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Just got my first dozen dings



I was driving to work yesterday morning and was in a line of traffic. We were moving along at about 50MPH. Up ahead of me, I could see something swirling around in the road. Thought it was some sort of Styrofoam or something light. A second or two later, a dump truck passes me (hauling a** ) going in the other direction and it sounded like I had driven into a hailstorm. As it passed, I could see it was leaving a trail... a healthy flurry of tiny rocks. I had a meeting to get to so I didn't turn around and call police. I was afraid to follow it having left a trail of rocks behind it. It was pretty easy to see where it had turned onto the road. I got home from work last night and looked at the Durango. 3 chips in my side mirror, at least 2 chips in the windshield, and an undetermined amount of dings in the lower bumper. The hood seems to be fine. I didn't want too much time to go by so I called the local sheriff's office and the state police, both of which patrol the road. Neither were aware of any complaints earlier in the day. I should get a full assessment of the damage if I have time to wash the D at the fire station tonight. To say I'm pi**ed would be an understatement. Mostly at myself for not calling police and turning around because these dings will bother me.

OK, now that I've vented... I still don't feel any better.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:39 AM
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Re: Just got my first dozen dings

Dude...I would be so livid I don't think I could contain myself.

I probably would have reacted the same way though...not sure if I would risk even more damage following the damn truck. I hope somehow they catch the F*cker though.

On a related note, I'm going to have XPel Ultimate (clear bra film) installed on the front facing sections of my D next week, just to help in cases like that. I wanted to get this done before logging 2000 highway miles on my upcoming trip. I was quoted $850 to install for the "standard" treatment (front bumper, portion of front fenders, portion of hood, and side view mirrors.)

I'll let you know what I think once done.

And I thought I was p*ssed when my Montana got caught in a brief hail storm a few years ago....damn....
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I was driving to work yesterday morning and was in a line of traffic. We were moving along at about 50MPH. Up ahead of me, I could see something swirling around in the road. Thought it was some sort of Styrofoam or something light. A second or two later, a dump truck passes me (hauling a** ) going in the other direction and it sounded like I had driven into a hailstorm. As it passed, I could see it was leaving a trail... a healthy flurry of tiny rocks. I had a meeting to get to so I didn't turn around and call police. I was afraid to follow it having left a trail of rocks behind it. It was pretty easy to see where it had turned onto the road. I got home from work last night and looked at the Durango. 3 chips in my side mirror, at least 2 chips in the windshield, and an undetermined amount of dings in the lower bumper. The hood seems to be fine. I didn't want too much time to go by so I called the local sheriff's office and the state police, both of which patrol the road. Neither were aware of any complaints earlier in the day. I should get a full assessment of the damage if I have time to wash the D at the fire station tonight. To say I'm pi**ed would be an understatement. Mostly at myself for not calling police and turning around because these dings will bother me.

OK, now that I've vented... I still don't feel any better.
UGH!!!!!!!! No - that's just awful

I bet most people wouldn't even think to call the police (or complain to someone). Gravel trucks are the worst - they're supposed to have mesh covers to prevent the rocks from flying.

Maybe find a local detailer and see if they can do something with the larger chips, and often times windshield cracks can be filled/polished out.

Sorry about this news.
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UGH!!!!!!!! No - that's just awful

I bet most people wouldn't even think to call the police (or complain to someone). Gravel trucks are the worst - they're supposed to have mesh covers to prevent the rocks from flying.

Maybe find a local detailer and see if they can do something with the larger chips, and often times windshield cracks can be filled/polished out.

Sorry about this news.
Did this occur on the front range road rebuild sections of Colorado?
I am somewhat disturbed at some of the mobile trashpiles masquerading as trucks
being used in the heavy push to rebuild the canyon roads before winter.

Flying gravel is almost a given [lucky so far by giving them a long distance], but last night after dark, one was driving up 95th street north of Lafayette with no freaking rear lighting whatsoever, and front lights about as visible as a dead firefly.
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Dude...I would be so livid I don't think I could contain myself.
Yeah, I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to the car wash or not. Could be even more $%^&$ than I currently am. I think right now, I'm hoping the damage is limited to what I notice at first glance. I'll be carefully going over every mm of it when I wash it but right now, the full extent isn't even known.
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I probably would have reacted the same way though...not sure if I would risk even more damage following the damn truck. I hope somehow they catch the F*cker though.
I certainly thought about turning around but I know even more damage would be done. (Particularly if I found his destination!) He left a trail of rocks at least 10 miles long. These were little rocks and they scattered across the entire 2 lane road. Honestly, if you're familiar with how large salt trucks work, it had that exact same effect.... wide dispersion across the entire road.
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I'll let you know what I think once done.
Yeah, let me know how that turns out. I am not a fan of things like that but I'm even less of a fan of road dings.
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And I thought I was p*ssed when my Montana got caught in a brief hail storm a few years ago....damn....
I would be too. Kind of hard to get back at mother nature though!
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:30 PM
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UGH!!!!!!!! No - that's just awful

I bet most people wouldn't even think to call the police (or complain to someone). Gravel trucks are the worst - they're supposed to have mesh covers to prevent the rocks from flying.

Maybe find a local detailer and see if they can do something with the larger chips, and often times windshield cracks can be filled/polished out.

Sorry about this news.
Yeah, the sheriff's office said that typically, if they had an officer in the area, they would try to track the truck down and would fine the driver for having an unsecured load. I'm not certain if having a police report would even help me. I suspect the driver or whatever company would simply pay the fine, refuse to make repairs, and out lawyer me.

