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This is a problem we all need to address.  We can contact manufacturers and we can insist on more natural and organic materials....

Summary:  The most significant source is likely to be pressed wood products made using adhesives with UF (urea-formaldehyde) resins.  This includes furniture made with particle board and plywood paneling.

Danger formaldehyde

Effects on health (US Environmental Agency):  Formaldehyde, a colorless, pungent-smelling gas, can cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, and difficulty in breathing in some humans exposed at elevated levels (above 0.1 parts per million). High concentrations may trigger attacks in people with asthma. There is evidence that some people can develop a sensitivity to formaldehyde. It has also been shown to cause cancer in animals and may cause cancer in humans.  Health effects include eye, nose, and throat irritation; wheezing and coughing; fatigue; skin rash; severe allergic reactions.

This is a problem we all need to address.  We can contact manufacturers and we can insist on more natural and organic materials.

The following quotes from the US Environmental Agency:

"In homes, the most significant sources of formaldehyde are likely to be pressed wood products made using adhesives that contain urea-formaldehyde (UF) resins. Pressed wood products made for indoor use include: particleboard (used as sub-flooring and shelving and in cabinetry and furniture); hardwood plywood paneling (used for decorative wall covering and used in cabinets and furniture); and medium density fiberboard (used for drawer fronts, cabinets, and furniture tops). Medium density fiberboard contains a higher resin-to-wood ratio than any other UF pressed wood product and is generally recognized as being the highest formaldehyde-emitting pressed wood product.

Other pressed wood products, such as softwood plywood and flake or oriented strandboard, are produced for exterior construction use and contain the dark, or red/black-colored phenol-formaldehyde (PF) resin. Although formaldehyde is present in both types of resins, pressed woods that contain PF resin generally emit formaldehyde at considerably lower rates than those containing UF resin."

