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best and safest way is going to be shipping them in a PVC tube.
 

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at that length and number of rods, you'd best check with the post office or whomever you're planning on using as to any size restrictions... they usually use a combination of length and diameter...

if you do use pvc tubing, get a solid end cap for the one end, and a screw cap for the other end... make sure you put sufficent padding in the solid end before glueing it on... with the screw cap you can reuse the tube anytime you need for rods up to 14' {2piece} in length... make sure you insure any contents...
 

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USPS restriction are not to exceed 110 inches total using length + girth formula. On a 4" tube the girth runs just under 14".

They also use the length + width + height formula for shipping to some zones. On a 4" tube this would amount to length + 4" + 4".

It really helps if you show up with this info sharpied onto the tube. Saves time for the clerk to measure.

Newspaper wrapped around the guides, tip and butt serves as a good cheap packing material.

Hope this helps,

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Swing by a tackle shop, Dick's, BPS, etc and ask them for the cardboard tubes that rods are shipped to them in. Usually they will give them to you since they just get thrown away or recycled.
 

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shipping

just received replacement blank from lamiglas
used pvc with 2" foam wrapped around guides, with rubber bands
usps may only allow certain dimn on diff classes of mail
had seeker 12' rod shipped from fl 8'6" tube po wouldnt take
might be better off with ups or fedex
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thanx paul
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For shipping tubes for multiple finished rods I go to a nearby carpet outlet. They have very sturdy cardboard tubes that have diameters from 5 to 8 inches. They are heavy but it really doesn't matter because you are paying for dimensional weight anyway.

I used to use DHL, they were the cheapest around for long stuff; they would take up to 165 inches. Not sure what their status is now.

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go to Home Depot and see if they have any boxes that some hardwood flooring boxes, they are long and easily taped shut.
 

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I'm with the Sgt, I hit the carpet stores for tubes, I can ship 6spikes in one of the 8" tubes you aught to be able to fit all 7 rods in there. The carpet places around here give them away.I shipped a rod the other day to CA the tube was 7'6" cost was $27 at Goin Postal.
 
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