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Old 06-14-2017, 06:10 PM   #1
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Alright. Lets get this out of the way up front. I don't want to hear, "buy a new bow" as an answer to my question (I know, no fun ). Some guys really like their one and only bow so much they don't want another bow after all!

What I do want to hear is how you creative cats have worked around travel (especially airline travel) with a one piece bow. I'm sure there are some good pieces of advice to be had.

-anyone shipped their bow ahead of time?

-anyone put it in PVC and checked it as luggage?

-built a selfbow upon arrival?

And at the end of the day, if we can't come up with some good ideas, and it really does boil down to "buy a new bow" I guess I'll just have to accept it.
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Old 06-14-2017, 06:12 PM   #2
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Some airline restrictions on length. Not sure what it is.

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Old 06-14-2017, 06:14 PM   #3
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I personally would drive if possible.

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Old 06-14-2017, 06:14 PM   #4
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Not sure if this will help but I bought a long bow on here and it was shipped in a cardboard tube padded with foam and a towel. So it can be done in a pvc pipe for sure...
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Old 06-14-2017, 06:33 PM   #5
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On my trip to Africa I used a 3-Rivers longbow travel case for my one piece longbow. I strapped 2 Arrow travel cases to the longbow case to make one piece of baggage. Not sure if that would be permissible under today's airline baggage restrictions.
http://www.3riversarchery.com/standa...-bow-case.html
http://www.3riversarchery.com/tradin...avel-case.html
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Old 06-14-2017, 07:36 PM   #6
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Believe you are okay with just a longbow case/tube. Most airlines I have looked at (major) have categories for special recreational items. They may have additional cost (like kayaks, etc) but archery seems to be at your standard baggage rate. United for instance (if I remember right) considered 1 bow case, 1 Arrow case, and 1 tackle box as a single item.

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Old 06-14-2017, 08:06 PM   #7
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I made a bow case out of 6" PVC. I carried 3 bows in there that were all 62", I believe. The airline did not charge me anything extra. That was in 2008 though. In 2009 I got my first Blueridge takedown, and have not looked back since.
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:35 PM   #8
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I used a Plano fishing rod holder (expandable in length). It held arrows too.
I have taped a shorter pvc tube to it carrying arrows also and it "qualified" as one piece of luggage. The Southwest Airlines lady looked it over, smiled and put a single tag on it. I know she was thinking "redneck luggage".

Piggy backing the arrow tubes to the fishing rod holder could be a stretch now. It looked like a bazooka or rocket launcher.
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Old 06-14-2017, 09:25 PM   #9
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I admit take downs may be travel convenient. But to me they aren't nearly as aesthetically pleasing as one piece.

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Old 06-14-2017, 09:27 PM   #10
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Piggy backing the arrow tubes to the fishing rod holder could be a stretch now. It looked like a bazooka or rocket launcher.

I thought my PVC bow case looked so much like a giant pipe bomb, I covered it from one end to the other with archery related stickers!!!

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Old 06-14-2017, 09:35 PM   #11
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I've stuffed a PVC tube in a ski bag several times and never had an issues when checking it in. I always claimed as a bow and have never been charged.
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:27 AM   #12
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Call TSA and airlines and see if you can walk through security and board with an unstrung bow. Worst they can say is no. So long as your Toelke aint longer than the overhead bin you could let it ride on the carry on bags.

Or just put on some dark sunglasses and tape one end red and...practice being blind.
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:29 AM   #13
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Come out the airport ready for Prince John
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Old 06-15-2017, 01:49 AM   #14
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Old 06-15-2017, 07:18 AM   #15
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Call TSA and airlines and see if you can walk through security and board with an unstrung bow. Worst they can say is no. So long as your Toelke aint longer than the overhead bin you could let it ride on the carry on bags..

Taking a bow with, as, or in your carry on ain't happening!!!!!

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Old 06-15-2017, 07:24 AM   #16
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PVC works great and I have shipped several bows that way. I would glue a pipe cap on one end then put a screw cap on the other end. Use foam in the ends. And I would use a gun sock for the bow. Works great
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:00 AM   #17
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1 other thought, if you haven't found a way to take a one piece with you, maybe borrow a Take Down. Just make sure you get it early enough that you get comfortable with the bow before you go. I really like my longbow, but even if I am going to be on the road for extended hours I usually just pack my takedown.
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Old 06-15-2017, 03:47 PM   #18
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Years ago, I bought a round travel case for a bow from 3 Rivers. It looks very nice and is functional but I should have made one from P.V.C. They are basically one in the same but one is a heck of a lot less expensive than the other.
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Old 06-15-2017, 04:29 PM   #19
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A good homemade PVC case is your best option for both cost effectiveness, and durability.

Permanently cap it on one end, and use a screw cap with a locking pin on the other.

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Old 06-15-2017, 04:55 PM   #20
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Just to clarify y'all are using SDS pipe correct? Schedule 10 or 20?

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Old 06-15-2017, 05:39 PM   #21
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Just to clarify y'all are using SDS pipe correct? Schedule 10 or 20?

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I don't really remember what PVC I used on the ones I've built, except to say it was pretty heavy duty stuff with about 1/4" wall thickness.

Here's one I built to haul my bow & arrows on my scooter.

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Old 06-15-2017, 07:48 PM   #22
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I also use a three piece retractable fishing rod case I think it goes from 8' to 3 foot when collapsed.
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:01 PM   #23
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Rhat would be schedule 40 if white.

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Old 06-15-2017, 09:24 PM   #24
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DRT is right, at 1/4" thick almost has to be schedule 40. Stout material. Rick I saw a VERY nice "scooter" but no bow tube?
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DRT is right, at 1/4" thick almost has to be schedule 40. Stout material. Rick I saw a VERY nice "scooter" but no bow tube?
Yep, I remember now. It is schedule 40.

The bow tube is mounted on the rear luggage rack of the scooter.
It has a camo bag covering it, that is partially folded back to allow removal of the end cap.

Here's another look at it.
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Old 06-15-2017, 09:41 PM   #26
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That's some big *** pipe.

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That's some big *** pipe.

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8" if memory serves. I'll measure it tomorrow.

I wanted it big enough to carry two take down bows, or one bow, and some arrows. Turned out, making it long enough for the arrows didn't work out well on the bike, so I carry the arrows in a separate case, and strap that case to this one.

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Here it is all packed down, and ready to head out on a 4 day 2 archery tournament trip.

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Old 06-15-2017, 11:05 PM   #29
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I like that.
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Old 06-16-2017, 03:53 PM   #30
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I e also flown with pvc with no problems with bow n fly rod in 6" schedule 40 with cap
On one end n screw on adapter n cap on other n taped well! I watched them chunck it twice n pipe bow n rod were none the worse
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Old 06-16-2017, 08:01 PM   #31
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Hey! Thanks for the help with this stuff guys! A lot of good info here. Don't tell the wife though. At some point I really want a Toelke Super Static.
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