FEMA Trailers Exposed
The U.S. government has disposed of over 140,000 FEMA travel trailers purchased after Hurricane Katrina that were built and ordered for temporary housing but now labeled "not suitable for housing". Many people have considered purchasing FEMA trailers to save money. Whether you choose to do business with us or someone else, please read the following information and educate yourself about FEMA trailers for sale.
What you Should Know About FEMA Trailers
- Federal authorities went to great lengths to purchase labels and warning signs for FEMA travel trailers in an effort to avoid lawsuits from future buyers.
- The U.S. government also chose not to sell FEMA trailers to the retail public in another move to avoid consumer suits, rather selling them in bulk to opportunity seeking investors who are now attempting to auction these units to uneducated buyers.
- Flood Areas are Bio-hazard Zones - Any contents that came into contact with flood waters were to be discarded and/or destroyed including glassware, dishes and clothes. Experts claimed that even dishes could no longer be sanitized and could pose a health risk to consumers. Residents parked these FEMA trailers next to their dwellings during the cleanup process, often bringing personal items into the trailer that had come into contact with hazardous flood waters.
- Most FEMA Trailers are NOT Self-Contained- Meaning that they were never built nor designed FEMA trailersfor recreational travel. Some of the more common missing components include waste water holding tanks, fresh water tanks, power converters, RV refrigerators, RV toilets, water pumps, and more.
- The average repair bill to retrofit a FEMA trailer for recreational use is in excess of $4,000.
- FEMA Trailers Were Not Maintained-In other words, they have been sitting around for the past couple of years with unsupervised leaks and critters.
- Price Exceeds The Value and Risk - By the time you pay $2,500 to $5,000 for a FEMA trailer and pay $4,000 or more to equip it for RV travel, you could have purchased a nice pre-owned travel trailer with name brand recognition and acceptable resale value.
FEMA Resellers Protect Themselves, Not You...
Here are some of the legal qualifications from sellers of FEMA trailers:
- "Everything is sold AS IS, WHERE IS, and WITH ALL FAULTS"
- "ALL FEMA TRAILER SALES ARE FINAL. THE ITEM(S) SOLD CANNOT BE RETURNED FOR ANY REASON."
- "The Auctioneer owes no fiduciary duties of loyalty and faithfulness to the Bidder/Buyer. Auctioneer is not responsible for obtaining or providing to the Bidder/Buyer a title for any FEMA trailer, a replacement title or any other similar documentation including in the event that the title or other appropriate documentation of ownership has been lost, stolen"
- "The Government titles, guaranteed by the Government, have had errors."
- "There are no keys provided with any home purchased"
- "Seller and/or Auction Company or any of its affiliates are not responsible for checking or testing the propane system in any travel trailer sold.
- "I certify that I am aware that the travel trailer/park model I am purchasing at auction may contain formaldehyde. I agree that the Seller/Auction Company shall not be liable for personal injuries to, disabilities of, or death of any persons arising from or incident to the sale of this travel trailer/park model, use, or its final disposition; and to hold the Seller/Auction Company harmless from and shall indemnify the Seller/Auction Company against any or all debts, liabilities, judgments, costs, demands, suits, actions, or claims of any nature arising from or incident to the sale of this property, its use, or its final disposition. "
These are not things you want to deal with when you are purchasing a vehicle that is supposed to be for fun and relaxation.
FEMA trailers in the News
Here are some links to news stories about FEMA trailer sales. Our very favorite quote:
"Like a zombie from a bad horror film, FEMA's toxic trailers just keep coming back to haunt the people of the Gulf coast," Markey said Friday in a statement. "We need to ensure that the appropriate law enforcement agencies are thoroughly and vigilantly looking into these sales so that no one is unwittingly and needlessly exposed to the formaldehyde in these trailers again."
- Resellers of FEMA Trailers Could Face Criminal Prosecution
- Thousands Housed in Trailers After Katrina may get Payments