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.

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Pictures of your Portafold, Ansfold or Mini-Motel.
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New member with '72 Portafold

Post by shaun_pierce » Mon, 16 Jan 2012, 11:06 pm

Hi All,

I recently purchased a Portafold off eBay. :thumbup: Pictures to follow...


She needs a bit of work; :thumbdown:
- the paint is cracked and flaking (the roof being the worst)
- the roof has sagged in places (any suggestions on how best to fix this?)
- the ceiling is flaking
- the interior could do with a revamp
- the hindges could do with being replaced (only one holding the near side in place)
- a window needs replacing
- the rear lights, door handle and vertical awning channels are missing
- the jockey wheel has collapsed
- the hand brake does not work as a previous owner welded a spacer plate under the towbar and tie wrapped the handbrake to the chassis

So far I have;
- given it a good powerwash
- fitted Wolfies to match my car (which is also '72 and fibreglass)
- ordered new hindges from Isaac Lord
- started the prep for painting

I am hoping to use it at a few shows this year and am planning two trips abroad.

I will post some photos as work progresses and will no doubt have some more questions to ask.

Regards,
Shaun

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Re: New member with '72 Portafold

Post by Ambubird » Wed, 18 Jan 2012, 6:50 pm

Hi Shaun,
Post some pictures, I need motivation to get started on mine!
What will you be towing it with?
Good luck!
Debbie

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Re: New member with '72 Portafold

Post by phunkie hiboy » Wed, 18 Jan 2012, 10:06 pm

Hi Shaun,
Welcome to the forum. I can probably help you out with rear lights and door handles, if you're interested.

Chris
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Re: New member with '72 Portafold

Post by shaun_pierce » Thu, 19 Jan 2012, 12:07 am

Hi Debbie,

Here are some photos to motivate you (I spent 6 hours last Saturday wet sanding by hand, ice on the van when I started and when I finished).

Van after collection:
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Flaking paint on the roof:
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Prep for painting:
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A big thanks to Matthew for explaining how to upload photos. :D
phunkie hiboy wrote:I can probably help you out with rear lights and door handles, if you're interested.
Hi Chris,

I could be interested in rear lights & handles, where are you based?

Also if anyone can help with the following please contact me;
- vertical awning channels
- an awning
- sink / bunk

Regards,
Shaun

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Re: New member with '72 Portafold

Post by phunkie hiboy » Thu, 19 Jan 2012, 7:34 am

shaun_pierce wrote:I could be interested in rear lights & handles, where are you based?

Also if anyone can help with the following please contact me;
- vertical awning channels
- an awning
- sink / bunk
Based, Ash or Hook. Have you thought about a free standing/drive away type awning. Working on advice from Vanessa (hattytheherald) we bought a hardly used Just Campers Spacemaker drive away awning. They stopped making these a while back, but are going to start making them again this year.
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Re: New member with '72 Portafold

Post by Ambubird » Thu, 19 Jan 2012, 5:34 pm

Wow, nice one! 8)
You don't hang around! Keep up the good work & keep the pictures coming, love getting my inspiration from all the cracking work I've seen on this forum!
The wheels look great too!

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Re: New member with '72 Portafold

Post by Admin » Thu, 19 Jan 2012, 5:46 pm

Ambubird wrote:...love getting my inspiration from all the cracking work I've seen on this forum!
Debbie, so yours will be useable ready for the National Gathering in August...? :thumbup:

You notice I didn't put finished, because they don't have to be anywhere near finished to come along. I used black bin liners as curtains with a camping roll and a sleeping bag for the first year of shows I did. :)
Matthew
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Post by Ambubird » Thu, 19 Jan 2012, 6:50 pm

Hi Matthew,
Hopefully will be useable/finished (? are they ever really finished?) before the summer. We are waiting for some better weather to start some fiberglass repairs. The curtains are in the making & I have the fabric for the cushions. Really excited to get going now!
Unfortunately I have double booked us for the national gathering weekend. With any luck I might be able to do both if I plan correctly. Would love to meet up with some of you & compare notes! :D

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Re: New member with '72 Portafold

Post by Admin » Mon, 23 Jan 2012, 9:05 pm

Ambubird wrote:are they ever really finished?
Nope, I've had mine 10 years this year and I've still got plenty of jobs to do on it. In fact I try not to think about the list, it just depresses me. :(
Matthew
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Wanted: Any original Portafold, Ansfold or Mini-Motel brochures, adverts or magazine articles.
Also, any chassis numbers for the above caravans!

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