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Old 02-15-2016, 01:18 PM   #29
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Old 02-15-2016, 02:34 PM   #30
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Of all the possible explanations about how your fork got into the toilet holding tank, yours was probably the least disgusting. Why didn't you pour the sink basin contents into the toilet before you opened the drop valve? Never mind, hindsight is always perfect.

Memo to self, don't do this.
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Old 02-15-2016, 02:37 PM   #31
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I would dump the black tank, mount a strong magnet on the end of a plumber's snake and fish through the dump valve (duct tape time). You might even get it through the toilet. As far as the tongs and fork or anything else you use just give it a good wash and bleach it in a bucket. No reason whatsoever to discard it.
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Old 02-15-2016, 02:42 PM   #32
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Fork in the Tank

I had the same thing happen with a table knife. I dumped as normal (several times actually) and after the dump, had my wife run her skinny little arm into the black tank from the dump side with the valve open. She easily retrieved the knife. Knife and wife have both been sterilized and returned to service.

The fork is probably shorter than my knife and may go out with the flush. If not, it will likely hold up in the 90 degree bend from your tank to the valve.

By the way, I always wash my dishes in a pan and then dump it in my black tank to help balance the waste water storage. Now, I'm just a little more thorough on checking my dish pan before I pour it in the toilet!

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Old 02-15-2016, 02:50 PM   #33
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Same advice for a fork as for a toothbrush. Clean thoroughly before returning it to service.
Just be glad it wasn't dentures
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Old 02-15-2016, 03:07 PM   #34
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Use your iPhone and a selfie stick down the hole to find it. What could go wrong?
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Old 02-15-2016, 03:13 PM   #35
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Going to keep checking in on this one. FYI, they make flexible video cameras for investigating places you can not see and tool stores have those flexible snakes with a set of spring loaded grabber claws which spread when you push them out of the tube and retract to grab the object when the spring pulls it back into the tube. No way would I go get the wife. She did not get enough chocolate for V-day to pay for that work assignment. But buying new tools, now that is a winner! Pat

Oh, I see Pro mentioned that tool early in the thread. Should have read it all before posting. All trailers need one of those. And KJR got the camera on the job in the next one. I took a couple of years trying to justify one of those.
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Old 02-15-2016, 03:31 PM   #36
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I had the same thing happen with a table knife. I dumped as normal (several times actually) and after the dump, had my wife run her skinny little arm into the black tank from the dump side with the valve open.....
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Old 02-15-2016, 04:10 PM   #37
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They say confession is good for the soul, so here goes. A few years ago while camping at a very nice RV park with full hookups, I decided I would take advantage of the good water supply and give my black tank a good flushing. I bought a cheap toilet bowl brush to scrub the tube between the underside of the toilet flush valve and the top of the black holding tank. While flushing with one foot on the toilet flush lever and scrubbing with the brush, the stem of the brush separated from the handle leaving me holding the handle as the brush dropped into the black holding tank. It didn't float. I drained the black tank hoping the brush wouldn't go down the drain tube and get stuck. I got lucky. Once the black tank was drained, I turned off the city water supply, stepped on the toilet flush valve to open it up, then I shined a flashlight down into the tank. Sure enough, there was the brush laying on the bottom of the tank. I got creative and used a straightened coat hanger and the awning strap rod to fish the brush out. And, I promptly threw it and the coat hanger away. The awning rod got a good scrubbing. I told my neighbor what I had done and he disappeared into his trailer reappearing in a minute with one of those rods you use to pick up trash and stuff (squeeze handle on one end gripper claws on the other). $1.99 at Harbor Freight. Evidently he had it on board after a similar problem. I felt better knowing I wasn't the only person to experience this. Hopefully you'll feel better now too.
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As an aside, regarding "I am glad it was not dentures", I was on a class reunion cruise one time that was going thru some very rough water. One of my friends got very sick and lost his dentures in the toilet. There was no retrieving them.
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Use your iPhone and a selfie stick down the hole to find it. What could go wrong?

Uh oh...


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You guys are funny. I was able to dump no problem this morning but I have no way of knowing if the fork is sill in there. I like the magnet idea so I will try that with some fishing line and see what happens. I will also try to convince my wife to stick her arm in the dump valve and see if she feels anything. I'm sure if she somehow agrees to this, I am going to pay the price one way or the other. Actually that makes me more worried than anything......looks like I may be calling a plumber.
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I would probably not worry about it unless it stops the valve from operating.
Then, I would fish it out with a bent hanger.


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Thinking the same thing

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Just make sure it's one of those cheap Galaxy phones or find an old flip phone.
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