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Ok, based on what we have discussed here I've narrowed it down to 3 main choices:

1) Reduce my touring weight by 100kg (near impossible unless I can get some lightweight water from somewhere - lol) and then I can remain a Forester loyalist.

2) Go up to the next logical vehicle size still having AWD (Prado, Pajero).

3) Get a ute with an AWD mode (Triton, Amarok) and set it up for touring (dual batteries, storage drawers, or maybe even a slide-on camper).

I could never own a full size 4wd like a Cruiser or Patrol. I just don't like them. Too thirsty and damaging to the environment.
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^ sounds reasonable; plan to carry more than you estimate ;-)
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[Off-Topic] Those additional tanks must be pretty small, or are you talking just the weight of the tanks, in which case they're pretty heavy..?!! [/Off-Topic]
Just the "guessed" weight of an additional 2 metal tanks and plumbing plus a 50L water bladder.
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3) Get a ute with an AWD mode (Triton, Amarok) and set it up for touring (dual batteries, storage drawers, or maybe even a slide-on camper).
Go the diesel Amarok, I've heard they're pretty easy to mod for more power. Of course that throws the environment out the window...

..or a Toureg, but that throws the wallet out the window as well.
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We have an Amarok ute at work (as well as BT50s, Hiluxes, Colorados and DMaxs). The Amarok feels the safest on the road. It is predictable, comfortable, compliant and composed. The Amaroks seem to be designed for robustness and don't seem to break too much - even with VWs reliability reputation. Still, if I were to go for an AWD equipped ute then it'd be between the current model Triton and the 4Motion Amarok. I'd have to do some reliability research but my sensibilities tell me to go Japanese out of those two.

Touaregs are amazing vehicles but they break and parts are not cheap. Amazing to drive though - sporty (like a GT or XT), but luxurious. A Touareg can make it up Big Red too. If I was a mechanic I'd consider it.
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My son's Amarok feels more comfortable, more car-like than my Triton. However my Triton has upgraded / stiffer suspension and is higher than OEM and I'm running muddies. If you have big feet i.e. size 12 you may find the driver's footwell in the Triton a bit too small. The Amarok is wider than the Triton but has a shorter tub; so tub volume is probably about the same.

newtriton.net is a good place to research Tritons (I'm a member over there but don't visit very often)
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My size 10.5 foots should fit.

By the way Kevin, you've had your Triton for a few years now. You would've put tens of thousands of km on it to date - what's the most expensive repair you've had to fork out for?
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Servicing can be a bit steep but I stay with the stealer because it has a 10 year / 160K power train warranty. I'm at about 140K atm and this has been mainly trips, Simpson, Cape York, across to Broome and the Kimberley etc etc.

The car has been airborne a few times and while the suspension, chassis etc all held up I managed to crack the tub around the inner wheel arch section. I think this happened when I hit a dry creek bed at about 80Ks/hr in the dark! I got a new tub from the dealer for free and fixed it myself; probably could've claimed insurance but I wanted to reroute aux tank fuel lines and breathers underneath the tub anyway.

Otherwise there has been no other repairs required just regular servicing at 15k intervals; 30K intervals beyond the first 30K are more expensive as there is more work associated with diesel maintenance e.g. valve adjustment, removing manifolds etc:

30K $590
45K $940 (incl replace front brake pads $287)
60K $1118 (incls replaced rear shoes $296, power steering flush $118)
75K $692
90K $1595
105K $902 (incl machine front discs and replace pads $316)
120K $1454
135K $646

If I still have it at 160K it will be serviced elsewhere. I expect to replace it within the next 18 months.
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What will potentially replace it?
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Possibly an Iveco Daily 4x4 with a slide-on camper. Although I'd prefer an auto but they haven't released one yet.

https://www.motoring.com.au/iveco-da...review-107989/
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