1962 J.C. Higgins Camper Trailer

1962 J.C. Higgins Camper

I found this 1962 J.C. Higgins camper trailer at one of the VW swap meets I go to. It’s made of mostly aluminum so no rust. J.C. Higgins was actually a brand sold by the Sears Roebuck Catalog. The original manufacturer was Apache who later mas produced the more recognizable Popup campers you see today. But these grey aluminum beauties were some of the original trailer campers produced.

jc higgins

A little refurbishing on the wiring and lights and we are road legal! The camper came with a full canvas tent that covers the trailer and extends about 6 feet to over to one side.

The canvas on the floor / bottom needs to be replaced and I haven’t quite talked my wife into that project but more to come…

Since someone asked for an update, here it is!
So we have used this old girl on many camping trips since last we spoke. But before we left, i spend some quality time cleaning up her aluminum. Using different grades of polishing compound and a buffing attachment to my drill, I was able to bring back the original mirror finish on the camper.
Purchased the compound at “Runnings”
We primarily use the camper for storage when camping which has 4 large compartments 2 on each side. Also added my families original igloo cooler.
We did actually put up the tent one night and used an inflatable bed, but i never made it through the night and ended up back in the warm quiet VW bus.
Last season, i actually added Solar panels from Harbor Freight to the top which power two deep cycle batteries. This could power our camp for a week or so, but mainly used for cool lights around the camp.
New tires were also purchased and back spare painted.
New wiring was added for lights / inspection
More to come!

Install Raspbian using Linux

Raspbian Installation

Raspbian is a stripped down linux distribution that you can load on a raspberry PI. I have been using Raspberry PI’s for a number of systems in my house. The latest Raspberry PI 3 is Quad Core Broadcom BCM2837 64-bit ARMv8 processor (phew) which means it’s pretty fast. It also has WiFi built in which is HUGE (donald T) . Some uses include entertainment systems, web servers, dns servers, and phone pbx systems. So here you go:

  • Get an SD card.
  • Download latest Raspbian here.
  • Insert your SD card and get mount information.
  • Run df to find mount point and device name.
  • Unmount the SD card.
  • Format SD card in FAT 32.
sudo mkdosfs -F 32 -v /dev/mmcblk0
  • Copy .img file to SD card using dd.
sudo dd bs=1M if="/home/linux/2013-02-09-wheezy-raspbian.img" of=/dev/mmcblk0

Twonky Media Server Install and Systemd config

This post describes the process to install Twonky Media Server 8.3 on Centos7 and enable startup on boot.

  • Download the binaries here
    • wget http://d33rws75kj13ih.cloudfront.net/downloads/packages/twonky-i686-glibc-2.9-8.3.zip
  • Unzip the package into /usr/local/twonky
  • Create the following directory /var/twonky
  • Create the following file in /etc/systemd/system/twonkyserver.service
Description=Twonky service
After=syslog.target network.target

ExecStop=/usr/local/twonky/twonky.sh stop

  • Reload systemd
    •  systemctl daemon-reload
  • Start twonkyserver
    • systemctl start twonkyserver
  • Enable twonkyserver
    • systemctl enable twonkyserver
  • Reboot and test your work!
  • Grab a beer

Linksys SPA-3102 and Incredible PBX 12.0.70

First of all you need to install Incredible PBX. Simple instructions are here. I am using a VM built on Xenserver but any PC or VM should be able to work for you. Next you need to have a compatible Voice Gateway devices. I am using an old Linksys SPA-3102 which enables Voice over IP.

You will also need a half decent wireless phone system. I am using an AT&T dec system with 5 handsets

Pretty easy so far right?

Configure the SPA-3102 as follows:

Linksys SPA-3102 Admin

Linksys SPA-3102 Admin Continued

Linksys SPA-3102 Admin Page cont'd

Next goto your Incredible PBX admin screen http://phone1.local.net/admin


and add your google account under Connectivity / Google Voice


You now need to setup your connection to your Linksys SP-3102 under “Applications / Extensions”

Create Generic PJSIP Device


Grab a beer, you’re done!

Drupal on Docker in 30 seconds

Install Docker

yum install docker-engine

After that you just need to pull a drupal container from docker hub

docker run -d -p 8080:80 -p 8022:22 -v `pwd`/modules:/var/www/sites/all/modules/custom -v `pwd`/themes:/var/www/sites/all/themes wadmiraal/drupal

Access new docker environment on http://yourdockerserver:8080

account login is admin / admin


Grab a beer