Originally Posted by kleece
But in the clips that they show you see Sandpipers and Rockwoods so I know that they didn't have special "cheap" ones made just for the Katrina victims.
Actually, that's exactly the case. FEMA contracts with RV makers to build emergency shelters. You can tell a contract trailer because they have no decals, carpet or awnings. (To make them cheaper) Very plain looking. Also, many have no holding tanks and many have standard household refrigerators and stoves. It's these that have the problem. Materials used in RVs must pass outgassing standards. However, due to the sudden demand and sortage of construction materials, esp. plywood type materials, a waiver was granted to use materials that did not meet these standards.
But also, in order to meet emergency demands, government buyers grabbed up every travel trailer they could find off ordinary dealer lots. That's what you saw in the clips. There is likely nothing wrong with these trailers, except for the abuse doled out by the people that lived in them.