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post #1 of 18 Old 04-23-2019, 05:18 PM - Thread Starter
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Transporting a plasma TV

I'm considering purchasing a used plasma, and am concerned about bringing it home. The ones I'm looking at are in the 60-65" range. If the seller doesn't have the original box, I'd plan on getting the Home Depot kit and renting a minivan. There's a PN60F8500 I'm considering but it's about 400 miles away. Also looking at a 65" VT50 that's closer but the seller lives near the top of Mt. Tamaulipas, about a 2000 foot white knuckle decent down winding roads. I'm concerned that I'm a pothole or a hard stop from making a $800 mistake in either scenario. Any experiences (good or bad) anyone can share?
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i would be very tempted to whip up a simple plywood and 2x4 box lined with foam (or insulation codeboard) to protect that screen.
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I would transport it in an upright position.
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I would transport it in an upright position.
Only way I'd consider doing it!
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You'll be fine if you have a van. Put some pillows and blankets around it and tie it down.
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I moved a 65" ZT60 in my Expedition, it slid in standing up and wedged nicely against the ceiling. I wrapped it in bubble wrap and placed heavy objects next to it, it travelled well. I did not want to transport it lying down.
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Just sat mine upright on the back seat of an SUV, wedged in some blankets, and drove it from my Virginia home to my Delaware Beach house. Still perfect with over 30,000 hours on it.
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Are these ok to transport lying down for 15 minutes properly padded?
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Are these ok to transport lying down for 15 minutes properly padded?
People have gotten away with it but I would be very nervous.
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What about laying them down flat makes them susceptible to damage? Maybe that info will help me protect it.
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What about laying them down flat makes them susceptible to damage? Maybe that info will help me protect it.
I'm sure someone has a more precise description of this but the gist of it is, the plasma glass is joined to the panel frame in such a way that it is subject to additional stresses when laying down horizontally vs. when in the vertical position. And because the plasma glass is an intrinsically important aspect of the panel design, if you crack it, you are in deep doo doo. In other words, it's not just a piece of glass.
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I would avoid railroad tracks and potholes. Or at least go very very slowly over bumps. It's the glass you have to protect from vertical forces.


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Maybe some kind of extra padding underneath.
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I've transported many Plasma TVs (and now LCD TVs) lying flat in the back of an SUV or Pickup Truck. I always lay it on thick padding (moving blankets, comforters, sleeping bags, etc) and always lying on their backs with the glass UP. Have the padding level and even. I also lay blankets over the glass just in case anything falls onto the TV.

I've also recommended to others to use a slab of 3/4" thick plywood as a base when the back of the SUV is uneven (laid-down rear seats sometimes are higher than the rear floor etc) so the plywood gives a nice flat platform to lay the padding on.

I've also transported them in the back seat of a Sedan, semi-upright leaning back with the rear cover against the seat back with the glass facing forward.

I can't remember anyone on this forum in my 17 years of reading that has cracked a Plasma when transporting it laying flat.


One thing to remember is you never want to twist the TV when placing it into or removing it from the vehicle, a few people here have cracked the glass when they inadvertently twisted the TV.

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One thing to remember is you never want to twist the TV when placing it into or removing it from the vehicle, a few people here have cracked the glass when they inadvertently twisted the TV.
Yes, the torquing is the potential issue which can result in cracking of the screen.

As far as the common advice about the importance of not laying the panel down flat but instead, to keep the panel upright, well, I'm not sure how it became to be.

But you're probably on point here. It's got nothing at all to do with the horizontal position of transport, but the process of taking the panel from a vertical/upright position down to horizontal, then back up again upon removal from the vehicle. So if there is any kind of twisting and torquing motion during these two steps, that's where the damage occurs.
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Just saying; My Hitachi Plasma 42HDS69 Operators Manual explicitly says to only transport the Plasma in an upright position - never transport it laying down.

So, I've transported all (3) 42HDS69's this way, and have had 0 problems.

Your mileage may vary
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Just saying; My Hitachi Plasma 42HDS69 Operators Manual explicitly says to only transport the Plasma in an upright position - never transport it laying down.

So, I've transported all (3) 42HDS69's this way, and have had 0 problems.

Your mileage may vary

Was that transported flat or on edge?



Right, there's nothing in the middle of the screen to support it. The center is too far away from the edge(support) so it can flex too much over a bump and crack. So transporting it upright gives it a good support across the bottom with a lot of surface area of the edge. A larger screen will make it worse.
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Was that transported flat or on edge?
To clarify: You'd transport in the orientation you'd watch it when it's turned on.
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