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specialmike
06-27-2009, 04:24 AM
So I searched the forums... and the word "ukulele" is just used so much that I can't find a thread about this if it's already been posted.

Anyways, I'm going on a trip back home and I want to take my uke with me. It has a case and all that, but where in the car would be the ideal place to put it?

I want it to be sitting up front with me :D but that just seems like a bad idea because I will undoubtedly take it out and play it.
>The back seat, the sun gets to it.
>The trunk... it slides around... but that I can prevent.

You guys/gals? where do you keep your ukes for travel?

generem
06-27-2009, 04:36 AM
I keep mine in passenger floor. Out of the sun and in my sight...

But if you are travelling with others, I suggest buying a baby car seat and strap her in in the middle of the back seat :D - Too much???

itsme
06-27-2009, 07:45 AM
>The trunk... it slides around... but that I can prevent.
No, not the trunk! :eek:

Seriously, it can get very hot in there. Wood can warp, glue can come undone, and delicate instruments can be easily ruined.

Lanark
06-27-2009, 08:15 AM
I usually toss the case in the well behind the driver's seat and take it in with me wherever I stop. I just can't leave it in the car during the day. It's too scary.

Boozelele
06-27-2009, 08:32 AM
on your lap?:)

nikolo727
06-27-2009, 08:34 AM
yeah dont put it in the trunk. It depends if your alone or not. if your alone, drive with it on the floor in front of the passenger seat. or just keep in on the floor near the back seat. keep the case partially open, and have air conditioning or some kind of air circulation in the car. you dont want the wood glue to melt. then you have a pile of wood mess.

JT_Ukes
06-27-2009, 08:39 AM
hang it from the rear view mirror. on bungie, that way it's ready for playing at stop lights and snaps back when the light turns green.

experimentjon
06-27-2009, 08:54 AM
Usually somewhere behind the drivers seat, since I just open the backdoor and throw it in there first. I never use the trunk for anything, because the backseat is just easier unless I have a ton of passengers. And I get used to it, because guitars and amps and other gear fit well back there too, and aren't as convenient to put in the passenger seat area. As for the trunk, I never use it, it's full of other stuff, so there's never room.

nikolo727
06-27-2009, 08:55 AM
hang it from the rear view mirror. on bungie, that way it's ready for playing at stop lights and snaps back when the light turns green.


lol. this deserves a how to video and a preformance of this idea in action while driving.

Ahnko Honu
06-27-2009, 09:18 AM
I drive a Nissan King Cab pickup so keep my 'ukulele behind the passenger seat in a gig bag with room to spare, and easy access.

Stackabones
06-27-2009, 09:47 AM
When I'm texting, I keep it in my lap so that my other hand can drive.

uke5417
06-27-2009, 11:48 AM
When I'm texting, I keep it in my lap so that my other hand can drive.

lol

Passenger seat floorboards, no bag, cheap uke. If i'm somewhere that's going to be hot, i put it in the trunk. Maybe it's my car, but my trunk is often 20 degrees or more cooler than inside the car. And if I'm know the car will sit in the hot sun all day, I bury the uke under clothes and stuff in the trunk. Even on 100-degree days where the cab is 120-plus, the uke stays a cool 75. Great trunk, i guess. And the uke, an old German-made Hilo from the '60s, has been sliding around on my floorboards for years and still plays like a champ.

It must be said, however, that wouldn't do any of the above with my really good ukes.

specialmike
06-27-2009, 02:14 PM
lol

Passenger seat floorboards, no bag, cheap uke. If i'm somewhere that's going to be hot, i put it in the trunk. Maybe it's my car, but my trunk is often 20 degrees or more cooler than inside the car. And if I'm know the car will sit in the hot sun all day, I bury the uke under clothes and stuff in the trunk. Even on 100-degree days where the cab is 120-plus, the uke stays a cool 75. Great trunk, i guess. And the uke, an old German-made Hilo from the '60s, has been sliding around on my floorboards for years and still plays like a champ.

It must be said, however, that wouldn't do any of the above with my really good ukes.

so.. what do you do for your really good ukes then? That would be the info I'm seeking. :)

jkevinwolfe
06-27-2009, 02:15 PM
If you're Victoria Vox, you keep it in your hands (http://www.youtube.com/victoriavox#play/uploads/16/53eB6O0xHY0).

specialmike
06-27-2009, 02:27 PM
If you're Victoria Vox, you keep it in your hands (http://www.youtube.com/victoriavox#play/uploads/16/53eB6O0xHY0).

... don't really want to die this weekend.

ukebrudder
06-27-2009, 03:17 PM
The smart thing to do to avoid any dangerous situations would be to leave the uke on your lap, out of the case. You know you would most likely be compelled to reach over and undo the case when "I'm Yours" comes on the radio while doing 65 down the thruway. We don't want to hear any horror stories of what happened when you took your eyes off the road for that split second to undo your case.

smithpaul60
06-27-2009, 04:58 PM
I agree that the best place would be in your lap, just for the safety issues already mentioned. That said we just took a "longish" trip and I had it placed between the tow front seats over the center console. The case worked great as an arm rest and during traffic jams and bathroom break i had easy access.

On a side nte my son is potty training and so we had to stop at just about everyother gas station. I had plenty of quality time with my baby.

