There is a lot of stuff to think about. I have done what you are talking about. As someone mentioned you need to check the weights of what the pickup can do. There is the load capacity the truck can haul and mine had a lower capacity for camper.....around 1,000 pounds less. Look for a sticker in the glove box for camper weights. If you buy a new truck the boxes are narrower than the older ones. I have a 2016 Chevy 3500 diesel. A lot of the older campers are too wide to fit. I had good luck with S&S. The one in the pic is a '94.
If the camper hangs too far off the end of the box, you are going have to buy a hitch extension. The extension is going to lower your towing weight and hitch weight. My camper is 9.5 ft and weighed 2,800 lbs. I found a 24ft enclosed trailer with a 5 ft hitch, moved the jack back and was able to tow it without an extension. I hauled my wife's '64 Mustang, along with a bunch of other stuff from Arizona to Alaska last March. The truck had more than enough power it easily handled the load. There wasn't a hill between AZ and AK where I couldn't do the speed limit. The only thing that slowed me down were the curves.
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Bill and I just posted a list of wish-list items all RVers will love that you can share with your friends and family!
There is something for everyone and every budget - from a $5 water bandit to a $98 dash cam to a $528 5th Wheel tool box!
Let us know in the comments if you think we forgot anything!