Open letter to Ameristep

:huh: I've had mine for going on 5 years too, no replacements needed, no truble, nuttin............. ::ke::D
I've had one longer than that with no issues but the longest it's ever stayed up consecutively is 7 days. I don't think they're made for setting and forgetting. I've also had 6" of snow on mine multiple times and no issues with the poles.