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Trsnport refrigerator on side is it ok

I was hoping to transport a refrigerator on its side will i damage it on a two hour drive

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Here is a link with a thorough discussion on that subject.
The answer appears to be yes, and no -- depending on how you do it.

http://ask.metafilter.com/35304/Will-I-damage-my-refrigerator-if-I-transport-it-on-its-side

Posted on May 11, 2009

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Usually this will not cause damage if it padded well with a blanket but the recommended way to transport a fridge is upright.

Posted on May 11, 2009

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