Inventors of Truck Bed Pool Conversion Dive into the Shark Tank
Thanks to an investment from Mark Cuban, your Ford pickup could soon become a pool party via Pick-up Pools trick pool liner.
The beds of our Ford trucks can hold a lot of things, like bags of mulch, a couple of engine blocks, a mattress and box spring, and so on. But wouldn’t it be cool if you could turn your truck’s bed into a pool?
Thanks to Shark Tank star investor and big-time NBA icon Mark Cuban, you could soon have such a thing, and not have to pay an arm and a leg (and a bed) for the ability to take a dip in the back of your F-150. CNBC has the story of Pick-up Pools.
Founded by Tommy Prestella around 2014 after his young daughter wanted to go swimming, but couldn’t because his home didn’t have a pool in the backyard, Pick-up Pools transforms the beds of trucks like the F-150, F-250, and F-350 into, as Prestella says, “an above-ground pool” by slapping on a watertight liner inside.
Beginning with 20 units, Prestella gained some traction for Pick-up Pools before having to start over with a new manufacturer while away on duty in Africa as a U.S. Air Force pilot. Along with his sister and co-owner, he asked the Shark Tank investors for $100,000 in exchange for 25 percent ownership.
While most of the ‘Sharks’ ultimately pass on the idea, Cuban offers to invest the amount requested for 33 percent ownership, plus a lower price on the pool liner. With a single handshake, the deal is sealed, and summer will never be the same again for any Ford truck owner looking to beat the heat.