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First post on this forum, so bear with me!
I've just stumbled upon a Moss Stargazer at the local Salvation Army. Lucky me! It's got 1992 written on the warning stickers inside, and it's got the Camden, Maine logo on it. It cost me 5$, and it came with a Ridgerest!
I pitched it in the backyard, and the first thing that struck me was the beautiful design. I've been wanting to have a Moss tent for the better part of a decade - I remember seeing them pitched at the Mountain Equipment Co-op in the 90's when I was a teenager, and drooling over them.
The tent had a bad smell. I hesitate to say it, but it was a bit 'vomity' as my girlfriend put it. The fly and the floor were a bit sticky; it felt like the newer silnylon materials. None of the seams were sealed, but there wasn't any tape peeling off either.
With this said, there were no signs of mildew or mold, and nothing more than a bit of pine tar on the fly. There's not a stitch loose otherwise. It came with the original bags and pouches, and the Easton poles still had a good snap to them. It pitched very taut and true, with out too much tensioning.
Quite excited with the prospects of using it next spring, here in British Columbia.
What is the recommended course of action? Go the McNett Route - mirazyme, seam sealer, tent sure floor sealent, etc... ? Send it back to Camden? I don't want to do anything I'll regret, you see.
I've got a Kelty Vortex 2 that I can practice on. A nice old tent in it's own way, and it could use a bit of love.
The last question I've got - perhaps I should start a new thread? - is regarding the Moss Tentwings. I would love one of these, obviously, but the prices for them used is a bit silly. I've got a bit of experience making gear, and can use a sewing machine. Does anyone have the dimensions or specifications for these? And in what manner were they attached? I gather some sort of butterfly nut was used. I see the grommet it's supposed to attach to. It wouldn't be as pretty as the real thing, but I'd love to have a stab at it.
Thanks in advance for all you help,