What Do You Do With a Trampoline During a Storm?


Two of the cities we’ve lived in are known for their high winds.

Those winds get especially bad during the rainy season.

So what do we do with our trampoline during a storm?

We have to a find a way to anchor down our trampoline, keep the trampoline out of harms way, and try to cover the trampoline.

Read on to find some simple ways to anchor down your trampoline with items you can find around your house and yard.

Anchor down your trampoline

There are many different ways to anchor down a trampoline.

We list a few ways to weigh down your trampoline in this other article found here.

But if you cannot weigh do your trampoline ahead of time, here are a few last minute suggestions.

  1. Tent stakes and rope

If you have a tent, go and find the bag(s) you keep the tent in. Pull out the stakes that come with it.

Then go and find some rope.

Go out to your trampoline and hammer a stake in the ground on each side of a trampoline leg.

Do not hammer the stake into the ground all the way.

Take a part of your rope and tie them around each side of the stakes using a slip knot (video here).

Once you have the knot tightened, hammer the stake into the ground the rest of the way.

Continue for at least half of the legs to the trampoline.

  1. Trash Bags

Obviously, sandbags are preferred because they are studier, but trash bags will do perfectly fine in a pinch.

Very carefully fill up the trash bags with sand or dirt and place them on the legs of the trampoline.

Check them regularly during the storm to ensure they are staying strong.

If you see any that start to tear, fill up another trash bag to replace it.

  1. Bricks

You will need something heavier than a regular read brick.

The preferred type of brick would be a retaining wall brick or something of that weight and size.

You can lay one brick on each leg, or two for safety.

Check regularly and make sure they stay in place.

  1. Anything heavy and big

When it comes down to it, your trampoline is like a parachute.

If a good wing catches the mat, the trampoline will go flying away.

We have had friends report that their trampolines ended up blocks away during a major wind storm.

So when push comes to shove, anything big or heavy on your trampoline will keep it rooted.

Find a giant tire and place it in the middle of the mat.

Find some big rocks around your yard and place them on the legs or the middle of the mat.

Anything to weigh down your trampoline will work for a short period of time.

If you need a long term solution, it is better to plan ahead and have an anchor kit handy.

  1. Flip the trampoline upside down

The mat acts like a sail when the wind is blowing hard.

You will not always have any of the above options to choose from.

In that case, you can always flip the trampoline upside down.

With the mat lying flat on the ground and the weight of the legs on top, it is less likely to catch the wind and fly away.

You can still place rocks, bricks, or something heavy on top of the mat to keep it from moving.

Keep the trampoline out of harms way

Much of what you can do to keep your trampolines safe during a storm deals with how much time you have to prepare.

If you can prepare ahead of time, get some trampoline anchors and you will hardly have to worry about what happens to your trampoline.

But you can’t always plan for the worst case scenario.

You should try to put your trampoline so it is out of harms way.

This means putting your trampoline in a spot that is going to create the least amount of damage in a bad situation.

If you have a big yard, you might want to place it in the furthest spot in the back of the yard.

In the case of a storm, that might change where you place the trampoline.

You again need to worry about the mat of your trampoline acting like a sail.

The trampoline might be placed next to something that will bear some of the wind, so the trampoline will not go flying away.

In between some trees could serve as a wind break or next to s shed.

We are fortunate enough to have a windmill in our backyard, so we know which way the wind is blowing.

Knowing where the wind is blowing will have you find where you might “hide” the trampoline.

Cover your trampoline

Not much can damage your trampoline more than wind and rain.

The rain is especially bad for the trampoline.

Too much rain can rust the trampoline.

Too much rain and wind can rust and ruin the trampoline.

Skywalker Trampolines offer some wonderful option for weather covers on some of their trampolines.

You can look at some of those covers here and here

This is great if you are planning ahead of time.

But if you did not plan ahead, you might have to pull together some last minute ideas.

A giant tarp will do the trick for you.

If your tarp is big enough, you can accomplish two tasks at once: cover the trampoline and also support it to the ground.

Cover your trampoline with the tarp.

If your tarp has it like mine, each corner will have a grommet.

Place some rope into the grommet and tie it to a stake.

Hammer the stake into the ground.

If your tarp is not big enough to pull to the ground, then tie it around a trampoline leg.

Put the trampoline away

It is certainly not the easiest of options, but it is still an option.

You can put the trampoline away and store it until the storm and wind passes.

This will increase the lifespan of the trampoline as well.

The most important part is taking off the tarp and the springs.

When the springs are removed, the frame won’t fly away.

First, remove the springs using a spring puller.

Depending on the size of the trampoline, you might have upwards of 40 springs, so take your time and use work gloves.

Fold up the mat, put the springs in a box and store them away in a safe place.

You can leave frame outside, since, with the mat put away, the trampoline will not fly away.

You can also take it apart as well. You will need an adjustable wrench and a screwdriver.

Summary

It is best to plan ahead if you live in an area with high winds or where hurricanes occur regularly.

But we can’t always plan for everything.

There are many items that you can use around your house to anchor down your trampoline. If it is heavy, you can use it.

If it comes down to it, you can take your trampoline apart and store it until the storm passes.

Bill Lantz

Bill Lantz is a database analyst by day and a weekend warrior by... weekend. He's currently building up his own miniature homestead in Central Utah with his wife and six kids. Some of his interests include knowing random trivia about films, reading history books, and playing video games with the boys.

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