No, the OP, me, is new to this. Where have I skimped?
I've been researching what camper to get and how to best prepare for it for over a year. I've downgraded what I originally thought I could tow, I've put money into my tow vehicle to prepare it for towing (including having someone else install it for me rather than DIYing it, like I do with some other projects).
I have a van and I want to take my family camping and I want to do it safely. That's why I'm here, that's why I'm asking questions. I bought two locks last week to keep the camper from theft, as that hadn't occurred to me before reading the forums. I'm currently looking at a surge protector now, had no idea that was even a thing to consider before browsing the forums. I'm researching and asking questions about brakes because I believe my pup doesn't have them and I'm trying to make a smart decision about whether to purchase them or not.
Two friends I know that use pups don't have brakes on theirs (one tows with a minivan as well), and I asked the previous owner if the trailer I purchased had them and he said no. I checked this weekend if it does and I honestly can't tell if mine has them.
So get off your high horse and realize that this is a new world to some.