Semi Trailer News

North Mankato, MN

Semi Trailer News


North Mankato, MN

by: Jake Stock

Star Trailer Sales

(507) 625-2234

Minneapolis-St. Paul to Mankato Area: Cattle Semi-Trailer Capacity for Farm/Ag

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Livestock trailer from EBY

If you’re looking for information about cattle semi-trailer capacity, consider the size and configuration of your trailer, size of livestock being loaded and how many trailers you need for your agriculture or agribusiness operation. Agriculture trailers are some of the most widely used products we carry at Star Trailer Sales in North Mankato, MN. We are a national distributor of semi trailers across the United States and our partners include top manufacturers in North America. Call us to learn more about our new and used semi trailer inventory for sale, our parts or our services. Our trailers are great for hauling hogs as well as cattle.

Size and Configuration for Cattle Semi-Trailer Capacity

The size and configuration of your livestock semi trailer will determine the capacity of the load. Of course this coincides with animal size, which we’ll cover in the next section of this article, but there are some estimations we can make to help predict overall capacity. For example, according to the IFAS Extension at the University of Florida, a chart is used to determine best hauling practices for cattle livestock. This chart, for example, shows that a 24-foot by 7-foot livestock trailer can haul up to eleven 1,200-pound cows safely at maximum cattle semi-trailer capacity. Our EBY livestock trailers are between 48 and 54 feet in length and around 8 or so feet in width. Some include air ride suspension. The 2020 Eby Bullride, for example, is a 53′ x 102″ x 13’6″ with 10’1″ spread axle and eight aluminum rims. There are nose vents, lighted sign, left-hand roll up door, curbside rear washout, lift-out plug drains at the rear drop, aluminum roof, drivers-side rear escape door, side post with winter retainer post, center access doors, removable deck in nose, extended down ramp into belly, tube style gates and numerous other features.

Size of Livestock Being Loaded

The size of the livestock, in this case cattle, being loaded into the trailer also makes a difference. Using the rule of thumb above example, the cows weighed 1200 pounds. You can use the trailer size and cattle size in the IFAS chart to make predictions about how many cattle can be transported in your livestock semi trailer. Carrying livestock can be a dangerous job and is important to be careful. Many news reports have revealed accidents involving cattle hauling. Hauling hogs in semi trailers can be dangerous as well. Keep this mind when loading your livestock and preparing for their transport. Take a look through our inventory to get a good idea of the types of livestock trailers we distribute across the U.S.

Buying Livestock Trailers in the United States

We sell our livestock trailers all across the continental U.S. We have customers in Montana, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nebraska, Iowa and other parts of the country as well. Call our expert sales to staff to learn more about the ordering process. To have new builds of multiple trailers for your operation, consult with us as soon as possible to get the order process started.


Best Flatbed Semi Trailer: A Guide From Mankato, MN New/Used Trailer Sales Pros

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MANKATO, MN – Find the best flatbed semi trailer for sale in Minnesota. This is a guide to follow from the new and used trailer sales pros in Mankato, Star Trailer. There are many considerations to take into account when considering buying one of these types of trailers for your semi truck. These experts of the industry with more than 40 years of experience can consult with you on making your order and getting parts and service.

Finding Higher Profits with Flatbed Trailers

In the commercial trucking industry, many are able to find more profitable loads to carry when using flatbeds. According to Fueloyal, a fuel and industry information provider of data on commercial trucking, the operation of flatbeds are generally more profitable than dry van or reefer trucking business. In fact, they estimate that the loads on flatbeds and freight yield around 20 percent higher load per mile prices. This provides for an increased gross income and overall profit the group says. There are several reasons why truckers can demand and receive higher payouts for their loads when carrying them on this type of semi versus others.

Why Flatbed Loads Pay More Per Mile

There are several reasons why these types of semi trailers pay more per mile than do van trailers and reefers on average. Most of the reasons have to do with cost of operation but also due to demand. The less demand, the more operators will charge to make their earnings. Here are some of those reasons for higher payouts on flatbed loads as pointed out by Fueloyal:

  • loads are harder to find
  • trailer type costs more to acquire
  • extra insurance costs
  • need for more experienced drivers
  • longer pickup and delivery times
  • loads are checked more often
  • more time to secure and fix loads
  • need for more equipment

Finding the Right Trailer for the Job

There are many types and sizes of flatbed trailers. There are also many different manufacturing brands as well. There are 40-, 42-, 45-, 38- and 53-foot trailers typically. The average job, according to Trucker to Trucker, requires around 48 feet of trailer length. Therefore, finding the best flatbed semi trailer requires an understanding of these metrics.

