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Old 03-08-2007, 03:16 PM   #1
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FEMA Holding Fire Sale Of Used Trailers

Mobile-Home Dealers Fear A Drop In Prices Due To Selloff Of Trailers Used By Gulf Coast Hurricane Victims

Some of about 20,000 mobile homes
and travel trailers owned by
the Federal Emergency Management Agency
sit at the Hope Municipal Airport near Hope, Ark.

March 2, 2007. (AP)

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(AP) A year and a half after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, FEMA is auctioning off at fire-sale prices thousands of trailers used by storm victims, raising fears among mobile-home dealers that the government will flood the market and depress prices.

Mobile home dealers are finding that some potential customers would rather wait to make a deal on a used FEMA trailer than drop $25,000 to $40,000 for a brand-new one.

"People think they're just going to get to buy them for nothing," said Gale Crews, owner of Diamond State Mobile Home Sales in Hope, where FEMA is storing 20,000 trailers at the city's airport. Some of the FEMA trailers will sell for less than half of what they cost new.

Some critics of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the sale of emblematic of the way FEMA botched its handling of Katrina: FEMA ordered more trailers than it needed, it let many of them sit out in the open, exposed to the elements, and now, some fear, it is about to double-cross the trailer dealers.

FEMA spokeswoman Debbie Wing defended the agency, saying it "wanted to be prepared to house as many victims as possible" when it bought the trailers. She said the agency is now trying to lower its storage costs by reducing the number it is holding in reserve for the next disaster.

"We're being cautious not to flood the market," she said. "We appreciate the fact that these manufacturers sold us these units during the height of it."

FEMA spent $2.7 billion to buy 145,000 mobile homes and trailers after Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast in August and September 2005, paying a bulk-rate price of about $19,000 per trailer, on average. FEMA now has 60,000 trailers in storage nationwide; several thousand of them " exactly how many is not clear " were never used.

The agency said it plans to sell the ones that suffered a lot of wear and tear from being used by storm victims. As for the never-used trailers, Wing said FEMA has no plans for the time being to sell those.

"Our efforts were not perfect. However, we created an emergency sheltering program that, with all its faults, provided shelter for unparalleled numbers of displaced evacuees," she said.

To dispose of the used trailers, FEMA is operating an auction through a government Web site. Wednesday evening, the agency had 47 trailers on sale from its Hope depot. Bids ranged from $5,191 for a 2006 Coachmen Spirit of America trailer with possible water damage and a missing stove grate, battery and other items, to $12,600 for a 2006 Sunnybrook RV Sunset Creek trailer with "no obvious exterior damage."

Hope has the largest stockpile of FEMA trailers, while others are stored at Selma, Ala.; Madison, Ind.; Cumberland and Frostburg, Md.; Carnes and Purvis, Miss.; Edison, N.J.; Jasper and Texarkana, Texas; and Fort Pickett, Va.

FEMA wants Hope to be a staging ground during disasters because it's close enough to the Gulf Coast to store trailers but far enough inland to be out of harm's way. The city is making the most of it, entering a $25,000-a-month contract with FEMA.

"They've got to be somewhere, and we've got the land and the infrastructure out there," Mayor Dennis Ramsey said. "It's economically good for the city."

Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., said FEMA should send some of the Hope trailers to Dumas, where tornadoes hit Feb. 24. "This is a symbol of what is wrong with FEMA and why so many people have lost confidence in their very own government," he said.

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FEMA Holding Fire Sale Of Used Trailers

Mobile-Home Dealers Fear A Drop In Prices Due To Selloff Of Trailers Used By Gulf Coast Hurricane Victims

Some of about 20,000 mobile homes
and travel trailers owned by
the Federal Emergency Management Agency
sit at the Hope Municipal Airport near Hope, Ark.

March 2, 2007. (AP)

Link

(AP) A year and a half after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, FEMA is auctioning off at fire-sale prices thousands of trailers used by storm victims, raising fears among mobile-home dealers that the government will flood the market and depress prices.

Mobile home dealers are finding that some potential customers would rather wait to make a deal on a used FEMA trailer than drop $25,000 to $40,000 for a brand-new one.

"People think they're just going to get to buy them for nothing," said Gale Crews, owner of Diamond State Mobile Home Sales in Hope, where FEMA is storing 20,000 trailers at the city's airport. Some of the FEMA trailers will sell for less than half of what they cost new.

