Well glad to hear it worked out for you.
I know you're having a bad taste in your mouth from this used truck experience but you just never really know how it was run from the previous owner. I will just tell you that I have owned 4 Dodge vehicles in my time, 3 of those were trucks, and never had any problems with them with over 100000 miles on each. Original owner of course. Now with my 2012 4x4 Hemi, with over 20000 miles, not a hiccup. So I will just leave you with this, never say never and hope you give a brand new Ram a chance someday. At least you'll know it won't be thrashed with 17000 miles of abuse.