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Commercial Grade Truck Comparison Guide

How do the International CV, Ford F-550 and Ram 5500 trucks compare? The International CV is the newest entrant in this 3-ton truck model class and we compare it to it’s Ford and Ram rivals. All three models offer a combination of GVW payload capacity, maneuverability, driver comfort and up fitting options. These trucks are ideal as Box Trucks, Refrigerated Trucks, Dump trucks, tow trucks, service trucks, plow trucks and more. Everything you need to make an informed buying decision for a commercial 3-ton truck is in this guide. Make an informed commercial duty truck buying decision - check out this guide before you buy.

Visibility and Glass

International CV Truck

International CV Series

Driver's Side Rear: 136"


Driver's Side Forward: 207"


Forward Straight Ahead: 442"


 Forward Over Center: 483"


Forward at Hood Corner: 517"


 Passenger Side Forward: 384"


Passenger Side Rear: 383"


Windshield Design: 1-piece


Windshield Rake Angle: 34 degrees


Windshield Area (sq. in.): 1,418


Wiper Coverage (sq. in.): 1,137


Wiper Efficiency (%): 80%


Side Cab Glass (sq. in.): 936


Rear Cab Glass (sq. in.): 672


Total Cab Glass (sq. in.): 3,026

International CV Truck

Ford F-550

Driver's Side Rear: 132"


Driver's Side Forward: 157"


Forward Straight Ahead: 455"


 Forward Over Center: 472"


Forward at Hood Corner: 508"


 Passenger Side Forward: 294"


Passenger Side Rear: 364"


Windshield Design: 1-piece


Windshield Rake Angle: 34 degrees


Windshield Area (sq. in.): 1,610


Wiper Coverage (sq. in.): 1,273


Wiper Efficiency (%): 79%


Side Cab Glass (sq. in.): 956


Rear Cab Glass (sq. in.): 669


Total Cab Glass (sq. in.): 3,235

International CV Truck

Ram 5500

Driver's Side Rear: 135"


Driver's Side Forward: 182"


Forward Straight Ahead: 436"


 Forward Over Center: 523"


Forward at Hood Corner: 534"


 Passenger Side Forward: 374"


Passenger Side Rear: 410"


Windshield Design: 1-piece


Windshield Rake Angle: 32 degrees


Windshield Area (sq. in.): 1,593


Wiper Coverage (sq. in.): 1,225


Wiper Efficiency (%): 77%


Side Cab Glass (sq. in.): 1,174


Rear Cab Glass (sq. in.): 707


Total Cab Glass (sq. in.): 3,474

Chassis and Frame Equipment

International CV Truck

International CV Series

Frame Ratings:

Yield (PSI): 50,000

SM (in): 8.08-10.93

RBM (in.-lbs.): 404,000 - 546,500


Wheelbase Options: 141" - 243"


Frame Rail Design: Drop Center C-Channel with Straight Top Flange


 Frame Fasteners: Huck Bolts


Clean CA Option: Available


 Front of Frame Extensions: 4" Bumper Extension


Fuel Tanks:

Type: Plastic Molded Tanks

Total Capacity: 25, 40 Gallons

Location: 40 Gallon Between Rails Aft of Rear Ale, 25 Gallon Inside LH Rail Forward of Rear Axle

Duel Capacity: 65 Gallons


Exhaust ATD Configurations: 

Mounting: Horizontal

Location: RH Back of Cab


Tailpipe Configurations: 

Standard: Exits Behind Rear Axle

Optional: Exits Forward of Rear Tire


DEF Tank Mounting: Outside RH Rail Under Cab


DEF Tank Sizes: 6.75 Gallons 

International CV Truck

Ford F-550

Frame Ratings:

Yield (PSI): 50,000

SM (in): 12.7

RBM (in.-lbs.): Not Published


Wheelbase Options: 145" - 205"


Frame Rail Design: Variable Depth, Boxed Under Cab, Rear C-Channel


 Frame Fasteners: Bolted, Welding and Rivets


Clean CA Option: Available


 Front of Frame Extensions: Not Available


Fuel Tanks:

Type: Plastic Molded Tanks

Total Capacity: 26.5, 40 Gallons

Location: 40 Gallon Between Rails Aft or Rear Ale, 26.5 Gallon Inside LH Rail Forward of Rear Axle

