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Old 04-25-2007, 09:51 AM   #1
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Making a truck bed into a pool. How would you do it?

I want to make my brother's truck bed( 99 F150 Flareside) into a makeshift pool that will hold water with bubbles for a tailgate that is happening next month for a Phillies game.

My idea was to line the bed with a waterproof tarp and just fill it up. Do you think this would work? Why or why not? and if not, what would you do to make it work.
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My idea was to line the bed with a waterproof tarp and just fill it up.
That's how I'd do it.
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Thats how you do it, or you use a thick mil plastic. The only problem of course is having the water not spill out while driving.
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That's probably not the best idea unless you only fill it 2/3rds full or so and don't drive around with it like that.

A bed like that will hold about 60 cubic feet of water, which is about 450 gallons or about 3500 pounds... that's too much weight to leave on the suspension.
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Thats how you do it, or you use a thick mil plastic. The only problem of course is having the water not spill out while driving.
I am still working out getting the water into the truck at the tailgate and not having to drive the truck with the water already in it. havent figured that one out yet
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There's a company in Saginaw, MI (where Robvas lives) called Durolast. They do a waterproof membrane that was originally designed for ponds but it now being used as roofing material. They can make ANYTHING you want... any size, any dimension, even have pockets for the inner fender wells in the bed. VERY durable and it won't leak. But it will cost a couple hundred bucks. Thing would last forever though
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I think I like that one better.
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That's probably not the best idea unless you only fill it 2/3rds full or so and don't drive around with it like that.

A bed like that will hold about 60 cubic feet of water, which is about 450 gallons or about 3500 pounds... that's too much weight to leave on the suspension.
never thought of that aspect of it... This is why I bring my weird idea's to you guys, so i can get all angles taken care of before I go and do something stupid.
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Just add butter, garlic and some veggies and you'd have a nice *** stew that would serve at least 6.
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That's probably not the best idea unless you only fill it 2/3rds full or so and don't drive around with it like that.

A bed like that will hold about 60 cubic feet of water, which is about 450 gallons or about 3500 pounds... that's too much weight to leave on the suspension.
Maybe on a candy-*** import truck, but full-sized american made trucks are indestructible

Get in a wreck and they see that you're a ton or so overweight and you're prolly screwed though
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We did it and drove around campus at Purdue on Grand Prix week

Didn't fill it completely full, just about halfway and used a tarp... worked fine.

The girls loved it!
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Maybe on a candy-*** import truck, but full-sized american made trucks are indestructible

Get in a wreck and they see that you're a ton or so overweight and you're prolly screwed though
Just get out and lower the tail-gate, I assure you not much water would be left in the truck anyway
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Throw some plastic in there and fill it up at your house or whatever with a hose. You can tool around in your neighborhood or complex and see how it feels. Hauling water is different from anything else cause it will be constantly moving and causing the truck to be unbalanced so be careful.

BTW it's a pretty sweet idea, just do a couple of trial runs to see how everything is going to work.
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That's me, Timberwolf and Trey a few years back
Where's the creamy white "lotion" you guys left in the back of the truck bed??
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