Our Timothy Lake South RV Campground Review And Guide

Timothy Lake South RV Campground is located at 2043 Allegheny Lane, in East Stroudsburg, PA.

This is a pretty campground located in the midst of the Poconos Mountains. And it also has a sister campground nearby called Timothy Lake North.

Both of these campgrounds are located in the Thousand Trails system. But as is the case with most of Thousand Trails campgrounds, it can also be reserved outside the system too.

There are 312 sites located in the Timothy Lake South campground. And it is tailored more for big rigs and people who enjoy a little quieter style of life.

Timothy Lake North has smaller sites for the most part though, and tends to attract those who like a more party style experience.

If you wish to reserve these sites on line, the last rate we checked was $97 a night.

Click here to see a map of the Timothy Lake South RV Campground

Timothy Lake South RV Campground Features

The available campsites include either 30 or 50 amp electric, water and sewer. If you want cable or wifi, it is available, but at an extra cost.

We stayed in the Timothy Lake South RV campground, so this article is about our experience camping there.

We found the road to the park was definitely navigable but big rigs need to be a bit more cautious. This is because the roads leading to the park tend to be a bit steep, narrow and windy.

The roads inside the park were pretty good though. So we feel that you can definitely get around easily no matter what size rig you have.

If you have a bigger rig, just exercise a bit more caution because of some potholes and lower hanging branches.

The sites themselves were somewhat narrow but tended to be level enough so that even larger RVs could level out.

The park personnel were helpful and nice for the most part. But there was one particular middle aged lady there who tended to be a bit on the nasty side though.

She answered all your questions, but made you feel like you were bothering her the whole time. We were there during Covid and were masked and trying to social distance. But she kept backing up from us and trying to get away.

Not great customer service when you are trying to find out what is and is not allowed. If you re-asked a question, you could tell she was very irritated. So we tried to avoid her and talk to the other personnel, who were much more accommodating.

Timothy Lake South RV Campground Amenities

How about the amenities? Well, this tends to be an older park. And that means that all the bathhouses, clubhouses and laundry room could use a little updating.

They are all clean but a little money would be well spent bringing them up to date. We heard that they have started doing this in the North campground. But we did not use any of those facilities to verify that though.

Just an FYI, if you are staying at either of the campgrounds, you are able to use the facilities at both campgrounds.

We have to say that the pool at Timothy Lake South RV campground was very clean. And they also had a playground and shuffleboard area too.

Overall, it was a very pretty campground to walk around in. And the seasonal visitors seemed to keep their campsites up for the most part.

But what we enjoyed most were the beautiful deer that we would often see as we walked the streets of the park.

The Beauty Of The Surrounding Area

What really drew us to this area though is the incredible beauty of the surrounding area. There is plenty of nature to see, including gorgeous hiking trails and some phenomenal waterfalls.

For instance, there is a place nearby called Bushkill Falls. Of course, this is an attraction that you have to pay to get into. But the price is not outrageous and it is so worth every penny.

The beautiful falls and well kept trails are just a great way to spend some time in nature. You can relax and breathe in an area with pines and maple trees that scent the air.

There are also many other trails and waterfalls nearby that you do not have to pay for though. One that we really enjoyed was Raymondkills Falls. The hike was not long and the reward of the falls at the end was so worth it.

Waterfalls near Timothy Lake South RV Campground
A nearby waterfall

This whole area is part of the Delaware Water Gap, and so there are many offerings like this throughout the area.

Shopping And Restaurants

What about places to shop and eat? Those are around too. In fact, there is a township not far away in East Stroudsburg that offers stores to pick up groceries, etc.

We also got a bite to eat at a diner on the main road about 10 to 15 minutes from the campsite called Mullers Diner. The food was good and the price was reasonable.

However, we really fell in love with a place in the township of Delaware Water Gap, PA called Village Farmer and Bakery.

