The RAM tubes are very functional, but I had similar concerns and curiosities, so I opted for an innovative option I explained in detail on my blog....Time to Get in Gear
With the GearTrac, you can use other traditional rod holders from Scotty, RAM, Cannon, Talon, Atwood, Berkley, etc.
I opted for the RAM 2007 rod holders and simply used the flexibility that the RAM ball mounts afford you, and I pushed the RAM 2007 rod holders outwards slightly to the port or starboard sides. Doing this allows the rod holder to be closer to me (ie: more usable and secure) yet still out of the way of the Mirage Drive.
Hope that helps give you some other ideas.