As you can with the taut-line and rolling hitches. The real advantage of the trucker's is that it provides additional mechanical advantage when you really want to cinch something down.Another Trucker Hitch vote. You can vary the tension, which seems to be the query.
The taut line is essentially a rolling hitch tied back on its own working end. It can be adjusted, if you pull, but will flex back, until the rolling hitch grabs.As you can with the taut-line and rolling hitches. The real advantage of the trucker's is that it provides additional mechanical advantage when you really want to cinch something down.
I'm not sure that I agree with you about being able to adjust the trucker's hitch easily.
There's considerable confusion over naming versions of this hitch; using Ashley reference numbers help clear the fog.If there is room I'd use a simplified trucker's hitch (slip knot for the loop), otherwise I'd use a rolling hitch (which I remember) or a taut-line hitch (similar but I have to look up).
----- Grog, at Rolling Hitch | How to tie the Rolling Hitch and Midshipman's Hitch | Boating Knotsgrog at animated knots said:Description: The Rolling Hitch Ashley Version 2 (ABOK # 1735, p 298) attaches a rope (usually smaller) to another (usually larger) when the line of pull is almost parallel. To attach a rope to a pole see Version 1 below.
Version 1: However, to secure a rope to a parallel pole, use Ashley's Version 1 (ABOK # 1734, p 298). There is no "tucked second turn". Both of the first two turns are just wound on tightly beside each other. Version 1 grips well on poles and bars but is less secure than Version 2 on rope.
Midshipman's, Taut-Line, and Rolling Hitches: A Midshipman's Hitch (ABOK # 1729, p 296) is created when a rope goes around an object and is then tied back to itself with a Rolling Hitch Version 2 - the version better for rope. This became known as a Taut-Line Hitch and was taught exactly this way in early versions of the Boy Scouts of America Handbooks. Unfortunately, a change was made and Version 1 was substituted - the version better for a pole. So now the "Taut-Line" Hitch being taught employs the less suitable version of the Rolling Hitch, the one better preferred for a pole.
Optimism: To end this confusion I live in hope that the Scouting organizations will abandon the Tautline Hitch and teach instead the better Midshipman's Hitch.