Project Title

Camper Conversion


College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2021-09-14 18:09:05


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021 has seen hundreds of thousands sequestered in quarantine for long periods of time. When quarantined in an urban setting, many cannot leave their respective apartment buildings which only adds to the strain of isolation. In the context of isolation, the design team of Hafler, Nicholas, Owen, Willis, and Zehentbauer personally sought to incorporate their individual enthusiasm for nature with the benefits of living off-grid. After initial research and deliberation, the team discovered the “Skoolie” community and the plans for a mobile tiny home began production.

The team outlined the design project as the full design, purchase, and construction of a 54-passenger bus transformed into a mobile tiny home. The team highlights the terms “sustainable” and “off-grid” in the problem statement, this was done intentionally to ensure that all decisions made in the project were centralized back to these two main themes. By completing this project, the team will make a point to include all living amenities of an average student’s apartment such as hot water shower, fridge storage, living and recreation area, sleeping area for 4-5 adults.

Research Sponsor


First Reader

Michael McGroarty

Second Reader

Elizabeth Clifford

Honors Faculty Advisor

Daniel Deckler



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