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Old 11-15-2006, 03:34 PM   #1  
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Question Transporting a New Plasma

I am looking at obtaining a new 42" Plasma from a dealer in a neiighboring state to save sales taxes... I have been told that I cannot transport the new unit in my truck unless the TV in the box is upright and not on its side. (therefore they suggest delivery). I know that you can transport an LCD panel on its' side... but what about a Plasma.. The distance that it must be transported is about 100 miles.
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interesting. I don't know what should or shouldn't be done, but my friend bought a plasma and we drove over 100 miles with it laying flat. The guy at the store didn't mention any issues with that and its working just fine.
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Best way to tranport and display (plasma or LCD) is to keep it upright !!
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interesting. I don't know what should or shouldn't be done, but my friend bought a plasma and we drove over 100 miles with it laying flat. The guy at the store didn't mention any issues with that and its working just fine.
You friend is a dumbass, and a lucky one at that. Every Plasma manufacturer requires their Plasmas to be shipped upright, not laying down. The packing material is not designed to properly support the TV laying down.
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i would just pay the taxes, if you damage it on the way, you wont be covered, by the warranty
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Old 11-17-2006, 01:38 AM   #6  
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like the choice of screens, you pick the one that looks best to you.
You also will have to live with the outcome by transporting the TV against the manufacturers and this forums suggestions.

I would be devistated if my new plasma screen i just spent mega bux on got home with a cracked screen because it was laying flat.
I would not want to take the chance. it would be a rather expensive picture frame (what it is good for after the glass cracks - remove the panel and use the frame for your favourite picture )

what type of truck do you have? i transported my panasonic 42px60u in a mini van, it just had enuf room to fit in the back upright.

seriously tho, you may get the tv home with it travelling on its side and it be ok. But why risk it, I would be terrified on the way home of every little bump and dip in the road. 100miles is a long way to go.

good luck. hope you get to enjoy your new plasma, love mine. let us know what you decide to do and the outcome if you survive the trip with the screen laying flat. and i hope you wont be posting pix of your new plasma with the cracked screen like i saw on another board.
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one thing that occured to me after recently getting a 40in LCD and a 42in plasma. (returned LCD, got plasma)
They were packaged differently. The LCD was like a smaller computer LCD in the way it was in the box. Thick packing material all around the front and back of the monitor. The front (glass) and rear was well supported.
The plasma was in a thicker box (almost twice as thick) there was heavy packing material on the top and bottom of the panel but the center area was just air. (where the glass is.)
The plasma is well supported if transported upright. but if on the sides it could be enuf to cause the screen to flex and crack.
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You friend is a dumbass, and a lucky one at that. Every Plasma manufacturer requires their Plasmas to be shipped upright, not laying down. The packing material is not designed to properly support the TV laying down.
If that's the only reason they recommend that, then its not an issue. We actually removed the TV from its packaging and wrapped it in a ton of bubble wrap. So it was evenly supported.
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"If that's the only reason they recommend that, then its not an issue. We actually removed the TV from its packaging and wrapped it in a ton of bubble wrap. So it was evenly supported."

so in other words you did not feel it was safe to transport it laying flat in the box and took the extra precaution of using a ton of bubble wrap. If it was not an issue you would not have taken this extra step to safe guard and support the screen. That was the question, is it ok and advisable to transport a new plasma in the original box laying on its side. Looks like the answer is no
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Well... we really did it out of necessity. Since it wouldn't fit in the box. Although I'm not sure what the salesguy would have said. He may not have said anything since we needed to use the bubble wrap just to make it fit.
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