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How To Ship A Fishing Rod ?

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Just wondering how do you guys ship fishing rods also where do you guys get the rod tube from I found one website and it only ships 15 qty  instead all I really need is 5 qty  and really don't want to pay $50 dollars for 10 rod tube I not going to use . So that where my question starts how or where do you obtain your rod tube packages ? I'm trying to sell them.

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I keep the ones my rods were in when they were sent to me.

 

Store them in the outside shed.

 

Have no idea where you can get the heavy cardboard tubes.

 

Maybe if you Google the subject you can find out.

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Thin walled PVC pipe from home depot - 4 IN, will holds 5 rods. Combine that with old newspaper and duct tape you're on your way

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Have no idea where you can get the heavy cardboard tubes.

 

 

I sell a pretty good amount of collectible paper (posters, art, etc.) and have extensive experience with cardboard tubes.  Please believe me when I tell you that cardboard is NOT what you want when shipping a rod.  I am convinced that at least half of the postal workers in this country view any type of tube as a tool for office baseball.  So, I am guessing they might use rod tubes for jousting.  With the length of a rod, you need PVC.  Obviously paper products are shorter (usually 35" in my case), and even at that length, I use PVC for anything past $200 or so.  Also, do yourself a favor and buy end caps for the PVC.  Cutting and taping cardboard discs to put on the end sucks, and it is worth the few dollars.

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I save and reuse the tubes from TW when I buy a rod, or , if I don't have any tubes, I use thin wlled PVC from the hardware/building supply store. I think a 10' lenth of 4" pipe is like $6-$8 from my local mom and pop store, and probably less at a big chain.

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If I don't have a solid cardboard tube, definitely a pvc. if I use a cardboard tube I pack it really well.

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Never sold a rod, but I have bought a few Online.  :teeth3::teeth:  I've saved a few tubes, but unlike Sam, I do not have a shed to store them in or I would have saved more of them.  I like receiving rods in PVC tubes, but the cardboard ones from TW seem to be pretty good because they are not only solid but huge.  Not fond of receiving a rod in the smaller, thinner cardbard tubes some use although I've only ever received one broken rod, and that was because an end cover was missing.  I also have to agree about using  a plastic endcap if at all possible.

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I also save and reuse the cardboard tubes. I use a good amount of bubble wrap and newspaper to make sure that the rod doesn't move when I shake the tube after packing. I always ship via UPS. It will cost a little more, but standard ground shipping is usually 3 days and I have never had a problem.

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PVC is the only way I'll ship rods anymore. I've recycled the cardboard tubes from St Croix shipments and 100% of the rods arrive broken. They seem to be a 'one and done' deal.

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Definetely PVC is the way to go. I buy central vacume piping when I can find it. It's strong enough and lighter so you save on the cost and shipping. 90% of the time ends up being reg schedule 40

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See if your local tackle shops have any cardboard tubes laying around from shipments they received.

This. Or just think of how many tubes a large retailer like Cabela's, Gander Mountain, or the like might have lying in the back somewhere (if you have one near you). Maybe even try Wal-Mart. I'm not sure if they use rod tubes, but they always let me go in the back to scavenge for boxes in their recycling piles.

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Go to a local department store and ask for a carpet tube. Will probably be free or very cheap. They are incredibly tough and nearly impossible to bend in half.

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Just make sure those suckers aren't even a hair over 84 inches long. I've always shipped 2 day priority as it has been the least expensive, though I noticed shipping costs went up a few bucks. Try and make a friend at the post office. Some pretty interesting folks can be found working there for sure.

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I got a couple of cardboard tubes from my local BPS. "Free"

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