Bounce houses, aka inflatable jumper, moonwalks, moon bouncers or space jumps, etc. are temporary inflatable portable structures or buildings and similar items, which are used for recreational purposes mainly for children.
There are two commonly known types of inflatable businesses: inflatable rentals and indoor/outdoor playgrounds.
A. To start a bounce house rental business you may need a registered business license; some states (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, etc.) have certain requirements pertaining to fire redundancy, meeting NFPA standards, etc. Depending on your budget, you may start with one or more bounce houses, combos or inflatable slides, etc. We recommend starting the business with at least three pieces of bouncers. It will ensure proper positioning of your business and will increase the public awareness towards your business. You may choose to deliver the bounce houses to or collect from the customers, in that case you will need a transportation means, typically a van or a truck. Also, your money investment will be directed for purchasing gas and paying for labor. The main advantage of rental business versus the playground type of operations is that the rentals are easy to conduct and do not require significant efforts.
B. For an indoor/outdoor playground you may also need a registered business license and the same requirement may be imposed by some states (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, etc.). The main advantage of indoor inflatable playground is that it is possible to operate it all year long, since no weather condition will trigger an effect on the regular flow of the business. The greatest downside is that the playground business is associated with substantial overhead costs, i.e. paying facility rent, insurance, utilities, etc.
For the past few years the main source of searching for moonwalks and bounce houses has been and still remains the Internet. Use different search engines, search for key words such as "bouncer", "bounce house", "moonwalk", "inflatable bouncer", "water slides" etc.
Since its inception in the 1960's, the inflatables industry has become a constantly growing business sector. Presently, it is hard to imagine any birthday party or community event without big jumper or slides. Primarily being used for commercial rental purposes, in recent years inflatable jumpers have increasingly been used by households in their backyards for arranging their leisure. After their thrilling experience with those colorful huge moonwalks, some of families end up owning their personal bounce houses. Although enjoying a great popularity of the population throughout the United States, the demand towards the inflatable structures fluctuates depending on the diverse climate pattern of the country. The hot weather of the southern states, such as Florida, Georgia, Texas, etc. allows enjoying inflatable jumpers outdoors throughout most of the year. As the industry evolved, an alternative type of indoor playgrounds emerged all across the country, making the exciting joy of riding huge bounce houses accessible both to kids and adults at any time for all kinds of occasions.
Whenever searching for a best commercial bounce house manufacturer, one needs to pay attention to the combination of quality/price, warranty coverage as well as other benefits offered by a company. Only being a jumper manufacturer, a company may have a flexibility to offer the best options covering all terms. Presently, the marked is flooded with numerous brand names, claiming they are of US origin. Most of the companies operating in the industry are distributors of inflatable products made in China. The number of domestic manufacturers is relatively small. While building your own business, you would want to bind yourself with an entrusted partner, who has been in the business for a long time and established itself as a trademark.
The business of inflatables rentals has been thriving for the past decade in the United States. Some of the probable reasons are that it is relatively easy to start up and the initial investment pays itself in a remarkably short period of time. Speaking of initial investment, it has already been mentioned, that a start-up capital may account for around $ 5,000 on average, which nowadays is quite a challenge to fund. To make this venture even more appealing to the entrepreneurs, our company has elaborated a robust financing program and offers a sharp solution to the financing problem. Although the in-house financing option is not offered, we facilitate the process of getting financial assistance from a number of financing companies and institutions. Simply contact any of the companies mentioned below, refer to the partnership with us and your financing application will be reviewed and processed in a matter of hours.
List of Bounce House Financing Companies
|Clear View Financial Inc.||Full Circle Finance Inc.||Strada Capital Corporation||Direct Capital Corporation|
912 Basin Street S.W.
Ephrata, WA 98823
Phone: (888) 423-7525 Ext 27
Kevin Van Wagner
11 Spokane St Suite 306
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Phone: (888) 223-2600 Ext 1121
Fax: (888) 223-3600
23046 Avenida De La Carlota
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone: (949) 789-8850 Ext 243
Fax: (949) 789-8855
155 Commerce Way
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (603) 766-9390
Fax: (603) 373-1860
The following is a general, short description of the process. Reffer to the owner's manual for details.
