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Cargo trailers and toxic plywood
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Newbie here,

I'm in the never ending planning phase, done some reading about toxic plywood in older rvs and cargo trailers. I am currently considering converting a new cargo trailer.

Is this still a problem? Or will I die a slow horrible death inside my cargo trailer? Angel
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(09-12-2016, 01:00 AM)Salient0ne Wrote: Newbie here,

I'm in the never ending planning phase, done some reading about toxic plywood in older rvs and cargo trailers. I am currently considering converting a new cargo trailer.

Is this still a problem? Or will I die a slow horrible death inside my cargo trailer? Angel

If you're ordering a new one, order it without the plywood walls installed and seal/cover the floor if it's a serious concern.

I ordered my first cargo trailer 23 years ago and then installed many, many sheets of plywood in building the custom interior workshop I needed.

I'm still around and quite healthy thank you!

IMO, the economy revolves around fear mongering of all types - if it's not possible plywood toxicity, it's something else including the water we drink and the air we breath.

 I use as an example the industry created around smoking cessation - it's estimated to be a market worth over 3 billion dollars US worldwide. The entire industry is based on making people fearful of their ability to quit smoking by themselves. I'm not saying it's easy, I'm just pointing out that what the entire industry is based on is fear!
Worry is a misuse of imagination!
 
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I agree with Almostthere.
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one problem i know of is with formaldehyde in the glue,you can get formaldehyde free plywood or encapsulate it with a sealer,people had problems with it on those fema trailers post katrina
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The Fema trailers used exterior grade plywood, which permits a higher outgassing rate, use of interior grade plywood should be fine
Airstream uses peal plywood in their RVs, and I've yet to hear of anyone being poisoned by it, though if you had , I forget, is it MCRS? you might be in a pickle
you can order cargo trailers with metal for the inside
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(09-12-2016, 08:37 AM)ArtW Wrote: Airstream uses peal plywood in their RVs, and I've yet to hear of anyone being poisoned by it, though if you had , I forget, is it MCRS? you might be in a pickle

It's MCS---Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Somebody like me, with MCS or asthma, has to be a lot more careful than a regular person. For most people you can pick and choose whether or not something is a concern for you and just do your best, seal things that are a concern. That being said, I worked in a sick building for 5 years which contributed to or caused my MCS---not everyone developed it, depends on immune system. The simplified version of what some sick buildings are: buildings with chemical-laden air and no fresh air exchange.

If someone gets headaches or has breathing issues in the lumber area of HD or Lowes then they would do well to be more careful about what's in the products they buy and if there's any concern then seal those products well. Opinion---use interior grade products inside your home whether s&b or with wheels.
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Thank you for the clarification and the information, always appreciated
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(09-12-2016, 08:22 AM)Almost There Wrote: If you're ordering a new one, order it without the plywood walls installed and seal/cover the floor if it's a serious concern.

I don't believe you can order one without the plywood walls, at least not the cheaper ones that use the z-studs.  The plywood is needed to add structural rigidity to the walls.
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(09-12-2016, 10:01 AM)Optimistic Paranoid Wrote: I don't believe you can order one without the plywood walls, at least not the cheaper ones that use the z-studs.  The plywood is needed to add structural rigidity to the walls.

Sorry, didn't know that!

But then I've never ordered one of the cheaper ones. I test drove some various ones 23 years ago, didn't like the way they towed and headed for Wells Cargo. Other than for picking the big one up, broken but in one piece, off the interstate because someone tried to drive between my van and the trailer (long story, big mess), I've never had a problem with either of my two W/C trailers.
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(09-12-2016, 09:34 AM)ArtW Wrote: Thank you for the clarification and the information, always appreciated

Welcome. Smile Figured I'd explain sick building before someone asked. I'd never heard of it until after I was diagnosed.

Dawned on me after posting that MCRS is a combo of 2 things I have---MCS and Can't Remember S**t! Got a big chuckle out of that. Big Grin

Speaking of which, the CRS got me and I forgot the important part. For OP, unless you have a compromised immune system or get headaches/breathing problems in the lumber departments, if you're basically healthy and don't plan to seal yourself in a small space for a long time with all kinds of off-gassing products then don't get too involved in worrying about this stuff.
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