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Old 03-29-2016, 11:56 AM   #11
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Forgot to mention: DO NOT put a bike rack on the spare tire. We were lucky that ours fell off, tire and all as we were backing into a camp spot. We bought a rack that goes between the hitch and the tow vehicle, and are very happy with it:http://http://www.amazon.com/Swagman...rch_detailpage
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Old 03-29-2016, 02:20 PM   #12
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Thank you Aframer. I forgot about the outdoor shower. The boy's bike will go on the metal deck. I have heard about the issues putting bike racks on the spares. Thanks for your responses. I'm scheduled to pick up the camper next Saturday. What do you do for an awning set up?
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Old 03-29-2016, 03:07 PM   #13
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I thought I wanted the factory awning by Dometic but after reading about it I passed. It attaches to the inside of the sidewall by velcro, many said its almost impossible to keep the velcro in place rendering it useless. We had a canopy similar to an easy-up but a Lake Superior storm took care of that. Now we have a Pinnacle awning that sets up in less than two minutes, has screened sidewalls that can be rolled up and it has stood up to a few good storms. We bought it direct from Pinnacle in AZ, here is a link to it on Amazon.
http://amzn.com/B00I8PC8E0
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:36 AM   #14
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Thanks, Sundancer. We have thought about using a screen tent, but so far, haven't seen the need for an awning. So do you attach it, or just leave it freestanding? (Probably staked). Also, We are considering a roof-mounted kayak rack. If you read the reviews on this link, you will see a review by someone with a similar rockwood a-frame, Stephan:
http://http://www.amazon.com/Swagman...4716W1JND84QZ2
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:55 AM   #15
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What we have is freestanding and we place it over the picnic table with plenty of room to move around. I have seen a few with the roof top rack, I was a bit concerned because the cross bars are so long and the mounting brackets have to mount into the thin aluminum cap on the edge of the roof i was worried they may pull out. I bought the 12 HFD model which has the large front deck, it carries our zodiac inflatable boat and aluminum trailer, two bikes and grey water tank.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:00 PM   #16
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I agree about the factory awning, I'm not impressed for the money. I'm looking at doing a tarp mod I saw on another forum. Looks doable without any crazy holes or sewing etc.
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Old 05-06-2017, 12:18 PM   #17
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Anything New???

My other half and I bought a 2016 Hardwall this year, we are curious what everyone else has done.... anything new to post in this thread anyone?

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Old 05-06-2017, 01:11 PM   #18
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If you are interested someone has a brand new factory awning for sale here, they had it listed for $500 last fall with no takers, now he is taking best offer, I have seen them go as low as $300 for new units
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