Doubleback: Extending VW Camper Van

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  1. scotjimland

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    Extending Camper Vans Give the Modern Hippy Plenty Of Leg Room
    The iconic VW camper van paved the way for the modern motorhome, but they were barely big enough for a couple of hippies. So a UK company has created the Doubleback with an extending pod that can fit a whole commune.

    Built on a modern Volkswagen T5 Transporter van, the Doubleback still features the soft pop-up roof tent that allows you to stand inside, but it's been further equipped for camping duties with an extending pod that adds an extra six and a half feet of living space inside. The interior of the pod is equipped with a large bed, but it can be folded down so the space can be also used for other activities.

    http://www.doubleback.co.uk/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ydxhdaC-F0s
     
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    thats given me an idea...I could extend my 32 footer to 64.....party at arrys at Marjal...sorry about blockin da access road
     
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    Great piece of kit Jim. The downside will be its probably going to cost more than a terraced house.
     
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    Thought it would interest buttons.. :winky:
     
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    Looks very interesting Jim, a couple of points.... unlike the Cali it is not a proper vw conversion, this has some implications with the three year warrantee. I'm a little concerned about the rear door hinge, that door is not a light bit of kit. also the roof hinges from the front makes it difficult to stand up from the front seats. And.... you would lose your side door/windows .However the concept looks brilliant.
     
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    hi . novel idea . its a carry on from the idea on t2`, years ago that had a backpack that droped from the tailgate and you slide a board out from over the engine . not certain if it was a canadian idea winnepec or something rings a bell in my head . must go back through old leaflets . but nice one .keep em coming . the vw is certainly the grandfather of mpv.s
    if only i had kept some of the ones i used to have. where have we all heard that .ha ha .
     
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    European slide. We've been waiting for one for ages.
     
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    I've seen a couple of van conversions with back door slides.. even one with a side slide.. (home built) but this is by far the best I've seen.. .


    The DoubleBack is priced at £54,995 on the road.

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    Lets hope it inspires other converters. It could certainly solve the problem of the absurd waste of space a low level fixed bed is. Sort of take an A class over seat bed and put it on the back vertically. Waste only 2 feet instead of 7 feet.
     
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    As has been said, why aren't the Euro manufacturers on the band wagon with slides, could be weight of course. Now as you do, rearward slides have crossed my mind, as these things do, but Brian, that is such a simple idea, alot more than mine:thumb:::bigsmile::Doh:
     
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    That is a lot of money for a tent on a van roof:ROFLMAO:
     
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    It's still got no shower or loo (prob pota potti)::bigsmile:
    terry
     
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    Saw one of these http://www.chameleonmotorhomes.co.uk/ at the NEC in October, cant remember price but around the £55K mark, If I had the money I would have one. Not such a big slide out but same principle.
     
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    It looks well made.
    For the same sort of money,why not just buy a s/h M/H with all the mod cons and headroom?
    But then, i guess, i`m just not trendy or cool or hip ect---just practical !
    :whatthe:
    Strange is it not, that certain age groups attract certain types of motorhomes?---Would a 25 year old want to buy my M/H? :ROFLMAO:
    I have a Autotrail but still ride a fast bike-- where do i fit in?:Doh:
     
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    lots of reasons..

    it should clear most height barriers
    single parking bay..
    use as every day transport
    fuel economy .. this should do around 40mpg
    exploring places you might think twice about with a mh..

    but as we always say.. horses for courses.. each to their own.. there is no one size fits all .. all is compromise..

    but no use if you want a full blown motorhome with wash room and shower..

    I like it a lot.. if I won the lotto it would be on the short list
     
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    Good its got a built in gas tank, shame its only 20L (around 10kg) though
     
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    interesting concept

    It is an interesting concept.

    Having an RV (small one ..see link in red below) I have a slide out and it does increase the room no end even in a 23' RV... the concept as I say is interesting, but why not just have a side slide?

    Seems expensive when you consider what you can get in RV market in the smaller size.

    Bob
     
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    It looks a bit like an April fool trick doesn't it?:Eeek:
     
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    just watched the ad what a brilliant concept! I want one, mind you at 55k it's a bit out of my reach this week:cry: Maybe if I beg for a bit more overtime and a small salary increase you never know I might get a secondhand one in about 10 years:ROFLMAO:
     
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