I dropped my RV. Tire change gone wrong…

Casey LaDelle
29 Apr 202427:26

TLDRIn this video, the narrator recounts a misadventure with his RV that resulted in it falling over due to a tire change gone wrong. He admits the incident was entirely his fault for leaving the vehicle on jacks without proper support. The RV had rotted tires, which he had removed for replacement. Upon returning to pick up the new tires, he found his RV had collapsed, with bent brackets but an intact frame. The narrator discusses the faulty automatic leveling jack system that has never worked correctly. He then outlines a plan to lift and stabilize the RV using a combination of manual jacking and wooden blocks. Despite the challenges and a brief moment of frustration with his camera, he successfully manages to lift and level the RV, reflecting on the importance of not taking shortcuts and the potential consequences of improper use of equipment.


  • 🚨 The individual acknowledges it is entirely their fault for leaving the RV on jacks without proper support.
  • πŸ” The RV owner had removed the tires due to rot and left the vehicle on jacks, which led to the collapse.
  • 🧐 Upon inspection, the frame appears to be fine, but the brackets are bent, indicating structural integrity is maintained but repairs are needed.
  • πŸ”¨ The owner plans to fix the bent brackets themselves, showcasing their readiness to address the issue.
  • πŸ“ The owner discovers that the leveling jack system has been faulty, often requiring manual operation instead of automatic.
  • 🚨 The owner expresses frustration with the unpredictability of the leveling jacks, which has caused previous issues.
  • πŸ€” The owner theorizes that a retracted jack and soft ground may have combined to cause the RV to collapse.
  • πŸ› οΈ A recovery plan is devised, involving using a Zach lift and manual jacking to lift and stabilize the RV.
  • 🚚 The owner uses their truck and a Badlands off-road jack to help in the recovery process.
  • πŸ“Ή The owner comments on the use of an Insta360 Go3 camera for hands-free filming during the recovery, emphasizing its convenience and point of view.
  • πŸ’‘ The takeaway is a reminder of the importance of not relying on faulty equipment and the potential consequences of improper use.

Q & A

  • What was the initial reason for removing the tires from the RV?

    -The tires were rotted out, as seen in a previous video, and needed to be changed.

  • Why did the RV fall over?

    -The RV fell over because it was left unsupported on jacks, and one or more jacks retracted or the ground beneath them gave way.

  • What was the condition of the RV's frame after it fell?

    -The frame appeared to be fine, but the brackets were bent and needed to be fixed.

  • What was the issue with the leveling jack system on the RV?

    -The automatic leveling jack system on the RV has never worked correctly, often requiring manual operation to function properly.

  • How did the narrator plan to lift the RV back onto its tires?

    -The narrator planned to use a combination of manual jacking, a Zach lift, and wooden blocks to lift and stabilize the RV before replacing the tires.

  • What safety measures did the narrator take while trying to lift the RV?

    -The narrator used wooden blocks to support the axles, ensured the jacks were not bent, and manually operated the leveling system to avoid further damage.

  • What was the narrator's opinion about the camera they were using during the recovery process?

    -The narrator expressed frustration with the camera, stating it had a delay and was not very helpful during the recovery.

  • What alternative camera did the narrator use and why was it preferred?

    -The narrator used an Insta360 Go3 camera, which clips onto their hat. It was preferred because it provided a more accurate point of view, keeping the microphone close to the mouth and not getting in the way.

  • What was the final outcome of the RV recovery process?

    -The RV was successfully lifted and stabilized on wooden blocks, with the door opening and closing smoothly, indicating that the chassis was not twisted.

  • What lesson did the narrator learn from this experience?

    -The narrator learned that just because something has been done improperly without consequences in the past, it does not mean it is safe and can lead to serious issues.

  • What was the narrator's final action after securing the RV?

    -The narrator planned to put away the recovery equipment, park the RV, and still go to the rodeo for a good family evening.



πŸ˜“ RV Recovery Attempt After Tire Change Mishap

The narrator admits fault for an incident where their RV fell off its jack stands after they removed the tires for replacement. They describe the process of assessing the damage, which includes a bent bracket and a retracted leveling jack. The frame appears to be fine, and the narrator plans to use a combination of manual jacking and a lift to correct the situation, aiming to level the RV and prevent further damage.


πŸ”§ Salvaging the Situation with a DIY Approach

The narrator outlines a plan to stabilize the RV by getting support under the affected side using a 3-ton jack and a Zack lift. They discuss the challenges of the leveling jack system, which has never worked correctly, and express frustration with their camera system during the recovery process. The goal is to lift the RV carefully and place it on blocks for safety before replacing the tires.


