Oztent fix

Submitted: Friday, Apr 08, 2016 at 14:50
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Hi all
I bought an Oztent in January this year , Just got back from using it for the second time yesterday and while packing it down i noticed a small tear about the length of my small fingernail on the canvas back wall ...gutted , I'm not sure if its been there the whole time or not , I kind of hope so as iv been very careful with this tent , It was a bit windy this trip but not That windy
anyway rang oztent today ... silly me should of kept a copy of my receipt
their getting back to me ,
Has anyone fixed one them self ? what glue did you use? did you stick the patch on the inside of the tent ? How long did it last and was it completely waterproof after that ?
would i be better off getting a pro to stitch a patch in ? Would the stitches be more inclined to leak than patch and glue ?
thanks all
Luke
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Reply By: Plexy M - Friday, Apr 08, 2016 at 16:07

Friday, Apr 08, 2016 at 16:07
Oztent got back to me on the correct glue to use .
No mention on a warranty claim on a 3 month old tent used twice yet tho
Maybe thats still to come :)
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Follow Up By: oz doc - Friday, Apr 08, 2016 at 16:12

Friday, Apr 08, 2016 at 16:12
Hi plexy, what glue were you advised to use? Is the Oz tent canvas or nylon? Just curious. Doc.
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Follow Up By: Plexy M - Friday, Apr 08, 2016 at 16:20

Friday, Apr 08, 2016 at 16:20
Hi doc
Selleys Craft Glue for the upper canvas repairs.
Selleys Kwik Grip used for the floor area repairs ( PVC ) i think it is ?
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Reply By: Notso - Friday, Apr 08, 2016 at 16:10

Friday, Apr 08, 2016 at 16:10
Is it at a stress point or just in the general fabric area? If it isn't at a stress point you'd have a bit of a problem getting a warranty claim up.
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Follow Up By: Plexy M - Friday, Apr 08, 2016 at 16:45

Friday, Apr 08, 2016 at 16:45
Im not sure if its at a stress point or not , I will put it up again in the next few days and have a better look
I would of thought if the fabric fails at only the second trip out it would be a warranty job anyway , If the boot falls off a new car its a warranty claim ? not a stress point either , :)
Not the same thing i know

But it also may of always been there , I only noticed it when i removed the fly to let the tent dry before packing it away , Its hard to see ... Well it was but now i know its there ........ Im glad i found it before it rained tho
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Follow Up By: lancie49 - Saturday, Apr 09, 2016 at 16:43

Saturday, Apr 09, 2016 at 16:43
When you set it up again how about taking a pic and posting it here.
That would give us all a much better idea of the sort of damage and possibly the cause and maybe some more repair options.

Lance
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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Friday, Apr 08, 2016 at 16:58

Friday, Apr 08, 2016 at 16:58
sounds a little bit to me like ," its someones elses fault "
you my thought mechpete
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Apr 09, 2016 at 08:42

Saturday, Apr 09, 2016 at 08:42
Hi Luke

I would not use any glue, but this product.

Tear Aid Repair

I have not personally used this product, but have heard very good reports about it.



Cheers


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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Saturday, Apr 09, 2016 at 09:02

Saturday, Apr 09, 2016 at 09:02
Great link

Looks like a handy bit of gear to carry


Thanks Stephen

Cheers


Gazz
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Follow Up By: Plexy M - Saturday, Apr 09, 2016 at 16:54

Saturday, Apr 09, 2016 at 16:54
Thanks Stephen,
I have some on order now along with some oztent patches
I was told to put the Oztent patch on the inside of the tent , So the Tear-Aid can still go on the outside if need be
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Follow Up By: Members Pa & Ma. - Sunday, Apr 10, 2016 at 15:27

Sunday, Apr 10, 2016 at 15:27
Hi Plexy,
You didn't say where you'd been.
We bought one of the earlier OzTents from the original maker and had no troubles.
We mostly used it for large Sand Dune Desert camping and the Canning.
After one of our trips into the Desert we found a few what we thought were little tears We blamed friction.
OzTent sent us everything to fix them, this would be 20yrs ago or thereabouts.

It turned out that it must've been at the last camp, believe it or not! we'd wrapped up a little black beetle & it died eating its way out by the looks of it, because that is right where we found it.In this little tear.

Yes, we've met others who've had the same happen since our little mongrel did our dammage, not just OzTent either.

Take care, Safe Travels. Ma.
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Reply By: Steve - Sunday, Apr 10, 2016 at 19:34

Sunday, Apr 10, 2016 at 19:34
You'd think if the tear is along a seam, it is more likely to be a weakness in the stitching, a manufacturing fault and pretty straightforward to fix, whereas, if it is in the middle of a panel, well, they don't just develop holes. Not impossible that it could have occurred beforehand but unlikely. I'd guess that's what they're trying to assess. Obviously a bit annoying but shouldn't be a major problem in the long term.
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Follow Up By: Plexy M - Sunday, Apr 10, 2016 at 22:05

Sunday, Apr 10, 2016 at 22:05
True , I was just a bit annoyed at the whole thing for a day or two .
Its still the best tent iv owned so far , Just waiting for the patches to turn up and it should be good again

it did well on some -2 mornings
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Reply By: Bravo Man - Sunday, Apr 10, 2016 at 22:54

Sunday, Apr 10, 2016 at 22:54
Hi Luke

If the tear is on the upper rear wall the same thing happened to my OZ tent and also a friends.

The tear could be caused by the hinge in the frame when the tent is folded up. Even when its in the carry bag if you drag it along the ground the hinge cuts into the canvas. I used to hang my tent in the garage but while I was hanging one end up the other end would drag along the ground. It also cut through the bag fabric as well. Might be worth checking the bag to see if there is a matching cut there.

My friend(a women) was told they are tough so she used to drag it all the time because she couldn't lift it.

Just a suggestion......Peter
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Follow Up By: Plexy M - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 07:20

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 07:20
Thanks for the suggestion Peter ,I will look into that one

How did the repair go for you ? no leaks
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Follow Up By: Bravo Man - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 15:34

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 15:34
The repair on mine was done at Amazon outdoors where I bought the tent. Unfortunately the guy who used to do all the repairs and warranty work is not there any more and I don't think they have replaced him. I needed a zipper replaced recently and when I rang them I was told the guy was gone and I would need to get it done some where else.

I originally had 2 tears in the top and one in the bottom of the rear wall, all around the area's of the frame hinge. The top ones were glued patched on outside of the canvas and the bottom one was like vulcanised onto the thick material which is down the bottom. Never had another problem and I made sure I didn't drag it any more.

I have had the tent about 8 years and the repairs where done in the first year.

Peter
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