More fleets are moving toward using exclusively 53-foot trailers for their operations. The vast majority of operators will need a spread axle trailer that provides upwards of 20,000 pounds per axle of load weight for safety.

U.S. Distributor Carries Top Semi Trailer Manufacturer Brands in the Industry

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Order a variety of trailer brands and types anywhere in the U.S.A.

Star Trailer Sales in Minnesota is a nationwide distributor of top semi trailer brands in North America. Carrying both Canadian and American semi trailers and equipment, this distribution company can handle orders across the country. Many of the sales the company makes are to businesses in the Upper Midwest, lower and Central Midwest the West and Eastern U.S.A. However, the company can accommodate trucking organizations, construction/building companies and agribusinesses in the Southeast, Northeast, Southwest and Northwest regions of the country as well.

North American Semi Trailer Brands from U.S. and Canada For Sale

Star Trailer Sales in North Mankato, MN supplies businesses and farmers with semi trailers for sale, both new and used. Their manufacturing partners are well known in North America. These premium trucking brands have been known and renown for their superb quality, durability and sheer utility. Our company currently works with the following manufacturing brands of semi trailers:

  • Barrett
  • Benson International
  • Cornhusker 800
  • EBY
  • Felling Trailers
  • Jet Co.
  • MAC Trailer
  • Prestige
  • Stoughton
  • Transcraft
  • Arne’s (Canadian)
  • Great Dane
  • Reitnouer
  • Timpte
  • Utility
  • Wabash

Search through the company website on the inventory page to get a better idea of the types of new and used semi trailers for sale. If you are buying a new manufactured trailer, please allow a few months to process an order and connect with us in advance to maintain a reliable production schedule on your new order. Order grain, livestock, van, reefer, flatbed, end dump, lowboy and drop deck semi trailers anywhere in the continental United States.

Upper Midwest: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, North and South Dakota

Our family run operation is based in the Upper Midwest in the cold but beautiful state of Minnesota. To be exact, we are located in Southern Minnesota in North Mankato on Center Street, near the brewery. Our customers in MN, WI, IA, MI, ND and SD are satisfied and downright impressed with the level of service they get when dealing with our office staff. We are professionals and experts in our field, working in this industry for more than 40 years. Many farmers work with us for hoppers/grain trailers and livestock semi trailers. They also get parts and service directly from our shop.

Central Midwest: Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio

Many of our clients also come from the nearby Central Midwest United States. They occupy states such as NE, KS, MS, IL, IN and OH. There are plenty of farmers in the Midwest that get their seasonal and full-time use out of our top brands of semi trailers. That includes high quality aluminum trailers, flatbeds and dumpers. Like the Upper portion of the Midwest, much of the Midwest gets cold and mild-to-brutal snowy/icy winters. So there is plenty of road construction during the warmer months and plenty of building too. Our premium brands include lowboy, flatbed, end dump, hopper, live bottom, reefer, van, livestock and drop deck semi trailers for sale in the U.S.

Northeast US: Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts

We are capable of placing orders for semi trailers for any of the above states, even from our Minnesota office near Minneapolis, MN. There is a deep level of respect in this industry for those who are trucking with their semi trailers in the Northeast United States. AboutTruckDriving blogger Todd McCann says truckers in the Northeast U.S. need to maintain a bit more patience and calculated driving than most of the rest of the U.S. He mentioned how the towns and cities in the Northeast predate automobile and truck inventions. The expansion of the West and Midwest benefit from their larger territories and development of better roadway technologies that came in later centuries. However, McCann’s east coast experiences are more relevant to urban centers like New York, New Jersey, etc. The upper part of the Northeast is beautiful and well suited for truck travel.

Eastern US: Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, D.C. and Maryland

We definitely serve some clients out east, including in states like Pennsylvania. Star Trailer can serve East Coast clients with new or used semi trailers for sale. There is an interesting thread about newcomers traveling to the area for trucking jobs in the “Dreaded Northeast”. It’s worth checking out if you are looking to work in states like RI, CT, NY, NJ, DE, MD and PA. D.C. is a bit farther south, but many view it as an East Coast city. Call our experts to learn more.

Southeast US: West Virginia, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida

There are a great many trucking companies in the Southeastern U.S. in states like WV, VA, NC, SC, GA and FL. Our sales experts in semi trailers for construction, agriculture and commercial trucking can help you get started on an order from any of the top brands we carry. Check for used semi trailers if you are on a budget. According to trucking industry news on JOC in 2018, the industry was facing a massive chassis shortage, but a solution was developing in Georgia and South Carolina at two busy ports. The idea of the Chassis Pool was developed by truckers, according to Peter Tirschwell at JOC. Call experts at Star Trailer or go online to order new or used semi trailers. We have a a variety of manufacturing brands and types for sale.

