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I'm taking a trip down to Greenville SC this weekend to do some fishing with my brother and grandpa. Due to the presence of younger siblings along for the ride, I'm more than a little wary of just sticking my rods down the length (this is a minivan, by the way). 

 

How do you guys navigate this? Our van does a have a roof rack, but I'm also a little wary of strapping them down, even if they're padded. I have some old two piece rods I may just have to bring instead. 

 

 

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I'm taking a trip down to Greenville SC this weekend to do some fishing with my brother and grandpa. Due to the presence of younger siblings along for the ride, I'm more than a little wary of just sticking my rods down the length (this is a minivan, by the way). 

 

How do you guys navigate this? Our van does a have a roof rack, but I'm also a little wary of strapping them down, even if they're padded. I have some old two piece rods I may just have to bring instead. 

take your reels off the rods and stick the rods in a abs pipe , pretty indestructible ...

 

you can either have them in the van or strap them to the roof ...

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If you still have the PVC or heavy duty cardboard tubes from a rod purchase simply use these. Depending upon the size of the tube you should be able to get a few rods in there. Transport the reels separately in another storage device. You should be able to lay the rod tube down the middle of the floor in the van. Good luck on your trip!

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Same problem here too the 1pc rods won't fit in my wrangler.

I need a new car with the folding down rear seat. For now ill steal the wife's car.

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Take the reels off and put them in the passenger seat. Put some sort of rod glove on them and strap them together with pipe cleaner or velcro cable ties. I havnt found a car this doesnt work in. Maybe a really small sports car wont work but I have seen it work in mustangs and 2 door bmws.

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If there's hanger hooks on the roof, like there is in every car, you could always run a bungee cord from each side and put your rods on those. Take the reels off and run the rods the length of van with a couple cords and you should be good to go. A simple PVC pipe would work very well also if you take the reels off, just cut it to the length of the longest rod you're taking and you'll be set.

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My wife got me this for Christmas last year and I've had one or more rods (as many as 12) in it ever since.  Love it.

http://www.basspro.com/Rod-Saver-Vehicle-Rod-Carrier/product/15989/

Works great in my SUV.  No reason it shouldn't work in a van, as well.

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Thanks guys, I picked up a PVC pipe from Home Depot today, cut it to the length I needed, and it works perfectly. Appreciate the help. 

 

good call there.  you can get you some end caps from home depot for that same size pipe that will fit VERY snug, but still be able to remove with a knife or flathead screwdriver or something like that....  it's how i took my rods on the plane and they made it there and back with no problems and they rode in a van on the way to and from the airport.

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Ummmm... maybe a tad late, but ABS is lighter and cheaper. And it looks better, being black.

 

Man, do I cringe when I think of my one-piece rods in a car with other people -other than my best fishing buds. In the past I bought a few two-piecers just for that fear.

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good call there.  you can get you some end caps from home depot for that same size pipe that will fit VERY snug, but still be able to remove with a knife or flathead screwdriver or something like that....  it's how i took my rods on the plane and they made it there and back with no problems and they rode in a van on the way to and from the airport.

Best thing to do is get one end cap and glue it on and for the other end buy a two piece clean out cap fitting , it's a cap that unscrews !! I've postedp pictures of it in another thread about abs pipe for rod transporting .

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Thanks guys, I picked up a PVC pipe from Home Depot today, cut it to the length I needed, and it works perfectly. Appreciate the help. 

 

Wise if you have children that can't be trusted to keep their hands off the rods.  Riding can get very boring for them.  Then little hands start exploring.  I've keep a fistful of rod tubes from purchases.  The TW tube is more than big enough to carry several rods.  Make sure the rods can't slide back and forth in the tube.  Otherwise you stand a good chance of opening up that super strong PVC tube to find a rod tip or two broke off.  Opened up a tube to find that very thing had happened.  Shipper had only put a little newspaper in the ends.  Tube didn't have a mark on it, but the rod had several inches to slide back and forth inside the tube.

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I keep my original packaging for this purpose. I remove the reel and wrap both ends with bubble wrap, slide the wrapped rod into the tube then tape the ends shut and I am all set. If you don't have the original packaging then a PVC tube and end caps from Lowe's or Home Depot seem to work very well.

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