Keep Your Tent Zippers Working

Zipper and sliderIt’s the nightmare of every camper: you’re climbing in for the night in a cloud of mosquitoes and just as you’re frantically trying to close up the tent the zippers on the door fail.

Visions flash before your eyes of a whole night plagued by blood-sucking insects.

Before you dive into your sleeping bag for cover, hiding away every inch of bare skin, try these tips. They were kindly explained to us by Petra from renowned tent maker Hilleberg.

Let’s start by explaining the terminology…

A zipper is generally thought of as the whole unit but for this exercise, consider the zipper as the parallel rows of metal, plastic, or nylon teeth. The zipper is locked together by a sliding metal tab known as a slider.

When your tent doors fail to close it is likely because the slider has been worn down by sand and dirt and can no longer close the teeth of the zipper. You can prevent this happening to a certain extent by cleaning your zippers regularly with a toothbrush to remove grit.

“On any longer trip it is crucial to brush the zippers clean every day, especially in high dirt conditions. When grit covers the coils, it can wear away at the softer metal of the slider body. The effect is that the slider no longer presses the teeth of the coil together and the slider can not close properly.” Petra, Hilleberg

First Aid for Zippers
When the damage has already been done, you can start by trying ‘first-aid’ for your zipper by gently squeezing the jaws of the sliders together a little bit to help them close the teeth better.

If that doesn’t work, the next step is to replace the sliders. Fear not. It’s an easy job, especially if you were wise enough to pick up some extra sliders in the right size before you left. For Hilleberg tents, you need 6mm YKK sliders. You should be able to find sliders in any large sewing store or write your tent manufacturer before you leave and ask them to send you a few spares.

To replace them, simply open up the seams at the bottom of the zipper and remove the small metal clips there. Take off the old sliders, slide on the new ones, squeeze back the little metal clips at the end and sew the little seam back up again. You may have to wiggle and pull quite a bit on the slider to get it on to the zipper but it does work. A pair of needlenose pliers is handy for putting the clasp back on.

If you’re not confident enough to do this – we found it an easy job and replaced three sliders in an hour – seek out a good tailor to do the work for you.

It is possible that the zippers themselves are worn out. You can tell if they have been damaged by grit by rubbing your fingers over them to see if they feel rough and uneven. In this ‘worst-case’ scenario you will need to replace the full zip but usually putting on new sliders does the trick.


  1. Bruno Riollet
    12th September 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    We were having this problem in Botswana and Namibia (lots of sand). Fixed the sliders as mentionned in the article and problem is solved.
    Very useful tip thus. Thanks.


  2. Dave Conroy - Tired of I.T!
    9th May 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Glad there is no advice in here to put a grease on the zippers. Sometime a long time ago some misinformation appeared recommending this be done on th teeth of the zipper. Surprise! This only attracts more dust and junk and causes a world of pain. Carrying a small nail brush is more than adequate to clean them on a regular basis, and before usage if you are packing your tent while wet and open/close the tent after it has dried letting the dirt and dust accumulate.

  3. Andreas B.
    7th June 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    If you have one of those electric toothbrushes, on which the brush-head is swapped every few months, like Oral B and the like;—simply take 1 or 2 old brush-heads along, exactly the right size and very light-weight. Cheers.

  4. supreme clothing
    13th July 2022 at 8:38 am #

    I must convey my appreciation for your generosity supporting people who require help on that question. Your personal dedication to passing the solution all through became unbelievably powerful and has without exception made men and women just like me to get to their endeavors. Your warm and helpful tips and hints denotes much to me and even further to my office colleagues. Thank you; from everyone of us.

  5. golden goose sneakers
    13th July 2022 at 8:39 am #

    I have to express my admiration for your kind-heartedness giving support to people who really need help on this particular idea. Your very own commitment to getting the message around appears to be particularly beneficial and have continuously enabled somebody just like me to attain their endeavors. Your new warm and friendly suggestions denotes this much to me and somewhat more to my mates. Many thanks; from each one of us.

