TJ & All - your experience should be a wakeup call to all RV owners to never run overweight, those numbers on that tag/sticker is what you should use as gospel. We hit the scales on our way out of town and at least one time on the way back to make sure we have not put in too much stuff. I try to be at least 1000 lbs. below gross weight. Brakes, yes, I wish I had air brakes, but they can fail as well. So it behooves all of us alpine owners to make sure we have them bleed at least every two years, one is better. I am not aware of the shaft between the pedal and MS binding, mine does not, or if it does it let go after a second or two. I am looking into the new MC since reports are that the brakes work much better. FWIW-I get an ABS warning light periodically every time I turn the wheel sharply in either direction, my guess is the sensor is being pulled out and it works it's way back in after a while.
Monty & Janet - 2007 Alpine APEX 40 MDTS
S/N - 75715 - Retired - Master Certified RV Tech