The owners of this beautiful 1978 Airstream Sovereign Excella began this full renovation by gutting the trailer, executing subfloor repairs, and replacing the 50 gallon fresh water tank. The frame was inspected by a professional metal fabricator and new paint was applied to prevent rust. New axles with a 3” lift were added for boondocking ease.
The interior is completely custom built from 1/2″ Birch and was hand-crafted with an eye for detail. The cabinet doors were ordered from a supplier in Germany for a high-gloss color finish and Blum premium cabinet hardware was used.
The rear bedroom is spacious, featuring a queen size bed with ample storage underneath. Moving forward, the bathroom is well appointed with a custom stainless steel shower with redwood accents. A hallway of full-height cabinets provides plenty of storage spaces for clothes.
The kitchen is well designed for executing even the most ambitious meals. It features a full residential stainless steel sink, 3 burner cook top, oven, and a 12v compressor under-counter refrigerator (7.5 cu/ft). This layout has far more kitchen countertop space than any other RV of its size.
Designed for entertaining, the front lounge features two adjustable tables that can be configured in 4 positions. With both tables up, meals for 6-8 can be shared. With one table down, it’s perfect for lounging around and watching a movie with snacks within each reach. With both tables down, guests have a great place to sleep. This setup was first popularized by Ultimate Airstreams and it’s quite popular within the Airstream community for its comfort and flexibility.
The electrical system is designed for full-time off-grid use. It features 600 amp/hours of Lifeline batteries, plenty of solar (540w), a Victron solar charge controller with Bluetooth, and Magnum 2000w inverter+charger with battery monitoring.
A premium sound system featuring JBL speakers and a USA-made JL Audio subwoofer takes advantage of all of this electric power.
This Airstream is extremely capable and designed to meet the needs of a full-time RVer or a family that wants to take lengthy off-grid trips. It’s a joy to stay in and turns heads on every highway. Includes a ProPride hitch (2k value).
Appraised at $107,500 in 2016 by James Polk and Associates. Full appraisal report available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/lr6axtb8ulsipeg/1978%20Airstream%20Sovereign%20apr.pdf?dl=0