Transporting a 55-inch TV is not an easy task. TVs are very fragile appliances and this is why it requires patience and enough understanding.

If you have an SUV and you’re trying to transport a 55-inch TV with it, it is important to consider a few factors to prevent potential issues and damages.

This is why I will be providing practical steps and tips you can use to make your TV moving experience with your SUV, a smooth and easy one.

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Measure the SUV Interior

Measurement is a very important aspect that will be considered throughout this process. It helps to prevent miscalculation and regrettable errors. 

For precise and easy measurement, you need a measuring tape, a flat surface, and someone to assist you.

The first thing we would do is to measure the length, width, and height of your SUV cargo area.

To determine the length of the SUV cargo space, you have to measure the distance from the back of the front seats to the rear hatch or tailgate with a measuring tape. 

For the width, measure from the widest point between the two sides.

Measure the height by starting from the floor and taking the measurement up to the roof or the rear door.

For further enlargement, you should also consider if the seats of the SUV can be folded. As a folded seat can give you more space.

Measure the 55-inch TV

We already know that the TV has a width of around 55 inches but it is still important to consider the measurement of other areas of the TV as well as the design.

This dimension can vary depending on the specific model and brand. This is why it is essential to always check the product specifications of the particular TV model you want to move before you begin transportation.

To get the width of the TV, measure it horizontally from the left edge of the screen to the right edge.

Height should be measured vertically from the top edge to the bottom edge of the TV screen. 

The measurement of the depth should be done from the front bezel to the back of the TV. 

If you are transporting your TV in its original packaging, you should also consider how this additional factor can change the bulk and increase the size of your TV.

Comparing Both Measurements

Fitting a 55-inch TV in an SUV should regularly be possible, depending on the specific model and the size of the SUV’s cargo space.

However, it’s always a good idea to obtain and compare the measurement of the SUV cargo space and the TV beforehand. Taking into consideration the shape of the TV and how far the cargo space can be extended. 

This will help you ensure that your 55-inch TV will fit comfortably and safely in the SUV for transportation.

Compare the measurements you get from the TV with that of your SUV’s cargo area, ensuring that the width, depth, and height of the TV are smaller compared to that of the corresponding cargo area. 

You should also take into account any additional space needed for padding or cushioning to protect the TV from damage during transportation.

If you confirm that the TV’s measurements are smaller than the cargo area’s dimensions, then you can confidently transport the TV in the SUV.  

However, if your TV is slightly larger than your SUV’s interior space, you might have to consider a few other alternatives such as hiring a minivan or borrowing a friend’s truck.

Do not, under any circumstances, try to force the TV into your SUV if it doesn’t fit properly, as this can cause damage to both the TV and your vehicle.

It is also advisable to always double-check your measurements to avoid making costly mistakes during transportation.

Tips For Safe Transportation

If your TV fits perfectly into your SUV, make use of the following tips to ensure transport to your preferred location without risking any damage.

  • Measure the dimensions of your SUV’s interior space and the TV to ensure a proper and secure fit.
  • Remove any obstacles or loose items that can cause damage from the cargo area.
  • Wrap the TV in a soft blanket, or bubble wrap, or use the original packaging to shield it from scratches and impact during transportation.
  • Place the TV flat on the cargo area floor or upright against the backseat but make sure that it doesn’t move around during the journey. 
  • Use bungee cords or straps to secure it to the SUV’s tie-down points or employ cargo nets to keep the TV from shifting during transit.
  • If there’s extra space around the TV, fill up this space with pillows or cushions to stabilize it and prevent movement.
  • Drive carefully to minimize the risk of damage and avoid rough roads if you can.
  • If you’re going to park the SUV,  do so in the shade, away from direct sunlight, especially during hot weather.
  • When you reach your destination, unload the TV with caution. You don’t want to experience damage after transporting it safely to your destination.

Remember that it is essential to secure the TV properly to prevent it from shifting and getting damaged during transit.

Alternatives to Consider

As mentioned earlier, there are some alternatives you can consider if your TV does not fit in your SUV. These include:

Renting a Larger Vehicle

Consider renting a van or truck from a vehicle rental company for a small fee. This option will allow you to have enough space to transport the TV safely, save you the effort, and keep your mind at rest.

Using Delivery Service

Many retailers offer professional delivery services for large items such as TVs.  

If you’re purchasing a new one, try checking with the store to see if they provide delivery options and go with that.

Borrowing Your Friend’s Larger Car

This alternative will cost you very little to no money at all. If your friend or neighbor has access to a pickup truck, you can transport the TV in the truck bed, safely securing it with straps or tie-downs to prevent movement.

Moving Companies

If you are moving from one house to another, you can hire a professional moving company that specializes in handling and transporting fragile items to help with your TV and every other large appliance.

Using Local Delivery Apps

Some local delivery services may be able to help you transport the TV safely to your desired location. You can reach out to them on their website or through their mobile apps.

Consider each one of these alternatives and pick the one that best fits your needs and meets your budget.

Common Mistakes to Avoid when Moving a TV With an SUV 

Here are some common mistakes people generally make when attempting to transport a large item in an SUV and how you can avoid them:

  • Not clearing out the interior space of the SUV before loading the large item which leads to inefficient use of space and potential damage.
  • Uneven distribution of weight which can affect the vehicle’s balance and handling and cause difficulties in driving.
  • Leaving loose items or belongings inside the cargo area of an SUV during transportation. 
  • Not properly securing the SUV’s doors after loading the large item can cause accidents and harm to other drivers.
  • Attempting to load large items alone can lead to personal injuries or damage to the item.
  • Not having the necessary tools and equipment for the loading and unloading process.
  • Loading or unloading large items in a rush can lead to mistakes or accidents. 
  • Not performing basic vehicle maintenance, such as checking tire pressure or fluid levels, before transporting large items.
  • Failing to use protective coverings or padding inside the SUV can cause damage to the vehicle’s interior during loading and transit.


Transporting a TV in an SUV doesn’t have to be such a hassle. The process will be smooth and faultless if you have enough and proper understanding.

This is why it is important to know how to plan, measure carefully, and compare both sizes. It is also important to avoid common mistakes and take necessary precautions to ensure that you can safely and efficiently transport your TV in your SUV.

Make use of the tips above to provide a hassle-free and safe  “SUV – TV” transporting experience.


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Larry Cruise


I know a lot about cars, man. I can look at any car's headlights and tell you exactly which way it's coming.

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