1. When selecting a site, make sure it is level and large enough for the device and tethers. Also make sure there are enough vertical clearance (at least 25’) and that there are no power lines in the vicinity. The ideal site is a firm grassed area.
2. If possible, try to face the slide away from direct sun so that the sliding surface does not get too hot.
3. Place a ground tarp on the selected site.
4. Align the slide, bouncer or any other inflatable unit, and unroll it on the tarp.
5. Attach upper tie ropes.
6. Lightly stake the lower attachment points using steel stakes, min 5/8" dim x 18" long.
7. Attach the blowers to the ducts and secure with the belt attached to the air tube.
8. Connect blowers to power source, check that the inflatable slide has been properly unfolded and switch on the blowers.
9. Adjust the slide by grabbing hold of the walls and stabilize as necessary.
10. Make sure blowers are stable on the ground and that the air ducts are not kinked.
11. Adjust base supports if necessary and drive into ground fully.
12. Drive in the upper restraint anchors, attach the upper ties and tension evenly.
13. Look at slide from a slight distance to ensure it is sitting square and that the tethers are equally tensioned.
14. Climb the slide and check that the sliding mat is properly attached and generally inspect the slide to make sure it is serviceable.
15. Erect signs and establish a no-walk zone around the blowers and upper tethers.
Regardless of what type of business operation you conduct with inflatables, you would want to ensure that the insurance part is covered. It will add to the level of comfort you feel, when offering your services to your customers. Not to mention, that certain public use of commercial bouncers in parks, resort areas explicitly stipulate the availability of insurance coverage on all inflatable structures. For more information about the rules and regulations you may refer to your city hall. As it was mentioned, the insurance requirements may vary from state to state depending on the type and size of an inflatable bouncer, the coverage, etc. Getting insurance for you moonwalk rental business has to do with finding an agent, who will offer you the right service for a convenient price.
List of Bounce House Insurance Providers
|Allied Specialty Insurance||Beckman Insurance Agency||Friedman Group, Inc.||InflatableInsurance.com|
10451 Gulf Boulevard
Treasure Island, FL 33706
Phone: (800) 237-3355
Fax: (727) 367-1407
2878 S. 171st Street
New Berlin, WI 53151
Phone: (800) 345-2881
Fax: (262) 797-9048
P.O. Box 759
Dubuque, IA 52004-0759
Phone: (563) 556-0272
Fax: (563) 556-4425
Neil Oliver Insurance
Phone: (770) 478-6548
Fax: (770) 477-7033
|Cossio Insurance Agency||Isner Insurance||Kaliff Insurance||Fun Pro|
107 Old Laurens Rd
Simpsonville, SC 29681
Phone: (864) 688-0121
Fax: (864) 688-0138
221 S Hamilton Rd.
Columbus, Oh 43213
Phone: (614) 236-8691
Fax: (614) 961-3408
1250 NE Loop 410 Suite 920
San Antonio, TX 78209
Fax: (210) 829-7636
P.O. Box 440549
Kennesaw, GA 30160
Phone: (678) 290-2100
Fax: (678) 290-2200
|Haas & Wilkerson||NSERA: National Sports Entertainment |
& Recreation Association
|Scottsdale Insurance||Evolution Insurance Brokers|
4300 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Fairway, KS 66205
Fax: (913) 432-6159
3620 Pelham Road #383
Greenville, SC 29615
Phone: (864) 297-9727
Fax: (864) 458-8371
8877 N. Gainey Center Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Fax: (480) 483-6752
Special Events Liability
For an indoor/outdoor playground you may need a registered business some states (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, etc.) have certain requirements pertaining to fire redundancy, meeting NFPA standards, etc. The main effort related to setting an indoor inflatable playground business is associated with finding a suitable indoor facility with proper dimension of both the perimeter and height. The main advantage of indoor playground is that it is possible to operate it all year long, since no weather condition will trigger an effect on the regular flow of the business. The greatest downside is that the playground business is associated with substantial overhead costs, i.e. paying facility rent, insurance, utilities, etc.
The rates of renting a bounce house fluctuate drastically depending on a complexity of the structure as well as the geographic location. The price range for regular 13x13 and 15x15 commercial bounce houses is $ 85 - $ 175. Jumper and slide combo units are typically rented within the price range of $ 150 - $ 350. The wet/dry slides, obstacle courses and interactive playgrounds can be rented staring from $ 300 - $ 900.
