I did test drive. I liked the diesel and I've always been a gas man myself. I was surprised at how quiet the diesel is. The six speed automated transmission is interesting. There's a definite hesitation when shifting between gears in both automatic and manual mode. Put the lever in Drive and step on the gas and it runs through the gears with the hesitation between shifts. You can also slide it over to manual and shift when you like, with perhaps slightly less hesitation. I believe we'll get used to it. I'm going to write an extensive blog as we travel with it from Colorado to Northern New York state. In New York we're boondock camping at Higley Flow State Park, so I'll also write about how the propane lasts, how much I need the generator (trying to use solar on the roof only). I'll certainly keep everyone posted. Also, we're getting the bike rack, I'm going to try to get pics that show how that rack works as I haven't seen much on that topic, just an over all pic of bikes on or bikes off. Our blog is The States-On The Road
We're also really wondering about the food/packing thing, the rig we're trading has more basement storage than in the entire 59K I think.