We are so excited to present "Bluey," a brand new 2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4. This is a custom conversion by Luna Explores, LLC with both family road trips and outdoor adventure in mind.
When looking to rent a van we searched for one that could seat and sleep our family of four, capable enough to make it down the forest roads of Pisgah National forest to our favorite climbing spots, and fit into a single parking space. The available options did not fit what we had in mind, so we built Bluey.
There are 5 comfortable factory seats with belts and room to sleep 4. If you are adventurous enough, the fifth small person could sleep on the bench seat. This van features the "Flarespace" queen size organic cotton bed system, twin "cabbunks" that fit over the swiveling front seats, Espar D2 heater, Maxxfan air vent, extra insulation, kitchenette with sink, faucet, gas stove, refrigeration, and more. The "garage" has a ton of space for all your luggage, adventure equipment, AND the kids' stuff, with a gear slide to gain easy access to important items. A ladder on the side gives access to the roof rack if needed for bigger items like surf boards or a kayak.
Whether you want some comfort on a long family road trip or a very capable off grid adventure vehicle, Bluey will absolutely give you a trip to remember.
Best part is you don't have to choose between the two. "Climb ON!"
Linens, sleeping bags and pillows
Kitchen, cooking and dining supplies
Camp chairs and folding table,
Car seats/boosters (if needed),
and key safety supplies.
Optional extras include:
Sylvan sport Dine O Max outdoor kitchen,
Ryobi power tools (hand vac, fan, air inflator, portable power),
and camp fire kit with wood (park permitting) and s'mores stuff.
We recommend you do what you love and take the road trip of your dreams. If you like sun and beaches, Long key state park in the FL Keys has probably been our best beach camping experience. If you like the mountains, Davison River Campground in Pisgah National Forest is excellent. The area offers access to the Art Lobe Trail, backpacking, fly fishing, mountain biking, Looking Glass falls, Looking Glass rock climbing, local breweries, and more. Book your site EARLY, they go fast. Maybe you enjoy skiing or ice climbing?
Preprogram the Espar heater before you hit the slopes so the van will be nice and toasty when you get back and easily make some hot chocolate or tea with the kitchenette. Perhaps you are traveling internationally looking to take an iconic USA cross country road trip. AWESOME! No matter who you are, where you are from, what your hobbies and dreams are, we will do all we can to facilitate your epic road trip.
Other things to note
1) Drive safe, sober, and distraction free
2) DIESEL Fuel only
3) No drive thru's. (The Van is VERY tall, please don't rip off the fan, roof rack, and/or solar)
4) Stay on road. If you get stuck off road there is no recovery gear and probably no cell service to bail you out.
This is the shortest wheel base Sprinter at 144" and we have packed as much as possible into every centimeter. Great thought was given to layout, space, function and organization. However, with a family of 4 the space gets tight and cluttered fast. So pack light and stay organized. If you are a car camper or backpacker you will love this rig and have no problem. It will feel like you have TONS of space, convenience and comfort! This is "glamping" in my book.
On the other hand, If you have never been camping before pack light, don't forget your 10 essentials (look up on REI.com), and be ready to use public bathroom facilities or "leave no trace" practices in the woods. I have been camping my whole life and have never had a bathroom in any of my cars, but others feel very differently, and thats ok. To make it all work comfortably a lot was excluded, biggest exclusion being the bathroom. Just keep in mind there is not a bathroom in this van. We find we do not need one as there are restrooms everywhere when traveling such as rest areas, restaurants, established camp grounds, state parks, and so on. The huge benefit is much lower maintenance and no black tanks to dump. But knowing that natures calls, the van does have a self contained military style folding toilet that we set up at night for the kids or it can be set up in the little pop up stall tent (included) outside the van.
The Kitchen features a lot of camping cooking essentials like nesting pots and pans, french press coffee maker... We enjoy cooking so I try to keep it well stocked but it does NOT have everything. If there is something in particular you like to have please reach out to me and if I can include it I will gladly do so.
Off grid is ok, off road is not ok. This vehicle lacks off road tires, no snow/ ice chains, no air compressor to deflate and inflate to appropriate PSI for terrain, no underbody protection, no upgraded suspension, no maxx tracks, no winch, no recovery gear,... This vehicle is not ready for even the easiest "trail," sand, mud, nor snow, and definitely not a rock crawler. The hope is over time we can build towards sandy beach camping, overlanding, and fun off road trails but for now it MUST stay on maintained roads. If pavement turns to gravel, proceed with caution. If Gravel turns to dirt, time to turn around.