Yes, its about 20 years old, but in great shape except the plastic support that extends from the center pole to each tripod leg has broken off and cannot be repaired. I'm looking for replacement parts or to know if at least the "head" is salvagable. I have seen that Coastar is no longer in business.
I have a coastar trypod VTR-65 one of the adjusters to tighten center poll from sliding down. The plastic cap you turn to tighten got broke.I need a replacement anyone know where I can get part for it? I didn't know coaster went out of bisness.
I hace a Coastar tripod that is missing the Quick Release but everything else is fine The head is about 1-3/4" square and only one side is beveled. Would you like my tripod or like to sell me your Quick Release head? I don't know a model number of the tripod but it says "Red Accent" on one of the legs. But I hate to throw out something that should still be usable. email@example.com
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-When you look at the center column you should see a small plastic 'nub' about 1/2" from the bottom.
-When raising the column in preparation to move to the horizontal position this must be depressed or it will not 'pass through' the top casting.
-Once this has occurred the column can be raised enough that it will then freely drop into the horizontal position.
I have this tent and have successfully put it up a few times. It's a big tent but it's frustrating to put up sometimes. Plan on having several people to help you. I find that it greatly helps if there are a total of 3-4 of you.
The poles are color coded. The center support are red rods. The two side supports are blue with the graphite looking rod that goes through the tent.
Spread the tent out on the ground and try to square it up and make it even. Run the center pole through the top and connect to the curved pieces which then connect to red dot poles on the side. Hoist the whole thing up. Have two people hold those poles for a while.
Get the bue poles into the black couplings and put the graphite looking rod through the tent. It will be a little tight. Hoist the blue poles into position. The bottom of the blue dot poles should be about two feet from the center. They extend outwards at about a 30 degree angle. Keep your center people holding the center poles and let the two blue dot pole section extend outwards. You'll start to see a tent shape. Your center holder people may need to keep and eye on the poles.
Now, start trying to get some stakes in. Work the corners. Once those are in and things start getting tight, it should start to hold on its own. Work all the stakes in and make adjustments to all the poles as necessary.
Extend the red dot poles up until the roof is at the proper height. I tend to do this last.
The fly basic basically clips on into holes on the blue dot poles.
It's kind of a pain to set up but its a big tent and works well once it is up. Good luck.
I took a ton of pictures after I got it up the first time. As I took it down, I shot the pictures. Then, I reverse the order and printed them to a book and now sort of use that as my manual.
I had an old Kenlock 3000 tripod with the same problem. What I did was take some good Scotch Packaging tape and just fold it over and over until it was the same height of the plastic pad that you mentioned. I then used scissors to cut the tape into the same size of the pad, and the placed it into the tripod. It works perfectly now.
I have the sollution, had the same problem with the broken compression nut. Just use two hose clamps, one to hold the pole extended and the other clamps around compression base. Its a cheap easy fix and it work great fo me. The Real Mr.Fixit
Usually the camcorder has a hole next to the mounting screwhole. The plastic nub fit into the unthreaded hole, the mounting screw screws into the threaded hole. The nub is to help prevent the camcorder from rotating while you are using it on the tripod.
Coastar has been out of business for at least 15 years, I do not know of anyone that has those parts since Coastar used shut down and went away. Unfortunately that tripod is no longer usable, unless you can find another with something else broken aned scavage the parts you need. Be careful to mathc the model numbers exactly as there were several different models starting with VTR-9... and they may not all be interchangeable.
Vivitar has been out of the tripod business for a few years now. They may no longer have the parts. You may be able to find another V900 and scavage the parts. Make sure the model numbers match exactly. The V900SE is a different year and does not share the same parts as the V900.