I am trying to re-energize excitement about the plan for my f150. Contractors cap (windowless) with barn doors at the rear. My bed is 6.5 feet so wheel well height drawer and mattress on top. Integrated rack on cap for solar and perhaps a box for lightweight storage. Awning over the back doors...
Do they salt the roads in MT? I would get a 4WD 10th gen f150 97-03. Cheap to buy, cheap parts, rock solid with the 4.6 motor and spark plug change. Let the salt eat something cheap. Get a Toyota when you get out and start getting paid. PS: I do not claim objectivity.
Back in the day on the Jeep Rubicon forum I would watch people overbuild thier rig and then complain about "local trails are too easy". The end result is trailering your rig to other states just to have as much fun as you used to on a dirt road by your house.
I worked second shift in the Engineering Department at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota. When the overnight guy called in I would have to cover the overnight shift. It was the only shift we could access the Spa for repairs. Very scary spot and famously haunted.