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I was going to set up my booth today to reshoot my booth photo.  I got the EZ Up set up but before I could stake it down, a wind gust caught it and blew it over.  One of the legs sort of bent over and I now see the frame is warped.  I'm not sure what to do.  Since the frame is aluminum, should I try to push it (or hammer it) back into place or should I see if it will close as is?  Now I'm worried about strength as I try to use it for this art fair season too.


Any advice anyone?




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Comment by Dave Hinde on April 5, 2011 at 12:49pm
EZ-Up sells replacement parts.  Unlike some of the other companies, it's put together with nuts and bolts, so parts can be replaced easily.  Not sure of the prices, but don't think they are too high.
Comment by Roxie Spell on April 5, 2011 at 12:58pm
They are high, 50 bucks for 2 struts, but 2 was 4. ?? true. I replaced another that looked worn by the bolt so check them upon delivery. Duct tape can help temporarily. One of the ones in my replacement box had the hole too close to one edge, so have them inspected there or when you receive them. I needed help to the hold the tent while I replaced it. Good to have extra...
Comment by Jillian Cori Lippert on April 5, 2011 at 1:21pm

Thanks for the advice.  I really wanted to get the tent down out of the wind, so I pulled the strut back in line.  I don't want to think about how that weakened the metal.  I was able to get the tent to close without problems.  Hmmm.  I just checked my purchase info.  I got it 5/10/09 & think I had a 2 yr warranty.  I think I'll contact EZ Up next.  They were great when I needed a replacement carry bag.

Comment by Robert Carriveau on April 5, 2011 at 3:17pm
 I had 2 EZ- ups damaged last year. I'm a wood worker so I milled replacements pcs. out of maple and they worked ok. I haven't had them out in the wind yet.
Comment by Bill and Jon Slade on April 5, 2011 at 4:29pm
 For $180 I would go buy another at Sam's ; just to have a spare //but first I would call to see about the warranty// they have sent me  FREE replacement parts even after the so-called warrenty date
Comment by Linda Rose on April 6, 2011 at 2:25am

We have bought our canopies on eBay and we love them!

The frame is steel. Heavy, and not as easily destructible as the EZups. Our canopy has survived windstorms that destroyed others all around us! We bought a 2nd canopy because the first one's canvas got dry-rot and tore. We had a sail maker fix it and he said that UV causes the canvas to weaken. The walls of the canopy are nylon, but the top is canvas. The eBay price includes shipping. The first time we bought one we got it for only about $10, but had to pay over $100 in shipping charges. The second time we were able to snag one for about $140 with shipping included. Have been happy with this particular vendor, but don't know about others on eBay. Their shipping was pretty fast.

Comment by Jillian Cori Lippert on April 6, 2011 at 7:00am

Thanks for the link Linda.  Does this tent go up as easy as the EZ Up?  Is there any warranty at all?  I do fairs by myself & have a bad back & bad knees, so I'm not sure about the 62# weight.

Comment by phillip hall on April 6, 2011 at 10:06am
With so many of these things going down maybe a shared parts source would make sense. An EZY up grave yard. Could be a tourist attraction like car henge.  Try posting in forum maybe someone will scavenge their wreckage for the right parts for you. If you do try to repair, make sure you measure because not all the supports and poles are the same length from tent to tent.
Comment by Roxie Spell on April 6, 2011 at 10:46am
You can tell the measurements for your particular tent on the site, I think it is genius Phillip. Recycle the parts. Keep it in mind fellow artists/craftsman.  Hope the folks have enough sense to save them, but most get pissed and toss them.
Comment by Brett Miley on April 6, 2011 at 10:53am
After having several trusses fail over time. I just bought the top of the line from ezup - Eclipse II aluminium (aircraft aluminium). I only bought the frame since I have the top and sides already (~$350 from I have used it for 3 shows now. It seems much stronger than the Sam's ones. It has mor head room than the other and goes taller. It is about the weight of the Sam's one. 


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