Join Date: Mar 2008
My Motorhome: A Caravan of all things !!
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These are not automatic gearboxes in the true meaning of the word.
They are robotised manuals, the electronics do everything from slacking off the throttle, disengaging the clutch (yes they still have one) change into whichever gear it decides is best, letting the clutch up again and matching the revs to the road speed. You cannot actual change gear yourself, only tell the imp that does it all what you WANT it to do, it then does it for you. (At its own pace)
I ran one for a while, you do get used to the slow 1st to 2nd shift, but pulling out onto a busy roundabout can be "interesting" as the bloody thing will always start to change just as that 44 tonnes is bearing down on you and there is NOTHING you can do to speed the process up. There is no "gear lever" only a selector lever that LOOKS like a gear lever.
Personally, having run one for a few years I would not have another, only a "proper" auto, and that seems to be VERY rare on anything other than those at the very high end of motorhomes pricing.
Its not the destination that matters.
It's who you share the journey with (even if like me, itís in a caravan!)
I am very fortunate to have Mrs Plodd to share mine with