The 10th International Portafold & Ansfold Gathering (i.e. 2018)

Following the huge success of the 9th 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 10th, 11th & 12th of August 2018.

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

Which cushion configuration?

Any questions about maintenance or the restoration of your Portafold or Ansfold.
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Which cushion configuration?

Post by knottyknitter » Tue, 22 Jul 2008, 11:17 pm

I'm currently pricing up cushion foam as my Ansfold was totally empty when I got her. I am a bit :shock: at the price (almost more than I paid for the Ansfold herself!)

I am dithering over which sizes to go for. The original configuration of large cushions plus smaller ones looks a bit fiddly but is cheaper. Is it useful to have all those small cushions? My idea is to have 4 large long cushions to make 2 bench seats which convert to a really large double bed plus a single across the top.

What do you all have?

My other budget option is to use the inflatable mattresses that I already have as a temporary fix for the next few weeks - does anyone do this or is it terribly uncomfortable.

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Post by Admin » Wed, 23 Jul 2008, 2:43 am

I have to say I've stuck to the original cushion configuration of two long mattress cushions and six 'square' cushions. I find the square cushions are useful to have as the seat cushions because they can be lifted individually when you need access to particular lockers. If you only have the long mattress cushions it'll make it very awkward to get something from storage. Especially if you have people sitting in there with you.

Also, when folding down you'll have know where to put the extra mattress cushions if you have a sink or spare wheel like I do. You can stash one square cushion each into the side pods and the floor (if empty) will take 9 square cushions or 3 mattress cushions.

It all comes down to whether you want a sink/drainer unit across the back of the Portafold, and if so, this has to be stored somewhere at fold-down time. And, as mentioned above, the easier access to your lockers.
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Post by knottyknitter » Wed, 23 Jul 2008, 3:34 pm

Good point about accessing the storage areas - I hadn't thought of that. Perhaps the original combination would be good.

Also what depth of cushion - I was guessing 5" thick. Anyone know what the originals were?

Thanks :D

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Post by Admin » Wed, 23 Jul 2008, 4:21 pm

They should be 3" thick, if you went any thicker you won't be able to tuck them into the walls when you fold down. Mine are already quite a tight fit. 4" was offered as a luxury option though.

According to the brochures (http://www.portafold.co.uk/portafold_literature.html) they say that one extra square cushion is required to sleep 3 adults and 2 children.

So you may want to add that into your shopping list...
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Post by knottyknitter » Wed, 23 Jul 2008, 11:35 pm

Brilliant! Thanks for that - 3" cushions reduces the cost considerably and makes it much more reasonable.

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Post by txfsealord » Sat, 26 Jul 2008, 9:12 pm

Hi Knotty, we mainly followed Matthew's advice & stayed with the original configuration of 2 large cushions for the bed-bases/ seatbacks, plus 6 smaller ones. Two are rectangular for sitting on, the others are wedge-shaped & go against the reverse-sloping seatbacks to give the required backrest angle. I went to our local scrapyard & bought 2 rear seat-bases from old-type Mini saloons. I then cut & shaped these for the small ones using our electric carving knife (with permission from my wife!) I covered all of 'em with a rather dear fabric from Boyriven, who make marine fabrics & coverings, &c. So I dunno that we saved much money in the end.

We used 4" foam for the biggies, & like Matt says, they're a bit thick for wedging into the sides. I've made swing-hooks to retain them, if you're at Wroughton next weekend I'll be able to show you......

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Post by bigbird » Thu, 27 Aug 2009, 12:43 pm

Personally speaking, I thought that if I went for the deeper cushions, then I would get a good nights sleep, then I discovered that I couldn't shut Matilda, so I ended up cutting them all down! I eventually went for two long cushions each side (4) and two short each side (4). But, they're still too deep to fold down and I end up putting the long thicker ones down in the well and packing the two small thicker ones in our garage! I'd think we have a total length of 8ft in cushions each side on the seat area, that's a six foot and a two foot. (leaving about half a foot at the end by the locker with no cushion)...sorry Ian, I can't measure them at the moment I need OH to help me open her up! Have a look at my photos to see what I mean (I don't explain myself very well I'm afraid). With reflection, I wish I had put in thinner cheaper cushions for the backs and the seat, and taken an air bed to inflate when I needed to sleep!! ha ha...Then I would have had the footwell for storage when closed down.
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Re: Which cushion configuration?

Post by hattytheherald » Tue, 19 Jan 2010, 4:38 pm

Hi all

We made new cushions for our van as the old ones made hubby sneeze (and we gave our old ones to Matthew as we didn't want history to go in the bin). We made a total of 8 small cushions and three large ones (we sleep 4 in the van). Although we spent hours measuring I'm trying to remember what measurements we ended up with. I think we ended up using the measurement from the brochure and they are a fairly tight fit. We used 3" foam and this works, although one side we store the board for the kitchen so its a tight squeeze. Also the third large cushion we made for the bunk bead but its too long for the space so we leave this one at home now.

I ended up enlisting the help of a friend who can sew as the quotes I had from various companies were in the £700-£800 mark. We also bought the foam off the internet as this was alot cheaper. They were hard to sew but not helped by the pattern in the material I used. All in all the curtains and cushions took us about 3 days.

This year I have to redo the curtains as these do not work but after all that sewing I'm not looking forward to it.

Oh and hubby has to repair the hole I put in the van as well!! and finish the Herald and finish repairing the 2500s from when I made the hole in the van and the car... and only another couple of months til the Spring!!

Vanessa

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Re: Which cushion configuration?

Post by bigbird » Tue, 19 Jan 2010, 6:50 pm

Good tip for anyone wanting to replace cushions at the moment. LIDL's have fold up foam single guest beds at the mo for £20. It's probably a quarter of the price of just buying the foam at least!! I wish they had had these when I needed some.....
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Re: Which cushion configuration?

Post by Misty Meg » Thu, 21 Jan 2010, 6:37 pm

That's great as I am looking about for foam at the mo and haven't got my "bottom" in gear - one problem though - Lidl in Weston caught fire Tuesday morning.... :roll:

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