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Old 10-28-2019, 12:36 PM
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Default Traveling with boat/ fishing gear. How do you keep it safe?

Looking for ideas.
How do you store your fishing gear while staying at a hotel? Do you bring everything into the room?

Anyone have ave any ideas to “lock up” fishing poles so they could be kept on the boat?

My truck doesnt have a bed cover, so that’s out.
Old 10-28-2019, 01:39 PM
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One requirement when I am boat shopping is lockable rod storage.
Also why I prefer the full size SUV over the pickup truck form factor.

Otherwise you have to lug all that expensive stuff into the room. Thieves suck. Thieves have been known to steal fishing rods out of boats while stopped at red lights in traffic....
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Bring it in the room. Heck it isn't even safe on the boat at a red light, have seen people try to grab something off the boat real quick as if nothing's happening.
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Yeah, stay on the ground floor in hotels I know I can park the boat in front of the room and EVERYTHING comes out. I get up frequently to check on it. Makes for a tough 1500 mile trip.
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Take it into the room
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Old 10-28-2019, 01:58 PM
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my buddy bought a topper for his bed off craiglist for $300 so he wouldnt have to worry about this on trips. IT was a royal pita to get on and off. He went and got a fiberglass one after a few trips.
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Locking pilot house!
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motion detector in cockpit./alarm
Take everything to room
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Lockable storage on boat; whatever else is left over comes in the room. 1st floor motel rooms whenever possible with boat in view from motel room preferably under a bright light.
Old 10-28-2019, 03:39 PM
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Everything removable that care about in room, or locked in trucks crewcab. Electronics....rods....coolers....tackle....

I had an old worthless sun bleached, yellowed, stained 48 igloo stolen out of vehicle once..
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Originally Posted by redink View Post
Locking pilot house!
+1, and I usually sleep in the boat instead of a hotel.
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Well that settles it, the kids will be hauling the gear inside haha
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Agreed, make the kids haul the gear lol. I’d also look into a bakflip cover. You don’t lose your vertical space and it locks with the tailgate. Have on my ram and love it.
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Do any of you use the yakima roof top fishing rod mounts? I live about an hour from my boat (interstate the whole way) and need something to hold my rods on top of my subaru outback. Any reason I should spring for the covered version which is a few hundred bucks more? Or do you think my rods/reels are safe uncovered going 75 miles an hour?
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H&k usp-9.
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Originally Posted by bigshea View Post
Agreed, make the kids haul the gear lol. I’d also look into a bakflip cover. You don’t lose your vertical space and it locks with the tailgate. Have on my ram and love it.
I have one of these on my Sierra and while it's not cheap (@800/900) its user friendly and nobody is getting into it without making a lot of noise. It rolls up but its individual metal pieces covered in some kind of vinyl so a knife if not getting through it...Nothing will keep a thief out they are determined, but the "grab shit out of the back of a truck" crowd is most likely going to move on if confronted with even the slightest obstacle.
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Bottom floor hotel room, take everything in the room. Nothing left in truck within view or thieves will try to break in your truck. Park right outside your room so you can charge the MK. you can even tie fishing line to trailer and around an object in room, They try to take trailer and boat the object will wake you up.
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Originally Posted by Tidewater4ten09 View Post
Do any of you use the yakima roof top fishing rod mounts? I live about an hour from my boat (interstate the whole way) and need something to hold my rods on top of my subaru outback. Any reason I should spring for the covered version which is a few hundred bucks more? Or do you think my rods/reels are safe uncovered going 75 miles an hour?
any storage places near your boat? My buddy is 2 hours and pays like $50 for storage across from his marina.
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Bump up insurance prior to vacation. Add extra insurance on fishing gear.

/ enjoy vacation
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The best thing to do is to have all the rods mounted in your truck or in rod holders in the boat for everyone to see. Then just lock them in the boat or truck. LOL

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