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Sunday, May 12, 2013

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Just vantastic! Head-turning campervan opens up to reveal secret compartment at the flick of a switch

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
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 - and would easily be able to fit picnic hampers, deck chairs - and even a surf board
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.
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
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
The Doubleback model is the first campervan to feature the sliding technology, which takes less than a minute to extend.
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.
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
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
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.�t is the evolution of more than 60 years of the iconic Volkswagen camper."

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