Sunseeker Mirage Sport: Review
A passion for quality construction and many thoughtful details are evident in the Sunseeker Mirage Sport, a van suited for Australia-wide touring.
Sunseeker’s difference from other brands is clearly in the detail that comes from owner Chris Michel’s extensive experience. His understanding of caravans – and what customers want to do to them – has been integral in creating what the brand is today. The Mirage Sport is no different, it’s the type of caravan that require very little optioning, and is particularly appropriate for those buying their first one.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
The Mirage Sport’s A-frame is formed from 150mm (6in) SupaGal high-tensile steel, while its chassis consists of a 100mm (4in) main member with a separate 50mm (2in) bearer laminated beneath and added gusseting between the main chassis and its cross members.
Fitting Al-Ko’s new 2.5t Enduro Outback independent trailing arm suspension with coil springs and twin telescopic shock absorbers doubly ensures that Mirage Sport owners have nothing to fear when they stray off the bitumen on to the rough or corrugated roads that you encounter off the beaten track in parts of Australia.
As far as I could see, the only negative was the PVC waste piping at the rear, which, although partially protected by the galvanised shielding for the rear of the Mirage Sport’s twin 95L fresh water tanks, could still be vulnerable to stone strike. However, Michel is addressing this by fitting larger truck-size mud flaps to future models.
There are some things I really liked, though. Firstly, the big windows, including those behind both the kitchen and dinette – who wants to be ‘trapped’ in a caravan with letterbox slits when there’s so much to look at outdoors? Secondly, the 186L Thetford three-way fridge, which is large for a caravan of this size and as it’s not mounted over a wheel well, it’s not too high to reach the Sphere Microwave above.
I was also quite impressed by the decor. It looked smart and modern, with the white walls and silver overhead cupboards blending nicely with the grey velour upholstery of the dinette, grey floor and black gloss lower cabinetry. The flip-up leg rests on the dinette seats are also appreciated if you want to stretch out and watch the Mirage Sport’s standard 24in TV via its full digital Winegard Sensor antenna.
Visually, the single-axle Mirage, with its smooth white walls, silver checkerplate, blue decals and large windows is a smart-looking, albeit conventional, caravan.
Access to the Mirage Sport is via a front-hinged centre door with a built-in step and a single drop-down exterior one, but indicative of the thoughtful features that abound in this van is the extended door stay that allows the front bedroom window to open fully without restricting access. An interior grab handle on the right-hand side is a nice addition to assist entry into the van.
There’s no front boot, maximising the van’s interior dimensions so, despite its relatively short overall length, it offers surprisingly good external storage thanks to the front full tunnel boot. Aware that many customers might want to take a generator with them to supplement the van’s battery and solar power for extended remote area travel, the 2016 models being launched at the Brisbane Caravan Show in June will have a roomy generator box located next to the spare wheel at the rear of the van.
Another thoughtful exterior feature is the centre support for the roll-out awning, ensuring that it won’t flex unnecessarily on badly corrugated roads.
THE WRAP UP
The Sunseeker Mirage Sport is well suited to Australia-wide touring and, as a bonus, can be towed by popular mid-size 4WDs, such as a Prado or a Pajero, when fully laden.
HITS AND MISSES
- Many thoughtful details
- Quality construction
- Compact size and weight
- Well-equipped for the price
- Only one AGM battery
- Plastic waste piping could be better protected
- No stone shield on the A-frame
SUNSEEKER MIRAGE SPORT SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 7.1m (23ft 4in)
- External body length 5.47m (18ft) External body width 2.5m (8ft 2in) Travel height 2.98m (9ft 9in)
- Internal height 2m (6ft 6in)
- Tare 1920kg
- ATM 2500kg
- Ball weight 180kg
- Frame Aluminium
- Cladding Aluminium composite
- Chassis 6in A-Frame with 6in SupaGal high-tensile steel
- Suspension Al-Ko 2.5t Enduro Outback trailing arm coil
- Brakes 12in electric
- Wheels 16in wheels with 265/75R16
- all-terrain tyres
- Water 2x95L
- Battery 1x120Ah AGM
- Solar 1x150W
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis 3
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control Optional
- Cooking Swift 500 Series with combo four-burner cooktop, grill and oven
- Fridge Thetford 186L
- Microwave Sphere
- Toilet Thetford ceramic
- Shower Fibreglass
- Lighting LED
- Hot water Suburban gas/electric
Price as shown
- $64,990 (on-road, Qld)
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The full test appears in Caravan World #551 July 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!