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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.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Should I be concerned about new RV purchase?

Just 2 weeks ago I bought a 2008 Keystone Cougar travel trailer. Should i be concerned about formaldehyde . This is the first time I hear about this happening with the FEMA trailers. My email adress is debbie.gallant@gmail.com.

I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.


Debbie: Do you have symptoms when going in it like burning eyes, respiratory problems, a strong odor? Read back in the archives of blogs and look for Marvin Motes blog on his very toxic Keystone. After two years he and his wife still can't stand to be in it. But I would hope that as a result of all the complaints the manufacturer has taken steps to reduce the formaldehyde content. Most of the RV manufacturers have now agreed to voluntarily adopt the HUD standards for formaldehyde but we think those standards are not sufficient and\or they aren't being enforced or there wouldn't be high formaldehyde levels found in FEMA mobile homes.

I'd suggest after spending this much money it would be a good idea to test the camper before occupying it. Kits to test trailers for formaldehyde can be purchased from Advanced Chemical Sensors, 561-338-3116. Cost: $34/kit. However, these test kits are badges meant to be worn in the workplace. What we have seen is that the numbers are lower than the expensive, more professional testing of trailers. And also the test results come in saying that below .1 ppm is okay when that is a limit for short term workplace exposure and not for someone with long term exposure. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry recommends .03 as the maximum for intermediate duration (14-364 days exposure) and .008 for 365 or more days exposure.

Please let me know what you find out. Thanks!