Howdy Bruce @BRField!  Thanks for your question. We'd love to take a look at your tent in-person to get you a proper evaluation. I've seen some pretty dramatic "isues" be repaired over the years but it could also be a quality evaluation based on how old (or new) the tent is. Hopefully an REI store is close to you so we can give you a better response to your questions. Happy trails to ya!

In service,

Jason O

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