(140 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 current transit time, once it leaves our dock, is 5-7 business days (weekends don’t count).  If you need an expedited 3 day option, we can arrange that with XPO for $100. Please call us for more details.

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.

140 reviews for PAKMULE 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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