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Old 02-15-2016, 06:27 AM   #15
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Old 02-15-2016, 06:28 AM   #16
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One could hope it deterates at a high rate....

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Old 02-15-2016, 06:45 AM   #17
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I wonder if you could call in a plumber to put a flexible scope into the holding tank to see where the fork is and then retrieve it with a flexible retrieving claw.

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Old 02-15-2016, 06:52 AM   #18
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Old 02-15-2016, 07:22 AM   #19
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The only real harm in having the fork in the tank is if it gets caught in the dump valve. Sure it could cause some undesired wear sliding around inside the tank if it were to remain there long term, but the gate jam scenario would be my worry.

Here is my approach:

Step 1:

Check similar silverware you have in your drawer to confirm that it is capable of being retained by a good quality magnet. If the fork will cling to the magnet then buy a circular, or threaded magnet that can be tied to a heavy gauge mono filament line and bob for the fork for few minutes to see if you have any success. If you don't then here is what I would do when I am ready to depart, or the next time I travel with the AS.

Step 2:

Make sure the tank is 1/4 or more full of water, or waste. Lower the magnet so that it rests on the bottom of the tank then allow the toilet flapper to close leaving several feet of mono filament line extended out of the toilet. Secure the loose end of the line to a secure anchor point such as a fixed point in trailer, and proceed on your trip. The best chance of "catching" the fork will be during periods of movement induced by normal travel.

If the fork will not cling to a magnet then you are reduced to poking around with a grabber like Protagonist shows, or drooping your drain line (Think P-Trap) and trying to capture it during a flushing operation.

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Old 02-15-2016, 07:51 AM   #20
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Or before you do anything, get someone with really small hands, and long arms, equipped with a long rubber glove, and reach down into the tank to feel for the fork . . .

Sound gross to some, but it may work . . . and it is a KISS solution for sure . . . [keep it simple stupid] . . .

PS -- cover toilet seat etc. with disposable protection . . .

PS2 -- good ideas Kevin.
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Old 02-15-2016, 08:31 AM   #21
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Removing the toilet is really not that difficult and since your trailer is new should came off easily. Then you have the ability to get a flexible light and mirror in the access hole and determine how to grab it.
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:30 AM   #22
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The flex hose pic brought back memories I had summer of 2014 in the MH. Too much TP clogged it up. Happy ending, but not fun at the time. Good luck with the fork!
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:40 AM   #23
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Time to buy a new fork. He said not having done the same boo boo, yet.
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:44 AM   #24
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I would have started the original post with "So my friend has this problem..."
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:50 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by Zstreamer View Post
Made an embarrassing rookie mistake. Grey tank was almost full and dishes needed to be washed. I use a bowl to catch sink water and then I flush it down the toilet.
I have done this a few times. But when I empty my dishpan into the toilet, the toilet flush is CLOSED so that the toilet bowl fills. Then I flush. Anything that accidentally gets dumped never gets a chance to make it into the black tank because it's trapped in the toilet bowl where it can be fished out without needing arms like an anorexic orangutan. Fewer odors escaping that way, too.
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Old 02-15-2016, 10:44 AM   #26
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Looks like to me you just got a fork in your black tank...
It may be there forever-
It may come right out when you drain-
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Old 02-15-2016, 11:03 AM   #27
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This is not going to be helpful to the OP, but I gotta say that my best entertainment comes from reading posts on this Forum! I make it a point to learn from every post possible!

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If you really want to resolve this, you likely could find a plumber who has a fiber optic grabber tool, and (after a thorough drain/flush cycle or two), have them run this tool through the toilet into the tank. These tools have light and remote video, so even if the tank is not immediately below the toilet, they will be able to find and likely retrieve the fork. Unless the plumber is your uncle/aunt or nephew/niece, there will be a charge for it, but if you take the trailer to the plumber's place of business, maybe it would be relatively minor. Pretty easy and quick, compared to how those things usually get used. I would call around and see what prices get quoted, being clear on how short a distance it is going to be, and pointing out how this will simplify their tool cleanup work.

Likely there will be no issue on just leaving the fork in place, unless the fork catches some toilet paper and gets dragged into the valve seat during an 'empty'.

Best of luck.

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