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Old 02-07-2005, 10:19 AM
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My daughter wants a trampoline for her birthday and I have no idea what to look for or consider...would greatly appreciate hearing any comments and experiences...thanks.
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I have one for my kids. I don't even remember the make or model. My only advice is to make sure you get the net that goes around it...keeps the little ones from flying off.

We have had this one for 3 or 4 years now. The kids still use it a lot. It scares the hell out of me. But I don't hide my kids from danger, I try to teach them about it... No flips, no pushing, no more than 2 kids at a time, and you let me know when you are going to use it so I can keep an eye on you....
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Old 02-07-2005, 10:27 AM
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Many homeowners policy do not allow you to have a tramp and maintain coverage - its the potential deep pocket liability for the insurance company.
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Not a very safe toy........
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Old 02-07-2005, 10:44 AM
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crackerasscracker - 2/7/2005 11:37 AM Not a very safe toy........


I agree...just break their arm and call it a day.....I say this since arm breaking is the normal by-product of a tramp...I know of 2 cases where the kids were launched off the tramp and onto the ground...their little arms didn't do much to lessen the impact
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Old 02-07-2005, 10:48 AM
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My next door neighbor just did himself in real good on one of those dog-gone things.He broke all those little bones in his ankle and had to have a plate and 9 screw put in it.I don't think his leg will ever be right.
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Old 02-07-2005, 10:50 AM
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Tireless - 2/7/2005 10:27 AM

Many homeowners policy do not allow you to have a tramp and maintain coverage - its the potential deep pocket liability for the insurance company.
Mostly correct. There is no exclusion in a homeowners policy for trampolines. In this situation Preoccupation could buy a trampoline and would still keep his liability cooverage.

However, if he were shopping for homeowners you can bet the question will be asked along with swimming pools, exotic animals, dogs, etc. If he were to say he had a trampoline they probably wouldn't write it. If he said he didn't have one and something happened they could probably hang their hats on mis-rep on the application.

"But you see them everywhere". Yep, and in almost all cases they bought the trampoline and didn't even think (or knew better) than to call their agent.

I know it seems like the big bad insurance company thing again but there is a reason they don't like em.
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Old 02-07-2005, 11:41 AM
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if u buy it just make sure u don't let any of ur kids friends on it just ur close family r u will be opening ur self up for some major liability issues. make sure u have an umb. policy.
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Old 02-07-2005, 12:20 PM
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Sit your daughter down and explain the situation.....try to make her happy by giving her a nice new Lawn Dart set!!!!! If that doesn't work you may need to resort to Klick-Klack's.
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Old 02-07-2005, 12:36 PM
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And get the cushions that go around the perimeter too! I busted my nads on that damn bar when I was little! OUCH!
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Old 02-07-2005, 12:37 PM
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How bout playing lawn darts while on a trampoline?? Now that sounds like fun!!

I think the general consensus here is probably right: Pretty dangerous and potentially costly (should the unfortunate happen).

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Old 02-08-2005, 07:32 AM
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Very dangerous!! My kids wanted one, but I wouldn't do it. My neice got her leg caught between the frame and the springs. No permanent injury, but the fire department needed to get her out.
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Old 02-08-2005, 11:25 AM
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Thanks everyone, I personally was opposed to it for general safety reasons but needed some ammo to convince my wife...special thanks to Shag for explaining the insurance implications, had no idea about that...
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Old 02-08-2005, 11:45 AM
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Oh, please. Sorry, but I think a trampoline is a heck of a lot of fun. We had one when I was a kid...a round one...no nets, not pads...we did flips, we did all kinds of tricks...we wrestled on it, we jumped off the roof on to it...we had 5-6 people on it at one time jumping and sprininging each other to greater heights...and no one...I repeat, no one ever got injured...maybe we were just lucky.
I do understand what ya'll are saying...but life is what happens when you're making other plans...and I wouldn't trade my experiences and fun on the trampoline for anything.
Now, the trapeze we had, well, that's a different story...had a guy fall off and break his collar bone...
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Old 02-08-2005, 12:47 PM
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Man I feel like I rained on your parade. I used to love trampolines. Like I mentioned above if you have homeowners insurance in place they will probably never find out, unless you have a claim. You would have coverage but might get a nasty-gram asking that you find another company.

I have a cousin who lives off of Airline in Raleigh and they had one for years. Their kids would go off the deck to get a higher bounce. I have seen two broken arms, both were the kids, not friends. Its a crying shame that our litigous society has come to this.

We had a dog bite claim a few years ago where a 12 year old belly flopped on a sleeping Collie and the dog took most of his lip off. If had been me sleeping I would have chewed the little bastard's head off.
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I had one and my insurance company treated it much like a pool, that it had to be inside a fenced area under lock and key; otherwise, they did not want to cover it.

A neighborhood kid got hurt (not too bad) so I sold the thing the next day.

Not a very safe toy. My previous neighbor was a pediatrician he said you'd be shocked at the number of injuries, some quite serious, from trampolines.

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One of the best investments we ever made. Had tons-o-fun. We set clear rules concerning the number of kids that could be on it at one time and they never used it unsupervised.

We had a Jump King with the pad, "side curtains," and the cover.
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Old 02-08-2005, 04:32 PM
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Shag, you didn't rain on the parade...I always like to hear all the angles on something like this...

I'm sure part of her request is about being a green-eyed monster over her friend two doors down that got one for Christmas. And she does take gymnastics lessons where she gets trampoline activity (pretty basic at her age) but with real professional supervision. So it's not like she doesn't have other places to jump. (She'll never be an Olympic gymnast so I'm not blocking that path either).

Even before knowing the insurance issues I didn't think it was the right thing for her...
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Old 02-08-2005, 07:59 PM
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Will home oweners insurance cover you if you own a set of lawn darts?
I'm a kid used to have a trampoline sold it when we moved but was a ton of fun have friends who have them we never hurt ourselves real bad and we did some pretty stupid stuff on them
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Old 02-08-2005, 08:18 PM
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Don't do it.
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