True, but what I was getting at was, if the Pilot had no more than a Class II hitch, you would be limited to 350 lb tongue weight. Is there any mention of max. tongue weight? I don't have the manual handy.The Classes are general DOT ratings for hitch capacity and have little do do with the total coapcity of the hitch and vehical "system".
I have always heard this as rule of thumb also, but according to the DOT specs, that 10% appears to be the maximum. I'm not sure what the minumum is but I have heard that not enouph tongue weight could cause the trailer in tow to 'wander'.Rule of thumb is 10% of the trailer weight should be on the tonuge.