My partner and I are retired and have moved from Houston, Texas to Huntsville, Texas. We purchased a class A and are planning to start traveling in 2018. We are new to the lifestyle but anxious to see the USA!
I'd have to say we are in the learning stage ourselves as we have not utilized our rig very much. I'm a Realtor with a degree in Accounting (don't do my own taxes!). My partner is a Civil Engineer and is able to figure out most things that leave me scratching my head. We have knowledge about RV's from watching endless YouTube videos but not so much practical experience.
We have 3 dogs in the 5 to 10 pound range. The smallest is the guard dog and is afraid of nothing! The other two will lick you to death. All three have done limited travel in the RV and adjust well to that.
We have never boondocked but plan to do some of that as well.
We live in a riverside community about 15 miles East of Huntsville on the Trinity River. Our property is about an acre of land with fishing dock and boat launch a few blocks away. The Trinity feeds into Lake Livingston. While we are in the country we have civilization close by with most of the big name restaurants and shopping venues a short drive away.