I was curious now that the spring swells are starting to come in about putting my long board in the back of my SSR. I had planned on keeping the tailgate down and the tonu closed and just using a bungie cord or two to secure the rest of my surfboard to the tailgate. I was just a bit concerned about the exhaust heating up the paint at long stops and such since the tail gate would be in the down position. What exactly does it hurt to have the tailgate closed first and the tonu left open, but bungied to a couple of D Rings and around the surfboard. It just makes more sense to have the tailgate up and the tonu partially open with the boards hanging out but resting on the tailgate, yet the "INstructions" on the tonu say not to close the tail gate first! What harm will that do anyway? Any guesses?