Sounds like a common problem, we broke ours too in the first year. I have been lashing it together for now, but will now look for some of these more permanent fixes. I really did want to have to buy new pieces.
HTT: "EscapeII" 2016 Shamrock 23WS (current)
PUP: "Escape" 2010 Rockwood HW 277 (gone)
TV: "Bruce" 2011 Dodge Durango V8 Hemi Crew
Just us gals (me, Sis and our daughters)
Traveled 19520 miles and 209 nights in 7 years and counting