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Old 02-14-2016, 08:59 PM   #1
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Fork fell into black tank

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 since black tank is at 30%. On one pass, the soapy bowl water contained a hidden stainless steel fork that, you guessed it, went into the toilet and then into the black tank before I realized what happened.

Is that going to cause a nightmare for me or will the fork empty out while dumping as if it where a hardened turd? Anything I can do to help my AS pass the foreign object?
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Old 02-14-2016, 09:10 PM   #2
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Old 02-14-2016, 09:22 PM   #3
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How about getting one of those rare-earth magnets, put it on a string, and go fishing. I know that high quality stainless is virtually non-magnetic, but a strong magnet will still catch hold of a lot of stainless items, due to their low nickel content.

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Old 02-14-2016, 09:25 PM   #4
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What the fork! ???

How much other material is in your black tank? If the grey tank was full, then probably the black tank is more than completely empty, so there is no chance of seeing the fork through the toilet dump valve opening? BTW is your black tank directly under the toilet?

Personally, I would be inclined to drive the trailer for 50 yards or so to agitate the contents of the holding tanks, lay your dump hose out flat on the ground as much as possible with its end in the sewer dump receiving opening, dump the black tank and close its dump valve. If this valve closes OK, the fork is not stuck in it.

Then dump the gray water tank to flush out the dump hose, and close the gray valve.

Your fork will either be in the horizontal sewer hose on the ground, down the sewer, still in the black tank, or stuck in its dump valve. Based on the outcome, additional steps may make sense, including possible dis-assembly of the dump valve assembly outside the trailer.

Good luck!
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Old 02-14-2016, 09:25 PM   #5
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It is not a macerator toilet?
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Old 02-14-2016, 09:26 PM   #6
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Time to go fishing.
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Old 02-14-2016, 09:45 PM   #7
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I'm thinking dump as normal. It's either going to pass or not. if it doesn't reappear, then at least you can fish in a clean lake!
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Old 02-14-2016, 10:19 PM   #8
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I think the tank is directly under the toliet in my 2016 27fb. Couldn't see anything and fishing doesn't exactly appeal to me. I figure I'll just drain the black valve after filing it up to 75-80% then put a hose in the flush valve, fill er up again and flush again. The fork is either going to flow out with the pressure into the sewer or it will lodge perpendicular to the valve. If so, I can use some tongs or wire coat hanger. Note to self, throw out those tongs after use! Oh and the fork too!!
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After I dump, and refill and dump again, I figure I'll put about 5 gallons of water into the black and rock the trailer back and forth and listen for it. If I hear nothing then I will no longer worry about it. If I hear it, then rinse and repeat
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Same advice for a fork as for a toothbrush. Clean thoroughly before returning it to service.
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I wouldn't worry about it.
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I would periodically try a magnet through the years you own the trailer. The fork won't hurt the tank, the only thing I see happening is it will get caught sideways at or near the dump valve and when it does it will impede flow and you might even realize it and could get it then.
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Did the same thing dumping dishwater many years ago.

It is probably still in there.


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After I dump, and refill and dump again, I figure I'll put about 5 gallons of water into the black and rock the trailer back and forth and listen for it. If I hear nothing then I will no longer worry about it. If I hear it, then rinse and repeat
Most tanks are made of a dense plastic material I believe, so it is very unlikely you would hear the fork, let alone even move it during the above operation -- in my opinion.

The fork is likely going to live on the bottom of your black tank forever . . .

PS -- one thought -- if you can tip the trailer so that the sewer discharge outlet is way down, thus sloping the black tank's floor toward the discharge, you may have a chance of gravity helping the fork move toward the valve? Also run a water hose down the toilet as you do this?
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