New Member Interview with Roy Kieken

Can you tell us about how you got into the vintage trailer hobby?

I have always wanted a vintage teardrop trailer, and when I ran across one for sale while driving my vintage 1974 MGB, a plan formed and before I knew it, I’d purchased the trailer. I intended to restore it to take along on road trips to events and began to work on the project. A hitch was not available for the MGB, but we obtained one from the UK as over there, it is not uncommon for these little cars to tow substantial trailers (Caravans). They do have considerable towing capacity despite their size. As it happened, I lost my job, and after careful consideration, I sadly made the decision to let the MGB go, after which, there seemed little point in completing the teardrop. I listed it and it sold almost immediately for my asking price to a nice couple who would continue the restoration.

What type of trailers have you owned and what do you have now? What is your dream vintage trailer?

I recently purchased a 1981 Vanguard Aurora motor home, which is in need of a little TLC, mostly just suffering from forty years of neglect interior wise. Easily fixed so it will be usable. I plan on updating this little camper. I’m planning on using it more for road trips, rather than camping. One of the reasons I got into a motor home is its ability to ‘boon dock’ off grid without the need for a tow vehicle, camp sites, hookups, etc. It is completely self sufficient something I wanted for my ghost town and remote site exploration.

Do you attend rallies and what do you like the most about attending a rally?

I have not attended a rally and as most seem far from my locale, I’m not sure how many if any I’d attend. I’m more about using my RV vs show and shines where no one seems to actually camp in their pride and joy. I also don’t do ‘club politics’ well, so don’t see rallies as something I’d enjoy. I had enough of British MG experts knocking every little flaw on my 40 plus year old MBG which I drove daily from May to October, so it was no show queen.

Why did you decide to join the Tin Can Tourists?

I joined TCT due to my interest in Vintage Trailers and RV’s, and hope to get out and meet other members at some point down the road.

What are your camping plans for this year?

For what remains of our short Canadian Summer, I hope to get the Vanguard out for a few short trips to see how well it goes, and to deal with any issues. Next year I’d like to get down to the US and explore the western states down as far as Nevada.


  1. Hi Roy,
    You’ll find Nevada an excellent choice for ghost town hunting as there are many in the state. Bodie, on the Nv/ Ca border is probably one of the best in the US.

  2. Yes, Nevada is on my radar. I visited Wendover and had an excellent time touring the WW2 Airfield which is largely intact. They were so kind as to drive me around the old base in their 1940’s Willys Jeep. I’d love to return and explore further and Nevada has so much history.

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