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Old 01-06-2009, 02:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, so here's the deal... dad and I were up at Granby and while I was setting up my clam2000 he was punching holes. I had moved my shelter closer to the holes he was punching while not paying attention. When he pulled the auger up, the water splashed on the shelter and froze the zipper. Once I got the shelter completely up, the zipper seperated in the rounded corner at the bottom and does that every time you set up and the fabric gets tight there.

I emailed Clam and they offered a new tent to the tune of $90 or so. Any ideas on what I can use to seal that zipper? I know sewing is obviously an option, but is there any type of glue or sealant you guys might recommend? It's got two doors, so the zipper on one side isn't worth replacing the whole deal. Any help is appreciated.
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Is your clam under warranty? I think they give you one year from date of purchase, but not 100% sure.

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Is your clam under warranty? I think they give you one year from date of purchase, but not 100% sure.

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Nah, I've had it for over the warranty time. Thats usually my luck. lol.
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I have a clam 2000 too bro, and had an issue with the zippers. Mine was under warranty though so they sent me the tent for free.

I'll see if I have my old tent still, maybe some of that material can come in handy for ya.

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Can you get the zipper to go back across the seperated section? My shelter has a funky zipper from being packed up for years and sometimes the zipper will seperate. I just bring the zipper back past the seperation point, the re-zip it carefully and it holds just fine. Might be worth a try but it sounds like it might just be broken.

You might try and call/find a seamstress that will put a new zipper on for you. Please let us know what you do, I'd like to get my zipper fixed up too even though it's functional as it is.
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It goes back across just fine, but eventually seperated with the tension from the tent. I've considered having a new zipper put in, but again... with the other door working fine, I just can't justify money spent on a new zipper unless it was really cheap. I'd rather just seal it.
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Ahh cool, I didn't realize you had two doors, that might be the quickest and cheapest option. I can't imagine a seamstress being very expensive, but I've never used one before so I really don't know.
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the zipper on my tent was separating at a tight spot on a curve. the teeth didn't seem to be aligning properly, so I pinched the mechanism ever so slightly with channel locks on each side. It has worked since, but I'm careful going through there and use bar soap to lube it every so often.

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My CLAM 2000 is a POS -- when I emailed them they pretty much told me "bummer sucks for you" -- it was 2 months out of warranty (last January)

My zipper seperates. The floor is totaled (cracked from end to end.)
zipper tabs snapped off in cold weather.
tent poles split.

The shelter has never been dropped or abused -- damn thing just fell apart.
I am going to get an eskimo next winter
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I've read a few things on the net about floors cracking and what-not. I've never had these issues and aside from being a little smaller than i would like after purchase, it's been a champ until the zipper deal.
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