Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate being able to ask questions of those who have already been there before me so I don't have to reinvent the wheel. I am intrigued by the shelf you are describing as well as anything else to gain storage space in this little guy. Can you describe it more or perhaps post a picture? I have a cap on my Tundra so I was planning on using that area to store the majority of whatever won't fit in the camper.
I did purchase an awning canopy ( 10'x10' from ShelterLogic $99) that I saw in a photo album here belonging to earthgirl. It has a peak roof and just looks too cool in front of the A122 she has.
I have used the pop-up canopies by EZ-up and they just don't hold if in much wind. This is sturdy with 1-3/8" steel pipe. It takes a little longer to assemble but if properly staked down it can handle considerable wind.
Where do you store clothing?
What kind of TV antenna solution do you or others use with your TV if there is no cable available?
Has anyone fashioned some kind of drain pipe for the sink external port to catch the runoff in a bucket or something?
Finally, I bought a Porta-Privy (outhouse-like tent) to use for showers (using outside showers) and as a home for the porta potty in the daytime. If you haven't seen one it's worth watching the videos just to see it open and close in seconds. Any Hardside owner would have to love the same instant "opening" gratification that makes us love our campers. See more about it at Outback Porta-Privy
Deployment and folding videos at: http://www.hotcampshowers.com/porta_privy_setup
Thanks again for sharing your experiences with a newbie.