Dodge B3500 Origins
The B-series of Dodge vans has been in production since 1971. All vehicles within the series share similar features. When necessary to meet federal crash standards, Dodge made changes to the hood, grille, front fenders, and bumpers.About the Dodge B3500
The Dodge B3500 is known for its one-welded-piece "uniframe" design, making the Dodge lighter and stronger than the competition. The lower center of gravity also improves handling, which is important when hauling cargo and people. The Dodge B3500 is known for its heavy-duty hauling capabilities. Dodge introduced the B3500 (the third generation of Dodge B-series vans) in 1995 and discontinued it in 1998.Dodge B3500 Features
The 1998 Dodge 3500 comes equipped with a 5.2-liter V-8 and a four-speed automatic transmission. It features bucket seats, power brakes, a tilt steering wheel, an AM/FM stereo, intermittent windshield wipers, 16-inch wheels, and rear-wheel ABS.
Options include bucket seats, a camper/towing package, power windows and door locks, cruise control, power exterior mirrors, a chrome step bumper, limited slip differential, a rear window defroster, sunscreen glass, front and rear air-conditioning, chrome wheels, and four-wheel ABS. The stereo options include AM/FM/Cassette and AM/FM/Cassette/CD.
The base engine offers 295 lb-ft of torque, providing the power necessary to haul up to 4000 pounds of payload. The van offers 13 mpg on the highway. To make up for the poor fuel economy, the vans contain a 35-gallon gas tank to lessen the number of stops for fuel.
The interior of the 1998 Dodge B3500 has been updated from previous years. The front end shows a redesign that allows the engine to be placed further forward, increasing room in the cabin. Its height of 79.9 inches, length of 205.2 inches, and width of 79.8 inches ensures that owners have plenty of room for their cargo.
A 5.2-liter V-8 engine comes standard in the Ram cargo van. A four-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel ABS (optional four-wheel ABS is available) make sure that you and your cargo get where you need to go.
All cargo vans feature vinyl bucket seats, a tilt steering wheel, power steering, intermittent windshield wipers, and an AM/FM stereo. Driver and passenger front airbags also come standard, along with 16-inch wheels. A full-size steel rim spare tire stores under the body.
Front and rear black bumpers are standard, as are externally adjustable and foldable door mirrors. Interior options include power door locks and windows, cruise control, air-conditioning, power exterior mirrors, and AM/FM/Cassette or AM/FM/Cassette/CD audio systems (with Infinity audio).
A fixed mast antenna comes standard, along with a front ashtray, a cargo area light, passenger and rear cargo doors, a digital clock, and a dashboard full console with covered storage box, courtesy lights, and front seat cup holders. The floor covering is plastic/rubber in the passenger compartment. The ventilation system has four fan speeds.
A camper/towing package can allow your Ram Van to take to the open road for vacations and be able to haul cargo as well as pull a trailer or boat.
Many van conversion vendors offer packages to convert the cargo van into a recreational vehicle. Since the interiors of Ram Cargo Vans are standard and windowless, fewer modifications in vendor packages are necessary.
Conversion vans come in four types including travel vans, disability vans, office vans and mini motor homes.
Travel vans are offered with low tops or high tops. Typically accommodating seven passengers, they feature a bench seat and four captain chairs. The bench seat often converts into a bed. They might contain cabinets, windows with shades, and a TV.
Disability vans include modifications to allow a person in a wheel chair to sit inside the cargo area of the van. The roof is often raised to provide additional headroom (because the wheelchair stands higher than the standard seats). Ramps and/or lifts move the wheelchair in and out of the vehicle.
Office vans allow traveling salesmen and TV camera crews to work at remote locations.
Mini motor homes are built by cutting away the cargo area of full-size cargo vans and replacing them with a larger back section. Mini motor homes offer a mini kitchen, dining, and sleeping and bathroom accommodations.
Handling features a 3.9:1 axle ratio, two ventilated disc brakes, strut front suspension with stabilizer bar independent with coil springs, and beam rear suspension rigid with leaf springs.
The Dodge B3500 Maxi Cargo Van provides 231 inches in space, letting you haul longer items more easily.