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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Noticed that you sanction Evergreen RVs. Be advised that it has formaldehyde and several VOCs. We were excited when we heard about them and read their brochures, because we wanted to buy a new RV. We looked at a couple of them at a dealership in Rockport, Texas. They stunk of chemicals just as bad as the other brands. I called several times and finally got the CEO on the phone. He said that a few specific materials were now formaldehyde free, such as the plywood under the bed, for example. But when I asked about the vinyl-covered paneling, floor covering and cabinets, he replied they were made of conventional RV materials, which could contain VOCs and formaldehyde, not always, but could, he said. I asked why his brochure and website said VOC-free. He claimed that he was not aware of that being stated. I asked him to check and call me back after he had seen that. He didn't call me. So, please, please, for yourself, find a dealer who sells Evergreen. Go in one. Let your nose tell you. If you do not remember me, I'm the guy with the blog about toxic materials and safe alternatives. In other words, I'm not a tree hugger; I know about VOCs and formaldehyde. I majored in chemistry in college, in a former lifetime. http://protectyourfamilyfromhazardmaterials.blogspot.com/ Best, Bob G from Corpus Christi