Shipping a Rod Tube

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  1. hbouldin1216

    hbouldin1216 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Need to ship a rod tube with a few freshwater rods back to my brother in Indiana. Just a 8' cardboard tube like you would get from Tackle Warehouse, not a big Plano tube. For those of you guys who ship rods, any particular preference between FedEx, UPS, or USPS?

    Appreciate the tips in advance.
     
  2. stella marina

    stella marina Well-Known "Member"

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    Piece of pvc, is what all my blanks come in, foam on both ends and a lot of tape....
     
  3. af dreamer

    af dreamer I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I just shipped a TWH tube with 2 SW rods in it at USPS,no issue at all.Tom
     
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  4. billa

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    Pvc...........Pad it, cap it and have some piece of mind versus cardboard.
     
  5. jigfisherman

    jigfisherman Well-Known "Member"

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    Damn Henry you should’ve said something I had a Plano you could’ve had to be safer
     
  6. Lundalakan

    Lundalakan Well-Known "Member"

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    Black abs in whatever size you need. Never had one broken
     
  7. Cubeye

    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    How do you cap the ends? Tape?
     
  8. Outhouse

    Outhouse I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Be sure the rods can’t move inside the tube. I ship my every year from TN to Sandy Eggo. The key is to wrap rods tip to butts and pack them with enough bubble wrap to keep the rods from moving. I personally prefer FedEx.
     
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  9. Lundalakan

    Lundalakan Well-Known "Member"

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    Glue a cap on one end and tape a cap on the other end. OR glue a cap on one end and glue a female adapter on the other then screw a male plug in.......then you have a forever rod tube
     
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  10. lkatdpelicanfly

    lkatdpelicanfly Lizard Fish Slayer

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    I've shipped a lot of rods, often times in heavy duty cardboard tubes...carpet cores. As Outhouse stated, make sure they cant move inside the tube. If i have several rods (2-4)' place them so their spines are touching, guides facing out...not touching each other, secure with masking tape or rubber band. kind of hard to explain, but on the butt end...a little crumpled up newspaper or a layer of bubble wrap all around the rods so its fairly snug in the tube and theres at least a couple of inchesnof padding. As you place the rod down the tube....around the reel seat area..wrap another layer of crumpled up newspaper or bubble wrap around the circumference relatively equidistant so the 2-4 rods in the middle are centered and hopefully no guides are touching the sides of the container. It shuld be snug so if the container was dropped, there's nothing rattling around and the rod wont shift. Keep doing this every couple of feet and at the very top, make sure there is at least 2-3 inches or more, of space, until the very end.wrap the tips with crumpled nespaper twisted around the tips to make a kind of "bushing" within the tube. I like to put bubble wrap snug up to the top, then secure the end wit a piece of cardboard traced over the end, except with 5-6 overlapping points that fold over onto the tube. The goal is you don't want the rods to have any play to rattle side to die or vertically. I've sent rods to various parts of the country, usually with priority mail...sometimes with fedex with no broken rods...I'd estimate well over 50 separate occasions. 7 ft and under seems to get better pricing with diameters of 4" or less due to dimension restrictions with usps shipments. If you ship with the post office, its better to measure, weigh, pay for and print your own label because ive found a lot of times they cant fit the long tube on their scales within the confined space of their workspace and get an accurate weight...but it depends on your post office. It doesn't hurt to write "Fragile!! " in big bold letters in 5-6 different spots on the tube to discourage that one post office or fedex worker in the chain of delivery who just sp happens to be training for the next Olympic Javelin throw event...
     
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  11. matt86m

    matt86m Not worthy of a Title

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    I have a PVC tube with caps you can have. I bought an 8' rod and it was shipped in it.

    You are welcome to it.
     
  12. shooter21

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    Just went to usps to ship an 8' rod, they said 140 bucks because it's oversized. How are people shipping 8' rods?
     
  13. Nic D

    Nic D Living life in Baja

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    Just shipped an antenna in a cardboard tube today. USPS was the cheapest
     
  14. jer dog

    jer dog Fishing is life

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    I put a sponge on both ends instead of bubble wrap
    it works great
     
  15. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I had a friend UPS a rod in a tube to me. One end and the rod were missing when the tube was delivered to my house.

    Also in the last month UPS has lost 2 other items we shipped at my work and were unable to locate them. Also UPS tracking is garbage.

    Fedex is pretty bad about making timely deliveries, but so far we have had very few incidents where things went completely missing.

    Never have USPS'd anything of extreme significance so cant speak to that.
     
  16. hbouldin1216

    hbouldin1216 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I shipped an 8' rod tube via UPS to Indiana for $38 ground. It arrived without issue but I packed the snot out of it. Bubble wrap at both ends (the small bubbles) to take up the excess space. With three rods if you shook the tube there was no rattle.
     
  17. Croaker.Stroker

    Croaker.Stroker Old White Guy

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    Go to the shipper’s website. UPS (as well as others like USPS) will charge your credit card and you can print your own shipping label. You will know the cost before you are charged or print the label. UPS has a limit of length x width x depth. Sometimes an inch makes a big difference in price.
     
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  18. MATTANZA

    MATTANZA old man of the sea, in training.

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    home depot .... 3" irrigation pipe. 10' for 5 box, light , strong, and you can ship epress mail for about 25 bux with insurance.
     
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  19. shooter21

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    Ok thru usps?
     
  20. Croaker.Stroker

    Croaker.Stroker Old White Guy

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    Go to the USPS website. Click on “calculate price”.
     

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