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PAKMULE Pro – Original


PAKMULE Pro – Original


(193 customer reviews)

The PAKMULE Original is the rack that started it all.  A fully T.I.G. welded beast of a hitch rack, boasting over 12 square feet of cargo space (yes, half the size of a pickup bed)!  Made from 100% aluminum, PAKMULE will never rust, weighs a mere 42lbs, and yet is burly enough to handle 650lbs of cargo!

Our Pro series racks feature a solid aluminum tongue (yes a burly, 2″x2″ solid piece of structural grade aluminum right into the hitch) to handle the toughest loads and the knarliest roads.  All Pro series racks are hand welded, and then heat-treated for extra strength right here in Texas.

Everything you need, and nothing you don’t.  The pipe frame design of our Pro series units are made for big gear and large loads.  They self clean, resist holding dirt or mud, and provide unlimited spots to wrap your MULEstraps around, to ensure your gear doesn’t go anywhere.

Includes our patented anti-wobble connection that bolts your PAKMULE directly to your hitch, keeping everything secure, whether you’re crossing a continent or rambling down some backroad.  Pro Series racks also include our Stainless Steel lock for added hitch security.

All PAKMULE Hitch Racks feature a patented design that make it easy to raise SUV lift gates, and drop truck tailgates while loaded down with gear to make accessing all your gear easy.*  Otherwise, what’s the point?

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

PAKMULE installs into a 2″ square receiver opening. With reducers, the PAKMULE will fit in a 2.5″ receiver hitch. If you have a 3″ hitch, be sure to purchase a 3″ hitch pin.

(*in many configurations. Coolers sizes tested up to a Yeti 65 along outer rail for most SUV’s. Yeti 45’s for truck tailgates. Larger sizes may not open.)

Be aware of proximity to exhaust. Heat from vehicle exhaust can damage paint and can melt cargo products loaded. This is primarily a concern on rear-facing exhaust.


100% ALUMINUM     

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


Made from 70% recycled aluminum material, and shipped with minimal plastic packaging for a better tomorrow.  Every cut and every shaving during our process, is recycled to remove waste during the manufacturing process.


Fully welded in the U.S.A., with U.S.A. material. We build our products in safe environment, follow EPA guidelines and ensure that our people go home safe. No child labor here. And less carbon emissions than if shipped from the other side of the world. It’s all one Earth, and if you’ve ever experienced an African Dust storm in your hometown, you know that we all share the same air.  That’s why it’s important to do it right, for everyone.  No cut corners. Just good products built right, because it matters.


Pipe construction makes securing your equipment simple, especially when used in conjunction with our MULEstraps. Also makes it easy to carry!  Rounded edges ensure you won’t tear your pants, or bruise your legs.


Our patented anti-wobble design is so good, it’s patented! Boasting a threaded solid aluminum tongue, and a stainless steel threaded pin to prevent your basket from dancing while you’re driving. Includes a stainless steel, automotive grade lock to keep it safe in your hitch.


Weight: 42 pounds
Capacity: 650 pounds
Outside Dimensions: 69″ x 28″ x 8.25″
Interior Dimensions: 67″ x 26″ x 7.25″

Got a rear spare-tire? Check out our low rail SwayBack or The Scout.

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.


The Original ships fully welded and assembled, and therefore ships in a HUGE box.  We ship the Original via Freight Carrier; This is not the UPS Ground or FEDex trucks your normal orders come in – Freight requires an 18-Wheeler for delivery, like when you order a sofa, therefore the freight carrier will call you to coordinate and schedule delivery. 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, delivery and return shipping costs will be deducted from any returns or refunds.

WARNING: Do NOT load items on the product in front of your vehicle’s tailpipe, due to possible damage or health hazards. Do NOT exceed your vehicle hitch’s maximum tongue weight. Refer to the product installation video available at the QR code [note: include the QR code on the sticker]. It is your responsibility to consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual to ensure safe product use based on your specific vehicle.

193 reviews for PAKMULE Pro – 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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