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Old 01-24-2007, 08:34 PM
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Does anyone have any experience with shipping fishing rods 6' long?

Best packing method and shipping method? UPS?
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Old 01-24-2007, 09:05 PM
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I've been shipping on USPS Priority Mail and having no problems. It will cost you about $20-25 with insurance included. If you go to the USPS website you can figure the exact freight cost. Takes 2-4 days anywhere in the country. I quit using UPS because it was a little more expensive ($5-8).

I use cardboard "rod tubes". I have seen some companies use PVC, but that could get expensive! Also you can purchase a "triangle" shaped box that works good for cheap.

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Old 01-24-2007, 10:26 PM
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Thanks, where can I find the triangle boxes?
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Old 01-24-2007, 10:29 PM
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go to a carpet store grab a light weight cardboard roll from a roll of carpet
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Old 01-24-2007, 10:30 PM
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If the rods are radioactive it may be more complicated.. (sorry - an ex- nuke engineer thought...)
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Old 01-25-2007, 06:50 AM
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LOL... Thanks guys great suggestions.
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Old 01-25-2007, 06:53 AM
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I have got a few rods on line and they have been shipped in round tubes that are pretty sturdy, not sure where they got them but I would try one of the UPS stores
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Old 01-25-2007, 07:51 AM
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I would suggest that you make sure the package is insured. I have had good luck with most the rods shipped. I had ordered a rod last year and the shipper mailed it inside a PVC tube. The rod was received broken and it looked like USPS ran over the PVC plumbing tube with a fork lift. The package was insured and it took several weeks for USPS to come up with the bucks to cover the loss.
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Old 01-25-2007, 07:55 AM
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Avoid the triangle tubes! I just got a few things shipped to my house- a rod in a round tube, and a collapsible net in one triangle tube and a chart of the Keys in another. The rod was fine, the net was too, but the plastic tube it came in was crushed and the triangle tube was bent in the middle. I figure, had it not had a rigid net in it there, the triangle tube would have folded over. The chart was another story. The triangle tube had been crushed, clearly folded to an angle somewhere between 180 and 90 degrees at some point. The chart was creased through the middle and the ends were pretty rumpled. OK, so it's only a chart and would get that way after I used it a bunch, but if that were a rod, well, you get the point.
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Old 01-25-2007, 03:48 PM
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i check mine on planes once in awhile in a PVC tube.
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