While trying to find answers on the very informative TacomaWorld forum, I was directed over to WTW. What a great site! I'm looking forward to falling into some fun rabbit holes on here.
I have a 1st Gen tacoma and want to upgrade from the camper shell build out that I've been using for a couple years. I understand that there are nearly unlimited options out there for where to go next but what I'm looking to do right now is try to find a camper that will work with my truck as is or with minimal upgrades. Being up in Alaska, there are simultaneously many options and few options. Lots of campers have made their way up here over the years but if it's not here now, I basically can't get it without making the drive south. And of the ones here, many are in disrepair.
While I'm not mechanically inclined, I am trying to get a better understanding of my vehicle, its capabilities, and how to upgrade things to suit my needs. Right now, everything is stock except for a set of 16" wheels and a hitch that came with the truck when I bought it from a little old lady. Eventually, I want to upgrade the suspension, get a 2.5 lift, etc. so I can do some 4x4 traveling. But for right now, I'm just looking to get a camper that I can take on modest (for alaska) adventures. So my question is:
If I find a camper for sale within my weight range (I believe that is 1,200lbs) what do I need to add/change/upgrade about my truck before picking it up and going camping?
As much as I want to get the lift and suspension before the camper, with the summer season fast approaching I doubt I will be able to do much to the truck until Sept. So I'm just trying to figure out what minimal adjustments (airbags and better tires?) need to be made for me to get on some summer trips. Once I have that figured out, I want to start exploring what options there are for upgrades. Then I can order parts and hopefully everything will have shown up by the end of summer.
My sincerest thanks in advance for any help you all can give. I am sure there are some threads out there that could help me out with navigating this new hobby and I'd be happy to read through those if someone wants to post a link. I've tried using the search function on the forum but couldn't get concrete answers.
Thanks everyone! This is a really cool forum and I'm excited to join!
btw: mods, if this is posted in the wrong place, please let me know and I will move it