The DW and I have pulled the trigger and ordered a HW296 to replace our HW256. I will miss it dearly as the two exterior front bins and the cassette toilet were so convenient. The new one lacks these two things. I will miss the storage. It was really nice.
The HW296 is larger but I think has less storage as they took away the front bins to allow for more living space.
No idea when I will be getting it as I hear (from this forum) that the factories are running full tilt due to the roaring economy and demand for RV's. The units are also backed up at the factory for lack of drivers to deliver them to dealers.
Can't wait to see it. I have been unable to look at one in person here in the Northeast. This is being bought totally blind. I will not see it until I pay for it and get the title. I hope it is nice.