(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. 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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