From my cursory research on the Carefree awnings, it seems to be a common issue (frozen piston and bent support arms). Dometic could have received the bid for the new model year(s) and that is another reason for switching. I have always noticed Carefree products on lots of high-end units. Glad the resolution to my issue is being resolved... Good luck with your new rig...
2015 Seismic 4212 on order
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2012 Yamaha Zuma 125