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Message posted by katya1978 on 07/1/2014 at 2:16pm
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Hi all, the door zip on both our 10 man and 4 man tent broke on our last camping expedition.

I've searched locally (and a little further afield) for a tent repairer but to no avail.

How does one go about getting them fixed, would it be better to go back to the manufacturer?

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Most repaiers will do a courier collection from you. I have used Brian Park Camping in the past and always received top quality service.

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Thanks birder99 - I'd seen them online but didn't think they'd be an option as they're not close. Will give them a shout.

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Hi katya1978 and welcome!

If possible can you provide more information on the nature of the fault..? Someone may have experience of this and provide a solution. Also can you provide a rough idea of your location in the UK as again someone may know of a relatively local repair company..?

If you can find a local repair company this maybe a relatively inexpensive repair but if you have to use a courier then it may prove expensive and uneconomical.

Hope you get sorted!


Couple of sugetsions for repair (as well as the one recomended by bidrder99)
Scottish Mountain Gear I used this company a few years back for a repair to an Outwell tent which was under warranty.

Canvas Repair Centre recommended and used by Mucker another UK Campsite Member

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As an indication (you may well find it cheaper) price list for repairs by Scottish Mountain gear here

Message posted by jayner on 07/1/2014 at 6:50pm
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Tent zips can be easily repaired using a Zlideon product. You can get them from tentspares.co.uk

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Before you spend loadsa money, if it is just the hasp which has pulled off the zip you can often repair them yourself. On some tents the metal clip at the bottom of the zip is just tucked into a tiny pouch and held with a couple of stitches. Just unpick the stitching and remove the zip end, refasten the hasp, then replace the zip and hold it in place with a couple of stitches.

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Depending that the zip isn't damaged you can just change the slider .
If you look on the back of the slider it usually gives you a number then you know the size of the zip.
If it has ? buy a short zip same size.
change the runner by carefully snipping the closed end of the zip gently ease the runner on and secure the same end with thread..
Hope this helps as I'm a tailor by trade and this is how I sometimes do repairs to bags ,and heavy duty wear ..

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If you do need a proper repair, I can personally recommend Canvas Repair Centre, in Burton on Trent

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As suggested by Jayner, depending on the fault Zlideon maybe suitable...?

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Another  for Zlideon, used them on my fishing bivvy, works as well as the original.



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I`ve used these people before when I fell over after a few too many and ripped my best tent. Can`t see the repair at all. They are near Bolton.
Martin.

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We have had our outwell repaired at a company called LSR in burnley who do all repairs for go outdoors and were fantastic if that helps at all.

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Quote: Originally posted by Big Ben on 08/1/2014
We have had our outwell repaired at a company called LSR in burnley who do all repairs for go outdoors and were fantastic if that helps at all.



Thanks Big Ben, link to website LSR (Lancashire Sports Repairs)

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Tent Repair list (so far)

Brian Park Camping
Chattisham Place
Chattisham
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP8 3QD     

Tel:     01473 652404/07736 384001
Fax:     01473 652842
Web: website not working..?


Canvas Repair Centre Ltd
121 Branston Road
Burton on Trent
Staffs,
DE14 3DD

Tel:: 01283 541721
Email: info at canvasrepaircentre.co.uk
Website: www.canvasrepaircentre.com/



LSR (Lancashire Sports Repairs Limited)
19 Athletic Street,
Burnley,
Lancashire.
BB10 4LP

Tel: 01282 439109
Fax: 01282 453377
Website www.lancashiresportsrepairs.co.uk


Scottish Mountain Gear
Unit 19 Fisherrow Industrial Estate
Newhailes Road
Musselburgh
East Lothian
EH21 6RU

Tel: 0131-653 1310/ 08453-30 31 40
Website: www.scottishmountaingear.com/repair-service


Tent Valeting Services LTD
2 Joseph Street
Off Egerton Street
Farnworth
Bolton
Lancashire
BL4 7LH

Tel: 01204 708131 --
Mobile: 07973 931379-
Fax: 01204 861892
Email graham at tentvaletingservices.co.uk
Website: www.tentvaletingservices.co.uk/

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I was going to add Tundra in Washington, Tyne & Wear but see they have shut last summer & Scottish Mountain Gear have taken over operations.
SMG do excellent work.

The Zlideon info is filed. Very useful!

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