It offered a hot dog and slice of homemade apple pie for $2.95. And you could take it outside to their picnic tables and eat right next to a little creek called Cherry Creek.

It was so relaxing to enjoy our inexpensive but delicious meal, with the sound of the water nearby. And we also took home some of their homemade goodies.

They had a farm stand outside the shop with delicious veggies that we took advantage of too.

The good news is that there are many other places around like this too. And the area has good places to get dinners that are more mom and pop style and specialize in certain cuisines.

Really the area has a great variety of restaurants for almost any taste. It appears that just about everyone should find something they like.

Internet Connectivity

Now for the last thing….connectivity. Well, this is a very problematic issue in the area. Everyone in the campground had a difficult time no matter what carrier they had.

It appears that the cell towers in the area get overwhelmed when they have so many visitors in the area. Soo they throttle you back at certain times of the day.

This seems to happen especially in the evening, and your connectivity is so slow it is even hard to get emails.

That being said, it does not seem to be the fault of the campground, but the area cell towers instead.

Of course, this is an irritation, but we eventually learned to work around it. Mostly by doing our internet activity during the day when internet speeds were better.

It is something that could be difficult to work with though. Especially if you have a job
that is sensitive to having internet access over extended periods of time.

Our Timothy Lake South RV Campground Rating

So how would we rate Timothy Lake South Campground? We would give it a 3 to 3.5 rating.

Summed up… the area is a 5, but the campground itself could be given a little TLC. Some of the personnel could be a little friendlier too, and the connectivity could be greatly improved.

All the buildings and amenities need to be updated and the foliage could be trimmed up a bit. This would allow a little easier movement throughout the campground.

So it would not be our first choice to go back to, but we would return, especially if a few of these issues were addressed.

We truly enjoyed the Poconos area though!!!!!! We will always remember the beauty we were able to experience there!

Monte Vista RV Resort – An Arizona RV Park Favorite!

Monte Vista RV Resort is located at 8865 E. Baseline Road in Mesa, Arizona.
In our opinion, this is one of the nicest RV parks that we have experienced. As I am sure most of you realize, we are full time RVers. So after having stayed at many parks in our
travels, that is saying something!!

Monte Vista is a 55+ RV park that is part of the Thousand Trails system. But it can also be be reserved outside that system though for about $70 a night.

There are weekly savings too that can make it a little more affordable. And campsites also can be reserved through RPI at a discounted amount.

Just an FYI, to enter the RV section of the park you need to use the entrance on Steven Pollard Avenue. This entrance is easy to access from both the AZ 202 Loop and Route 60.

Click here to view a map of Monte Vista RV Resort

Monte Vista RV Resort Features

Ability to move any size rig around in this park is very easy. However, we found that you do need to have a security guard that takes you to your site. It’s a resort requirement.

Also when you arrive, they make sure you have access key cards to use all the ammenities of the park.

We have read some reviews online that say that they do not welcome RV’s over 10 years of age. However, we did not find that to be a big issue.

Although they do want a picture of your rig, especially if it is older than 10 years. But there were many rigs in the park that were over 10 years. Ours included!!!!

The sites are concrete pads with full hookups which include 50, 30, and 20 amps. And all of the sites are spacious and mostly level to accommodate any size rig.

Our site at Monte Vista RV Resort
Our site at Monte Vista RV Resort

They have gravel in between each site which definitely keeps the dust level down especially in such a dry climate.

And there is also ample space to park your tow vehicle or towed vehicle. All of this is well maintained.

Monte Vista RV Resort Amenities

The RV section of the resort is fairly new with its own clubhouse, laundry room and pool. You do have access to the other parts of the park though which include 4 other pools, one of which is salt water.

There are also tennis courts, fitness rooms, pickleball, billiard tables and a softball field. So there are many activities at Monte Vista RV Resort to stay busy.

But if you want to just relax and take strolls through the park, fountains and beautiful landscaping await you too. And quail and bunnies run freely wherever you go.

