(51 customer reviews)

PAKMULE is a fully TIG welded beast of a 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.

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

*in many configurations




PAKMULE’s hitch 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.

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.

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.

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. We ship using UPS freight, however if you are in Houston, you can make arrangements to pick it up at will call. 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.

51 reviews for PAKMULE

  1. Chris S.

    After getting two days of travel under my belt using the PAKMULE, I am confident in saying this thing is far superior than all other hitch haul systems on the market. I’ll be honest…I was leery of it at first because of the price. But once you get your hands on it and your gear loaded up, it’s worth every penny. This thing is a huge, rock solid beast!

  2. Blake S.

    Awesome product!! Makes life way easier!

  3. Austin A (verified owner)

    The Pakmule is the ultimate hitch basket. Having owned 2 or 3 lesser baskets over the last 15 years, I have truly come to respect what Pakmule has done. Some of the most pro-worthy notes in my opinion : (1) The rounded edges make strapping easy, (2) The basket is over-sized, giving you options to actually use the cargo access on your SUV, (3) Me and my lesser hitch basket have been ticketed before, so I appreciate the license plate space, and of course (4) No wobble on the Pakmule. Seeing the Pakmule in person gives you the appreciation for how well it is constructed. Like the best of your adventure equipment, Pakmule is a lifetime purchase.

  4. Jennifer and Trey W., Austin

    We love our Pakmule! As a family of 5, we have a ton of gear and we love how simple it is to hook it up and hit the road. Super sturdy, durable, opens up a ton of space. Highly recommend this product.

  5. Todd B. (verified owner)

    Being able to haul a full size ice chest and getting my retriever in my suburban without having to remove a hitch haul has been an incredible convenience with my PAKMULE. No more rattle on the receiver is another plus since that always irritated me with the old hauler i used to have. Well done!

  6. Bill W. (verified owner)

    Pakmule makes a great product! I would recommend products to anyone. Each product really lives up to the hype. Excellent quality and makes all the difference when your truck is full and you need some extra space. Love it all!

  7. Mark F.

    Just a line to let you know that your product is well built and does as advertised. It saved me $300 rental on U Haul and I had it loaded with a 105-110- 120 qt Yeti cooler full of deboned deer meat and ice. I recognize quality because I own a fabrication shop and I also am the resident inspector. The bottom line is you get what you pay for. Thanks Mark F

  8. Matt M. (verified owner)

    From a bronco(highschool), to a Tahoe(single), and now to Yukon XL(kids)-I have always owned an SUV, never a truck. A quality cargo basket has been essential tool for me over the past 25 years. Some have been better than others for a variety reasons, but none of them were outstanding( too heavy, too light, too tall, unbalanced-etc). Until now, Pakmule is the outstanding cargo basket that SUV owner’s have desperately needed. Any outdoorsmen not investing in one right now is really missing out. Thanks, Matt

  9. Joe W. (verified owner)

    I have enjoyed using my Pakmule behind my Landcruiser. It holds a lot and is easy to use. One of the best things is that you don’t hear the rattling sound in the receiver hitch as you do with other brands. I highly recommend it to anyone else needing a quality cargo basket. Many thanks, Joe W.

  10. Lee

    Simply a necessity for what we do! We love our Pakmule and we live outdoors. It makes hauling game out easier and keeps the nasty stuff out of the truck beds! We Wouldn’t go anywhere without it! Thanks Pakmule for a much needed product!

  11. Kate L. (verified owner)

    We love our pakmule! I bought this as a gift for my husband and it had been well worth the money. It is well built and stands up to all of the travel that we do. It provides great extra storage for trips when we have a lot of gear.

  12. Michael F.

    I bought a PAKMULE at the Houston Safari Club show last year. We took it with us from Texas to Georgia and it handled the trip as expected. Both coolers fit side by side perfectly on it. It is a great piece of equipment, get you one!

  13. Trevor P. (verified owner)

    Well thought out product. I couldn’t ask for anything else from a hitch basket. The mulestraps are high quality as well.

  14. Steve C (verified owner)

    Finally a solution for my gear that doesn’t rattle or wobble! Pakmule is by far the most sturdy and stable hitch-mounted cargo solution I have found. Love it!

