good luck on your first trip, we like to use a pre trip check list, like stairs secure, jacks up, all parts of the hitch secure etc. we actually have a laminated check list that we follow. agree with previous comment, take your time, drive at a speed that you feel comfortable., remember to leave a little extra room between vehicles for stopping. have a great time! once you reach your destination we have found that other campers are happy to help , should any questions arise, dont be afraid to ask, believe me,, we have all been there. happy camping from northern california.