The Trucker’s Hitch

It happens to me all of the time. I need to cinch something down, like a Christmas tree on the top of my car, or a broken gate that is falling into disrepair (true story, see below). Whatever the case may be my go to is the Trucker’s hitch.

It happens to me all of the time. I need to cinch something down, like a Christmas tree on the top of my car, or a broken gate that is falling into disrepair (true story, see below). Whatever the case may be my go to is the Trucker’s hitch. This hitch allows me to cinch down my rope or webbing to keep a tight hold of an object. When I’m done with the hitch it’s a matter of releasing the end and pulling it a part. No hard knots to untie, no teeth or fingernails required.

The Trucker’s Hitch

In the picture above I’m using Pull Tape / Mule Webbing which is good for outdoor work and when I don’t want dynamic (stretchy) material (like 550 chord).

My front gate recently rusted at the bottom and the gate anchor pulled out of the concrete arch (sigh). I didn’t want the gate to fall through my window before our HOA replaces it so I decided to keep the gate up right by using a Trucker’s hitch.

I’ve secured the other end of the webbing to the top of the concrete arch (see below). I’ve used a figure eight knot and have passed the webbing through itself which provides an easy way to form an anchor (I could have used a running bowline as well).

Figure Eight knot at top of arch

Let’s get started

To begin loop your chord on top of itself:


Grab a bight and push it up through the loop. You’re creating a slip knot:

Now, pass the end of the rope through the object you want to cinch down (the anchor) and through the loop you just formed:

Almost there!
Now tie a half hitch in the working line (the line you just pulled through the loop) so that the cinched down object doesn’t get loose:


Finally, tie a another half hitch to complete the tie down process:

Nice job! At the end of the day your Trucker’s hitch should look like the following:

Have a favorite knot? Provide details or links in the comments below!

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