(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. Richard B.

    We have had our Pakmule for about a year now. Its a good thing it is so heavy duty since we are using it to the max! We travel in a Tahoe with 4 adults, one infant and two dogs…..with the use of the Pakmule, we manage to have room for all of us along with luggage. We put some of the luggage etc in waterproof pouches in case of rain. I have owned many of these devices over many years of deer hunting and I must say this one hands-down the best!!

  2. Doug H. (verified owner)

    Pakmule has no competition in the marketplace! This was an investment that will last me a lifetime and i have no regrets spending more for this premium product. It is superbly constructed and designed, lightweight, has huge capacity, and has no wobble whatsoever. 2500 miles driven last year with it fully loaded and not a single issue at all!

  3. Rick W.

    This is a complete game changer. I can’t believe how well it works with my Suburban – no more unloading the hitch basket just to get in the back. Plus the fact that it is 100% aluminum and rustproof is HUGE for time spent near saltwater. Anything less than this is a waste of time and money. I only wish the rest of my gear was this great and dependable.

  4. Shane M. (verified owner)

    When you buy a product and know it will last you and your children a lifetime and then some, it’s a win win. Believe me when I tell you, this is a great product !

  5. Sam B. (verified owner)

    Super light and well built product! I bought the original Pakmule a couple of years ago and it is without a doubt the best rack on the market. I used to lug a steel rack on and off my truck and felt certain I was going to lose a toe any day.

  6. Clarence T.

    Received the PakMule just before our trip from Wyoming to Alaska. We are 7 days into the trip. I mounted a full sized aluminum tool box on the rack then filled it with a generator, grill, propane bottle and quite a few other items. We are loving the extra cargo room.

  7. Roman T. (verified owner)

    Bought this a couple of months back and find it to be outstanding! Strong, durable and no worries if it can handle the job. I have used it to haul wood, my coolers and generally bulky items. It frees up the interior of the cab for me and allows more room for my dogs and other items. You pay for quality and this is a quality product and company!

  8. Travis B (verified owner)

    After filling the bed of my truck to capacity I realized there was only one option to get the rest of my gear on board. 1000 mile road trip and 2 mountain passes the pakmule performed perfectly

  9. Zach D.

    I’ve used my Pakmule on a number of trips now and I can firmly say I am beyond impressed with the performance. Very well built, light enough for one man to carry and install, yet incredibly durable to haul your fully loaded YETIs, duffel bags, and anything else you can’t fit in a car full of people. The anti-wobble connection works very well and I haven’t seen anything like it in any of Pakmule’s “competitors.” I can even still open the hatch on my Suburban while the carrier is loaded with gear. Excited to use it this hunting season and I have no doubt it will continue to exceed my expectations!

    Get some of the MuleStraps too. They are a game changer to secure your cargo!

  10. Stephen West

    I hunt for a living spending most of the year in some of the nastiest most remote country in North America. I use the original model and have never had to tighten it after going through rough country. It’s pretty incredible how sturdy it is. I spend my late winters on the west coast of Sonora Mexico, right along the Sea of Cortez, it’s really nasty country where I’ve never seen a smooth road. Not only is it the most durable hitch basket out there, it’s also the most well built and thought out basket I’ve had. They nailed it with this one.

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