Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • FEMA trailers attracting customers from out of state

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  • Motorists traveling U.S. 165 south of Bastrop may have noticed several hundred trailers lined up in rows near the Bayou Acres Drive intersection.
    Chuck Lee, owner of Morehouse Auto Sales Inc., said his business recently purchased 480 FEMA in an online government auction. Most of the trailers have been transported to Morehouse Parish from the vicinity of Hattiesburg, Miss. Lee said about 60 more trailers are left to bring.
    According to the Hattiesburg American, the trailer auctions are being overseen by the U.S. General Services Administration. The travel trailers were used as temporary housing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2006 and were then returned to their original storage sites Lamar, Marion and Forrest counties, Miss. The GSA began rotating auctions through the storage sites in September.
    Some customers have purchased the trailers from Morehouse Auto Sales for use as hunting and fishing camps, and others have been sold for use by pipeline workers.
    “Different people use them for what they want,” said Lee. “We’ve sold a good many to people from Arkansas, and a few to people from Texas.”
    All the trailers are 2006 models, and some are in new, unused condition.
    The trailers come in three models. The standard spec models were manufactured by Gulfstream or Fleetwood, measure 32 by eight feet and range in price from $2,995 to $6,295.
    The spec slide models are the same as the standard spec models, but have a large slide out, larger bathrooms and are all electric. These range in price from $4,295 to $7,495.
    The dealer models range from 26 to 32 feet long and many include one or two slides, awnings, stereos and holding tanks. These range in price from $6,295 to $12,995.
    More information and photos of the trailer interiors can be found at www.arklamissfemadeals.com. Those interested in purchasing a trailer may contact Morehouse Auto Sales Inc. at 283.3219.
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