Watch: How to Tie a Trucker’s Hitch Knot


Watch: How to Tie a Trucker’s Hitch Knot

Here’s a fast and easy lesson in knots to help you secure a load securely but easily. It includes a “trucker’s hitch” knot, which can be used with a rope to tighten up a rope to secure your load to truck or trailer. And the best thing about this video is that it gets right down to business without a bunch of patter and yakking.

My usual method is to begin with a bowline at the rope’s end, which isn’t bad and has worked fine for decades — but his starting knot (which he calls a “G.E.”) certainly comes loose more easily than my bowline.

The trucker’s hitch places a loop in the rope on the other side of the load, which can be used to really tighten up your rope to hold down the load. It’s pretty dang easy to tie, as it mainly involves a loop and a few twists.

When you get to where you’re going, the knots come loose even more easily than they went in. Nice!

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