Re: Formaldehyde in RVsNo RV BarbIt would seem formaldehyde is a useful agent if one wants to preserve/embalm a body (remember those frogs from high school biology dissections?) But it's quite a potent and yucky substance for use in what is supposed to be an enjoyable recreational vehicle. After several attempts to buy a new RV, we just gave up due to the unbearably strong, chemical gassing given off by the units which had tears streaming down my eyes within seconds of entering the trailers. Please, manufacturers, stop using this toxic substance which may be great for dead things, but not for living breathing humans or pets.See RoTi item
Re: Formaldehyde in RVsTonyWent to an RV show 12-12-2012. Lots of trailers had the green certification, but this does NOT mean the RV is formaldehyde free. It is sad how most of the salespeople said they never heard of formaldehyde. So far I have found Evergreen Everlite, Airstream and that's it. The Earth Bound company appears to have gone out of business. See RoTi item
Re: RVs and alergiesAANDW22We just recently purchased a 2012 Winnebago ONE 30RE and have not been able to spend a night in it without feeling effects of gassing. We have tried cleaning everything with vinegar and water, airing out with windows open, vacumnned with HEPA Vacumn, bought a SPT AC-2102 Heavy Duty air purifier with 4 different filters including a VOC filter for formaldehyde and other chemicals and still have the issue. The Winnebago rep who called me told me to close up the unit with the AC off and let it bake in the Florida heat and see if it bakes off the gas. I sure hope that it works, but think that they need to look at materials being used to reduce this issue. Who wants to be subjected to this aggravation when they spend that kind of money for an RV.See RoTi item
Re:Reducing formaldehyde in RVsT BlanksI just purchased a heartland elkridge express e24 and I have been unable to go in it for three months because of formaldehayde gas. The problem is that not everyone reacts to the gas but I have read that children are more likely to be sensitive. The best way to find out if a trailer will gas out is to have the dealer fire up the furnace let it get to 70 degrees and sit in it for an hour or so. If your eye start burning youn get a head ache or dizzy it will only get worst from there.See RoTi item
Re: Formaldehyde in RVsCapitalkid_1Thank God for this site. My family and I are in our first Mobile Home Rental. It is a 1969 Pre-Hud Home, and every bit a safety hazard as the trailers. We did a full inspection of the home last week and found multiple code violations and health and safety code issues with it. We wrote up a report and had it sent to our property management. The results are in and we are getting let out of our lease and this house is not going to be listed for rent again by them. I am sure the Landlords are bent, but they should not be renting this hazard trap out, not for 800.00 a month anyway-Maybe 300.00 with a disclosure. We have all had issues, mine had to due with eyesight changes that came out of nowhere, 7 day headaches, sinus issues, ect. There is an add-on in this trailer,and one night after the Forced Air Unit Broke down we all had to move into the Add-On to keep warm with the Cadet Heater in the wall. We stayed in there for 3 days all total before we got our first load of wood and moved back into the house with the Woodstove. My Son now refers to that room as the "Sneezing Room". My husband has asthma and has since he was a kid and therefore does not notice health changes quite as much as we do because he somewhat under the weather all the time. However my son and I do not ordinarily have health concerns and I got the scratchy throat, low grade fever, (so did the boy) and it took about 3 days for the symptoms to go away after we moved back into the house. Another thing I noticed was the boy was not breathing right for a few days. Quite Scary. Fast forward a week, so we look into the option of going full timing again and buying a bigger rig. So after a few calls and a few visits to RV Dealers in town, I Googled Rv "Health and safety hazards". What I turned up was this and many other sites listed on and on and on. I was in shock, i thought this type of carelessness was only practiced Pre-Hud. Well, needless to say we decided right away after a day of reading that we would not be buying a new Rv now or ever. In April of 2010 we bought a 1977 KIT Kamper for 500.00. We then turned around adn tore it down, and re-built it from the ground up with all new hardware. This thing is tight. We located all the wood paneling through Lowes certified free of Formaldehyde that came from a Manufacturer up in Washington somewhere. It was just 4-5$ more than the formaldehyde based fiber. As well, all the cabinets that went back in were replaced with wood, the skeletons of the inside and outside as well. The only thing we did not do was the birth itself. So, now in light of this, as we know that not ANY of the RV Dealers or Companies can be trusted, we have spread out a plan to build our own travel trailer, be it 4-5 years down the road, that is what it be. We stayed at a KOA In Corvallis Oregon for 2 months and during the time we were there, there was a couple in the next row over that had serious health issues. The women was sweet and nice, said they had been full-timing in their 5'r for 8 years. During the 2 months we were there the Ambulance came about 11 times for the wife due to breathing problems and out of the 11 times 4 times she went to the hospital and then returned. Funny thing about that is after 4 days out of the Rv, which is about how long she was gone each time, she began to heal and thus was released and thus returned to her RV, where she got sick again. I am a Certified Nutritional Consultant, not thats that is any big deal, but I do know a thing or two about personal nutrition. During that whole time I would visit with her and chit chat,and as far as I could tell she was practicing good food choices. But it wasn't enough. I never knew of the implications of the Rv Industry. If I had known then what I know now, I would have told her to move into a house. I have emailed the Camp host requesting to know if they are still booked in there, and if they are I am going to print out this chat and send it to her and her husband. God bless everyone who speaks up. See RoTi item
Re:Reducing formaldehyde in RVsJoan of NJI react very strongly to any kind of chemicals and I had NO REACTION to one RV, even though it had been manufactured one week prior to my visit. It was a Pleasureway. Although they do not claim toxin-free, they said (when I asked)they do everything possible to minimize the use of anything potentially toxic. See RoTi item
Re: Formaldehyde poisoning in RVsSick in CASo sorry for your brothers loss. Yes, formaldehyde is toxic and makes us sick. With a rare neuro-muscular disease, Myasthenia, I react to formaldehyde gas within a few minutes with extreme muscle weakness. I get so sick and cannot even walk after 20-30 min. depending on strength of formaldehyde gas. I'm a walking radar and some other toxic substances such as bleach, paint stripper, benzeine (used to make formaldehyde), and petro-chemicals, etc. also shut down my muscles quickly. Formaldehyde is found in glues, plastics, foams, most mattresses, carpets, fake woods, glued wood veneers, fabrics, and numerous building materials. Usually business offices are worse and the cheap flat tufted carpets seem to have higher content. Charcoal air filters help but most homes/offices do not run these. Some people are less able to genetically to process toxins out of their system. Anyway you look at it, the toxic gas causes symptoms; headaches, asthma, fatigue and even cancer and more. Business offices are often closed up with windows that are permanantely shut - a cancer nightmare. Indoor air quality is worse than outside. The formaldehyde/toxic products should be outlawed in our building materials, fabrics, etc. See RoTi item
Re:Reducing formaldehyde in RVsjanice of virginiawe are thinking of buying fifth wheel to live in. i have COPD(chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). I fear that i will have exposure to formaldehyde. the saleaperson says most of the formaldehyde is non-existant in the models since Katrina. Is this true? I would hate to be unable to stay in the rv as we are contemplating it as a permanent residence. also, are there other options such as making sure all componets are hardwood, etc ?? See RoTi item
Re:Reducing formaldehyde in RVsjanice of virginiawe are thinking of buying fifth wheel to live in. i have COPD(chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). I fear that i will have exposure to formaldehyde. the saleaperson says most of the formaldehyde is non-existant in the models since Katrina. Is this true. I would hate to ber unable to stay in the rv as we are contemplating it as a permanent residence. also, are there other options such as making sure all componets are hardwood, etc ?? See RoTi item
Re: RVs and alergiesSBMold can be tested by surface samples and air samples; however, you must find a competent agency to do this. However, mold is everywhere, and elevated levels of mold are determined by comparison with mold levels in exterior air. Some molds are deadly. FEMA has some documents with discuss elevated mold levels and often the mold labs have their own guidelines. If you can prove that a manufacturing defect caused a water leak that caused mold to form you have a legal cause of action and should contact an attorney--or start first with the BBB, and see if they can help. Formaldehyde can be tested with VOC air sampling. Again, you need a certified company to do such testing. There are governmental regulations for formaldehyde levels; however, sensitive people may have problems with formaldehyde even when levels are officially acceptable. Formaldehyde off-gassing should decrease over time, as others have noted. However, the glues and other chemicals in the particle board and accessories can cause other VOC's (volatile organic compounds) which are also allergens.See RoTi item

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