Spotted in China: second generation Dodge Ram Van RV

Published on December 23, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: second generation Dodge Ram Van RV

Here we have a very special second generation Dodge Ram Van, converted to a ‘recreational vehicle’ or RV. This beauty was seen in Beijing by reader Ali Khalili, thank you for the pictures! The second generation Ram Van was made from 1979 until 1993 and never exported to China, so how this Dodge ended up in the capital is a mystery, even harder to solve because it doesn’t have any license plates.

Spotted in China: second generation Dodge Ram Van RV

The Ram Van is in near-perfect shape and completely original up until the wheels and alloys. It seems to date from the early 1980’s with the chromed bumpers, grille and mirrors. Badge on the side says ‘Ram 250’, meaning it was rated at 3-4 ton. There were many engine options, ranging from a 110hp 3.7 liter l6 to the manic 195hp 7.2 liter V8. What exactly sits under the bonnet here is unknown, but we hope its is the 7.2…

Spotted in China: second generation Dodge Ram Van RV

The conversion to RV was done by a Californian company called Continental Coach Corporation from Orange County. Sadly, it seems the company doesn’t exist anymore. RVIA stands for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, and they are still very much alive. Well, a mysterious but beautiful Dodge Ram Van in Beijing, and as far as I know the only one.


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  1. Gan Jing- December 24, 2012 Reply

    Ali Khalili, this is the second time I saw this name here,interesting and more pics is welcomed.Ahaha…

  2. Mike- June 1, 2013 Reply

    This either came from North Korea or got exported there. Link: http://www.nkeconwatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/19A.jpg

    The van in DPRK has what appears to be Hongqi Ca770 foglights.

  3. bydforthewin- January 29, 2015 Reply

    Saw one in Shanghai a few months ago. Sadly I didn’t have a camera phone at that point 🙁

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