In our experience, there are only a handful of automatic motorhomes we would genuinely recommend. These include Mercedes and the Renault Quick shaft. Granted, they’re a bit more pricey than manuals. However, they’re highly desirable and don’t tend to stick around for long in the salesroom.
What’s so Great About an Automatic?
Firstly, they’re very efficient, and gear changes are much smoother than with a manual. They’re also easy to drive because they feature two pedals – stop and go. This makes them particularly suited to people with mobility issues or older drivers.
Nevertheless, for the more able drivers, they don’t have to use the clutch as often, which is a godsend in heavy stop-start traffic. Automatics are also better for hill starts because the hand brake doesn’t need to be engaged. This makes them less stressful to drive, making for a more relaxing experience.
Historically, automatic gearboxes didn’t have as many gears as their manual counterparts and were notorious for jerky and slurred driving. Fast forward to the present day, and automatics are now much smoother. In fact, you sometimes might not realise when the gears have changed!
Motorhomes featuring automatic gearboxes are usually pleasant to drive, particularly if a powerful engine accompanies them. They’re also easy to maintain apart from an occasional oil change.
Because they’re designed to ‘creep’, they’re easy to park, and hill starts tend to be a breeze. This is because the vehicle is always held firmly in place.
Downsides of Buying an Automatic Motorhome
Overall, they make a sound choice. However, there are a couple of things you’ll need to think about.
First off, they do tend to be more expensive than manual motorhomes because of the automatic function, plus the high output engine included.
Secondly, many local garages are unable to repair automatics due to their lack of specialised equipment and knowledge. Due to this, it’s usually necessary to visit a mainstream dealer or specialist in automatic gearboxes. Many automatic gearboxes are sealed and don’t come with servicing instructions, contributing to the issue further.
Finally, clutches sometimes need replacing on automatic models occasionally. Front brake discs can also be prone to more wear than a manual.
If you are looking for an automatic motorhome, then come and visit our showroom at Tyne Valley Motorhomes to see our full range.