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Old 02-15-2016, 08:26 PM   #43
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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.

Alternatively you might try this scheme: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...tml#post741626
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Old 02-15-2016, 08:38 PM   #44
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I would flush and forget about it. If it clogs the valve, deal with it then with a bent coat hanger as someone already mentioned. I wouldn't go fishing on the black tank. It may flow out with toilet paper and crapola. Enjoy your camping and forget about it.
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Old 02-15-2016, 08:50 PM   #45
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If you have any el's in the tank discharge line the odds are the fork won't pass thru.
I would remove the toilet. Just an obstacle in your way. I would bet the fork is directly below the opening. Unless you have moved the trailer.
One of the telescoping magnets from an auto parts store should work to retrieve the fork.
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:18 PM   #46
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I cannot believe how very entertaining I find this thread. Never thought I could care so much about somebody else's fork!
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:36 PM   #47
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Let this be a lesson. Don't bring utensils to POT-luck.
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:42 PM   #48
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We had exactly the same thing happen. We tied a strong magnet to a string and dropped it into the black water tank. Unfortunately the fork wasn't near the magnet and it didn't work, so we tied the end of the string to a cabinet handle and left the magnet in the black water tank before we started the next day's drive. At the end of the drive the magnet and fork had found one another! It was funny then and it's still funny today.
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Old 02-15-2016, 10:21 PM   #49
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Get the fork out!

Now you have an odd fork/knife/spoon ratio, so better toss the spoon and knife in there too until you can figure out how to get the fork out.

Don't stress too much, google it, many have done the same, you'll figure it out and it will be part of your adventure.
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Old 02-15-2016, 11:24 PM   #50
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I think you have a high efficiency black tank scrubber in there (at least until it passes )
By the time it is retired from service, it'll probably be a pickle fork. Like others have said, don't worry about it. Enjoy your AS confident in the realization that your agony provided mirth to some who have and the others who will do the same thing. Cheers!
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:54 AM   #51
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Sorry Zstreamer; I don't wish the experience on anyone, but this has been one of the most entertaining threads I've read for a while!!!
Thanks for the fun...and I'll probably pay for this with a bad experience this coming summer
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How Airforums' member Bert Gildart found and retrieved the fork (actually a spoon) down his toilet:

Fork down toilet bowl
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Old 02-16-2016, 11:09 AM   #53
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Thanks for the further entertainment of that other thread, where Janet posted the following Ole joke:

"Ole goes out one day to use the outhouse, and he finds Sven there. Sven has his wallet out, and he's throwing money down into the hole of the outhouse. Ole asks, "Uff da! Sven, watcha doin' there, fella? You're throwing the five dollar bill and the ten dollar bill down into the hole of the outhouse! Whatcha doin' that for?" Sven answers, "Well, when I pulled up my trousers I dropped a nickel down there—and I'm not going down into that mess for just a nickel!" "

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Old 02-16-2016, 03:27 PM   #54
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Just be glad it wasn't dentures
Those you certainly would want to retrieve.

I had a friend who swallowed a gold crown. Boiled up a couple of stainless 1/4" nuts to sterilize and swallowed them to assist in the search and rescue operation. Saved himself $750 for a new crown. Gives the term "Potty Mouth" a whole new meaning
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Those you certainly would want to retrieve.

I had a friend who swallowed a gold crown. Boiled up a couple of stainless 1/4" nuts to sterilize and swallowed them to assist in the search and rescue operation. Saved himself $750 for a new crown. Gives the term "Potty Mouth" a whole new meaning
Somehow I think in the words of Jimmy Buffett, some of this is true and some of it is not.
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Subscribe to this one! Can you initially drain the tank and the run water through a hose through commode with the dump valve open until...well....satisfied?
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