(165 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.)




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″

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

165 reviews for PAKMULE Pro – Original

  1. 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.

  2. 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!!

  3. 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

  4. Chris T.

    Okay…..so 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!…..do I feel I got value for my money?…..yep!…..is it a lifetime hitch baske?t…..yep!….do my buddies and unsavory relatives keep trying to borrow my PakMule?….yep!…..do 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…..buy the best possible equipment you can afford and you will only cry once.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

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