  15. Jon S.

    In the words of my old man, this thing is built like a brick s**thouse. Before owning the pakmule, I owned a few others from Wal Mart. I say a few because they quickly rusted out, looked like a deleted scene from Sanford and Son, and would literally bend when securing a ratchet strap. The pakmule is no joke. It’s also completely wobble free, which was a serious issue for me until now. I’ve been rough on mine for almost a year now and it still looks brand new. I would also highly recommend the mule straps, especially with roto-molded coolers. They look awesome and will secure your gear in a snap.

  16. Tim M

    Thanks guys for making such a great product. Very strong. Light enough that 1 man can handle. I can say because of its large storage area, it is paying for itself in fuel savings since I do not have to pull my trailer across the country near as much.
    Also I bought your straps and they worked so well I went back and bought several more. They are handy. Thanks.

  17. Chris T.

    Okay… I have probably bought every type and size of receiver hitch basket made and was never satisfied. I have looked at the PakMule for quite sometime and then at the NRA in Dallas we saw PakMule at their booth. My buddies and I spent over 30 minutes trying to pick apart their hitch basket and we failed in finding anything lacking. It is TRULY the ultimate in receiver hitch baskets, If there was a Receiver Hitch Basket Hall of Fame the PakMule would be an inductee every year. So much to the delight of my buddies I bought one and I have no regrets whatsoever. Did I gulp at the price?…..yep!… I feel I got value for my money?…..yep!… it a lifetime hitch baske?t…..yep!….do my buddies and unsavory relatives keep trying to borrow my PakMule?….yep!… I let them?…..NOPE!….cause I am not willing to hunt them down like I am Jason Bourne when they don’t return it! In all seriousness it is a well thought out, well built receiver hitch basket which should last for a long, long time. FYI….. I don’t know the people at PakMule and I almost never write reviews. Remember what they say… the best possible equipment you can afford and you will only cry once.

  18. Jasper J. (verified owner)

    This thing is a BEAST. Sent it off to get Rhino coated as soon as I received it and the folks at Rhino Lining were totally shocked at how well this thing is built. They laughed when I said I said I wanted my hitch carrier coated, but they quit laughing when I pulled it out of the back of the truck. Use mine on my hunting truck and the shiny aluminum is a no no.
    Can’t wait to load this thing down with a huge load of wild hogs. Won’t have to lift them so high to get in the back of the truck and the truck bed won’t get as bloody and messy. AND MOST important of all its made IN America by AMERICANS. Win Win Win

  19. Mike S. (verified owner)

    Love my Pakmule! This thing is a beast… Dirt roads, mountain passes, heavy and packed coolers…it never missed a beat! Solid as can be…get you one!!

  20. Johnie W.

    Awesome product, had it for 2 months and it’s already been on 2 long road trips. Fits perfect behind my Tahoe loaded with a 70 qt ice chest and kids stroller.

  21. Stephen West

    I hunt for a living spending most of the year in some of the nastiest most remote country in North America. I use the original model and have never had to tighten it after going through rough country. It’s pretty incredible how sturdy it is. I spend my late winters on the west coast of Sonora Mexico, right along the Sea of Cortez, it’s really nasty country where I’ve never seen a smooth road. Not only is it the most durable hitch basket out there, it’s also the most well built and thought out basket I’ve had. They nailed it with this one.

  22. Zach D.

    I’ve used my Pakmule on a number of trips now and I can firmly say I am beyond impressed with the performance. Very well built, light enough for one man to carry and install, yet incredibly durable to haul your fully loaded YETIs, duffel bags, and anything else you can’t fit in a car full of people. The anti-wobble connection works very well and I haven’t seen anything like it in any of Pakmule’s “competitors.” I can even still open the hatch on my Suburban while the carrier is loaded with gear. Excited to use it this hunting season and I have no doubt it will continue to exceed my expectations!

    Get some of the MuleStraps too. They are a game changer to secure your cargo!

  23. Travis B (verified owner)

    After filling the bed of my truck to capacity I realized there was only one option to get the rest of my gear on board. 1000 mile road trip and 2 mountain passes the pakmule performed perfectly

  24. Roman T. (verified owner)

    Bought this a couple of months back and find it to be outstanding! Strong, durable and no worries if it can handle the job. I have used it to haul wood, my coolers and generally bulky items. It frees up the interior of the cab for me and allows more room for my dogs and other items. You pay for quality and this is a quality product and company!

  25. Clarence T.

    Received the PakMule just before our trip from Wyoming to Alaska. We are 7 days into the trip. I mounted a full sized aluminum tool box on the rack then filled it with a generator, grill, propane bottle and quite a few other items. We are loving the extra cargo room.

