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Old 01-15-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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Fork down toilet bowl

Not realizing the dirty opaque dish water contained a fork, we emptied a pan of it into the toilet of our Classic 30' Airstream. Should we even attempt to retrieve it and if so does anyone have a suggestion for doing so. Any chance it might come out the other end?

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Old 01-15-2013, 04:32 PM   #2
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I'm not an expert when it comes to the china toilet, but I think the principle is still there (it's a straight shot down to the black tank).

If the fork is made of steel, you might go to a hardware store and look for a telescoping device that has a magnet on the end.

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I'm not an expert when it comes to the china toilet, but I think the principle is still there (it's a straight shot down to the black tank).

If the fork is made of steel, you might go to a hardware store and look for a telescoping device that has a magnet on the end.

Good luck!
It also depends on the fork. The grade of stainless steel used for knives, something like a Wusthof, Dexter, or Victorinox will stick to a magnet. A carving fork made from this material, no problem. The stainless used for tableware is often not magnetic. Try a magnet on one of the matching pieces.

You may have to get a new fork.
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Uh-oh. We've done this twice.

Haven't attempted to retrieve the utensil, doubt it has come out the other end but perhaps it has.

We have noticed no problems with emptying our tanks.


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Old 01-15-2013, 05:09 PM   #5
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fishing for forks.... a new Airstream sport!

It might be possible for the fork to jam in the drain valve - and of course it would only happen if you're at a busy dump station - never in the privacy of a full hookup site.

If the forks are magnetic it shouldn't be too difficult to get it out, if not, one of those gizmos you use to retrieve screws from the innards of an engine might work. I'd drain AND bleach clean the tank to try to be able to see the fork, using wheel ramps to try to encourage it to move to a point where it was visible.

Of course having the tank that clean could be a prelude to pulling the toilet.

OR just fergitaboudit!

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Wet'n dry vac. with a long hose should do it......I'd drain and flush the tank first if it were me.
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Not realizing the dirty opaque dish water contained a fork, we emptied a pan of it into the toilet of our Classic 30' Airstream. Should we even attempt to retrieve it and if so does anyone have a suggestion for doing so. Any chance it might come out the other end?

Thank you! Bert
As long as you don't discharge through a macerator pump, the fork is unlikely to do a lot of damage. It's longer than your slinky is wide, so if it does go down the drain, it should go one end first. but that's not likely to happen until you've moved your trailer a few times, and it bounces around inside the tank.

If you haven't moved your trailer, the fork should still be right below the toilet drain. A mechanic's flex grabber claw should be just the thing.

I carry one in my Airstream's tool kit for when I drop things in places I can't reach, but so far haven't needed to use it in the loo.
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I wouldn't move the dump valve until I got the fork out of there somehow because there's just too big of a chance that the valve innards will catch the fork and make it so that you can't reclose it. You don't want to have to cut an opening in your bottom skin just so that you can disassemble the valve to get the fork out.

That's how my dumb luck usually seems to work anyway.
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Once you find the fork clean it good before you use it.
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... No, really. What are you concerned about? As Protagonist says, unless you are running sewage through a macerator pump you have a non-problem. Your dump valve is a huge, gate-valve. It has no innards. If the fork makes it that far and lodges, just reach in and take it out.
I would say you biggest problem will be people not wanting to eat your Swedish meatballs from now on.
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Once you find the fork clean it good before you use it.
Nah! Throw it away as a lost cause. But throw it away somewhere other than your toilet!
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... No, really. What are you concerned about? As Protagonist says, unless you are running sewage through a macerator pump you have a non-problem. Your dump valve is a huge, gate-valve. It has no innards. If the fork makes it that far and lodges, just reach in and take it out.
I would say you biggest problem will be people not wanting to eat your Swedish meatballs from now on.
Have your wife reach in and get it. She has smaller hands, and it was probably her dish water.
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You should retrieve the fork. Especially if there are 90 degree el's in the waste water drain system. I doubt the fork would go around the corner, but you can bet the toilet paper will catch on it. Then you will have a real problem.
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A mechanic's flex grabber claw should be just the thing.

I carry one in my Airstream's tool kit for when I drop things in places I can't reach, but so far haven't needed to use it in the loo.

I want one of those!


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