How to Repair a Zipper on a Eureka Tent

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How to Repair a Zipper on a Eureka Tent
A tent zipper is an underappreciated feature, until it breaks. (zipper image by Radoslav Lazarov from Fotolia.com)

Having a zipper break on your tent is one of the most frustrating accidents to befall a camping trip, as the zippers on your tent are the only thing keeping the outside world and all its insects, animals and wind out of your safe haven. Quick and effective repair of the broken zippers on your Eureka tent can help to keep your camping trip enjoyable. The many different Eureka tent models come with a variety of zipper styles, sizes and frequency, but the repair methods for the different types do not vary greatly.

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Things you need

  • Eureka tent
  • Tent sealer
  • Tarp
  • Rope
  • Duct tape
  • Needle-nose pliers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Secure the tent against insects by fastening the rainfly if the damage is on the tent itself. If the rainfly zipper is damaged, close the door to the tent, and cover the tent with a tarp to make sure that no rain can enter the tent during the repair process.

  2. 2

    Tape the rip shut if there is a rip in the fabric along the zipper, making sure that the seam is evenly matched and that there is tape on only one side of the rip. Clean and dry the non-taped surface and apply a thin layer of seam sealer to the rip, covering the rip with an extra 1/2 inch of sealer on each side. Allow the seam to dry overnight and then remove the tape and apply sealant to the other side.

  3. 3

    Use the needle-nose pliers to adjust the zipper pull if there is a problem with the feeding of the zipper. The zipper feeder has probably been bent, and may be adjusted to the correct position using a needle-nose pliers on the various metal prongs of the zipper head. Use another zipper on the tent for a shaping guide.

  4. 4

    Adjust any bends in the teeth of the zipper with the pliers, if possible. If the teeth themselves are ripped or broken, or there is any other irreparable damage, close the tent as well as possible and apply duct tape to seal the area. Once the trip is over, bring the tent to a zipper repair shop and they should be able to fix the problem inexpensively.

Tips and warnings

  • Contact the tent manufacturer if you cannot fix the problem on your own. Some manufacturers will replace zippers or supply zipper repair kits for those that are broken during normal use, though you may have to pay to mail your tent to them if they do not have a nearby repair location. Contact the customer service centre for help, and don't hesitate to speak to the manager if necessary.
  • Always use tent sealer in a well-ventilated area to prevent the inhalation of toxic fumes, and never let the rainfly, tarp or other material touch the tent sealer when it is drying.

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