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Looking for a product to store my rods when driving back and forth from the beach to my house. I would want a wrap with a bunch of sleeves but can't find one. Does anyone have any advice for a rod and reel storage that is portable?
 

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Thats may be a tall order outside of DIY. My vehicle had factory aero bars so for me the solution was a set of Thule Ski Racks picked up of craigslist. If that's not an option for you then you may need to get creative with something like the "Rod Bazuka Pro" if you want a hard case and wrap the rods before putting them in. When I put my rods up at home I store them vertically to avoid warping and each is stored in a sleeve. For the sleeves/wraps I went to a crafts store that sells fabric and purchased "leftovers" from flannel bolts. These can be tailored to fit any Rod length and shouldn't cost you much to have an alteration shop sew them up for you (if you don't know someone who can work a singer). My sleeves are individually sewn but I am sure you could get creative with doubling the fabric and sewing compartments to accommodate multiple rods.

For my reels I purchased a few Shimano Bhaltair bags which have configurable compartments and are capable of holding large spinners (Large bag) or numerous conventional reels. My salt spinning gear is stored in the large bag, Conventionals in a medium bag, and FW baitcasters and small trout spinners in a small bag.

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What i did was use some pvc pipe from home depot or your local home improvement store put a cap on end and another with a screw cap on the other use some metal tie down straps to tie it to the roof rack on your car. Keeps rods safe and dry on the top of your car. Use a reel bag like AtTheBar suggest and your good to go. You can get the pvc in different sizes 2in-10in i have a 6in tube and i can carry 6 12ft rods with no problem. Dont mind the scratches have to repaint been in the closet for a while.
 

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I use a homemade pvc rod tube. And the reels are wrapped up and packed in an old tent top hard playmate cooler...think old school work lunchbox.
 

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I use a truck tool box. It is a slim line tool box from UWS and I put fabric on the inside. I wrap my reels in cloth bag to protect them, put them on the bottom then wrap rods and place on top. I just slide box in back of my truck and pack the rest of the family's beach stuff on top. When we had the Explore , I had a Hitch rack on the back and I bolted the tool box to it. Pretty much crush proof and I picked mine up off of Craigslist for less than $50.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. I like the idea of PVC with foam to protect the eyes. then I will probably get an old cooler and wrap the reels in cloth. To cover the PVC im thinking a piece of foam with a flat piece of plastic on a hinge that can flip up and down to lock the rods in.
 

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If you have two piece rods Go to thrift store find two golf club bags with the tube inserts . they are fabric filled with rod tubes already . put the two tops of them together. Use the straps from the bag to clip into each other or tie them off.these bags usually have big outside pockets for your reels as well And voila you have a nice Reel rod bag. Seen another fishermen do this. He said most all bags are water ,rain proof. With tuff outside materails.


I've also seen people take the rod tubes out the golf bag
and use them in the boats gunnals for Rod storage or in there garage..
 

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what i did was use a latch and pad lock kit. with the locking cap drill the holes to the latch and fold over the latch and use a padlock. use a rivet so no one can unscrew it. put some foam on the bottom and top cap to protect the tips and butt of the rods. when i had my van i could leave the tub on the roof rack all year round rods stayed safe and dry. if you cut the tube the long way and use the hinge you still can get water inside the tube and rust up your rods. cap on both ends stays water tight.
 

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Do you have a Product # for that item ? Thanks !
The end caps are Item #: 23284
The pipe itself is Item #: 24140

I checked our Lowe's...I have a part time job there and our pipe is 10' long. You can get 20' length at plumbing supply stores but the price goes up substantially.

I made mine and used two end caps. I made lanyards and used pop rivets with wire holders to attach the lanyards to both the pipe and the caps. I glued some foam I had to the inside of the caps to cushion the rods.

I even sewed a nylon carrying handle out of 2" webbing I had laying around. Somehow I managed to get it very snug and it works great. I have decorated the tube with bumper stickers to add flair.

One interesting fact about my design was when I put the cap on, the trapped air and will "pop off" the other cap if you do it fast. It is rather comical to watch as you walk back and forth replacing the caps.

I don't get to fish much so when I go to the coast I use some very heavy duty (each one supports 175#) zip-ties to go around the pipe and my rails on top of my SUV.

I am going to start sewing rod socks for the rods to ride in inside the tube as I think they need that extra protection.
 

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"I am going to start sewing rod socks for the rods to ride in inside the tube as I think they need that extra protection."

I would rethink posting something like this, a suggestion would be;

"I just finished cleaning my Shotgun and just got back from the Sports Club after eating a giant steak with shots of Jack and Budweiser Bottled Beer, I may have ask my significant other to sew up some rod socks for me cause I am busy next weekend watching the playoffs with my buddies"
 

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"I am going to start sewing rod socks for the rods to ride in inside the tube as I think they need that extra protection."

I would rethink posting something like this, a suggestion would be;

"I just finished cleaning my Shotgun and just got back from the Sports Club after eating a giant steak with shots of Jack and Budweiser Bottled Beer, I may have ask my significant other to sew up some rod socks for me cause I am busy next weekend watching the playoffs with my buddies"
Where do I turn in my man card?
 

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The end caps are Item #: 23284
The pipe itself is Item #: 24140

I checked our Lowe's...I have a part time job there and our pipe is 10' long. You can get 20' length at plumbing supply stores but the price goes up substantially.

I made mine and used two end caps. I made lanyards and used pop rivets with wire holders to attach the lanyards to both the pipe and the caps. I glued some foam I had to the inside of the caps to cushion the rods.

I even sewed a nylon carrying handle out of 2" webbing I had laying around. Somehow I managed to get it very snug and it works great. I have decorated the tube with bumper stickers to add flair.

One interesting fact about my design was when I put the cap on, the trapped air and will "pop off" the other cap if you do it fast. It is rather comical to watch as you walk back and forth replacing the caps.

I don't get to fish much so when I go to the coast I use some very heavy duty (each one supports 175#) zip-ties to go around the pipe and my rails on top of my SUV.

I am going to start sewing rod socks for the rods to ride in inside the tube as I think they need that extra protection.
Small holes in the cap will release the air and moisture
 
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