I just read this article and wanted to share it with my readers. What a new take on the old VW camper van. The Welsh have come up with a quaint, innovative, camper van that is truly inspirational. What are your thoughts?
Welsh company Overlander Motor-homes brings forth a revolutionary design, the DoubleBack, a sliding pod that extends the interior space of the Volkswagen T5 Transporter van, and practically doubles its size. The add-on seems as a logical compliment to ‘pop tops’ offered by Volkswagen on its camper vans, some 30 years ago. Since then, installing interior height-extenders have been a common practice among camper van enthusiasts, including VW Westfalia camper van and Mercedes Viano Marco Polo.
Inspired by a desire to deliver a truly spacious and comfortable camper, the T5 DoubleBack delivers the drivability of a camper van along with the extra exclusive space of a motor-home. This electrically extendable rear pod constructed from aircraft industry standards stays tucked up inside the back of the vehicle while you are on the move. Once you stop to settle, the pod electrically extends out to add 2 meters of useable interior space in the rear.
Featured with two folded legs on the bottom of the pod that extends and gets self-leveled on uneven terrain is able to support over 600 kilograms of weight. T5 DoubleBack comes equipped with a fold-out double bed in the pod, an elevating roof and a kitchenette along with other home amenities required on the road. The whole sliding process is visually impressive, and it just takes 45 seconds.
The company does customization to make your vehicle just the way you want it. However, it’s still unclear if the pod affects the interiors of the van, but the company claims that a driver and one passenger can be accommodated in captain’s seat, or a driver and two passengers can sit if the buyer selects the bench seat option.
Though, the DoubleBack T5 Transporter van is loaded with features and space, the interested buyer’s pocket also have to be loaded, as this van costs $86,988.