  26. Sam B. (verified owner)

    Super light and well built product! I bought the original Pakmule a couple of years ago and it is without a doubt the best rack on the market. I used to lug a steel rack on and off my truck and felt certain I was going to lose a toe any day.

  27. Shane M. (verified owner)

    When you buy a product and know it will last you and your children a lifetime and then some, it’s a win win. Believe me when I tell you, this is a great product !

  28. Rick W.

    This is a complete game changer. I can’t believe how well it works with my Suburban – no more unloading the hitch basket just to get in the back. Plus the fact that it is 100% aluminum and rustproof is HUGE for time spent near saltwater. Anything less than this is a waste of time and money. I only wish the rest of my gear was this great and dependable.

  29. Doug H. (verified owner)

    Pakmule has no competition in the marketplace! This was an investment that will last me a lifetime and i have no regrets spending more for this premium product. It is superbly constructed and designed, lightweight, has huge capacity, and has no wobble whatsoever. 2500 miles driven last year with it fully loaded and not a single issue at all!

  30. Richard B.

    We have had our Pakmule for about a year now. Its a good thing it is so heavy duty since we are using it to the max! We travel in a Tahoe with 4 adults, one infant and two dogs…..with the use of the Pakmule, we manage to have room for all of us along with luggage. We put some of the luggage etc in waterproof pouches in case of rain. I have owned many of these devices over many years of deer hunting and I must say this one hands-down the best!!

  31. Rick G (verified owner)

    If you’ve already read all the reviews, then you know how great this thing is. There’s really nothing that I would change. The Pakmule is great gear. As a person who’s always hunting for the next great piece of gear, I can’t think of a way to make it better. Get one; you won’t be disappointed. Easy to give it 5 stars. We take it hunting all fall and use for tailgating when we are not hunting. It’s a terrific piece of gear.

  32. Jeff S.

    Love my Pakmule. It’s a great addition to my 4Runner. The biggest feature is the weight. I mounted it in my garage (Container Store wide ladder hook) with ease and don’t have to worry about it pulling the screws out of the wall. It’s super stable and handles anything I throw at it. Much better than my heavy old steel welded hitch haul.

  33. Diane K. (verified owner)

    I bought the Original Pakmule for my husband for Christmas and it was the perfect present. #1: I love that I can handle it myself. #2: it’s so sturdy on the back of our suburban. #3: It looks great! We use it to carry fuel cans, and larger items when we go out to our family ranch. I also love that we are buying a Texas-made product!

  34. Matt

    PakMule is LEGIT. We’ve had a good game carriers on our hunting rigs but have always had to get a guy to give us some add-ons to help with the wobble. PakMule’s threaded locking/tightening hitch install makes it easy. Bought ours last year and day 1 loaded it up and went to Florida on a road trip. No wobble. Another hidden gem is the license plate transfer spot on the logo plate. Got pulled over a few years back in West Texas because the cooler on our game carrier was blocking our license plate. No mas with PakMule…we’re all good now.

  35. Brian D.

    After installing the PAKMULE, the first thing you’ll notice is the solid receiver lockup – there is not a millimeter of wobble. Superb welds on the aluminum give PAKMULE the strength to carry extremely heavy loads like large coolers full of ice and game, mountains of feed sacks or big load of firewood. Generous sizing allows you to pack a variety of gear with room to spare, and there is plenty of clearance to drop a pickup tailgate. Hunting, camping, overlanding… no matter what you do with your truck, you will find plenty of uses for a PAKMULE.

  36. Stephen S. (verified owner)

    After seeing the Pakmule in person at SEWE in Charleston SC, I knew I had to have it. I had been searching for a cargo carrier for awhile but everything I found was inferior and had subpar reviews. Once I received my pakmule I put it on my 4runner, threw the camping gear and the yeti on it then headed off to the smokey mountains. I never heard a rattle once the instructions were easy to follow and it was easy to install. I have zero complaints after a weekend of use on mountain roads, it performed perfectly. I can’t wait to use it this upcoming elk hunting season in Colorado!

  37. Bill P. (verified owner)

    The Original Pakmule Hitch Basket has been a GREAT purchase! Light weight, easy to hook up and is secure. Lots of room to haul lots of gear! Love it! Love it! Love it!

