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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. Wallace M. (verified owner)

    It’s a great piece of equipment: large yet lightweight, and we just love that’s it’s solid aluminum (including even the structural shank) and won’t rust. That means it will last for years if not decades, which makes it well worth the purchase price.
    Because it’s lightweight, one person can handle it easily, and it can be mounted on the wall or ceiling of your garage.
    Also great that it comes with an aluminum anti-wobble pin and lock with two keys that you can order a replacement for anytime.
    Would love to see Pakmule make an aluminum roof rack now!

  2. Josh R.

    So far love the quality and lightweight construction. Can’t wait to really put this thing to use.

  3. Cole K.

    Awesome product! Highly recommend for gear haulers. Light as a feather and built to last.

  4. Grant W.

    Love it. We use it all the time for trips to the beach to our hunting property to the farm. Wherever we go it goes with us and holds all our gear. With a kid and 2 dogs Pakmule was a must.

  5. Blake C. (verified owner)

    I’ve only had my new Pro Original for a few hours, but it is already miles better than anything I’ve had in the past. Rock solid and looking forward to abusing it.

  6. Bryce R.

    Love it! Got some mule straps, decking for the center, and the taillight. I do HVAC work and load tools and equipment in it for work and gear/firewood/bikes, etc for fun. I have three kids and a dog, so the extra space is awesome. Rack is lightweight so I can take it off my truck and throw it on the LandRover when it’s time for family fun. Y’all rock! Thank you for a great product. Keep up the good work!

  7. Steve Z. (verified owner)

    I have not officially used it yet but everything seems to be of very high quality. I will be using it this weekend to go 400 miles up north Wisconsin. When get back from my trip after using it I will post another review. The Hauler came well package and showed up undamaged. Haley from PakMule was Fantastic to deal with and made sure I received my PakMule in perfect condition. For that and because of Haley I rate this company 5 stars out of 5 stars. I’m sure after my trip by the looks of the products quality, my rating will still be 5 stars out of 5 stars. Thank you PakMule for the excellent product and thank you Haley for making it an easy purchase.***** 5 stars

  8. Ryan W. (verified owner)

    So far so good. Seems high quality and it doesn’t wobble… which is legit. The 4 and 7 yo love it too. So I guess that’s a bonus!

  9. Alexander A.

    I liked how it was made. I made one out of 2” 1/4 plate angle steel and the time I was done you needed 2 people just to move it. Over all construction of yours is top notch. Out to door price was 1,006.99. Worth it since it will last for my son to use, for the rest of his life. He is only 15 years old now.

  10. Robert B. (verified owner)

    I love that you are making this in America!! Keep up the good work.

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