Behind the third-row seats, the 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan has 31.1 cubic feet of space. When the third row of seats folds down, the cargo space increases to 78.9 cubic feet. Fulling folding down the second and third rows provides a maximum cargo space is 140.3 cubic feet.
Here are the cargo stats based up seats up and down:
- Second and third-row seats up: 31.1 cubic feet
- Third row down: 78.9 cubic feet
- Second and third rows down: 140.3 cubic feet
The Caravan’s signature Stow ‘n Go seats fold into the floor, making a move to utilize cargo space a simple task. Interior dimensions with seats stowed are 7.5 feet long (90 inches), 4.5 feet tall (54 inches), and 5.3 feet wide (63.6) inches.
There were rumors that the beloved Caravan was going to be retired. Fortunately, for the shrinking minivan market, the Caravan and its ample cargo capacity are here to stay. We took a closer look at the cargo space of the Caravan from the last few years. Read on as we share our findings and answer some curious questions about what can fit in the back of one of the classic minivans.
The Stow ‘n Go Setup
Introduced in 2004, the second-row Stow ‘n Go seats are easy to use and don’t require removal to boost the cargo space. With this fourth generation came the artistic ability for seats to fold into the floor. And, if the seats are in use, that space they fold into is open and ready to store some goods.
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Caravan vs. Grand Caravan
The term “Grand” has come and gone, and come again for the Dodge minivan. The “Dodge Caravan” didn’t make the fifth generation, which started in 2008. The “Grand Caravan,” however, is still with us today.
The 2007 model year was the final one in which Dodge offered both the Caravan and the Grand Caravan. The main difference between a Caravan and Grand Caravan was the overall length, which contributed to more interior space for the Grand Caravan.
Here’s how the cargo dimensions compared in 2007:
2007 Grand Caravan
- Behind the third row: 17.6 cubic feet
- Third row down: 51.3 cubic feet
- Second and third rows down: 167.9 cubic feet
- Behind the third row: 15.1 cubic feet
- Third row down: 44.2 cubic feet
- Second and third rows down: 142.3 cubic feet
The Modern Grand Caravan
In 2008 the Grand Caravan left the Caravan behind. These days the Grand Caravan is still in its fifth generation. From the fourth to the fifth generation, cargo space was reduced. Some minor updates and some improvements with Stow ‘n Go have been made. But, not much else has changed with the overall design of this minivan.
The cargo space capacity for the Grand Caravan over the last five years (2015 to 2019) has varied slightly. We looked at U.S. News Cars to view dimensions over the previous few years.
Range of dimensions for the Grand Caravan: (2015 to 2019):
- Behind the third row: 31.1 to 33 cubic feet
- Third row down: 78.9 to 83.3 cubic feet
- Second and third rows down: 140.3 to 143.8 cubic feet
It’s a generous amount of functional space that serves many purposes.
Can You Sleep In A Dodge Grand Caravan?
From campgrounds to travel plazas to Walmart parking lots, many Caravan owners have turned the back of their minivan into sleeping quarters. Folding the second and third-row seats down creates a flat, spacious area for a bed. It’s a popular choice for campers or those long road trips that require some shut-eye. Perhaps not an ideal solution if the weather is too hot, too cold or too rainy. But, yes, you can sleep in your Caravan. Just be sure you are in a safe spot and parking legally.
Okay, the answer is yes, you can sleep in your Caravan…if you want to. But what can you sleep on?
Can You Fit A Queen Mattress In A Dodge Caravan?
Let’s go back to dimensions for a minute. With seats stowed, the current Caravan has 90 inches of length and 63.6 inches of width for cargo. The dimensions of a queen mattress are 80 inches long by 60 inches wide. Length-wise, the mattress should fit. Width-wise, the mattress should fit but might not. Even though there are a few inches to spare, trim is likely taking up the width, and the mattress might not lay flat. Also, getting the mattress through the back hatch opening might be problematic.
To make sure your queen mattress fits, measure your Caravan first. And don’t forget to take the trim and back hatch opening into consideration.
Can You Fit A Full-Size Mattress In A Dodge Caravan?
A full-size or double mattress is 53 inches wide and 75 inches long. A current Caravan is just over 63 inches wide and 90 inches long. A full-size mattress will easily slide into the back of your Caravan. Again, check to make sure the mattress clears the minivan’s trim and lays flat.
Fellow Caravan owners suggest using a twin mattress, an air mattress, or creating your custom-sized mattress to fit the space. Twin mattresses are 38 inches wide and 75 inches long. This mattress lies flat and fits with space to spare.
The Grand Caravan And Cargo Space Live On
The Dodge Caravan has withstood the test of time for decades. Many minivans are extinct. The Caravan is threatened today by more modern minivans and SUVs. But the Caravan hangs on. The interior is roomy. More importantly, the Stow ‘n Go seating creates a massive cargo hold that is a breeze to access.
It’s easy to make space in the Caravan to suit any need. With all seats up, seven riders sit comfortably with plenty of room for their stuff. But we are talking about the Caravan’s cargo capacity in this post. Fold-down those seats or use space in the floorboards. Pack up the kids and go on a long road trip. Hit the home improvement store and pick up plywood, bags of mulch, and a wheelbarrow. Help your friend move their couch or bed.
And for those of you who are truly adventurous, skip the tent, throw a mattress in the back of your Caravan, and sleep. Just be sure to measure.
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Wednesday 22nd of September 2021
I was able to put a full sized box spring in the van, but did not lay flat. I had to angle it. Mattresses have a little give though where box springs are pretty rigid. I would be leary of trying to get a queen mattress in there.