Auto or Manual??????

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by kev&caz, Jul 16, 2012.

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Automatic or Manual Motorhome??

Poll closed Jul 23, 2012.
  1. Yes

    13 vote(s)
    76.5%
  2. No

    4 vote(s)
    23.5%
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  1. kev&caz

    kev&caz Funster

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    :Sad: I'm motorhomeless at mo after having problems with Crapham of Essex :BigGrin: Anyway I'm looking at buying another one within the next couple of weeks and I'm coming across more automatics :Eeek: Never having driven an automatic anything :Eek!: I'm looking for your views?? on performance etc. etc. etc. so bring em on!!!!

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

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    The vote doesnt work with a yes/no because its not clear whether its yes/no automatic or yes/no manual?

    Needs a Manual tick box and an automatic tick box.

    I've not owned an automatic but I'd hate long descents without engine braking
     
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  3. Phill D

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    all the cars we have had " since Noah was a boy" have been auto and we love them.:thumb:

    would have had an Auot van if we a. could have afforded the extra cash and b. we would not have had to wait 6 months for delivery on the model we were buying.

    Autos these days are different to the old Volvo 3 speed jerky changes and with new technology perform and economise if not as good close to manual.

    just be aware though :RollEyes:..... the 3ltr motor and the auto box weigh more so if you are low on payload this extra weight may reduce it further..:Angry:
     
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  4. chester copperpot

    chester copperpot Read Only Funster

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    I would never go back to a manual car again, so much more relaxing driving an automatic. Always make me chortle when I see the manual drivers making the car move back and forwards on the hills waiting for the lights to change.

    only downside is never using the handbrake so it will fail the mot.
     
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  5. aba

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    bearing in mind the fiat auto is just a computer controlled manual gearbox id go manual.
    although having said that i get on ok with the smart which is a similar system.
     
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  6. kev&caz

    kev&caz Funster

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    Sorry I'm new to this lark....I'll try and amend it or re-run it! Thanks for advice:cry:
     
  7. JJ

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    My old Hymer 660 is automatic and I suppose it is ok...

    ...but I don't like the fact that you can't "bump" start it and you can't tow it more than a few yards without disconnecting the prop shaft...

    Given the choice I would have got a manual one.

    JJ :Cool:
     
  8. Traveller_HA5_3DOM

    Traveller_HA5_3DOM Read Only Funster

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    Our Renault 2.5 150bhp has the Tiptronic Auto box and Renault did advertise it as being more economical that the manual box version. It has certainly worked out that way as it will return 33-34 mpg providing you are not battling with a head wind. We were over 35mpg this year on the way down to Denia until we got into Spain and came on a strong head wind pushed us right back to 30 to the gallon. Still not bad for 3850kg. We do have a Tunit chip box fitted and that is set to number 4 on the nine position dial. Just makes it so flexible and the Auto box makes sure that you are not changing up too early and overloading the drive train with the extra torque. One of the factors in so many gearbox failures on the Fiat based motorhomes.
     
  9. Techno

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    To be honest . if its hilly I prefer working the gears with the Italian job music playing :Laughing:
     
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  10. maz

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    Having always driven manuals (and prided myself on smooth gear changes :BigGrin:) I'm now driving an automatic - more by accident than design. The van I chose based on layout, storage and pay load just happened to be automatic.

    The first couple of days I was inclined to twitch around uselessly with my left arm and leg but that soon stopped. :BigGrin: Now I rather like the auto gearbox although if it doesn't change up or down when I think it should I do give it a nudge. I can assess what's happening on the road ahead and drop down a gear while it would still be too high if it got its own way. :RollEyes: It's certainly more relaxing to drive in stop-start traffic than a manual. :Smile:
     
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    why??? just get off the road park up and have a brew until the traffic is moving freely again no stress with stop start traffic then:thumb:
     
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  12. Reallyretired

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    I have had automatics but prefer manual. A bit less to go wrong perhaps, and it gives your left leg a bit of execise on long runs.
     
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    When you couple it up with the Cruise Control you can tap both feet to the music.
     
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  14. kev&caz

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    About how much would I have to spend on a Tunit chip? :Eeek:
     
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    Auto

    Have driven automatic cars with cruise control for over 20 years after having one on hire in the states, brilliant, wouldn't go back to a manual car.
    Having said that i love driving the manual Hymer and my 2cv which will go behind it.:Smile:
    The one thing i miss is on the motorhome is cruise,for the motorway, i even use it locally in 30 mph areas, fuel economy is really good in cruise.:BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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  16. mondo

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    Manual all the way.....auto boxes..as JJ days you can't bump em and you have to disconnect the prop shaft when you tow em...I've always had manual boxes as a HGV driver of many years standing I only ever had 1 auto box vehicle..a Volvo FH12 Globetrotter..I did the Volvo course on how to drive them as did a lot of drivers at the company I worked for..they were reasonable to say the least..however mine must have been a rogue one..Now I was always told you can't stall an auto..I did..I was heading for Basingstoke from Farnham I came up from Farnham heading for Basingstoke turned left at a set of lights which was a slight uphill gradient it had just rained..I had around 6 tons of weight on so I gave it some power up the hill the wheels spun profusely and it changed up 3 gears into 7th and stalled..I had to over ride the box and start again and manually feather the gears/throttle to get up the hill...when I got back to the depot I spoke to the guys at Volvo..they said it was the first time they'd heard of a gearbox doing that..result was they said well use it like a manual then..pointless in an auto I thought

    I got shut of the vehicle and went back to a manual MAN artic unit..the first fall of snow that winter they were all slipping and sliding about one guy couldn't get out of a slight uphill lay bye..then they were all told to use the gearbox like a manual one for fuel saving purposes..all that money for an auto box just to use it like a manual!!!

    Stay with a manual mate it's a lot less bother..that is why you have a left foot.it's for the clutch!!!
     
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  17. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    Six of one, half a dozen of the other!

    I like the macho thing of driving a big van with a stick but I also like the easy way of no clutch, no gears..............

    Got several autos of various layouts and sizes and as your only in Kent why not come and have a try. Two Autotrails, same layouts, one manual on a Fiat, other auto on a Renault.

    Hymer auto on a Merc etc etc.
    Autotrail Cheyenne Auto
    Compass Navigator
    Lunar Premier

    Peter
     
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  18. Jaws

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    Being a lazy sod I prefer auto's
    BUT
    Having a mechanical background ( and having stripped and rebuilt lord knows how many Borg Warner box's over the years ) I will stick to manual in the van
     
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  19. Larrynwin

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    Was always a gearstick man, boy racer and all that but not any more. Autos are far more relaxing especially in traffic and yes they will brake downhill :Smile:
     
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  20. JeanLuc

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    Our Hymer is automatic (full auto with torque converter, not Sprint-shift). I love it and it is certainly an advantage with LHD as I don't keep reaching to the left for a gear-stick.
    Very smooth and makes travelling a joy.
    Modern auto-boxes are controlled by a program (often called auto-adaptive) which means they 'learn' your driving style and adapt accordingly. So if you are a boy(ish) racer and habitually take off from the lights in a cloud of diesel smoke, the box will learn that and delay up-shifts to provide you with that satisfying growl from the engine. If, on the other hand, like me you are a sedate member of the gentry, it will shift up sooner, realising that you value maturity and your wallet more than trying to impress the lady of 'a certain age' waiting next to you at the lights in a people carrier!
    Also, modern autos know when you are going down a steep hill and shift down to provide engine braking; or you can always over-ride them by flicking the lever (left or right in my case) to select the gear of your choice.

    I would not want a manual motorhome now - just wish my car was fitted with an auto too.
     
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