The 11th International Portafold & Ansfold Gathering (i.e. 2019)

Following the huge success of the 10th International Gathering we'll be at Retrofestival again. It's a massive show now and is popular with everyone.

It's held at the Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, West Berkshire, RG18 9QZ; on the weekend of the 9th, 10th & 11th of August 2019.

Don't book with the organisers, just contact me to get your pitch saved.

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The daftest of questions...

Post by bigbird » Mon, 27 Jul 2009, 1:44 pm

OK, I'm afraid that this is probably the daftest of questions, but to me it's the most urgent that needs an answer!

How do you stop spiders getting in the unit?

Unfortunately I have one heck of a phobia and going into every crevice with a hoover before we use it every day is just ridiculous! This is a major problem at the moment because every time we open her up they are all around the roof and now about the cushions... :shock: I'm wondering if there is some sort of rubber seal required around the roof. I don't have any seal on there at all at the moment! I am going to buy some spider killer spray to make a barrier (sorry to the Buddhists out there)

Thanks Guys n Girls.
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Post by Admin » Mon, 27 Jul 2009, 7:57 pm

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Daft question or not......

Post by txfsealord » Mon, 27 Jul 2009, 8:03 pm

Hi Jan, a very interesting point you've raised there.

Although our Annie's kept in a decently spider-infested garage, (sorry, I like 'em) I've never seen a spider inside it, anywhere!

I remember you said yours had some damp, one time; this is the only 'normal' problem we haven't had with ours, so perhaps it's damp that attracts them? We certainly get plenty of flies in ours, they were such a nuisance last time we used it we've bought a smelly anti-insect vapour dispenser. So it isn't that spiders come in after the flies, apparently.

There's not supposed to be any seal at roof level, as far as I know - I've never seen one, anyway.

I can only suggest joining us, as it were, in smelling of insect repellent, once you've dealt with the damp!

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Post by bigbird » Mon, 27 Jul 2009, 8:53 pm

Wow a Carcoon Matthew, nice idea! Unfortunately we're parked outside..lol it would look like the Martians had landed.

Steve, yes I see your point. Also, maybe they're getting in where the water is?! Looks like a Vapona is the way to go. She is parked outside, but not near vegetation so I really don't know what else to do. I think I may try a thin strip of draught excluder around the edge where contact is made with the main body, see if that helps, I don't get any in our canvas trailer tent?
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Post by Admin » Mon, 27 Jul 2009, 9:15 pm

Mine has an original strip of square sponge stuck along the top of the side walls. This makes a nice draught excluder when the sides are brought up into position. Forgot I had that until now...
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Post by bigbird » Mon, 27 Jul 2009, 9:19 pm

Oo that's interesting, so the draught excluder may work!
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Post by Admin » Mon, 27 Jul 2009, 9:21 pm

It might, but the sponge on mine is about an inch square...
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Post by bigbird » Mon, 27 Jul 2009, 9:22 pm

and it's stuck on the walls rather than around the roof edge?
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Post by Admin » Mon, 27 Jul 2009, 9:25 pm

Yep, and there's a small break in it where the gravelly fastener is in the middle, above the window. I'll try and get a picture tomorrow when it goes off for its hinge replacement work.
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Post by bigbird » Mon, 27 Jul 2009, 9:26 pm

Cheers me dear!!
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