We bought the 36' because we had such a bad experience with a 34' Tradewinds with handling. We were afraid to go with the smaller coach. I now know that is not a problem with Alpine. We even thought about trading for a 34' (we have a 2006 model), but decided against it. We are now completely satisfied with our 36'.
I read with interest the comments about an "efficient kitchen on the 34', but you do lose those wonderful large set of drawers. I have back trouble and am so glad to have ALL my pots, pan, including pressure cooker, in the pull out drawers. I never have to "bend" for anything in the 36' Alpine kitchen. The "bigger" kitchen is worth it to me.
By the way, we are staying in our coach about half the time. We feel it could "work" as a full-time coach, if necessary. Also, we like to camp in state, national parks, etc. and have never been refused anywhere.
Beverly and Buddy