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A Southmayd, Texas, RV dealer who bought 300 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trailers at recent auctions defended his purchase and plan to resell them in an interview with KTEN-TV, Texoma, Texas.
“We thought it was a good deal. To good to pass up. People were going to buy them so we might as well get in on it too,” said Casey Peacock, co-owner of Hench’s Country Living in Southmayd.
Hench’s bought about 300 units from auctions in Arkansas and Mississippi. Now they’re busy getting them on their lot and ready to sell.
“Based on the price point, we feel like they’re a better value than what they might have to pay for a new unit,” said Jack Barkley, sales manager.
In the past there have been concerns about their safety, specifically regarding the air quality because of the levels of formaldehyde. That’s why the government made all buyers sign a waiver agreeing that the unit will not be used for permanent housing, which Peacock says, makes sense. “It’s a travel trailer, it’s not designed to be lived in for permanent housing.”
Hench’s hopes to have the travel trailers ready to sell in about two weeks
A FEMA spokesperson says all of the units auctioned off have passed safety guidelines. “Once they’ve had time to dissipate and get aired out there shouldn’t be any health issues or problems in that regard.” So what started out as shelter from the storm for hurricane victims is now a bargain for local families planning their summer activities.