We traded in a Rockwood Roo 233S, we found it to be to small for us when we started camping, and I didn't like the extra time setting up the beds. We loved the large common area in the 38qb, like you said, we want the kids with us not off in their own bunk room all the time. I looked at the SteadyFast system also, both have good reviews. I talked to a guy with a Colmbus with the J.T. Strong arms and he loved them. I decided to go with the slide toppers, mainly to keep the leaves and debris off the slides. It will also help keep the camper cooler. We are going to do a spring and fall package at a local camp ground and travel in the summer when the kids are out of school. Mainly long weekends or week long trips that include stops at two or three campgrounds. I did not want to have to climb up and clean off the slides every time we move it.