Shipping a Rod Tube

hbouldin1216

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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.
 

stella marina

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

billa

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

Lundalakan

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

Outhouse

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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.
 

Lundalakan

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How do you cap the ends? Tape?
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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lkatdpelicanfly

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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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matt86m

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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.
 

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?
 

Nic D

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

SouthBayKiller

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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.
 

hbouldin1216

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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.
 

Croaker.Stroker

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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?
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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Croaker.Stroker

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

swami 805

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I use usps and they go by dimension 20-30 bucks. Fedex is dog shit shit and expensive