I always thought the same and did that on my previous LR. Since I picked up my 2000MY 110 with the OEM three "spike" tire carrier I have been very surprised at its robustness and how solid it is. It took ten years but the swing away one on my previous truck eventually cracked my rear quarter panel and I had to reinforce it.
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.
H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)