Southern US: Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky and Oklahoma

Like the Midwest, the South is a bastion of agriculture. The supply of semi trailers for sale in the South isn’t always caught up with demand. If you are struggling to find a good source of semi trailers for your fleet or operation, just rely on our family owned business. We have been in operation for more than four decades and work with top semi trailer manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada. Call us to learn more.

Southwest US: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California and Colorado

Ranches, dairies, oil drilling operations, road construction crews and builders all occupy many parts of TX, NM, AZ, UT, NV, CA and CO. Star Trailer Sales knows the industry inside and out. Freight trucking, food distribution and several other companies make the Southwest Thrive. Products coming and going across the border make the Southwest a trucking mecca. For those looking for reliable service and a wide variety of semi trailer types including van, flatbed, end dump, lowboy, reefer, livestock, hoppers, live bottom and drop deck, see our website or talk to an expert on our sales staff.

Western and Northwest US: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming

The Western and Northwestern U.S. is vibrant with industries such as agriculture, fishing, logging, commercial trucking, construction, building and many others. We understand the needs of industry. We order semi trailers from top brands nationwide and we currently serve a number of customers in the Western and Northwestern United States. Buy top brand semi trailers for your business in WA, OR, ID, MT or WY. Order for construction, agriculture, delivery/logistics and commercial trucking and select from a variety of quality manufacturers.

Find A Semi Trailer Distributor in Minnesota Selling New and Used Semi Trailers

Find semi trailers for sale in Minnesota by working with experts in the field at Star Trailer Sales in North Mankato, MN. The company has reliable relationships with quality manufacturers and wholesalers across the United States and Canada. They have been in the semi trailer sales business for more than 40 years so they have experience in creating timely orders with production schedules for new builds to helping to find the best type of trailer for the job. Here are some of the types of trailers they specialize in handling.

Semi Trailers for Sale in MN by Type

If you go to the company website, you will be able to search a comprehensive and organized inventory. You can get quotes and place custom orders. The company provides several types of semi trailers that can be categorized by industry type and trailer type. There are construction trailers, van trailers, flatbed trailers, livestock trailers, live bottom trailers, hopper/grain trailers, dropdeck trailers and some others. Check the site for more full details. Click, tap (mobile) or hover over the inventory category to get a feel. They generally sell semi trailers for use in construction, delivery/logistics and agriculture.

Find Semi Trailers by Brand in MN

Star Trailer maintains relationships with premium quality trailer manufacturing brands. Many are icons in the industry. These industry name stays include Barrett, Benson International, Cornhusker, EBY, Felling Trailers, Jet Co., MAC Trailer, Prestige, Stoughton, Transcraft and Arne’s Welding LLC. Again, to get a good idea of the different types of trailers these brands offer, simply go through the inventory search on the Star Trailer Sales website. You can also check out their blog for more information or helpful tips on shopping for semi trailers.

How to Order Semi Trailers in MN

It is imperative that you place orders for semi trailers ahead of time by at least a few months in order to ensure timely manufacture (especially in case of unforeseen delays) and delivery. There can sometimes be delays during the production schedule, though not frequently. However, a new trailer build for a fleet or your farm or small business will take some time so it pays to shop early, talk with a specialist and place your order to be timed for production at your operation. Call and speak with one of their trailer sales consultants to get started or to learn more.

Trailer Sales Across the Midwest United States

This company can provide trailers for businesses and organizations across the Midwest of the United States and currently accommodate clients in states outside Minnesota. Other states include Ohio, Illinois, Montana, Idaho, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and others. Browse the website and find a trailer to suit your specific industry need.


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BIO: Star Trailer Sales has been in the family for more than 40 years, spanning three generations of industry professionals. We work with customers across the United States. We are a national dealer of new and used semi trailers for sale in the USA. We carry a full inventory of drop deck, live bottom, end dump, side dump, construction, lowboy, reefer, livestock, grain/hopper and van semi trailers.

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North Mankato, MN 56003, USA

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BIO: Star Trailer Sales has been in the family for more than 40 years, spanning three generations of industry professionals. We work with customers across the United States. We are a national dealer of new and used semi trailers for sale in the USA. We carry a full inventory of drop deck, live bottom, end dump, side dump, construction, lowboy, reefer, livestock, grain/hopper and van semi trailers.