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About Ian Balman

Hello! We are Ian and Diana. We have been on the road since childhood, traveling for family get togethers, vacations, athletic competitions, backpacking, climbing objectives, beach trips, and work. Building the ultimate road trip van was an obvious path for us to continue our much loved family life that frequently takes to the roads. We sincerely look forward to the opportunity to share our van and an adventure with you. Please, do not hesitate to message us with any questions about the van or travel in the South East. Our business: Luna Explores, LLC. "Custom vehicle conversions and rentals" When booking with us you get much more than just the van. Everything you need for a great road trip/ camping experience is included. Yes, even Charlotte or Concord, NC airport pick up. Additionally, logistical assistance and attention to important details to maximize your time with the van are provided. We are happy to openly share local knowledge and customize the van to your trip. Travel and tourism studies have shown that travelers when planning, anticipating, dreaming about, and researching a vacation, you can experience as much pleasure as the actual travel itself, if not more. We do our best to enhance this experience through online support, van tours, and phone calls to help you prepare. The van will be tailored to each rental to meet your needs. For example we can install car seats, bike rack, or remove the bench seat and/or the bed to allow extra space. We offer renters a guide book full of info, video tours, and places we love to travel to and experience (see link). Book with us and find out how liberating van life can be. Guide book link... https://guide.touchstay.com/guest/bp57eleHufOmZ/info/347843/ Bluey the 4x4 Sprinter is our third van conversion. Like what you see? Want to try out van life? Want a conversion of your own? Reach out to us and see how we can help. Our first 2 conversions were very simple, cost effective and economical with great end results.

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Memories made on trips with Ian Balman's RVs


Maureen O.

5October 2022

It was fantastic! All the comforts of home- on wheels! Ian and Diana we’re exceptional! I hit the road with confidence! They have outfitted “Bluey” with attention to every detail. From hot nights to chilly ones we traveled in comfort. I can’t wait to plan my next “trip of a lifetime”!

1 Photo submitted by Maureen O.

Maxim M.

5September 2022

The camper van was great! Ian and Diana was excellent communicators, went out of their way to provide a good experience.

Scott H.

5August 2022

We couldn't have asked for a better first-time van camping experience! Bluey (the van) was outfitted with everything we could possibly need and Ian did a thorough job showing us all the features and how to work them. The van drives and rides well, was a dream to sleep in, and kept us all fed and happy. The kids especially liked the Ca-Bunk-beds, especially the 3-year old trying to push her big brother out of bed in the mornings :). Would definitely recommend Bluey, Ian, and this entire experience to anyone looking to comfortably get away in nature for a few days or a few weeks!

Ian’s answer

Wow, thank you for the kind words. They mean a lot and are appreciated! It was a pleasure to support your trip. We are glad to hear you had such a great adventure. We hope you will rent with us again :-)

Dwanetta H.

5July 2022

Blue was a very clean, easy to drive and very comfortable RV. We were very relaxed through out entire trip. Ian and his wife provided several additional accommodations free of charge and they responded quickly to all questions. The bed was very comfortable and the cabin space was perfect for me my two kids. Bluey handled the highway roads and high winds beautify. We would definitely rent from Ian again!

Kelly C.

5June 2022

We had an awesome trip! Ian was very responsive and quick to answer any questions we had. The van was very clean and like new condition, very easy to drive. It’s fully stocked with anything you may need for camping. Overall great experience for 2 adults and 2 kids for 7 days of camping.

Ian’s answer

Kelly, A whole week with 2 kids!!? Y'all Rock!! This was our vision when designing and building. Thank you for making it a reality. May your kids remember it always. The "Blueberry" nickname has been a hit with my kids, it may stick.

Katie

5June 2022

Bluey was a hit! My children loved it. The bed was super comfortable, had everything and more you would need for a camping trip. Very clean. Ian was excellent at explaining how to use everything and there was a helpful, well-organized binder in case we forget how to do something. We will definitely be renting again.

Ian’s answer

Thank you Katie! I'm glad you found the recourses helpful. Cannot wait to do it again! :-)

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Christopher H.

5May 2022

It was an absolute pleasure renting Bluey from Ian and Diana! The ride was not only equipped with exactly what we needed for our cycling trip, but Ian was incredibly helpful in optimizing the van layout for us and explaining how to use everything. Communication with Ian was a breeze—both leading up to and during our rental. If you’re reading this, don’t pass up the opportunity to enjoy a trip with Bluey!

Ian’s answer

Chris, it was so much fun supporting your adventure! Thank you for bringing Bluey along. It was great to test the flexibility of the van’s layout. Please reach out if your ever looking for adventure in the Carolina’s again.

2 Photos submitted by Christopher H.

Alison J.

5April 2022

We loved our experience! The van had everything we needed and more. Ian was wonderful to work with - helpful and very responsive.

Ian’s answer

Alison, It was so great to catch up with you and your beautiful family. We are so glad to hear you had such a nice time. Thank you for trusting us with your family adventure.

Jim G.

5April 2022

Perfect for our trip to Pisgah Forest. Kids had a blast. Had power the whole time with the goal zero system. Wish we could have stayed longer!!

Elizabeth K.

5March 2022

We had a fabulous time. Ian went out of his way to be certain we had absolutely everything we needed for our adventure. Bluey was in mint condition, well stocked, and comfortable for a week for our family of four. We highly recommend this outdoorsy option.

1 Photo submitted by Elizabeth K.

Jim G.

5February 2022

Our first attempt at an Adventure Van as a family and it couldn’t have been better. When our plans and dates needed to change, Ian and Diana were understanding, flexible and went above & beyond our expectations to ensure we had an incredible intro to Van Life! The kids loved it. The instructions were straightforward and there was excellent communication and hospitality! The Cabunk bunk beds for the kids were cozy, the queen for mom and dad was so comfortable! We slept great! Warm at night, cool during the day. Everything was just as described.

Ian’s answer

Jim, it was such a privilege and so much fun to support your family trip. We could not be happier to hear you had such a nice time. Take care and please reach out to us when you are ready for another trip!

3 Photos submitted by Jim G.