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Old 07-27-2011, 07:47 PM   #11
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Visited the shop doing the work today, and discussed a different bathroom layout. The original layout had the toilet right beside the tub (full size residential toilet) and away from the wall about 4", so it was really a struggle for my wife (she's handicapped) to get in & out of the tub. Hell, it was difficult for me too! The new layout has the bunk beds gone, so in the pic, the room behind the kitchen area (fridge temporarily stashed there) will be entirely bathroom/laundry room. The tub will be in the original location, with the toilet next to it along the back wall, and the vanity in the other corner of the back wall. The washer/dryer will be where the vanity was, just behind the kitchen wall. I will try to find a pic showing the original layout.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:42 AM   #12
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Please be careful, there should have been something given to you that states no permanent living in the FEMA trailers. Maybe all the mod's you are doing will help or at least negate the formaldehyde issue with them. That's why the MEMA cottages came into plat in MS.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:47 AM   #13
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Are you sure that whole Formaldehyde issue is not BS? I read about that, but I believe almost all TT use that formaldehyde.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:19 PM   #14
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Are you thinking of adding more windows? It looks like there aren't too many windows in that huge camper!

Seems odd that a camper that size has very few windows--I think I counted four?
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:32 PM   #15
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Are you thinking of adding more windows? It looks like there aren't too many windows in that huge camper!

Seems odd that a camper that size has very few windows--I think I counted four?
Those Trailers were contracted for FEMA. They were for Katrina and needed to be pushed out the assembly line ASAP. Added Windows would slow production down
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:01 PM   #16
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I wish you well HomeGrown. Ah, the memories I have of post Katrina. If my memory serves me correct, the ole girl blew in on August 29,2005. The FEMA trailers started rolling to south Mississippi not long after. It would not be uncommon to see 20-30 of them traveling in an hour's drive. The hired drivers would pull them 75-80 mph down the interstate only to turn around to get another to bring down. Some of them wouldn't even have a latch for the door, only a wire tied to the door frame to hold it closed. Our great govt bureacra(z)y bought tens of thousands of these little darlings more than was needed. This prompted a need to store them since (WE) bought too many in the first place. I live very near just 1 of these storage facilities that kept at least 10,000 of them. Most were never used because I would ride by occasionally and see huge ant beds and weeds growing up around the units. The land owner was paid by the govt(it was reported) $1,000,000 a month for use of his property. Complete with fences and armed guards. They finally cleared them all out last year. Add it up, that's at least 5 years. For sure, I hope you got one of the nicer ones but from my perspective, .....well I've probably said too much already. At least you get to modify it the way you like! Sorry to be a Negative Nancy. I really do hope things work out in your favor!
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I was just letting you know in case you had no idea. When I was in New York we had no idea what was happening with the fema trailers till I came down. Thanks Timex, I have gone to look at some of the trailers and MEMA cottages and there are still hundreds or more of both of them.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:57 PM   #18
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Thanks so much for the comments and concerns guys, I appreciate the interest and input.
I will have a bit more $$ than I'd care to in this, but I still feel I'm not over-invented in it, and it will be a very solid trailer when I'm done, customized to our specific needs. Any other new or used trailer would have required the same mods, so I decided to go in cheap. If I had it to do over, I would probably still look for a FEMA trailer, but one without water leak damage. Ahh, hindsight. There was no discernable formaldahyde smell in the trailer at all. LOL, believe me, I know the smell! The first summer my wife and I were married, we went to several dealers on a few occasions to look at mobile homes, and I remember the really strong smell in all the trailers. I remember how it burned my throat after being in a trailer for a few minutes.

Katrina must have been a Godsend for Elkhart, Indiana.
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Old 07-29-2011, 12:19 AM   #19
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Rita hit SW Louisiana abt 1 month later. i was on a ride out crew at a local refinery. abt a week or less after Rita, we received a couple hundred or more trailers to house us and some of the workers brought in to help us with repair.
as the streets were cleared and electricity restored, some of those made it to individual residence while their home was being repaired. the trailers were assigned to the one that took them.
the couple hundred, the workers lived in, were not abused.
less than a month later, there was a large trailer park constructed and filled with trailers. there was a guard at the gate and a fence around the park. that park stayed occupied until abt 2 yrs ago. i believe early this year, that park was completely dismantled. never found out what the land owner was paid for the use of that property.
i was impressed at how quickly trailers arrived after the hurricane. was told we got trailers because the company provided a place for them, brought in portable power, piped sewer and water to each. more than likely these had been staged for Katrina and reassigned to us.
we also supplied fuel, at no charge, to the emergency workers for weeks.

the first FEMA trailers i saw advertised (on the internet) had been well used. couldn't believe people would remove microwave or stove. some required enough repairs to make them rival a new one.
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Interesting stuff! Jim, Timex posted above that one land owner was reportedly paid $1m per month where 10,000+ trailers were stored. Wow, it really makes you wonder what the total pricetag was. I sure hope they helped a lot of people, but there was an incredible amount of waste.

Here's something interesting I found in the paperwork that came with the trailer: it's a receipt from Terminix, who were contracted to ONLY do a visual inspection on trailers parked at a FEMA facility in Madison, IN. So, Terminix invoiced FEMA to do a visual inspection that took 2 minutes (2:00 in/2:02 out as recorded on the invoice). The invoice reported "no activity". Big surprise, it was mid-November in Indiana. Not gonna be much bug activity, and the trailer was only 6 months old at that time.

I think I originally misinterpreted the invoice to be $1010 for the inspection, but it may only be $5.00 per unit, and the balance incremented up $5.00 per unit inspected (looking at the "Prior Balance" on the invoice).

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