Looking for the freedom and mobility offered by a mid-to-full-size recreational vehicle, but want the practicality and fuel efficiency of a camper van, too?
The DoubleBack may just be the ultimate camper van that you’ve been looking for.
For those that want the freedom and independence an RV can bring, with the comparable fuel efficiency and convenient size of a van, then the DoubleBack looks to be a solid choice, reports Digital Trends.
What makes the DoubleBack unique is just how much space it actually has, and how easily you can expand or contract its size to fit your recreational needs.
Need more room? Use the electric slide-out rear pod to extend the vehicle’s rear. You can even expand the roof and walk around the camper van’s kitchen and lounge.
Based on Volkswagen’s T5 Transporter, the DoubleBack is a camper van modified by Overland Motorhomes Ltd. into a pop-up, electrically extendable camper perfect for young couples or small families who hear the call of the wild, but want to take their campsite with them, reports Torque News.
You may recall seeing the old VW Westfalia pop-up vans, which were once quite common, based on the iconic VW Microbus.
Remarkably, the DoubleBack is the first enhancement of that original camper concept, adding a six and one-half-foot module that electrically extends from the rear of the van. Retractable legs level the vehicle. Once extended the back still opens as a lift gate.
The DoubleBack is intended to emulate the space of a motorhome in a compact vehicle with a kitchenette, fold out bed, and other refinements. Still it reportedly retains the functionality of a driving van.
“The DoubleBack has been inspired by a desire to see a truly spacious, comfortable camper with all the practical advantages of a smaller vehicle,” said Craig McCormack, founder of Overland Motorhomes Ltd.
It should be noted that the fifth-generation T5 is sold in the UK, Russia, Germany, France, and Turkey due to its classification as a light truck, which requires a 25 percent import tariff on the vehicle.
When Volkswagen last sold the Transporter van in the U.S. in 2003 it turned out to be the worst selling vehicle in the country—a distinction not easy to achieve. Remarkably the one-millionth model of the T5 rolled off the assembly line during 2009.
Powering the DoubleBack custom camper is a 2.0 TDI VW engine, which based on official figures from VW can expect 36.7 miles per gallon, although due to modifications and weight of the rear pod that number could suffer slightly.
According to DoubleBack, the T5 was the optimal choice, allowing the company to apply their design ideas and offer a “modern take on the classic campers of the 60s.”
The van provides adequate space to fit all your recreational needs, while being small enough to take to the open roads that may prove too difficult for larger motorhomes—and of course, finding a space to park the DoubleBack van is undoubtedly easier than a mid-to-full-size RV.
Pricing for the Doubleback starts at £55,000 (about $87,000), but now for the bad news: the DoubleBack van is only available in the UK, so admirers this side of the pond are out of luck.
Overlander Motorhomes Ltd.
The T5 was the ideal vehicle platform to work on, being the vehicle of choice for those who want a modern take on the classic campers of the 60s.
According to the website, the DoubleBack is revolutionary. The DoubleBack represents the first true innovation in the market since the advent of the elevating roof over thirty years ago.
“We’ve fused the practicality of driving a compact Transporter with space levels approaching that of a full motorhome.”
Revolutionary design! Revolutionary functionality!
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