Duel Capacity: 66.5 Gallons


Exhaust ATD Configurations: 

Mounting: Horizontal

Location: RH Back of Cab


Tailpipe Configurations: 

Standard: Exits Behind Rear Axle

Optional: No Published Options


DEF Tank Mounting: Inside of LH Rail, Outside of RH Rail


DEF Tank Sizes: 7.2 Gallons

International CV Truck

Ram 5500

Frame Ratings:

Yield (PSI): 50,000

SM (in): Not Published

RBM (in.-lbs.): Not Published


Wheelbase Options: 145" - 205"


Frame Rail Design: Variable Depth Kick Up Rear C-Channel


 Frame Fasteners: Bolted and Riveted


Clean CA Option: Available


 Front of Frame Extensions: Not Available


Fuel Tanks:

Type: Plastic Molded Tanks

Total Capacity: 22.52 Gallons

Location: 52 Gallon Between Rails Aft of Rear Axle, 22 Gallon Inside LH Rail Forward of Rear Axle

Duel Capacity: 74 Gallons


Exhaust ATD Configurations: 

Mounting: Horizontal

Location: RH Back of Cab


Tailpipe Configurations: 

Standard: Exits Behind Rear Axle

Optional: No Published Options


DEF Tank Mounting: LH Outside Rail Under Cab


DEF Tank Sizes: 5.5 Gallons

Engine Specifications

International CV Truck

International 6.6 V8 Diesel

Truck Model: CV™ Series


 Truck Model: International® 6.6 V8 Diesel


Displacement: 6.6L


Engine Block: Cast Iron


 Fuel System: High-Pressure Common Rail


Cam: SOHC


 Turbocharger: Variable Geometry (VGT)


Horsepower: 350


Torque (lb.-ft.): 700


Dry Weight (lbs.): 835


Warranty: 5 Years/100,000

International CV Truck

Ford F-550

Engine: Power Stroke® 6.7 V8 Diesel


Displacement: 6.7L


Engine Block: Compact Graphite


 Fuel System: High-Pressure Common Rail


Cam: DOHC


 Turbocharger: Asymmetric


Horsepower: 270-330


Torque (lb.-ft.): 675-725


Dry Weight (lbs.): 920


Warranty: 5 Years/60,000

International CV Truck

Dodge

Truck Model: 5500


 

Engine: 6.4L HEMI® V8 Gasoline 


Displacement: 6.4L


Engine Block: Cast Iron


 Fuel System: Sequential Multi-Port Injection


Cam: SOHC


 Turbocharger: N/A


Horsepower: 410


Torque (lb.-ft.): 429


Dry Weight (lbs.): Not Published


Warranty: 5 Years/60,000

Electrical

International CV Truck

International CV Series

Panel Locations: Engine compartment, driver side 


Access: No Tools Required


Batteries: 2 or 3 Batteries

Amperage: 1,100-2,250 CCA


Battery Box:

Material: Steel

Cover: Plastic

Location: LH Under Cab


Alternators: Denso SC2/SC6

Amperage: 150-440'


 Jump Start Provision: Inside Battery Box Located on Positive Terminal of Outermost Battery


Circuit Protection: Solid-State and Fuses

Optional: No published options


Upfitter Auxiliary Switches: Up to 4 Switches 


Body Builder Wiring Access: Back of Cab, Under Crew Cab, End of Frame

International CV Truck

Ford F-550

Panel Locations: Engine compartment, passenger side


Access: No Tools Required


Batteries: 1 or 2 Batteries

Amperage: 750-1,500 CCA


Battery Box:

Material: Plastic

Cover: Not Applicable

Location: LH/RH Side Under Hood


Alternators: Ford Motor Company

Amperage: 240-357'


 Jump Start Provision: Not Available


Circuit Protection: Solid-State and Fuses

Optional: No published options


Upfitter Auxiliary Switches: 6 Switches 


Body Builder Wiring Access: Under Hood, End of Frame

International CV Truck

Ram 5500

Panel Locations: Engine compartment, driver side near the battery


Access: No Tools Required


Batteries: 1 or 2 Batteries

Amperage: 730-1,450 CCA


Battery Box:

