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Old 12-04-2006, 06:44 PM   #15
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Patty and I chose a 34" mainly for the difference in the bathroom area. The 36" toilet room wall angled out. We felt the space would be better used in the open shower/sink area. Look at the brochures, I found the electrical changes from 03 to 04 were a benefit. Added two more batteries. Look at the pictures of the bare chassis. They really cleaned up the wiring.
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Old 12-05-2006, 10:53 AM   #16
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We went with a 36ft because we are fulltimers and needed the extra storage.

Sure seems like a 34ft would be more than adequate for weekenders/parttimers.


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Old 12-06-2006, 07:58 AM   #17
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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.

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Old 12-06-2006, 12:27 PM   #18
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If you buy a 40' you want have to face this problem
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:40 PM   #19
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Better add me as a former Trek owner. Had one with the little 4 cyl diesel back in '92. Remember when I traded for 31' Seabreeze, I had the kitchen filled up and still had stuff to move.

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