Some critics of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the sale of emblematic of the way FEMA botched its handling of Katrina: FEMA ordered more trailers than it needed, it let many of them sit out in the open, exposed to the elements, and now, some fear, it is about to double-cross the trailer dealers.

FEMA spokeswoman Debbie Wing defended the agency, saying it "wanted to be prepared to house as many victims as possible" when it bought the trailers. She said the agency is now trying to lower its storage costs by reducing the number it is holding in reserve for the next disaster.

"We're being cautious not to flood the market," she said. "We appreciate the fact that these manufacturers sold us these units during the height of it."

FEMA spent $2.7 billion to buy 145,000 mobile homes and trailers after Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast in August and September 2005, paying a bulk-rate price of about $19,000 per trailer, on average. FEMA now has 60,000 trailers in storage nationwide; several thousand of them " exactly how many is not clear " were never used.

The agency said it plans to sell the ones that suffered a lot of wear and tear from being used by storm victims. As for the never-used trailers, Wing said FEMA has no plans for the time being to sell those.

"Our efforts were not perfect. However, we created an emergency sheltering program that, with all its faults, provided shelter for unparalleled numbers of displaced evacuees," she said.

To dispose of the used trailers, FEMA is operating an auction through a government Web site. Wednesday evening, the agency had 47 trailers on sale from its Hope depot. Bids ranged from $5,191 for a 2006 Coachmen Spirit of America trailer with possible water damage and a missing stove grate, battery and other items, to $12,600 for a 2006 Sunnybrook RV Sunset Creek trailer with "no obvious exterior damage."

Hope has the largest stockpile of FEMA trailers, while others are stored at Selma, Ala.; Madison, Ind.; Cumberland and Frostburg, Md.; Carnes and Purvis, Miss.; Edison, N.J.; Jasper and Texarkana, Texas; and Fort Pickett, Va.

FEMA wants Hope to be a staging ground during disasters because it's close enough to the Gulf Coast to store trailers but far enough inland to be out of harm's way. The city is making the most of it, entering a $25,000-a-month contract with FEMA.

"They've got to be somewhere, and we've got the land and the infrastructure out there," Mayor Dennis Ramsey said. "It's economically good for the city."

Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., said FEMA should send some of the Hope trailers to Dumas, where tornadoes hit Feb. 24. "This is a symbol of what is wrong with FEMA and why so many people have lost confidence in their very own government," he said.

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I wonder how many "regular folks" will even have a chance of getting one for a good price?

My guess . . . . . . . none.

Kinda sad! Wasn't there some other really dumb thing to come out of Hope, Arkansas, a few years ago?
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Years ago I looked at some trailers FEMA was selling in Houston. Really rough on the inside, no holding tanks, no fresh water tank, and a cheap electric frig...not an RV type.

Just have to be real careful on these trailers.

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Correction; <STRIKE>FEMA </STRIKE>taxpayers spent $2.7 billion to buy 145,000 mobile homes and trailers

I can't imagine wanting one.
The trailers they are selling are so trashed, you would have to spend too much $$$ to make them fit for use

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Jayco1:
FEMA Holding Fire Sale Of Used Trailers

Mobile-Home Dealers Fear A Drop In Prices Due To Selloff Of Trailers Used By Gulf Coast Hurricane Victims

Some of about 20,000 mobile homes
and travel trailers owned by
the Federal Emergency Management Agency
sit at the Hope Municipal Airport near Hope, Ark.

March 2, 2007. (AP)

Link

(AP) A year and a half after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, FEMA is auctioning off at fire-sale prices thousands of trailers used by storm victims, raising fears among mobile-home dealers that the government will flood the market and depress prices.

Mobile home dealers are finding that some potential customers would rather wait to make a deal on a used FEMA trailer than drop $25,000 to $40,000 for a brand-new one.

"People think they're just going to get to buy them for nothing," said Gale Crews, owner of Diamond State Mobile Home Sales in Hope, where FEMA is storing 20,000 trailers at the city's airport. Some of the FEMA trailers will sell for less than half of what they cost new.

Some critics of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the sale of emblematic of the way FEMA botched its handling of Katrina: FEMA ordered more trailers than it needed, it let many of them sit out in the open, exposed to the elements, and now, some fear, it is about to double-cross the trailer dealers.

FEMA spokeswoman Debbie Wing defended the agency, saying it "wanted to be prepared to house as many victims as possible" when it bought the trailers. She said the agency is now trying to lower its storage costs by reducing the number it is holding in reserve for the next disaster.

"We're being cautious not to flood the market," she said. "We appreciate the fact that these manufacturers sold us these units during the height of it."

