Originally Posted by Marshall
Apologies for this tangent but it seems apropos from the last post by Sugarfoot.
My 73 Sovereign
is an International. My 71 Tradewind is a Land Yacht. No one has yet been able to tell me what the difference between these 2 product lines are. I think I have figured out the International is higher end. Are there 73 Sovereign Land Yachts and 71 Tradewind Internationals? When did the Excellas come on the scene?
Charlie from Airstream List explained it this way:
Trim level as in Chevy Bel Air, Impala, Caprice. That kind of thing. More stuff,
Up through 1968
Sovereign denoted the 30' length trailer. In 1969, the complete
redesign Sovereign became the 31' and they started adding trim levels. The first
was the Land Yacht and the ultimate
was the International Land Yacht. Back then the differences were typically water
filters, awnings, sometimes interior fabrics
In 1973 they introduced the Excella package. Those coaches were loaded to the
gills with options including a counter mounted blender and every other toy they
In 1980 the Sovereign was dropped as were all size related model names. That
year they offered the Caravelle, International, and the Excella II each in three
In 1981 they did another shuffle and offered the International and Exella II in
six sizes and the Excella Limited in two sizes.
1982 saw yet another shuffle with the International in two sizes, the Excella in
3 sizes and the Limited in two sizes. This was the year the 34' triple axle was
The Sovereign was reintroduced in 1984 in 3 sizes as the base trim level model.
The Sovereign was again dropped after the 1987 model year.
The Sovereign was again reintroduced in 1992-95 as a 21' trailer.
Hope this helps