Zupapa Trampoline Reviews: 12, 14 & 15 FT Good for Only 1 Jumper?
Are you looking for a very safe, durable trampoline for your backyard that will last over time and with exposure to the elements? If so, consider a Zupapa trampoline. While this company is newer to the market than brands like Skywalker and JumpKing, they’ve really made a splash in the market. Their models come in 3 different sizes from 12 to 15 ft and all have high weight limits to accommodate a variety of jumpers including adults and kids.
- Sizes: 12, 14 & 15 FT.
- Height with Net: 94” (2.4 meters)
- Mat Material: Polypropylene
- Enclosure Height: 72” (1.84 meters)
- Steel Tube Frame: 42mm Diameter; 5mm Thick Galvanized
- Mat Diameter: 124.4” (12 FT.); 148” (14 FT.); 159” (15 FT.)
- Springs: 72 (12 FT.); 96 (14 FT.); 108 (15 FT.)
- Net: PE Mesh
- Frame Cover: PVC & PE
- Ladder: Deep Galvanized Heavy Duty Steel – 42mm in Diameter; 5mm Thick
- Maximum Weight Limit: 375 lbs. (15 FT.); 330 lbs. (12 & 14 FT.)
- 1 Trampoline
- 1 Safety Pad
- 1 Ladder
- 1 Enclosure Net
- 1 Rain Cover
- 1 T-Hook for attaching springs
- 1 Instruction Manual
- All of the included pieces come in a total of 3 boxes.
Who is it best for?
- Families with small children
- Teenagers who want to get out from behind video games 🙂
- Parents who want fun active time with their kids
- Families who have at least a 14-20 Foot empty space in their yard
- Easy Set Up
- Good Bounce
- Strong Net
- High Weight Capacity
- Includes Ladder
One of the few complaints in user reviews is that it’s sometimes hard to get the net all the way closed. It fits very tightly (which is good thing for safety), but since the fit is tight, it’s hard to close the zipper all the way.
How does the safety net attach?
The safety net attaches round the outside of the mat after the springs are installed. This way, the enclosure is around the entire surface. The net has a zipper on the outside that you can use to enclose it completely when jumpers are inside or when no one is using it.
Will the pad crack if left outside?
The padding itself is about ½” thick and looks like it stands up well to the elements. In fact, one user review from a California family says they’ve had it out in the sun for about six months with no issues or sun damage.
Is there good bounce for smaller jumpers?
Since the 15-foot model has a weight rating of 375 pounds, you would think a child wouldn’t get much bounce. That’s not the case here. In user reviews, it’s said kids can get plenty of air on this trampoline.
How many people can fit?
Of course first and foremost, you want to make sure the total weight of the jumpers doesn’t exceed the maximum weight limit. That said, 2 adults and 2 children jumping at the same time will have plenty of room.
Will it rust?
The frame on the Zupapa trampoline is deep galvanized steel. Because of this, it will resist oxidation and therefore not rust even if left outside for a long period of time.
Is the 12-foot big enough for my kids?
If you only have space for the smallest Zupapa trampoline, the 12 ft should still suffice. It really does depend on how athletic and big your children are. One user in her review says she has 3 boys between 8-12 years old, and they fit on it just fine with plenty of room.
Will it scratch my pavers?
You can place any of the Zupapa trampolines, either the 12, 14 or 15 ft model on patio pavers, but with a lot of activity it may leave some scratches. One thing you can do is to put sand bags on the legs to hold them down and prevent agitation.
What is the leg height?
The legs are about three feet high.
How long does it take to assemble?
In review after review, users comment on how the Zupapa is one of the easiest trampolines to put together. It will probably take a few hours, with attaching the springs being the most time-consuming part. You can do it with just one person, but it’s easier and goes faster with two people working together.
What does it come with?
All 3 models come with the trampoline, safety pad, ladder, enclosure net, rain cover, T-hook and an instruction manual. The T-hook is what is used to put on the springs.
Are the boxes marked?
If you’re looking to purchase this as a gift, it won’t be a dead giveaway when it’s delivered. There are no photos on the boxes to indicate what’s inside.
Do I have to use the net?
No – you can absolutely use this trampoline without the net. The net enclosure is a completely separate piece. However, it is highly recommended that you use it for safety.
How does it do in bad weather?
While it is okay to leave it out for the winter, it will likely last longer if you disassemble it for storage every fall. If you do need to leave it out, take off the poles and enclosure net, and use the rain cover to provide as much protection as possible.
Are the legs adjustable?
Unfortunately, the legs on these models are not adjustable if you have an uneven surface. They must be used on level ground for safety.
Are the sizes actually bigger?
No – the measurements are to the outside of the steel frame. So, the 12’ model is actually 12’. The same goes for the 14’ and 15’ types.
