There all tight without the slide but that's just my 2 cents. A 36" slide gives you 3' of extra width in the kitchen and or living area. Even thou they might not be your model try staying in one of each for say 1/2 hour to give you that feeling of closeness. Will you have a dog that travels with you, kids, other friends, if you do then see if they can join you on this discover trip. Or use the salesmen because there always in the way!