Well, the excitement of buying a “new” swing set didn’t last too long and it was hard to get out of bed this morning knowing that this mess was waiting for me on my driveway.
I don’t think I got ripped off paying $150, but I am damn disappointed that I don’t have a swing set ready to put together for my kids. A 7-foot spiral slide alone costs over $500 at Lowe’s. The accessories are fine (except the rope swing rope) but there is such extensive rotting and insect damage that the majority of the wood is unusable. Bottom line – I would never buy a Rainbow Play Systems set new or used again! I think the redwood is inferior to most pressure treated wood. I’ve never seen damage like this before, and although the set I bought was 16 years old, I’ve been reading horror stories online all night and morning from people who’ve experienced problems with Rainbow play sets after only 2 years.
Rainbow claims they have the best warranty in the business. I knew I would not be covered because I was not the original owner, so that’s no surprise, but after reading this story, To Rehab a Redwood Swing Set, I would not be happy with the warranty even if I was the original owner. This story doesn’t tell you HOW MUCH you pay for shipping, but does tell you that he paid it. From reading elsewhere, you pay hundreds of $ for replacement wood shipping and that DOES NOT include installation.
Here are some specific problems lots of people seem to have with Rainbow sets:
My plan, as of right now, is to buy new pressure treated lumber for the deck (2″x6″) and deck joists (4″x6″). But I don’t plan on building the same “castle” style deck, where the supports extend out beyond the base. Instead I will make a tower and attach the ladder supports perpendicular to the base. I will lose the ability to hang the tire swing underneath, but I’m sure I can find another spot for it.
Another alternative I’m looking into is buying another swing set from Cole for $100 and using the tower from it. This set is in my development and I wouldn’t rent a trailer for it.
But alas, after checking it out this evening, I don’t think it’s worth $100. The lumber on it is damaged, the slide is cracked, the medal is rusting off, and the entire thing is leaning. I was scared to go on it. And I am not really happy with Cole because he thinks he’s going to strong arm me into buying it. As Smart Jr. says, “Doesn’t he know he’s not dealing with an idiot?” I guess not. Back to the drawing board for me!
Stay tuned, because this saga isn’t over for me yet. All those damn pieces are still sitting on my driveway. 🙁