How to keep it clean?
If you have trees close to the trampoline, you’re going to have to deal with cleaning leaves from it occasionally. It does come with a rain cover that also keeps debris off the jumping mat itself. However, the rain cover has only one small hole in the center, and that hole can easily become clogged. In one review, a user says he cut some extra holes in the rain cover for better drainage.
If you do just need to clean off leaves or debris, using a broom works just fine.
What are the spring sizes?
The springs on the 12, 14 and 15 ft models are all 7” long. A tool is included to install them.
Can I get a basketball hoop?
Yes, you can install a basketball hoop made for trampolines on any size Zupapa.
How heavy are the boxes?
Without a doubt, the boxes the Zupapa comes in are heavy. Here are the exact weights and dimensions for the different sizes:
- 15 ft: 3 boxes of 64.9 lbs., 68.2 lbs. and 77 lbs. OR 4 boxes of 64.9 lbs., 63.8 lbs., 76.1 lbs. and 6.4 lbs.
- 14 ft: 4 boxes of 61 lbs., 61.4 lbs., 71.7 lbs. and 6.4 lbs.
- 12 ft: 3 boxes of 61.6 lbs., 61.6 lbs., and 53 lbs.
Can it go in the ground?
While the Zupapa isn’t intended for in-ground use, it’s not entirely out of the question. What you can do is dig a hole deep enough to accommodate the legs, and it should work. Also keep in mind that the trampoline mat will go down in the middle when jumped on, so make sure you don’t leave a pile of dirt directly underneath it or it won’t work so well.
Ground not level?
It is extremely important that you only place the trampoline on level ground. If you build up one side with blocks or something else to prop it up, the frame can move when jumping and cause injury. So, if you’re ground isn’t level, make sure you take care of that prior to bothering with putting the unit together.
Do I need stakes?
Stakes do not come with this product. It’s actually very solid and heavy so they really aren’t needed. However, if you live in a place where it is very gusty and windy, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick some up to secure the frame more thoroughly to the ground.
You may also want to check with your insurance company, as some of them require your outdoor trampoline to be staked.
What are the age limits?
The manufacturer recommends this product for children more than 10 years old and adults. Really, kids of any age can jump on it, but it’s good if the younger ones have more supervision. Keep in mind the weight capacities when piling people (kids and adults) into the enclosure though.
What size is best?
People often ask which size they should buy. One concern when figuring this out is the amount of space you have. You’ll of course want room for the trampoline itself but also an area round it for watchers, supervision or those waiting their turn. Really, bigger is better in this case. The more room you have to move around and play, the more fun the kids and you will have.
Is it slippery?
If you have a swimming pool, you may be concerned about those who get wet then want to go jumping. Is the surface slippery when wet? In user reviews from parents who have both a swimming pool and Zupapa, they say it is not. One review from a man with preteen kids says they go out of the pool and jump on it all the time with no problems. Another review from a woman with teenagers says she has them dry off a bit before jumping just in case. Every way to avoid injury is a good one.
Can it be moved?
The best way to use this product is to assemble it where you plan to keep it. While you can move it after its put together, it’s going to be very heavy and cumbersome to do so. If the ground is flat and smooth where you’re going to relocate it, it will be much easier to do.
Easy to break down?
In user reviews, it’s said that it’s very easy to take the trampoline apart (all the sizes) for storage or moving. In fact, reviews say it takes about an hour to set it up and even less time for disassembly.
Zupapa vs JumpSport?
When comparing the features of these two popular brands, JumpSport has a lesser weight capacity than the Zupapa. The Zupapa line also seems to have a heavier frame, and the price is the same or less. This is one reason it gets so many stars in user reviews.
Using rain cover with net?
Some people have asked if you have to take the net down to use the rain cover. You do not. Disassembling the net structure every time would a real pain. Instead, you can put the rain cover over the top and just attach it to the bars so it will stay put if it’s windy outside.
Will the springs pinch?
Some trampolines have a tendency to have pinchy springs where a small hand or finger can get hurt. With this one, the cover pad goes completely over the springs so they aren’t exposed, making it safer than some others on the market today.
Are games provided?
Many manufacturers offer games like basketball hoops that are compatible with their products. This one does not. However, most basketball hoops and other games made for trampolines should fit. Just check the specifications prior to ordering or purchasing.
Does it hold up?
Over time, anything will decay if you don’t take proper care of it. If you live in a very harsh climate, for instance, the parts probably won’t last as long as they would in a more temperate area if the setup is left outside. That said, reviews from people who live in Texas with all the sun and storms say theirs has held up well for a couple of years, and one review from a woman who leaves it out all winter says the edges of the net where it wraps round the poles is starting to fray a little bit after a few years.
