That would definitely push the carrier back far enough to get the door open. however, A hitch extender presents me with a couple of issues still - First and most importantly, it pushes my towed out far enough that my rig will be over 60 ft., which is the limit in some states including where I currently live in Wisconsin. Second, the spare already "droops" a bit - away from the coach - and I'm afraid it would droop even more with a hitch extender in place. Last, it pushes the tire that much further away from the coach - and I'm not sure that it looks very good that far out. Still, I decided to order a couple of "quiet hitch" type devices to see if that might hold the rig a little more upright AND I'm talking to my local shop about adding some PERMANENT length to my main receiver. We'll see where we go from there.