Sure sounds like you have recently discovered a new sense of freedom!
Ain't it great to break free of the old boundaries?
There's a bunch of fellas here that will be more than willing to answer those questions you have. (Likely not me, when it comes to the 5th wheel)
And don't be shy about posting up some pics of your rig and the adventure riding you are doing. Some of us will enjoy living\riding vicariously through you.
And thanks for your service. You've earned this new freedom, as far as I'm concerned.