Anyone pulling a 28' Mirage Xtreme Sport with a 1/2 Ton??

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I've had a Mirage 28' v-nose with the Highmark package for 10 years and other than some maintenance repairs it has been fine. I too, would like to know if other owners like another brand better. Mine has a steel frame which some have complained about because of rust, but the rust on mine is only cosmetic without structural issues. I like the heavier steel frame (aluminum is susceptible to corrosion too) as it keeps the weight/center of gravity down low. I have towed mine in heavy mountain cross-winds/blizzards and it pulls great.
 

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I've had a Mirage 28' v-nose with the Highmark package for 10 years and other than some maintenance repairs it has been fine. I too, would like to know if other owners like another brand better. Mine has a steel frame which some have complained about because of rust, but the rust on mine is only cosmetic without structural issues. I like the heavier steel frame (aluminum is susceptible to corrosion too) as it keeps the weight/center of gravity down low. I have towed mine in heavy mountain cross-winds/blizzards and it pulls great.
Thank you for the feedback! Have you ever towed it with a 1/2 ton? If so, how did it do?
 

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I thought they were good trailers? I can still back out of the deal if i need to. Can you fill me in a bit?
Years ago Mirage developed a really bad name because of a batch of horrible axles they received.
they have worked hard to overcome that for quite some time now.
I have had 5 Mirage trailers over the years and never had any really serious issues with any of them.
 
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I've never towed my 28' Mirage with a half-ton; I believe current gas motors would be capable, but not like my diesel. My tow rigs have all been Ram 3500's, 4-door, 8' long beds with ~2,000 lb payload in the bed for a gross weight near 10,000 lbs. The truck weight, diesel motor, heavier suspension & longer wheelbase all add up to a solid/safe combination for towing (and stopping) here in the mountain west., especially in the wind.
 

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I pulled a 8.5’ wide steel frame 24’ plus V Wells Cargo with a halfton for several years. It’s only 3 hours to the mountain for me. 2017 Crew Cab 6.5’ box 5.3 with the 6 speed. And air bags. I would never pull it without the air bags. Top speed was generally 65-70 wrapped out in 4th gear. Climbing the pass out of Laramie I could maintain 45 but it was working it’s butt off. If someone got in my way and I had to slow down it was 30mph to the top. I now have a Duramax. Way more solid. You can take the pass in whatever gear you want with the torque. I will never go back to this trailer and a halfton.
 
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I thought they were good trailers? I can still back out of the deal if i need to. Can you fill me in a bit?
This was my experience with my mirage trailer. Keep in mind it gets washed every trip, stored under cover during off season. I keep my stuff super clean, etc. it was a 2008, bought it new in sept of 08.
i Did have the axle problems, I had all axle hangers re-fabricated, all broke.
the front door about fell off, the hinges were super thin, and material supporting was also thin.
the electrolysis was ridiculous on that trailer, that’s why you see those trailers with about a ft of diamond plating around the whole bottom of the trailer to try and cover up the electrolysis.
if I was parked off camber at all, I couldn’t get back door shut because of all the flex in the trailer.
when I look at the new trailers, I see the same quality issues that I dealt with, that’s why I wouldn’t personally buy another. might be a good short time purchase if you buy new, keep it for a couple of years and sell it.
just my 2 cents. Good luck in your trailer search.
i did have friends tow with half ton pickups, it’s doable, the trucks just gonna be working hard at times.
 

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P.S. I would be putting in air ride in the rear or timbrens at the minimum as well as using a weight distributing hitch.
You may want to do some research on these two. I’ve been reading online that bags and wd hitches counteract with each and make matters worse. wd hitches are made to be used without bags. I’ve seen videos that show the wd hitches working better by placing more weight on the trucks front axle compared to bags, but the tests could be leveraged by wd hitch manufacturers.
 
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If I was going to pull with a 1/2 ton I would use a 7 wide. I have a 7x25 look. I can get 4 in it, but if I was planning on 4 all the time I would have got it at least 2 and maybe 4 foot longer. Bought it to pull behind a 1/2 ton. They are lower decked so less effects from a cross wind and less wind resistance. I now have a 1 ton, but still love the way a 7 wide pulls.
 
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Bought a trailer a couple years ago, when I was shopping, from looks alone mirage was bottom of the list for fit and finish and quality of materials in my eyes. If you are after a cheap trailer and it is a good deal then it may be good for you.

There was also much better deals in the Midwest. Trailer prices are high here.
 
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