(59 customer reviews)

PAKMULE is a fully TIG welded beast of a 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




PAKMULE’s hitch 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.

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.

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.

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. We ship using UPS freight, however if you are in Houston, you can make arrangements to pick it up at will call. 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.

59 reviews for PAKMULE

  1. Luke F

    Love my PAKMULE!!! It is significantly larger that the hitch rack I was previously using and weighs 20 pounds less. Solid piece of equipment, well worth the money!!!

  2. Lucian M.

    I’m always hauling gear. The pakmule has been a fantastic addition to my kit. It’s beautifully built, lightweight, easy to use. It’s a rock solid product and well worth the investment. The Mulestraps are great as well. Easy Five Star Rating for The company and product. Go Get Yours!

  3. Marcus B.

    I have had multiple bumper racks and nothing compares to the heavy duty PAKMULE….It has lived up to my expectations in the rugged, rocky hill country of Texas! I don’t think I’ll ever have to buy another one as the PAKMULE is built for life!

  4. Bill P. (verified owner)

    The Original Pakmule Hitch Basket has been a GREAT purchase! Light weight, easy to hook up and is secure. Lots of room to haul lots of gear! Love it! Love it! Love it!

  5. Stephen S. (verified owner)

    After seeing the Pakmule in person at SEWE in Charleston SC, I knew I had to have it. I had been searching for a cargo carrier for awhile but everything I found was inferior and had subpar reviews. Once I received my pakmule I put it on my 4runner, threw the camping gear and the yeti on it then headed off to the smokey mountains. I never heard a rattle once the instructions were easy to follow and it was easy to install. I have zero complaints after a weekend of use on mountain roads, it performed perfectly. I can’t wait to use it this upcoming elk hunting season in Colorado!

  6. Brian D.

    After installing the PAKMULE, the first thing you’ll notice is the solid receiver lockup – there is not a millimeter of wobble. Superb welds on the aluminum give PAKMULE the strength to carry extremely heavy loads like large coolers full of ice and game, mountains of feed sacks or big load of firewood. Generous sizing allows you to pack a variety of gear with room to spare, and there is plenty of clearance to drop a pickup tailgate. Hunting, camping, overlanding… no matter what you do with your truck, you will find plenty of uses for a PAKMULE.

  7. Matt

    PakMule is LEGIT. We’ve had a good game carriers on our hunting rigs but have always had to get a guy to give us some add-ons to help with the wobble. PakMule’s threaded locking/tightening hitch install makes it easy. Bought ours last year and day 1 loaded it up and went to Florida on a road trip. No wobble. Another hidden gem is the license plate transfer spot on the logo plate. Got pulled over a few years back in West Texas because the cooler on our game carrier was blocking our license plate. No mas with PakMule…we’re all good now.

  8. Diane K. (verified owner)

    I bought the Original Pakmule for my husband for Christmas and it was the perfect present. #1: I love that I can handle it myself. #2: it’s so sturdy on the back of our suburban. #3: It looks great! We use it to carry fuel cans, and larger items when we go out to our family ranch. I also love that we are buying a Texas-made product!

  9. Jeff S.

    Love my Pakmule. It’s a great addition to my 4Runner. The biggest feature is the weight. I mounted it in my garage (Container Store wide ladder hook) with ease and don’t have to worry about it pulling the screws out of the wall. It’s super stable and handles anything I throw at it. Much better than my heavy old steel welded hitch haul.

  10. Rick G (verified owner)

    If you’ve already read all the reviews, then you know how great this thing is. There’s really nothing that I would change. The Pakmule is great gear. As a person who’s always hunting for the next great piece of gear, I can’t think of a way to make it better. Get one; you won’t be disappointed. Easy to give it 5 stars. We take it hunting all fall and use for tailgating when we are not hunting. It’s a terrific piece of gear.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *