Dodge Conversion Vans

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Dodge conversion vans have been some of the most sturdy, reliable workhorses for decades. So enamored are Dodge owners of their older vans and van conversions that they have clubs devoted to keeping them operating and on the road. In fact, Dodge introduced the term "minivan" in 1983 when its first Caravan was presented to consumers. Caravan is still manufactured and still winning accolades for its standard and extended models.

The Grand Caravan has been selected as one of the "Best Family Cars of the Year" by Parents Magazine and AAA. This full-size van is notable for its cargo space and convenient storage bins between the front and mid-section seats. It is the Ram Vans, however, that have been the most popular for conversion to luxury vans in recent years.

Ram Dodge Conversion Vans

Although the B150 and the three-quarter-ton B250 continue to be used for Dodge conversion vans, the Ram Van is most frequently used. Introduced in 1971, modified slightly in 1994, the Ram was revamped in 1998 with stronger styling. It remains the only full-size van that is manufactured in short, regular, and extended lengths.

This spacious van can hold up to 15 people and their cargo. The V6 engine is 3.9 liters, and the V8 comes in 5.2 and 5.9 liters. The latter has 245 horsepower and can tow up to 7,000 pounds. This is one of the larger Dodge conversion vans, perfect for carrying a team of five or six plus equipment, but it is easy to drive and maneuver.

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