The Stepstar series, Goldhofer's new generation of self-tracking semi lowloaders launched in 2020, provides many benefits for haulage companies including an efficient load securing system combined with user-friendly operation and a practical range of accessories. These three- to five-axle semitrailers have been upgraded and they are now available with wheel recesses and the new Mega gooseneck.
“There is no change, of course, with regard to the existing and proven advantages of the Stepstar family,” said Robert Steinhauser, sales director for Europe / North Africa at Goldhofer, “but the wheel recess version and the Mega gooseneck make for an even wider range of applications.”
The new Stepstar semi lowloaders feature a very low deadweight, resulting in much higher payloads. Thanks to the use of premium components, maintenance intervals are longer and total cost of ownership is lower than that of comparable trailers, said Goldhofer. This leads to significant savings on overall fleet operations.
With an intelligent lashing system, easy operation, and flexible set-up options, all the vehicles in the Stepstar family provide a high level of safety plus cost-effective operations. This applies even more to the new version with wheel recesses and Mega gooseneck.
The new Stepstar series comes with a choice of one or two pairs of wheel recesses. Thus extremely high construction machines can be transported where maximum height regulations would otherwise be a problem. The wheel recesses have a low entry angle and cross ribs for safe loading with wheeled vehicles with a low approach/departure angle.
The depth of the wheel recesses can also be adjusted to the ground clearance of the machine to be loaded. A simple and well-designed recess cover ensures fast set-up times when other cargos are to be carried. With the extendable variants in particular, aluminium spacers can be used to facilitate transportation of wheeled vehicles with different wheelbases.
The flat approach angle of the folding ramps is ideal for vehicles with low ground clearance, such as screen and crusher plants. The optional TraffideckGO low-wear, anti-slip polymer decking offers a high coefficient of friction for maximum safety when loading and travelling.
The new optional Mega gooseneck is an additional benefit, which allows more different loads to be transported with Stepstar than ever before, as the height difference between the loading area and the gooseneck is reduced to a minimum. This permits transportation divided loads, general cargos, and even a 40-ft or two 20-ft containers for a total rig length of 16.5 m.