FAQs | Water Trampolines & Bouncers
What is the difference between a water trampoline and a water bouncer?
- Water trampolines, just like their land based cousins, have springs that connect the jump surface to the supporting trampoline structure. Bouncers, on the other hand, connect the jump surface directly to the supporting structure without the aid of springs. So in terms of construction, the significant difference is that a water trampoline has springs and a water bouncer does not have springs. Although both products provide great fun on the water, the water trampoline provides more bounce than a bouncer and behaves more like a land based trampoline. Bouncers provide more usable surface area for the same sized tube and are great for general entertainment and lounging, and are a perfect substitute for a traditional hard swim dock. If you are more interested in combining a great platform with the ability to jump high, the water trampoline is what you are looking for.
Water Trampoline vs. Water Bouncer
15' Water Trampoline vs. 13' Water Bouncer
Does a water trampoline bounce as high as a regular trampoline?
- In all water based trampolines and bouncers, it is important to note that the water below the supporting tube structure absorbs some of the bounce so you should not expect to jump as high as you would on a land based trampoline with either a water trampoline or bouncer. Proper inflation also influences the jump/bounce performance. An under-inflated tube will seem like it is sagging in the middle and it will be more difficult to jump/bounce. With proper inflation the tube should feel as firm as a basketball, and the jump/bounce performance will not suffer.
- Most reinforced repairs can be done by you by following the instructions that we outline. For small damages and leaks you can purchase a standard or pre-cut repair kit. However, after inflating and spraying down your product with mild, soapy water to find your leak(s,) and you notice any of the following, we recommend sending your product in.
- Damage to any attachment point, anchor point(s), or handles
- Any noticeable holes with missing fabric
- Too many holes to fix
- To send in your product for repair, you must first receive a Return Authorization Number. Without an RAN, we will not be able to accept your repair and it will be shipped back to you. Please contact us at 800-659-0790
How to clean your product
- Unroll the trampoline or bouncer gently and lay it out flat on top of a tarp on a level surface such as a driveway or yard.
- Clean the PVC vinyl completely with a soft sponge and a mild soap or citrus-based cleaner, such as Lemon Joy Liquid Dish Soap, and let dry completely. For stubborn stains and grime, we recommend using Speed Clean, which will remove scuffs, chalking, oil, soot, oxidation, stains, bird droppings, and more without damaging the vinyl.
- To protect the vinyl for the season, apply a ultraviolet (UV) protectant such as 303 Aerospace on the top area of the trampoline that is above water. Similarly, to protect the bottom area of the trampoline that is underwater, apply a protectant such as Repelin that protects against the attachment of algae, barnacles, and zebra mussels.
Mistakes to avoid damage
- Never drag your trampoline on the ground, which will create small cuts or holes in the vinyl.
- Don’t use a power washer, as the high pressure water jet will damage the soft PVC coating on the vinyl tube.
- Avoid cleaning products with bleach or pumice that will damage the vinyl and create holes, and do not use products that are petroleum based.
- When you are not using your water trampoline or bouncer, store it in a covered, shaded area to help protect the product from damaging UV rays. For off-season storage, remove all air from the tube using the deflation port of your high speed inflator / deflator, clean as described above, and let dry completely. Fold opposite sides to the center to form a straight line, fold again to the center, and then fold one half onto the other half. Next, roll the trampoline up tightly as if it was a sleeping bag, and store in a covered container that rodents can’t chew through. Place container in a cool, dry location.