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Old 04-20-2012, 09:58 AM   #1
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Forest River HW29SC/HW296 how do they cope with rough weather/rain etc

Looking at one of these, and want to know how they handle rough weather, wind/rain etc?
Does the roof move around a bit, or does it seem quite stable, even with the weight of the A/C unit?

Does the awning cope OK, if it is roped/pegged down?

Any other problems?

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Old 03-23-2014, 03:23 PM   #2
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We have a 2317G which is not a HW but is very similar. It has been through some fierce storms ..some to the point during camp driveway that when I went out I thought for sure it would be trouble, but held up just fine.

I can't comment as much on the awning as it was tucked in. During most rain or storms we always tilt the awning to one side to drain the rain off. Spiked down it has never moved.

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Old 03-23-2014, 04:02 PM   #3
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Our hw277 handles storms pretty well. But when there is a lot of wind they are noisy. We went through 50 mph winds out in west just fine but was not an easy night. Next morning we found skid marks in the gravel from the stabilizers as the wind had pushed the whole camper a couple of inches, scary.

Out west we tended to not put out the awning out due to the almost constant winds. Here in the east, we do put out the awning but stake it down; they will fly up on to the roof otherwise (yep learned from experience). The high wall campers are so tall when set up that the awning is impossible to put away without lowering the roof unless you have a ladder. We have also been in some torrential thunderstorms that blew away our screen gazebo (it was staked too) but we were very comfortable inside. And the awning did fine.

Have also had no issues trailering in storms either. All that said, you still have to be aware of your surroundings and an eye to the weather but we are happier in the pup in bad weather than when we tented.
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