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Old 06-24-2018, 09:30 PM   #1
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Buying my first pop up !!!


I have made my decision to purchase either the Rockwood A214 or HW296.
I live in Southwest Virginia, but plan on camping on the east coast at the beach.
Plus all over Virginia and Tennessee. My question is, would either camper hold up equally well in strong winds or strong thunder storms?

As a first time pop up owner, would one style be a better decision?


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Old 06-24-2018, 10:15 PM   #2
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I enjoy my hw296, but it looks like the other one you are looking at his hard-sided. I would expect that to hold up better in high winds.

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Old 06-24-2018, 11:15 PM   #3
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The A-frame would handle strong winds better than the canvas popup.
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Old 06-24-2018, 11:55 PM   #4
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It was frightening in our HW277 in a high wind storm where gusts were 50+. And in the few times that it rained while trying to pack to leave, we would have to open everything back up when getting home to let the canvas dry out and not grow mold.
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Old 06-24-2018, 11:57 PM   #5
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I had a big canvas tented FR 19BSR popup several years ago that weathered many hard driving wind and rain storm with no leaks at all. Just be sure to tighten the end canvas good and snug and tuck everything in. Yeah it gets loud and wild but handled it ok.
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Old 06-25-2018, 02:46 PM   #6
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No worse than wind gusts in a tent. It's part of the experience.
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Old 06-25-2018, 02:55 PM   #7
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If you go with canvas make sure when looking at it from the inside out you cant see daylight.If so you will have a wind problem.I have seen a lot of them putting a tarp over the ends.
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Old 06-25-2018, 03:56 PM   #8
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I have a Hw296, it holds up fine to wind driven rain and thunderstorms, I'm sure the hard side will be fine too. It's all a matter of preference, either will be a pain stetting up or taking down in the rain. If you don't have someplace to setup after you you come home to dry it out I'd go with the hard side, and if it's more than 2 people you're going to find the hard sided ones cramped.
If you plan on camping in hot sunny locations the hard sided will stay cooler provided you're hooked up to shore power, and if electric isn't available the Hw296 is better suited to catch a breeze. It all depends on where you plan on going camping.

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Old 06-25-2018, 04:36 PM   #9
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High winds and pop-up

I have a Rockwood A192HW, which is a hard-side A-frame. It handles wind beautifully once it's set up. Quite rigid, tight, and strong. But, you don't want to try to set it up in high winds. The two roof sections have quite a bit of "lift" before the sidewalls are up and locked in. But, this whole process takes less than a minute once you get good at it. Plus, the insulation against heat and cool is basically comparable to the Flagstaff 26 footer I had before. So, I definitely recommend hard side over canvas.
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Old 06-25-2018, 04:45 PM   #10
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We had an Apache canvas pop up several years ago! Slept 6 adults! Everything but a shower and toilet! We had and used it on trips literally all over the USA! Every type of weather (rain, snow, hot sun, winds, and even ice! Camped up and down the East and West Coasts! We were assigned to Ft Lauderdale, FL and we donated our still like new (always garaged) pop anonymously to a homeless family after Hurricane Andrew decimated the Homestead area! Went back to a VW pop up camper after that! Finally saw the light in 2015 and bought our first RV. A Forester 25ft 2401 W Diesel. Our pop top Apache was our family step up from tent camping! It was great and never failed us!

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