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Old 06-04-2007, 11:50 AM   #1
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Has any one ever tested the air quality in there Air Stream motor home or trailer for formaldehyde? Apparently it can is used in the adhesives for cabinetry and other wood structures. When the units are subjected to high temperature or humidity the formaldehyde out gases into the air. There is an article at the Sierra Club called “Toxic Trailers”. Any comments?

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Old 06-04-2007, 12:21 PM   #2
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I haven't tested my trailer, but there is a test kit for $89 pus laboratory fees here:
Testing formaldehyde: Formaldehyde Test/sampling kits, formaldehyde testing kit
I keep down the potential risks from formaldehyde gas by sealing MDF and similar particle boards after machining, and before bringing them into an enclosed environment.
If I were to buy a new trailer, I would rely on normal airing and ventilation to disperse any initial high concentrations.

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Old 06-04-2007, 01:00 PM   #3
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Come to think of it, I do recall seeing many fairly well-preserved older folks traveling in airstreams–maybe its the formaldehyde.
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Hello Victor -- Welcome to the Forums! There are other threads to read if you search on the keyword formaldehyde. I think a thread by janetb,, said a lot for lessening outgassing within the first season or so. She posted in a different thread later stating that it had disappeared after a minimum number of months (2-3? I don't recall exactly).

Adhesives with any plywood or particle board are said to contain formaldehyde unless specifically stated otherwise -- then there would be other constituents. This is not a lot different than volatilization of plasticizers with 'new car smell.' A very sensitive asthmatic might be affected but it doesn't persist for long. I don't think anybody buying a minimally used Airstream would be worrying about this at all.

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Formaldehyde ain't all that bad. After all they mix it in beer to give it more head!
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