While the impact the Dodge Caravan made on the American family has been storied, the minivan also presented itself as a useful commercial vehicle. Originating as the Mini Ram Van, the Dodge Caravan Cargo Van was first introduced shortly after the release of the passenger model. After an eight-year hiatus, the Dodge Caravan Cargo Van returned for the 2003 model year.
Offered with a 113.3-inch wheelbase as well as a 119.3-inch wheelbase Grand Caravan Cargo Van, the Dodge commercial minivan allowed for maximum storage room. Standard equipped with front passenger seating, the rear area of the 2003 Caravan Cargo Van featured a rubber-lined floor. The regular length Dodge Caravan Cargo Van could accommodate up to 146.7 cubic feet of storage space while the Grand Caravan Cargo Van offered a maximum of 165 cubic feet of cargo volume. Sliding side doors on both sides of the commercial-oriented minivan allows for easy loading and unloading of goods. Instead of glass, buyers of the Caravan Cargo Van could opt for paneling providing greater surface area to post corporate markings and protection for important items.
Front-wheel drive power for the 2003 Dodge Caravan Cargo Van came from a 3.3-liter V-6 powerplant channeled through a four-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment on the 2003 model year Caravan Cargo Van included dual front airbags, anti-lock braking system, air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo system with cassette player. Roof rack, towing package, remote keyless entry and heated mirrors are options found on the small Dodge cargo van.The Grand Caravan Cargo Van was dropped after the 2005 model year leaving only the regular length version. After 2007, Dodge decided not to continue production of the regular wheelbase Caravan and ultimately ended availability of the cargo van model.