How To Tie a Trucker’s Hitch – Survival Skills – Knots

The Trucker’s Hitch is a very useful knot for tightening a line. I use it for my tarp tie out lines (guy lines), ridge lines, for lashing a load down and lots of other uses. It is easy to tie and really easy to untie, even under tension. It works well on paracord (550 cord), which is prone to slipping with some other types of “tensioning” knots.

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  1. 9Mike
    9Mike 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    This was, by far, the best demonstration of a trucker's hitch I've seen. Very well done, easy to follow, thank you for sharing.

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  2. doug “bearcountryhiker” nc
    doug “bearcountryhiker” nc 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    That was an excellent demonstration Bryan. Very clear and easy to follow your method. It's my go-to woods knot as well. What do you tie at the other end? I use a half hitch with a slip knot so I don't have any knot on the rope that will need to be untied when I take it down. I'm not sure it you're still adding videos for your knots and lashing series but if you are a suggestion for good one to know that is easy and helpful in the woods keeping various lengths of cordage in your carry bag from tangling is a chain sinnet. Makes it easy to dump them out and find the length you're looking. Anyway, nice job.

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  3. TheGeodoctorcl
    TheGeodoctorcl 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    TY Brian for your great videos. I have watched your videos in the past and always enjoyed them. There are a ton of good videos out there, and I try to stick with the best only. Today, I subbed you! TY for taking the time to teach the basics. Knots are something most people struggle with. Without the basics, everything else makes no sense in the long run. Keep up the good work, and hope to chat with you soon.

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  4. luke quixere
    luke quixere 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    Fantastic, quick, useful knot! I've used this one for years in the woods, on the road, and on the river.

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  5. LineRat 86
    LineRat 86 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    Truly wonderful job you do presenting very important information. Keep up the great work. Thank you!

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  6. chris blue
    chris blue 22 July, 2016, 12:32


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  7. stevenk1965
    stevenk1965 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    Great knot for a ridge line, I like the bowline for the other side too. I remember you saying you are a plumber so you'll know what I mean when i say I use it on laying out column lines or any string line on a large underground. when the mason line stretches out it's easy to tighten back up again. Oh unless your a service plumber lol I didn't think of that 🙂
    ATB, Steve…

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  8. Anon Ymousmie
    Anon Ymousmie 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    well this video sucks!
    I quit at the slip knot…
    most of what you did isn't even on cam…
    then your angle of view does not show what you are doing…

    this is a major fail
    you should take it down.

    I am so unimpressed that I am not even going to check your other videos if there are any.

    give it up pal

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  9. Sonny Osb
    Sonny Osb 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    I just wanted to take the time to tell you how much I appreciate your videos on knot tying.  I am 69 years old and for the first time I am able to tie useful knots and not have to cut my rope when I want the knots undone. Keep up the good work and thank's again. 
    Sonny Osborne

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  10. bernabe garza
    bernabe garza 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    new to paracord this knot will be very very useful thank you sir

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  11. Hayseed Homestead
    Hayseed Homestead 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    x2 on the "My go-to knot"  Quick n easy up & quick n easy down.

    I think truckers used it before rubber bungees came into vogue.  I've helped tie down tarps (covered a load of lumber) on a friend's flat bed before and they use a bunch-o-bungees.

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  12. jeff martin
    jeff martin 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    I watched a few videos that made this look way too complicated.  Then i watched yours and got it in 2 seconds. thanks a lot. ill definitely be using this.

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  13. bluewater454
    bluewater454 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    Good one. I used to drive truck and never knew this one!
    I'm  so ashamed.

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  14. Quinten Dierckens
    Quinten Dierckens 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    I am a boy scout and we use it all the time. We tie our tarps down with those knots.

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  15. John Dough
    John Dough 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    great camera work or was that on purpose?

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  16. JS G
    JS G 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    by chance you have the rope out of the camera site while showing the knots… yiiha!

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  17. Blackwaterdogs
    Blackwaterdogs 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    Thanks for sharing this !
    When I was a youngster, my Grandfather (a self-reliant Scotsman) would pay me 25 cents for every new knot that I mastered (he also gave me my first knife, a small Schrade Stockman, when I was 9 years old). This was a lifetime of useful knowledge, I can`t imagine how many times I have used these knots over the last 50 years….

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  18. Vein76
    Vein76 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    Nice video.   Thanks for the info.  I saw a video which used the Alpine Butterfly for the loop but this looks much simpler.  Will give it a try.

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  19. v5u7sulh2
    v5u7sulh2 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    heres a simple trick that i havent seen anyone do on video yet:
     When  you run your rope through the loop of the slipknot, run it through TWICE! Then start cranking it down! running it through twice will hold the tension for you, making it much easier to secure  it with your final knot!

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  20. jgd318
    jgd318 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    Thanks for your clear description of each step.  I was looking for a good knot to use when tying  down the kayak on top of my car.  This trucker's hitch looks like it will do the trick. Thanks.

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  21. duxdawg
    duxdawg 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    Check out this video on YouTube:

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  22. Scott Matthews
    Scott Matthews 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    Fantastic tutorial and I love how you explained and showed how if you do the slip knot with standing end it slips and can be a bugger to untie. That was my problem lol. Thanks :)

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  23. Gilbert Mendoza
    Gilbert Mendoza 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    Excellent video.  Thank you for your effort.

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  24. Adipatus
    Adipatus 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    Subscribed !

    I will follow your advice and try and replace the taut line hitch with the trucker's.

    Have a good one !

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  25. Survival On Purpose
    Survival On Purpose 22 July, 2016, 12:32

    The Trucker's Hitch is a very useful knot/hitch to know. When you want to get a line really tight, but don't want to have to fight to untie the knot later, the Trucker's Hitch is a really good choice.

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