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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

FEMA Offers Buyback on Formaldehyde Trailers


The saga of the FEMA Formaldehyde Flap Continues unabated. The latest in the series of news the RV industry hates to hear is that Uncle Sam is offering to buy back trailers it sold both to hurricane survivors and "surplus" units it auctioned between July of 2006 and July 2007.

Nearly 11,000 surplus units went out over the auction block at an average price of just a little less than $7,000. At the same time, the emergency management agency sold another 864 trailers directly to hurricane survivors. Because of health issues thought to be related to the presence of formaldehyde fumes in the units, FEMA says it will refund the full purchase price of these RVs until this July. FEMA says it will notify purchasers by mail of the option, and buyers will have 60 days to respond. Buy-backs are only available to those who bought their rig directly from the government.

For more information on the program, check out FEMA's website.

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4 Comments:

  • How can we know the RV constructer using formaldeide in their unit.

    By Anonymous Jackalope, at 8:53 AM, February 02, 2008  

  • I bought three travel trailers from the feds. They all came from dealers originally. All travel trailers, autos, new houses,etc. gas out (formaldehyde is just one of the gasses.) I don't think the government should buy them back. You just have to vent the trailers etc. You need to put a cover over your vent where you can keep vent open continuously. All manufactureres have formedahyde in their travel trailers materials, trailer is built with.

    By OpenID tfb86, at 4:20 PM, February 10, 2008  

  • The government is not buying back the trailers,we are. The goverment doesn't have any of its own money remember.

    By OpenID ideepsea, at 8:40 PM, February 10, 2008  

  • Is there any difference in the gasses in my new 5th wheel,we are not sick,the drive by media says they are not safe,shoud someone buy mine back ?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:22 PM, February 15, 2008  

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