Harold O.
06-27-2009, 05:58 PM
I am tasked with picking up/dropping off kids from middle and high school (we used to call it junior and high). Anyways, the uke sits on the front passenger seat. Then I can get to school early enough to get a decent front-spot and sit to practice a few chords, strums, whatevers until the bells rings and I'm off to pick up the other girlie.

The couple of times I have NOT had a ukulele in the car, I regretted it. Not so much for the practice time, more for the "oh, do you have one with you?" times.

Had one yesterday. Daughter #2 was at a "start of summer" party and I brought a ukulele when I went to pick her up. Spent about an hour showing the host how to strum a couple of chords, sang a song or two, and spread the uke spirit.

Tonight You Belong To Me went over very well. Thanks, Boozelele. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmGuwmMKg_g

UkuLeLesReggAe
06-27-2009, 06:37 PM
normally laying down on the back floor, but the fretboard is on the seat, out of the sun

mailman
06-28-2009, 02:50 PM
Interesting topic.

I've been avoiding taking a uke to work to practice on my breaks/lunch. It gets very hot in my mail truck. Did I mention that it gets VERY hot? I'm sure it gets well up over 100 degrees.

1.) I'd be afraid the uke would be damaged.

2.) Some moron would be sure to call my boss...."Is that all these idiots have to do all day is play ukulele?"

3.) I'm sure I'd lose track of time and go beyond my alloted time, making me late.

Maybe I'd best leave the uke at home....:(

haole
06-28-2009, 02:52 PM
Behind the seat.

bnicholas26
06-28-2009, 05:07 PM
NEVER the trunk! i take mine to work every day (i work from my car). it rides on the passenger side floor up front, out of the sun. and is covered with a sweatshirt when i'm not in the car. and i usually take my cheap soprano instead of my pono tenor.

ichadwick
06-29-2009, 04:53 AM
...where do you keep your ukes for travel?

In my lap. Easier to reach when I'm ready to strum!

Pueo
06-29-2009, 08:49 AM
Usually back seat. I occasionally glance back and make sure the sun is not on it periodically. I have not really taken my Pono anywhere except in the evenings. My Lanikai is my traveling uke.

Gary Jugert
06-29-2009, 10:37 AM
You don't need a ukulele in the car unless you're going to play it in the car. Learn to drive with your knees. Go places where the roads are mostly straight. Learn to love stop lights for executing those complicated chord changes. Play it extra hard and loud when somebody in the next car is looking at you. When you make defiant eye contact, they'll look away. Nobody wants to mess with a ukulele player on their own turf.

Bluke
06-29-2009, 07:19 PM
So I searched the forums... and the word "ukulele" is just used so much that I can't find a thread about this if it's already been posted.

Anyways, I'm going on a trip back home and I want to take my uke with me. It has a case and all that, but where in the car would be the ideal place to put it?

I want it to be sitting up front with me :D but that just seems like a bad idea because I will undoubtedly take it out and play it.
>The back seat, the sun gets to it.
>The trunk... it slides around... but that I can prevent.

You guys/gals? where do you keep your ukes for travel?


You're kidding, right?

GrumpyCoyote
06-29-2009, 07:23 PM
Back seat, floor. That's when I'm in my car. On my motorcycle, it's on my back.

michael d
08-29-2009, 04:02 PM
I usually lay it across the passenger's seat. I now look forward to waiting in traffic and am in a better mood when I get to work.

salukulady
08-29-2009, 04:32 PM
My car uke is in a bag strapped to the back of the drivers seat, so at stop lights I can easily reach over with my right hand and pull it over my shoulder and play. I also keep a tuner and a shaker on my dash and a book of simple tunes to play. I usually have a second uke with me or one of my kids has grabbed one of theirs and brought it along. I expect people to play while I drive, other wise I put the Margaritaville station on Sirius on and sing Jimmy Buffett tunes at the top of my lungs. That's torture to my kids so they are happy to play.

jdbuddha
08-29-2009, 06:51 PM
my truck's tint is blacked out, so the sunlight is blocked..a lot, i just keep it behind my drivers seat with a towel over it :P

Carbon Kiwi
08-29-2009, 07:20 PM
If it's what I consider a good day (no sun to melt me), it takes the seat of honour--passenger. If it's a day that makes me melt, I rest it against the passenger seat down with my purse. My friends either get amused of fed up with the fact that I keep my uke so close--sometimes even make them hold it! Thankfully I've got some good sports and I'll let them take it out and strum a little. But I take it absolutely everywhere, even indoors wherever I go, so I like it to be on hand.

StevieC
08-29-2009, 10:50 PM
I want it to be sitting up front with me :D but that just seems like a bad idea because I will undoubtedly take it out and play it.

And your problem is?..........:confused:

psesinkclee
08-30-2009, 03:33 PM
Whenever I go home for a weekend of break from college I bring all my ukes with me (hovering around 7 or 8 at any time). I keep them all on cases and lay them behind the front seats on the floor in front of the back seats (honda civic). Then a throw a blanket over them to keep the sun off and make sure the car is kinda cool with the a/c. ;)

Rick
08-30-2009, 09:45 PM
lols in my lap :]

or as a hood ornament XDD

LonnaB
08-31-2009, 04:07 AM
We were once rear ended while I had my uke in the car.

After I made sure my kids were okay, I was checking my uke- before the cops came. The guy who hit us was lucky that there was no damage! We ended up waiting for some time before the police did show up, so I was able to get some strumming in :)

If I take mine out with me, I usually keep it with me in the front seat.

Someone should develop a car seat for ukes!