As far as the awing problem,we have a 2006 Diplomat and the awing is mounted to the slide,not sure if this was factory or a add on,that the original owner installed(care free of colorado) but it gives us plenty of shade.
We are full time now and we did some mods for storage we took out the sliding doors between the vanity area and bed room and i built 2 floor to ceiling 4" deep pantries 1 for food the other for toiletries( they clear the slides by only 3/4 of an inch) .If i remember right the Knight has bath in rear,is that right?
Being full time you find that there is not as much storage as you thought,we make more trips to store.I also removed one of the couches and put in a work station for computer,with cabinets,that we do use some for can goods.
How much are you planning on using the M/H? Do you plan on keeping it a long time? If so you can make the changes.Just remember that by removing factory things like door that i did will drop the trade in value.
What i would say is take some trips and you will find out that there are things you do not need as much as you thought.We have sold a lot of things we thought we could not live with out ,but found we really did not need.We love the M/H life but it is different than living in a house.Our Monaco is 10 years old ,but only had 23000miles when we got it and was stored inside so it looks new. Monaco is a wonderful coach and i hope you enjoy it as much as we do.Spend some time reading all you can ,locate were your fuses are,learn as much as you can about the operation of the coach and maintenance you can do. This forum has a bunch of wonderful people that can answer many of your questions.Remember there is no stupid question.I have asked my share and someone was willing to take the time to help.Keep coming back.
What part of the country you live in? Plan on any trips soon? We are in Maine right now leaving next week working our way down the east coast then through Arkansas,the to Texas for the Winter(family is Ft Worth) stop there then the coast.
We got a trailer that we put out jeep Grand Cherokee in and still have room for storage . We are are artist and haul stuff most people do not haul.