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ToxicTrailers.com was launched after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when the government spent more than $2 billion on FEMA trailers with high levels of formaldehyde that sickened thousands of people. The FEMA trailer tragedy exposed what is a widespread problem in RVs, mobile homes, modular buildings and even conventional buildings that use pressed wood products. Unfortunately, as we approach the tenth anniversary of Katrina, formaldehyde regulations are not being enforced in the U.S., and people's health is at risk. If you are having burning eyes, congestion, sore throat, coughing, breathing difficulties, frequent sinus infections or rashes, and difficulties concentrating, you may have a formaldehyde problem. For questions or to share your story, write 4becky@cox.net.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Manufacturers refuse to do anything about toxic RVs

Apr 9 (12 hours ago)
I am not in a FEMA Trailer - I purchased a Fifth Wheel Travel Trailer from Emerald Coast RV in Robertsdale, AL for recreational use (not as a temporary place to live). It is a 31.5' Cougar made by the Keystone RV Company in Goshen, Indiana. Becky Gillette (Sierra Club) provided me with test kits last August. My camper tested at .42PPM of Formaldehyde. I have had numerous phone conversations with the Manufacturer and the Dealership. Both have told me that they are not willing to do anything about the high level of Formaldehyde - the Manufacturer has stated in several letters that there is no law regulating the level of Formaldehyde in campers and I have one letter that states that Formaldehyde is not a "warranty issue". Never in my life before have I encountered such blatent disregard for another person's health. The Dealership and Manufacturer could care less if people contract Cancer or any type of Respiratory ailments associated with breathing the poison that is contained inside these campers.

My heart goes out to anyone who has had to live in any of the campers that are contaminated with Formaldehyde. After owning my camper for over a year and using it only a very few times and becoming sick each time - I now have a very expensive "Yard Ornament". In other words I own a camper that is totally useless to me and my wife.

I have been unable to get the Alabama Attorney General's office to do anything or any other agency. The EPA has told me they do not regulate the indoor air quality for campers. All of the Attorney's that I have talked to tells me there is no case law that would help me.

I would be very interested in reading some of the other stories from people who have stayed in these contaminated campers.

Very Respectfully,

Marvin C. Motes