Material: Plastic

Cover: Not Applicable

Location: LH/RH Side Under Hood


Alternators: Mopar

Amperage: 180-440'


 Jump Start Provision: Not Available


Circuit Protection: Solid-State and Fuses

Optional: No published options


Upfitter Auxiliary Switches: Up to 5 Switches 


Body Builder Wiring Access: Under Hood, (Lighting) End of Frame

Routine Maintenance

International CV Truck

International CV Series

Driver Side Maintenance Points: Oil Check, Oil Fill, Power Steering Reservoir, Transmission Fluid, Brake Fluid


Passenger Side Maintenance Points: Coolant Reservoir, Washer Fluid, Air Cleaner, Filterminder


Translucent Containers (levels-at-a-glance): Coolant Reservoir, Washer Fluid, Power Steering Reservoir, Brake Fluid


ISO Identification: Oil Fill, Transmission Fluid, Power Steering, Coolant Reservoir, Washer Fluid, Brake Fluid


Tethered Caps: Washer Fluid, Coolant Reservoir


 Fluid Filter Mounts: All Bottom Load


Hood Pull Force to Open: 35.9 lbs.


Hood Latch Design: Fender-back rubber Straps 


Hood Tilt Range: 74 degrees

International CV Truck

Ford F-550

Driver Side Maintenance Points: Oil Check, Oil Fill, Power Steering Reservoir, Transmission Fluid, Brake Fluid, Coolant Reservoir, Washer Fluid


Passenger Side Maintenance Points: Air Cleaner, Filterminder


Translucent Containers (levels-at-a-glance): Coolant Reservoir, Washer Fluid, Power Steering Reservoir, Brake Fluid


ISO Identification: Oil Fill, Coolant Reservoir, Washer Fluid, Brake Fluid


Tethered Caps: Washer Fluid


 Fluid Filter Mounts: Oil Bottom Load, Fuel Top Load


Hood Pull Force to Open: Not Applicable


Hood Latch Design: Under Dash/Hood


Hood Tilt Range: 45 degrees

International CV Truck

Ram 5500

Driver Side Maintenance Points: Oil Check, Oil Fill (valve cover), Transmission Fluid, Power Steering Reservoir, Brake Fluid, Washer Fluid


Passenger Side Maintenance Points: Coolant Reservoir, Air Cleaner


Translucent Containers (levels-at-a-glance): Coolant Reservoir, Power Steering Reservoir, Brake Fluid


ISO Identification: Oil Fill, Coolant Reservoir, Washer Fluid, Brake Fluid


Tethered Caps: Washer Fluid


 Fluid Filter Mounts: Oil Bottom Load, Fuel Top Load


Hood Pull Force to Open: Not Applicable


Hood Latch Design: Under Dash/Hood


Hood Tilt Range: 47 degrees

Commercial Grade Design

International CV Truck

International CV Series

Available BBCs 115, 149.5"


Windshield Slope: 34 degrees


Cab Construction: Welded Steel


 Available Cabs:

Regular

34.5" Crew


Door Construction: Steel


 Cab Suspension- Standard: 4-Point Rubber Mounts


Widest Door Opening Angle: 67 degrees


Hood Construction: 3-Piece Composite


Hood Design: Forward Tilting


Hood Tilt Effort: 35.9 lbs.


Hood Operation: Easy to close hood while standing at ground level for nearly any driver


Hood Mechanics: Forward Tilting

International CV Truck

Ford F-550

Available BBCs 123.7", 146.3", 158"


Windshield Slope: 34 degrees


Cab Construction: Aluminum Alloy


 Available Cabs:

Regular

22.5" Super

34.3" Crew


Door Construction: Aluminum Alloy


 Cab Suspension- Standard: 4-Point Rubber Mounts


Widest Door Opening Angle: 75 degrees


Hood Construction: 1-Piece Stamped Aluminum Alloy


Hood Design: Automative-style front opening


Hood Tilt Effort: Not Applicable


Hood Operation: Smaller drivers may need to stand on the front bumper to reach raised hood


Hood Mechanics: Automative Style

International CV Truck

Ram 5500

Available BBCs 123", 152"


Windshield Slope: 32 degrees


Cab Construction: Welded Steel


 Available Cabs:

