Auto-Trail Tribute or Imala 736G (1 Viewer)

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Hi, I'm looking to buy an Auto-trail Tribute or Imala 736G. We need the large garage and the additional 2 seatbelts so I like the layout. Can anyone give me any advice please about the difference between the two. I realise the Tribute is older but it seems a big price difference for 2-3 years. Is the build quality that much better?
Any advice greatly appreciated.
 
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Hi, we have a Tribute 736 (not the G). It's our first motorhome and we really rate it. As far as I am aware, Tribute at the time was the bottom end of the Autotrail range....pretty much like the Expedition is currently. Imala is the next level up in terms of luxuries, so it will have things like a window in the hab door, full size cooker, hot plate on the hob, alloy wheels, better interior trim etc. The Imala 736 retails at around £70k which is c£10k higher than the equivalent Expedition C72. Re build quality.....we've had no issues (touch wood). Good luck with your purchase.
 
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Hi, we have a Tribute 736 (not the G). It's our first motorhome and we really rate it. As far as I am aware, Tribute at the time was the bottom end of the Autotrail range....pretty much like the Expedition is currently. Imala is the next level up in terms of luxuries, so it will have things like a window in the hab door, full size cooker, hot plate on the hob, alloy wheels, better interior trim etc. The Imala 736 retails at around £70k which is c£10k higher than the equivalent Expedition C72. Re build quality.....we've had no issues (touch wood). Good luck with your purchase.
That's really helpful, thank you so much. I'm not sure the extras on the imala justify the additional 10K we'd need to spend and, to be honest, I'd rather have that for our travels! How do you find the payload on it? The one we're looking at is the upgraded 3650kg so think this should be plenty for the two of us and the occasional trips with the grandkids.
 
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Hi Keira, our's is also upgraded to 3,650kg MTPLM, but some of that has been eaten away by the 100W solar panel, tow bar and Fiamma awning. Like you there is only the 2 of us touring, so plenty of spare payload for the usual bits and bats. Having the upgrade also means that Road Fund Licence is a more palatable £165.
 
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Hi Keira, our's is also upgraded to 3,650kg MTPLM, but some of that has been eaten away by the 100W solar panel, tow bar and Fiamma awning. Like you there is only the 2 of us touring, so plenty of spare payload for the usual bits and bats. Having the upgrade also means that Road Fund Licence is a more palatable £165.
Great, really good to know all this. Has really helped in our decision. Happy motorhoming :)

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If looking at new & Auto Trail I'd consider the Ford based F Line F70. Better base vehicle & engine. Large garage, large fridge & freezer, the usual AT separate shower etc, decent singles at the rear and a payload over 500kg on the 3500kg even when spec'd with all of the AT options available.
Lux pack gives you solar, decent Hartal hab door, BBQ, omni vent, carpets etc. Drivers Pack gives you heated screen, auto lights, wipers, foglights & cornering lights.

Cruise is standard. 70L fuel tank, 21L Adblue tank.

Standard 170 engine gives you more tug (405Nm) that the new Fiat 180 (380Nm). Plus if you want the Ford auto box (which to be honest the 9 speed is a must on the Fiats to get any real pulling power) it's a 3rd of the price.

The F Lines can also be up plated to 4100kg as a paper exercise through the likes of SV Tech for around £300 - £350.
 
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