(156 customer reviews)

PAKMULE is a fully TIG welded beast of a hitch cargo carrier, boasting nearly 12 square feet of cargo space (that’s half the size of a full size pickup bed)!  100% aluminum, PAKMULE will never rust, weighs a mere 42lbs, and yet is burly enough to handle 500lbs of cargo!  Designed to easily secure and access all your gear, our system is made to improve every aspect of your adventure, no matter how rowdy!

Access your coolers contents without unstrapping them? Yep!  Raise the hatch of your SUV so you can kennel your dog?  Uh huh, that too… WHILE LOADED!*

And our locking, anti-wobble connection keeps everything secure, whether you’re crossing a continent or rambling down some backroad.

PAKMULE installs into a 2″ square receiver opening

It’s not just a hitch basket, it’s a PAKMULE.

(*in many configurations. Coolers sizes tested up to a Yeti 65 along outer rail for most vehicles. Larger sizes may not open.)




PAKMULE’s hitch cargo carrier basket was developed for the outdoorsman who obsesses over high quality, functional gear .  Other carriers on the market were clumsy, heavy, and difficult to use, so we made our own.  And its aluminum construction makes it lightweight and easy to carry. And the patented design makes it easy to load and access all your gear, and still raise your liftgate while loaded in most configuration (see video below).

100% welded, PAKMULE doesn’t go together with a bucket of bolts when it arrives. Nope, it arrives fully TIG welded and ready to travel, while remaining resistant to every environment you’ll encounter.  Winter slopes of Silverton for some back country runs?  No Problem.  Coast of baja chasing rooster fish in the surf? Bring it on!  PAKMULE can take it all, and still look great doing it!  Once installed, the innovative locking, anti-wobble connection takes over to keep your PAKMULE stable and secure for the long haul.

Hitch lower than 14″ off the ground? You should consider our Ridgeline model, that includes a built-in 7″ riser!

100% Made in U.S.A. by craftsmen who take pride in every detail. When you buy PAKMULE, you know you are supporting American jobs, and American families.

FREE SHIPPING ON ALL PAKMULE’s within the lower 48!


We ship Mon/Wed/Fri and include freight shipping FREE to your house. This generally requires scheduling with the freight company to make the delivery, since they deliver with an 18-wheeler. Current transit time, once it leaves our dock, is about 5 business days depending on location (weekends don’t count). Rural areas may take longer. Please call us with your address for specific details if needed.

Every Industry is suffering labor shortages right now, including freight and shipping companies. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee timing of shipping, and are not responsible for freight arriving “on time;” we cannot provide full refunds for freight issues or freight that arrives a day after your trip.  Because of the high cost of freight shipping, there is a 20% restocking fee on all returns or exchanges.

Product Details

Round Pipe Construction

Pipe construction makes securing your equipment simple, especially when used in conjunction with our MULEstraps. Also makes it easy to carry!

100% Aluminum

100% Aluminum Construction means no paint to chip and no rust to destroy… for a lifetime of low maintenance!

Wobble-Free Design

Threaded shaft and a stainless bolt prevents your basket from dancing while you’re driving. Includes a keyed lock.

Designed for Cargo Doors

Strap down your cooler, load it with ice and choice beverages, and then leave it… all weekend! With PAKMULE you can access your secured cooler and still raise your SUV's rear hatch to let Hank out to hunt!
*not all coolers have clearance. PAKMULE is designed for a 65 quart cooler and a rear lifting cargo door. Larger/taller coolers will interfere with cargo doors. Each vehicle is different, and its hitch location will determine which cooler sizes work. PAKMULE does not guarantee this access or functionality. Vehicles with swing cargo doors have greater interference (FJ Cruiser, Mercedes G Wagon, Jeep Wranglers, etc). If you have a rear mounted spare tire, such as a jeep wrangler, PAKMULE "The Original" will not fit. PAKMULE Sway-Back was designed specifically for this application. Check it out!If you have any questions about fit or access, please contact PAKMULE.

Made in America

Fully welded in the U.S.A. No bag of bolts for assembly. No child labor. Done right, because it matters.


Weight: 42 pounds
Capacity: 500 pounds
Outside Dimensions: 69" x 28" x 8.25"
Interior Dimensions: 67" x 26" x 7.25"


Because PAKMULE is HUGE and fully assembled, it is classified as an oversized item. UPS freight is not as fast as ground, and there are some limitations to where they will deliver. If you live in a rural area and have any questions, please contact PAKMULE first. Due to the nature of freight shipping, we cannot guarantee delivery timing. Due to the high costs associated with freight shipping, there is a 20% restocking fee on all returns and exchanges.

156 reviews for PAKMULE Original

  1. Teague P.

    I just wanted to thank you for your excellent service. I spoke to someone earlier last week asking about my lock not functioning correctly and that we had an upcoming trip. The replacement lock was received two days later, and we were able to use the PakMule for our trip to Breckenridge, CO. This has been a great addition to our Highlander, as we now have two huge bird dogs, which we would not be able to take with us without the PakMule. Our initial trip was to Ouray for an extended camping trip, and again, I don’t think we would be able to squeeze everything into our Highlander with two kids and two dogs. We are extremely happy with the quality of the product and the responses we receive when contacting the company.

  2. Joe G.

    Very happy with purchase. Have used on three camping trips, all with different gear loaded on it!

  3. David S.

    I had a crappy amazon bolt-together that was a POS. Yours is much better size and absolutely rock solid. It’s primary use will be to carry my rolled up 11ft dingy, motor, and an SUP when we’re going to the shore.

  4. Stephen M.

    Excited to use on our annual trip from Charlotte to Maine! Feels great to support your product and the environment! Now we are already Ready for you guys to come out with a high quality cargo bag! Thank you.

  5. Jeff J.

    PAKMULE is awesome… trashed my old rattling rack a long time ago – this design is great and worth the $$! Got rear ended pretty hard in a drive through line right after we got it – smashed the bumper of the mini van that ran into us and the Mule barely had a scratch…

  6. Brian H.

    With four kids under seven I got a little sidetracked today, and left a 5 gallon bucket full of tools on my Pakmule. Literally drove 80 miles an hour on the freeway with it, made at least 15 right and left-hand turns, and even crossed some train tracks at prob 35 MPH all the while completely forgetting that I had it on the back of the decking. Long story short… My bucket full of tools didn’t move half an inch, let alone fall off. Love my Pakmule and the decking! Literally haven’t taken it off my old 4Runner since the 1st day it arrived in Jax, Fl. Thank you and your team for producing quality gear!

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