Originally Posted by newRVer
The couple of shops that I spoke too both recommended not to get an alignment until you have 2K-3K miles on the rig. The explanation was that the front end components will wear some during this period and if you get a alignment right after purchase, you may find yourself having to get another alignment soon after hitting this mileage because of that wear. Knowing this, I decided to wait to have the alignment done even though it took me past the reimbursement period from Forest River. For the $150 that it cost, this strategy was worth following just so I would not have to do it twice.
Sounds like a bunch of crock they fed you. If this was true - every single new vehicle would need an alignment after 2-3K miles.
And I've never heard of someone having alignment problems that were fixed just by driving for a couple of thousand miles
If you have an alignment issue - take care of it right away. You will have the added benefit of someone looking around your suspension before taking the big trip, too.
P.S. Alignment is not forever. There is no guarantee that during your trip you won't travel down a bad road, go out of alignment and having to do it all over again when you come back.