Once again, Thank You to everyone for your input. Also, I want to thank Grandpatime and, at the same time, assure him and others that we are clear on the difference between the GVWR and the GCVW (or GCWR). My opening post intentionally addressed the GVWR only. I tried to shorten my original post by skipping over the fact that we looked at the build weight of each of the two coaches, then added the weight of the options we want to include, then added our own weight and the other typical weights we carry when traveling.......and on the 36' coach on the 22,000lb chassis we will be within a couple hundred lbs of the GVWR. When we do the same thing with the 40' coach, starting with the build weight and adding the same items, we have a couple thousand lbs of capacity remaining. This comparison is before considering the further point of a toad or trailer. We realize that it is not great to be at Gross so we favor the 40' from the aspect of available capacity and weight and the better expected ride (either of these coaches would be gas). But, despite the aspect of the better ride, we didn't know if the factor of campground accessibility was equally important....in which case it might favor the 36' coach (for which we would need to be far more aware of what we carry). That was the original point of the question as posed to me by the DW. She wanted me to get some input based on the experience of others. Now.........
Since our original post we have learned that the manufacturer can build the 36' on a 26,000lb chassis.....that would address the capacity concern....now we are waiting to hear how much more it will cost. If it isn't bad we may stay with the 36' on the upgraded chassis. If the price is so much that it puts us in the neighborhood of the 40' we may just bite the bullet and go with the longer unit.
As for the GCVW (or GCWR), the manufacturer's info says that either of these coaches, 36 or 40, are adequate to handle the added weight of our toad.
Thanks again everyone. We'll let you know what we decide. In the meantime, keep those cards and letters (posts) coming.