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Monday, April 25, 2016
Are there any safe RVs?
Question: Don't know if you can help or not but I thought it would be worth a try. My wife and I just retired and wanted to buy a motorhome and see the States but upon entering any RV, no matter what the quality, we both feel the effects of the off-gassing. It only takes each of us about 15 minutes to feel burning eyes, nose and throat. We thought about using air purification units to clear the air in whichever one we buy but we're not sure that will do the trick or not. Do you have any light to shed on this because we may have to just forget about our dream. I am very much aware of the formaldehyde problems especially since the FEMA hearing in Congress. Response: That is sobering...it is unfortunate there is still no requirements to test the indoor air of RVs, mobile homes or conventional homes for formaldehyde levels. You might consider looking at used RVs, something perhaps ten years old? But then mold can sometimes be an issue so you also have to look out for that. It is good you are being cautious as I have heard from many people who got very sick from the RVs. Below is a link to "green" RVs that have low or no formaldehyde. http://www.greendiary.com/green-travel-trailers-eco-minded-campers.html