Looking quickly at August's Practical Caravan shows the following new 2 berths: Bailey Pursuit 400-2 @ 1090kgs MTPLM (82.5% match) Sprite Alpine 2 @ 1191kgs MTPLM (90.2% match) Venus 460/2 @ 1175kgs MTPLM (89% match) Xplore 304 @ 1043kgs MTPLM (79% match) Xplore 402 @ 1104kgs MTPLM (83.6% match) The newer the caravans tend to be heavier than older versions (one of our older caravans was a 1996 Coachman 480/4 4 berth that was only 1200kgs MTPLM!), so looking at one a year or so older might get you a bigger caravan at the sacrifice of newer kit. Also be aware that if you passed your test after January 1997 your "B" category only permits a maximum train weight (plated max. weight of car plus plated max. weight of caravan) of 3500kgs. Not a problem with what you're looking at but worth bearing in mind if you look at larger car/caravan combinations in the future.
Not quite. The guideline of 85% equates to the vehicles kerbweight, not it's maximum towing weight. From what I can see (but you must check) your car has a kerbweight of 1320kgs and a maximum towing weight of 1200kgs. The 1200kgs figure is the legal towing limit, the recommended maxmimum caravan weight (that's it's maxmimum loaded weight (MTPLM) not it's unladen weight) is 85% of the cars kerbweight to help keep everything stable. So, in your case, 85% of your cars kerbweight is 1122kgs. As this is below the maxmimum towing weight you are legal. The guideline of 85% is only a guideline and there are lots of other factors that influence stable towing (weight distribution, tyre pressures etc) so don't think that going to 88% of your kerbweight is going end in doom, a well balanced and maintained caravan at 88% of kerbweight is going to be more stable and safer than a badly loaded caravan with soft tyres at 70% of your kerbweight. Also be aware that towing right up to the maximum towing weight for lots of long journeys will be putting a strain on the various components within the car (clutch, cooling etc). There are lots of manufacturers offering caravans that suit your weights, Bailey, Elddis and Swift Group have light weight models, if you buy Practical Caravan magazine the list all of the models and their weights, but obviously these are new caravans.