The Big 60th Birthday Party of the Portafold (12th International Portafold & Ansfold Gathering) (i.e. 2020)

Help us set a new world record at the big 60th birthday party!

Ironically, the current record is 59 Portafolds and Ansfolds (at the 2016 Newbury Retrofestival), so we want to smash this by getting well over 70 there next year. As of last year we have a new area that will take that number of caravans and the show itself is a fantastic event that will not disappoint. There really is something for the whole family.

So put the dates 7th, 8th, 9th of August 2020 in your diary now and get those dates booked off work early. Be part of a record breaking event that will go down in history.

Show Address: Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, West Berkshire, RG18 9QZ

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

Ansfold questions

Any questions about maintenance or the restoration of your Portafold or Ansfold.
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txfsealord
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Ansfold questions

Post by txfsealord » Fri, 18 May 2007, 9:02 am

Hi all
I bought a late-model Ansfold recently, chassis no. 5-10010378, for restoration. It wasn't going to be for restoration but when I started stripping it down & realised how clapped it was I'd no choice. It had severe hull distortion, a straight-edge against the side seam had 1 1/2" daylight above it in the middle on one side, & 1 1/8" the other. I've had to extend the A-frame to the rear to form a full-length chassis. Is this much distortion often encountered? The end hinges on both the folding sides are smashed, not surprising with the hinge-pins this far out of line. Also, were any chassis' fitted with dampers? This one bounced bandily about unladen, they must wallow fairish when full?
Steve Lord

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Neil
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Post by Neil » Fri, 18 May 2007, 4:12 pm

I don't really know about ansfolds,but my portafold has dampers fitted,and as for the distortion, fibreglass is like most of us it's a funny thing when it gets old.It does tend to distort,crack,craze and sag over the years,sorry i can't be more helpfull :oops:

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Ansfold handling

Post by txfsealord » Sat, 02 Jun 2007, 8:46 pm

Just come back from a first road-test, very pleased indeed! The dampers make a tremendous difference, the 'van glides creamily over speedbumps with a lot more composure than the car! The roadholding, towed briskly over bumpy, twisty back-roads is an absolute revelation, no other caravan could come anywhere near it! I do believe it really could be towed safely at 95mph like it says in the brochure (assuming your car will go that fast) - lets me out for a start!

Steve

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