I have seen Tailgate Bike "Covers/Protecters/Blankets/Pads" mfg by 2 different Companies! They allow up to 4 bikes,fully assembled to be hauled over the Tailgate while also towing a Trailer! NOW let's hear from the "oh yeah I see those all the time crowd "! Youroo! !
As an avid cyclist, I've seen them used quite often.
Dan-Retired California Firefighter/EMT
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
2016 PrimeTime TracerAIR 255, pushing a 2014 Ford F150 SCREW XTR 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost w/Max Tow Package
So far so good. I ah e one of those for our bikes. Havenít noticed any issues with paint, I bought the Thule branded one. We use it for our two bikes, plus I have a setup I use to lock in the rest of the bikes so thereís no movement and theyíre locked in to prevent theft.