrestricted trampoline is always in danger of being carried away by the wind. This can cause damage not only to the trampoline but also to its other surroundings or whatever it comes in contact with. 

If you’re wondering how much wind speed a trampoline can withstand, then your answer is less than 30mph. Anything more than that 45mph will cause it to move a few square yards and shift its places from your lawn to the main road.

And a wind velocity of 60mph can send your trampoline flying into the air. If the wind is blowing at a slight angle then it catches the safety net, causing it to blow away. 

What Happens When A Trampoline Blows Away?

What people don’t realize is that trampolines fly away to other places, cause devastating and even life-threatening injuries sometimes. It can also cause destruction to property and cause many losses for you. 

In case, if your trampoline has already blown away then it is always a good idea to try and track it down. Look at the CCTV footage from the night of the storm near your house, ask around and try seeing signs of damages it may have caused while being blown away, for example, broken trees or broken wires, etc. 

What Type Of Trampoline Is More Likely To Be Carried Away By The Wind?

Logically heavier and more expensive trampolines will be automatically harder to be carried away by the wind. On the other hand, smaller trampolines are lighter, they have a smaller ‘sail’ which results in the wind not being able to get under the trampoline and lift it off the ground.

Whereas the bigger trampolines have bigger ‘sails’ that make it easier for the wind to get through them and send the flying. Also, the trampoline is more likely to blow away if it has a safety net. 

Winterize Your Trampoline For Wintertime

Winterize Your Trampoline For Wintertime

To enjoy your trampoline throughout the year and make the best of your money, you will need to take care of your trampoline in the winter time too. The pads of the trampoline are likely to get wet so it is best to remove them.

Clean the mat properly and move the trampoline to a sheltered part of the yard if possible. Make sure to regularly brush the snow off (in case it snows a lot in your areas) at daily intervals so it doesn’t get a chance to build up.

And as always make sure to properly anchor the trampoline to the ground so it doesn’t slip due to the snow or doesn’t get carried away by a snow storm. 

5 Most Common Trampoline Problems

1. Maintenance and Care

tools required to set up a trampoline

Taking care of your trampoline is so important not only for the safety and betterment of your own family but also for an outsider and other surroundings. A quick safety check every two weeks wouldn’t hurt and put your heart at ease. 

2. Squeakiness Or Poor Bounce

After a few days of purchase, you may or may not hear squeaky sounds from your trampoline. Normally they aren’t much of a threat, but they can be quite annoying. Nothing a quick WD40 or a similar spray can’t fix.

A trampoline’s bounce may vary on the type, size, and kind of trampoline you own. It is always best to check with the seller before purchasing a trampoline. Frames bowing also affects the bounce of the trampoline. 

3. Spring Tearing Through Frame

How to set up a trampoline

This is a common problem with cheap trampolines. If you have older, heavier kids, then a hole may be punched in the frame. This problem usually occurs with people who are over 50kgs using the trampoline. 

4. Frames Bowing

Again, a problem with relatively cheaper, rectangular-shaped trampolines. Due to unevenly distributed force, they either need thick steel in diameter or some sort of additional support. This problem greatly affects the bounce of the trampoline. 

It can be helped by purchasing longer springs to support the longer sides of the trampoline. 

5. Spear Parts

A very common and frustrating problem for trampoline owners is finding suitable parts for their trampoline. However, you can improve your trampoline with the products from eBay. There are spare parts, replacement parts, etc., available there. You can also repair your trampoline mat by purchasing a trampoline repair kit.

Hopefully, after reading this article, you have solved your trampoline-related problems. I ran an extra mile to gather information on “How to Keep Your Trampoline From Blowing Away”. Mentioned above in the article are all the tips and tricks that will come in handy if you ever face a problem with your trampoline. 

Furthermore, make sure to do a thorough inspection of the product you buy, the size of your yard, the weather changes in your area, and the quality of the product. 

As mentioned earlier in the introductory part, exercising is an important part of everyday life. There are a few exercises you can do on a trampoline, for example, jumping jacks, trampoline lunges, high knee punches, plank, etc. That’s all for now. Happy jumping!

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