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Old 01-22-2007, 09:54 PM   #1
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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?
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:34 PM   #2
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The earlier trailers could have the international option package ,which meant
some extra things on it .so you would have an international landyacht or
just landyacht. Im not an expert on those extras ,but you could get most of them on the regular landyacht also ,dual lighting fixtures and grover air pump
so on and so forth .an earlier thread from last year (cannot remember when)
did show the options available ,and you could have alot of international extras if you ordered them ,not standard equipment on base models .
Mine as far as i know is a regular landyacht ,not an international ,but it has
most all features of the upscale unit .I think the international trailers had the
globes on them (plaques) afixed to them .you can go to the photo archives
and see those on some trailers .As for late 60s or 70s units ,Im not sure what
airstream was doing in there labeling of the coaches ,as too what constituted
a landyacht or standard coach ,and was it just a name change between years ,hard to say for sure . Hey Fred where are you ?(historian extrodinare)

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Old 01-22-2007, 10:42 PM   #3
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It's your thread Marshall . . .

You can do anything you want with it.

Scott's right. Here is the Airstream flyer pertaining to the 59-60s trailers that details Standard, Land Yacht, and International packages. Fred Caldwell had posted this in the thread Scott mentioned.
1959 to 60 options.pdf

I don't see any mention of axle options on this flyer, so I probably do have the 5200 lb axle if that's what Scott has.
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Old 01-23-2007, 09:10 PM   #4
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Quote:
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,
more money,
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
could find.
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
sizes.
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
introduced.
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

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