Please help as we’re trying to buy car with future proofing for a van.
Unless you pick something with a very high kerbweight, towing ability, noseweight rating et al, its going to be very difficult. You may start off with a two berth caravan that weighs little more than a bag os sugar and graduate to a massive twin axle. You have a choice, either pick your car and match a caravan to it or vice versa.
Many of us drive large 4x4s which are exceptional for the job, but the trade off is fuel economy for the rest of the year. Do you need a seven seater, or just extra luggage room.
Basically, you have asked how long is a piece of string. You need also to give a lot of thought as to the caravans layout and what will suit you best. Its very easy to have your head turned on a dealers premises, but remember, its a buyers market, especially at this time of year as most people have purchased already for the season.
You need though to consider far more than simple kerbweights. What licence do you have, is it B+E. Do you understand MIRO and MTPLM, noseweight (caravan and car) and train weight. Have you any towing experience. The story too from the manufacturers handbook is also misleading.
For a novice there is a generally accepted SUGGESTION
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) of towing to 85% of the cars kerbweight. My car for example has a Kerbweight of 2360 and the book states the maximum legal tow is 3500. As an artic driver of over 30 years standing, I wouldnt dream of towing that weight as even with the car laden it would be far heavier than the cars max laden weight. It is also generally accepted that someone with vast experience would be OK to tow up to 100% of the kerbweight, not something I personally would advocate, but its never wise to exceed the 100%. On a personal level I always like to have some redundancy in the cars abilty, he extra power, weight and stability is nice to have.
My suggestion would be to
decide on your motoring requirement
decide on your caravan requirements for layout, berths etc
play with a few combinations on a tow matching site such as https://towcar.info/GB/