Auto-Trail’s Apprentices assist in the development of Tyco BMW’s new 2018 Comanche Motorhome

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In 2017 Auto-Trail introduced a new apprenticeship scheme into the company, to specifically train young talent with the highest level of skills tailored towards the motorhome manufacturing industry. Now only a few months in, Auto-Trail’s Apprentices assist in the development of Tyco BMW’s new 2018 Comanche Motorhome.


The Auto-Trail apprenticeship scheme is structured around The City and Guilds Nottingham EMTEC Caravan and Motorhome Programme. Both courses, Level 2 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, and Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair Paint Competence are designed to enhance the development of entry level apprentices to reach a high level of practical skills.


Auto-Trail’s apprenticeship scheme is delivered through a block release programme over a period of 3 years, of which trainees share their working time between Auto-Trail’s state-of-the-art production facility located in Grimsby, and Nottingham College where they complete the majority of their theory based work and assessments.


Now, only a few months into the scheme, Auto-Trail’s highly motivated and passionate trainees have already started to see the outcome of their hard work and dedication by assisting with the development of international motorcycle road racing team, TYCO BMW Motorrad’s new 2018 Comanche motorhome.


Apprentice Co-ordinator, Dave Croudson has worked at Auto-Trail for over 20 years and is passionate in motivating the younger generation to jump onto the fast-paced motorhome manufacturing career ladder.


Brandon Braithwaite, Vehicle Accident Repair Paint Competence Apprentice says:


“The most meaningful part of this job is seeing the finished project and knowing that you took part in that. Working at Auto-Trail is very enjoyable and you often don’t feel like you are at work because of the nice friendly environment and doing something I enjoy.”


From leaving School with fantastic functional skills of GCSE grades C and above in Maths, English and ICT, to heading straight into the working world of a motorhome manufacturing productional line, Auto-Trail is very proud to have gained such hardworking, motivated apprentices’ that will ensure the continued success of the Auto-Trail company.

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Auto Trail set to launch My Auto Trail, an online customer portal for 2018 models


Auto Trail is the UK’s leading motorhome manufacturer located in Grimsby,


Lincolnshire. The Auto Trail brand is renowned for its continuous innovation and attention to detail.


As well as offering an exquisite, luxurious range of motorhome models, Auto Trail will now be launching an online portal called My Auto Trail, for all its new Tracker, Apache and Frontier 2018 models.

My Auto Trail is an online portal where customers can manage and monitor the status of their motorhomes – giving customers complete control and peace of mind. It will provide you with all the information you need to know about your vehicle, and with remote access and the opportunity to set alerts, you will always be kept in control when it comes to your motorhome.


Sargent Electrical Services have provided Auto Trail with an easy to use online portal, allowing customers to have an enhanced user experience. My Auto Trail gives customers the ability to locate, monitor, and even show the historical data of your vehicle.


My Auto Trail also gives our customers the ability to notify them if the frost warning, vehicle battery or leisure battery is running too low. SMS or email alerts can be enabled or disabled to receive this information on a regular basis, so our customers always know their motorhome is kept in the best condition.


An additional feature added to My Auto Trail is an annual tracking subscription,

Auto Trail Connect. Auto Trail Connect is an added component that allows you to know where your vehicle is in real time, at all times. It has European coverage and keeps your motorhome safe, giving you continuous peace of mind.


Auto Trail Connect is a Thatcham CAT 6 approved tracking system that also gives our customers the ability to reduce their insurance costs.


Customers who already own a 2018 Tracker, Apache or Frontier can access this web portal already and register an account at


If you would like to know more about My Auto Trail and its additional feature Auto Trail Connect, then please contact us on 01472 571000 or email


Auto Trail will also be exhibiting at the NEC Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017 on the 17th-22nd October at stand 7-20. Here you will be able to see all Auto Trail’s new 2018 models and My Auto Trail in more detail.

