We have a 296 and last year was the first year that we covered, we always covered our older model but everyone had mixed suggestions on the newer model,,
We are on a permanent site and dont get up to check on it in the winter, so we decided to cover and am sure glad that we did...It keeps everything so much cleaner.. I was always worried about a tree limb coming through the sky light and not finding the damage til spring..we purchased ours through camping world, and were very pleased,,,
Removing and installing was no big deal,, just make sure any sharp edges are padded.
good luck and congrats on your new trailer