Hello, and welcome to the forum! We have had our 17A for about a month now, and have not regretted eliminating the range hood - the kitchen feels a bit less constricted, and it was replaced with an additional light (like the one over the sink, so it is nice and bright. (Of course, we have to remember to provide some extra ventilation while using the cooktop, but for the most part we are outside cooking where it is much more fun to be messy!) I am quite glad we ordered the bigger fridge - surprised how great it works on propane - and then all our food isn't jam-packed in there - better air circulation. Can't speak to the exterior fridge fan, we didn't get that. Regarding fabric, Hobby Lobby has a good selection too - it is challenging to pick a fabric on-line. As many others have remarked, and I agree, the outside storage box is very handy, and very well made.