Campervan enthusiasts will be delighted with the news that a UK company has come up with a solution for that eternal problem with campervans… space to sleep.
Although it will never, ever put off a true enthusiast there is no doubt that most campers are a bit cramped when it comes to saying goodnight. Well a UK company have launched a new product on the market called the Doubleback which will truly put the cramped space issue to bed. Built on a modern Volkswagen T5 Transporter van, the Doubleback still clings on to the soft extending tent roof that enables campers to stand upright, but it’s been further equipped for camping duties with an extending pod that adds an extra two metres of living space inside. The pod is somewhat similar to a second skin on the inside of the VW. A slick motorized action allows the skin to slide out from the back of the campervan like a modern day Thunderbird craft.
Although the pod itself only weighs 150kgs it can take almost triple its own weight. The interior of the pod is equipped with a large bed, but it can be folded down so the space can be also used for other activities.
Robin Kerr has tried it out and was impressed saying: “It really does make a big difference, with having two kids we were seriously thinking of buying a motorhome even though we love the whole VW campervan scene. It is expensive, well over fifty grand but it allows us to retain our love affair with campervans.”
In fact the van comes in at £55,000 and if you can afford the price then you will easily afford the campervan insurance to go with it, but remember to check with your provider about the extras that come with this campervan and make sure you get the appropriate cover.
Motoring enthusiasts will be heading for the Geneva Motor Show over the weekend and with the Eurostar train service once again encountering big problems many may consider going in their campervan rather than miss the event.
Once again passengers spent an uncomfortable night stuck in train carriages as the much vaunted railway service let down its passengers apparently due to overhead cables coming down near Paris.
Travelling to Geneva in a campervan will not only be an exciting challenge it will probably save the travellers money. Of course the first thing they have to do is check that their campervan insurance includes overseas cover and the vehicle has all the necessary accessories such as warning triangles, motorhome insurance certificate, passports and bulbs, yes bulbs. But after that a good map or GPS system should suffice to get them there on time, ready to enjoy the first big motor show of 2012.
This year the Geneva Salon International will feature some fantastic motors including the new Lamborghini Aventador, The Koeniegsegg Agerra 2, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse and the new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Also on show will be the new motorhome offerings from Dethleffs and of course the bread and butter manufacturers will be there in force.
Ford will launch the new B-Max which will become available in showrooms later this year and Mercedes Benz will show off their new A-Class motor. Audi will exhibit the new Audi A1 Quattro and BMW the Alpina Bi-Turbo.
The show will be open from the 8th to the 18th of March opening 10am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 7pm at the weekends. Admission will cost 16 Swiss Francs.
It is not the sort of campervan that owners go out and buy motorhome insurance for, but a campervan travelling around the streets of Northwood, Middlesex is making everyone stop and stare!
The gold and white VW Campervan is a custom built, scaled down model of the classic VW camper from the 1960s. It has been attached as a sidecar to a 1961 Lambretta scooter, and people just can’t believe their eyes when they see it. The vehicle belongs to 44 year old Jay Dyer whose 11 year old son Kaine takes the passenger seat in the sidecar.
Jay bought the basic skin of the campervan from a dealer in Belgium and then spent 7 months lovingly converting the cab into the colour coordinated sidecar of his beloved Lambretta scooter. The sidecar has had to be welded to comply with UK safety requirements and Jay had difficulty sourcing the lights to accompany the vehicle but got there in the end. He said: “When my son and I are driving along the road we turn everyone’s heads. We get absolutely mobbed by people when we take it to shows, and journeys can take ages as we are constantly stopped by folk wanting to take photos.”
He went on: “No-one has ever seen anything like it and it’s a great feeling to see the look on people’s faces when they realise it is a miniature campervan. I’ve had scooters for 27 years and see them as an iconic part of British culture and I’m glad to make my contribution.”
Jay reckons the bill for making the unique conversion came to about £2,500 but says he gets plenty of offers from people in excess of that, with one enthusiast actually offering him £8,000 to part with the vehicle. He says though, that he will never part with the special camper and son Kaine says he wouldn’t let him even if he wanted to!