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Large Rainbow Play playground set ~”King Kong Super Castle” NEEDS WORK - $300 (Mechanicsburg)

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make / manufacturer: Rainbow Play

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For Sale: Large Rainbow Play playground set (~”King Kong Super Castle”) — NEEDS WORK = FIXER-UPPER.

For sale is a very large Rainbow Play systems playground set. But please note very carefully, it is an old system (~20 yrs old), and definitely needs to be fixed up, it is not in “ready to use” condition, hence the low price (systems like this are very expensive).

But, if you are handy (or can hire someone) and can fix it up, replace parts, etc., I think you have the bones for what is a very nice, large system that you can fix up and restore. Please read below for further details, especially regarding the condition and the work that it probably needs.

Our kids loved this system and made many memories on it when they were younger (they keep asking us not to sell this), but they’ve long outgrown this. It’s been sitting unused for a while now, so we are hoping that another family could use this

General specs and info:
This is a Rainbow Play system. Just type in rainbowplay dot com and you will find the manufacturer’s site. Their high end systems are really nice, but also very expensive (have I mentioned this already?).

Browsing their current “Playsets” line up now, I would say this seems most comparable to their line of:
Playsets —> “Castle Swing Sets” —> “King Kong Castles”

Specifically, I think it is fairly similar in terms of size, overall structure, and features to their current “King Kong SUPER Castle Pkg IV Crown Jewel (26F).” You can search among their sets to see other comparable models.

Of course, their systems are customizable (therefore, highly variable), and this unit for sale is not exactly that model (not to mention also ~20 yrs old and they may have updated their models since). But the overall size, layout, and features seem very similar to that one. Specifically, our set is/has:

Overall footprint:
~14.5’ wide (measured at base of A-frame) x ~28.5’ long (measured ground footprint from A-frame base to end of slide — but there is also a ~3’ overhang that extends beyond the A-frame to hold a rope swing feature, so ~31.5’ long overall). Height is ~9.5’ to top of swing beam, and another ~3’8” from top of swing beam to top of tarp cross bar above the main club house.

Features:
-Main club house w/ tarp cover (NOTE: main tarp is NOT shown installed in pic, but shown separately on the ground, it goes over the main club house area, over the top cross bar in the middle and secured to the side cross bars on either side with built in snaps. It’s much bigger than the penthouse tarp you see in the pic.)
-Second “penthouse”, also covered with tarp (this is the tarp shown in the pics), and w/ a half-dome window at the end
-Tarps: Both the main clubhouse and the “penthouse” have covered tarps (NOTE: only the penthouse tarp is shown installed in the pic — we have the tarp for the main clubhouse, it’s just not installed in the pic, but it’s shown separately in a different pic. Both tarps are relatively newer and in very good condition because I purchased OEM replacements to replace the originals)
-Swing beam w/ room for 3 swing-like attachments.
Pictured are 2 swings and a hammock-like accessory we replaced one of the swings with. (I forget what this was called, like a “Captain’s” or “Pirate’s” ship or something like that, but it’s basically like a swinging hammock or bed and was a favorite w/ our kids. They preferred it to the regular swings, multiple small kids could sit in it, or one person could lie down in it. Sadly, I just checked and this accessory is now discontinued, and the item they replaced it with (“Sky Curve Swing #131”) is not as nice IMO. So you are getting an original Rainbow Play accessory that you can’t even buy anymore!)
-Extension of the swing beam beyond the A-frame has a rope swing w/ plastic base (that you can stand on). We replaced the original red base (shown in separate pic) with a newer yellow one.
-Rock climbing wall (access to main clubhouse on one side — one of the “rocks” near the bottom broke off)
-Metal ladder climbing wall (access to main clubhouse on other side)
-Rope climbing ladder (next to metal ladder climbing wall). NOTE, IMO this ladder should just be replaced because some of the wooden rungs are falling apart and very brittle and look like they would break under weight
-Slide (yellow)
-Tire swing (under main clubhouse)
-Trapeze bar (under “penthouse”)
-Climbing ladder at end of the “penthouse” leading up to half-dome window (doesn’t give access into penthouse, just leads up to it)
-Flags: Main club house has 4 flags that go in the corners of the main horizontal structural arms. No function at all, but just makes the whole thing look fun and cool - like a castle! These are not shown installed, but are shown in separate pics (these were also purchased new (OEM) to replace the originals and but never installed, so are basically unused)
-Others: Main club house also has a tic-tac-toe feature, bell, and a red plastic ship-type steering wheel that all mount on the wall of the main clubhouse. The tic-tac-toe game is part of the wall, the green bell and steering wheel are not installed and shown separately
-Two additional swings, not installed, are also shown, so you can use those instead
-At one point I had printed out the assembly manual, but can’t find it at the moment. If I do, I can also include it, it was pretty long.
-At some point, I also replaced a lot of the screws and bolts because some seemed like they were rusting. I kept the originals as a future size reference in case I wanted to replace them again in the future. So a lot of the screws and bolts have been replaced, but I saved the originals.

General NOTE on PARTS and Showrooms: Rainbow Play systems are high end, customizable sets. If you want to replace any part, you should be able to purchase just about any OEM part directly from them, as long as those parts are not discontinued (like the hammock swing).

