While families in warmer climates can often enjoy an outdoor trampoline in all seasons, families who live in climates with colder temperatures in the winter usually cannot enjoy that luxury. To preserve the life of their trampolines, these family must take them out of the cold and often snowy outdoors and store them indoors. Although trampolines may seem to appear weather resistant, they are, in fact, very vulnerable to weather conditions. Winter weather particularly can cause the welded metal joints in the trampoline to rust, which could make the trampoline less safe. Cold weather can also cause your pad to develop cracks. A trampoline is an big investment and if you wish to protect this investment, it would be prudent to store it during the winter months in a warm, dry location. Unfortunately, because of their large size, trampolines cannot be taken indoors to a garage or basement without disassembling them; therefore, this typically require some knowledge about the trampoline and the best way to store it.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Soapy water
- Soft brush
- Garden hose
- Oversized plastic tote bags
- Dryer sheets
- Pillow cases
- Plastic zip seal bag
Step 1 – Cleaning the Trampoline
Depending on climate conditions, a trampoline can sometimes become a breeding place for mold, mildew, insects and insect larvae. Clean it with a solution of clean, warm water and detergent. When finished with your cleaning, rinse off the soapy water with a garden hose and allow the trampoline to dry thoroughly.
Step 2 – Disassembling Your Trampoline
As you disassemble you Trampoline, keep the pieces sorted in related groups, making them easier to find when you are ready to assemble it again. Group all the parts of the frame together into similar shapes. Lay out separately the net, bed, and spring collar. Keep parts together by rolling them into individual bundles you can place into pillow cases. Keep the ties in smaller plastic bags. Mark each bag with a brief description of its contents.
Step 3 - Packing Your Trampoline Mat in Tote Bags
The most convenient way to pack your trampoline mat will be to roll it up, or fold it up, and place it in a large tote bag. You'll find it more convenient to pack your springs and small frame pieces in a bag separate from your mat. If you find it necessary to purchase new tote bags, make sure they are large enough. It is also important to avoid using bags that are so large you won't be able to move them without help.
Step 4 – Storing Your Trampoline
Before attempting to move the trampoline bags, locate the best place to store them. If you plan to place these bags in a garage, it will be best if you keep them off the floor where so they are less likely to become wet. Find a place to put them where you won't need to move them until time to assemble and use the trampoline again. Avoid storing them where you'll need to carry them up a flight of stairs.