"We can't decide if that was brave or dumb". Definitely YES!
EVERYBODY has to start somewhere. Like yourselves, when I bought my new 2010 Casita Spirit Deluxe, I pulled away from the factory in Rice, TX with NO trailering / towing experience (and was soon in rush hour traffic). I drove all the way to northwest NV (2000+ miles and then, 2500+ miles to get back home) to attend the Burning Man event. All in all, I had a GREAT time and, the few minor issues I had to deal with were all my fault. I too, took some cold water showers UNTIL, while finding places to store "stuff" I found the PROPANE
switch down near the floor. As "newbies" here's the BEST advice I can offer:
If you understand that, as a newbie, you don't know what you don't know (that alone would put you ahead of most RV newbies) you're off to a good start. In RVing, there's a LOT you DO need to know because, unlike a traditional "sticks & bricks" home, an RV (ANY RV) is truly a "moving target". Things that can be safely ignored for years in a "Stick & Brick" most likely need to be checked and maintained in an RV on a regular basis. The BEST way I know of to get educated fast, is to attend an RV Boot Camp. Mistakes made with RVs are often expensive and, sometimes dangerous. At RVBC you, along with a couple of hundred other newbies, will have ALL the systems found on a modern RV explained and demystified. Arcane topics like RATINGS (GVWR, GCWR, CCC, tire, wheel and axle
ratings are confusing and easily overlooked BUT, are critical for the safe operation of an RV). The RVSEF, over DECADES of properly weighing
RVs, has documented that MORE THAN HALF of the RVs on the road are OVERWEIGHT in at least one parameter. At RVBC, over the course of a weekend (or longer depending on what group is presenting) attendees will gain knowledge that otherwise could take years to learn. With the Covid19 Pandemic, MOST RV events have been canceled this year. A while ago, I read online the the Escapees RV Club was considering hosting a virtual RVBC. It's something worth looking into. RVBC graduates are SAFER RVers and, SMARTER RV buyers. It's usually a LOT cheaper to learn from other people's mistakes that it is to make those mistakes on your own. In addition to the Escapees RV Club, FMCA, the RVSEF and RV~Dreams all offer their own version of this important educational product. JUST DO IT! You can thank me later.
PS Eileen Glick, a LOOOONG time Casita owner, has written an EXCELLENT book: "The A to Z Casita Owner's Guide". Elieen's website Love My Casita
is a GREAT resource. Eileen's guide will apply to many "fiberglass egg" trailers. You've already found this valuable resource. Keep looking, there are MANY others as well.