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1985 Excella 31′ – Lucky – SOLD

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Missed out on Lucky? Good news, there are two others in the pipeline named Leah and Lilly that are scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2017. Just contact us!

Matthew Hofmann – Personally Designed, Custom Airstream


If you ever plan to motor west,

    Travel my way, take the highway that’s the best.

Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.

–Route 66, written by Bobby Troup (1946). Sung by Nate King Cole



Nate King Cole’s soft and smooth baritone voice, along with Bobby Troup’s lyrics of Route 66, still resonate with this 1985 Airstream Excella 31′ named Lucky.


Route 66 was also known as the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America, and the Mother Road. It was one of the original highways within the US Highway System that was established on November 11, 1926.


The construction of such massive freeways as US 80 and US 10, small towns all across America were bypassed leaving Route 66 to live on only in wanderlust legend and lore. By 1985, Route 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System.


In 1985, this American icon Excella rolled off Airstream’s factory assembly line, reminding motorists that this historic and iconic route will forever represent the indomitable adventure seeker spirit of those looking to experience wanderlust living. The vintage Airstream connects us with our past and allows those who seek unseen vistas on America’s back roads.


The mid-eighties were also the period when time traveler actor Michael J. Fox starred in Back to the Future. It is truly a serendipitous notion how a generation later these silver beauties are making a major comeback. Route 66 and Airstreams continue to be used by the adventuours, curious and spontaneous travellers.


Lucky reminds us how fortunate we are to be able to drive across America’s borders and explore all the stunning beauty and rugged environment this magnificent country has to offer.


Client: Lucky is ideal for those looking for an affordable, yet luxurious custom Airstream. Lucky was personally designed by HofArc’s founder, Matthew Hofmann. The efficient design and build allows for a lower price point. It offers deluxe amenities at a basic Airstream price.


Vessel: 1985 Airstream Excella 31’


Location: Lucky made the trip out west from a small town outside Chicago, IL, near the eastern origin of Route 66. Our shipper delivered Lucky from the upper Midwest to Santa Barbara in the lower Southwest. Transformed on the Central Coast, Lucky is well-traveled and ready for some new adventures!


Purpose: We thought of Lucky as a “Diamond in the rough.” Like finding a stray dog on the street that just needed a little love from a new owner. Then, we discovered the stray dog was a loving pedigree! Lucky is a common name for someone (usually a dog) that escaped some unfortunate situation. So, we took this lucky pup and transformed her into the beautiful Airstream she always was!


Goal: The possibilities were endless with this full renovation and with just a few extra feet of space, Lucky provides the opportunity to have a comfortable place to sleep at night and a functional space to use after a long day of driving and adventuring. Lucky has been designed to be a fully functional, open space with the essential amenities to make life comfortable on the road or in the backyard as an upscale guest house.


Design Highlights: The aesthetic and overall feel of Lucky is a lot like Michelle. Clean lines, simple, modern, reclaimed wood and stainless steel. The interior includes Corian countertops, bamboo floors, 2-sided kitchen, wrap around windows, washer-dryer combo, and a wet bath featuring a teak floor and stand up shower with bench seating. The shiny exterior includes a patio awning and solar system.




  • General
    • 29’ long interior cabin, 32’ exterior length hitch to bumper
    • Approx 5000 lbs gross dry weight
    • 8’ exterior width
    • Rear bedroom with queen bed
    • Mid bathroom
    • Front living with kitchen and dining in open space
    • Generous use of reclaimed wood siding for main cabinetry element
    • Hafele chrome locking door-knobs for all cabinet doors and drawers
    • Extensive window package with wrap around windows in front and custom added window package. All operable awning windows.
  • Bedroom
    • Separate rear bedroom with memory foam queen-sized bed
    • Nightstand
    • Three operable awning windows on all exterior sides of bedroom
    • 8” Cool Touch memory foam mattress.
    • Interior storage under bed. Lift up actuators for easy access
    • Overhead and side-by-side closets
    • Ceiling vent and integrated 12v fan
    • LED under counter lighting in bedroom overhead cabinetry
    • Dresser drawer hutch – shoulder height
  • Living
    • Wrap around front windows
    • Strand bamboo flooring
    • Washer dryer combo, single unit, vented
    • 32″ HDTV with DVD player on swing arm mount
    • Goucho dining table, up to six, converts into queen comfort sleeper
    • Low profile air conditioner, digital room thermostat
    • LED low voltage lighting throughout
    • Modern white roll down blinds throughout
    • Operable windows throughout
    • Vented fan in ceiling for natural air circulation
    • 3 full length hanging closets
    • Maximum under seating storage, access panels or floor height deep drawer boxes
  • Kitchen
    • Significant countertop space for food prep – 2-sided kitchen design
    • Dove gray solid surface Dupont Corian countertops, 1” drop edge
    • 3-burner stainless steel propane range
    • Dual door stainless front refrigerator/freezer, dual fuel AC/propane
    • Oversized dual tub stainless steel commercial sink
    • Pullout commercial style faucet with sprayer
    • Insta-Hot water heater desk mounted at sink.
    • Sink water filtration system integrated into countertop
    • Stainless steel microwave oven
    • Garbage disposal in kitchen sink
    • Soap dispenser integrated into countertop
  • Bathroom
    • Stand up shower with bench seating
    • Grove Euphoria shower bar system dual spray and low flow
    • Modern vessel glass 1/2” tempered sink
    • Deck mounted chrome vessel faucet single lever
    • Overhead storage, vanity closet, and under sink storage
    • Bathroom vented fan with waterproof cover for use in the rain
    • Kohler all-aluminum medicine cabinet above toilet
    • Full height RV style toilet, vitreous China white foot flush
    • White waffle weave shower curtain
    • Dove Gray Dupont Corian countertop
  • Systems (detectors, monitors, propane, waste & fresh water)
    • All new fresh water supply PEX water lines
    • Systems monitor panel for water and electrical levels
    • 50 gallon fresh water tank
    • Gray water tank
    • Black water tank with bypass dump valve
    • 100 watt solar system with converter
    • Tankless hot water heater
    • Dual 30 lb propane tanks with auto changeover valve
    • Systems monitor panel smart controller
    • Gas/ CO2 detector 12v
    • Two batteries
    • Smoke detector
  • Running Gear
    • Jet black steel wheels
    • Electronic hitchjack with light
    • All new exterior running lights
    • Load equalizer bars and 2-5/16” hitch.
    • 4-wheel electric brakes
    • Jack down stabilizers on all four corners
  • HVAC
    • New Dometic Penguin II low profile air conditioner
    • Forced air heating unit thermostatically controlled in all rooms
    • Backup Olympian wall heater for extra heat in sub-zero conditions
  • Exterior
    • Full exterior polish to a mirror shine.
    • Back bumper storage for waste lines
    • Full length patio awning from ZipDee
    • Patio light
    • Entry door light
    • Full length side window ZipDee awning


Adventure, For Sale, Guesthouse, Mobile, Office, Recreational, Sold
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