Campervan expands into motorhome, of sorts

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The Doubleback Van is a converted Volkswagen Transporter that not only pops up like a traditional campervan, it expands out the back too. Here is video of the electrical mechanism in action. The Doubleback is pretty slick and all, but it's $87,000. For my next Bigfoot expedition, I'd be happier hopping in our Jason's new old 1987 Westy. (More on that once the renovations commence.)


  1. And if you’re in the US, you can not has.  It would  be remarkable enough to get that most recent version of the Transporter here..but considering the Eurovan’s abysmal sales, I somewhat doubt it.

  2. From the site:

    When the legs have extended the weight it can hold is up to 600kgs.

    Presumably “up to” 600kgs, dead load; I couldn’t help wondering how those legs would perform under smaller cyclic loads.  If you see what I mean.

  3. The VW van by itself is already big enough to live inside comfortably, without all this extra cost and complexity. If you need more space, get a Sprinter.

    1. I don’t think anybody buying this van expects it to post a good time on the Nuremburg Ring.  Really, this just seems to be a step between a conversion van and an full on camper van.  The price tag looks a might high to my American eyes though.  I’m betting you can get yourself a real nice full size camper for $87k. 

      1. > I’m betting you can get yourself a real nice
        > full size camper for $87k.  

        But then you couldn’t park in a regular parking space, or drive down dirt roads, or even drive into parking lots without worrying about getting stuck. Big RVs are great for interstates, but interstates are no fun.

        I think the American market is badly underserved by small RVs. I’m not saying I think the van in this article is a good option (I think its ridiculous), but I appreciate the attempt. I have a 1990 Ford Chinook camper, which at 20 feet is considered tiny by American RV standards, although I consider it a bit too big. But oddly there’s a cult market for them since they’re one of the only decent smaller RVs around.

        That said, I think Westys and all the VW conversions are too small. My first campervan was a 1980 Westphalia, and setting aside the fact that it broke down all the damn time, it was just a small step up from camping in the station wagon I had before it. I stand by the maxim that a camper without a furnace isn’t a camper. And if your camper doesn’t have a little diner nook where at least 4 people can sit comfortably and take in the scenery, you’re doing it wrong.

      1. May high thirties KPG (kilometers), but I think it would be more like mid twenties for MPG. Maybe high twenties, but with this add on, I doubt it.

  4. Looking forward to the stories about the 87 Westy.  An 89 is my primary vehicle

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