When I first got mine I didn't like the distance between the tire and the tail gate either. I was thinking about cutting it and re-welding it closer but I just never got around to it... I am glad I never did that. Since I decided to make a large swing down / slide out table for cooking I am glad to have that extra room now. My table is over 56 inches long and will hold 80 # plus I am adding another 18x26 inch table and a water tank for running water to the Wilco too.I went with the Rigd Ultraswing. RIGd UltraSwing™ Hitch Carrier Multi-Fit It was a hard decision between the 2. I spoke with customer service from both companies and preferred the design of the Ultraswing as it keeps everything closer to the tailgate. Also the accessory mounting options made more sense for me.
Either way you choose they are solid choices