We started off with a mk2 but changed for a mk1 (grp) which has several advantages for our requirements. We only cruise so the large access hatch into the front tank for kit storage is much better than the shelf on the mk2. Also with 2 small children the mark 1 offers space for them sit under the foredeck out of the wind/rain which has worked very well on a number of occasions this year.
Forgive me if I’m stating the obvious but I consider condition to be more important than age (our mk2 was late 80’s but our mk1 is early ’70’s and in much better condition) and also if you are going to trail around quite a bit then a good reliable combi trailer is essential.
I note you are on the Wirral – we are in Northwich so dont hesitate to get in touch if we can be of any help.