I've recently been in the market for a way to carry my fishing rods on long trips besides in the lap of my passenger in my truck. For most trips I lay the rods from the back seat into the front passenger seat but for long trips this seems to annoy my passenger. After hours and hours of searching the internet I finally found exactly what I was looking for. It was the A.R.E. rod pod, that is until I found the price out on it.
So I went ot the drawing board and tried to figure out how to duplicate this and came up with a pretty close version of this for 1/5 of the price. I started my quest on amazon and found the end caps which have been the hardest part for me to track down. I went with a conduit carrier made by Reese.
After I figured out the ends the rest of it was easy. I went to the local hardware store where I found a 6" PVC pipe that was 10ft long. I cut this down to 7.5 feet since none of my rods are over 7 feet in length. I then plastidipped the tube black to make it look a little better and installed the Reese ends. I then put some foam padding in the front to protect the tips and finally installed it on my roof. The following pics are how it turned out. You be the judge of how it looks but for parts less than $100 and about 35 minutes of work, I think it's a keeper.