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How to store rods in an SUV?

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Currently, I have them propped over the rear seat. The tips, however, have a minor bend where they lay up against the roof of the cab. I don't like the idea of these constantly having that minor bend. Can you confirm this is bad for them, and how else would you suggest keeping them in the SUV if you like having them available, just in case, for long periods of time? I've considered trying to rig some kind of rack that would mount to the interior roof of the SUV, but all methods I can think of have some significant drawbacks, as well.

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I hang mine with the tips facing forward.  I forget where I purchased the system.  It consists of two strips of webbing, one with loops that connects between your garment hangers and a second with velcro loops that attaches in the rear area. I have three row seating and a second set of garment hangers, so I attached it there.  It's strong enough to hold seven combos up out of your way.  I have four rods over 7ft. and keep them in the SUV rather than the boat's locker.

http://www.basspro.com/shop/en/rod-saver-vehicle-rod-carrier

This one is similar

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I have parachute cord tied across the back from the rear passenger handles in the third row seating then again at the second row seats.  Super easy and rods are up out of the way. The reels keep the rods from sliding out. 7' rods fit perfect in my honda pilot. On extended trips I wrap the rods with one of those rubber coated twisties so they dont slide side to side.

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I took the sensible path and just removed the rear seat from my little crossover.  I can fit a 6'6" rod fully in the back, everything else sticks up between the console and the passenger seat, which isnt ideal, but works well enough as I mostly drive/fish alone.  

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17 hours ago, papajoe222 said:

I hang mine with the tips facing forward.  I forget where I purchased the system.  It consists of two strips of webbing, one with loops that connects between your garment hangers and a second with velcro loops that attaches in the rear area. I have three row seating and a second set of garment hangers, so I attached it there.  It's strong enough to hold seven combos up out of your way.  I have four rods over 7ft. and keep them in the SUV rather than the boat's locker.

http://www.basspro.com/shop/en/rod-saver-vehicle-rod-carrier

This one is similar

THIS^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 

Ive had the rod saver set up for ten years. Work very well.

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On 12/23/2017 at 6:16 PM, Sifuedition said:

Can you confirm this is bad for them,

Can't confirm that, it will do them no harm.

 

Modern technology won't be impacted, we're not talking 1980s fiberglass...

 

I drive a 2014 Ford Escape, frequently carry 9 ft. Fly rods back and forth to the lake...zero damage so far...and my least expensive fly rig is 2-3x more $$$ than my most expensive gear rigs...

 

Don't over-think this...Any modern rod can stand a few hours with a slightly bent tip...

 

I'd challenge anyone to PROVE otherwise.  We'll ask the rod makers...

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Well, I was at Academy today and decided to try something, even if it's temporary.

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Can't upload more due to limits. Turns out, I have two sets of clothing hooks. I just put a bungee between each.

 

The front bungee cord I had to knot twice to get it the correct tension. You can see it between the reels in the middle there with the knot in it.

 

The rear, I only knotted once each and used two cords. I twisted them together. Due to the twists shortening them further, the single knot was enough for the tension I wanted. By putting the butt of the rod through the twists, the twists allow me to hold the rear of the rods in place so they don't slide forward/back or side to side.

 

The draw-back is that since they no longer angle with the butt of the rod on the floor, the tips are farther forward. The tips actually sit under the visor on each side. On the driver side, the visor is not tight to the roof and so that is not putting pressure on the tips. On the passenger side, however, it was putting slight pressure on the rod tips, so I have lowered the visor.

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