I had one on my older Cherokee (XJ) and I dealt with the aforementioned issues as its benefits outweighed those. My spare no longer fit in the stock location and since it was on the bumper now vs. in the rear storage area I gained storage space. In addition, my swingout carried my hi-lift and 2 NATO gas cans. So it was a good thing for that vehicle. Now I'm driving a crew cab truck with a full size bed. I hope to not need a swingout for this rig... and even though I'm running a larger tire than stock... it still fits thankfully under the bed in the stock location. Now getting to it will be difficult if I flat on rough/muddy terrain vs. getting to a swing out tire - so that's always something to keep in mind too. Good luck and no matter what you do, do it for you and your needs!