🚨 Attempting to Lift the RV Off the Ground

The narrator attempts to lift the RV using a forklift and jacks, facing difficulties due to the positioning of the vehicle and the hitch. They express frustration with the camera's delay and its impact on their ability to maneuver safely. Despite the challenges, they manage to lift the RV and work on repositioning it to a more stable position.


πŸ› οΈ Rigorous Effort to Safely Stabilize the RV

The narrator continues to work on stabilizing the RV by placing wood blocks under the axles and using a jack to lift it carefully. They mention the importance of not moving the RV back and forth to avoid dislodging the jack. They also discuss the need for additional blocks for stability and the process of ensuring the RV is secure before removing the jacks.


πŸ“Ή Reflecting on the Incident and the Use of a New Camera

After successfully stabilizing the RV, the narrator reflects on the incident, acknowledging their improper use of the jack stands and the potential consequences of such actions. They also discuss the use of a new camera, the Insta360 Go3, which they find to be the most convenient and accurate for capturing their point of view, as it clips onto their hat.


πŸ€” Learning from the Experience and Planning for the Future

The narrator concludes by stressing the importance of learning from mistakes, especially when it comes to using equipment properly. They recount a previous incident with a bus and emphasize that just because one has gotten away with improper use of equipment in the past does not guarantee future safety. They express relief that the RV is now safely on blocks and share their intention to enjoy a family outing despite the earlier challenges.




RV stands for Recreational Vehicle, which is a motor vehicle or trailer that combines transportation, living space, and amenities found in a home. In the video, the RV is the main subject, having fallen over due to a tire change gone wrong, making it central to the video's narrative.

πŸ’‘Tire change

A tire change refers to the process of replacing the tires on a vehicle. In the context of the video, the individual removed the tires from the RV to replace them due to rot, which is a common maintenance task, but it led to the RV falling over when not properly supported.


Jacks are mechanical devices used to lift heavy objects, in this case, the RV. The video discusses the use of jacks to support the RV while the tires were changed. The improper use of jacks is identified as the cause of the RV falling over.


The frame of a vehicle is its underlying structure that supports the body and other components. In the video, the individual inspects the frame to ensure it wasn't twisted or damaged when the RV fell, indicating its importance to the vehicle's integrity.


A bracket is a structural component that can provide support or hold parts together. The video mentions a bent bracket, which is a problem because it's part of the RV's structural support system that was compromised when the RV fell.

πŸ’‘Leveling Jacks

Leveling jacks are adjustable supports that help to level an RV on uneven ground. The video script describes issues with the automatic leveling jacks on the RV, which have never worked correctly and contributed to the incident.

πŸ’‘Generator pipe

The generator pipe is part of the RV's electrical system, used to vent exhaust gases from a generator. In the video, the individual notes that the generator pipe is very close to the ground after the RV fell, indicating potential damage.


In the context of the video, recovery refers to the process of lifting and stabilizing the RV after it fell over. The individual outlines a plan for recovery, which is a significant part of the video's content.

πŸ’‘Zach lift

A Zach lift, or a similar hydraulic lift, is a piece of heavy equipment used to lift heavy loads. In the video, the individual plans to use a Zach lift to help lift the RV and restore it to an upright position.

πŸ’‘Insta 360 Go3

The Insta 360 Go3 is a compact action camera used for recording video. The video script mentions using an Insta 360 Go3 camera attached to the individual's hat to capture the recovery process, highlighting its use for first-person point of view footage.


The term 'rodeo' refers to a public event where cowboys and cowgirls perform equestrian skills. In the video, the individual mentions a plan to attend a rodeo, indicating a personal context outside the main event of the RV recovery.


The owner admits it's entirely his fault for leaving the RV on jacks without proper tires.

The RV's tires had rotted out, which led to the need for a tire change.

The RV fell over due to a bent bracket and a retracted jack.

The frame of the RV appears to be fine despite the incident.

The owner found a soft spot on his property where the ground gave way.

The leveling jack system of the RV has never worked correctly.

The owner plans to use a combination of manual jacking and blocking to lift and stabilize the RV.

A badlands off-road jack is used to provide additional support.

The owner uses a forklift to carefully lift the RV's frame.

The owner discusses the importance of not moving the RV back and forth to avoid dislodging the jack.

Wood blocks are used to support the axles and maintain stability.

The owner discovers that the front jacks are functioning properly.

The owner straightens bent plates using a welder, torch, grinder, and hammer.

The insta 360 go3 camera is used for hands-free filming, providing a first-person perspective.

The owner expresses frustration with a delayed camera feed while maneuvering the truck.

The RV is successfully leveled and secured on wooden blocks.

The owner emphasizes the lesson that just because something has worked in the past doesn't mean it's safe.

Despite the incident, the owner plans to continue with a family outing to the rodeo.