What's the point?? For crissakes we've been doing it wrong and I learned a better way and why.
It's not when things work well that count the most; it's when they go wrong and could have been avoided.I moved mine laying flat on its back and had no issue. Let it sit for days before plugging it in.
Then why do the new ones crap out and break so much easier and sooner than the old stuff............. (lol....just teasing)New systems tend to be cleaner inside when built, have different bearing materials, tighter clearances, and modern improved insulation on the wiring. They also don't have significant wear on any of those components.
The shipping position mostly involves sediment and large quantities of oil getting into the pump and capillary tubing of the refrigeration system, at least for older units. Those older units used lots of fiberglass which tended to stay put. Modern ones using styrofoam shouldn't have anything loose either, but maybe the quality control isn't what it should be.Funny how this came up again. Got a new fridge less than a year ago. Freezer leaks on the floor. Shipped to the house by the 'pro's' so I'm assuming it was always upright . From what we can gather the freezer drain is plugged. Seems it's common