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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
New RV is making me sick
Hello..I would like some advise on what to do as a consumer that purchased a recreational vehicle. I planned on it being my main residence. We have had it a little over a month now..at first I was just sneezing and achy and not really thinking it was anything more than a cold. I went about my days. The other day out of the blue my nose started bleeding. I have never in my 52 years had a bloody nose. As I was cleaning the vanity sink I found a warning about the building materials in my RV. Who looks there to find out they just paid 30 grand for formaldehyde exposure? What am I to do now? This is my home. I am getting sicker by the day. I have no medical coverage and I blame the RV sales for not disclosing this and pushing us into this trailer. Please advise me on what I can do. I am not feeling well at all. I spend 24\7 here in my home. I rarely leave. I live on the lake. I will be awaiting your response and I am thanking you in advance. Sherry Dear Sherry, You could purchase a test kit to see what you are dealing with regarding formaldehyde levels. Some states have lemon laws that you can use to try to get your money back. You might contact your state attorney general. It does sound a lot like the kind of health problems people get when exposed to formaldehyde. So sorry you are experiencing this...it is shame after the Katrina trailer experiences identified this as a significant problem that still little is done to make sure indoor air is good in RVs and other structures.