Dodge Ram Van 2500 Origins
Originally dubbed the Dodge Tradesman, Dodge’s van was first given the Dodge Ram Van nameplate in 1981. However, it did not receive its official designation until 1995, when Dodge changed the vehicle’s name from the Ram Van B250 to the Ram Van 2500 to better match its Ram pickup series.
Like Ram pickups, Dodge Ram Vans are named by weight. The Ram Van 2500 represents the midlevel model in the van series. It’s joined by a half-ton Ram Van 1500 and a one-ton Ram Van 3500. A passenger-only version of the van is known as the Dodge Ram Wagon 2500.
All Dodge Ram Van cargo models come standard with rear-drive systems, rear barn doors, and a sliding right-side door. Front bucket seats offer room for two passengers, while the rest of the vehicle’s interior is reserved for cargo space.
The Ram Van 2500 comes standard with a 3.9-liter V-6 engine, though many buyers upgrade to an optional 5.2-liter V-8 that produces 225 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, or a 5.9-liter V-8 with 330 lb-ft of torque. The Ram Van 2500 comes in two lengths: a 205.2-inch base model and an extended 234.5-inch Maxi model.
In 2003, DaimlerChrysler retired the Ram Van 2500, along with its 1500 and 3500 siblings, with the introduction of the Mercedes-based Dodge Sprinter.About the Dodge Ram Van 2500
The Dodge Ram Van 2500 is known for its functional cargo space and choice of powerful engines. Like its relatives, the Ram Van 2500 is commonly used by service providers such as plumbers, technicians, and contractors.
The base Ram Van 2500 offers 200 cubic feet of open cargo space, while the Ram Van 2500 Maxi increases total cargo volume to 294.6 cubic feet. Twin rear doors allow easy access to the van’s interior. With its roomy cabin, the Ram Van 2500 often serves as the base for various types of conversion vans.
Upgrading to the 5.2-liter V-8 gives the Ram Van 2500 the ability to tow 5,950 pounds and to handle a payload of 2,410 pounds. Switching to the available 5.9-liter engine increases torque to 335 lb-ft, providing the muscle to tow trailers weighing as much as 8,600 pounds.Dodge Ram Van 2500 Features
The last Dodge Ram Van 2500 was produced for the 2003 model year.
The 2003 Dodge Ram Van 2500 comes standard with a 3.9-liter V-6 engine paired with a three-speed automatic transmission. A 5.2-liter V-8 and 5.9-liter V-8 are optional. Trims include the base 2500 and an extended 2500 Maxi.
The base Ram Van 2500 comes equipped with standard 16-inch steel wheels, all-season tires, bucket seats, vinyl upholstery, driver and passenger front airbags, a tilt steering wheel, cargo floor mats, cargo lights, a front cargo storage console, front cup holders, power brakes, power steering, anti-lock brakes, an auxiliary transmission fluid cooler, intermittent windshield wipers, 12-volt front power outlets, and an audio system with an AM/FM radio and a cassette player.
A camper/towing package adds a Class IV receiver hitch and other towing accessories, while a tradesman package provides a ladder rack, rubber flooring, shelving, and a metal partition that fits behind the seats.
Stand-alone options include air-conditioning, cloth seating, a chrome step bumper, chrome wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, keyless entry, cruise control, four-wheel ABS, power-adjustable exterior mirrors, sunscreen glass, a rear heater, a rear window defroster, and an upgraded audio system with a CD player.
The base Ram Van 2500 measures 205.2 inches in length, 79.9 inches in height, and 78.8 inches in width and has a wheelbase of 109.3 inches. The Maxi version increases length to 234.5 inches. The driver and front passenger are given 38.9 inches of headroom, 39 inches of legroom, and 65.7 inches of shoulder room.
Dodge offers the van in eight exterior colors and two interior colors.Dodge Ram Van 2500 Evolution
The Dodge Ram Van 2500 made its debut in 1995 alongside a 1500 and a 3500 version. While some features have been carried over from the previous Dodge Ram Van B250, the new 2500 features a smaller grille and a more steeply sloped hood and windshield.
The Ram Van 2500 comes equipped with the same 3.9-liter V-6 that powers earlier van models. However, the 2500 replaces the B250’s standard five-speed manual transmission with a three-speed automatic transmission.
For 1997, the Ram Van 2500 received wider cargo doors, an updated audio system, and a new ignition switch.
In 1998, the standard three-speed automatic transmission was replaced with a four-speed automatic. In an attempt to minimize noise in vans powered by the optional V-8, Dodge shifted the V-8 engines forward. Twin front airbags and another new stereo system can be found on these models.
In 1999, an optional 5.2-liter Compressed Natural Gas V-8 engine was offered to fleet customers. 2000 brought more subtle tweaks, including the addition of optional chrome-clad wheels, windshield wiper nozzles, and a six-speaker sound system. In 2001, Dodge added a trailer tow package with a Class IV receiver hitch and upgraded the tilt-adjustable steering wheel with new positions. Dodge made no notable changes to the Ram Van 2500 after 2001.