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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, July 24, 2007

Family questions first experience with new RV

After reading and hearing about the recent health hazards that the travel trailers have caused for the Hurricane Katrina residents, I began questioning the health hazards my 2008 Max Lite travel trailer may cause to my family. We purchased this unit in the beginning of July and used it once. In that one trip my daughter got a bloody nose, my son's asthma was at a high level, my youngest son's nose was congested and mine and my husband's sinuses were blocked.

How can we go about checking the levels of formaldehyde in this unit? Do we need to contact the Environmental agency or can you guys do a testing for individuals? Since this unit is brand new on the market can there be some special testing done prior to selling?

Please contact me at your earliest convenience.

Thank you,


Francine: Considering your symptoms, I would definitely encourage you to get tested. Bloody noses in particular are common the FEMA trailers here that have high formaldehyde levels, and health experts say that is a major cause for concern. You can order a test kit from Advanced Chemical Sensors, Boca Raton, FL, 561-338-3116. The cost is about $34. Please write back when you get your test results.