drove both in same size trucks, its really to each is own, they both have there benifits, myself I like my automatic, Im lazy at times,
one thing to remember if you are driveing down narrow roads in a 38 foot bus ,with lots of traffic and people , and traffice lights, and finding where your going,and 3 people in the back telling you where to go, your hands are as it is, let alone changeing gears and riding your clutch in heavy traffic. as well with the auto most everyone will drive, and its easyer to sell with a auto. im glad that I had a auto after this 8700km trip, I was in places where you had to do the 328 point turns, and stuck in slow moving 3 lane traffect. you get the picture.
anyway just my choice