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I have a Mountain Hardwear Skyview 1.5 (http://www.trailspace.com/search/?q=skyview+1.5&cx=partner-pub-0371674458961916%3Atv23gf-hn6j&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=UTF-8#1200) that I bought in 2000, so it's 10 years old. It sat mostly idle for several of those years due to personal circumstances. It's gotten moderate use over the past several years including a few several-night backpacking trips and a number of car camping trips. Now due to its 8lb packed weight, it's relegated to car camping.
I used it this weekend and both of the two door screen zippers broke. Also the zipper on one of the panels that covers the doors showed signs that it will break soon.
It's been a good tent for me, surviving everything from high wind (in a couple of late season storms in the Sierra) to hot sun (eastern Sierra etc). And it's versatile, with lots of mesh for good weather, and all of the screens have closable panels to block cold wind. But frankly it doesn't seem like it's gotten enough use to warrant such breakage.
Still I don't think it's reasonable to contact the vendor for support after 11 years. I'm contemplating whether to replace the tent or have the zippers replaced.
So my question to you all is ... what kind of experience have you had with tent zipper replacement? What kind of place did you take it to for the repair? How much did it cost?
OK, that's several questions :) but I'm interested in your experience with such things to factor into my decision.
Thanks in advance!