19 January 2012

Tribute T-725

Tribute T-725 Sport wins Family Coachbuilt of the Year

The Tribute T-725 has been named the Family Coachbuilt of the Year by Motorcaravan Motorhome Monthly (MMM), the UK’s best-selling motorcaravan magazine, and Which Motorhome, the UK’s number one magazine for motorhome testing, at their prestigious 2012 awards.

The MMM awards are now in their eighth year and this year MMM has joined forces with Which Motorhome, to create one set of combined awards which recognise the best new campervans and motorhomes on sale in the UK. The awards were sponsored by the Caravan Club and were held at the Luton Hoo Hotel on Thursday 12th January, with dealers and manufacturers from the motorhome industry present.

The Tribute T-725 is a great example of a family coachbuilt, which impressed the judges from MMM and Which Motorhome magazines enough for them to name it the family coachbuilt of the year. The judges looked carefully at everything from the functionality of the layout, the build quality and overall usability, to how the ‘van performs on the road as well as on the campsite, right through to whether it off ers true value for money.

One of the judges, Rachel Stothert, MMM’s deputy editor, said: “The Tribute T-725 is perfect for hassle free family holidays.”

While Dave Hurrell, road test editor for MMM and senior judge, said: “Already a great value package on a great base vehicle, this Tribute is enhanced by an easy-access permanent bed that still retains plenty of storage.” Chief judge and editor of Which Motorhome, Peter Vaughan, commented: “Why spend more? For £40k you get a fully loaded garage layout coachbuilt that’s perfect for four - it even has a separate shower, 140bhp engine and plenty of kitchen worktop.”

The British motorhome market and the Continental market diff er in one signifi cant area: families make up a greater proportion of the European market while it is retired couples that make up the vast majority of UK buyers. Few British manufacturers therefore consider the family market and design the majority of their motorhomes to appeal to couples. Meanwhile European family motorhomes are designed for families who eat and relax outdoors enjoying the Mediterranean climate. This means their lounges and kitchens are often not attractive to UK buyers. So a truly versatile motorhome that suits family holidays at home as well as on the

Continent is a tough cookie to fi nd. The judges had a challenge as they wanted a great family motorhome that offers plenty of storage (for bikes and games and all the other accoutrements that children need), a practical washroom, a lounge large and comfortable enough for everyone, at least four travel seats with seatbelts, a practical bed layout that allows for the adults to relax while the children sleep and enough kitchen space to store food and cook for a family. They were also on the look out for a fridge and cooker that can cope with feeding a family. And all in a budget that doesn’t break the bank!

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