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.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Is it safe to buy used FEMA trailer?

Hello, I was thinking about buying a FEMA trailer because I thought it was a real bargain. Then while searching the Internet I came across your site. I could use some advice before I shell out my money on one of these trailers. Here is one site that advertises the trailers on Ebay. http://www.arkansasonlineliquidation.com/new-direct#!__new-direct. Here is the one I was planning on buying: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170658648828&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT

Please let me know based on what you know if you think I would have problems with this trailer...Thanks, Lisa.

Lisa: It is a myth that just because these trailers are older the formaldehyde problem has disappeared. I get contacted regularly by people who have bought these who are sick. I wouldn’t recommend it. See one example of FEMA trailer buyers' regret at

WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE—A West Bend family saved thousands on a travel trailer; one that was perfect for their camping lifestyle. But they soon found themselves exposed to a potential health hazard.