For starters you have come to the right place.There is a wealth of information on here that will assist you and help guide you in the right direction. lots of very friendly and knowledgable people here on the TC forum that will gladly give you advice.
The best advice I can give to you is to do alot of research and utilize the search features of the forum and you will be amazed at the info you will learn. I also knew very little about truck campers, but after months of reading and researching I felt alot more confident about buying our camper.It is in my opinion the most versitle rv you can buy.
2011 Ford F-350 CC SWB 4X4 SRW 6.2L 4.30 Gears Torklift tiedowns/Fastguns
2011 Northstar Laredo SC 4ea.AGM'S 240 watts of solar and some other stuff.
You may want to look at something like my Lance 815. Lightweight at ~2000#, only 8' 6", and decent tanks for a weekend (18 fresh/11 gray/13 black). Biggest downfall is single propane tank and the east-west bed.
It will come to the back edge of your bumper so won't interfer with the hitch. I initially used mine to pull my Scrambler on a trailer which weighed 5,800 and never had an issue.
One of the nice things is they can usually be found about 6 years old for well under $10k. Even my wife loves ours and it was like pulling teeth the first time or two to get her to go with me.
2004.5 Ram 3500 4x4 Quad-Cab SRW CTD 6-spd
2004 Lance 815 (an upgrade from my prev 2005 35' fiver )
DW (homemaker), 1 DD @ Clemson in Civil Eng (Dec 2013) w/SIL, 1 DD Tech Grad (home but employed), 2 DFs (meow)
Near the top of the thread list in the TC forum is a sticky More Truck Camper Info!!!! Inside there is a link North American TC manufacturers. Might I suggest you browse your way through this list looking at models available and see what catches your eye.
Thanks for the welcome. I did belong to this forum when I had the motorhome. It was a help then, too.
I'm a TC newbie but, definitely not a truck newbie. As I ordered the trucks, fire engines, etc for municipality I worked for I'm pretty sensitive to tires and wheels, and load balance. I've seen so many rigs on the road that are obviously overloaded with white knuckled owners driving them.
So, yes, I will look at all the resources here and those recommended. The search is ahlf the fun.
BTW, I really don't see a lot of TCs here in Florida like I expected.