The 9th International Portafold & Ansfold Gathering (i.e. 2017)

Following the huge success of the 8th 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 11th, 12th & 13th of August 2017.

If you're on Facebook, you can sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/357390934598937/

Awnings?

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Awnings?

Post by fibreglasshero » Wed, 27 May 2009, 3:37 pm

Hi
Can anyone give me some advice as to which awnings would fit our Portafold, as from what I can see of the current range available, only the camper/motorhome free standing/driveaway type would be suitable for fitting to the rear of our van, as all of the standard awnings are manufactured in widths which are too wide, and our 18 year old son doesn't particularly want to share the sleeping quarters inside with us, & would prefer to sleep outside. (cant think why!)
Any advice would be very well received.
Thanks
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Post by Admin » Thu, 28 May 2009, 7:10 pm

Check out these posts for more info on awnings:

viewtopic.php?t=35

viewtopic.php?t=51

viewtopic.php?t=14
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Post by fibreglasshero » Fri, 29 May 2009, 1:15 pm

Cheers Matthew,
Thanks for the links, all of which were very handy.
Plenty of food for thought here. We recently went to a local outlet, and the Blenheim awning by the Royal company seems to be a good match. Also, the Sunnflair Aspect may fit with a bit of jiggling. Both retail for around £150, so at least it won't break the bank!
I'll let you know how we get on with our quest for extra room.
Thanks
Rob
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Post by hattytheherald » Sun, 31 May 2009, 9:41 pm

Hi
We're also after getting hold of an awning. We have a very smelly awning and try as we might we cannot work out how the poles go! Noticed too on the earlier post about there being a possible awning that we may be able to use as a template. Does anyone know if it is still available? My hubby is suggesting taking it to a fairly local company that makes awnings to see if they can make one and this would be much better if we had a template. Is anyone interested in this? If there was enough interest then may be we could get a company to make some.

Any thoughts?

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Post by txfsealord » Mon, 01 Jun 2009, 7:41 pm

Hi Vanessa,

We had intended having a purpose-made awning for our Ansfold made by NR Awnings, late last year. Unfortunately, my wife was ill for some months & we had to cancel due to lack of funds, but she's better now.

So, we might well be interested in a joint-effort, if that's what you have in mind. The Portafold/Ansfold configuration, with the awning on the back & a long way away from the wheels, seems to be somewhat of a challenge to modern tent-makers because of the large amount of rise-&-fall which has to be accommodated in the design. They seem to feel the rather primitive arrangements of the original would represent bad advertising for them when viewed by other potential customers, I think!

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Post by Ian » Tue, 02 Jun 2009, 11:34 am

I too have inherited a bundle of tubes and a rather smelly rear-mounted awning, so I had been thinking along the lines of a motorhome porch but was thinking of putting it on a rail on the side. Am I right in thinking that the porches only use the top horizontal part of an awning rail? - sorry if this sounds a fairly obvious question but we do not really have caravans on the island and certainly no dealers/suppliers, so the opportunities to nose around them are somewhat limited, in fact hen's teeth are more common.

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Post by Admin » Tue, 02 Jun 2009, 1:18 pm

My awning, not that I use it much, fits in the two sections of awning rail on each side and in the section across the top over the door.

I have seen porch/sun blind type affairs which are a section of material with one side fixed into the rail over the door and two poles (with guy ropes) on the other end. This gives shelter from the sun (a little from the rain) and a far easier option than erecting a full awning.

Sun blind:
PortafoldSunBlind.jpg
Full awning:
PortafoldAwning.jpg
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Post by hattytheherald » Tue, 02 Jun 2009, 10:24 pm

Steve - would be really happy to go with a joint effort. Double the brains is always good. Are you going to Wroughton? Praps we can get together and have a chat about it.

Are the awnings different for the Portafold and the Ansfold? Anyone know this?

Ian - fancy coming to wroughton with your poles and smelly awning and seeing how long it takes before we can get both awnings up??? :lol: Anyone up for the challenge?

Matthew - thanks for the pics. Is the sun porch Alan and Wendy's by any chance? It's all their fault we have a portafold

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Post by Admin » Wed, 03 Jun 2009, 8:03 am

Yes, the sun blind is Alan and Wendy's. They're coming to Wroughton as well.

It's strange, I owe my Portafold fetish to a Herald driving owner up in Bridgwater...
Matthew
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Awnings at Wroughton

Post by txfsealord » Wed, 03 Jun 2009, 6:26 pm

Hi Vanessa,

Yes, we'll be at Wroughton, it'll be good to try & do something! I've been struggling with the Awnery Orning question for over 2 years now!

Steve

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