So you're moving? Congrats! But you have a Hydrow rower that needs to move with you:
- Maybe Hydrow is set up in one home and your family is hiring movers to transport your belongings to a new one!
- Maybe Hydrow is in a summer home or alternate residence and you want to take it home with you.
- Maybe Hydrow is set up in your business and needs to be transported to a new office or location!
Regardless of the context have a couple of recommendations for moving Hydrow.
1. Relevant facts for movers:
- An unboxed and assembled Hydrow weighs approximately 145 lbs. and can be carried effectively by a team of two people.
- Hydrow's front legs also have built-in wheels which allow for one person to lift the back-end and wheel it for short distances.
- Hydrow's weight is concentrated towards the front of the rower where the body is the tallest. It's worth thinking of the front as the "heavy end"
2. How to prepare Hydrow for the move:
Do not remove the front legs from Hydrow.
- The weight of these is almost negligible for transport.
- They provide both a good handle for lifting and extra stability when transporting on a flat surface.
- In fact, we would suggest you tighten the legs on the body with an allen wrench to prevent any movement at that joint.
You Must Remove Hydrow's Screen.
- This is the most delicate component and the most likely to be damaged if not removed.
- To remove it you just need a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the four screws.
- Be sure to store the screws and fasteners safely for later use.
- Two cables also unplug from the monitor
- Store the screen in a separate, safe way as you would with a computer or TV.
- Make sure that the cables that connect from Hydrow into the monitor are taped down so they do not get bent during travel.
Fold Hydrow's neck in to make it smaller and prevent damage
- Once the screen is removed, use the button on the neck to lower it into the storage position.
- You may need to push up slightly on the neck to release tension on the joint before you squeeze the button.
- Keep holding it up until the button clicks, then lower the neck
- Note: Do not carry hydrow by its neck! Use the front feet to grasp it instead.
Remove the seat from Hydrow
- We recommend removing the seat entirely as it is both simple to do and removes a few pounds of weight.
- For steps on how to remove the seat, check out this article Hydrow Seat - Removal & Cleaning.
- If you cannot remove the seat for some reason, make sure to secure or tie the seat down so that it doesn't move back and forth in transit.
Unhook the handle from the bracket.
- The rowing handle will likely pop out of the holding bracket in transit, so don't leave it there.
- Remove it from the bracket and slowly & carefully let it retract back all the way to the neck.
- Leave it dangling here when you wrap it for protection.
Use Furniture wraps for protection.
- We recommend that movers use furniture wraps, blankets or other padding secured around Hydrow's body to protect the paint finish from bumps or scratches. This is vital for keeping it in good condition while moving.
3. Orientation and storage while in transit.
- Make sure Hydrow remains in the standard orientation (on its feet) during travel.
- Do not transport Hydrow on its side or upside down.
- Do not secure or lift Hydrow by the neck
- Do not stack other items on top of Hydrow's neck or otherwise allow it to come under pressure from above. (Damage can easily result)
- We recommend fully securing Hydrow down in whatever vehicle you are using for transport.
- On a flat-bed or similar vehicle it is important to prevent it from sliding around on the journey.
- If you choose to do this with ratchet straps, be careful not to over-tighten them and potentially cause damage to the body.
Note: Please take extra care to follow these steps as any damage (functional or cosmetic) inflicted during a move will not be covered under Hydrow's warranty.