My wife and I are new to TC life also, last summer was our first full summer with our new Real Lite pop up camper. We decided to go to a local campground on a beautiful lake an hour away from our home for a weekend to break ourselves in. As it turned out it was a good idea as we forgot a bunch of things, had battery issues and no way to recharge and another issue with a tire that kept loosing air. They were easily remedied and worked around because with the shorter trip we were able to make due for the 2 nights we were away. Our second trip was much further from home and went much smoother. You can research and read to your hearts content but there is nothing like real world experience. Good luck and have a safe trip.