Transport Your Refrigerator Safely

Mastering the Move: How to Safely Transport Your Refrigerator

Transporting A Refrigerator

Moving to a new place can be exciting, but hauling big, heavy stuff like refrigerators? Not so much fun. However, with a little know-how and some careful steps, you can transport your fridge safely, without any mishaps along the way.

Prepping Your Fridge for the Trip

Before you even think about moving your refrigerator, it’s crucial to get it ready for the journey. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Clear it out: Remove all the food, condiments, and anything perishable inside.
  • Take out loose items: Shelves, drawers, trays – anything that’s not bolted down needs to come out.
  • Bundle up: Use tape to bundle shelves together for easier transport, and wrap them in towels to protect them.
  • Unplug and secure: Disconnect the power plug and wrap the cord securely. Duct tape works wonders here. Also, make sure to disconnect any water lines.
  • Defrost: If there’s frost buildup, defrost the freezer for at least 8-12 hours before moving.

Getting Ready to Roll

Moving a fridge is a two-person job, at least. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Furniture dolly: Makes moving heavy stuff a whole lot easier.       
  • Helpers: Enlist a couple of friends or family members to lend a hand.

When you’re ready to move:

  • Tilt and slide: Tilt the fridge slightly backward and slide the dolly underneath. Secure it with rope or bungee cords.                    
  • Move it out: With one person supporting the dolly, gently roll the fridge out to your pickup truck.                                                 
  • Down the stairs: If you’ve got stairs to navigate, take it slow and steady, one step at a time.


Check out this place for some good instructions on dolly use.

Moving A fridge

Loading Up Safely

The key to loading your fridge into your pickup truck is careful coordination:

  • Position the dolly: Back it up to the tailgate or truck ramps.
  • Lift and load: Lift the fridge with your helpers, coordinating your efforts to lift simultaneously and guide it into the truck bed.


Securing Your Load

Once your fridge is in the truck bed, it’s time to secure it properly:

  • Use ratchet straps: Anchor your fridge to the truck’s anchor points with reliable ratchet straps.
  • Tie it down: Run straps over the top and around the front of the fridge, pulling it towards the cab.
  • Tighten and test: Give it a shake test to make sure it’s secure and won’t budge during the drive.


With your fridge safely loaded and strapped down, you’re ready to hit the road to your new home sweet home!

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