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Need a tow truck near Lordsburg?

Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Need a tow truck near Lordsburg?

Having high-centered our rental car on a gravel ridge, near the ghost town of Shakespeare, we have some hard-won and expensively purchased advice. First, when we called Genesis Towing, a recorded message told us to leave a message at another number. Then, when we called Big 'Uns Towing, the dispatcher did not know where Shakespeare was, or the highway number (both are on our maps and both are less than 10 miles from the center of Lordsburg.) instead we were told to call the local auto dealer, Smith Ford (575-542-3552.)

Now, Smith Ford's tow truck driver was quick, polite, sympathetic, and courteous. However we recommend that when the dispatcher asks, "How are you going to pay?", you should ask, "How much is it going to cost?" BEFORE you tell how much cash you have on hand. The total ($150, to drive less than 10 miles, lift the car off the gravel ridge, set it down on the road, and escort us less than 10 miles back to the dealership to pay) was pretty close to the amount of cash we admitted to having, before getting the price... It could have been worse. It did not take long. The car was undamaged, and we were soon on our way again.

By the way, there is nothing to see at the ghost town, unless perhaps you pay to go on a guided tour at the set times. Maybe they take you somewhere that is not visible from the road.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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1. Re: Need a tow truck near Lordsburg?

Are there any better examples out there ... to suggest, AAA "plus" (or any other national road service membership) is what one has, in purse,before turning a wheel ? carracar

Aubrey, Texas
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2. Re: Need a tow truck near Lordsburg?

Yep, our AAA membership is on automatic renewal every year. I wouldn't get out there without it.

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3. Re: Need a tow truck near Lordsburg?

AAA did us no good on Hole in the Rock Rd outside of Escalante, Utah. It IS a county road but not paved. AAA would not come. Instead, a $500 fee for a local (and only) tow driver to tow us 21 miles.

Aubrey, Texas
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4. Re: Need a tow truck near Lordsburg?

What reason was given?

Ohio
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5. Re: Need a tow truck near Lordsburg?

Just said they wouldn't service the area. Road not paved and closest approved tow driver was in Bryce, an hour away, so too far for them to service. I wondered at the time why the local driver just didn't work with AAA? No satisfactory answers imo particularly when AAA here in Ohio just towed my parent's car an hour and a half home (to their mechanic) and they rode along... nice as can be. Unimproved roads. Big no-nos, I guess.

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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6. Re: Need a tow truck near Lordsburg?

I feel you had a AAA dispatcher that exceeded instructions ... Unless, instructions have recently changed ... Take this up with your local (State) offices ... In past years, I have had decisions made by incompetent road service representatives reversed and had the tow expenses refunded ... It sorta helps to be a "plus" Premium Member of 20 years standing ... Good luck ! ... carracar

Aubrey, Texas
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7. Re: Need a tow truck near Lordsburg?

Bummer. I agree I would complain to AAA.

Ohio
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8. Re: Need a tow truck near Lordsburg?

this was not our AAA but rather the friends we were riding with. I'll check to see if she did that. They were plus members for years and years and very displeased at the time! Good point!

Colorado
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9. Re: Need a tow truck near Lordsburg?

Back to OP-- Shakespeare is a fun place if and only if you go on the days that the town is open for tours. Dates and times are posted on their website. If you went on a non-schedule day, it would not offer anything for you to see and would truly be a ghost town.

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10. Re: Need a tow truck near Lordsburg?

Back to the original poster also. If you read the fine print of your rental car contract it states no off pavement driving or your contract is voided and you could have ended up with lots more problems than the tow charges. We always suggest to people driving rental vehicles that are not specifically rented as off road vehicles to stay on pavement for just that reason. If you are in a rental car and have problems you just call the rental company and they deal with it - you don't need AAA or anybody else. Remember that AAA is an insurance program and just like other areas of life (for ex. dentists or doctors or roofers) no company is required to work with any insurer. So a tow company does not have to take AAA payments in lieu of cash. You are just fortunate if you are in an area where there are people to tow you out period sometimes and nobody and nothing is damaged. I hope all your future travels are much more pleasant.

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