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Protecting the Tailgate
If you have an SUV or a minivan, you probably have opened the back, only to have the tailgate go up higher than you expected and hit something, like the garage door. The first time that happened, you may have ended up with a nasty scratch or even a gouge. But no matter how carefully you open the tailgate, you can still get scratches from movement caused by weight shift, such as when you take heavy things out of the van.
You could build a new garage, of course. But there is a much less expensive solution. Find an old towel or blanket, and keep it handy to put on the tailgate to cushion it when it goes up. You can leave your towel or blanket in the garage, or you can even put it in the back of the van -- as long as you can throw it over the tailgate in time to preserve your paint job.