View Poll Results: Auto or manual
3 or 4 spd Auto 7 15.91%
5 spd+ Auto 30 68.18%
3 or 4 spd Stick 0 0%
5 spd+ Stick 7 15.91%
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:39 PM   #11
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LOL - You can still order a manual transmission?
I realize that you can, but with the improvements in today's automatics, the reasons for manual diminish every year. If I had to go back to towing with a standard, I probably wouldn't tow!

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Old 12-20-2010, 06:36 AM   #12
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We just ordered a 2011 F350 diesel for our 292RL Sandpiper. The transmission has a switch on the gear selector to use as a FULL manual transmission.
Check it it out, pretty cool

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Old 12-20-2010, 12:02 PM   #13
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lol get one of them fancy automatic shifting manual transmissions

or go for broke and get a twin stick manual

One state/province at a time!
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Old 12-20-2010, 05:30 PM   #14
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oh now you done it - if she sees that video we'll never be able to upgrade to a diesel
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:59 PM   #15
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With only one leg, I don't have a choice (JUST KIDDING!), but DW is less than 5' tall and has real problems with the pedal forces invloved in a stick-shift transmission.

It's probably not an issue on the high-torque rigs we RVers have, but might be on your choice of toad. Experience of family members in Europe says be very leery of the "paddle shift" type transmissions. They are really stick-shift boxes with complex dual clutches and hydraulic actuators doing the shifting.

My sister had a small Vauxhall (UK General Motors) with a system like that and the damn thing was always in the shop for transmission problems, fortunately under warranty. I think in 12 months it spent about 6 weels in the shop. After 18 months she got fed up with it and went for a Honda Fit (called the "Jazz" in England) which has a conventional torque converter tranny. It has some clever computer controls on it to maximize gas mileage, but she's had it 4 years and never been back to the dealer, except for the service under the extended warranty provisions.

If the "Fit" is flat towable, that's going to be my first choice for a toad.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:15 PM   #16
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looks like we are ending with an '03 f-250 Extcab 4spd 4r100 auto

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