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Monday, July 21, 2008

Keystone hasn't fixed the problem

In the recent U.S. House Oversight Hearing, Rep. Issa from California said to the four trailer manufacturers that he was sure if a consumer had indicated their product was defective, the trailers manufacturers would fix the problem. The manufacturers agreed by nodding. However, THE FORMALDEHYDE PROBLEM HAS NOT BEEN FIXED! Some trailer manufacturers apparently are still selling trailers high formaldehyde to the public. I don't know of a single person who has written into this site with a travel trailer they have that is high in formaldehyde who has either been able to get their money back or the problem resolved. People are spending tens of thousands of dollars to get trailers that are making them sick. Trailers as old as 2002 and as new as 2008 are testing over .1 ppm.

This is from a family that recently purchased a Keystone travel trailer that recently tested at 0.23 ppm (230 ppb):

My husband and I have been living in a 2008 30' Keystone travel trailer since July 7, 2007. Initially, because of the weather, we were able to keep the windows open most of the time, and we took showers in another facility. Nonetheless, I was getting headaches and was more lethargic than usual. I attributed these symptoms to my low thyroid condition. Within 4 months we were traveling in colder, more humid climates, when my eyes began to get extremely irritated. They were ringed with red spots that became pustules, which would break, then reappear. Soon the itchy irritations traveled onto my forehead, down my face, neck and chest. My throat was also increasingly sore, and I developed a cough. Now I have those same painful, itchy pustules constantly on my ribs, abdomen and lower back. Occasionally, they still develop on my face, shoulders and upper arms. I frequently feel "sickish".

I can certainly connect these symptoms with living in the trailer, which is our home, because when I have visited friends and family, even overnight, the symptoms diminish. When I was gone for 10 days, I was significantly better. When we spent most of our time outdoors for 3 months in Arizona, the symptoms - especially respiratory - were not so bad. 11 months later, we are living and working in Colorado. The spring has been cold and wet and I am miserable. My husband does not appear to be much affected by this situation, but I surely am.