Answered by Robert MoreschiJune 25, 2013
Hi, thanks for visiting Movers.com! Moving heavy items like a safe can be an especially difficult task, even more so if you're going to be transporting it long distances by yourself. In your case, you'll be placing the safe in a trailer and want to know if it's safe (no pun intended) to place it on its back while you're transporting it. To answer your question, it really depends on the contents of the safe. Whether or not you're able to lay it down on the trailer is dependent on what is actually inside of the safe, since turning it over onto its side will likely disturb the contents.
If the safe is empty, there is no reason why you would not be able to lay it on its side during the move to place it in the trailer. It may be a little more difficult to get enough leverage to pick it up when you're removing it from the truck, depending on the size of the safe, but in that case it's recommended that you use a dolly or hand truck to take the safe off of the trailer and move it to its destination.
If you have valuable items in the safe, or items that are delicate and would be damaged if they are tossed around inside of the safe, it may not be a good idea to turn the safe on its side to place it in the trailer. If you want to read more about how to safely transport a safe, visit our moving guides section for in-depth guides on this topic, and every other topic pertaining to the moving and relocation process.
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