Based out of Cranston, R.I., Mark Altman has been RVing in his motorhome since 1999 and shares his biggest mistake:
When we’re not using our motorhome, I normally park it at my home on the side of the house. I back it in to about 3 feet from a wooden shed as my wife usually watches and guides me into the exact spot, which she did this day as well.
I do not know why, but on that day, I decided to use the two-foot method of backing which keeps one foot on the brake and one foot on the gas pedal. That’s a big mistake!
I was backing into the spot very carefully, as I always do, but this time my foot slipped of the brake pedal. In a panic I tried to recover as soon as I could, but by the time I did, the motorhome had hit the shed and caused considerable damage to the building and to the rear cap of the motorhome.
Thankfully my wife had just moved out from in between the shed and the coach.
LESSON LEARNED: What I learned from the experience was to never use the 2 foot method and stick to the 1 foot method.