  6. golden goose
    8th August 2022 at 8:31 pm #

    Thank you a lot for giving everyone an exceptionally wonderful opportunity to read in detail from here. It’s usually very great and also packed with amusement for me personally and my office peers to search your website nearly thrice in a week to find out the latest stuff you have. And definitely, I’m just always amazed with the amazing creative concepts served by you. Certain 4 facts in this article are definitely the most impressive we have had.

  7. cheap kyrie 7
    8th August 2022 at 8:32 pm #

    Thank you a lot for providing individuals with a very spectacular chance to read from here. It can be so great plus full of a great time for me and my office mates to search the blog not less than thrice in a week to see the fresh tips you have. Of course, I’m so actually contented concerning the unbelievable suggestions you serve. Certain 3 tips in this posting are surely the most efficient we have all had.

  8. cheap curry shoes
    27th August 2022 at 1:53 pm #

    Needed to create you one little remark just to say thanks yet again over the superb methods you’ve featured on this page. It is really strangely open-handed of people like you to convey extensively just what most people could have marketed for an electronic book to end up making some money for their own end, most notably seeing that you could have done it in case you considered necessary. Those ideas in addition acted like the great way to understand that other individuals have the same dreams really like my own to know a good deal more in terms of this condition. I am certain there are thousands of more fun instances ahead for individuals that scan your website.

  9. bape sneakers
    24th October 2022 at 11:02 am #

    I must convey my appreciation for your generosity giving support to those people that should have help with that question. Your real commitment to getting the solution along had been amazingly invaluable and have truly helped workers just like me to get to their endeavors. Your important help and advice means so much to me and extremely more to my colleagues. With thanks; from everyone of us.

  10. kobe sneakers
    26th October 2022 at 2:19 am #

    I simply wanted to thank you so much again. I do not know what I might have used without these pointers provided by you about such area. It absolutely was a very difficult issue in my circumstances, however , witnessing the professional manner you processed it took me to jump over contentment. Extremely happy for your advice and then hope you really know what a great job you were providing training people through the use of your blog. More than likely you’ve never encountered any of us.

  11. russell westbrook shoes
    26th October 2022 at 1:40 pm #

    I must point out my admiration for your generosity giving support to men who absolutely need guidance on this important field. Your real dedication to passing the solution up and down was especially informative and has helped others just like me to arrive at their ambitions. Your amazing helpful useful information signifies this much to me and somewhat more to my fellow workers. With thanks; from all of us.

  12. giannis shoes
    27th October 2022 at 2:18 am #

    I would like to show my respect for your kind-heartedness for visitors who actually need assistance with this concept. Your real commitment to getting the solution all around turned out to be definitely helpful and has truly encouraged people like me to achieve their pursuits. Your new interesting tutorial can mean this much a person like me and somewhat more to my mates. With thanks; from everyone of us.

  13. ggdb outlet
    31st October 2022 at 1:51 am #

    I wish to get across my love for your kind-heartedness giving support to those people that must have help with this important subject matter. Your special commitment to passing the message around came to be definitely insightful and have constantly encouraged individuals like me to arrive at their desired goals. Your new useful information signifies much to me and extremely more to my peers. Best wishes; from everyone of us.

  14. supreme clothing
    1st November 2022 at 1:12 am #

    I precisely wanted to thank you so much once more. I am not sure what I might have implemented in the absence of the type of strategies shown by you directly on such area of interest. Certainly was an absolute fearsome crisis in my opinion, but spending time with your specialised tactic you processed that made me to jump for delight. I am happy for this guidance and even trust you know what a powerful job your are providing educating the rest by way of a blog. Most probably you haven’t got to know all of us.

  15. supreme shirt
    3rd November 2022 at 2:07 am #

    I intended to send you that little note in order to say thanks again on the gorgeous solutions you’ve contributed here. It was really extremely generous with people like you giving openly all many of us could possibly have offered for an electronic book to make some profit for their own end, chiefly seeing that you might well have done it if you decided. The tricks likewise acted to become a fantastic way to know that other people have a similar eagerness just like my very own to know great deal more in terms of this issue. I think there are numerous more fun occasions in the future for people who look over your blog.

