"if you guy have any tips to make the process easier?? "
I set up a new partition and install the new distribution there. Then I dual boot during the period that the new distribution is unstable. After Debian becomes stable you can format the Red Hat partition and rearrange your disk space. Dual booting for a while makes installing a new distribution far less hectic because you are under no time pressure.
Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.