One way to make it last longer is to bring it inside during the winter months, especially if you get a lot of snow and storms.
Can it be put on concrete?
If you’re putting this on a concrete deck or patio, there might be some concern about scratching. There are plastic pieces affixed to the base of the poles that prevent the poles from scratching any surface.
How high is it?
The jumping pad itself is about 2.5-3 feet off the ground when fully assembled. It does come with a ladder making it easy to get in and out of the enclosure.
Trampoline Safety Tips
While trampolining is an extremely fun sport and pastime for children and adults alike, just like any other physical activity – injuries can occur. However, by keeping just a few things in mind, you’ll be much more likely to keep your family safe and injury-free while still letting everyone have a good time.
- Make sure the springs are correctly installed and all bolts are tight. Springs create the proper tension between the jumping mat and the frame to give the best bounce while jumping on the trampoline. The Zupapa trampoline comes with a tool to install the springs (saves the fingers!), so make sure you use it to make sure they’re all attached properly. It’s also a good idea to take a look at the springs occasionally to see if any of them have come loose or are showing signs of wear. Also, make sure all the bolts and fittings are securely tightened when you put the unit together.
- Use the safety net enclosure. While it may be tempting and seem more freeing to not attach the net enclosure, it’s really a great idea for safety. The net prevents the jumpers from falling onto the outside frame or falling off the trampoline onto the ground. Having the net enclosure up and closed also makes getting up on it a little more difficult for the kids if you’re not around to supervise.
- Empty your pockets and remove jewelry prior to jumping. This is an easy one to forget, but if you fall onto something sharp in your pocket (like car keys or toys), you’ll remember right away next time that it’s a good idea.
- Use the ladder. Kids and adults both may be tempted to jump onto the ground off the trampoline without using the ladder. This can lead to falls and injuries. The Zupapa comes with a ladder, so make sure your family uses it when getting on and off the platform.
- Keep on level ground. Trampolines, unlike outdoor ping pong tables, don’t come with leg levelers. That’s because having the unit on uneven ground is a safety issue. The best thing to do is to level the ground prior to ever putting it together, or get this done right after you order it but before it arrives at your house. Once the ground is level, it’s also a good idea to lay down a layer of something with some cushion if you don’t have grass. Sand or mulch can work really well.
- Don’t put anything under the trampoline. While this empty space might be tempting to use for storage as it’s covered from the elements, it’s not a good idea to store anything under the unit. This is because when you jump on it, the mat dips quite a bit, and you don’t want a solid object under there where the impact might hurt.
- Keep plenty of space around the assembled trampoline. Keep at least a couple of feet on all sides of the unit for maximum safety. The last thing you want is a child falling on a spiky fence or bush if they happen to get carried away and fall.
- Keep the kids from jumping too high up. Children get really excited when jumping, especially at first. Since they’re so small and active, they can jump really high. The last thing you want is for them to jump really high and bounce out of the enclosure. Also, falling from a higher distance increases the chance of injury if they don’t land in the best way.
- Don’t do somersaults. While it might seem fun to flip over in the air and land on your feet, this actually takes quite a bit of practice to land properly. The last thing you want is to fall onto your neck or head. If you or your kids do want to try some fancier tricks, check out a trampoline class in your area to find out how to do them safely with less risk of injury.
- Clean the mat before use. If you forgot to put on the rain cover or the jumping mat is covered in leaves, you’ll want to get it cleaned off prior to letting anyone jump. Leaves are slippery, and you never know what other debris (sticks, twigs, etc.) might be hiding under them. For the best safety, it’s good to make sure you sweep off the mat before you let anyone in.
- Land in the center. It’s best if kids stay toward the center of the trampoline jumping mat. This reduces the chances of falling toward the enclosure or the frame, which is not only uncomfortable but can cause injury.
- Wear appropriate clothing. Like with any sport, you want to be comfortable and unencumbered. Avoid wearing clothing with anything hanging from it that can get caught like drawstrings or ties.
- Avoid too many people. While the 12, 14 and Zupapa 15 ft trampoline models all have high weight limits, the more jumpers in the enclosure at a time, the higher the risk of injury. As you know, both smaller kids and teenagers are tempted to roughhouse, and doing so while jumping on a springy mat can be dangerous. If you do have several kids in the enclosure at one time, make sure there’s at least one adult supervising to keep them from getting to rowdy and possibly getting hurt.
- Speaking of supervision, no matter who is on the trampoline, they should be supervised by at least one adult. Even if there’s one in the enclosure with the kids, it’s good to have someone outside who can see the bigger picture and give a heads-up to the jumpers if they see any dangers or dangerous behavior that could cause injury.