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Message posted by White Rose28/4/2017 at 2:33pm
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Could anyone suggest good dealerships in the north of England/Midlands to look for motorhomes with automatic transmission, please? It's for a friend of mine - she's just started looking and we've been surprised at how few automatics are around. Her budget is under 20k and she doesn't want a fixed bed.

Message posted by Capt Lightning28/4/2017 at 4:19pm
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Use Autotrader Motorhomes and set transmission = Automatic, price <20k and reasonable distance from home. There's not a lot but there are some.

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Message posted by White Rose28/4/2017 at 7:42pm
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Thanks Capt! Will see what comes up :-)

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Choice will be limited, largely due to budget, so you may need to be prepared to search further away.

I would only go for a torque converter auto, not an automated manual and before going anywhere have a full auto box service including fluid change.

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Quote: Originally posted by daveyjp on 29/4/2017
Choice will be limited, largely due to budget, so you may need to be prepared to search further away.

I would only go for a torque converter auto, not an automated manual and before going anywhere have a full auto box service including fluid change.



Thanks Davey - could you just run that through a Technical to Clueless translation service for me 😂😂 What's the difference between a torque converter auto and an automated manual one, how would she be able to tell the difference (and what's the difference between one of those and a semi automatic gearbox?)?!

I'm amazed that there are so few around, tbh!!

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Message posted by Capt Lightning29/4/2017 at 12:54pm
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I imagine Davey is referring to a semi-automatic box. This, I believe, dispenses with having to operate a clutch to change gears, but is otherwise similar to a manual box.   The torque converter ones are what most people associate with automatic vehicles. You stick it in 'Drive', press the accelerator and off you go. It changes gear automatically.

It doesn't surprize me that most vans are manual. They are based on commercial vehicles where cost, economy, and lower maintenance are of greater importance.

I don't know where you are in W. Yorkshire, but searching Autotrader within 100 miles of York yielded 33 results - mainly campervans.

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Message posted by Jazzij29/4/2017 at 1:47pm
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Wellhouse near Huddersfield have a few auto's.

http://wellhouseleisure.com/

In reality most auto's are either large American RV's, Mazda Bongo's or very small ex motability doblo/kangoo conversions.

There are of course some std motorhomes with auto boxes, but they are very rare.


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