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Touring on a mountain bike with a trailer is perfectly feasible. I've ridden with cyclists who have done so. You do not need a touring bike. Speed is not the issue in touring. I would highly suggest slick tires and bar ends. The bar ends will be mostly to give you an extra hand position or two. Riding long miles without moving your hands is torture.
Why don't you set yourself up with the trailer first, load it up and ride with it. Do a shakedown cruise or two, maybe try a weekend. You'll find out soon enough if you want different gearing. The most important thing in touring is to have a wide range of gears: low lows and a high high. The low lows are more important than the high, though. You will very likely discover that mountain bike gearing is fine for touring.
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