Transporting a RPTV

Calzor Suzay

Active Member
I have an old RPTV which I'm selling.

The buyer is asking if they can lay it down to transport it, I always thought this was a bit of a no no.



I got rid of an old 50" Pioneer earlier this year, it was just over 100kg in weight :eek: We knew that laying it down was against all advice, so avoided it. The problem I had was that this TV has VERY good castors, we had to remove those before transport otherwise the thing would fly all over the back of the van. Old RP TVs tended to be very bottom heavy (if you are on about the sort that "reaches the floor", unlike modern day ones that can sit on a unit), the top seems light, weak and has a mirror in it and a very flexible screen. I suppose the main question is, would laying it down cause damage to the mirror? Also, would laying it down deform the back of the unit and cause picture problems?

If you can, keep it upright. If you can't keep it upright, then try to support the top half GENTLY against the "floor", perhaps using pillows or some such item. Just make certain you distribute the pressure evenly so there is no stress created between the bottom and top. I suppose it would be best backside down, so the screen looks up.


Distinguished Member
Keep it upright. It's dangerous to transport a large sheet of glass horizontally: the whole sheet will flex up and down in the middle every time you go over a bump, and it may well shatter under the strain.


Standard Member
I've transported my Sagem on its back twice with no ill effects. I havn't seen an RPTV with a glass screen so I wouldn't worry about that breaking, wouldn't do it with a plasma though.

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