Plano Jumbo Airliner Rod Case
Great case but not indestructible!
This is the best rod tube on the market! It is especially nice because it can accommodate my 1pc inshore rods that are longer than 7' (most rod tubes don't exceed 7' in length). But beware, not all airports can handle a rod tube over 7' in length. I traveled with my Jumbo Airliner to Costa Rica only to discover all my rods had been broken! And in the exact same spot! I filed a claim and was paid back for the damage but what an inconvenience! I think the rod tube may have gotten stuck somewhere along the conveyor belt but I really have no idea. Just be aware that ANYTHING can still happen to your rods....even with a durable case like the Jumbo Airliner. Needless to say, I will only fly with travel rods and 2pc rods now.
February 12, 2013
Great way to transport rods!!!
I have had one for a couple of years and it has performed flawless for me! I take it to Canada and I have put 12 rods in this using the Bass Pro Velcro rod wraps without any problems and have never had any damage to my rods!!!
The trick is to wrap your rods and place the handles at opposite ends, protecting the tips of your rods( 6 rods wrap easily together using this method) and insert both sets of rods together in the tube and remove both sets together and you will not have any problems!
There is foam at either end of the tube and it seems to do its job!
It is well balanced and easy to carry and the wheels make it even better when need arises!!!
In the off season I use this to store my rods...keeps my rods safe and sound from anything falling on my rods to keeping any critters from chewing and tearing up my handles!!!
This was well worth the money!!
Thanks Plano and Bass Pro for another excellent product!!!
October 4, 2010
A travel nightmare
I purchased the Jumbo Airliner Rod Case prior to a fishing trip to Mexico. I packed up my rods and had no problem checking the case in Dallas, TX. When I arrived at my destination I noticed that the lock I had affixed to the case had been removed and place in its original storage location. My top 6 inches of each of my rods were completely severed and there was a note from the TSA saying they had opened the case. The airline said that this was a TSA problem and they had no responsibility. I am currently fighting it out with both parties but anyone using this case must understand it is an inviting target for a TSA check and if the agent doesn't have a clue (as mine obviously did not) and does not reattach the lock to the right location your rods will be destroyed.
January 12, 2014
Plano rod case
The rod case is an excellent one. However I offer a special note regarding all long rod cases...when traveling by plane you are not charged by weight but instead by length. Rod cases similar to the Plano will cost you anywhere from $50 to $100 extra by the airline at check in. Be prepared to pay. I travel to the Mexican trophy lakes regularly and now they get (In my case) and extra $100 each way. This is a real bummer! Be sure to check with your carrier when purchasing your tickets.
January 11, 2013