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I tow a travel trailer with my Pilot so here's my opinion and, just for fun, a pic from last week's camping trip:
You're right to be concerned about the tongue weight as 470 is certainly on the high end and yes, you are over the rated limit with passengers. Hybrids have a heavy tongue weight because of the front bed - even if you only have a single propane bottle and minimal items in the front pass through. Thinking practically, you will be well over 500 lbs of hitch weight once you have the trailer on and loaded. While you will likely be able to lift up the trailer with a weight distribution hitch to an acceptable level, I would expect the strain to be high and you will likely experience a combination of the trailer pushing you and bounce depending on the road.
As far as overall weight and towing, from my experience the weight isn't the issue. It's wind resistance. You'll be able to pull a 4400 lbs trailer, albeit not quickly and with really awful fuel economy across the country. But in a storm that big trailer will be a beast to handle. I recently drove 350 km home through the edge of an area with funnel cloud warnings - the entire drive was into the wind. I wouldn't consider it unsafe but if the trailer was any bigger or heaver I would have had to have parked it. The Pilot is just too small for anything other than ideal to decent conditions. I was dreaming of a diesel GMC Canyon the entire drive home.
Stopping with a properly setup hitch and properly working trailer brakes isn't an issue. That's my opinion based on experience. Others will feel different.
So here's the tl;dr opinion: that trailer is over weight for the Pilot. You can do it, but you're at the edge. Personally, I would pick a different trailer or tow vehicle.
For reference, my trailer is just under 3500 lbs loaded and coming up to 375 - 400 lbs tongue weight but the weight was off the hitch in this pic. With an Andersen Weight Distribution hitch (selected that one because it weighs about 50 lbs less than anything else) and 3 adults and one child in the Pilot I have less than 2 inches of butt sag. But since it is a single axle I still get hitch bounce even with the Andersen real tight.
Thank you all for your very helpful generous replies!
Yes,i will get a weight distribution hitch. I will look into the Andersen Brand since I read many piloteers use it for it's lightweight!
The 470 tongue weight is measured when the camper is loaded at 4400#
at the dry weight of 3600 it is probably 360ish. as far as the 10-15% rule says.
I know im on the heavier side of camping but doable. I agree about the wind drag and weather play such an impt. roll when driving.
One of the tricks to lessen tongue weight is move the battery to the back and move the propane tank to the inside back of camper. Right there you can less a load of weight.
I will travel without water in the camper too. I basically travel light....lol
I will travel locally mostly with some trips 150 miles each way mostly flat. Mass to NH
Moutainpete! Your Pilot is the same color as mine!
Where did you get those mirrors? my camper will be 8 feet wide too and was wonder if stock mirrors would work without those mirror extensions.
Also what Anderson hitch part number did you use!?
Thanks for the reply! I appreciate it!
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