I have been a lurker on this forum since I begin saving for a new truck. I hope my question hasn't been previously answered as I have read a lot of Auto vs Manual Transmission posts. Anyway, here goes:
I have absolutely no diesel truck experience. My past trucks have included a 77 GMC pulling a travel trailer, a 72 and 74 GMC hauling a camper and an 88 GMC (Gas Engine) pulling a fifth wheel. The '74 & '88 had automatics. The '72 & '77 manuals. I am currently driving the 1977. My past experience is that the automatics were great on the open road or unloaded but terrible when the trying to haul the RV on logging roads or backing into primitive camping spaces. It seems that the old autos would allow the truck to stop moving if idling and going slow when a small limb, rock, root or rut was encountered. Stepping on the throttle resulted in the truck and RV jumping over the obstacle.
I have a couple of friends in the service department at the local Dodge dealer and they recommend I reconsider an automatic when I buy a new Dodge diesel as they say the autos are much improved. My question is: Can you leave your foot off the throttle with the new automatics and have them ease over small obstacles while moving a load similar to what a manual transmission will do in 1st gear or reverse if you keep your foot off the clutch?