Re: Factory GVWR too low?
The Dodge vans are unibody, therefore have lower capacities. THe last Ram Van 3500 had the same GVWR as the current E150 van!
Besides the chassis limitations, the running gear is also not heavy duty.
While it is not uncommon for some up-fitters to up-rate the E350, the extended version shares the same frame specs as the 14,050 GVWR cutaway chassis, and Ford publishes the ratings for each chassis component on the van (springs, axles, brakes etc). Dodge never released that kind of technical data, so an upfitter would have to pretty much reverse engineer the vehicle before they could up-rate it.
The 2nd placard is the SMB final body upfitter sticker, because it was probably shipped as an incomplete vehicle. That is not the correct format for an uprated GVWR if that is what you are looking for.
2000 E450 dually V10 wagon