Improved Trucker's (Truckee) Hitch

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  1. Harper

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    I didn't know this "improved" version:

     
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    Huh! I didn't know that one either. Thanks much for sharing the video! :dblthumb:
    Cheers Jim
     
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    I use the truckers hitch quite a bit. I have done that before, I did not know adding the extra step was called an improved truckers hitch though. Learn something new every day. That was a great video. Thanks for sharing buddy.
     
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    I use an alpine knot for the loop :)
     
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    Normally, so do I. I like to try to use the same technique across multiple situations whether it's a highline for the horses or a quick ridge line for a minimalist tarp setup so I usually throw at least two butterflies in my line and finish with one on the tie off end. If the line is small diameter and I'm really cranking on it I put a carabiner in the butterfly loop to protect the rope. Probably overkill but it's just habit now. :)
    @Harper Nice video
     
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    Good video. Good knot.

    Like the last two guys, I usually use an alpine... or butterfly... knot for the loop, but this looks as good or better.
     
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    I have used a very similar knot for years. I call it the "self-adjusting truckers hitch". Probably the most useful knot that I know. It works great for tying kayaks or canoes on top of a car or setting up a ridegline for a tarp.

    I usually go back around the peg/tree/bar before going through the top loop a second time, if that makes sense. Here's a really crude diagram showing the version that I use.

    self-adjusting truckers hitch.png
     
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    I just love knots. Every outdoorsman should know several.
     
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    Agreed!

    Some "must-knows" are:

    Trucker's hitch
    Bowline
    Clove hitch
    Lark's head hitch
    Canadian jam knot/arbor knot
    Prusik
    Tautline hitch
    Double fisherman's knot
    Sheet bend
    Improved clinch knot (for fishing)
    Albright knot (for fishing)

    I use most of these on a pretty regular basis.
     
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    That's a nice improvement for the trucker's hitch. I like the slip knot he uses for the loop, too. It just pulls loose when you're done, and doesn't have to be untied like an alpine butterfly knot does.
     
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    love the trucker's hitch (with the extra pass thru) for my ridge lines with a bowline & marlinspike hitch on the standing end. Blackie does a good job...
     
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    I like the fact that it holds allowing you to tie the half-hitch without it slipping, but I'm wondering if the additional binding makes it more difficult to get it as tight as the traditional version. Gonna have to go play with some rope. Fortunately, I may have a bit of time on my hands the next few days, compliments of Florence.
     
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    That's some video!
     
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    Since I first saw this thread earlier today I’ve been fighting the urge to post it... my will did not last ;p
     
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    Im thinking I seen this last week ? on DC's channel ?
     
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    You were not alone.
     
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    I used it several times, it's not new but it works the bomb. When I first heard about it a few years ago it was called the automatic truckers hitch. I know a video was done on it over Corporals Corner YTC. I'm sure DC has probably done something on it. Funny how when someone posts something on their channel in 30 to 60 days its recycled on many other YouTube channels.
     
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