Thanks for posting this. I better check mine now!!!
I'm with the ATF and my wife with the DEA, duly noted, we'll put you on the list...When I took my spare out of the carrier, the base did not separate like that, instead it is hinged at the front, so only the rear portion hinges down to the ground. I remember it being quite a struggle even with the van up on the ramps to get the tire out over the lip of the carrier and then drag the tire out. needless to say, I never put it back in that thing, but if I have to smuggle anything, that empty carrier seems like a great place to put things! [2014 CV van]