About ToxicTrailers.com

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, October 22, 2007

Soldier poisoned not by war but chemicals

I am a MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) Patient. I am writing to let your readers know that they now have been exposed and will continue to have issues since their exposure to formaldehyde in FEMA trailers. I currently take chemicals shots for Formaldehyde, Phenol and Ethanol. I have respiratory issues that once I smell chemicals my vocal chords swell and my throat closes up.

I live in Canton, MS and travel to Gadsden, AL to receive treatment. The main point I wanted to point out is that perfumes, colognes, shaving creams, laundry detergents, dishwashing liquids and other products contain these chemicals and when they get as bad as mine they will have to quit using these products or suffer more than necessary.

I have been dealing with this for 2 years, although my initial exposure was actually 18 years ago. Everyone's body is different and our bodies can defend themselves at different levels until it can't fight it. My biggest concern is that the children living in these campers will face what I face. I am 39 years old and a soldier who is crippled not by the war or civil unrest, but by the chemicals in our environment. Anyone with questions can feel free to email me at andyfarbarker@bellsouth.net. You can enter any new mobile home property and open the door to a new mobile home and the formaldehyde will take your breath away even if you are not sensitive. Thanks for reading this email.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

URGENT!! Document problems with FEMA trailers

Folks: If you have lived or are living in a FEMA trailer that has made you and your family sick, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you document your health problems and send that information to FEMA. If there is a settlement from the government regarding its negligence in poisoning people with emergency housing, in order to receive a settlement you must have your problems documented.

Keep copies of your medical bills, and contact FEMA to make sure they have your complaints on file. FEMA "lost" a lot of the earlier complaints so if you have previously filed complaints or asked for re-location, call to make sure they have record of it. Early on FEMA kept denying it had received more than a few complaints when we knew hundreds of people were sick. It was common knowledge along the Gulf Coast about the formaldehyde problems long before FEMA admitted it.

If you are fortunate, after leaving the toxic trailers your health will improve. But many people continue to have lingering problems. Make sure this is documented so if there is a settlement, you will be part of it.

Becky Gillette, bgillette4@cox.net

Monday, October 8, 2007

time to demand safe campers!

Please let everyone know that the formaldehyde problem is not limited to just FEMA trailers. We bought a brand new 2006 40’ coach for our retirement. Although it was brand new we later found out it was built in late 2004 or early 2005. Therefore the dealer had it for well over a year before we purchased it in August of 2006. It did not “air out” in all that time and as a result we are both now suffering with pulmonary problems. I have read many articles from other individuals experiencing the same symptoms and are stuck with coaches, fifth wheelers and travel trailers that are affecting their health and they cannot use.

If anyone else has suffered burning eyes or throat, skin rash or breathing problems please tell them to send an email to rv-formaldehyde@comcast.net. They will forward all emails to a law firm that is doing a study for a class action suit. The RVIA has their powerful attorneys that may have been able to keep all this quiet. But it is time for the consumer to demand a safe standard of construction for a product that does not make them sick.

Rhonda Leonard