  16. pavers livermore
    13th November 2022 at 1:14 pm #

    I think this is a real great article. Awesome.

  17. goyard outlet
    16th November 2022 at 5:08 am #

    Thank you for all your valuable work on this site. My mother take interest in participating in investigation and it’s obvious why. Most of us learn all regarding the lively tactic you produce efficient guidelines by means of the web site and as well as strongly encourage participation from some others about this point so our own princess is without question understanding so much. Have fun with the rest of the new year. You’re the one performing a powerful job.

  18. yeezy 350
    20th November 2022 at 4:24 pm #

    Needed to put you a very little remark to thank you so much over again with the beautiful solutions you’ve discussed here. It was simply wonderfully generous with you in giving extensively what many of us would have marketed as an e-book to get some dough for their own end, precisely since you could have tried it in case you considered necessary. These strategies also acted to become a fantastic way to realize that most people have a similar dream just like my own to figure out many more with regards to this matter. I’m sure there are many more enjoyable sessions up front for individuals who looked over your website.

  19. curry 8
    22nd November 2022 at 4:18 am #

    I would like to convey my passion for your generosity in support of individuals who should have guidance on that topic. Your special commitment to passing the solution along appears to be unbelievably good and have truly empowered men and women much like me to realize their targets. This insightful recommendations signifies this much a person like me and much more to my fellow workers. Regards; from all of us.

  20. steph curry shoes
    24th November 2022 at 8:35 am #

    I simply wanted to thank you very much once again. I’m not certain what I would have gone through without the points discussed by you directly on this area of interest. It actually was a real troublesome crisis in my circumstances, nevertheless noticing the specialised style you handled that made me to leap over contentment. Now i’m grateful for this information and as well , pray you know what an amazing job your are putting in educating many others through the use of your website. Most likely you’ve never met any of us.

  21. bape
    24th November 2022 at 8:35 am #

    I intended to write you a bit of observation to give thanks as before with the breathtaking tricks you’ve discussed in this article. It is simply generous with people like you to supply unreservedly all a number of people would’ve offered as an e-book to generate some dough on their own, and in particular now that you could possibly have tried it if you ever decided. The basics additionally served to become easy way to fully grasp someone else have a similar eagerness the same as mine to know more and more concerning this problem. Certainly there are lots of more enjoyable occasions up front for individuals that find out your website.

  22. Roofers in Sugar Land, TX
    24th November 2022 at 11:40 am #

    Im obliged for the article. Keep writing.

  23. Hulda Bull
    29th November 2022 at 1:27 pm #

    order cefadroxil online panmycin tabletsorder minomycin

  24. index trading
    1st December 2022 at 1:22 am #

    It’s hard to come by knowledgeable people in this particular topic, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  25. world indices investing
    1st December 2022 at 7:28 am #

    essay writing rubric 6th grade short essays hypothesis help

  26. yeezy 700
    2nd December 2022 at 6:28 am #

    I simply needed to appreciate you yet again. I’m not certain what I would have achieved without the type of tips revealed by you over this theme. This has been a very depressing concern in my circumstances, but considering a new expert manner you handled it made me to weep with gladness. Extremely grateful for the information and in addition sincerely hope you really know what a great job you are getting into instructing some other people thru your site. I am certain you’ve never come across all of us.

  27. off white t shirt
    2nd December 2022 at 8:42 pm #

    I am commenting to let you understand what a brilliant discovery our daughter undergone viewing your blog. She learned many issues, which included what it is like to possess an awesome teaching mood to have men and women just understand selected tortuous subject matter. You really surpassed visitors’ desires. I appreciate you for imparting these practical, safe, explanatory not to mention unique guidance on the topic to Lizeth.