The residents are very friendly and there are a number of dog parks for your furry friends.

A large section of this park contains park models that have full time residents or are occupied by snowbirds. But this does not detract from the park at all.

They all keep their homes up very nicely which make it a pleasant place to be in. They attend to their orange, grapefruit, and lemon trees and share with others when its harvest time.

The resort gives you a friendly feeling and is located in a safe area with full time security guards on patrol. Again all pluses!!!!

Monte Vista RV Resort Surroundings

Enough about the park….how about the area? Well, you are located near just about everything.

Grocery stores (Albertsons, Basha’s, Fry’s and Walmart) abound in the area. Restaurants serving just about any kind of food you desire are nearby too.

And the park is close to highways that take you to other parts of the Phoenix valley very quickly.

One wonderful plus we enjoyed is being near Apache Junction with the beautiful views of the Superstition Mountains. (You can even see them from your RV site)

There also is a fantastic flea market on Friday-Sunday nearby with many vendors selling lots of wares. You can find almost anything there.

This is located all within about 15 to 20 minutes at the most from Monte Vista. And Albertsons is located literally right across the street from the resort.

Nearby Shopping Opportunities

There are also other stores like Home Depot, Lowes, CVS, and Walgreens nearby. Your big box stores are all around you too. So as you can see, it is very centrally located for almost anything you need.

Do you like outside activites???? Then there are many trails nearby that allow you to hike through the beautiful valley.

Not far away are state parks that offer many outdoor activities too. And beautiful lakes within a half hour drive. The list goes on and on. I think you can see why we like this resort!!!!!

One more thing…how about connectivity? Well, being located in such a large populated area, there seems to be no problem with any of the carriers.

Also, Monte Vista offers their own internet access that you can take advantage of as well.

There is an extra charge for this service, but it doesn’t seem outrageous for what they offer. So it might be an option especially if you will be staying with them for a while.

Our Conclusion

So with all this being said, how would we rate Monte Vista? We would give it a 5 star rating.

The only thing that might be improved on is some of their office personnel could be just
a bit friendlier. But frankly, you have very little interaction with them at all though.

We have always enjoyed our stays there and will be going back again as the winter season approaches.

Thanks Monte Vista for a GREAT experience at your resort!!!!!

Our RV Camping Experiences With Boondockers Welcome

Boondockers Welcome is something that we signed up for on the advice of an RVing friend.

Of course, we had heard of the program for a while. But we had not met anyone who had very much experience with it before.

But our friend could not stop praising Boondockers Welcome enough. She had enjoyed many great adventures using their service and was happy to tell anyone who would listen.

Well, if you have followed us through either our website or YouTube channel, you know that we travel a lot. And you also know that we love to find ways to keep our nightly RV camping costs as low as possible.

And one of our favorite ways to do that is to use a Thousand Trails campground membership. Then coupling that with the Trails Collection package that adds Encore resorts all over the country as well.

By using those two programs we are able to keep our nightly camping costs to low single digits. And that is while enjoying full hookups!

But one of the drawbacks of the Thousand Trails system is that there are some areas of the country where their parks are scarce.

So what do you do to be able to travel in those areas and yet still keep nightly camping costs low?

Well, here is where Boondockers Welcome has been a positive addition to our RV camping plans.

So let me explain how it works and what kind of experiences we have had with the program so far.

Click here to check out the Boondockers Welcome website

What Is Boondockers Welcome?

Essentially, Boondockers Welcome is a collection of people who offer their personal property as spots for RV camping.

In many cases, they are RVers themselves and enjoy meeting other travelers who share their passion for RV travel.

So they offer their property as a place where RVers can stay overnight for free. Yes that’s right, FREE!

Most of the time, the stays are only about 1-3 nights at a time. But there are an increasing number of BW hosts who happily allow up to 5 or even more nights.

