Get it all in a garage
Calling families of all sizes. You really can ring the changes in this 2019 season addition to Auto-Trail’s Tribute coachbuilts motorhome range – which offers variations on four to six-berth schemes.
So, you could have a “standard” Tribute T-736 G, providing sleeping and travel accommodation for up to four. There’s more, though, because you can have Hi-line (as here) or Lo-line overcab variants, as well as a double dinette, at no charge, albeit it’s an extra £550 to add seat belts for the rear-facing seat (and the maximum weight is upgraded to 3,650kg).
Also, because this is the Hi-line version, that overcab pod is home to a double bed.
From the outside, though, it still manages to look pretty sleek as well as providing generous bed space.
However you want your T-736 G, it starts off with a comfortable transverse double bed set over a particularly large garage accessible from either side (although it’s the nearside hatch that’s by far the larger; plus, it’s also accessible from inside the vehicle).
A quick note here, because the T-736 G differs only from the standard T-736 in terms of having that garage which, in turn, means the bed is set high. It can mean access problems for some people, but the key to the G is the sheer amount of storage space you get for anything up to bikes, barbecues, outdoor furniture and more.
Like all Tribute coachbuilts, the fixings on the back panel for an external bike rack come as standard, although they hardly seem needed here. You might also have spotted a new slimmer LED awning light, for 2019. Thereafter, the Tribute look continues as before.
There’s an electric step for the habitation door, which comes with premium indicators, such as two-point locking, window, higher level waste bin and low-level storage pocket.
Step inside and the kitchen is nearside. The chef gets a Thetford Triplex cooker (three-ring gas hob, combined oven and grill) and a large rectangular sink (typically Tribute), with permanent worktop space in between, where you also get a very useful pull-up tower of three mains sockets. The kitchen unit houses the fridge, leaving space for a small cutlery drawer and two lockers (one shelved).
Overhead, there’s a single locker and a microwave oven (shorter folk may find the latter set a bit high).
Opposite, the washroom incorporates a plastic-lined shower cubicle, complete with hanging rail and chrome corner shelving.
There’s also a fixed basin and a swivel-bowl toilet, plus a large, opaque window (abetted by a rooflight). Details include a toilet roll holder, mirror, strip light in the shower etc. A high-level locker provides handy storage, but it lacks a shelf, or even a lip.
There’s step access to that main bed across the back. A chunky, one-piece mattress sits on a membrane (for breathability).
The head end has two LED downlighters, plus there’s a ledge to one side. Open shelving either end of the two lockers, along the back wall, helps alleviate any feeling of being too enclosed – and there’s ambient lighting above and below.
All this leaves plenty of lounge space at the front end. Here, it’s the standard L-shaped settee set-up, with a removable section for when you want passenger legroom.
Both cab seats are easy enough to swivel, and the free-standing table means you should get comfortable dining for at least four.
It’s all based on Fiat’s Ducato with a 130bhp engine and manual transmission, but lots of power and transmission upgrades are available.
You’ll want to budget for the Driver’s and/or Lux Packs, both of which are £1,499. A bonus, though, is the GT Pack (previously £1,699) is now standard, so your Tribute comes kitted out with alloy wheels, awning, solar panel and external gas socket.
Verdict: A great addition to the Tribute line-up for 2019
Plus: Cavernous garage storage, choice of seating and sleeping options
Minus: Main bed accessibility, small fridge
There’s more information on the Tribute range on the Auto-Trail website. Find out more about insuring this or your current motorhome on our motorhome insurance discounts page.
Alternatives: Adria XL Plus A 670 SP, Benimar Mileo 346
Auto-Trail Tribute 736 G factfile
|Model||Auto-Trail Tribute 736 G|
|Base vehicle||Fiat Ducato|
|Dimensions||7.25m L x 2.35m W x 3.10m H (Hi-line version)|
|Berths||Four (maximum six)|
|Travel seats||Four (maximum six)|
|Maximum weight||3,500kg (upgradable to 3,650kg)|
|RRP||From £47,131 on the road|
|Safety & security||Electronic immobiliser, remote central locking, ABS and EBD, EBA (emergency brake assist), driver airbag, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.|
|Key options||Driver’s Pack (£1,499), Lux Pack (£1,499), 148bhp engine (£900), Comfort-Matic automatic transmission (£2,040), 177bhp engine (£2,820), metallic cab paintwork (£599), additional leisure battery (£120), detachable towbar and electrics (£550).|