Originally Posted by A-Frame Don
How convenient is it to remove the awning when the weather is threatening? I will be picking up our new A192HW, later in April. What are the pros and cons with the a-frame awning....
When we bought our A122 (March 2014), I asked about the add-a-room. My dealer did not want to sell it to me, even at full price. He said if I really, really wanted it, they would help me install a similar product made by a 3rd party, as the quality of the FR product was viewed as inferior for the price.
About a month later, when we started camping at various state parks in Colorado, my observations proved the dealer correct. Most (about 75% by my count) campers and popups did not deploy an awning. And at least 25% of those few that put up their awnings had problems in the winds we get around here.
There was an earlier thread in this forum about the add-a-room, that ended up concluding (if my memory is anything what it should be) setup of the add-a-room was a 2 person, 45 minute task, that storage when not in use or after takedown was an issue, and the attachment to the A-frame was velcro tape with its issues.
Since we do short (long weekend) trips in Colorado, quick setup and takedown was one of the main factors that sold us on an A-frame vs a PUP. The entire campsite is mostly done by me in less than an hour. The A-frame level/disconnect/setup takes about 15 minutes. The longest/hardest part of setup is setting up (takes both of us) and staking down the EZ-up over the picnic table. I have no interest in doubling campsite setup/takedown for an add-a-room that will prove to be troublesome in our winds.
When we had a PUP, we would not bother with the awning (as simple as it was) if it was only a one night stay.
just my thoughts and experiences
2014 Rockwood A122
2008 Hyundai Entourage (minivan)