I've lost touch for awhile and yikes! Looks like your spending alot of time and frustration in telescope never never land.As I've caught up on your issues with the lx80 I keep shaking my head. I know you had high hopes to be imaging now. I might suggest that you send your letter now and again after the takeover is complete.As for weight my friend,do as I did. Get an astrogizmo 365 and leave the mount outside permantly. My cg11 has been outside now for almost 8 months with zero problems. Its been a real life saver as far as my back is concerned.Good luck with your concern. I'll keep checking in to read of your progress.
With my LX80 off for repairs, I decided to "fix" the weight and AP issues by buying a second mount. I'm selling a few things to fund the purchase of an iOptron ZEQ25. Even an old man like me should be able to schlep that around without trouble. I've though about a cover and still may give that a try.
I do still like the LX80. Other than AP issues, the 2 problems I've had with the mount were, at least in part, user error. Meade has been good about resolving problems. That said, I still don't have a mount to use for 4 to 6 weeks so I need something anyway.
Sounds like your setup is working out well for you. That's great!