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April 17, 2017

Trailer life. Camp Matthews got an upgrade!

Last spring we made our first RV purchase. It was a Keystone Springdale Mini and we thought it would meet our needs while we figured out if the whole “camping” gig was for us. I hadn’t camped in probably 15+ years and I wasn’t sure if I would truly enjoy it. But, we like to travel with our dogs and thought having our own little “house on wheels” was a great way to do it. Both of my parents have RVs and we love theirs! Our first trailer had all we thought we would need, a comfy bed, bunks, bathroom, and kitchen. We took it out for three trips last summer and although we loved camping life, we started having problem after problem. The air conditioner started leaking to the point we had mold, the pilot light on our hot water heater wouldn’t stay on, the shower leaked, I could keep going…

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After several months of our brand new trailer sitting at the service department, I finally contacted the company with a strong letter airing our grievances about our practically brand new trailer. Luckily, the president of the dealership agreed and credited us 100% of our initial purchase price towards the same model or we could choose a different model or upgrade! I was so glad I took a firm stance and asked for our situation to be rightly rectified. We made the smart decision to trade up to a larger model with plenty of room for our dogs, friends, and family! Things certainly happen for a reason and we are so happy with our new home away from home!

Here’s some photos of our new digs, a Keystone Passport Grand Touring Edition. We’re taking it out for the first time this weekend…all the way to DISNEY!

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I created DIY wall art with twig frames to give our trailer a bit of a rustic feel. Want to print your own? Click on the image below and hang in your camping space!camper, rv, trailer, travel, keystone, passport, campground, glen allen, richmond, va, virginia,

See ya on the road!

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  1. Bailey Elizabeth

    April 17th, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Wow! What an exciting adventure! I’ve always wanted to do this – looking forward to seeing photos from your trip!

  2. Alexandra Bagley

    April 17th, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    This is so super exciting! I’m SO glad you stuck up for what you knew was right, I’m glad the company agreed… and I’m so stoked to hear about your adventures in this RV!

  3. Winnie

    April 17th, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I have serious RV envy right now. It’s my dream to buy one and explore the US with hubs after we retire =)

  4. Victoria

    April 17th, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I hope you guys have a great trip!

  5. Melissa

    April 17th, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Oh my gosh! Too fun! We hope to eventually get a trailer or maybe a tiny home! Happy adventuring!

  6. Kira

    April 17th, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Enjoy the new RV! I’m sure it will take you on many adventures.

  7. Elyse Anna

    April 17th, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Great set up! Makes me excited for my upcoming summer adventures!

  8. Nicki Hasler

    April 17th, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    I’m so jealous! I want to buy one so bad. I love it.

  9. Idowed

    April 18th, 2017 at 6:25 am

    My parents have recently been talking about hitting the road in an RV. I think it sounds like a wonderful life.

  10. Brittany Slaughter

    April 18th, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Yes!! This is so awesome! I’d love to have a camper!

  11. Amy Griffiths

    April 18th, 2017 at 9:23 am

    This looks like the perfect RV for a mini get away!

  12. Melissa Johnson

    April 18th, 2017 at 9:30 am

    So glad they made it right!! That new camper looks awesome!

  13. Ashley

    April 18th, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Oh my, this is amazing! I am wishing I was you, right about now!!!! sigh! Happy travels to Disney land. Enjoy

  14. Andrea

    April 18th, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Have fun! Love the little personal touches you put into your home on wheels. And Disney and a new trailer…one lucky kiddo!

  15. Sharee Davenport

    April 18th, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Oh my goodness, I would love to purchase an RV. I can’t wait to see photos from all of your adventures!

  16. Jess

    April 18th, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    It’s so cute! Update us with pictures of your trips!