I was pondering how to bring all the bikes too. I used an old bed mat that I had in the basement. Thin, rubber. Flopped it over the tailgate. Covers the whole tailgage and there is enough left for the bikes to be on the mat in the bed while the forks are over the tailgate. 2 26in cannondales, 1 24in ironhorse, 1 20in performance MTB, and 1 20in Barbie BMX
. Gone on multiple trips, one from poconos to lake george. No problems with scratches, movement, or turning/backing in. I do run a cable lock thru them to discourage theft. Works great! I still have room in the Tacoma for a large amount of firewood.