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    Tripod - Check Luggage?

    I have a RRS TVC 33 tripod... love it, however, Iíve never flown with it. I donít see being able to store it inside a carry on bag, itís just too big. Risk storing it (sans head) in my checked bag? Headed to France. First time LF overseas


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    Re: Tripod - Check Luggage?

    Okay,...figure out what diameter PVC sewer pipe will hold it. If 4" will work, buy a length of it and a glue on end cap and a rubber "Fernco" cap that's held in place with a hose clamp. You have a tripod case. PVC comes in sizes to 14"

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    Re: Tripod - Check Luggage?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrFujicaman View Post
    Okay,...figure out what diameter PVC sewer pipe will hold it. If 4" will work, buy a length of it and a glue on end cap and a rubber "Fernco" cap that's held in place with a hose clamp. You have a tripod case. PVC comes in sizes to 14"
    Thatís killer! So youíd check that?


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    Re: Tripod - Check Luggage?

    Ive carried smaller tripods in checked baggage with the head rotated down to fit the bag, never had a problem.

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    Re: Tripod - Check Luggage?

    Only time I've sent a tripod in checked baggage, it didn't make a connecting flight and it arrived at my destination about the time I'd returned home. If you can send it ahead and travel light I think that's ideal.

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    Re: Tripod - Check Luggage?

    Quote Originally Posted by jp View Post
    Only time I've sent a tripod in checked baggage, it didn't make a connecting flight and it arrived at my destination about the time I'd returned home. If you can send it ahead and travel light I think that's ideal.
    Luckily itís direct (Boston to Paris)


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    Re: Tripod - Check Luggage?

    While I like the idea of the protection PVC would provide, wouldn't that be a bit suspicious? I've packed my Gitzo 1227 in my checked luggage many times.
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    Re: Tripod - Check Luggage?

    If you unscrew the rubber feet and remove the head and round plate from the top how long is it?

    My gitzo T3530S tripod is 23.5 inches and I've carried it on at least 20 times without issue, using an old cheap bogen tripod bag, (which I just looked up and apparently is no longer made)Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Tripod - Check Luggage?

    PVC pipe comes in a solid or cellular wall versions. The cellular wall version is much lighter. If constructing a tripod case, I would use the rubber end caps for plumbing. But, based on a quick look at online photos, I question whether a 4" pipe would do it, so you'd have to go bigger.

    Personally, I'd wrap the tripod really well in bubble wrap and put in a duffel bag.

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    Re: Tripod - Check Luggage?

    About two weeks ago my unprotected Gitzo Studex (in a duffel bag) got bumped and dented one of the legs. I'll drill out the dent to make it useful again.
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