Cool Off this Summer with a Pool in Your F-150’s Bed

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Thanks to a hefty investment by Mark Cuban, you could soon have a pool liner to add more versatility and fun to your F-150.

Think about all the things your F-150’s bed handles every day. If you’re a farmer, it’s likely feed stock or hay bales. Landscapers could have bags of mulch, plants, or gravel. Meanwhile, shop owners might have a few engines or body panels in there.

Wouldn’t it be nice, though, to give your bed a break from all of that hard work? Maybe, for example, turn it into a pool? Lucky for us, F-150 owners can soon have such a thing from a company called Pick-up Pools, all thanks to a visit to the set of the ABC reality hit (re-aired on CNBC, of course), Shark Tank.

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Back in 2014, Pick-up Pools founder and co-owner Tommy Prestella found his inspiration when his daughter, then just a toddler, wanted to go swimming. Prestella didn’t have a pool in his backyard, but he did have truck with an empty bed. Thus, with a tarp and a few bungee cords, his daughter had fun, and he had the idea for Pick-up Pools.

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There were a few bumps along the road, as with any new business endeavor. For starters, Prestella could only sell 20 of his patented water-tight bed liners before the original manufacturer called it a day in 2015. The following year proved to be a wash during his search for a new manufacturer, while his day job as a U.S. Air Force pilot took him on a tour of duty in Africa in 2017. His sister and fellow co-owner did find the replacement to make the beds in the meantime.

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Which leads to his appearance before the Shark Tank star investors, including famed NBA team owner Mark Cuban. After hearing Prestella’s request for $100,000 in exchange for 25 percent of the company, Cuban asks him for 33 percent of the company, as well as a request for Prestella to lower the price on his liners from around $210 to less than $100, and for his sister to be fully committed to running the business while Prestella completes his eight-year commitment to the Air Force.

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With a handshake between the two men, the fresh infusion of cash all but means your F-150 will have a new, additional purpose in life when the summer sun (and heat) returns.

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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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