I can (barely) see if I had been following too closely. However, I wasn't even going in the same direction. Stoping or pulling over to the side would of had no better results. This whack job had to have damaged at least 1,000 vehicles.

I'm not as concerned about the windshield unless it results in cracks. I'll definitely be talking to a detailer. This is out of my league.
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Did this occur on the front range road rebuild sections of Colorado?
I am somewhat disturbed at some of the mobile trashpiles masquerading as trucks being used in the heavy push to rebuild the canyon roads before winter.

Flying gravel is almost a given [lucky so far by giving them a long distance], but last night after dark, one was driving up 95th street north of Lafayette with no freaking rear lighting whatsoever, and front lights about as visible as a dead firefly.
I feel for you if you frequent that area. This was in central Maryland.

Please don't even get me started on one of my pet peeves... lights!

We have no shortage of trucks on the road here with the dead firefly intensity lights. If it were me and I even had even one trailer light out, I'm certain I'd be ticketed. Even worse is that it's apparently "cool" to drive with your lights completely off until it's absolutely, positively pitch black out. And then, there's the automatic lights/daytime running lights. I can't tell you how many times I'm driving down the interstate in a downpour and come upon a vehicle that doesn't have even a glimmer of a taillight on... and once I roll past, I see the headlights are on. Pardon me NHTSA but "Headlights on for safety" is inadequate. Taillights are at least as important as headlights. What good are headlights if I'm approaching from the rear? The headlight rule is useful on a 2-lane road (one car each direction). Taillights are useful on any multi-lane road.

Sorry, I'm grumpy today because of this. I have a meeting to go to so I'll hop off the soapbox.
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Well, I just feel sick after reading this thread...and I echo all the expletives and frustration on your behalf. If your windshield won't polish out, or even if it will, perhaps insurance will cover and waive the deductible. Seems like I recall very reasonable windshield repairs all thanks to gravel and various road crap causing damage in the past.

While some road wear is inevitable, most damage would be avoidable if trucks covered their loads as required. Only yesterday I moved left two lanes and passed a large truck carrying a full uncovered load of rocks the size of ping pong balls. One good bump, and they would have been likely doing damage to any vehicles in their path. Didn't want any part of that, and was fortunate to even be able to move out from behind.

Can't imagine a group that could come closer to feeling your pain than your new Durango-owning cohorts right in this forum....and that probably isn't worth much at all right at the moment. Hope you have yours looking good as new as soon as possible, and with a minimum of expense and aggravation.
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I was driving to work yesterday morning and was in a line of traffic. We were moving along at about 50MPH. Up ahead of me, I could see something swirling around in the road. Thought it was some sort of Styrofoam or something light. A second or two later, a dump truck passes me (hauling a** ) going in the other direction and it sounded like I had driven into a hailstorm. As it passed, I could see it was leaving a trail... a healthy flurry of tiny rocks. I had a meeting to get to so I didn't turn around and call police. I was afraid to follow it having left a trail of rocks behind it. It was pretty easy to see where it had turned onto the road. I got home from work last night and looked at the Durango. 3 chips in my side mirror, at least 2 chips in the windshield, and an undetermined amount of dings in the lower bumper. The hood seems to be fine. I didn't want too much time to go by so I called the local sheriff's office and the state police, both of which patrol the road. Neither were aware of any complaints earlier in the day. I should get a full assessment of the damage if I have time to wash the D at the fire station tonight. To say I'm pi**ed would be an understatement. Mostly at myself for not calling police and turning around because these dings will bother me.

OK, now that I've vented... I still don't feel any better.
The worst!

Perhaps your dealer can hook you up. They often have guys on retainer to fix dings and scratches on their used cars that come in. Maybe you can piggy back on that and save money. You did just get the car so they may feel for you...
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Sorry, I'm grumpy today because of this. I have a meeting to go to so I'll hop off the soapbox.
Totally forgiven, attitude understood. Hopefully a good detail or minor touchups can deal with your new case of road rash.
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The worst!

Perhaps your dealer can hook you up. They often have guys on retainer to fix dings and scratches on their used cars that come in. Maybe you can piggy back on that and save money. You did just get the car so they may feel for you...
Had a similar thought. Nothing to lose by reaching out to them, and I bet they will DEFINITELY feel for you and help you out if they can. Aargh.
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Well, I just feel sick after reading this thread...and I echo all the expletives and frustration on your behalf. If your windshield won't polish out, or even if it will, perhaps insurance will cover and waive the deductible. Seems like I recall very reasonable windshield repairs all thanks to gravel and various road crap causing damage in the past.

While some road wear is inevitable, most damage would be avoidable if trucks covered their loads as required. Only yesterday I moved left two lanes and passed a large truck carrying a full uncovered load of rocks the size of ping pong balls. One good bump, and they would have been likely doing damage to any vehicles in their path. Didn't want any part of that, and was fortunate to even be able to move out from behind.

Can't imagine a group that could come closer to feeling your pain than your new Durango-owning cohorts right in this forum....and that probably isn't worth much at all right at the moment. Hope you have yours looking good as new as soon as possible, and with a minimum of expense and aggravation.
Thanks for the support... and for allowing me to vent. I know dings can and will innocently happen in time. This just doesn't fall in that category though.

Even the truck that cover their loads (and this may have been covered), I've seen many covers that may comply with the letter of the law... but provide little actual benefit. Heck, this thing could of been perfectly legal with a brand new cover but had a bent dump flap thing in the back that leaked from the sides.

I do the same as you... I move over or drop back when I see something likely to do this. I even look for big tires and a lack of splash guards.
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