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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.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Fumes so strong in Keystone can hardly stand it

I am wondering if any of the formaldehyde testing was done on any Keystone travel trailers and what the results were? I have a Keystone Hornet purchased shortly after Hurricane Katrina. The fumes are so strong that even if I air it out I can hardly stand to be in there. I was told by the manufacturer that they do not use products containing formaldehyde. The Keystone owners manual I have states that "Keystone does not use products containing formaldehyde". The newer owner's manual I found on the Keystone RV (revised in Sept 2006) website has omitted this statement and now contains warnings on formaldehyde.
I was told by the dealer and manufacturer the trailer did not contain formaldehyde and would be safe for us to live in. I was pregnant at the time and had other children one of which was born severely premature. I purchased the trailer with the intent of living in it for a period of 3-6 months while our house was being built. I started having symptoms the first month I was in the trailer (insomnia, concentration problems, memory loss, muscle aches, fatigue, hair loss). We have been out of the trailer for ten months now and I am still experiencing the same symptoms. The symptoms are so severe at times I have had to take a leave of absence from my job as a nurse.