  28. Pocetna
    10th December 2022 at 8:08 am #

    is ivermectin over the counter ivermectina

  29. pulse oximeter readings chart
    19th December 2022 at 11:53 am #

    metoprolol dosis carvedilol cardioselective metoprolol xerostomia

  30. mp3juices
    30th December 2022 at 11:23 pm #

    This is a topic that’s close to my heart… Best wishes! Exactly where can I find the contact details for questions?

  31. money
    4th April 2023 at 12:29 pm #

    getting off omeprazole omeprazole side effects long term use

  32. lucky winner
    7th April 2023 at 1:33 am #

    natural ed medications ed treatment pills – new treatments for edotc ed pills

  33. Grow Slabs
    12th April 2023 at 1:28 am #

    Thanks a lot for the post. Awesome.

  34. live casinos
    18th April 2023 at 5:01 am #

    the long run and they ends up quitting Card can be found and

  35. Con lan
    22nd April 2023 at 3:12 pm #

    In contrast, Rolex’s scale is accurate and more durable.

  36. Queso de Cantabria
    24th April 2023 at 5:28 am #

    Thanks for any other great article. The place else could anybody get that type of info in such a perfect manner of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I’m on the look for such information.

  37. continuous learning
    27th April 2023 at 4:51 pm #

    Hello. Awesome! I’m really enjoy this. It will be great if you’ll read my first article on AP!) what sat pay for essay grading

  38. volvo vietnam
    28th April 2023 at 8:50 am #

    As a outcome, betting odds can be a canary in a coal mine, catching on to a surge by onecandidate ahead of some pundits even notice.

  39. Help I need relationship advice
    4th May 2023 at 6:12 pm #

    Recommended and endorsed by multiple celebrities

  40. plastic extrusion
    8th May 2023 at 1:54 am #

    Im obliged for the blog post.

  41. things out. I like what I see so i am just following you.

  42. roulette strategy
    13th May 2023 at 12:36 pm #

    non side effect ed pills – best pill for ed and pre meare jack ed pills don t work

  43. dashboard camera beste koop
    18th May 2023 at 12:40 am #

    peloton apartments rentberry scam ico 30m$ raised marquis apartments

  44. commission advance for real estate agents
    19th May 2023 at 10:05 am #

    chloroquine tablets chloroquine hydrochloride

  45. Eterna international
    27th May 2023 at 4:46 pm #

    I think this is a real great article. Fantastic.

  46. Jade O brien
    28th May 2023 at 7:13 pm #

    single chatting freebrinkley talks dating mellencamp

  47. Philippa Fowler
    10th June 2023 at 12:57 pm #

    plaquenil methotrexate plaquenil depression plaquenil side effects with alcohol how does plaquenil lower glucose levels

  48. CNC Milling Part
    11th June 2023 at 11:10 am #

    I cannot thank you enough for the blog.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  49. internet usage policy template
    15th June 2023 at 11:44 am #

    ivermectin purchase ivermectin for humans – ivermectin 3

  50. pujcovna party stanu jicin
    21st June 2023 at 12:16 pm #

    salesforce user experience designer 0c0a529

  51. Mildred Evans
    22nd June 2023 at 1:14 am #

    ed pills online generic ed pills – ed pills that really work

  52. remote access raspberry pi
    24th June 2023 at 10:55 am #

    Im obliged for the blog post. Want more.

  53. Cat san lap
    5th July 2023 at 7:14 pm #

    It’s a pity that I didn’t find your blog about 5 years ago, it would change a lot in my life.

  54. Philip Holland
    8th July 2023 at 5:27 am #

    A sum of up to 50 million won will have a 22 percent tax appliedto it.

  55. Melville Donaldson
    8th July 2023 at 11:14 pm #

    northend apartments dallas muirwood apartments lyrics separate ways worlds apart journey

  56. Julie Connolly
    9th July 2023 at 12:59 am #

    terrorist attack channelnewsasiakim jong un

  57. learn more
    10th July 2023 at 3:47 pm #

    The world’s most accessible and practised sport is running,though association football is the most popular spectator sport.

  58. Web Design Experts
    13th July 2023 at 6:36 am #

    Whatever you require to make your life simpler as well as much more fantastic is included in this one unbelievable plan!

