(72 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.

We ship by freight carrier, and it is not quick like UPS Ground Parcel.  We do not guarantee timing of shipping, and are not responsible for freight not arriving on time.  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.

72 reviews for PAKMULE

  1. Mike D

    By far the best hitch cargo carrier out there! Bought to use on long road trips across the country in all sorts of weather. Product is very well made, easy to handle and holds a ton. I spend a lot of time researching the gear I use for my adventures and the time and effort I put into deciding to purchase a PAKMULE was well worth it! Excited to have this piece of gear for years to come!

  2. Stuart C. (verified owner)

    This is by far the best cargo carrier I have ever used or seen. No wobble, at all. Heavy duty construction but it doesn’t weight a ton. On top of that, they look great and are hand crafted in Texas! What’s more do you need?

  3. Scott B.

    Decided to invest in a Pakmule after dealing with inferior products for years, and now I’m PO’ed I didn’t get one sooner. Much easier to carry/install/store, and attaches rock solid to my Suburban. Already gotten a half dozen questions/compliments just hauling cargo around town over the past few weeks. Looking forward to seeing what other products you will offer. thanks

  4. Tadd T. (verified owner)

    Searched for quality hitch cargo carrier, prices were crazy with no rhyme or reason. Finally searched for “made in America, fully welded” hitch cargo carrier and came across Pakmule. Needless to say, I found exactly what I was looking for. They helped see my order through, as I had a short window to receive it. When it arrived on time via freight, I was very excited to see it was exactly what I expected. I installed turn, back up lights on the unit, which are brilliant, they almost disappear on the tubing, increasing the awesome and safety factors. Its first trip was a non-rattling 1300 miles; seriously couldn’t tell the Pakmule was back there. Lots of places to secure the load. I am very proud to own this American made, quality piece of art. Worth every dollar. Thanks PAKMULE!

  5. Mike S.

    Ordered the original Pakmule at SEWE. It arrived soon after and in time for a charter fishing trip to Key West. Carried two fully loaded Yet 110s plus other gear. It drew a lot of attention from the marina crowd with questions about where to buy. It’s a great product and very sturdy.

  6. Lee L.

    Unpacked my new Pakmule the other day! Man it is really solidly made, very easy to install and the included locking anti-wobble hitch pin is a genius idea! Already recommended to my friends!

  7. Todd S.

    These guys really nailed it with this product. Durable, lightweight, made in the US and looks great on the back of your SUV, Jeep or Truck. If you are going to buy a cargo carrier this is the one to get hands down.

  8. Daniel M. (verified owner)

    Great product; it fits my Outback well and provides a solid platform. I’ve been very pleased with the performance on the 12 hour road trips that it has been on so far.

  9. Luciano Z.

    Great product could not be any happier makes those long trips easy and hassle free.

  10. Kevin B.

    You can get a cargo carrier for less but you CANNOT get one that’s tougher, that’s built to be bomb proof, is this lightweight and yet big enough to haul all you need and do so with such stability and confidence. I pile gear onto mine and still don’t come close to overloading it. Such a well built product.

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