I know that the shorter chainstay length could be a problem with panniers, but what about using a cyclocross with a bob trailer ? Is stability an issue ? Seems like a good bike to consider for paved/dirt touring rather than a dedicated touring bike.
For pulling a trailer is the LHT noticably superior to the Cross check or
Kona Sutra really that much better than Jake the snake ?
Cyclocross just seems more versatile and I'm looking for a bike my son can use also.
Tours will probably not exceed two weeks, so I'm not sure I need a full-blown touring bike if 90% of the time it will not be pulling a load.