So, I'm gonna bet that for most people, this is not going to be a problem. I think for us, there was 2 things going on. First, there was the weight of the spare strapped on top of the rack. Second and maybe more the problem than anything, was all the hard and fast driving we do in the desert and on a very regular basis. If you've ever seen are rear bump stops and what they look like, that should speak volumes about what I'm talking about. These two things together seemed to be just too much stress for the paper thin sheet metal to handle.
That’s good to know. After our trip to Hot Springs( a lot of rocks with trees) I figured out pretty quick that the bed rack is a tree magnet.