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Old 09-23-2017, 02:14 PM
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Hello from the gulf coast,

Ive posted a couple of time before finding this area. Anyway weve recently retired and want to do some traveling on a budget. After looking at a lot of junk and over priced trucks and campers we bought a 2001 Ram 1500 2WD 5.2L club cab and a 6x12 enclosed cargo trailer. We are going to convert the trailer into a solar powered mini camper.

Ive never owned a Dodge truck before but this one was is such good shape that we could pass it up for $3500. Its got 221,000 miles on it but was a one owner and been very well taken care of and has all of the service records. Super clean inside and out with no rust. The are a few dings and scratches but nothing major. The transmission was rebuilt less than a year ago, new u-joints, the front end was rebuilt and the brakes are new.

We had our mechanic go through it and the only thing he found was a leak in the radiator so we replaced it as well and the water pump, fan clutch, and all belts and hoses because Im **** that way. We put a set of Michelin Defenders on it, some running boards, fender flares, front and rear lights and bulbs, new grill, did a fresh oil change with mobile 1 high mileage and a quart of Lucas oil for good messure. Also added a steering stabilizer bearing kit to fix my minor bump steer issue. Weve now spent an additional $2600 and have $6100 in the truck but feel that shes ready to go anywhere.

Anyway Im glad I found the forum and look forward to contributing where I can.
 
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Old 09-24-2017, 08:32 AM
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Congrats!
 
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Old 09-24-2017, 05:11 PM
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Welcome! But that Sport grille doesn't fit the non-sport trucks. I would implore you to put the stocker back on.
 
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I bought the sport bracket and hardware, had to reshape the hood release rod and trim the plastic bumper cover but it now fits and looks great.
 
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nice find for sure
 
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Very nice truck. It would've been a good time to replace the timing chain when the water pump was off. Sounds like you have it in really good shape now. Enjoy!
 
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Damn I wish I had thought of that.
 
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How often should the timing chain and gears be changed?
 
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Go with a good double roller set, and you should be fine for another 200K.
 
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