I'd definitely be interested to hear how they improved upon the design of the integrated tire carrier/tail gate. There's no question the guys at AEV do incredible things, but to me, this just missed the mark.
I posted up a longer version "elsewhere" so I'll just hit the main points here:
Water in the bumper that's only suitable for washing your hands? And you've got to buy a pump to get it out if you don't want to unbolt the holder from the bumper? That's convenient. :thumbsdown:
If clean hands are a priority, when out wheeling, carry some wetnaps nancy. lol Seriously the best use for this they could come up with is you can wash your hands while out on the trail? lol
Since I mentioned Expedition One, a better option for carrying water would be
It's flat, and you can load up to 800lbs of gear onto it, all while carrying 4 gallons of DRINKABLE water. Shown in the pic is the gas version, which is another liquid not recommended for the tank in the bumper.
Sadly that silly looking Olympic Smuggler rear has better ideas. Instead of undrinkable water, in theirs you can store tools, winch line, kilos of coke, whatever. That's way more Expedition worthy. AND their bumper has a rear winch mount, which again makes it more Expedition worthy.
So I really don't feel that a plastic water jug makes it worthy of the E in AEV.
Oh and the tire carrier being offset to the right, not only looks bad, but actually should make visibility WORSE than had it been centered, since when you look over your shoulder to check behind you, the right side of the vehicle is the one you're looking towards more than the left.