Repairing Eureka Tent Zippers
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Date: Mon, 25 Sep 1995 11:25:46 -0400
From: Bob Rosebrough <rosebro@GGPL.ARSUSDA.GOV>
Subject: Eureka Tents
I experienced a zipper jam on my Eureka Special Edition for the umpteenth time this weekend, but was
lucky in unjamming this time. For you who are using this tent, you know what I mean. The zipper
catches the storm flap that is supposed to prevent water invasion during storms and may be difficult to
fix, especially in a driving rain. The usual suggestion has been to hold the flap away from the zipper and
operate slowly and carefully.
I bought some Kenyon repair tape (this stuff with adhesive on one side) from REI. The stuff is sold in 3
x 18 inch lengths for $3.00. I then cut the tape lengthwise and used these sections to apply to the
underside of the storm flaps to reinforce them. Presto, looks like no more problems with jamming. The
flap is slightly thicker and does not appear to be as prone as previously to catching in the zipper.
ASM Troop 601
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 1995 19:11:05 -0400
From: "Bruce E. Cobern" <bec@PIPELINE.COM>
Subject: Plastic Zippers on Tents
On Sun, 3 Sep 1995 Tom Turba x6774 <turba@UNIRSVL.RSVL.UNISYS.COM> said:
>My guess is that there is something worn, broken, or caught in the metal part
>that joins the edges.
>Does anybody know if there is an easy way to fix this? And, what is the
>activity that causes this condition.
You are correct that when a zipper is "broken" especially on a Timberline or other Eureka tent it is
almost always the "zipper pull" and not the zipper. I have no idea what happens to the pull, but I have
never had to have the entire zipper replaced on any of my (3) Eureka tents, although I have often had to
have the pulls replaced.
I have them fixed a Campmor, a local large camping supply store. It takes about 5-10 minutes and they
charge me either $7.50 or $10 (I'm not sure what the current rate is.) They take the staple out of the
bottom of the zipp