This is exactly what I did over the years. I have replaced or added new parts to our set from time to time, which is why you see some extra parts in the set. I always purchased parts and supplies (like the stain/sealer) directly from the original manufacturer, Rainbow Play.

They have many showrooms around the country/world, but the 2 closest are in King of Prussia and Columbia, MD (you can look up their info on their site, just do a showroom location search).

You can go see sets and parts at the showrooms, as well as purchase parts, accessories, and supplies directly from them. Some parts may be custom (like the tarps) and may take some lead time to manufacture. You can get probably any OEM replacement part you need, though they are not cheap. Hence, you should consider that you are buying the “bones” of a nice set here at a really steep discount, even given its current condition, but should also expect to invest some time and money to bring this back into really nice shape, including purchasing some replacement parts.

King of Prussia showroom @ 400 Feheley Drive (this is the one I used to go to for parts)
Their phone number and email can be found on the site, just do a showroom location search.

Condition: This is an old, used set and is not ready to use “as-is.” It needs work and to be fixed up, and IMO should have various parts replaced. I would consider that you are buying the bones of a very large, nice play system, but that you have to invest in some amount of repair and renovation in order to bring it to “play-ready” condition. So, if you are able to do that, or hire someone who can do this for you, then I think you could end up with a very nice playset for a lot less than what they likely cost now new. But you need to put work into this to bring it back to “play-ready” condition.

Even dissembling, moving, and re-assembling will take a bit of work and several people because it’s so large and some of the pieces extremely heavy.

-First of all, everything needs a good, thorough cleaning.

-Wood: The set is mainly made of wood, and it’s old and has been outside for many years. I think a lot of the wood pieces (especially the thinner ones) should be replaced. All of the wood is original to the set, and the set has been exposed to the elements and sun for years in various states of being sealed. The bigger/thicker wood pieces, the ones that make up the main structural elements, seem like they are ok, but the thinner pieces, especially the ones that were more exposed to the elements, seem weaker and have become more brittle/weaker over time. For ex, look at the “penthouse” tarp, it sags in the middle. I would replace that tarp top cross bar, as well as the top cross bar over the main club house. It looks OK in the pic, but once you put the weight of the tarp on it, it also sags. If I had more kids and were keeping this, I would replace all the thinner wood pieces and just keep the stronger “bones.”

- Tarps: The tarps are in very good functional condition, though they need a cleaning. This is because I replaced the original tarps at some point, and then our kids stopped using the play set shortly after. The main clubhouse tarp came undone one winter under high winds, so i took it off and stored it inside. The “penthouse” tarp has always remained on. So both of these are in pretty good condition and why they look newer than the rest of the set, because they are. I purchased these from the original manufacturer (Rainbow Play), so they are OEM products. These are custom made tarps and the cost of these replacement tarps alone was more than $300 even years ago.

- Rope ladder: I would replace this entire thing (~$125 OEM currently). Some of the wooden rungs, esp near the bottom, are in poor condition and would likely break under weight.

- Stain/Sealer: I would definitely apply a new coat of stain/sealer (after replacing some of the wood as noted above). The original stain/sealer from Rainbow Play is shown in a pic for reference. I always used that, though you don’t have to. I think I used ~3-4 gallons to do the entire set with one coat.

- Other accessories: I still have the original rope swing base (replaced by a new yellow one), steering wheel (that gets attached to the wall of the main clubhouse), and a green bell (this is a new replacement one I purchased and then never installed, so it’s basically new, although I seem to have lost the string w/ the ball that hangs inside the bell, it attaches to a bracket that is on the wall of the main clubhouse). I also have new flags and posts for the 4 corners of the main clubhouse.

Price: $300.

This reflects the condition and amount of work needed to renovate this unit and is a fraction of the cost of what a comparable system would go for new, which is a LOT more. So, for this cost, you are purchasing a fixer-upper that requires significant renovations.

However, note, just the 2 replacement tarps alone that I purchased not that long ago are worth more than $300 (even years ago, and surely more now). The replacement rope ladder alone is currently $125. So even in its current condition, $300 is a very good deal, the 2 replacement tarps alone are worth more. (As I mentioned, this is a high end system, expensive parts unfortunately go with the territory.) So you are basically getting the bones of the structure as a fixer upper for less that the cost of some of included, relatively unused parts. If you invest time and $ to repairing and replacing other parts, you can restore a really nice system.

Transport: This is for pick up only. No delivery.

Also note, this is a REALLY BIG set. Overall footprint dimensions given above (~31.5’ x ~14.5’ footprint). You will have to partly dissemble this to transport. And even then, all the parts are not going to fit into something like a pick up truck. You will have to either have something much larger, like a trailer, or make multiple trips.

And you will also need to have multiple (strong) people to dissemble and move this. A minimum 3 or even 4 individuals (I think we had 4 people help set this up). I don’t think 2 people will be enough to take this apart safely. Some of the parts are very big and heavy (like that main swing beam) and probably need at least 2 people to hold them while a third is undoing the connections.

I'm in the Mechanicsburg area and can meet locally. I can send additional pics if you like.

Email me or call me at the number provided in the "Reply" link.

Thanks,
Michael

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