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Old 07-25-2007, 05:51 AM   #1
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Last week all the news media was talking about the Fema trailers poisoning people because of glues etc. used in the construction that contained formaldehyde. We as Rvers have been dealing with this for about 50yrs. I can now see some of these people sueing Fema and we as tax payers getting the bill. I feel it should be the Rv industry that should be responsible. I don't know if all RV manufacturers are guilty but some are and they should step up to the plate and correct the problem. I am not taking sides with Fema but I can't see where they were negligent
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Old 07-25-2007, 05:51 AM   #2
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Last week all the news media was talking about the Fema trailers poisoning people because of glues etc. used in the construction that contained formaldehyde. We as Rvers have been dealing with this for about 50yrs. I can now see some of these people sueing Fema and we as tax payers getting the bill. I feel it should be the Rv industry that should be responsible. I don't know if all RV manufacturers are guilty but some are and they should step up to the plate and correct the problem. I am not taking sides with Fema but I can't see where they were negligent
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In a way I can see such trailers or RV's in general having this problem. I do not know if all RV's are made using materials containing the formaldehyde compound, but I believe keeping an RV closed for long periods of time without ventilation will cause problems. So maybe they need to open the windows in those FEMA trailers and ventilate them
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Now I know where to tell a guy on another RV forum where to go to obtain this nasty stuff he wants to place in his trailer while in Florida storage, to prevent mold while he is away.
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Old 07-27-2007, 04:45 AM   #6
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Formaldehyde-containing adhesives are used in many construction materials including particle board (commonly used in sub-flooring and furniture), plywood (commonly used in sub-flooring, paneling, laminate counter tops, and furniture), oriented strand board (commonly used for roof decking), and medium density fiberboard (commonly used in furniture). Many of these products are (and have been for years) used in RV manufacture as well as home building. The fumes are irritating to some people including those living in houses, not just RVs. Because of the smaller quarters and higher use of composite wood materials, however, RVs may be more of a problem. The situation was undoubtedly made worse because the trailers were new and the formaldehyde didn't have time to dissipate. Also, many of the trailers sat closed up in storage for long periods.

If the RV manufacturers followed their normal building process and met FEMA specifications for the trailers, IMO they can't be considered to be at fault. If FEMA specs had limits on formaldehyde levels which the RV manufacturers exceeded, then that's a different story. My guess is nobody thought of formaldehyde until some of the trailer recipients had problems.
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These materials are used everyday in the manufacture of mobile homes and double wides. It's nothing new. I bought a new mobile home about 15 years ago, and when the brought it and set it up, they opened all the windows, and told us to stay out of it for 2 days. After that, you could still smell it a little bit, but for the most part it was gone. Then after a few weeks of living in it with kids, pets and cooking, it was gone. Sounds like someone that got a handout, wants another handout to me. I don't think FEMA actually "had these built to spec". I believe they just bought up as many as they could as fast as they could from wherever they could.
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Many of the folks that got these trailers didn't know that all RV's and manufactured housing have formaldehyde odors to some degree.

Of course the press didn't have a clue, and it made great headlines to sensationalize the issue.

The press claims they don't make the news, but they sure do decide what makes the news.
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Every trailer that I bought had a declaration sticker in an obvious place that said that the vehicle was constructed using materials that include formaldehyde. The resolution of the odor and gas problem is to allow the vehicle to vent and shortly thereafter the odor and hazard will dissipate.

The "sensationalistic press" is making more out of this that is needed. No one deserves a settlement or any other type of monetary compensation for being given a home in which to reside in the event of an emergency.

If people are going to be allowed to sue for these type on construction materials what are we all going to live in?
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When we bought our current camper it was a year old but only used once or twice at most. It had been closed up the rest of the time. The smell was so strong, my eyes watered. ds16 even complained about it and he is not a complainer. I simply opened up the vents and windows and turned on the fan on the a/c. After a few days camping in it, it was gone. No long term affects on anyone.

Why are they just now bringing this up after so long. When I was at my mom's in New Orleans just after 4th of July they ran a story and had a guy standing outside of his trailer at a FEMA park talking about how bad it was. I find it hard to believe it would still be causing probs unless they never opened any windows or doors. This is ridiculous.

My mom lived in a FEMA trailer for months afterwards and never once complained. My sister still has a FEMA trailer and has yet to mention it to me and she is sensitive to stuff like that.

I agree that it is someone looking for a handout.
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Unfortunately, too many individuals and/or their attorneys are looking to hit the next big "litigation lottery", and this smells like it could be it (pun intended)!

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I walked into a new Motorhome on LazyDays lot before it was ventilated/prepped for display and my eyes watered.

Oh boy! I can retire now!

Still people out there looking for the next million dollar cup of coffee.

Why do you think they feel it neccesary to put a warning in the manual for your steam iron telling you that your not supposed to use it on the clothes that you are currently wearing.

Prices are going to jump up again to pay for more attourneys to think up better warning labels and disclaimers. While they are at it they may as well raise taxes too.

In the end we all pay the price for these frivolas law suites many times over.
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I think it might be a good example of how for no business to deal with fema in the future without having them sign off for any future litigations.

Stuff like this just irritates the **** out of me, and drives me to the thought that, "Well, ****, we try to help your dumb selves and this is what we get, next time, yer on your own."
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Well I have seen some of those FEMA trailers on E-bay and a little off gassing is the least of the problem They are quite beat up Open up the windows and air it out a little it will disapate in time
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