Yes, you definitely can do that if you don't want to haul anything "live" in the bed. I drove a Toyota T100 for eight years without any problem. I would recommend getting an extended cab though. I was a travel nurse for about 2 years and hauled all of my stuff. Make sure to get a reliable top for the bed. And if you get a 4x4 you will have a little more versatility that the E can give you. I love my E, but still miss my truck.