RPTIA Adopts HUD Formaldehyde Standard
The Recreation Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) has adopted the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) standard for formaldehyde emissions from wood products in manufactured homes for RVs its members build.
The RPTIA board, meeting Oct. 26 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., unanimously approved requiring members to meet the HUD standard of 0.2 parts per million (ppm) for plywood and 0.3 ppm for particle board by Jan. 1 as a requirement of membership in the organization.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) adopted the same HUD standards for conventional RVs in September.
“HUD already has a standard for people living in manufactured housing, even though it doesn't apply to RVs,” said RPTIA Executive Director Bill Garpow. “And the majority of our manufacturers already are meeting it, so it makes sense to make it uniform for all of our manufacturers.”
Some trailers sold to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by RV manufacturers for emergency housing after the 2005 Gulf hurricanes have come under criticism from a number of quarters for allegedly having high levels of formaldehyde.
FEMA's response to the complaints was the subject of congressional hearings last summer, and the federal government currently is testing trailers.
In other business the RPTIA board:
• Encouraged Garpow to continue to fight the RVIA proposal allowing fifth-wheels to exceed 400 square feet of living space. “We want to discourage the changing of the status quo,” Garpow said.
• Heard a report that a situation in Texas allowing park trailers to be taxed as real property had been resolved in favor of park model owners.
• Approved a continuing public relations effort to get more information about park trailers into newspapers and magazines.
• Approved a $500,000 association budget for 2008.
New officers include President Curt Yoder, Kropf Industries Inc., Goshen, Ind.; Vice President Kevin Wells, DNA Enterprises Inc., Goshen; Treasurer Olin Wenrick, Trophy Homes Inc., Elkhart; Secretary Joe Follman, Chariot Eagle Inc., Ocala, Fla.; Past President Tim Howard, Breckinridge, Nappanee, Ind.
The RPTIA's next board meeting will be Jan. 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Tampa in conjunction with the Florida RV SuperShow.