Well, she made it. I was having a hard time getting the carrier off of its hinge, and I didnít have the time to fight with it today, so I just pulled off the spare and drove with it open. It has a pin to keep it locked in the open position, so, with the tire off, itís fine.
Window didnít go smash on the terrible roads so Iím happy. And I have a new-to-me patio table and chairs.