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Old 03-03-2021, 09:39 PM   #1
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I need to move a fire rated Cabelas gun safe on Friday.
Any issues with laying it down on it's back in the bed of a pickup?
Or is it recommended that it remain upright?
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:45 PM   #2
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It won’t hurt it to lay it down. Make sure you have help though, those things are heavy.
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:52 PM   #3
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Stand it up. It can beat up the door and hardware bouncing in the truck.
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:55 PM   #4
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I think you are confusing it with a refrigerator.
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:56 PM   #5
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Whatever you do, lay boards or a pallet under it. Its amazing how much shock it takes out on the ride. Not to mention stability and being able to get under it.
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:01 PM   #6
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my tip for moving the safe in the house is to cut some pipes or round wood pole like say curtain rods or maybe pvc pipe would work
tilt the safe up on one end and put a few under it then just roll it and take them and put them in front and just keep going when you need to turn a corner you can just slide the safe around on the roller be careful and you can get it headed in the right direction then rol it off the rollers and tilt it up and get the last ones out
i’ve move mine around a lot like this and you can do it with just one person
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:09 PM   #7
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5 or 6 pieces of 3/4” PVC, 24” long
A couple pieces of plywood
Long handled pry bar ~42”
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:09 PM   #8
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I moved my 1000# safe recently. Was able to tilt it enough to get it on a pallet. Used a pallet jack and plywood down on the floor. Laid it down on the trailer and had no problems. Get as many people to help as possible.
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:29 PM   #9
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I’ve moved a few and a furniture dolly is a savior. Tilt over enough to rock it up and push to where you need. I always travel with the door closed but unlocked so have access to guts of mechanism if you take to big a bump and knock something loose.


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Old 03-03-2021, 10:37 PM   #10
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I need to move a fire rated Cabelas gun safe on Friday.
Any issues with laying it down on it's back in the bed of a pickup?
Or is it recommended that it remain upright?

I paid a safe company $300 to move mine during my new home build and it was worth every penny. I bought the safe from them 7 or 8 years ago and they offered me a little discount.


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Old 03-03-2021, 10:39 PM   #11
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I would keep it standing up if possible. I have a different model, but it specifically says to not move it on it’s back because it will lock and you won’t be able to open it without a locksmith.
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:55 PM   #12
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I would definitely get a flatbed. I moved my gaurdall which is 1100 lbs in my truck bed and it broke my tailgate cables. Bent my tail gait all to hell. Moved it the second time with a good appliance dolly with a kickstand rated for 1500lbs on a flatbed and it was much safer. I only had one person helping both times. It would’ve been nice to have more help


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Old 03-04-2021, 12:05 AM   #13
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Definitely use a crate or lumber you so you can get under it. Five years ago or so I bought a 64 gun safe from Cabelas. The staff was kind enough to provide large box card board, which allowed the safe to slide in the trailer easily. After at two hundred mile trip, the cardboard absorbed moisture from the humidity. It became like a giant rubber gasket, and I had hell getting that thing off the trailer.
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Old 03-04-2021, 02:59 AM   #14
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I helped a friend of mine relocate his gunsafe from Georgetown to Brenham on a trailer and we laid the safe on its back with padding under it. After getting it inside the house the safe would not open, the locksmith had to drill holes and perform intricate surgery on it to open it. The locksmith told us to NEVER transport a safe on its back always upright.
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Old 03-04-2021, 06:55 AM   #15
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I brought mine home, laying down in the bed of my truck.
I moved it from that house, to storage, laying down on a trailer.
I moved it from storage to our barndo, laying down on a trailer.

Matt, you must be buying some cheap *** safes if they're damaged by transporting them laying down!
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Old 03-04-2021, 07:22 AM   #16
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Mine was 800# and laying down in PU bed...Hardest part was gettin it in ground standing up without damage with 2 men and still haveing all your fingers
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Old 03-04-2021, 07:34 AM   #17
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Stand it up. It can beat up the door and hardware bouncing in the truck.
I've moved my safes, 600 and 1000, laid down on a flatbed, no problems whatsoever.
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Old 03-04-2021, 07:36 AM   #18
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You don’t mention the size of the safe. Mine is 1800# empty. Rent a drop deck trailer rather than laying it down. The trailer deck drops down to ground level and uses hydraulics to raise it for transport. Strap it down like Spiderman. Pallet jack or pipe rollers to move around. Golf balls to move over carpet.
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Old 03-04-2021, 07:40 AM   #19
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Last time I moved mine I rented a truck with a lift gate(made it easy). Moving it to and from the truck, I tilted it and my wife rolled golf balls underneath. On a tile floor I could easily move and turn it with one hand. The hardest part was getting the balls out from under it afterward but even that wasn’t too difficult.
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Old 03-04-2021, 07:45 AM   #20
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Mine was 800# and laying down in PU bed...Hardest part was gettin it in ground standing up without damage with 2 men and still haveing all your fingers
Ditto on mine.