FEMA spent $2.7 billion to buy 145,000 mobile homes and trailers after Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast in August and September 2005, paying a bulk-rate price of about $19,000 per trailer, on average. FEMA now has 60,000 trailers in storage nationwide; several thousand of them " exactly how many is not clear " were never used.

The agency said it plans to sell the ones that suffered a lot of wear and tear from being used by storm victims. As for the never-used trailers, Wing said FEMA has no plans for the time being to sell those.

"Our efforts were not perfect. However, we created an emergency sheltering program that, with all its faults, provided shelter for unparalleled numbers of displaced evacuees," she said.

To dispose of the used trailers, FEMA is operating an auction through a government Web site. Wednesday evening, the agency had 47 trailers on sale from its Hope depot. Bids ranged from $5,191 for a 2006 Coachmen Spirit of America trailer with possible water damage and a missing stove grate, battery and other items, to $12,600 for a 2006 Sunnybrook RV Sunset Creek trailer with "no obvious exterior damage."

Hope has the largest stockpile of FEMA trailers, while others are stored at Selma, Ala.; Madison, Ind.; Cumberland and Frostburg, Md.; Carnes and Purvis, Miss.; Edison, N.J.; Jasper and Texarkana, Texas; and Fort Pickett, Va.

FEMA wants Hope to be a staging ground during disasters because it's close enough to the Gulf Coast to store trailers but far enough inland to be out of harm's way. The city is making the most of it, entering a $25,000-a-month contract with FEMA.

"They've got to be somewhere, and we've got the land and the infrastructure out there," Mayor Dennis Ramsey said. "It's economically good for the city."

Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., said FEMA should send some of the Hope trailers to Dumas, where tornadoes hit Feb. 24. "This is a symbol of what is wrong with FEMA and why so many people have lost confidence in their very own government," he said.

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I agree with comments as to the condition of typical campers auctioned off by Uncle Sam, howerer; The campers at the Hope, Arkansas Airport were staged there after Katrina, and have never been used. The bigger picture is FEMA has wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.
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I think it is a shame that Hope, Ark is charging FEMA $25,000 per MONTH for storage. That is highway robbery. They are taking advantage. It is land that they were not using or planning on developing anyway. FEMA would be better off buying land somewhere, paving it, and putting a fence around it. It would cost far less in the long run. At the rate they are paying, that is $300,000 per year. Land in rural areas is dirt cheap, even within a mile of the interstate.

As for the trailers, some are actual travel trailers, others were made for FEMA. You have to know the difference. And also know that some people don't take care of things as they should. After all, it isn't theirs.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I agree with comments as to the condition of typical campers auctioned off by Uncle Sam, howerer; The campers at the Hope, Arkansas Airport were staged there after Katrina, and have never been used. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Just out of curiosity, I went to the FEMA online auction and looked at some of the units that were being offered from Arkansas. It appeared all had been used and most had been trashed by whoever has used them. Parts were missing on some, holes in walls on others, and all of the interiors looked just plain cheap. These are not units I would pay for unless I was planning to completely re-build whichever one I bought.
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After dropping my rv off last fall in Biloxi to a family that wanted ability to get out of Dodge and seeing people still living in cars, shame on FEMA&gt;
Ft. Pierce has thousands NEW sitting in stock.
Let them have 'em. We paid for them. There are those with still no shelter or will not have any when they took them away.
If they want to keep their trialer they will figure it out. Money alone on repossesion was not worth it.
FEMA paid huge wages for cleanup but little for human basic needs
SHAME ON FEMA
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Remember it all ends at the top
e-mail the President he got rid of the last FEMA head who screwed up
President Bush wants to go out of office as a great President so let hm know we are not happy campers with the way FEMA is handling the stored trailers
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I cannot believe that there isn't a military reservation nearby, where those units can be stored FOR FREE! Someone in FEMA has their head up and locked.(again)
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I have a friend that lives near Slidell, LA and his home was pretty well damaged. He lived in his condo in FL for some time while trying to get his house back together. The condo was rented starting December 1 for several months and he need a place to live. He tried to contact FEMA to see about getting a trailer to live in while he finished his house. He was forced to do most of the work himself as he could not get a reliable contractor or workmen.

He had seen on the news that FEMA had plenty of trailers to help people. No way would the idiots at FEMA let him use a trailer. He wound up living in the partially completed house with his wife and young son while he worked on the house and tried to continue with his job.

Needless to say he has nothing good to say about FEMA and their mis-management.

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