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Monday, June 18, 2018
Our 2015 Newmar Dutch Star 4366 Model Motorhome was brand new when we purchased it. When I was in it, I had trouble breathing along with coughing and choking, and also could smell the formaldehyde gas. I was in the emergency room two times while on our first trip and again after we got home. The Newmar Motorhome was tested and the interior contains high levels of formaldehyde and ethyl alcohol. I have not been in it since the first trip. A doctor at Mayo Clinic told me to not step foot inside the RV without wearing a hazmat suit and a respirator. We had four formaldehyde tests done that were all high: 160 ppb, 151 ppb, 140 ppb and 120 ppb. The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry Minimal Risk Levels Acute MRL is 40 ppb for 1-14 days of exposure and 30 ppb for 14-365 days exposure. To that we must add a reading of 15,605.53 ppb of ethyl alcohol. I have been told that the formaldehyde exposure alone was excessive. The ethyl alcohol was very high. That is why I have been ill for more than three years. Newmar refuses to buy back this motorhome. Linda Pingel, Iowa