Camping in the RV
Enjoying the outdoors by day and climbing into civilization at night. It's not a bad life. RV'ing in Alaska is all about camping. Mainly because there is not many campsites in Alaska with full hookups. Most of the time we are self contained; however, we do conserve water due to extended weekends or week long fun. We carry a small quiet generator to maintain batteries and other power needs. The big generator really guzzles the fuel and is loud. Batteries are great for a few days; however, on long trips it is nice to not let the voltage drop to low and cycle the battery, thus shortening its life. We find a quick run in the a.m. for the coffee, and later that night for the microwave and charging phones is perfect. 1/2 hour or so in the morning and at night.
The winter trips, the few I have done, require that you dry camp. RV is winterized and drinking water is carried in a 5 gallon jug. Due to cold temps and heater cycling on and off, your batteries will go down quite fast. This is where a small Honda or Yamaha generator is your best friend. They can run about 10 hours on a light load. (maintaining your RV batteries and charging up the minor appliances, like your phone or laptop battery) Sponge baths are optional :-)