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Hi everyone, My question is ,I plan on driving to Costco and pickup the Vizio vp50

I have a full size pickup truck, any safe suggestions on bringing it back home. is the box it comes in pretty durable,should I carry it back on it's side or leave it standing upright ,I have tiedowns and some moving blankets to help out.Thanks Mike
 

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Transport it upright and tie down good enough to were it is not going to tip over.
 

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You'll need to take measurements of probably the back seat since that will be the largest place for it. Then you'll need to measure the box the tv comes in, and not all manufacturers use the same size box for the same size tv. You're better off in a truck or SUV or van.


If needed you can do like others have...take the tv out of the box, wrap it well with blankets or something that will not scratch it, and secure it in the back seat. Use some pillows if needed to cushion it.
 

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The issue is not how the box is packed, but the issue is you are transporting a large piece of glass. Glass is always transported vertically to reduce the risk of breakage.
 

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strap it in with the box upright and drive slow, remember where the speed bumps/potholes are on your trip home,
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What if say you have a 2003 honda accord? Will a 50 or 42 inch tv fit in?

Where will you put it? The trunk, inside compartment? Will you unpack the panel?

I don't see anyway that you can fit it in the trunk and I wouldn't not put it in the inside compartment if I were you. Borrow your friend's pick up trunk and be safe if you can.

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The issue is not how the box is packed, but the issue is you are transporting a large piece of glass. Glass is always transported vertically to reduce the risk of breakage.

I talked to several sales people at best buys, circuit city and frys to name a few. Most of them said that alot of people transport the plasma in the horizontal position. They have never seen one come back damaged. They do recommend transporting it with the glass side facing up , if transporting in the horizontal position.

Vertical is the preferred way. But then again alot of people don't always have access

to vans or trucks. As long as you don't drive your car off road or rough terrain you

should be fine.
 

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Some reputable shippers will put a device on the packaging that shows if the box has ever been tilted from the correct upright position. They must incur that extra expense for a reason.


In view of that, anyone that puts their plasma in a horizontal position is flirting with disaster. If I were a retailer, or a manufacturer, I would not accept for return any set with a broken screen that was placed on its back - and would attach these devices to see if they had been improperly transported after they left the store.


I guess that's why I'm not in retail.
 

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Always transport a plasma upright. Glass can flex... pickup's,mini van's are what's needed.. Do not show up with a Honda Accord, get it delivered at that point.
 

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I would also strongly suggest only transporting the unit in the vertical position. The stress points on the glass change when it is in the horizontal position. It is the same reason why glass companies transport the glass in a vertical position, it is more stable.


Thanks,

Bob Doseck

Plasma Concepts
 

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I talked to several sales people at best buys, circuit city and frys to name a few. Most of them said that alot of people transport the plasma in the horizontal position. They have never seen one come back damaged. They do recommend transporting it with the glass side facing up , if transporting in the horizontal position.

Vertical is the preferred way. But then again alot of people don't always have access

to vans or trucks. As long as you don't drive your car off road or rough terrain you

should be fine.

That doesn't make it safe to do and with the least amount of risk. There is a story here in the forum of a guy who did just that, went over a speed bump before he even left the parking lot and cracked the screen.


No need to push your luck!
 

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Out of curiosity..just wondering what a store would do in such a scenario?

IE - customer picks up TV..it is checked out instore to be not cracked...and recommends to customer to not transport flat....

and is subsequently cracked on drive home by laying it flat....would a store replace it?

or say so sad too bad?

I do not think this is covered by the warranty. i know..its such an open question and probably the answer is....it depends...
 

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it is checked out instore to be not cracked...

That is what I was about to suggest - that it be checked at the store before putting onto the truck. And since you have the box open, you might as well check it to make sure that it powers up and displays an HD signal.


Me, I had Bestbuy deliver my set. If it was broken when it was opened then it isn't my fault.
 

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Can you buy a new car, drive it down the road and smash it, then bring it back? I doubt a store selling a plasma would take back one you smashed....


That isn't covered by warranty either....
 
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