When we purchased the hauler, we really weren't concerned with the party deck. We figured we could take it off if needed. We were more concerned with which side the bank of windows were on, thinking curb side was best for us.
We now seek out those camping locations that offer scenic views from the deck and now wouldn't consider one without it unless absolutely necessary.
2005 Dodge Ram Laramie, SRW
5.9L Cummins Turbo Diesel 24 valve
2013 Forest River Thunderbolt XLR 380 AMP
2010 Star Motorcycle Stratoliner Deluxe