Date of issue: 10/10/2017       Date of release: 10/10/2017

New Auto-Trail motorhomes for 2018

Tribute Compact

Auto-Trail's entry-level van conversions is in three models, the four-berth T-669, the two-berth T-670 and the two-berth T-680. This year, these models are all enhanced by new worktops, new upholstery and a fixed table in the front lounge area. 

Auto-Trail Tribute Compact T-669 2018 exterior Auto-Trail Tribute Compact T-680 2018 front lounge Auto-Trail Tribute Compact T-680 rear lounge 2018


Tribute coachbuilts

Tribute layouts remain the same, but the range is now branded as an Auto-Trail Tribute. Choose between the end kitchen/washroom T-615 and T-620, the rear lounge T-625, the French bed T-715, the bunk bed T-726 and the T-720 and T-736 with twin lounges. New graphics, new upholstery and new worktops. 

Auto-Trail Tribute T-726 2018 Auto-Trail Tribute T-736 2018 Auto-Trail Tribute T-736 with Drivers and Lux Packs 2018



The more upmarket V-Line van conversion ranges sees two different types this year - SE and Sport. SE is a more standard van converison and offers four rear lounge layouts from the 5.41m MWB Fiat up to the 6.36m XLWB version. Then you can upgrade three of these models (not the 540) with a Sport Pack, which included the GRP moulded back panel instead of rear doors, a U-shaped lounge and a whole host of other features like flush-fit side windows.

Auto-Trail V-Line 636 SE exterior Auto-Trail V-Line Sport interior 2018 Auto-Trail V-Line 635 Sport back panel 2018



This is Auto-Trail's mid-priced offering, now with four layouts including a new 732 model with a transverse island bed. For 2018 you get new rear lights and panel, improved LED lighting and a lockable Whale water filler cap. You can also order these models with a Media Pack.


This was originally Auto-Trail's more compact models, but it now includes the 7.60m RB, introduced a couple of years ago, and now the LB, which is the same length as the RB, but the island bed is positioned in a more traditional lengthways position, rather than transverse. 

Auto-Trail Tracker LB exterior 2018 Auto-Trail Tracker LB interior 2018 Auto-Trail Tracker LB interior 2018


Stepping up a range the three Apache models remain, offering rear lounge or a fixed transverse double bed.


Finally, the flagship Frontier continues with seven models, adoptong the same new control panel that is going into the Tracker and Apache ranges.

Auto-Trail are proud to announce its support of the Tyco BMW British Superbike Team for the 2017 season by supplying the BMW factory team with a bespoke motorhome for use throughout the year.
As a true British brand, Auto-Trail have been interesting in supporting a British Superbike team for some time and feel the success of the Tyco BMW team fits well with the achievements and the character of Auto-Trail’s products.
Motorhomes are a popular mode of transport and accommodation for motorsport teams and fans, providing the management, riders or support crew a relaxing and comfortable space to conduct meetings, give interviews or just unwind after a long days racing.

The Tyco BMW team consists of three top level riders for 2017 - young talent, Christian Iddon; TT legend, Ian Hutchinson and new arrival for the season Davide Giugliano. 
Russell Hensman, Auto-Trail’s Marketing Manager commented “We are thrilled to have teamed up with such a force in the British Superbike roster, Tyco and BMW are two fantastic brands and Philip’s team is one of the most recognisable and popular on the circuit; we look forward to working with them further in the coming seasons”.
The team have chosen a 2017 Frontier Serrano, which features a fixed rear bed, a luxury bathroom and a lounge area towards the cab; all trimmed in leather. Storage space has been further increased by raising the height of the bed, creating sufficient space for a paddock scooter under the rear bed with easy access. The exterior of the motorhome has been adorned with the team branding ensuring the relationship is prominent both beside the track and on the road.
The vehicle was handed over to Philip Neill, Team Managing Director, at the first race of the season at Donington Park, where the team achieved two hard-earned podium finishes.

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