We've had many awnings in the past and only really used them when going to MH shows. As we don't do them and use parking spots, aires or 'off grid' park for holidays we can't use an awning so flogged the Quest 4 we had bought.
You need to ask yourself do you really need one and will use it, or is it just the 'must have accessory' itch you're trying to scratch? If you don't use campsites then you're going to be extremely limited in where you can use it anyway so would you get so used to not having one that you wouldn't even bother taking it on the odd occasion when it could be used?
Use our free standing Quest Pro 4 screen house all the time when sites permit and staying for more than 1 day.
Plus, use it at home in the summer for parties , events etc in the garden if not away.
We use ours when we take the grandkids away, sleeping accommodation, but have never 'driven away' (john takes his car)
we have taken it away in the past for when staying for long periods on a site, like after John had Chemo, I now have a Quest, which I was told was a waste of money, it is invaluable, we can manage van+awning and the quest on a pitch, gives the now adult size grandkids, and/or us somewhere to chill.
Those who use a drive by awning have already replied. Assume the umpteen thousand folk on this Forum who haven't replied don't use them.
I suggest hold off getting one and see if you need one after a few trips. Here in the UK you might see the odd one or two on sites but in mainland Europe I can't remember ever seeing one except in Switzerland as winter approached.
They are ideal if you need the space for say a mobility scooter but otherwise it is too much faff for me.
I had an awning with my last Motorhome,and in the 5 years I had it never used it. I have a quest pop up one now and have only used that a handful of times.
The other thing to consider is it’s a big piece of kit to carry around,and takes up a lot of storage space you could use for more usable items.
When staying at CSTHS use awning regularly seldom drive away with High Motor Home. With bongo had 4 different Awnings from pullout Fiama t0 6m Airbeam and a 2.4 m side and a reardoor awning. Length of stay dictated which we used/took. Drive away all the time upto 3 times a day, so easy with method and practice.
Re 'faf' of putting it up ours is a kela tall, doesn't take long once you have got the hang of it and i have put it up on My own all 5' of me and a set of steps admit to not fully pegging it down as a certain someone thinks only he can do it right, he was a bit surprised, no a lot when he arrived at the campsite.
We’re pretty new to this but the first time we put it up took two people 40 minutes, the second time 20 and thereafter around 12 minutes single handed. Driving away and reattaching is about a minute, but we use throwover lines. Putting away is also one person and less than ten.
Last week in Pembrokeshire was 28-30 degrees and the shade was very welcome. That was followed by heavy rain and the protection was equally welcome.
We don’t have either a channel or a wind out awning but connecting to a channel on a L4H2 Ducato would be tricky and disconnecting a guyed tent impossible.
I am surprised by the number of people with wind out awnings who don’t seem to use them.