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Advise on traveling with multiple surf rods with limited space!!!

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With the family growing my vehicle is not able to accommodate my rods and cart? Are there any good cases/ideas out there for 3 to 6 surf rods? We have a roof rack but no hitch yet....

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We had twins and went from an SUV to a minivan.

 

I borrowed an idea that I saw in somebody's car.... hang two bungee cords across the inside and put your rods across them. You can fit several rods easily without interfering in any sight lines for the movie player or the rear

view mirror.

 

Garbage bag twist ties hold the rods in place on the bungees.

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Snowboard rack. Will clamp right on your roof rack. Lockable. Made by Yakima, Thule, Barrecrafter and maybe others. Available on the internet for around $120.

 

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can be broken down if they are two-piece and then fit in the car, not on the car. I would not want to travel any distance with rods on a rack or on the roof as some guys seem to do. Strap them together with small bungees or twisties!

 

Also, take the reels off. You can fit 5 reels inside a WalMart bag. This bag can then be placed anywhere in your car (console, under seat, suitcase, etc). The rods then only need a few inches of space on top of luggage in your car.

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with kids and a family the rods are safer on top of the vehicle.

 

If you want to protect them you care get a PVC tube secure that to your roof rack.

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Ditto on what plug said. I have been using Thule snowboard racks on top of my Expedition and Armada for years and they work great. Only downside is that I can not go into standard size parking garages with them on because the racks add a few extra inches and end up hitting the ceiling. Other than that they work fine. You can get models that lock for extra protection against theft.

 

View PostSnowboard rack. Will clamp right on your roof rack. Lockable. Made by Yakima, Thule, Barrecrafter and maybe others. Available on the internet for around $120.

 

 

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View PostDitto on what plug said. I have been using Thule snowboard racks on top of my Expedition and Armada for years and they work great. Only downside is that I can not go into standard size parking garages with them on because the racks add a few extra inches and end up hitting the ceiling. Other than that they work fine. You can get models that lock for extra protection against theft.

 

Hahahah reminds me that shortly after I bought a thule castaway (which I wouldn't recommend by the way) my wife took out a "clearance" sign entering a parking garage.

 

 

I bought a BPS rod saver for inside my Xterra...works pretty well.

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View PostHahahah reminds me that shortly after I bought a thule castaway (which I wouldn't recommend by the way) my wife took out a "clearance" sign entering a parking garage.

 

I bought a BPS rod saver for inside my Xterra...works pretty well.

 

 

funny, I have 2 castaways that carry 8 rods rigged and ready to cast...I swear by them.

 

They are not for security but will deter an honest person and will keep most of the dirt and grime out of your reels.

 

The are discontinued last I checked but pop up on ebay.

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View Postcan be broken down if they are two-piece and then fit in the car, not on the car. I would not want to travel any distance with rods on a rack or on the roof as some guys seem to do. Strap them together with small bungees or twisties!

 

 

To each their own. I bet I've traveled 50K miles or more over the years with rods on a roof rack. More than a few trips to FL, MA, NC, RI and who knows how many miles trundling around the peninsula. Not one broken rod. I've always carried them tip forward but you can always carry them butt forward to minimize a bird/debris busting a tip.

 

I have however broken several rods carrying them inside a car. Something gets thrown on top... they get caught in a door... especially like treed says, if you have dogs/kids tromping around.

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View Postfunny, I have 2 castaways that carry 8 rods rigged and ready to cast...I swear by them.

 

 

They are not for security but will deter an honest person and will keep most of the dirt and grime out of your reels.

 

 

The are discontinued last I checked but pop up on ebay.

 

I've never been able to fit more than 2 conventional reels at a time inside that box, especially not the Daiwa SHVs....and I've broken the rubber strap twice.

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Yakima snowboard rack icon14.gif

 

I have fit 7-8 rods on it. I have the locks too for it, but that wont really protect the reels. the reels sit in-between the two racks, so they do not get any debris on them... the rods sometimes gets a bug or two, but thats it.

 

I am planning on getting a front rack made, but even if I do, the rods wont sit in there unless running around on the sand... they will still go up on top. Rack will be made to get the cooler and sand spikes out of the waywink.gif

 

I now live 20 mins from the air pumps. When i lived in Baltimore, I ran the same setup with no issues.

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View PostYakima snowboard rack icon14.gif

 

I have fit 7-8 rods on it. I have the locks too for it, but that wont really protect the reels. the reels sit in-between the two racks, so they do not get any debris on them... the rods sometimes gets a bug or two, but thats it.

 

I am planning on getting a front rack made, but even if I do, the rods wont sit in there unless running around on the sand... they will still go up on top. Rack will be made to get the cooler and sand spikes out of the waywink.gif

 

I now live 20 mins from the air pumps. When i lived in Baltimore, I ran the same setup with no issues.

 

I ran the Yakima powder hound ski racks for a couple of years when i had my jeep liberty. Can't say enough good things about them! Travel about 60 miles to the beach almost every weekend and never had a problem.

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There is also a way to get buy on the cheap if your car already has a roof luggage rack with crossbars.

 

Go to the hardware store and buy a section of tubular foam water pipe insulation. Size will depend upon the size of your crossbars. 1" fit my Tahoe. They come slit lengthwise, just open them up and slide them on the crossbars.

 

While you are at the hardware store buy a handful of tarp bungees. The kind that are looped with a ball on the end. Sort of like a girl's pony-tail holder. Two for each rod.

 

Fasten the rods to the foam insulation padded crossbars with the tarp bungees. A bit more work but very cheap and very servicable.

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View PostThere is also a way to get buy on the cheap if your car already has a roof luggage rack with crossbars.

 

Go to the hardware store and buy a section of tubular foam water pipe insulation. Size will depend upon the size of your crossbars. 1" fit my Tahoe. They come slit lengthwise, just open them up and slide them on the crossbars.

 

While you are at the hardware store buy a handful of tarp bungees. The kind that are looped with a ball on the end. Sort of like a girl's pony-tail holder. Two for each rod.

 

Fasten the rods to the foam insulation padded crossbars with the tarp bungees. A bit more work but very cheap and very servicable.

 

that reminds me of a setup i seen on the beach one day. They put their rods in the pipe insulation and zip stripped them shut. They then duct taped them to the crossbars on the roof rack. It was very functional, I just hope that guy wasn't a contractor!

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