Jim Harrison, a campground operator who was widely known for promoting the use of Eco-Save environmentally friendly holding tank treament products, recently died in Louisiana as a result of respiratory failure, according to his wife, Jean. He was 86.
“Jim was a visionary when it came to RV holding tank products,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC). “He was one of the early people in the campground industry to cry foul on the chemical based holding tank products and he helped raise the awareness of the industry to use environmentally friendly holding tank products.”
But while he lived his life as an environmentalist, Jean Harrison said he eventually lost his life to a toxic mix of chemicals that contaminated the soil at the Harrison’s campground in Louisiana.
“Jim basically died from the effects of Hurricane Katrina,” Jean said, adding that Jim continued to help run their campground, the 120-site New Orleans East Kampground in Slidell, La. and sell Eco-Save RV holding tank and septic system maintenance products right up until about a month before his April 12 death.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 1 at Thanksgiving Lutheran Church in Santa Rosa, Calif. The service will be followed by Dixieland jazz band and barbecue. Those planning to attend are asked to email Jean Harrison at [email protected]
Prior to marketing environmentally friendly RV holding tank and septic system maintenance products using the Eco-Save brand name, Harrison worked in several positions that enabled him to both protect California’s forests and promote camping.
Harrison was also the first ARVC Supplier Council member to serve on the national ARVC board.
He sold his Eco-Save products through Santa Rosa, Calif.-based JWH Distributing, which Jean continues to operate. She said demand for environmentally friendly holding tank and septic treatment products is stronger than ever.
“It’s much easier to sell right now because people are much more environmentally conscious,” Jean said. “Most people are aware that formaldehyde is bad. But they don’t realize other chemicals are bad, too. There is still a lot of education to do. There is a lot of RV holding tank product labeling out there that is deceiving.”
Jean said she plans to continue running the Eco-Save business as well as the New Orleans East Kampgrounds.