FEMA Units Appear on Canadian Dealers’ Lots
The Ontario RVDA has reported that some dealers have purchased U.S. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) units at auction and are selling them as RVs. Customers may think they are getting a 30-ft travel trailer for $8,995, rather than a below-standard shelter, according to the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA of Canada) Bulletin.
“This could impact your marketplace. Make your customers aware of the difference,” RVDA of Canada advised.
The FEMA units are not intended for ongoing use and are not equipped to be used recreationally as regular RVs; nor do they meet standards for such use. They are stripped down units that were purchased by the U.S. government for temporary emergency housing after Hurricane Katrina.
These units are not approved by Ontario standards monitoring agencies:
- Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) —Propane.
- Electrical Safety Authority ESA.
- Agency of Hydro 1.
And on a general basis, they do not comply with manufacturer compliance through Transport Canada.
“Dealers who do not sell them but who are aware of such practices should report offenders to your local standards agencies who monitor safety, and to your local RVDA,” the association advised.