  59. aTrungroi
    14th July 2023 at 8:27 am #

    Hi Jade, Clixsense has a lot of members that are from South Africa already! As long as you use a payment processor they approve ( Paypal for example ) you should be fine 🙂

  60. Object extraction software
    17th July 2023 at 6:02 am #

    incoming followers 100 turkish followers mashallahLoading…

  61. download hd wallpaper
    18th July 2023 at 9:45 am #

    This is a topic that’s close to my heart… Take care! Where can I find the contact details for questions?

  62. ghe massage chinh hang
    23rd July 2023 at 2:47 pm #

    Arb betting isn’t some totally one of a kind way to place funds on sport,nor is it an illegal activity.

  63. ghe giam doc
    23rd July 2023 at 5:20 pm #

    informatii interesante si utile postate pe blogul dumneavoastra. dar ca si o paranteza , ce parere aveti de inchiriere vile vacanta ?.

  64. Trending Info
    25th July 2023 at 10:22 am #

    the first who will explore Xbox one, and when you compare

  65. Ceramic Wall Tiles
    25th July 2023 at 10:06 pm #

    Thanks again for the blog post. Cool.

  66. tides in daytona beach shores
    9th August 2023 at 11:02 pm #

    why rx for pharmacy pharmacy technician programs online

  67. Miza Loki
    12th August 2023 at 3:42 am #

    Cherished is likely to be what people say about your comments.

  68. Corin Aren
    12th August 2023 at 12:08 pm #

    I really believe you will do well in the future I appreciate everything you have added to my knowledge base.

  69. Air duct cleaning services in Victorville
    12th August 2023 at 5:14 pm #

    Our family had similar issues, thanks.

  70. A.I.
    14th August 2023 at 7:04 pm #

    Whoa loads of superb advice!how to write a diagnostic essay thesis writing custom thesis writing

  71. A.I.
    15th August 2023 at 7:06 am #

    Zee 5 is barely the most effective on-demand from customers movie stages, which helpsyou to enjoy all of your favorite content byusing cellular.Free Account – New Free Accounts And Passwordsfree accounts

  72. strippers in nashville
    15th August 2023 at 8:43 am #

    A colleague in the field told me to check out your website.

  73. order strippers
    15th August 2023 at 10:43 am #

    It’s clear you’re passionate about the issues.

  74. Java Burn
    17th August 2023 at 2:12 pm #

    I really believe you will do well in the future I appreciate everything you have added to my knowledge base.

  75. electric rea
    18th August 2023 at 8:11 am #

    Thanks so much for the blog.Much thanks again. Great.

  76. Quentin Humphreys
    21st August 2023 at 5:14 pm #

    seroquel xr doses quetiapine fumarate side effects

  77. best psychologist
    21st August 2023 at 8:27 pm #

    Its just like you read my thoughts! It’s like reading about my family.

  78. van diepen van der kroef
    22nd August 2023 at 11:27 pm #

    I concur with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your future updates. The usefulness and significance is overwhelming and has been invaluable to me!

  79. Developing a framework is important.

  80. mp3 juice
    24th August 2023 at 8:06 pm #

    This has to be one of my favorite posts! And on top of thats its also very helpful topic for newbies. thank a lot for the information!

  81. steve gibbs penticton
    25th August 2023 at 2:17 pm #

    ivermectin tablets walmart ivermectin online ivermectin use in humans

  82. Beatles
    28th August 2023 at 6:57 am #

    Your style is really unique in comparison to other folks I have

  83. Dor123
    30th August 2023 at 5:01 pm #

    Thanks, Very good information. college essay requirements do my homework mba dissertation help

  84. plant based diet meal plan
    6th September 2023 at 6:45 pm #

    Just a quick note to express my appreciation. Take care

  85. Candyce Creed
    11th September 2023 at 5:41 am #

    Your life will never be the same after this!

  86. 皮秒
    15th September 2023 at 5:18 pm #

    You ma’am have a way with words. Thank you very much!

Leave a comment