Walter Swenson, of Middlebury, Ind., has been camping since 1967, and was in a fifth wheel when this incident occurred:
We decided to go camping very early in the camping season (Mid-April) two years ago. I was driving with a broken foot and we were pulling into a pull-through site at Fisherman’s Memorial State Park in Rhode Island.
We had just purchased our rig, a 42-foot Cedar Creek fifth wheel, the prior October at the Pennsylvania RV Show in Hershey. I decide, against all conventional wisdom and in part to the broken foot, to just pull into the site without stopping and looking around. Normally, we always stop and look before pulling into a site.
As the tail swings wide into the site, I catch a 4-by-4 post sticking up with the passenger side of the camper, folding the aluminum in the rear slide under. But, I continued on having the 4-by-4 post pop out through the rear fiberglass cap leaving a large hole in our new camper.
And to add injury to insult, I have to spend the entire weekend explaining what happened to everyone who walks by and looks at it.
LESSON LEARNED: Never, EVER pull or back into a site without a complete walk around first.