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Old 03-04-2021, 07:51 AM   #21
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I’ve laid a small safe in a truck with clean moving blankets over a sheet of plywood. My big safe- 800# I put on a pallet , blanketed and strapped down and had a lift gate courier we use through work follow me 8 miles to our new house. They have pallet jacks in the trucks, just assist them loading and securing. We put a commercial freezer and a few other heavy/large items in the truck and I think it was less than $2oo
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Old 03-04-2021, 08:18 AM   #22
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Thanks for all the information and input guys!
It isn't a huge safe - maybe a 16 gun safe - don't exactly remember.
I have a flatbed trailer I will take with me and make the game time decision about the truck bed vs the trailer for the gun safe along with everything else that I need to move.
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Old 03-05-2021, 10:24 PM   #23
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The gun safe move went well. It is a Liberty/Cabelas safe and I ended up laying it down on its back on some pallets with the door remaining unlocked during the move.
Everything turned out great.
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I've moved my safes, 600 and 1000, laid down on a flatbed, no problems whatsoever.
I can’t speak for small safes. But the big ones they specifically tell you not to lay them down. It will damage them. But do as you please with your own stuff.
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Old 03-05-2021, 10:32 PM   #25
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The gun safe move went well. It is a Liberty/Cabelas safe and I ended up laying it down on its back on some pallets with the door remaining unlocked during the move.
Everything turned out great.


Good deal!
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Old 03-05-2021, 11:21 PM   #26
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moved a safe for a friend
quality furniture dolly
ply wood
small trailer
golf balls
5 friends
24 pk. cold beer
1500 lb. safe-no problem
Plan your approach, these things are heavy. You do not want to do work twice.
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Old 03-06-2021, 07:56 AM   #27
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I’ve moved 1000’s over 15 years. Laying them down is the way to go with a piece of PVC under it to roll up in the bed, make sure it’s on its back however and the pvc is out for driving. They come out way easier than going in... Make sure to lay ply wood on tile or hardwood. If you need more help PM me and I’ll try to help any way I can.
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Old 03-06-2021, 08:01 AM   #28
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Mine was 800# and laying down in PU bed...Hardest part was gettin it in ground standing up without damage with 2 men and still haveing all your fingers
How did you do it?
Mine is still laying down
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Old 03-06-2021, 09:33 AM   #29
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The gun safe move went well. It is a Liberty/Cabelas safe and I ended up laying it down on its back on some pallets with the door remaining unlocked during the move.
Everything turned out great.


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I can’t speak for small safes. But the big ones they specifically tell you not to lay them down. It will damage them. But do as you please with your own stuff.
Look at post 27. He's got a lot more experience than you. Like I said, laying down is just fine, not some hearsay.
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The gun safe move went well. It is a Liberty/Cabelas safe and I ended up laying it down on its back on some pallets with the door remaining unlocked during the move.
Everything turned out great.
Good job. Glad it went well.
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Look at post 27. He's got a lot more experience than you. Like I said, laying down is just fine, not some hearsay.
You’re an absolute tool. Just FYI.

This info came from guys who have seen them break.

I trust the guy telling me how to handle a $3,000 safe. Smaller safes are different I’m sure. I don’t care what a fella does with his stuff. You just like to argue. Finally added you to the ignore list. Congrats. I think you’re the first to get added.

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Old 03-08-2021, 06:43 AM   #33
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Look at post 27. He's got a lot more experience than you. Like I said, laying down is just fine, not some hearsay.
id contact the manufucturer if it was me not listen to someone on the webs thats just me not hersay
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Old 03-08-2021, 07:44 AM   #34
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Glad it worked out for you. I've moved several smaller safes <800lbs earning a few scratches here and there - no serious damage or injuries. (just moved 3 around Christmas)

My newer "pretty" safe was delivered by the local professional for 300$, and it was worth every penny!
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Old 03-08-2021, 07:47 AM   #35
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Three of us had a pretty good job moving mine. it's 1500 pounds and barely goes under regular doors, so you can't tilt it much on a dolly or it won't go under doors...
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Old 03-08-2021, 07:53 AM   #36
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Look at post 27. He's got a lot more experience than you. Like I said, laying down is just fine, not some hearsay.


Must you be a p. rick every day of your life??


Shouldn’t you be more worried about the nuclear fish in the gulf ready to launch an EMP over the US ??
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Must you be a p. rick every day of your life??


Shouldn’t you be more worried about the nuclear fish in the gulf ready to launch an EMP over the US ??
Look, Trophy6 just can't take being wrong. With thousands of successful safe moves and only 1 unsuccessful move in this thread alone, he is in the wrong.
And, you, what is up with the childish name calling? This is a discussion board, grow up.
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