Goldhofer launches second version of Stepstar

5 May 2021

Goldhofer has introduced a second version of the Stepstar self-tracking semi lowloader series, with one or two pairs of wheel recesses and the new ‘Mega’ gooseneck.

The three- to five-axle Stepstar semitrailers were launched in 2020. “There is no change, of course, with regard to the existing and proven advantages of the Stepstar family,” said  Robert Steinhauser, sales director Europe/North Africa, “but the wheel recess version and the ‘Mega’ gooseneck make for an even wider range of applications.”

The manufacturer says like the first version ones, the new semi lowloaders have very low deadweight and higher payloads. “With an intelligent lashing system, easy operation, and flexible setup options, all the vehicles in the Stepstar family offer a high level of safety plus cost-effective operations. That applies even more to the version with wheel recesses and the new gooseneck,” said Goldhofer.

The new Stepstar series comes with a choice of one or two pairs of wheel recesses, which the manufacturer says enable extremely high construction machines to 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 recess cover ensures fast setup times when other cargos are to be carried. With the extendable variants in particular, aluminum 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.

The new optional ‘Mega’ gooseneck is an additional plus, this allows more different loads to be transported with this vehicle 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 40ft or two 20ft containers for a total rig length of 16.5m.