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Tandem vs. Triple Axle - What's best for you?

Among the first things to do when shopping for a trailer is to evaluate its intended use. There are pros and cons to both tandem and triple trailer axles.

When most manufacturers list a GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) they are telling you the standard approximate weight of the trailer not including additional options (which could substantially increase this figure). Most of us know that to figure what can safely be hauled, one must take the GVW and subtract the weight of what is being carried. Then apply that to what your axles are rated. A tandem, 5200# snowmobile trailer starts with 10,000 pounds and you subtract from there. Do you have a fuel system? Propane Tanks? Heavy cabinets? Heaters? What do your sleds weigh full of fuel, or after riding in snow and ice? There are endless variables. For a small fee, you can stop at public scale and find out what you have loaded on your axles.

One of the main advantages to adding the third axle is the obvious increase in capacity; usually 45-65%. You will appreciably increase your braking ability as well as strengthen the structural capabilities. Some people feel that the trailer will tow better with three axles, and should you suffer a blowout on a tire, you will still have tires left to carry the load till you can pull off the roadway.

There is of course, a downside; the obvious being the additional cost. The trailer will weigh more empty and there are more tires and axles to maintain. There will be slightly more wear on the sidewall of the tires and most axle manufacturers will refuse to warranty “torsion” triple-axle configurations.

The most important factor to consider when making this decision is safety. Honestly evaluate your usage and needs and proceed accordingly.

Enclosed Trailers

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    Enclosed Haulers - Xcel Car Hauler Trailers

    Our entry level, enclosed car haulers are the Xcel/Transit series. These car hauler trailers can haul up to 6900 pounds with 96" of interior space.

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  • X-Box : Toybox : Sport +

    X-Box Sport Trailers

    The X-box/Toybox series from Mirage/TNT is perfect for first time buyers looking for 2-place snowmobile trailers or ATV trailers.

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  • Xpo : Tote : Cargo +

    Xpo Enclosed Cargo Storage Trailers

    Xpo/Tote cargo trailers are designed to suit first time buyers who need price point storage trailers built to last.

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  • Office Trailers +

    Custom Office Trailers

    Mirage/TNT has built office trailers for military, fire, and police departments. These custom trailers included server closets, conference rooms, and more.

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  • Xtera : Titan : Cargo +

    Xtera Enclosed Cargo Storage Trailers

    Xtera/Titan high line cargo trailers are simply the best on the market, whether used as storage trailers or fully customized to your specific application.

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Utility Trailers

  • UEQ : 14k Equipment +

    UEQ 14k Heavy Duty Equipment Trailers

    UEQ equipment trailers are built on a durable tube steel frame with 16" o/c crossmembers. These heavy duty trailers have a 14k GVWR.

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  • UET : Tilt Equipment +

    UET Equipment Tilt Trailers

    UET equipment trailers feature a tilt deck. Treadplate fenders, LED lights, torsion axles, and a beavertail are standard on tilt trailers from Mirage/TNT.

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  • UDT : Dump +

    Mirage/TNT Heavy Duty Dump Trailers

    UDT Dump Trailers are available from 5' to 7' wide. These heavy duty trailers feature a 45 degree dump angle. 

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  • ULS : Landscape Trailers +

    ULS Utility Landscape Trailer

    A wide selection of single and tandem axle landscape trailers from Mirage/TNT makes finding the right utility trailers for your landscaping business easy.

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  • UCHT : Tilt Car Haulers +

    Mirage/TNT Tilt Car Hauler Trailers

    Our UCHT car hauler trailers feature a tilting deck for loading and unloading. These tilt trailers are available in 16 or 18 foot lengths.

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RV Toy Hauler and Travel Trailers

  • Balboa +

    Balboa RV Toy Hauler

    The Balboa RV toy hauler features an all-steel frame built on a v-nose, car hauler chassis. Available units are front bath, front bedroom, and gooseneck.

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  • Illusion +

    Illusion Towable RV Travel Trailer

    Illusion RVs are Mirage/TNT's traditional travel trailers. They are available in standard 24' and slide-out models 24' and 25'.

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  • Hardcore +

    Hardcore RV Toy Hauler

    The Hardcore rv toy hauler is designed for snowmobile and ATV riders who want a 2 place trailer that is capable of towing easily behind a half ton pickup.

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