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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.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

problem not just with FEMA trailers

Hi Becky,

I have been watching the news with the formaldehyde issue very closely,and I do not believe the problem exists with Fema trailers only. In fact ,I think the problem is more wide spread then has been told. We purchased a travel trailer (it was made the same time the fema trailers were) and delivered to us in May of 2006.We stayed in it for a couple of days and my daughter had a very bad rash which lasted for 21 days,and I had throat/eyes/sinus problems. She went to the ER,and we went home for a couple of weeks.

After the rash finally went away,we returned to the trailer and the smell was so bad!!! That's when I realized it was the trailer was making us sick. To make a long story short,the trailer company told the place we bought it to send out a environmental person.She misunderstood and in turn sent someone with an ozone machine for three days, which made things worse and ruined our carpet.

We ended up having an industrial hygenist test the air for formaldehyde (the trailer manufacturer suggested this) and it was .50 to .75ppm. I have to assume the trailer company knew about the formaldehyde and that's why they suggested a formaldehyde test.Even the guy who came to inspect the trailer stated it was probably the paneling in the wall.In his report he states he smells formaldehyde!!!!

We still have been experiencing some health problems like getting out of breath and have had sinus problems and fatigue since this summer.Fortunately we were only exposed for about two months?

My heart truely goes out to the people still staying in these toxic trailers,they need to get out!!!!!! No amount of airing out the trailers will get that chemical smell out. Trust me,I tried "airing out" my trailer out in 95 degree weather.
It only made it worse. I tried vinegar, hepa filter, fans, even with cooler weather the smell was still there. I have a tote in my garage of items wrapped in newspaper from the trailer that wreaks just like the trailer and that was 9 months ago. Most of our things are ruined.

They need to wake up and be honest and get these poor people out of those trailers before any more damage occurs to their health!!!!!!!

Here's our problem now. We don't know what doctor to go to to get tests,the doctors around here say they have no experience with formaldehyde,and couldn't really help us, with what tests to get to see if we are okay from the exposure. The trailer manufacturer has suggested a doctor, but I am assuming if we have no problems that are considered bad enough for them right now,they will expect us to sign away our health rights then,and GO AWAY.

I just wonder how many other people have done this already,surely we cannot be the only other people experiencing this problem!!!! The scarriest thing to me is,my daughter's pediatrician stated there are several blood disorders which could take several years to develop. Someone should be held accountable!!! Especially since they list cancer as a potential job injury just for entering new FEMA trailers, not staying in them 24/7.

The trailer manufacturer is basically holding us hostage. They will not give us our money back for the trailer,unless we sign away our health rights and release them from any further/future problems. We believe our health and the defective trailer are two seperate issues. People should not have to sign off on their health to a get defective trailer taken care of !!! We can not sell this trailer because it is UNSAFE. Only unless we sign away our health rights, will they give us our money back for the trailer. So our formaldehyde trailer is sitting empty at our campground with the new season starting without us.We had to pay for the seasonal site since we have the trailer on it.

If we camp at all,we will be forced to get an older travel trailer to use because now, none of us can tolerate even slightest smell of formaldehyde,and also because we cannot afford to purchase a new one because we are still making payments on the one sitting there. I know this is nothing compared to what the people in FEMA trailers are going through but I am so frustrated!!!!!!!!!

Do you by any chance know of any other travel trailers besides FEMA that have had formaldehyde issues? Did the people in Lousiana get new trailers when had formaldehyde problems or are they still in the same trailers that caused their problems? Where they asked to sign away their health rights to receive another travel trailer? If you or anyone you know may be able to help us somehow I'd GREATLY appreciate it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank-you for taking the time to read this very long letter, Sincerely,SUE