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Used RVs For Sale By Owner And Formaldehyde: Don’t Worry

There was a large formaldehyde scare directly after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, which caused worry in those searching to purchase used RVs for sale by owner. People feared buying used RVs for sale by owner thinking that formaldehyde was in the motor home and that it was dangerous. Learn the facts about formaldehyde – where it can be found, how people are exposed, and how it is in used RVs for sale by owner. It is safe to purchase used RVs for sale by owner, even if there is formaldehyde in them.

Formaldehyde can be found in the everyday world in many items

There is a wide array of items that contain formaldehyde, not just used RVs for sale by owner. It is in cabbage, brussel sprouts, cosmetics, medications, as well as cleaning products and nail polish. Formaldehyde can be found in smoke from cigarettes and cigars, too.

There are also formaldehyde traces or elements in draperies, permanent press clothing, and fiberglass. It is found in foods that livestock eat, and it is used in the process of making cheese. Formaldehyde is an organic compound that is found naturally in many items, not just in motorhomes and used RVs for sale by owner.

How does formaldehyde occur in used RVs for sale by owner – class a, class b, or class c motorhomes?

Formaldehyde is found in the glue that holds some plywood and/or particle board materials that used RVs for sale by owner are constructed with. All motorhomes, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, or Class C RVs, are believed to have a slight amount of the chemical in its gas formation. Once the bonding process has occurred in the construction, the gas formation will often dissipate quickly. Called “out-gassing,” this is when gas is absorbed. RVs are often well-ventilated, which helps get rid of the gases.

How are people exposed to formaldehyde outside of RVs?

On a daily basis, people encounter a form of formaldehyde. Some people are more affected than others; it depends and varies from person to person. Some individuals feel irritated in their nose, throat, or eyes, and some are not affected at all. The body will begin to break down the substance upon immediate intake. It will be released through urination.

Not all RVs have formaldehyde

Recreational vehicles must now be approved by federal standards before being constructed and released to the public for sale. But, if the used RV you purchase does have formaldehyde, by opening the windows, you will be letting in clean air. House plants help, and some people believe that humidifiers help dissipate the gases in the air.

When buying new clothing or curtains, make sure they are washed before worn or hung as a preventative measure. A used motorhome is believed to be a safe option when buying, since formaldehyde will dissipate from the RV over a period of time.

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