Installation area should pre-surveyed and suitable for proper inflatable unit operation. For units requiring “staked” anchoring, the area should be marked before time of installation for underground utilities such as power, phone, cable tv, gas, etc.
- Check ground for a flat level surface clear of rocks, sticks, pine cones, or other sharp objects that may puncture the bottom of the inflatable.
- Check height clearance for trees, power lines, or other overhead obstructions.
- Place tarps underneath inflatable unit before unrolling (Never operate unit on hard or bare surface without such under-padding).
- Position unit to unroll in the direction you wish the inflatable to face.
- Unfold unit material, ensuring proper position for optimal operation.
- Attach blowers to “ports” (extended air hose/blower tube). Ports are generally located at the rear or sides of the inflatable and usually have a tether strap affixed for attaching to blowers or tying off to trap air.
- Tie off additional ports by folding and snugly fixing tether strap. Some inflatables allow you to tuck away additional ports.
- Close all Velcro/Zipper compartments which will be positioned horizontally along the base of the entry portal or slide exit. Taller units may have compartments located vertically above ports at the rear of unit.
- Attach heavy-duty electrical extension cord (minimum 14 gauge) from power source to blowers. (Designating one 20 amp fuse for each blower or one 110-volt outlet for each blower) Extension cords should not exceed 100 feet from power source. Note: Lower gauge number = higher capacity. Higher gauges numbers than 14 are not sufficient. Most household/garden extension cords are 16 gauge and can harm the blower, subsequently reducing the air source to the inflatable.
- Push blower power switch to “ON”. While the unit inflates, check for escaping air at vents or ports. The unit will not properly or fully inflate if escape vents are not properly closed. Note: The slight hiss of escaping air through seams is normal and intended. Constant airflow into unit has to vent in order to prevent the unit from over inflating. Check for heavy airflow escaping “unclosed” vents and ports or punctures. (Inflation times vary per unit. Most units inflate in 2 to 4 minutes.)
- Check to make sure intake port to blowers is not twisted or obstructed.
- Secure the unit with stakes provided at 4 corners though metal grommet affixed to the unit. Drive stakes at 45 degree angle AWAY from unit and half-way into ground, allowing for bouncing unit to move but not shift or tilt. Larger units require tie-outs to be staked as well. (For units anchored with weight/sand bags, place and tie off bags at proper stake locations)
You have successfully installed the inflatable unit! Now it’s time for a few “kicks and giggles!”