It’s not uncommon for a zipper to break. It may be due to wear and tear or simply because it was poorly made in the first place. Whatever the reason, you don’t have to buy a new tent just yet! Replacing a tent zipper with velcro is an excellent solution.
While camping season, weather can also take a toll on your tent, as you will be in and out of your tent often. This puts a lot of strain on the zippers which can wear down over time. Eventually, both individual teeth or an entire zipper may break or malfunction.
The main reason that zippers drive people crazy is that they zip up and down the tent as you go in and out to get inside; this causes stress over time, which may lead to broken zippers or simply lost teeth on the zipper.
This article will take you through the steps for how to replace your broken tent zipper and give some information on why it’s worth replacing it, rather than throwing out your whole tent! and what steps need to be taken in order for it to work properly.
Why it’s Worth Replacing tent Zip
There are many reasons that why you need to fix the tent zipper, such as the zipper will no longer zip up and down. The teeth in the tent are worn out or misshaped.
Tent zippers can be a pain to deal with, but they’re crucial for getting into your shelter without struggling.
Replacing them instead of discarding your whole tent is worth it – especially if you’ve invested in quality equipment!
How to replace a broken tent zipper
A broken zipper is one of the most common reasons to replace a tent. Whether it’s because it wore the teeth out or misshapen, you don’t have any way of zipping up your tent and need some privacy, or the zipper has just completely stopped working, there will come that time when replacing it becomes necessary. Here’s how:
How to Replace tent zipper with new Zip
- Remove old zip from inside by pulling off fabric from both sides
- Replace with new zip on outside (most tents) – cut top and bottom of old ZIP’s stitching to release
- Stitch in place using needle and thread–around three inches should be enough for each end. Remember to stitch through all layers! Sewing machine can also be used but careful not to overheat.
- Reattach fabric on outside by sewing through top and bottom of new zip’s stitching
- Zip up the tent from inside. This is important because you can’t see what you are doing!
- Repeat on the other side.
How to Replace tent zipper with Velcro
- The first thing you need to do is find a replacement zipper
- You’ll want to make sure that the replacement zipper matches your tent’s width
- Next, cut the old zipper off of your tent with scissors
- Start by sewing Velcro onto one side of the opening in your tent
- Sew on three pieces of Velcro (one at each end and one in the middle) along both sides of the opening
- Now sew two more pieces of vehicle on top for reinforcement
- Smooth out any air bubbles in between fabric so they don’t get caught up in the new zipper
- Enjoy your newly upgraded tent!
Here are some tips to consider when replacing a tent zip
When deciding whether you should replace a zipper, don’t forget about how often it is used.
If it has been zipped and unzipped many times over time, then yes – chances are that the old one will need to be replaced, ultimately!
The same goes for tents–if they have had lots of use after being set up multiple nights in quick succession – expect your zip to wear out at some point too!
If you have any problems with this process, please don’t hesitate to ask! We are happy to help.
We hope that this guide on how to replace a tent zip is helpful and we can get your problem solved as quickly as possible.
Remember: accidents happen – it’s good for you (and us) if you know how to fix them!