Embalmed in Your RV: Formaldehyde Poisons Vacationers - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-04-2007, 01:19 PM   #1
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Interesting article!
From ABC News
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Old 06-04-2007, 03:20 PM   #2
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The news media like to use the embalming thing to get a bigger bang out of their story.
I'm no fan of this stuff and can smell it when around it. Here is some info on it.

Formaldehyde is in all kinds of stuff around your home. I guess because a camper is made out of the same stuff as your home and it is a smaller confined space - it would give a larger concentration than your house. Check this site and it shows where it is in the glue that bonds paneling. Eggs with little to no paneling may be somewhat free of the stuff. Lets Hope So. http://www.epa.gov/iaq/formalde.html

My mom was extremely allergic to it and bought a new carpet and it had to be ripped out because it contained formaldehyde they said in the die.

Here is a site that tells of Bakelite that is used all over the place and made out of the stuff.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakelite
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It's even in lipstick and toothpaste
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Old 06-04-2007, 05:45 PM   #4
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Although Bakalite is made using formaldehyde, it doesn't CONTAIN any formaldehyde in the final product. Sorta like saying that water contains oxygen - true from a certain perspective, but you wouldn't wanna try breathing it. Even if it did - Bakalite is used in relatively small quantities (especially nowadays) so any unpleasant chemicals that might be in it - are going to be in fairly small concentrations.

The issue is that the trailers are using fairly large quantities of material that's going to off-gas junk AND it's taking place in a very confined space which probably isn't very well ventilated. That's going to drive the concentration of the nasties much higher than they're going to be in your typical home.

Course, at home we try to avoid using the sorts of materials that are the worst for dumping junk into the air. It can be moderatly unpleasant - plus most of the worst offenders are pretty junky material anyway. Glorified sawdust with pictures of wood glued to the front. Darn stuff melts if you get it wet.
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Old 06-04-2007, 08:42 PM   #5
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If one were to buy that lil Gullwing Teardrop that is in the for sale section, after you are nicely embalmed they could just seal the doors and plant ya.
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(The Sierra Club) says the RV industry, long known for its lax construction practices, is once again using cheaper, formaldehyde-based materials [b]a practice that was outlawed in the United States more than 20 years ago.

"It's a dirty, little secret in the RV organizations," said Becky Gillette, a volunteer with the Mississippi Sierra Club. "They have known for years it was a problem, yet chose to ignore it.
I was involved in the [b]Golden [b]State [b]Mobilehome [b]Owner's [b]League back in the '70s and '80s. I lived in, and repaired Mobilehomes during that time. Formaldehyde was a HUGE issue back then, and GSMOL's lobbying efforts in the legislature helped enact the outlawing of it's use.

I'm flabbergasted that semantics can cause history to repeat itself.
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Even lipstick and toothpaste not made in China????
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Don't panic.

The stuff is what makes melamine plastic disher 'hygenic'. Good type for camper use since dishwashing skills are often is short supply on the road.

Wouldn't hurt to use silver plated silverware for the same reason.

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I use it cause I don't like paper plates and plastic forks

My 17 actually sat sealed up for quite some time after it's intitial use "Off the lot". The first thing I noticed when I opened the door for the first time was "New Trailer" smell..

It's amazng how long that stuff will linger. I noted it in my jeep the other day too, after it had sat in the heat for two days without driving it. (It has 22k on it.. newer, but certainly not "New")

leaving the windows on the trailer open and running the fan got rid of the outgassing smells pretty quickly, they were weak to start with..

but then, came the dogs.. and the gassing started all over again....
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but then, came the dogs.. and the gassing started all over again....
Careful, methane is explosive.
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I have a baseball shaped bottle of Hair Trainer made by Avon from the 50's or early 60's and it has formaldehyde as part of the ingredients.............lol

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I have a baseball shaped bottle of Hair Trainer made by Avon from the 50's or early 60's and it has formaldehyde as part of the ingredients.............lol

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I think I used that stuff . . . . hair is no longer a problem. lol
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I think I used that stuff . . . . [b]hair is no longer a problem. lol
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I like THAT! No Hair? No Problem!!!
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