Carthago C tourer T148H (1 Viewer)

Apr 12, 2013
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Recently sold my lovely Hymer B680 Starline and looking at something the wife could chauffer me round in as I have lost my licence and spotted one of these unfortunately it's an auto and would really like a manual.
Anyone know where's there's one for sale up to about £75 k or something similar?
 

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Have you asked your wife if she'd be happier with an auto? Hubby loves ours and wouldn't go back to a manual now, the auto is much more relaxing and less tiring to drive.
 
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Auto for me every time if I could find one. Its just a prejudice from forty years ago when auto gearboxes where expensive to maintain and used a lot more fuel, not true today. Less than a third of vehicles sold worldwide are manual now, its a strangly UK (and European) thing
 
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My wife would be Happy with a fiat auto but I wouldn't be too happy when it failed in France or where ever.
I used to drive a comfortmatic robotised vehicle for a living for five years and wasn't impressed .
But the Hymer I just sold had a absolutely brilliant auto gearbox .
 
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I think we hear of several problems with the Fiat robotic box because so many have been sold but percentage wise it is not a large number. We have one in our 2019 Burstner which has now covered nearly 20,000 since bought new. It’s a bit strange till you get used to it but from then on we find it fine. We have found that if you are pulling out onto a busy road the van accelerates quicker if you dont press the accelerator to hard as under heavy torque the box is slower to change up.

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My wife would be Happy with a fiat auto but I wouldn't be too happy when it failed in France or where ever.
I used to drive a comfortmatic robotised vehicle for a living for five years and wasn't impressed .
But the Hymer I just sold had a absolutely brilliant auto gearbox .
Newer auto’s are the zf torque ones, not sure if they would be obtainable for £75k on a carthago though
 
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would be very happy with new ZF torque one but dont think you could buy anything at that price point , maybe a PVC ?
 
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We have a Carthago 148H with a manual Gear Box, it is our 1st MH, we originally wanted the Auto Box, but soon changed my mind when I found out it was a manual robotised box, and not a proper smooth torque converter type.
So pleased now we got the manual, having read of many Funsters having problems, some at considerable cost to repair. In recent years I have cars with proper auto boxes, I still enjoy driving the MH with manual box, especially round tight turns on mountain switch back roads.
Things move on and now Fiats come with a much better 9 Speed box, however I am told you are into 3rd gear by the time you exit a roundabout, and that it likes a heavy boot to hold gears longer. Its very smooth though, and would love to try one with the larger BHP engine.
If prices hadn't risen so sharply, we might have been looking to buy new again last year, but happy to stick with our existing van, with manual gear box...wroom!:giggle:
Hope The OP finds a 148H soon, great layout, loads of room.(y)
LES
 
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