Snowbirders find Tucson Perfect

Snowbirders find Tucson Perfect!

This is the time of year that many RVers head to warmer weather. This week we join Evanne Schmarder in Tucson... and what a great place to start - at the Tucson Visitors Bureau with Dan Gibson, Director of Communications for 'Visit Tucson'.  There is plenty to do and see in Tucson and Dan tells us how this really is a favorite place for snowbirders between January and April.

Considered one of the best destinations is the Sonoran Desert Museum which has a zoo with animals of the area as well as an aquarium.

For a hidden gem, Dan says don't miss the San Xavier Mission. Built in 1500's it is still an operating church with a wide range of native American culture  unlike anything else in America.

There is so much to do here. In January, we have the gem show, soccer, golf tournament, festival of books, or you can just lay back and enjoy!

Evanne tells about Voyager RV Resort, the Lazydays KOA and the Pima County Fairgrounds.. all different so you can find your perfect RV spot!

Tucson is home to the Saguaro cactus, protected by two national parks that offer hiking, loop drives and much more. These cacti grow nowhere else in the world but here in this Sonoran Desert.

Enjoy the Mission in the Sun showcasing DeGrazios artist, impressionist paintings. In addition, don't miss Biosphere 2 is another must see if you enjoy science.

Tucson is reinventing itself as a foody destination. Yvonne shares her favorite food destinations!


Towing Equipment - the Right Way

Jeff tells us about hitch receivers, braking systems, shock absorbers and air brakes. The Hitch Pro guys take care of the job for Jeff but, if you're handy, you could do it yourself. You decide after watching the installers.

The brake controller used is the Tekonsha P3  Brake Control, rather a higher end product. It has a digital readout and this unit can be customized to tow up to 5 different trailers, etc. It's important to choose the right spot for the brake controller and our installer explains the right side near the drivers knee is usually the right spot. The controller bracket screws into place under the dash.

Bilstein Shock Absorbers are the replacement of choice for an awful lot of people. Each shock is specifically engineered and valved for specific vehicles. You'll notice an improvement as soon as you install them. Jeff demonstrates the install himself.

Next up are air bags which help with loads in the back of your truck. If you carry loads in the back of your truck where all the weight is over the rear axle, that is where air bags can be a big help.

You can adjust the air pressure to match the load which is pretty handy.

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