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.

Lighting

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Lighting

Post by Microhurtz » Thu, 04 Jun 2015, 8:57 pm

Nothing makes the mood of a space more than lighting. Someone said that. Might have been me, of course. The Portafold gives special challenges. The usual halogen spots would probably get knocked off when folding the caravan down. I decided to install some recessed downlighters.
There is space in the fins and also in the front centre to install small downlighters but these MUST be LED types as anything else will create heat and set fire to your pride and joy. I got some 12V LED downlighters from B&Q for under a tenner each with chrome bezels. They also tilt. They are only 4.8W but that's like 40W of halogen.

The picture isn't great but I hope you can see the fillets of ply in the recesses with a hole for the downlighter and another for the switch
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This also meant that I had a flatter surface to fasten the veltrim headlining to. I laid the wiring in and tagged it with hot melt glue. Once it was glued, I cut through the veltrim to expose the holes and inserted the lights and switches,
The end result looked quite tidy for my handiwork
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Obviously, the wiring has to allow for the walls being folded. I brought the wiring out of the roof at the back corner and used a 1/4" jack to make the connection. At least this stands a chance of self disconnecting if I forget and start folding....
And when switched on they are more than adequate. Don't look at the finish on the wall; I haven't done that bit yet!
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Jeremy.

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