Dramatic styling and superior thick-wall design of the Plano 6508 Jumbo Airliner provide maximum protection. The two-piece design extends to a whopping 112" to handle the longest rods. Wheels and lockability make traveling with the Jumbo Airliner a snap. We've used the Plano 6508 Rod Tube extensively and can attest to the exterior shell's strength. This rod tube is seriously jumbo sized; not only will it hold rods up to right under 9 feet, but its also got a huge diameter that more or less can satisfy any anglers requirements. When used by our staff, we've lineup the rods opposite eachother in order to have butt sections at both ends of the rod tube. After finding the ideal placement, we wrap all of our rods in towels or bubble wrap and then tape them all down. Due to the large interior diameter, it is imperative to cushion the rods inside the tubes and reduce possible movement. When we have taken the time to correctly pack our rods inside the tube, we have never had any issues with rod damage.
If you are weighing between the 6508 and the 4588, our best advice is to purchase the rod tube that best fits the length of rods you have and add an additional 4". This affords the ability to make some padding for your rods. The Plano 6508 Jumbo Airliner Telescoping Rod Tube measures: 67-112" x 11.5" x 8.5" and extends to a total length of 112".