Well you are asking a lot for sure. One thing you got wrong is the SB is defiantly NOT like the LC on steroids.
When I did my AK Prudhoe trip I ran into a couple in a SB traveling a similar route as me. I was on my trusty GS and they invited me inside one morning as we waited for a road closure due to wildfire in Canada. I have to admit it was nice. They loved it and understandably so.
However I wasn't sold, and seeing as you have an 80 already I would say its a no brainier.
If anything the LC FZJ80 is the strongest of the options you have listed. It has a good pay load and the 212,000 odometer doesn't scare me at all. They are known for that and more. They can be set up to be very comfy for 2 folks. Stripping the rear seats out and setting up the rear as you would like is one way to go. With an RTT on the top it would be a great reliable safe way to travel and it is more than capable for any trail the US has to offer. Even in AK you would be able to trek most places.
The other's you have listed including the first ones like EarthRoamer are IMO way to heavy and big to try and be covert and capable on an actual trail.
Now if a serious capable camper is what you would be most comfortable in then I have to scream EARTHCRISER. SB sized ( I'm partial to the size.) but on a stronger chassis. IMO...
With a really nice camper set up. With everything you have listed and more.
Maybe you could look into an Earth Cruiser? They seem to be easy to handle as well as capable in the rough stuff from everything I have read.
They also just opened house here in the US. BTW I have no affiliation with EC.
BUT... once again you have an 80 already and they can be set up so easy and are so reliable and fun that its hard to look past the drive way since its there already.
I think it could meet all your needs with ease. But an EarthCruier would be BAD-***
Last edited by zolo; 08-08-2012 at 02:13 AM.
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