Usually, inflatable structures fall under one of the following categories: Bounce Houses, Inflatable slides/ water slides, Inflatable combos, Obstacle courses and interactive playgrounds. Each category has it's own price range as described below:
To repair holes and tears up to 12", use "Single Patch Method", as follows:
1. Cut an oval or round shape vinyl patch, approximately 2” larger than the cut;
2. Clean around the torn area;
3. Apply glue on the patch and around the torn area;
4. Let it dry for 3 minutes;
5. Place the patch covering the damaged area and press with your palm for 1 minute. In approximately 15 minutes, the glue should dry and the moonwalk will be ready to be inflated.
For larger tears, you can use the "Double Patch Method", as follows:
1. Put a patch inside the torn area by applying glue and pressing to the inside surface of the torn area;
2. After this is done, apply another patch to the outside surface of the torn area following the above-mentioned steps.
The bounce house can be easily cleaned with a cloth or light brush. Use a vinyl cleaner and rinse thoroughly to remove detergent before storing. Do not pack the bounce house away when wet. If this is unavoidable, lay the moon bounce out to dry at the earliest opportunity. The unit should be inspected regularly for damage. If there is evidence of tearing at the anchor points, the unit should not be used until repairs have been made.
This is greatly depends on type of bouncer and one needs to refer to the owner's manual for a complete procedure. The following is a short description of the process that is common to almost any commercial bounce house setup procedure. The bouncer should be set up directly on grass, soil or concrete surface. Do not stake down the unit until it is inflated. Attach the inflation tube around the exhaust opening of the motor blower by using the belt attached to the inflation tube. Cinch the belt tightly, being sure it has gripped the blower behind the raised portion of the exhaust, to assure the inflation tube is correctly and solidly attached. Cinch the unused air tube tightly to prevent air from escaping the jumper. Inflate the bounce house, making sure that all deflation vents are closed. The bouncer can be staked down after inflation. The stakes should be driven into firm ground. A grassed area will be sufficiently firm, but loose tilled soil will not be acceptable. Maximum wind speed for safe operation is 30 km/hr (20 mph).
Once the bounce house is deflated, one needs to ensure that as much air is drained from the bouncer as possible. Then spread the bounce house firmly on the grass, soil, or a concrete surface. Holding two adjacent corners of one of the sides of the inflatable, pull them uniformly towards the opposite side of the structure until you pass two-thirds of the surface of the bouncer. Make sure that you perform the operation with one of the sides adjacent to the zipper for faster deflation. Lay the inflatable jumper steel and do the same operation with the other side of the unit. After you do that, try to once again remove the remainders from the air from the bounce house. Start rolling the folded bounce house from the side opposite to the zipper for faster deflation, trying to keep it as tight as possible. Once you finish rolling, cinch the straps around the rolled bouncer.
Symptom: Blower does not run
Possible Cause: Bad power supply Corrective Action: Check cord and power outlet; Check if circuit breaker has tripped.
Symptom: Fan runs slow
Possible Cause: Broken/faulty power cord
Corrective Action: Replace cord
Possible Cause: Defective motor/switch
Corrective Action: Replace motor or switch
Possible Cause: Power cord too small
Corrective Action: Clean inlets
Symptom: Poor air flow
Possible Cause: Restriction on air inlets
Corrective Action: Clean inlets
Symptom: Fan blows circuit breaker
Possible Cause: Extension cord too long
Corrective Action: Max. Length of cord is 100 ft; move closer to power outlet
Symptom: Scraping noise in a blower
Possible Cause: Blowers require dedicated 20-amp circuit
Corrective Action: Find cleaner circuit or a different higher rated breaker
Possible Cause: Blower wheel out of balance
Corrective Action: Replace blower wheel
Yes. One may want to make sure the availability of enough space for setting up a bounce house and accessing the structure. Also, one needs to ensure the source of electricity to turn the blower on. Please keep in mind, that safety rules need to be followed at all times.
Normally the 13x13 commercial grade bouncer will have a hight of 15 feet. A standard deviation of 2 feet may be possible.
See the list of insurance companies enclosed.