I'm facing a dilemma: I don't have an effective way to transport my fishing rods. When it's warmer, I go top down or at least back window out and put the rods out the back. That gets to be a problem with a dog in the Jeep, but it works alright..Now being the fisherman I am, I don't let the cold weather keep me from fishing.
I need to transport rods that are around 8' (swimbait rods), and I just can't throw them in the Jeep like I could an ultralight. I have the stock front bumper (TJ) and I'm looking to make something to hold them from there.
I know I can buy a setup where there's a cooler holder and rod holders straight up, but I'm looking to make something where my rods are angled back toward the windshield .
I found this picture (but that's about it...) on a striper forum
I like the concept, but I don't know how he's got it set up, and I can't weld if it involves that .
I can manage to make the rod holder themselves out of PVC pipe, bt I'm stumped on a good way to get them up and angled correctly. Any ideers?
I added a front receiver and built a rack for rods and a cooler out of unistrut. It holds six rods and a large cooler, and it is easily inserted or removed with the receiver. 2" square tubing slides right in, and with some u-bolts and corner brackets, everything you need to construct a similar rack is available at the Home Despot. My rod holders are schedule 40 PVC in gray with a reel notch. They are all upright, but since this protrudes about 2 feet, angling these would be a simple matter of changing how you bolt them on. It's a bit heavier than the aluminum ones, being made of galvanized steel, but when some dumb tart backed into me, she had all the damage, and my rods and cooler went undamaged, so that's all to the good. Another option is a top rack. I have one that mounts sans drilling. I use it for the kayaks, and on long trips, I've strapped the surf rods to it, and they did fine. As was noted, unzipping the edge of the rear window and hanging them out teh back or strapping them to the sport bar also works. Bungees are your friend.
looks great. one question though, does the holder pivot back so u can still open the hood. in the pic it doesnt look like there is much clearance between the hood and holders
Didn't even think of that..PVC is glued together and set, so I'm thinking about some kind of heavy duty hinge to put where it connects to the bumper and just keep the whole thing bungee corded up until I need access under the hood.
I can't say with any certainty about legality in your state, but I've driven the entire east coast with 6 rods in my holder sticking stratight up, including a few long surf rods, and I've never been given any grief, even the few times I was cited for speeding, the cops never said a word about my view being blocked.