Age: 65+

Member since December 2018

We do as much traveling as we can and enjoy meeting new people.

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A long traveling couple that now has a classic (antique?) motorhome that loves going new places and meeting other people. We a parking spaces in the back of our large lot. We have done the Walmart circuit and have grown tired of the uncertainly.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Matthew is an effective technician, must be to keep the 48 yo Motorhome reliable.

mattcolie's Pets

We are dog owners, but as we live on a large wood lot, one must be cautious with small animals. We do take our pair with us when we go.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

We will be in our 16th season with this coach, and we rarely go the same place twice. We have been ONP in a snowmobiler's lot in Paradise, MI and in a COE clearing along the Sturgeon Bar Canal. If they are available, our first choice is often a Cabela's and now we maybe look at Bass Pro.
As we are travelers and not campers, where we are going is anybody's bet.

mattcolie's Hometown

Our mailing address is Belleville, MI. Where we live bears little relation to our mailing address. If you are looking at a map, look for New Boston. We are in easy striking range of both Detroit Metro Airport and the Henry Ford Museum complex. Though not far from the I-94 and I-275 interchange, you must contact us for approach instructions as this is not simple. Ring the home phone first. Leave a message.


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mattcolie Has 1 Host Location

Matt's Barn

Belleville, MI, US
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References from Guests (25)


September 2021

Great Stay!

The host and setting are excellent. The host is so generous and welcoming. The location is secluded and peaceful. It is a recommendation for sure and I hope to return some day. Thanks!


September 2021

Glad to Stay in Otherwise Few Choices

Interesting and knowledgeable host on various subjects. Enjoyed their classic camper and modern modifications. Near major airport, it should be known that the flight path is directly overhead, so if that is a problem for you, you should find other accommodations. Generally we avoid "wallydocking" as are not used to city noise. Thankfully, planes stop about 10 pm until at least 5 am making this much better than parking lot camping.


September 2021

This host is a winner

Welcoming, helpful, there for you but not intrusive. Also, a lovely quiet green spot in a great location. Thanks!


September 2021

A Friend in Need

A friend in need is a friend indeed, when I stayed with Mattcolie, my van had issues that weather could make worse, they were there to do what it took to keep me and my van out of trouble and protected from the rain. Our repairs are holding up well so far.
Wonderful people, and a nice safe place to stay as well.


September 2021

Great spot for THF

At Matt’s prompting, we spent a day at Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum. There is no way to do the whole thing in 1 day, but we only had one day available. We might have been a little long for backing in, but we did it, which made it easier fir pulling out. Smaller rigs can pull in TV first. Matt was very helpful with communication and directions for getting in.


August 2021

Great location

It was a great location for us to stay for a couple of days to explore Detroit. Our host was very welcoming and accommodating, would highly recommend!


August 2021

Nice couple and location

Host are a very nice couple and very kind to let us stayed at their place. Only 25 minutes to Henry Ford Museum. We were worrying about backing out the drive way with our 33 feet trailer into the street but it worked out fine. Local folks are very understanding. Thanks again for the stay. Hope to see you guys again.


July 2021

Easy access

My first night Boondocking was a success. Nice quiet spot. Thanks!


July 2021

Matt's Barn

Enjoyed our stay and the gracious tour of the 73 GMC RV. Bring mosquito spray if staying during the summer months


July 2021

Close to Henry Ford Museum

Great accommodating host. If you want to visy Greenfield village and Henry Ford Museum, this is the place to stay.


June 2021

Great people

We felt right at home, we would definitely recommend a stay here and a visit to the Ford museum. We spent a day riding the near by bike trails and they were beautiful! Thank you for being such gracious host


May 2021

Most Unique Rig Ever!

Matt warmly greeted me and we had a great chat. He is a great conversationalist and super intelligent. His GMC is super cool and I have bedroom window envy after seeing it!

I'm very thankful for the hospitality and the chance to cross paths with such a great person.

If your looking for a spot near Detroit with a great host look no further than Matt's Barn!


April 2021

Very Accommodating Hosts

Matt collie was wonderful and patient with us as we experienced mechanical issues with our RV that pushed our arrival time way past dark. He was gracious and very nice to talk to. The secluded backyard was a wonderful place to rest for the night. Hope our paths will cross again.


November 2019

Very nice host, great stop

Very nice host and perfect spot to stay for a few nights. We enjoyed the puppies' company too. It was a convenient spot to the Henry Ford Museum. We had been a little frazzled with some unrelated things and made a mistake on the initial reservation. Mattcolie was very understanding, helpful, and welcoming.


September 2019

Tucked away from town

A nice place to stay tucked away from roads and towns. Was little tight maneuvering our 30' Class A. but still worked Thanks for having us!
Take care and GOD Bless


September 2019

Nice hosts

We enjoyed our stay.
It should be known that the flight path is directly overhead, so if that is a problem for you, you should find other accommodations. It didn’t bother us much, planes stop about 10 pm until at least 5 am.
Also, FYI, our Progressive (surge protector and EMS) told us that the volts were too high on the electrical outlet offered to us, and it wouldn’t let the power come through to the RV. We opted not to use the electric.
Otherwise, comfortable and safe location.


August 2019

Very Nice Overnight Visit

Mattcolie was very accommodating and helpful in giving us advice on the local area and our future trip into Canada. Overall a very good host!


August 2019

Very short!

Our host was very accommodating! We had last minute changes and needed to pick my grandson up at the Detroit airport. This location was a dream—only 6 miles from the airport 😀. If your interested in the Henry Ford Museum they are only 20 minutes from there!

Thanks for a nice stay!


August 2019

Kindest of hosts

Wonderful stay at Matt's barn! He sure does know a lot of things about RV and mechanic! He was very helpful! He and his wife were very generous of their time and hospitality.

Thank you very much!


July 2019

A great host, and a great place.

Very serene, right next to a corn field. QUIET. The owner is an RVer, and knows the drill. Thanks!


July 2019

Great host

Mattcolie welcomed us to his driveway as he had another boondocker already in the usual spot. The north driveway offered plenty of evening shade and room to move around.

Be forewarned, this spot is not great if you have a huge rig or cannot maneuver you rig well. It’s a tight back in spot or a limited turn around if you drive in forward. The road out front was a bit noisy and you are directly under the airport traffic taking off. But....if you are headed to the Henry Ford this is the closest boondockers..

Do take advantage of our kind host. His knowledge of RVs and repair are vast and I think he will share that if asked. Anyone who road trips in a 45 yr old RV gotta know what he’s talking about!


July 2019

Safe Port in Farm Country

Matt is an excellent host with lots of helpful information about your travel route, and especially things to see and do in the immediate area. He has a wonderful property where you can park in peace, tucked back off the roadway away from any form of traffic. We highly recommend reaching out to him for a safe place to park your rig, and will be contacting him again when we come to the area with our trailer. Thank you for everything!


July 2019

Very Friendly and private

Mattcolie was very helpful. We had power and water. It was a little tight for a 28' 5th wheel. I feel bad for putting some ruts in his yard, since I had to turn completely around. It was also tight pulling into the narrow driveway. The mosquitoes were out in force since there had been a lot of rain, just have some spray handy. Overall, we had a nice stay. Thanks


June 2019

Warm, Welcoming, Level area, Great advice

Hosts were friendly and knew all of the ropes as they RV extensively. Had great advice regarding the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in nearby Dearborn. Highly Recommend. Thanks !


May 2019

Great place to stay and so close to Henry Ford's museum

Nice friendly couple.