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I have suffered from “vault envy” for several years. A fishing rod vault is a tubular roof top storage container, preferably lockable, that allows the rod to be stored, fully assembled, with reel and tackle. It eliminates the need to have the rod inside your car or having to break the rod down into pieces as you move from location to location. Sometimes being first to the water equates to being first to catch fish.

I searched www.Instructables.com and could not find an instructable on my topic so I decided I would create one.

My design is based on seeing commercial ones and visiting some DIY sites. Store bought vaults can cost more than $300 and, while they admittedly have deluxe features, that is more than what I am willing to pay for what I need. The one I made cost me under $25.00.

Parts required are a lockable plastic ammo box, tubular pipe insulation, 1.5 inch x 10 feet of PVC pipe (because I have a 9.5 foot rod) 10 feet of pipe insulation (sold in 6 foot lengths),1.5 inch PVC threaded coupler, large o-ring to fit coupler, glue. Parts mostly came from one trip to Home Depot.

These are the parts I assembled for the project. This is an easy project and I clearly spent more time gathering the parts than it took to make the finished project.

Step 1: Prepare the box

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Plastic ammo box go for about $8.00. Less, when on sale at boxstores.

Using a hole making bit sized to fit the threaded coupler I cut the hole in the bottom of the ammo box to allow the reel to sit in the box. I had to use a vertical box orientation but horizontal could work with smaller reels.

AndrewS6346 months ago
How did you mount it to your roof rack? I cannot for the life of me find a clamp that has a screw that goes on top or anything that would allow quick and simple mounting. I'm trying to do a 4 or 5 rod box
How do u mount it on the car
https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Dual-Cup-Suct...
Harbor Freight also sells suction cup mounts (original purpose is for lifting/carrying sheets of glass) that can modified for use with the vault. I think the link I provided above may be useful. When I was searching for a Vault making page I came across the rooftop suction mount how to.

Great

I have been thinking of making an external rod carrier.

I was unable to come up with a lockable reel case. The Ammo box will work

Thank you

gregl4258 months ago
Anxious to do this project, but one question. How is it attached to roof rack/Thule/Yakima bar? Threaded U-bolts?
qdroman gregl4258 months ago
https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Dual-Cup-Suct...
Harbor Freight also sells suction cup mounts (original purpose is for lifting/carrying sheets of glass) that can modified for use with the vault. I think the link I provided above may be useful. When I was searching for a Vault making page I came across the rooftop suction mount how to.
hientjd2 years ago

I've made something similar to your vault, but I've had a tough time figuring out a solution to keep the tips of the tubes from flapping around. Looks like you've got something cool on yours. Can you tell me what you used?