Camping close to home or at least not too far from civilization is an excellent choice for your first trip with a new trailer. You arrive in daylight without being tired - you don't make silly mistakes that way. Our first TT was a Palamino Stampede S17 hybrid - we loved it but it got too small when our son wanted to bring a friend. We traded uo to a 19H for a couple of years and now have just bought a 21M hybrid with the slideout. We love the hybrids - no loss of floorspace with the beds. Enjoy!