Regular

29" Crew


Door Construction: Steel


 Cab Suspension- Standard: 4-Point Rubber Mounts


Widest Door Opening Angle: 66 degrees


Hood Construction: 1-Piece Stamped Sheet Metal


Hood Design: Automotive-style front opening


Hood Tilt Effort: Not Applicable


Hood Operation: Smaller drivers may need to stand on front bumper to reach raised hood


Hood Mechanics: Automotive Style

Cab Size and Dimensions

International CV Truck

International CV Series

Width:

A-pillar to A-pillar at Dash: 58"

B-pillar to B-pillar at Dash: 57.25"

Cab Width at Shoulder Level: 67.25"

Cab Width at Hip Level: 61.25"

Centerline of Seat to Door at Hips: 13" 


Depth:

A-pillar to Back of Cab at Dash: 49"

A-pillar to Back of Cab at Roof: 33.5"

Fuel Pedal Centerline to Back of Cab: 54.5"


Forward Straight Ahead:

Floor to Roof at Dash Edge: 44.75"

Floor to Roof at Seat Edge: 44.75"

Floor to Roof at B-pillar: 45"


 Total Volume (CU.FT.)64

International CV Truck

Ford F-550

Width:

A-pillar to A-pillar at Dash: 58.5

B-pillar to B-pillar at Dash: 59.5"

Cab Width at Shoulder Level: 68.75"

Cab Width at Hip Level: 62.75"

Centerline of Seat to Door at Hips: 13.75" 


Depth:

A-pillar to Back of Cab at Dash: 54"

A-pillar to Back of Cab at Roof: 38"

Fuel Pedal Centerline to Back of Cab: 49.25"


Forward Straight Ahead:

Floor to Roof at Dash Edge: 48"

Floor to Roof at Seat Edge: 46"

Floor to Roof at B-pillar: 49"


 Total Volume (CU.FT.)71

International CV Truck

RAM 5500

Width:

A-pillar to A-pillar at Dash: 58.25"

B-pillar to B-pillar at Dash: 61.75"

Cab Width at Shoulder Level: 69.75"

Cab Width at Hip Level: 62.75"

Centerline of Seat to Door at Hips: 12.75" 


Depth:

A-pillar to Back of Cab at Dash: 53.5"

A-pillar to Back of Cab at Roof: 37.25"

Fuel Pedal Centerline to Back of Cab: 58.5"


Forward Straight Ahead:

Floor to Roof at Dash Edge: 45.75"

Floor to Roof at Seat Edge: 45.75"

Floor to Roof at B-pillar: 48.5"


 Total Volume (CU.FT.)75

Transmissions and Equipment

International CV Truck

International CV Series

Manual Transmissions: Not Available


Automated Transmissions: Not Available


Automatic Transmissions: Allison: 1700, 1750, 2700, 2750 6-speed (HS, EVS, RDS, MH)


 Shifter OptionsColumn Mounted Shifter


PTO Locations:

Model: Allison: 1700, 1750, 2700, 2750

Size: 6-Bolt


 Location: LH/RH Side Mount (N/A - HS Series)

 

International CV Truck

Ford F-550

Manual Transmissions: Not Available


Automated Transmissions: Not Available


Automatic Transmissions: Ford: TorqShift® 6-speed


 Shifter OptionsColumn Mounted Shifter


PTO Locations:

Model: Ford: TorqShift®

Size: 6-Bolt


 Location: LH Side Mount

International CV Truck

RAM 5500

Manual Transmissions: Mercedes: G56 6-speed


Automated Transmissions: Not Available


Automatic Transmissions: AISIN: AS66RC HD, AS69RC H/D 6-speed


 Shifter OptionsColumn Mounted Shifter


PTO Locations:

Model: Mercedes: MB G56 6-speed

Size: 6-Bolt, LH/RH Side Mount AISIN: AS66RC, HD, AS69RC HD 6-Bolt


 Location: RH Side Mount

Axles and Maneuverability 

International CV Truck

International CV Series

Axle Configurations:

Set-Forward: 34"

Set-Back: Not Available


Front Axles: Dana Spicer

Capacities: 6,000-8,000 lbs.


Front Drive Axles - Capacities: 7,500 lbs.


 Front Suspension - Spring Type: Taper-leaf with Shocks

Capacities: 6,000-8,000 lbs.


