What Hawkeye had said is absolutely true! As for me, since I am from an old school of Anglers, when I purchased SHIMANO Exage 5 piece travel Rod and noticed that the sections were not getting inside fully, I wrote to the supplier in UK and he replied that it is a normal thing and the sections would not go in completely. Their design is like that. Now I do not find any problems with joining the rod sections and enjoy the casting.
So do not worry about this and start using your tackle.
Wish you Tight lines.