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Exploring the attitudes and behaviours of recreational vehicle users


Hardy, A and Kirkpatrick, JB, Exploring the attitudes and behaviours of recreational vehicle users, Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 18 pp. 100-104. ISSN 2213-0780 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jort.2017.03.002


Little is known of the attitudes and behaviours of the growing number of recreational vehicle users (RVers), yet debate over the sector is commonplace. This research utilised a survey at different RV campsites in Victoria, Australia, to determine RVers’ attitudes and behaviours towards the environment, including their perception of the outdoors as a place that elicits a sense of spirituality. The respondents could largely be described as ‘spiritual environmentalists’. An increased sense of spirituality and environmentalism did not relate to environmental impact or expenditure, but rather to a propensity to camp in undisturbed areas. Those who showed a propensity to free camp were less ecocentric and tended to spend less money than others. Environmental impact was independent of attitudes and behaviours. The diversity amongst RVers illustrates the need for different types of overnight parking facilities to attract and satisfy all. Management implications

1. Caravan and Recreation Vehicle (RV) Parks that offer only one style of overnight camping will not be attractive to all Recreational Vehicle (RV) Users.

2. Regions should offer a spectrum of camping opportunities to the diverse RV market.

3. This study challenges opponents of free camping by illustrating that free camping RVers do spend money in local communities and consequently may enhance economic development in remote and regional communities.

4. Those who own RVs with black water storage tend to seek out overnight camp sites with no fees, yet despite this, they still spend more money than other types of RVs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:overnight camping facilities, environmental attitudes, environmental behaviour, spiritual attitudes
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Tourist behaviour and visitor experience
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Tourism services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hardy, A (Associate Professor Anne Hardy)
UTAS Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
ID Code:116354
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2017-05-08
Last Modified:2018-05-22

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