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The trailercycles are all rated for a 85 lb stoker or half the weight of the main rider (the lowest of both figures). You might be able to tweak these figures a bit, but not too much. The weak point of all trailercycles is their articulation, and even though the larger Trek has a 24" wheel, you would be much better with the Burley Piccolo. The Piccolo is much more stable than an Addams or Trek, especially if that child never did any cycling at all. But will all trailercycles (yes, even the Piccolo), carrying a child that heavy means she has to be very stable, never wiggle, move her head left and right, etc.
Besides that, depending on the onset of her puberty, she might be able to use it for 1 year, 2 at the most, so it doesn't make sense to buy a trailercycle (though you could borrow one).
As for riding a tandem, you will soon discover it goes as well as riding your single bike. Transporting it is a different story. You either need a minivan, a pick-up or a roof-top rack (The Tandem Topper is often recommended).
BTW. I cycle with a 8 year old daughter and a 4 year old daughter, with a Co-Motion tandem and a Piccolo trailercycle. Before that, the oldest daughter has been one year on an Addams Trail-a-Bike (I scrapped it after 1800 km: too wiggly by then) and for 3 years on a Piccolo (as good as new, except for the hub).
On the other hand, I don't transport the bike, except by pedal power. I'd rather start from home and play in traffic!