Standard Steering Gear: Bosch S2 8014 Plus


 inside Wheel Cut:

LH: 42 degrees

RH: 42 degrees


Calculated Turning Radius (165" WB, LH): 25.7'


Rear Axles: Dana Spicer

Single: 10,000-15,500 lbs.


Rear Suspensions Spring: International Vari-rate


Air: International Ride Optimized Suspension

Capacities: 11,000 15,500 lbs.

International CV Truck

Ford F-550

Axle Configurations:

Set-Forward: 38"

Set-Back: Not Available


Front Axles: Dana Spicer

Capacities: 7,000 lbs.


Front Drive Axles - Capacities: 7,500 lbs.


 Front Suspension - Spring Type: Mono-Beam Axle, Twin Coil Springs with Shock Absorbers and Standard Stabilizer Bar

Capacities: 7,000-7,500 lbs.


Standard Steering Gear: Not published


 inside Wheel Cut:

LH: 45 degrees

RH: 46 degrees


Calculated Turning Radius (165" WB, LH): 24.3'


Rear Axles: Dana Spicer

Single: 13,660-14,706 lbs.


Rear Suspensions Spring: Leaf, Single-stage Constant-rate main with auxiliary


Air: Not Available

Capacities: 13,900 15,000 lbs.

International CV Truck

RAM 5500

Axle Configurations:

Set-Forward: 39"

Set-Back: Not Available


Front Axles: Magna

Capacities: 7,000 lbs.


Front Drive Axles - Capacities: 7,000 lbs.


 Front Suspension - Spring Type: 5-Link Front Suspension Coil Spring with Shock Absorbers and Standard Stabilizer Bar

Capacities: 7,000 lbs.


Standard Steering Gear: Not published


 inside Wheel Cut:

LH: 40 degrees

RH: 41 degrees


Calculated Turning Radius (165" WB, LH): 26.6'


Rear Axles: Dana Spicer

Single: 13,500 lbs.


Rear Suspensions Spring: Two-stage Multi-leaf, Constant-rate main with sway bar


Air: Not Available

Capacities: 13,500 lbs.

Important Takeaways

  • Unlike some competitive designs with cut and welded designs or rivets in the top flange, the CV Series offers a straight, one-piece frame rail for efficient upfitting and outstanding durability.
  • The CV Series, with its wide, panoramic windshield and highly sloped hood, maintains clear visibility advantages across many angles measured. The over-center hood visibility beats the Ram 5500 by over three feet.
  • CV™ Series offers a full tilting hood making engine access quick and painless while standing on the ground. The Ford F-550 and Ram 5500 have automotive style hoods that force you to lean over the fenders to access maintenance items. Smaller drivers may also need to stand on the front bumper to reach the raised hood.
  • The CV Series electrical components necessary during the upfit process (power modules, connections and switches) are all included and designed into the electrical system to help streamline body installation.

Why you should buy an International CV

Cab

  • Standard, self-cleaning, high-grip steps are ideally placed so drivers and passengers can enter and exit the cab with ease
  • Inlaid, triple-seal doors reduce outside road noise
  • The Forward-Tilting Hood provides easy access to the engine and routine service points
  • Wide Load Side Mirrors with manual folding/extending are standard. Powered/heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals are available

Cab Interior

  • The CV Series offers comfortable, three-across seating
  • The center seat back can be lowered and used as an armest and beverage holder
  • The center seat bottom cushion raises to provide additional storage
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror is available
  • High-wear cloth seats provide extra support and keep your crew comfortable

Chassis

  • Single high strength low alloy steel (50,000 PSI yield strength) frame rail with no rivets on the top flange for easy body mounting
  • Available air ride rear suspension with flexible ride height
  • Meritor gear-driven transfer case - more durable than most chain-driven designs
  • Industry-exclusive painted chassis for enhanced longevity and corrosion resistance
  • Available clean CA package for efficient body installations 

Powertrain

  • The 6.6L Diesel Engine has been available for over 15 years while logging more than 100 billion real-world miles
  • Industry-standard Allison 6-speed automatic transmission - proven dependability in high-demand application

Upfitting

  • Standard, pre-drilled holes for snowplow brackets are included in the front frame assembly
  • Dual battery box is located under the cab. An optional third battery is available for installation during body mounting

Support Services

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