(151 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 expedited 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 3-5 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.

151 reviews for PAKMULE Original

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Blake S.

    Awesome product!! Makes life way easier!

  10. 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!

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