When it comes to securing your gear safely and securely, you need to know a failsafe method of tying it down with some rope. So we thought we’d show you one of the handiest and most versatile knots in the business: the venerable Truckies Hitch.


1. Secure your rope at one end. Now make two loops in the rope. Double the rope over just beneath these two loops



2. Feed the doubled section up through your two loops



3. Hold the newly formed top loop in one hand and pull the bottom loop to tighten the slippery hitch



4. Run the tag end of the rope around an anchor point and thread it back through the bottom loop of your slippery hitch



5. Pull the tag end as tight as you can (put your entire body weight into it if possible) and hold the tightened rope in place at the loop



6. Run a couple of half hitches over the rope to hold the knot in place.



The beauty of this type of slippery hitch is that it will hold secure with any sort of rope (including hemp and nylon) without coming loose and will easily come undone without binding with a simple tug on either end when we’re ready to pull our space case off our roof.



There are heaps of types of hitches you can tie which will do the job, as long as it forms a secure loop in your rope. We just like this one as it will come undone without binding with all types of rope

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Comments 13

    1. I had a cheap ratchet strap just fall apart a month ago on the first use. You get what you pay for! However I can tie a rope with truckies hitch quicker than a ratchet strap and get it almost as tight.

  1. you have just made a really simple knot look like an impossibility, you would need to be an octopus to tie that bloody thing!
    not sure how I could show you how it should be done.

  2. That looks the hardest most complicated way I have ever seen of doing it !
    there are much simpler ways to teach and perform it.
    and I do it with my eyes shut having done thousands of times , and taught it as well

  3. If you can tie off back to the rail with two half hitches it is a better job.Also easier to keep the tension on that way.

  4. A nice hitch and we’ll used over time, unfortunately the possibility exists for the loop formed in the rope to come undone.
    As an arborist and 4wder I know plenty of rope tricks and the one failsafe method I always use to put a rope loop in is, the Alpine Butterfly. Checkout Animated Knots by Grog to see how to tie it. Free online or paid app.

  5. Must agree I use a different and I think simpler way to tie it, but can’t explain in writing. What I do like about yours is the double loop. This would be an advantage over the single loop I have used which can come loose on nylon rope. I will incorporate a double loop into my truckies hitch (which turns out the same as yours, just tied together differently).
    Just Googled it and found which is how I do it.

  6. I disagree with your assertion that the knot you tied will not slip with any material. In my view synthetic rope will pull the top loop over and cause the knot to fail.

    The knot as demonstrated is a classic sheep shank. I learnt this knot when lashing loads over 50 years ago using hemp and jute ropes. With the advent of synthetic ropes this knot was a failure and had to be modified. For a start I used a “top-locked” sheep shank which stopped the failure of the top loop. I later discovered that the bottom loop of the “top-locked” knot was not necessary.

    If you look at the last photo you can see the top loop at right angles with the rest of the rope, and when pressure on the rope increases the loop will pull over further and the knot will fail.

    To overcome this issue with synthetic ropes place the second (lower) loop tight up against the first (top) loop and the falling over in the last photo is eliminated.

    The method of tying off is fine and Craigs method is also fine, but there is another:
    When tying off the rope instead of a standard half hitch, throw a bow half hitch (like the single bow of a shoelace) then it is even easier to undo.

    There is a set of national guidelines for restraining loads and can be found at:
    It applies to all load restraints not just heavy vehicles.

    Since about 2017 the guidelines have effectively outlawed the use of natural fibre ropes and now essentially only recognise synthetic fibre ropes that comply with AS/NZS 434 standard and then the lashing capacity of such unrated equipment is very low eg 12mm synthetic rope is 300kg.

    Like Derek I can tie this knot with my eyes closed and have taught literally dozens of people how to tie this knot so they can safely lash loads of hay.

  7. G Day,

    I am a Truckie, retired, and this, althogh effective, is a hard way to make a simple knot. Incidently, it’s real name ir Baker’s Bowline.


  8. Derek, correct. Much simpler ways AND without having to drag the whole line through and over a closed rail etc.

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