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I have seen a lot of LHTs, but I have never seen one with panniers on it. The tubing diameter looks small to be stiff enough to tour on. I ended up with a custom touring bike because my light touring bike that came from the LBS wiggled with 60 pounds of gear on it.
Considering what you would spend on a Surly or LHT you might consider having a custom bike made.
I am not sure if putting the bike inside the car is an option for a Corolla.
A lockring tool with a center pin keeps it from popping out of the splines under torque.
If I believe that my current tires have enough miles on them to last the trip, I carry no spare. If I don't think they'll make it, I carry one spare and have someone send me an additional tire as soon as I use the first spare.