By Chuck Woodbury
We found this bizarre news item in issue #43 of RVtravel.com, published January 26, 2003. We figured most of you missed it. It’s just too good to not pass along again.
I wrote it. It reads:
An item in the news caught my attention last week, and I bet you will find it interesting. It was about an RVing couple who ended up destroying their RV in a most unique and bizarre way.
As Florida State Park volunteers Susan and Paul Brennan pulled their $180,000 motorhome into the park-provided campsite, something very strange happened. “I felt the ground tremble,” Susan told the Tallahassee Democrat. “You could hear the metal twisting. I told him (Paul) ‘Get out; you’re going to tip over.'” Soon, the RV’s windows and windshield cracked, the roof buckled and the rear axle and steel frame bent. “It sounded like the movie Titantic,” explained Susan.
Little could they have known that their campsite was directly over an unmarked septic tank! Apparently, its topside concrete slabs had failed, allowing the RV to literally sink into the last place on earth an RVer would ever expect to visit. A park service ranger later commented there was no evidence that any other RV had ever sunk into such a place, perhaps earning the Brennans a place in RV history as the only RVers to ever sink a recreational vehicle into a sewage system.
The (somewhat) happy ending to this story is that the state of Florida agreed to reimburse the Brennans for their RV, which was totaled.