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Old 01-04-2009, 08:40 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any good advice, about the best way to ship a rod (i.e. where to buy shipping materials)? Thanks guys.
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:57 PM   #2
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PVC pipe is what a lot of people use.
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:12 PM   #3
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go to a UPS store, or MailBoxes ETC. They will have long narrow boxes and padding for everything.
PVC is the best for protection but leaves no room for a reel and adds to the shipping weight and cost of shipping materials.

If you are anywhere near me, I have several boxes I got rods and reels in that you could have if you needed. I always save them just in case.
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:24 PM   #4
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most rods will fit inside the light but strong pvc pipe used for central vac installs.
this stuff is just as light and much stronger than cardboard tubes, plus you can glue one end and tape the other end cap so that you can re-use the tube.
The production rod tubes with ballistic nylon covers use a very similar pvc tubing. You can buy pvc tubing and caps and other fittings at most hardware stores (or seek out a wholesale vac shop who might sell it to you--years ago i'll admit i did some vac installs and the wholesale is soooo much cheaper than hardware retail $)
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:52 AM   #5
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You likely can visit a local tackle shop you deal with and they will give you a cardboard cyclinder specifically used for shipping fishing rods. A local shop likely has some of these laying around and of which they usually throw away. Tackle shops often get there rods shipped to them in these type of tubes. Just make sure you pack the rod(s) properly so they do not move around much. Be careful with the rod tips.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:30 AM   #6
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The best way to go at your local hardware store ... 10 ft - $10.
3" PVC Plastic Sewer Drain Pipe - thin wall 3000 lb crush.
Just received a 7' rod in a 7' 5" lg .. wt. 4 lb with caps.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:36 AM   #7
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Find a local electronics installer and he'll have a load of VHF antenna tubes you can cut down to length. Tough and free.

PVC doesn't have to be that white schedule 40 stuff, regular drain pipe (thin wall) is fine. Fashion a couple of round pieces of sponge and cut slits in each of them, then stuff the butt into one of them and the tip into the other. One for the middle if you have a long, limber rod.

Remember to not do the holes dead center since the blank will want to be riding along one edge of the tube, not in the center of the tube.
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:40 AM   #8
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If you are shipping multiple rods - 4" s&d pvc - Home Hepot for $12.00 plus 2 end caps ($3.00). I pack the rods individually in small bubble wrap, then slide all of them in as a unit. If you have reels too, send them in a seperate box.
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Also 6" if if you want to put more rods in it.
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:42 PM   #10
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I am in Jacksonville, so I don't now if I will be able to get up to the NJ region, but thanks for the help! I went over to UPS and they wanted nearly 40 dollars for a tube..so I guess I am going to go with the PVC or box method.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:40 PM   #11
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Pack and wrap the rod tips with pool noodles . . . the noodles should be 4 inches longer than the rods . . . most damage is when the rod holders/tube are thrown and hit a wall or something thus breaking the rod tips . . .

Have a safe and enjoyable trip
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Ship it with FedEx. UPS will not pay a claim if you pack it yourself and it gets smashed by UNITED PACKAGE SMASHERS!
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find a carpet store and get the paper rolls the carpet comes on.I always got them from carpet direct on phillips hwy or carpet store on 103rd next to napa.most stores if you ask will get one from the back.
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:37 PM   #14
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Thanks, I'll check them out. The rod is already damaged, so it is not to big of a deal if it gets broken further.
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Having shipped over 200 rods in my day use PVC just large enough to go over the reel seat take cardboard and use it for the ends do not skimp on glass fiber tape, I always used the USPS for my rods they do have a size limit though ..Insure it, only one set of blanks were damaged with this method and they bent a pvc pipe to a hard 90 degrees paid the claim on the spot.

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Have sent the "Bazooka" tube from NY to San Diego and back a couple of times via UPS no problems and the Bazooka looks like new still!!!
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Thanks, I'll check them out. The rod is already damaged, so it is not to big of a deal if it gets broken further.
WTF are you shipping it to it's final resting place?
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Pack and wrap the rod tips with pool noodles . . . the noodles should be 4 inches longer than the rods . . . most damage is when the rod holders/tube are thrown and hit a wall or something thus breaking the rod tips . . .

Have a safe and enjoyable trip
auguste,

I always transport my rods covered with "pre-split" pipe insulation. I hold it in place with those 20 for $3 velcro ties from the big box store. If you put on three or four ties alternating from in front of a guide to behind a guide , it will hold it securely without slippping. This setup cost all of about $1.50-$2.00 per rod, easy to take on and off, and works well in all but the most extreme situations.
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:02 AM   #19
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Thanks, I'll check them out. The rod is already damaged, so it is not to big of a deal if it gets broken further.
WTF are you shipping it to it's final resting place?
Warranty Return...........Ask customer service about how to ship it. I had a friend who was returning an "unrepairable" rod. They had him just "SAW" it into three pieces and tape it all together with the broken part.
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