  38. Marcus B.

    I have had multiple bumper racks and nothing compares to the heavy duty PAKMULE….It has lived up to my expectations in the rugged, rocky hill country of Texas! I don’t think I’ll ever have to buy another one as the PAKMULE is built for life!

  39. Lucian M.

    I’m always hauling gear. The pakmule has been a fantastic addition to my kit. It’s beautifully built, lightweight, easy to use. It’s a rock solid product and well worth the investment. The Mulestraps are great as well. Easy Five Star Rating for The company and product. Go Get Yours!

  40. Luke F

    Love my PAKMULE!!! It is significantly larger that the hitch rack I was previously using and weighs 20 pounds less. Solid piece of equipment, well worth the money!!!

  41. Kevin B.

    You can get a cargo carrier for less but you CANNOT get one that’s tougher, that’s built to be bomb proof, is this lightweight and yet big enough to haul all you need and do so with such stability and confidence. I pile gear onto mine and still don’t come close to overloading it. Such a well built product.

  42. Luciano Z.

    Great product could not be any happier makes those long trips easy and hassle free.

  43. Daniel M. (verified owner)

    Great product; it fits my Outback well and provides a solid platform. I’ve been very pleased with the performance on the 12 hour road trips that it has been on so far.

  44. Todd S.

    These guys really nailed it with this product. Durable, lightweight, made in the US and looks great on the back of your SUV, Jeep or Truck. If you are going to buy a cargo carrier this is the one to get hands down.

  45. Lee L.

    Unpacked my new Pakmule the other day! Man it is really solidly made, very easy to install and the included locking anti-wobble hitch pin is a genius idea! Already recommended to my friends!

  46. Mike S.

    Ordered the original Pakmule at SEWE. It arrived soon after and in time for a charter fishing trip to Key West. Carried two fully loaded Yet 110s plus other gear. It drew a lot of attention from the marina crowd with questions about where to buy. It’s a great product and very sturdy.

  47. Tadd T. (verified owner)

    Searched for quality hitch cargo carrier, prices were crazy with no rhyme or reason. Finally searched for “made in America, fully welded” hitch cargo carrier and came across Pakmule. Needless to say, I found exactly what I was looking for. They helped see my order through, as I had a short window to receive it. When it arrived on time via freight, I was very excited to see it was exactly what I expected. I installed turn, back up lights on the unit, which are brilliant, they almost disappear on the tubing, increasing the awesome and safety factors. Its first trip was a non-rattling 1300 miles; seriously couldn’t tell the Pakmule was back there. Lots of places to secure the load. I am very proud to own this American made, quality piece of art. Worth every dollar. Thanks PAKMULE!

  48. Scott B.

    Decided to invest in a Pakmule after dealing with inferior products for years, and now I’m PO’ed I didn’t get one sooner. Much easier to carry/install/store, and attaches rock solid to my Suburban. Already gotten a half dozen questions/compliments just hauling cargo around town over the past few weeks. Looking forward to seeing what other products you will offer. thanks

  49. Stuart C. (verified owner)

    This is by far the best cargo carrier I have ever used or seen. No wobble, at all. Heavy duty construction but it doesn’t weight a ton. On top of that, they look great and are hand crafted in Texas! What’s more do you need?

  50. Mike D

    By far the best hitch cargo carrier out there! Bought to use on long road trips across the country in all sorts of weather. Product is very well made, easy to handle and holds a ton. I spend a lot of time researching the gear I use for my adventures and the time and effort I put into deciding to purchase a PAKMULE was well worth it! Excited to have this piece of gear for years to come!

  51. Colin R (verified owner)

    I purchased my PAKMULE in early August. Unlike the bulk of you, I didn’t buy it for some outdoorsy adventure filled with the dog, flannel, an SUV and a fly rod. I bought it for the scariest adventure of all…….dropping my daughter off at college for the first time.

    The first thing that struck me was that the tongue of the carrier is made of a solid bar of aluminum. I am a manufacturing guy, I didn’t expect that extra cost – I just assumed it would be tube. The thing is heavy duty, well made and light enough for me to easily handle by myself. It installed quickly and the locking, anti-wobble pin worked just as I had hoped. As a matter of fact, I packed it full of necessities (mini fridge, table, throw pillows and misc. boxes of supplies) and barely noticed it was there during the 6 hour road trip.

    To top it all off, the salty dad tears at drop off will have no effect on the aluminum.

    Great carrier that I would recommend to anyone who is looking for quality!

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