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Dodge Ram Van
1994-98 Dodge Ram Van cargo (short wheelbase)
Automotive industryChrysler Corporation (1994-98)
DaimlerChrysler (1999-2003)
Production1979–2003
AssemblyWindsor, Ontario, Canada
PredecessorDodge Sportsman
Dodge Tradesman
SuccessorDodge Sprinter
Car classificationFull-size Van
Car body style3-door Van
4-door Van
3-door Station wagon
4-door Station wagon
Automobile layoutFR layout
Automobile platformChrysler B platform
First generation
Dodge Ram Maxivan 350
Production1979–1993
Internal combustion engine3.7L (225cid) Straight-6 110HP (79-88)

3.9L (239cid) V6 (88-03)
5.2L (318cid) V8 (79-03)
5.9L (360cid) V8 155HP (79-03)
6.6L (400cid) V8 190HP (71-78)
7.3L (440cid) V8 195HP (71-78)

Horsepower figures for 1978
Transmission (mechanics)3-speed Automatic transmission

4-speed automatic
4-speed Manual transmission

5-speed manual
Wheelbase150 SWB: 109.6 in (2784 mm)
LWB: 127.6 in (3241 mm)
Length1988-1990 150 SWB: 178.9 in (4544 mm)
1988-1990 150 LWB, 250 & 350 SWB: 196.9 in (5001 mm)
1998-1990 250 & 350 LWB: 222.9 in (5662 mm)
1991-93 B150 (Wagon Only): 187.2 in (4755 mm)
1991-93 B250 & B350 SWB (Wagon Only): 205.2 in (5212 mm)
1991-93 B250 & B350 LWB (Wagon Only): 231.2 in (5872 mm)
Width1988-1990: 79.2 in (2012 mm)
1991-93 Wagon: 79.0 in (2007 mm)
1991-93 Van: 79.8 in (2027 mm)
Height1988-1990 150: 78.3 in (1989 mm)
1988-1990 250: 79.9 in (2029 mm)
1988-1990 350: 80.5 in (2045 mm)
1991-93 B150 Wagon: 78.1 in (1984 mm)
1991-93 B250 Wagon: 78.6 in (1996 mm)
1991-93 B350 Wagon: 80.5 in (2045 mm)
1991-93 B150 Maxi Wagon: 80.7 in (2050 mm)
1991-93 Van (Extended): 80.1 in (2034.5 mm)
Fuel capacity22 US gallons (83.3 L; 18.3 imp gal)
35 US gallons (132.5 L; 29.1 imp gal)
RelatedPlymouth Voyager (1979-1983)
Second generation
1999-2003 Dodge Ram Maxivan
Production1994–2003
Internal combustion engineMagnum 3.9L 175 hp (130 kW) V6

Magnum 5.2L 230 hp (170 kW) V8
Magnum 5.2L 220 HP V8 Compressed natural gas

Magnum 5.9L 250 hp (190 kW) V8
Transmission (mechanics)3-speed Automatic transmission
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase1999-2003 1500 SWB: 109.4 in (2779 mm)
1994-98 1500 SWB: 109.6 in (2784 mm)
2500 & 3500: 127.6 in (3241 mm)
Length1500: 187.2 in (4755 mm)
2500: 205.2 in (5212 mm)
3500: 231.2 in (5872 mm)
Width79.8 in (2027 mm)
1994-96 Van: 79.0 in (2007 mm)
Height79.5 in (2019 mm)
3500 & 2500: 79.9 in (2029 mm)
Fuel capacity22 gallons
35 gallons
18 gallon CNG

The Dodge Ram Van was a Full-size Van marketed under the Dodge brand by the Chrysler Corporation (1979-1998) and later DaimlerChrysler (1998-2003). The Ram Van, which was a cargo van, was also available in a passenger van version known as the Dodge Ram Wagon.[citation needed]

Built on the B platform (later AB), the Full-size vans entered production for the 1971 Model year. At the time, the Cargo van were marketed as the Dodge Tradesman and the passenger vans were called the Dodge Sportsman. The Ram nameplate replaced both previous names in 1980. Due to a body-on-frame[1] design, the Dodge platform was lighter and stronger than the competition, at the expense of Noise, Vibration, and Harshness. Despite this unibody design, the B-series van was popular for cab-over motorhome conversion until Chrysler Corporation's egress from that market during their bankruptcy proceedings in the 1970s.

All generations of the B-series van feature similar construction, with only small variation from era to era. The most pronounced changes were to the front fenders, hood, grille, and bumpers, which tended to follow their full-size Truck counterparts in each era. Additionally, the first generation's side door was mounted back several inches, using a fixed panel between the passenger's side front door and the side door, allowing for more access to the side door without interfering with the front passenger's seat. This panel was eliminated in 1978 which was a transitional year for the B-series van. Similar construction for the entire 32 years of production made the Dodge Van very popular with upbuilders, service companies, and other fleets due to the compatibility of installable options from year to year without necessitating a redesign.

The B-series van was available with nearly every engine used in a rear wheel drive Chrysler product during its production. Six cylinder Engine included the 225 in³ Slant Six I6 (1971-1987), the 3.9 L LA V6 (1988-1991), and the 3.9 Liter Magnum V6 (1992-2003). Small-block V8 engine included the LA-series 318 (1971-1991), 360 in³ (1972-1992), the Magnum 5.2 L (1992-2003), and the Magnum 5.9 Liter (1993-2003). Big-block V8 engines included the 400 in³ (1976-1980) and the 440 in³ (1976-1980). Certain model years came with an optional 5.2 liter engine utilizing Compressed Natural Gas, with a range of up to 300 miles (480 km) on a full tank, and CNG-powered Ram Vans were classified as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle in 1999. [2]

In the late 1970s, Chrysler marketed the Dodge Ram Van in their lineup of "Adult Toys", along with the Dodge Warlock, Dodge Lil' Red Express Truck, and Dodge Macho Ramcharger and Dodge Macho Power Wagon.

Plymouth automobile received a Badge engineering variant of the Sportsman, called the Voyager for the 1974 model year. While never as popular as the Dodge version, Plymouth marketed the Voyager in this format through 1983, after which the nameplate was transferred to the new Minivan that was introduced for 1984 as a rebadged Dodge Caravan.

Dodge was (and still is, if one counts the Dodge Sprinter) the last of the four major full-size van makers to market a short-wheelbase van and passenger wagon. Ford Motor Company, Chevrolet and GMC (General Motors division) took their shortest full-size vans off the market early in the 1990s.

DaimlerChrysler discontinued production of the Ram Van and Ram Wagon after the 2003 model year, replacing them with the Dodge Sprinter.

References in popular culture


  • The lead character Randy "The Ram" Robinson in the 2008 in film film "The Wrestler" drives an early model Ram van.
  • The character Red Green of The Red Green Show owned a first-generation Dodge Ram Van, nicknamed The Possum Van.
  • The World Famous Bang Bus is a 1998 Dodge Ram Van.
  • Dewey Finn (played by Jack Black) drove a Dodge Ram Van in School of Rock
  • Rocky Balboa drives a second-generation Dodge Ram Van Cargo in Rocky Balboa (film).
  • The burglars Harry and Marv (played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern (actor) respectively) drive a blue Dodge Ram Van, with a Plumbing company logo on the side, in the 1990 movie Home Alone (film).
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