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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2011
I researched fire trucks for a while before getting this one, reading and re-reading all the amazon reviews. I finally chose this because of the doors that opened. I really wanted to love it but I am a little disappointed. On the first day we had problems with the ladder crank. You naturally go to lift the ladder by hand, but it has a crank and that often gets stuck. It helps if you crank the opposite way a couple of times and then back the way you wanted. The ladder is quite difficult to extend and retract, even for an adult. This is also the case for the outriggers/stabilizers. On the plus side, the ladder is quite long and the hose shoots out water to about 7 feet! The hose can clip onto the ladder basket. The truck looks very realistic.
I bought some playmobile firefighters to go with it and they are a little small for it but good enough. There are two small storage areas for tools. The lights are great and the sound is not too loud- there are four buttons to trigger siren and lights, horn, engine and lights only.
My husband thinks it is worth the fifty dollars and my three year son liked it. He hasn't played with it as much as I thought he would. Overall happy but maybe would look at others such as Playmobil next time.