We are Jim and Pam from Palmer, Alaska. We have previously owned a Lance truck camper, Keystone 30 foot Cougar 5th wheel and 35 foot Montana 5th wheel. The Montana was given to us by our dealer as a replacement for the "lemon" Cougar. The Montana was beautiful, but not really practical for us since we do so much winter camping and it was too big to maneuver in many places.
We now own a 30 foot Winnebago Chalet C model (previous rental) with NO slide-outs. This is much more practical for us as the wife can drive it (couldn't drive the 5th wheels), and don't have to worry about snow on the slide-outs and freezing in the open position. It is nowhere near as spacious as the Montana, but we manage very well with 2 large dogs and 2 cats.
When we camp in the winter, we do not use any tanks except for the black water waste, and we "flush" by pouring RV antifreeze in the toilet. We carry bottled water and do our dishes in a dishpan and throw the water out. We have a dehumidifier, but it doesn't work very well when it is really cold out. We also have learned to pull the mattress a couple inches away from the wall in winter which really helps avoid lots of moisture and frozen walls. Every morning we run the RV engine for a few minutes with the heater on full blast to thaw the ice on the windows. We are never camping more than 5 days at a time and usually it is only 1-2 days.
We would like to hear from anyone out there who does cold weather camping and may have suggestions or good ideas on how to minimize the effects of moisture in the RV, etc.
Thanks.............and happy RVing!