I wonder if there are any real 2000 lb. Bambis out there. All I have looked up in the old literature are more than that. One that is stripped might be that light
. They were never particularly light
, but they were usually high end and relatively expensive.
Currently a Bambi 16' is over 4000 lbs empty.
My research on trailer dynamics (from the exhaustive 1979 DOT testing) indicates that air bags for the rear are worth about half of what a WDH will get you in stability. I plan to install a set on my Jetta Sportwagen TDI. This is to a great extend to level the lights
with the tongue load. The additional stability is a plus that cannot be ignored.
Also the tests found that the front wheel drive cars of the period were more stable than the RWD.
I extended the tongue of my Scamp to increase the stability and reduce the load on the TDI. By the way the TDI does a great job towing the 16' Scamp and gets 25 MPG doing it at 62-65 mph.