Bluey the 4x4: All included, Unlimited miles with 10+ days!

Camper VanMatthews, NC
5 guests
Sleeps 4
20 ft. long
Pet friendly
Offers delivery

See "what's included" section for link to e-guide book with video tour, places we love, and more.
We are so excited to present "Bluey," a brand new 2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4. This is a custom conversion with both family road trips and outdoor adventure in mind. Whether you want some comfort on a 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!"
Bluey is not only easy to drive but Really nice to drive! It is a Mercedes after all. It can seat and sleep our family of four, make it down the fire roads of Pisgah National forest to our favorite climbing spots, and fit in a single standard parking spot.
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, or camping matt on the floor. 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.

See our e-guid book for all the details and videos. link in "What's included" section.

What's included

Everything you need and more. Just bring your seasonally appropriate clothes and personal toiletries.

Check out our welcome guest book through "Touch Stay." It features lots of info on what we provide, how to plan your trip, videos on how features work, our favorite places, and so much more...

https://guide.touchstay.com/guest/bp57eleHufOmZ/

Included are:
Linens, towels, sleeping bags and pillows
Kitchen, cooking and dining supplies (we enjoy cooking, it is well stocked)
Camp chairs, folding table, fire kit, s'more stuff, bug spray,
Car seats/boosters (if needed), bike rack,
and key safety supplies.

extras include upon request:
Sylvan sport Dine O Max outdoor kitchen,
bike rack,
boulder pads,
Ryobi power tools (hand vac, fan, air inflator, portable power),
and camp fire kit with wood (park permitting) and s'mores stuff.

Recommendations

We recommend you do what you love and take the road trip of your dreams. If you like sun and beaches, Hunting Island State Park, SC or Long Key State Park in the Florida Keys have been our best beach camping experiences. If you like the mountains, Davison River Campground in Pisgah National Forest is excellent or one of the camp grounds off HW 181 near Linville Gorge. Davidson River Camp 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.
If your looking for something more remote then I happy to share where to find great spots off grid.
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's electric kettle. 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

TOP RULES:
HAVE FUN!!
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.
5) This vehicle drives smooth. It's easy to forget how big and HEAVY it is. Drive slower than normal, increase your following distance, allow more time/ space for braking and avoid soft terrain like mud/ sand. If you get stuck on the beach in soft sand and then the tide comes in... OMG.
6) Take care with the awning. Don't leave it out in windy weather, unattended, or over night as winds can pick up quickly.
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.


Features

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • Sleeps 4
  • 5 seatbelts
  • Fresh water: 18 gal
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Fuel capacity: 24 gal
  • Automatic transmission

Amenities

  • Outside Shower
  • Toilet
  • Solart
  • Audio Inputs
  • Radio
  • Dining Table
  • Kitchen Sink
  • Refrigerator

Meet your host, Ian

Member since 2021

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.

Usually answers in less than 24 hours


Rules and policies

  • Pet friendly
  • Tailgating friendly
  • No music festivals
  • No smoking
  • 200 free miles / day

TOP RULES:
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.

24/7 roadside assistance
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Roadside assistance on every rental, plus help planning your trip or operating the RV.

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Add-ons

Enhance your trip with these add-ons. Available at checkout.

Bike rack
3 Bike rack fits into trailer hitch. Remove bikes to open back door.
Free
Bouldering crash pads.
2 regular sized bouldering pads
Free
Campfire Kit
Bundle of wood, kindling, roasting sticks, smores kit with graham, mallows, and chocolate.
Free

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There’s a 7 night minimum stay

Discounts
  • Weekly (7-29 nights): 9.9% off nightly rate
  • Monthly (30+ nights): 15% off nightly rate
Fees
  • Security deposit: $2,680.00 (refundable)
  • Prep fee: $167.50. This fee will cover preparing and sanitizing the unit prior to each rental. Additionally, we will stock with items such as firewood, s'mores stuff, bug spray, head lamps...
Bluey the 4x4: All included, Unlimited miles with 10+ days!

Dates




Reviews

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Value

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Listing Accuracy

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Guest photos

Maureen O.

October 20225

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.

September 20225

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

Scott H.

August 20225

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.

July 20225

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.

June 20225

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

June 20225

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! :-)

2 Photos submitted by Katie


Have a question?Get answers directly from the owner

Q.What flexibility is available for picking up and dropping off the RV?
A.
With advanced notice we can facilitate drop offs or deliveries around Charlotte, NC area including Charlotte Douglas International Airport or Concord Regional Airport. If you are serious about a rental, please message us and we will do all we can to work out the logistics.

Q.What is gas mileage like?
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Depending on driving speed, consumption is about 14-18 mpg of Diesel fuel. If you are traveling 70 mph on interstate you can expect 14 mpg. If you are 35-55 mpg on highway (not stop and go) you can expect 17-18 mpg. The tank is 24.5 gallons with a range of about 380 miles. It cost roughly $75 to fill up at the pump.

Q.Do need to plug into "shore power" at camp for electricity?
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No, you have the freedom to camp ANYWHERE, but you can. The goal zero will power all of your appliances like fridge, fan, heater, lights, usb ports for about 5 days without plugging in nor turning on engine. If you are driving around on a road trip you will not need to plug in as your engine/ alternator will keep the goal zero charged/ topped off. If you drive to a destination and park you will have ~5 days of power "off grid." If driving every few days you will never have to plug in.

Q.Will the goal zero power my household appliances?
A.
Most, but not all. The built in inverter can power up to 2000 watts of standard household electricity (120v power). With just a push of a button you can run coffee maker, water boiler/kettle, blender, crock pot, instapot, rice cooker, waffle iron... You MUST check the sticker on bottom of your appliance to make sure the power it requires is UNDER 2000 watts. Too much power pull will damage this VERY expensive power unit. It will NOT run Items like hair dryer nor space heater.


Location

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Matthews, North Carolina

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