Congratulations on being the proud owner of a trampoline!
If you like things simple, you may have purchased the standard pieces for your trampoline alone. But now, it’s been a few weeks, months or even years, and you’d like to add a few fun pieces or accessories to the mix. Maybe you don’t want all the bells and whistles, but simply need to replace worn-out pieces. Or maybe safety is a concern and you’d like to incorporate some safety features, such as an enclosure, to keep your jumpers safe.
Whatever the reason, you need to find the right part or accessory for your trampoline. Sounds easy enough, right? But what if you don’t know the brand?
Well, things happen. Paperwork gets lost in the shuffle. The label on the trampoline wears out in the outdoor elements.
Thankfully, all hope is not lost. With a bit of help to point you in the right direction, you can find the right accessories for your trampoline even if you don’t know the brand. Here are some tips that can help:
Return to the Brick-and-Mortar Store Where You Purchased the Trampoline
Do you remember the store where you bought your trampoline? If you purchased the trampoline yourself, you probably remember the day you became a trampoline owner.
Many stores are the exclusive retailer for a particular brand or promote one company more than others. For example, if you bought the trampoline at Walmart or Sam’s Club, chances are, you have a BouncePro or SkyWalker trampoline. Little Tikes trampolines have more distinctive features for the preschoolers that use them.
Take a picture of your trampoline and bring it with you to the store to compare to the products in stock.
Check Online Purchases
If you bought the trampoline online, you have an easier chance of locating the brand. For example, if you’re an Amazon account holder, you can make use of the purchase history they have on file in your account. The same goes for some other online retailers.
Check your email. Most online purchases email you a receipt of some sort, upon purchase. A lot of companies also send ongoing emails about your trampoline, mentioning the brand you purchased in follow-up emails, with words like, “You bought *** so you may want to add ***.” Their attention to detail may provide the answer you need.
Measure Your Trampoline
The pads on some trampolines fit other brands too. According to Trampoline Sales.com, just because you don’t know the brand name of your trampoline, doesn’t mean you’ll you need custom parts. Consider this for your accessories as well.
Measure your trampoline – the mat, the frame, the parts that are important to your accessory. By having these measurements, you’ll be better equipped to find the right part and/or accessory that fits your brand, even if you don’t know the name.
Search for the Accessory Online
One fun feature for trampolines is a basketball hoop. Kids love being able to jump and slam dunk like their favorite professionals, and the bounce of the trampoline gives them both the ability and safety.
Naturally, there is more than one brand of basketball hoops that’s made for the poles that hold up the safety net. But does this mean they are all designed for just that brand? Yes and no. Here’s an example.
When I searched for “trampoline basketball hoop”, I found an advertisement for the AlleyOop ProFlex Trampoline Basketball Set. Upon reading the description, it states, “Designed to fit securely on your AlleyOOP Trampoline Safety Net Enclosure” and “The ProFlex Basketball Set is designed to fit with AlleyOOP product ONLY. Will not work on other brands.”
If you know you have the AlleyOOP trampoline, you know you have the right accessory. But if you don’t know, it’s time to look further.
A search at Amazon.com came up with a few choices that were not brand specific. More than one product description advised to obtain the correct diameter of the support poles prior to ordering. Some consumers asked about the fit for certain brands, but the diameter of the pole is more important to the success of installation than the label on the trampoline.
Still Need Help Finding the Right Accessory? Other Options…
The good news is, you don’t have to do this alone. Associates at the big box stores can help you find the right accessory that fits the size and shape of your trampoline. Their experts can show you exactly how to measure your trampoline at home or help you find a universal product that works with your brand.
You can also reach out to your neighbors or friends on social media. They may have purchased the same trampoline part or accessory that you’re searching for. In some cases, they may be able to tell you, not only where they found the part, but if the part was made for your specific brand or is a universally-fitting piece.
Finding the right accessory for your trampoline can be frustrating if you don’t know the brand. But knowing where to start can save you time in the long run and yield success.