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Thread: What is a Good Way to Attach a Pull Line to a Trailer Hitch on a Pickup Truck?

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    Yup..... Porty...
    Interesting how a limited gene pool and a limited labor force seem to be so closely related.

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    I've used a porty plenty when available. I had a monster shackle that I haven't seen for a while, given to me by a customer. I liked that for a connector to a pintle hitch because it was a little fatter, big enough to fit over the ball on a combination hitch (ball and pintle), and would never slip out of a loose pintle. So that was quick, easy and reliable..

    When there is no pintle or porty and all you have is a ball hitch for half inch line, I use a doubled bowline, which is like a bowline on a bight, except it has three loops instead of two. Doubled bowline is a great midline knot, the only problem it can have is if one of the tree loops slips off the anchor, then it will lock up hard! And there is a tendency for one loop to slip off a ball hitch, when just laid over top of the ball, especially with a high angle of the pull line. So it's much better to drop the three loops over the side of the bar, using the ball to hold the top of the loops and the nut on the bottom of the ball to hold the bottom of the loops... ( a picture would be so much easier) Then to ensure that one of the loops doesn't slip off, use the tail of the rope to whip the loops with a couple of doubled half hitches.... Again picture would be better...

    Fairly quick and easy, and 100% reliable, and will never lock up...

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    I have a big shackle that fits in the hitch and tie a bowline to that but mostly pull with the mini that has a BMG.

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    A tensionless anchor would have a small bend radius on a big shackle, but much better than knot.

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    Here is one years ago when Alex and I used a porty on his Bronco to belay a broken limb:
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    Ha ha ha. Gary that last photo of your son. I'd be surprised if there isn't a bit of a mischievous streak in that boy of yours.

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    Yep...you read that one right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skwerl2 View Post
    Not the same tree.
    ha, got it! Thanks Brian.
    - Robert
    Quit city job... Now, slowly learning and doing in general direction of some kind of tree work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanKroll View Post
    You can chain your rope-puller to the hitch.

    Three strand is very dynamic. If you break it, it will rocket ąpart. A piece of plywood to protect the operator of the puller is advisable for hard pulls. Ropes lose strength.

    With anchoring the RP with knotted half- inch rope, as an anchor sling, you are maybe not making the rigging rope the weak link in your system. If your anchor sling breaks, the RP will be part of the rocket.

    As Brian said, appropriate line angle, slightly upward to hitch if possible, is important.
    Thanks for the safety tip, SeanKroll.
    I had wondered about that aspect, but I figured Maasdam sold a lot of these rope pullers and if there were a lot of accidents they wouldn't sell them.... yeah, I know, pretty naive.
    Got to get a piece of plywood now.
    - Robert
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    I've seen people hang a big towel or something over the pull rope as a precaution against the rope breaking and whipping back into the pull vehicle.
    -Brian

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