Re: What do you know about Dodge Ram Vans?
Big difference is the structure. Its Unibody, so you can't do as much (i.e. 4x4, big lift, big bumpers etc) compared to the body-on-frame vans.
The powertrains are pretty much the same as the 1500 pickups of the same era. GVWRs were , so a Dodge van will have to step up a size to equal a Ford in payload (I.e. Dodge 2500 = Ford E150). Rear axle payload is especially low on the extended vans, which is compounded by the shorter wheelbase.
Generally I've seen some front end issues with the Dodge vans (early wear on most of the soft suspension parts). Engines don't seem to have any major issues but can have recurring electrical gremlins. Transmissions.... I haven't myself seen a problem with them, but I know the same transmission in the pickups doesn't have a great reputation.
Now being 10 years since production has ceased, some parts may be hard to source. There will always be powertrain parts, but when you get into van-specific item (interior, front end, instruments etc) you may have a tough time finding it on the shelf.
Good news is used parts are plentiful, since the chassis/body never changed from the mid 70s through the end of production.
As far as driving goes, they ride rough and have HUGE turning radius which is surprising considering the short wheelbase. They didn't go extinct just because....
2000 E450 dually V10 wagon