When seen on the road, this camper van does not look out of the ordinary.

However, its interior hides a very impressive and secretive design which can double its living space at the touch of a button.

The new invention transforms the T5 Doubleback into a 26ft long home on wheels.

Impressive: This camper van is guaranteed to turn heads after engineers used Thunderbirds-style technology to double living space at the touch of a button

Impressive: This camper van is guaranteed to turn heads after engineers used Thunderbirds-style technology to double living space at the touch of a button

Modern: The new T5 Doubleback hides a secret compartment that automatically slides out by flicking a switch

Modern: The new T5 Doubleback hides a secret compartment that automatically slides out by flicking a switch

The inside of the ‘pod’ reveals luxurious seating for five people which can be rearranged to make a huge bed, with a foldaway table.

Made from cutting edge aluminum composite used by the airline industry, the insulated rear extension weighs less than 300lbs but is strong enough to take the weight of a family of four.

It adds an extra two metres to the overall length of the long wheelbase van and is propped up by special self-levelling struts.

The deluxe motor is the latest in a
long line of iconic VW campervans, which became an instant hit with
travellers worldwide after their launch by the German car company in
1950.

The Doubleback model is the first campervan to feature the sliding technology, which takes less than a minute to extend.

Spacious: This image shows the camper van's interior before its conversion into the bigger version

Spacious: This image shows the camper van’s
interior before its conversion into the bigger version

Forward-thinking: It contains all the usual mod-cons including a built-in cooker, fridge, convertible bed and even a lifting roof

Forward-thinking: It contains all the usual mod-cons including a built-in cooker, fridge, convertible bed and even a lifting roof

However, living space isn’t the only thing that doubles.

A basic 2013 T5 Doubleback will set buyers back £54,000 while a top-spec model with added extras like a flatscreen TV, DVD player, beds in the roof and an awning could cost up to £70,000.

The van also has the usual mod-cons like a built-in cooker,
fridge, convertible bed and even a lifting roof.

The Doubleback is the product of a
collaboration between renowned VW camper specialists Danbury Motorhomes
of Bristol and Welsh company Overlander Motorhomes.

Roomy: The new invention transforms the elongated van into a 26ft long home on wheels and doubles the living space

Roomy: The new invention transforms the elongated van into a 26ft long home on wheels and doubles the living space

Cool: The impressive van does not look out of place on the beach

Cool: The impressive van does not look out of place on the beach

A spokesman for Danbury Motorcaravans said: ‘The Doubleback model is a unique, exciting new concept in camping.

‘The beauty of this van is that on first appearance it looks like any other, but then the back slides out and it transforms into a van like no other.

‘It is the perfect campervan, offering extended living space within a normal sized, self-contained van.

‘It gives much more flexibility than a standard camper thanks to the extending pod which adds so much more space.

‘The back section really does become like a living room.

‘I imagine there will be more than a few dropped jaws when campers see the Doubleback’s pod in action – they will have never seen anything quite like this.

‘It is like Thunderbirds technology. It is the evolution of more than 60 years of the iconic Volkswagen camper.”

 

 

 

 

 

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

Nice for a van of that size, but l’ll stick with my Mercedes Auto Trail Cheyenne which has much more room.

F the EU
,

Peasmould Gruntfutter, United Kingdom,
09/5/2013 19:11

I want one!

Jenny Castell
,

Weymouth,
09/5/2013 18:56

Now that is ingenious!

Shaz
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By-the-Sea, United Kingdom,
09/5/2013 18:51

Horrible !

Roadrunner
,

Ashington Northumberland, United Kingdom,
09/5/2013 18:47

Great idea but it’s all down to cost. If it’s cheap enough it sells but I know it’s going to cost a bomb, so it could be a no goer! Hope not.

Jay
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Wales,
09/5/2013 18:41

This isn’t new, I saw this at least a year ago, not on here mind!

Alex
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UK,
09/5/2013 18:12

why would you want to pay a least half the price of a house for a lump of metal that will rust away long before any structure of a house,plus the house would go up in value not down.fools and there money soon part.

dav
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manchester, United Kingdom,
09/5/2013 18:06

Good for a trip to Spain… the ”Costa-del-Plenty” beach..

s.gee
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stafford,
09/5/2013 17:08

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