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Old 04-29-2008, 06:00 PM   #15
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Depending on how serious you are about getting that fork out, maybe you can find somone at your local fire station to run a hose into the bathroom, and opening it up into the (open) toilet, withe the black tank dump valve also open. I'm pretty sure the fork will exit the tank very quickly. Carful of the pressure, so you don't cause the black plumbing to leave with the fork...
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Old 04-29-2008, 07:20 PM   #16
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A magnet securely tied to a piece of twine may get you down to where the fork is.
Is the fork made of steel? Before you go to all this trouble, I would suggest getting a fork out of the drawer (asuming it's the same kind of fork) and make sure a magnet will stick to it.
We did the magnet test with a fork that matches the one that now lives in the black tank. It held fast to the magnet as this was the first set of flatware we purchased when we got married 31 years ago. Made in America, rugged stuff.
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Old 04-29-2008, 07:26 PM   #17
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Michelle , good luck fishing for the fork . FWIW , have Leon do some experimenting , I recently found out that the kitchen drain actually goes into the black tank and not the gray , it might save you some trouble in the future.
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Thanks! Our owners manual shows that the kitchen sink drains into the gray tank. But I'll have Leon confirm this.
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Old 04-29-2008, 07:30 PM   #18
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Just wondering

How do you know the fork did not exit on the first couple real good tank dump/cleanings? Are you sure its still in there?

Tool supply houses have magnetic pickups about 24 inches long....not the extending rigid types but the flexible types.

The magnet on a string sounds good. Fish it in there and let it wash around during a trrip. The fork and magnet will cross paths sometime.
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:11 PM   #19
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How do you know the fork did not exit on the first couple real good tank dump/cleanings? Are you sure its still in there?

Tool supply houses have magnetic pickups about 24 inches long....not the extending rigid types but the flexible types.

The magnet on a string sounds good. Fish it in there and let it wash around during a trrip. The fork and magnet will cross paths sometime.
We don't really know if it's still in there. just assume it is because we didn't find the fork in the elbow that connects to our dump station (sewer clean out trap) at home. Thinking it would be stuck there if it flowed out with the waste.
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:51 PM   #20
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Hi Bob,

Thanks! Our owners manual shows that the kitchen sink drains into the gray tank. But I'll have Leon confirm this.
My manual shows the same as yours , but in actuality it goes into my black tank. Could be year specific or a PO plumbing change or the manual isn't always accurate , worth a check . Good luck .
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That's good advice as most flatware is stainless steel, i.e. non ferrous and a magnet won't do diddly. I'd check a fork in hand first. A tube of toothpaste dropped in our tank. I used the Flush King to flush it out. Very high volume of water going in and then out may be enough to move it around.
Hey! I purchased a Flush King from Camping World along with a chemical which is suppose to clean tank sensors early this spring. We haven't used them yet because the chemical needs to be in water that's about 70 degrees and we had done a good job cleaning out the tanks before we stored our camper for the winter season. If the weather is nice this weekend I'll ask Leon to pull "The Tube" out of the barn and bring her up next to the house so we can use the Flush King to try to expell the fork. Thanks for the tip!
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If you do get it out, please let me know.
If we have the opportunity to share a meal, I'll know to bring my own fork.

And for you and your toothbrush Michael...no comment! Let's just say, I just hope you bought a new one ~

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If we do recover the fork (and being Yankees) I'd wash it up good and then run it through the dishwasher. It's a good fork, no reason to toss it!
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Yikes! I don't want to see any "Snicker bars" stabbed with that fork!

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Yikes! I don't want to see any "Snicker bars" stabbed with that fork!

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You are too funny!

No worries, we keep a wicked clean black water tank. And remember, being Airstreamers our **** doesn't stink.
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