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03/31/2020
Andrew V.
United States United States
High Quality, Easy to Assemble

The Gorilla Navigator is a high quality playset that was easy (but long) to put together. My playset arrived with no broken or missing parts, and I was happy at the attention to detail in the quality and fit & finish of the product, along with the assembly manual. My advice would be to read the manual carefully though, as there are a few parts of the process where you can screw things up if you try to move too quickly. It took me 18 hours to assemble the unit, and I am very proficient with this stuff. However, I did do it by myself and I had to re-do a couple things (like I said, read the manual carefully), so that added some time. I also bought the wood roof, which adds a lot of time to the assembly. If you do tackle this by yourself, you will need a 10-12 foot ladder to assist you in getting the swing beam attached. If you care about the quality of assembly, I would suggest doing it yourself. The entire time I was doing this, I kept thinking of all the corners that would probably be cut by someone that was just trying to get the job done. So, where do you need to be particularly careful when assembling? The very first step is the most critical. You have to put t-nuts into the main posts, and it is not that easy to decipher the correct position because there are holes everywhere that need to be in specific positions. Thankfully, I got this part right the first time. The two other tricky spots are assembling the wood roof and the monkey bars. Also, VERY IMPORTANT...pre-drill all lag bolt fastening points. The manual tells you what drill bit to use, but it also says it's not required. It is. If you don't properly pre-drill these holes, making sure to go deep enough, you WILL snap the bolt. Cedar is soft wood, so if you are feeling a lot of resistance and hearing excessive squeaking while tightening (some squeaking is normal), stop and drill the hole properly. The wood roof order of installation is very important. I didn't read closely here, and it would have added a lot more time (on top of the added time the roof adds anyway) if I wasn't fortunate enough to have a hydraulic lift on hand. The monkey bars are easy to do upside-down, and since they are the last step, trust me, after hours of assembly, you don't want to have to do this over like I did. My only gripe about the product is that it does not come sealed. This is a wood product that you have to seal annually for proper maintenance. The manual states that it needs to be sealed within 90 days of installation. If you have the patience, do this before you assemble it. I know it only makes it easier one time, but it's probably worth it. I thought the factory finish would have sealant and it does not. The first rain, there was no water beading at all. My guess is that the stain and/or wood treatment is not fully dry when they ship it out, therefore, it is not ready for sealant. All-in, a high-quality product at a reasonable price. My daughter absolutely loves it.

PC
12/28/2018
Patricia C.
The Navigator is Very Nice

The Navigator is very nice and my two boys are thrilled to have it.

JT
10/03/2018
Jason T.
It's a good playground for someone on a budget

t is a decent playground. Kids are enjoying it. It did take my wife and I 10 hrs to put together. Am lucky I had all the different tools it needed to be put together with. A couple of the boards came with cracks in them which is not what I would expect. There were missing screws for the pic nick table so we had to improvise on those. Instructions were ok to follow.�After everything, it's a good inexpensive playground. Would recommend it for someone on a budget.

KH
09/24/2018
Kris H.
Looks Beautiful

The Play Set not only looks beautiful, but its super sturdy and safe! The kids and I are very happy!


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