Inventors of Truck Bed Pool Conversion Dive into the Shark Tank

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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.

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.

Pick-up Pools

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.

Pick-up Pools

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.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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