• Mar 31, 2012
We're big fans of the Volkswagen bus, from the original Type 2 and its descendants, to the Vanagon that replaced it, and even the front-drive Eurovan. While VW hasn't sold one of these in the U.S. since it discontinued the Eurovan in 2003, the rest of the world has enjoyed the Transporter T5 for the past decade. The VWs are immensely popular camper vans in Europe (especially those with pop-top roofs), and the novel Doubleback conversion shown above takes the formula to another level.

With an electric, slide-out rear pod similar to what you find on many modern RVs, the Doubleback can extend a Transporter by an additional six-and-a-half feet, offering an entire rear bedroom. The company says the extra room adds only 286 pounds to the vehicle's curb weight and extends in under 45 seconds. The conversion eliminates any rear seating, so your camper will be a two-seater, or you can get a front bench installed to fit an extra passenger in the middle.

At today's exchange rates, the Doubleback sells for about $87,975, including British taxes, or the company can convert your vehicle. Be sure to check out the photo gallery to see more of this cool bus.


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      Cornel001
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm no way camping van fan, but this thing almost make me consider buying one :)
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Matt C
        • 2 Years Ago
        John, that's right, but some folks (many VW camper owners) are happy to not have a toilet and shower on board that requires dealing with (cleaning, emptying the 'black' water, maintenance, etc). Besides, it isn't possible to put a shower in a VW Transporter/Eurovan sized vehicle without a high roof. Most car camping spots have showers, and if you've ventured further, portable hot water showers can be had surprisingly affordably (for example this: http://www.zodi.com/). There are collapsable shower/changeroom tents (basically 4 fabric walls, no roof, no floor) you can buy for privacy.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt C
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        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        John, I dont think you need to hike to stink, you just do.
        John S
        • 2 Years Ago
        Thats why campgrounds are nice.
      mkenjalo
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not almost $100K... That's a completely unadjusted price. Case-in-point: if this were sold in the US, it would cost noticeably less than $80k. Conversely, if you lived in the UK, that would not be as expensive to you as it seems now. (the cost of living is just as higher as their cars are, and paychecks are made to suit that.)
      alexlivefree
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is really cool, but about $40K too expensive.
      Matt C
      • 2 Years Ago
      For another example of a sweet VW Transporter/Eurovan camper, check this Syncro Siekel-upgraded TDI Westfalia out: http://www.furgovw.org/index.php?topic=158671.0 (In german, but many pictures). Not quite bespoke, but a rare bird, and definitely never available in North America.
      Mike Nazworth
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Top Gear boys could learn from this. :-)
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very nice but with a massively slumping RV market almost 100k gets you a pretty nice rig.
      mazzata
      • 2 Years Ago
      Eighty-eight large for a VeeDub? You must be jesting.
      Narom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ooh i wonder if i could do that with my t4.
      teamplayers99
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, I'm surprised at what a well done interior it has. And an observation sidenote, but that kid is about to fail big on catching the ball in picture 4.
      Hampton
      • 2 Years Ago
      How cool is that.But 80 plus K makes it just a great idea.
      Davey Hiltz
      • 9 Days Ago

      Now that's a nifty use of space. I would want to try something like that with my old utility van. I just might sup it up a bit too though. I like having fast cars, especially when it's big and bulky. Has a sense of irony to it, I like it.

       http://www.coopersautorepairspecialists.com/rv-repair-service.asp 

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