(107 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. 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!

SHIPPING:  Due to high volume of orders, it is currently taking us 3-5 days to build your PAKMULE and get it ready to ship. 

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.

107 reviews for PAKMULE Original

  1. Casey P. (verified owner)

    This rack is the best I’ve ever used it hold 3 coolers and has some extra space!

  2. Joel C.

    Works great. Survived a week of 4×4 in Canyonlands. No problems. Made life easier.

  3. Joel G.

    Only basket that fits my need.

  4. John B. (verified owner)

    Took my pakmule cross country. My wife and I packed it full on the back of our Cayenne. Covered it and made it to California from New Jersey in 10 days. No rush. Saw some sights. What a Country! Everything was safe and sturdy as stated. Made in America. Thanks again.

  5. Han A.

    I continue to be extremely happy with the carrier. This is my third carrier (brand), and couldn’t be happier I ended up with this design and quality.

  6. Chip A.

    Awesome rack

  7. Keegan O.

    My Pakmule just made a 4K drive from Anchorage AK to Tucson AZ!
    We attached it to the back of a Class C RV and hauled a cooler & gas the whole way. The Mule is no joke! It became packed in ice and muck and never gave us an issue. You’ve got a legit product!

  8. Chris S. (verified owner)

    So far we love it. It is very high quality, and everything is as advertised. I had emailed for support due to an issue with my Tesla Model Y, not the carrier, and the team helped me trouble shoot and find a simple fix. Great stuff PakMule team.

  9. Mike W.

    Amazing company

  10. Howe H.

    Have been looking for sometime and kept finding the steel and aluminum that you need to assemble. Light weight and flimsy. This product looked sturdy and solid. Watched some videos and read thru some of the comments and decided this was the correct item for what I was looking for. I drive a 2020 Ford F-150 with a 6.5 ft. bed with a tool box in the back. When loading up for a weekend hunt with the tent, coolers, gun cases cooking equipment, the bed is not quite big enough for all of the equipment. The added space will be needed to make for a better trip. Just received it and I am very impressed with the product. Can’t wait to put it to the test.

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