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FEMA trailers for sale by Oklahoma’s Wheeler Rental and Mobile Home Sales

(March 2, 2010) -- Wheeler Rental and Mobile Home Sales in Oklahoma is eager to offer to the public mobile homes and travel trailers that were intended for hurricane Katrina evacuees. Wheeler bought hundreds of units.

HINTON, Okla. — Mobile homes and travel trailers that were intended for hurricane Katrina evacuees are now on the market. Those trailers once belonged to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but now the federal government is auctioning them off.

A regional FEMA office spokesperson says the units now being auctioned have passed safety guidelines, regarding formaldehyde concerns that developed after Katrina.

Given the green light, Shana Wheeler, owner of Wheeler Rental and Mobile Home Sales, says she’s now eager to offer these homes to the public. Wheeler bought hundreds of units, some of which are advertised on the website www.craigslist.com, and says they have been tested and cleared of any formaldehyde gas issues that made national news.

To read the complete report from KFOR, click here.

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  1. How amny of you have actually seen a FEMA unit ? They are typically, white virtually windowless shells, with side mounted A/C units built more along the lines of a mini mobile home than an RV. They are impractical for travel and will most probably be sought after by people with insufficient income or credit to buy a new park model or mobile home.

    Even Wheelers sight indicates so

    I seriously doubt they will have any impact on the real RV market either now or in the near or distant future…..

  2. IT IS FUNNY HOW SOME COMPANY WOULD WANT ANY OF THE UNITS THAT WERE BUILT FOR THE SOUTHERN CODE OF HUD AND SELL THEM IN THE NORTH. I WONDER IF WHEELER RENTALS WILL BE SUED FOR FALSE ADVERTIZEMENT. PLUS, TO TAKE THE RESPONCABLITY OF FEMA IS JUST CRAZY IN ITSELF. GOOD LUCK!

  3. Joyce Dillingham

    There’s nothing wrong or inferior with the trailers that our U.S. manufacturers built and sold to the government for Katrina. Well, except that they’re back in the market and impacting new manufacturer sales to dealers. Wheeler and others are doing what most dealers wish they could — buying in bulk and selling at a great price. Instead of criticizing the dealers who are ceasing the opportunity, we should all be welcoming the new RV buyers that these lower-priced units are inviting into the market and helping it grow.

  4. I think the gov’t should buy back all those FEMA trailers from the dealers who bought them and send them to Chile. That would get them out of the U.S. and dealers would have to buy the manufacturer’s new inventory. Plus, the manufacturers would score a big one with their “donation” to Chile.

  5. I want to congratulate the above mentioned dealer. In these times manufacturers want more for new products and dealers can’t get flooring. If it takes good ole fashion cash top buy products. Then I say do it. especially since most of those units went un-lived in. As far as the formaldehyde, every unit has formaldehyde. Read the manual… I say sell them. Let FEMA try to get our money back, they weren’t doing anything else but sitting there.

  6. Death of husband and father – mismatched car and trailer – $5,250,000 settlement
    Our product liability lawyers negotiated a cash and annuity settlement having a present value of $5,250,000 on behalf of the surviving widow and two minor children of a 42-year-old fire captain who was killed when his SUV rolled over on Highway 50 while pulling an “Ultralight” travel trailer. Plaintiffs claimed that the defendant motor home retailer inappropriately sold the family a trailer which was too large to be safely pulled by their small SUV. Plaintiffs also claimed that the retailer failed to advise them that if the travel trailer were loaded to its maximum capacity (as specified by the trailer manufacturer) the trailer would weight 1,400 pounds more than the maximum weight recommended by the SUV manufacturer. While traveling on Highway 50, passing a semi-truck, the trailer was hit by a gust of wind causing it to fishtail, go out of control, and roll over, pulling the towing SUV with it. Defendants claimed that had the decedent read the owner’s manual for his vehicle and the trailer he would have observed warnings in both manuals regarding overloading, and, by weighing the vehicles he could have avoided the situation which produced his death. The settlement was reached after three mediations.

    Propane Explosion – Wrongful Death of 4 Year Old/Injuries to Parents – $52,000,000 Jury Verdict
    On January 20, 1996, at approximately 6:30 a.m., an explosion and fire occurred at the temporary residence of a Nevada family. In the explosion, the family’s daughter aged 4, was killed. Her parents and her 5-year-old brother were badly burned. Walkup’s fire and explosion wrongful death litigators proved the fire and explosion were the result of a liquid petroleum gas leak when the father attempted to light a furnace which had gone out during the night. The subsequent fireball entrapped all four victims and completely destroyed the 8 x 30 foot travel trailer the family was using as a residence. After three difficult years of litigation, the case proceeded to trial where the jury returned a unanimous verdict awarding the family a total of $52,135,000.

  7. This is Kevin above… You are wrong for the most part. I have seen a lot of these trailers and must say. They are not what you described. A lot of these units came straight from the dealers lots because FEMA needed units immediately (to not house people and show that they can waste money). Which means that they are built like an ordinary travel trailer. There are some built exclusive for FEMA like you said but, there is a ton built as ordinary trailers with holding tanks and all.

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