Of course, in the majority of cases, there are no hookups for these camping stays. That’s why the name includes the term “boondocking”, or dry camping.

However, it’s interesting to note that many hosts are even expanding their hospitality to include some limited hookups as well. For instance, some now offer water and even electric service too.

If they have these kind of amenities, sometimes they may ask for a nominal overnight fee to help cover their costs. But the point is not really to make a profit on the stay.

It’s usually offered simply as another way to make the visit as convenient for the RV camper as possible.

So in many cases, BW is simply RVers helping other RVers find good accommodations as they travel around.

What Kind Of Accommodations?

The sites that are offered through BW can range quite a bit depending on what the host has to provide.

It might just be a driveway for smaller campers. On the other hand, it might be a whole field that will handle the largest diesel pusher motorhomes.

Each host spells out the kind of camping spots that they have to offer on the BW website. They also list whether or not they have any hookups available, and if so, what kind of hookups they are.

So you can view all of the available sites within an area that you may be visiting in your RV travels.

Then as a BW member, you can even make an online reservation just like a regular campground if you choose.

Typically, most sites can be reserved as far out as about 2 months before the stay. But many hosts also mention that they are happy to accommodate last minute arrangements too.

Our Experiences So Far

Up to now, we have stayed at three BW spots and all of them have worked very well for us.

In each case, we were traveling from one area to another and did not have any Thousand Trails parks available for overnight stays.

So BW was a big help for us in these circumstances. And best of all, it helped us keep our nightly camping costs as close to zero as possible.

Now our rig is not a small one. It’s a 40 foot diesel pusher motorhome and we also tow a Honda CRV. So, there are several BW spots that simply don’t have the room for us.

But happily, there are several hosts that can handle a rig our size, and each stay has worked well for us.

In fact, a couple of our overnight RV camping stays were simply amazing. One was on a farm where we enjoyed a beautiful farming scene right outside our door.

The other was a mini campground that a gentleman had made on his property for fellow RVers.

The sites there were incredibly beautiful and large. And we were surrounded by tall pines that also gave us plenty of privacy.

One of our Boondockers Welcome stays among the pine trees.
Here is where we stayed among the pine trees for FREE!

But all of our experiences with the hosts so far have been incredible too. In one case, the host was out camping themselves. So they arranged for family members to help us get set up on their property while they were away.

The other two hosts were exceptionally helpful and attentive too. They greeted us and made sure that we had everything we needed to make our stay enjoyable.

Watch my video about our Boondockers Welcome experiences by clicking here

The Pros And Cons Of Boondockers Welcome

So let’s review and see what features we found were positive as we used BW:

  • The cost – in many cases 0$ per night. That’s hard to beat.
  • They are located all across the country. So you can often find a place to park your RV in areas where almost nothing else is available.
  • You get to interact with and get to know other RVers who have a passion for RV travel.
  • You can make advance reservations on the BW simple and easy-to-use website.
  • There are enough spots to choose from that you can usually find a good spot for almost any kind of rig. But if you have a smaller size RV, you can have your pick of hundreds of places to stay as you travel.
  • A Boondockers Welcome membership is only about $50/year at the time this is written. So just a couple of overnight stays pretty much pays for the cost of the membership.
  • They are constantly adding new hosts all the time. So a membership in their program will only get more valuable as times goes on.

So what are the cons of BW?

  • Probably the only thing I can think of is that you can only limit your stay to 3 – 5 nights in most cases.

Our Conclusion

We are very happy with our BW membership. In fact, we consider it a valuable addition to our RV camping plans.

And we also plan on using it much more in the years ahead. It won’t be our main method of camping overnight, but it will come in handy when we need it.

We agree with everything our friend told us about the program. It’s something that almost any kind of RVer would benefit from.

You can find out more about Boondockers Welcome here

So we are happy to spread the word about our positive experiences with Boondockers Welcome.

Have safe and happy travels everyone!